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United Auto Workers Lose Crucial Union Battle At Mississippi Nissan Plant

Nissanplant votes down unionThe U.S. labor movement suffered a painful loss late Friday when workers at a Nissan factory in Mississippi overwhelmingly voted against joining the United Auto Workers union.

The election involving about 3,700 workers at the Canton manufacturing facility was the most closely watched of its kind in years. Desperate to expand its footprint in a region that can be hostile to unions, the UAW poured a decade of organizing into the Mississippi campaign, marrying a message of worker rights with civil rights to persuade the mostly African American workforce to join their ranks.

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Federal task force reportedly recommends more marijuana study, no crackdown

Feds need more pot studyThe task force Attorney General Jeff Sessions established to crack down on marijuana use has come up with no new policy recommendations for the attorney general, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Marijuana advocates feared that a report released by the Trump administration's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety would link violent crime to marijuana. But the AP, citing portions of the report it had obtained, said that the document recommends that officials continue weighing whether to change or rescind the Obama administration's largely hands-off approach to enforcement.

Advocates hailed the news on Friday.

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Why are these billions in pipeline projects stalled?

Billions in pipeline projects stalledBillions of dollars’ worth of shovel-ready infrastructure projects have been held up by a bureaucratic morass that President Donald Trump helped to create.

Trump’s slowness to fill vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is one reason for a growing backlog of natural gas pipelines and a gas export terminal awaiting approval from the agency, which has been unable to conduct major business since February.

The waiting list has grown to at least $13 billion worth of projects expected to generate more than 23,000 construction jobs, according to a POLITICO analysis — largely in states Trump won in November.

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Study finds Alaska's North Slope snow-free season increasing

Snow free sesason expands in AlaskaScientists discover that Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening due to atmospheric dynamics and sea ice conditions.

The study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, found that snow is melting earlier in the spring and the snow-in date is occurring later in the fall.

Researchers from CIRES and NOAA believe atmospheric dynamics and sea ice conditions are to blame for the lengthening of the snow-free season on the North Slope leading to issues such as birds laying eggs sooner and iced-over rivers flowing earlier.

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Marines launch search after aircraft "mishap" off coast of Australia

Camp Butler 'mishap'Three U.S. Marine Corps crew members are missing after an aircraft was involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Australia.

The U.S. Marine Corps said 23 of the 26 crew members had been rescued after the aircraft entered the water off the coast of Shoalwater Bay during a training exercise with the Australian military at 4 p.m. local time on Saturday.

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Mueller Seeks White House Documents on Flynn

Mueller seeks White House documents re FlynnInvestigators working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently asked the White House for documents related to former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, and have questioned witnesses about whether he was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the presidential campaign, according to people close to the investigation.

Though not a formal subpoena, the document request is the first known instance of Mr. Mueller’s team asking the White House to hand over records.

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Newsweek Mocks ‘Lazy Boy’ Donald Trump On New Cover

Trump Lazy Boy Newsweek coverPresident Donald Trump won’t want to hang this uncomplimentary magazine cover at any of his golf clubs.

Newsweek depicted the president as a junk food-eating television addict on the front of its next issue, dated Aug. 11.

Under the headline “LAZY BOY,” the edited photo shows Trump slumped in a recliner with a remote control in one hand and a Diet Coke in the other.  An open bag of Cheetos is perched on his lap while an empty McDonald’s hamburger carton is discarded on the floor.

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Hunt for Trump dossier author inflames Russia probe

Christopher Steele, Trump dossier authorTwo Republican House Intelligence Committee staffers traveled to London earlier this summer to track down the former British intelligence operative who compiled a controversial dossier on President Donald Trump and Russia, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The previously unreported trip underscores the importance of the 35-page dossier Christopher Steele wrote last year to congressional probes into possible collusion between Moscow and the 2016 Trump campaign.

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Extreme heat warnings issued in Europe as temperatures pass 40C

Extreme heat in 11 European countriesEleven southern and central European countries have issued extreme heat warnings amid a brutal heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, with residents and tourists urged to take precautions and scientists warning worse could be still to come.

Authorities in countries including Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia are on red alert, the European forecasters’ network Meteoalarm said, and swaths of southern Spain and France are on amber.

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