Government shutdown: Trump not attending economic conference
The White House announced that its U.S. delegation would not attend a high-profile economic conference in Davos, Switzerland, due to the partial government shutdown, which is now is in its fifth week. The 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which started Tuesday, has become an annual happening for politicians seeking to burnish their global credentials, entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses and various celebrities seeking to promote their charities. Last week, President Donald Trump apologized and blamed his cancellation on Democrats, who he’s been battling over $5.7 billion to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Over the weekend, Trump offered to extend protections for some young immigrants in exchange for border wall funding, but Democrats denounced the offer, saying it wasn’t enough to end the historic shutdown.
And the (Oscar) nominees are …
Oscar season kicks into another gear Tuesday morning when the Academy Awards nominations are announced, giving film lovers and experts alike snubs and surprises to drive conversation right up to the ceremony on Feb. 24. The Oscars recognize the best in film, and some of the biggest contenders this year include “Black Panther,” “The Favourite,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born,” “Vice,” and “Eighth Grade.” Up until now, the controversy surrounding the Oscars has been the lack of a host after comedian Kevin Hart stepped down in December after past homophobic comments resurfaced. Since then, it seems the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to not have one host, and is instead recruiting stars to introduce segments, something that hasn’t happened in 30 years.
Who will make Baseball’s Hall of Fame?
The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame election results will be announced on Tuesday. Mariano Rivera, the embodiment of the Yankees’ dynasty, could become the first player to ever receive 100 percent of the vote and break Ken Griffey Jr.’s 2016 record of 99.32 percent. Roy Halladay debuted on the Hall of Fame ballot a year after his death in a tragic airplane accident. The two-time Cy Young winner is expected to easily secure enough votes to be inducted on his first try, but his candidacy has an undeniable gravity in the wake of his passing. For Fred McGriff, this year is his last shot for a spot in the Hall of Fame. But like fellow candidate Gary Sheffield, he played during the height of the so-called steroid era that’s costing many of his contemporaries consideration for the Hall. USA TODAY Sports has five writers who are members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Here is how they voted.
Los Angeles teachers’ strike: When will it end?
After days of rallies and picket lines, Los Angeles’ striking teachers will now see whether they can maintain the momentum for a sixth school day Tuesday. Already, teachers have made their point. The strike, a rallying cry for better pay, smaller classes and support staff, has attracted nationwide attention and the endorsement of a host of prospective Democratic presidential hopefuls and celebrities. “What has happened this week in Los Angeles … has shifted the conversation back to where it should be, which is: ‘What do we need to do to help students succeed in neighborhood public schools?'” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. But both sides are feeling the pressure — teachers have braved four days of rain on the picket line and risk losing a week of pay, while the district saw attendance plummet and with it, the money it receives from the state.
High winds to ease but next wave of cold will bring more storms
Winds are expected to ease in the East on Tuesday, but the cold that has been gripping parts of the Midwest and Northeast will remain. “In some cases, temperatures may plummet 40 degrees,” AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Temperatures across the Northeast were forecast to dip about 20 degrees below average for the time of year. By Wednesday, mild temperatures and rain could lead to flooding of rivers and streams particularly in the Mid-Atlantic region, the weather service warned. The frigid weather has contributed to at least seven deaths over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the Associated Press reported.
Contributing: Associated Press
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