Nation's second-largest school district faces teacher strike
The nation's second-largest school district is on the verge of chaos: United Teachers Los Angeles — 34,000 educators strong — is expected to strike starting Monday. UTLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District have been negotiating a new contract for almost two years with little to show for it. Teachers plan to picket their individual schools early Monday morning and then head to a rally downtown.The district is the second-largest employer in Los Angeles County. That means this strike will impact hundreds of thousands of people.
White House welcomes Clemson for mid-shutdown celebration
The national champion Clemson Tigers football team will visit the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Friday. It will be the second trip to the Trump White House for Clemson, which beat Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship. The optics of a White House celebration during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history did not sit well with some observers nationally. Even some fans and graduates of Clemson University disagreed with the timing of the trip, which came together faster than visits from previous college football champions during the Trump administration.
Man accused of Closs kidnapping and killings to appear in court
The Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. Police say they believe Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, intended to kidnap Jayme when he used a shotgun to blast his way into the Closs home in Barron, Wisconsin, in October, but ended up killing her parents, Denise and James Closs. Patterson was apprehended Thurday after Jayme escaped from the home where she was held for 88 days. Former classmates said Patterson was an intelligent, quiet youth who planned to enlist in the Marines Corps.
Brutal winter storm grounds flights and paralyzes D.C.
At least 67 flights were preemptively grounded for Monday after a brutal winter storm roared east from the Midwest on Sunday, slamming some areas with up to a half-inch of ice while paralyzing the nation's capital with several inches of snow. By Sunday night, the Federal Aviation Administration had ordered ground stops at both Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Nationwide, nearly 870 flights had been canceled and another 3,171 delayed as of 8:40 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.
Detroit auto show opens: Cadillac, Toyota, Ford to show new vehicles
The 2019 Detroit auto show opens Monday with news conferences to announce new vehicles. Eye-popping automobiles making their debut this year include the Cadillac Escalade's 'little brother' and Cadillac's first electric vehicle along with new vehicles from Toyota and Ford. The show will reinvent itself in 2020, shifting to June in hopes of continuing to attract the kind of flashy vehicles and newsmaking events that make it one of southeast Michigan’s signature events. But first, organizers worry about the water: A water main break late Saturday night forced a boil water advisory for downtown Detroit, leaving hotels telling thousands of visitors not to drink water from the tap.
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