MNUCHIN TO MEET TRADE PARTNERS FOR FIRST TIME
U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to get tough on trade partners like China, Mexico and Germany. Now his Treasury chief, Steven Mnuchin, will get his first opportunity to confront them all in one room.
The meeting of the 20 most powerful economies’ finance ministers in Germany this week is likely to be dominated by talk about whether to commit to free trade.
Second child dies in fire linked to exploding hoverboard. Authorities said
a second child has died from a fire in Pennsylvania that fire officials blamed on an exploding hoverboard. The deaths — if definitively linked to the two-wheeled, battery-powered scooter — would be the first in the U.S. caused by a hoverboard fire.
Dallas scrambles to fix 911 delays in wake of 2 deaths. Dallas officials are
working with T-Mobile engineers to determine what’s prompting a flood of ghost calls that has forced hundreds of 911 calls to be placed on hold and may have slowed the emergency response to two people who died.
The problem began in October and officials thought it had been resolved in January, but at one point last week the city had 360 calls on hold.
Mayor Mike Rawlings said he apologized to the mother of a 6-month-old child who died during the weekend after falling from a bed. The child’s baby sitter tried calling 911 three times but kept being placed on hold.
White House picks Boeing executive as Pentagon’s No. 2. President
Donald Trump intends to nominate a Boeing executive to serve as deputy secretary of defense. The Trump administration has struggled to fill top Pentagon positions, with two of its four previous selections having withdrawn. On Thursday it announced selections for six senior positions.
Exxon blasts New York AG over e-mail accusations. Exxon Mobil is
complaining about the way New York’s attorney general disclosed that former CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an alias e-mail account, saying it damaged the company by generating “sensational coverage in the press.”
Exxon said in a court filing Thursday there was nothing wrong with Tillerson having two e-mail accounts, and that questions about turning over records should have been resolved with the company before going public.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the alias account under the name Wayne Tracker — Wayne is Tillerson’s middle name — was used to discuss climate change and other issues.
Canada introduces rules for drone users. Canada
is bringing in strict measures and fines for recreational users of drones.
Drones must fly under 295 feet, stay 245 feet from buildings, vehicles and people and stay 5.6 miles from airports.