Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Obama Makes Pitch To Win Support For Pacific Trade Pact

By Julia Edwards and Krista Hughes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off a sales pitch on Tuesday for a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement that has sparked concern among some lawmakers and won a lukewarm initial response from business groups.

Although ultimate winners and losers from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are still unclear, some Republicans are worried about its impact on industries including dairy, tobacco and pharmaceuticals, highlighting the battle ahead to win votes.

Still, Obama was upbeat about winning support in the Republican-controlled Congress for the pact, which will cut trade barriers and set common standards for 40 percent of the world economy.…

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Fourteen Dead As South Carolina Gripped By Historic Flooding

By Colleen Jenkins

(Reuters) – South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to 14 on Tuesday and residents braced for more evacuations in areas near swollen waterways and dams across the state.

Predictions of sunny skies in coming days provided only small comfort. More than 800 people were living in shelters after floodwater forced them from their homes, and officials said new evacuations were likely as several rivers remained above flood stage and dams were being monitored for breaches.

“We are still in the mode that the next 36 to 48 hours will be volatile,” Governor Nikki Haley told a news conference.…

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Police Reaching Out To Colleagues With Fragile Mental Health

By Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS)

ST. LOUIS — Filling out a traffic crash report felt as challenging as a chemistry test to Joan “Joann” Glover Straughter. A call for all available units boomed across the St. Louis police sergeant’s radio, but she didn’t flinch. Questioned later about why she didn’t respond, she exploded in anger, then cried.

Three days before, at a restaurant where she worked a security job, Glover Straughter had fatally shot a man who raised a gun at her after ignoring her commands to drop it.

She went through the motions of department protocol: completing a psychological evaluation, making a statement to investigators and returning to work three days later.…

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