Pennsylvania governor says state won’t use tax dollars to restart refinery

FILE PHOTO: The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery is shown following a recent fire that caused significant damage to the complex, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Laila Kearney/File Photo PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf does not support using taxpayer dollars to help save the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex from permanent closure, the governor’s spokesman said on Wednesday. “The administration does not plan expending any funding to maintain the site as a refinery,” Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott said in a statement to Reuters, saying there were…

Ticket resellers settle New York charges over inflated concert ticket prices

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two companies in the ticket resale industry agreed to pay $1.55 million to settle a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James accusing them of tricking tens of thousands of people into buying tickets for concerts, shows and other live events that they never owned. New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks at a news conference to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit in partnership with at least 10 U.S. state attorneys general to stop a proposed $26 billion merger of mobile carriers…

New York showers U.S. women’s soccer team with confetti and love

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Amid confetti and chants of “equal pay,” New York City honored the U.S. women’s soccer team on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade up the “Canyon of Heroes,” celebrating its World Cup triumph and hailing the players’ emergence as icons of women’s rights. The squad’s 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final match on Sunday capped a World Cup campaign that attracted vast television audiences, reflecting the popularity of a U.S. soccer team that has dominated women’s international competition, winning a record fourth title. But Wednesday’s parade…

U.S. says revamping census legal team is justified: Maryland filing

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday rejected the contention that replacing its legal team in cases concerning the 2020 census was unjustified or prejudices the case. FILE PHOTO: An informational pamphlet is displayed at an event for community activists and local government leaders to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 Census efforts in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo In a filing in a federal court in Maryland, the Justice Department said Attorney General William Barr had broad authority to assign lawyers, and…

Alaska lawmakers near showdown with governor over education cuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska lawmakers were heading for a showdown with Governor Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday to try and stop his bid to slash spending on higher education – a move the state’s main university has warned could force it into bankruptcy. Minority Democrats and some Republicans said they were still working to get the votes to override the 41% cuts by the Republican at a special sitting of the state legislature. The University of Alaska has said the reductions – including $130 million from its own budgets –…

Financier Epstein goes from luxury life to confined jail cell after sex trafficking charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wealthy American financier Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sex trafficking in underage girls, is now confined to a cell in a fortress-like concrete tower jail that has been criticized by inmates and lawyers for harsh conditions. After his arrest on Saturday at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on arrival from Paris in his private plane, Epstein was likely put in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan, according to defense lawyers and others familiar with the jail. “When you have someone that’s allegedly a…

Bieber, late addition to All-Star roster, wins MVP

3:11 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” CLEVELAND — In a 4-3 American League All-Star Game victory with no clear MVP on Tuesday, hometown favorite Shane Bieber, a right-handed starter for the Cleveland Indians, earned the honors after striking out the side in the fifth inning amid a Progressive Field-wide chant of his name. The 24-year-old Bieber, once a walk-on at UC-Santa Barbara, caught Cubs catcher Willson Contreras looking on a 95 mph fastball,…

Bieber, late addition to All-Star roster, wins MVP

3:11 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” CLEVELAND — In a 4-3 American League All-Star Game victory with no clear MVP on Tuesday, hometown favorite Shane Bieber, a right-handed starter for the Cleveland Indians, earned the honors after striking out the side in the fifth inning amid a Progressive Field-wide chant of his name. The 24-year-old Bieber, once a walk-on at UC-Santa Barbara, caught Cubs catcher Willson Contreras looking on a 95 mph fastball,…

Shane Bieber rocks, home crowd rules on Cleveland’s All-Star night

1:20 AM ET CLEVELAND — Baseball has a way of punching itself in the face. Even in the hours leading up to Tuesday’s All-Star Game, much of the chatter on Twitter concerned earlier comments from commissioner Rob Manfred about the juiced-up baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association chief Tony Clark saying the MLB draft is inherently anti-labor. Even fans aren’t blameless in all of this. Instead of admiring all the young talent in today’s game and the prodigious ability to swat home runs against incredible pitchers who throw 98…