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Reuters US Domestic News Summary

Below is a summary of current US domestic news reports.

New chaos, arrests on American college campuses as police raze the camp at UCLA

Police forcibly removed dozens of defiant pro-Palestinian protesters at several colleges on Thursday, including tearing down an encampment at UCLA in a shocking scene that underscored the heightened chaos that has erupted on college campuses this week. In the early morning hours, helmeted police stormed a tent city at the University of California, Los Angeles, using firecrackers and riot gear to push through lines of protesters who linked their weapons in a vain attempt to stop their advance.

Amid protests and police raids, American schools are trying to keep the peace at graduation

Ahead of the University of Michigan’s commencement on Saturday, the school trained staff volunteers in how to minimize disruptions — a change from the usual duties of escorting guests around campus and directing them to their seats. Anyone facilitating the University of Illinois commencement the following weekend will have undergone similar special training. At schools like the University of Southern California and Cal Poly Humboldt in Northern California, leaders have canceled major events or moved them off campus entirely.

Biden vetoes rescinding US Labor Council rule on contracts and franchisees

President Joe Biden on Friday made good on his promise to veto a Republican-backed measure that would have repealed a U.S. Labor Council rule treating companies as the employers of many of their contract and franchise workers and barring them obliged to negotiate with those unions. The proposal to repeal the National Labor Relations Board rule narrowly passed Congress and Republicans are unlikely to be able to muster the two-thirds majority to override the veto by Biden, a Democrat. A federal judge blocked the rule from taking effect in March, but that decision will likely be appealed.

Bird flu case in dairy workers shows need for protective equipment, US CDC study finds

The Texas dairy farmer infected with H5N1 bird flu was not wearing respiratory or eye protection and was exposed to cattle that appeared to have the same symptoms as those from a nearby farm with a confirmed outbreak of the virus, according to new details about the case released Friday. The details, reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine, underscore the risk to farmworkers in the ongoing outbreak among U.S. dairy cattle and the need to wear protective gear to prevent infection.

US Representative Cuellar charged with bribery in connection with a Mexican bank from Azerbaijan

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and his wife were indicted for allegedly accepting nearly $600,000 in bribes in two schemes designed to benefit an Azerbaijani state energy company and an unnamed bank in Mexico, court papers showed . The indictment, returned by a grand jury on Tuesday and unsealed on Friday, said the bribes were laundered through sham consulting contracts between December 2014 and at least November 2021 at shell companies owned by Imelda Cuellar, the congresswoman’s wife.

US job growth rose the least in six months as the labor market cooled

US job growth slowed more than expected in April and annual wage growth fell below 4.0% for the first time in almost three years, but it is probably too early to expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates before September are going to decrease, because the labor market remains quite tight. Friday’s closely watched employment report from the Labor Ministry also showed the unemployment rate rose to 3.9% from 3.8% in March, due to an increasing labor supply. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remained below 4% for the 27th month in a row. Data this week showed job openings fell in March.

Democratic lawmakers tell Biden evidence shows Israel is limiting aid to Gaza

Dozens of lawmakers from US President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party told him on Friday that they believe there is sufficient evidence to show that Israel has violated US law by restricting humanitarian aid flows to war-ravaged Gaza. A letter to Biden signed by 86 House Democrats said Israel’s aid restrictions undermined Israel’s assurances that the country complied with a provision of the US Foreign Assistance Act, which requires recipients of US-funded weapons to to uphold humanitarian law and allow free flows of weapons. American aid.

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks testifies that he told her to deny affair with Stormy Daniels

Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s former top aide, testified Friday that he told her in the final days of the 2016 presidential election that she should deny that he had a sexual relationship with porn star Stormy Daniels. Hicks’ testimony gave jurors a glimpse into the campaign’s damage control efforts as Trump faced multiple accusations of unflattering sexual behavior in the final weeks of his successful campaign in the White House.

The exclusive Biden campaign introduces new abortion ads targeting Latino men

Joe Biden will increase spending this month as part of a new advertising campaign aimed in part at convincing Latino men that abortion rights are a crucial issue that affects them, the US president’s 2024 campaign said Friday. A television, radio and digital ad airing in both English and Spanish in competing “battleground states” features Cesar Carreon, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who now works as a carpenter in Las Vegas. He mentions his daughters and attacks Trump as “not cool” for taking away women’s “freedom.”

The chief of staff of an exiled Chinese businessman pleads guilty to fraud in the US

The chief of staff of exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with him to carry out a massive scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of more than $1 billion. Yvette Wang, 45, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering. Her plea came just three weeks before she was to stand trial alongside Guo.

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