Taliban ban on female aid workers poses big dilemma for US

For an idled worker at a Kabul-based aid group, Abaad, that helps abused Afghan women, frightened and often tearful calls are coming in, not only from her clients but also from her female colleagues. A December 24 order from the Taliban barring aid groups from employing women is paralyzing deliveries that help keep millions of …

Storms, tornadoes slam US South, killing at least 7 people

A tornado outbreak killed six people in Alabama and another in Georgia. The storm system also knocked out power to tens of thousands. Across US, there were 33 separate tornado reports Thursday from the National Weather Service as of Thursday evening. About 40,000 customers were without power in Alabama on Thursday night, according to PowerOutage.us. …

Trump organisation fined $1.6 million for tax fraud

Donald Trump’s company was fined $1.6 million Friday as punishment for a scheme in which the former president’s top executives dodged personal income taxes on lavish job perks — a symbolic, hardly crippling blow for an enterprise boasting billions of dollars in assets. A fine was the only penalty a judge could impose on the …

Samosa caucus sizzles, reflecting the diversity of America

Five Indian-American lawmakers in a House of 435 is par for a demographic that constitutes just over one percent of the US population of 330 million. But for the group informally known as the “samosa caucus,” it was a moment to celebrate “the largest representation of Indian American Members of Congress in US history.”

FAA has struggled to modernize computer, air traffic operations

A 2021 Transportation Department Office of Inspection General report repeatedly cited challenges in the FAA’s multi-billion dollar Next Generation Air Transportation System infrastructure project. In Florida, a system known as the En Route Automation Modernization used to control air traffic prompted the FAA on January 2 to issue a ground stop order, snarling hundreds of …

Landslides, sinkholes, floodwaters plague soggy California

Sinkholes swallowed cars and floodwaters swamped towns and swept away a small boy as California was wracked by more wild winter while the next in a powerful string of storms loomed on the horizon Tuesday. At least 17 people have died from storms that began late last month, governor Gavin Newsom said during a visit …