Federal body announces grace period on Director IDs, after concerns about $13,000 fines

A federal body is giving 700,000 people who have not yet signed up to new legal hurdle a two-week grace period, after a “bureaucratic” process made people wait on phones for hours or deal with a crashing government website. key points: Company director IDs are being introduced in a bid to crack down on so-called … Read more

Biden ‘confident’ rail strike will be avoided though congressional hurdles loom

CNN 🇧🇷 President Joe Biden said Tuesday he is “confident” a rail strike will be avoided while meeting with the top four congressional leaders, though any one senator could slow down the process of approving legislation that would avert such a strike – and at least one said he was planning to do so. “I … Read more

Rail unions decry Biden’s call for Congress to block strike. Businesses praise the plan

new York CNN Business 🇧🇷 President Joe Biden was in the unusual position Tuesday of being praised by business interests and attacked by his normal allies in the labor movement after calling for Congress to move immediately to block a strike by more than 100,000 union members at the nation’s freight railroads set for the … Read more

Joshua Cooper: Teen who allegedly confessed on Instagram video chat to killing girl told police it was an ‘accident,’ complaint says

CNN 🇧🇷 The 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy who allegedly confessed over Instagram video chat to killing a young girl told police when he was taken into custody that “it was an accident,” according to a criminal complaint. Police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, responded Friday afternoon after a girl reported receiving a video call and text messages from … Read more

Aviation firefighters to strike nationally next week, potentially causing mass chaos at airports

There could be mass disruption to both domestic and international air travel next Friday, as aviation firefighters prepare to walk off the job. The United Fire Fighters Union says understaffing is putting passenger safety at risk. It says every firefighter at every one of the 27 national airport fire stations across the country will stop … Read more

Buffalo grocery store mass shooter pleads guilty to terrorism and murder charges in racist attack

CNN 🇧🇷 The gunman who killed 10 people and wounded three in May in a racist attack at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty Monday to state charges of domestic terrorism as a hate crime, murder and attempted murder. Payton Gendron, a 19-year-old White man, pleaded guilty … Read more

Houston closes schools Monday as city is under boil water notice

CNN 🇧🇷 All public schools in Houston will be closed Monday after the city issued a boil water notice Sunday evening due to a loss of water pressure at a purification plant, officials said. The Houston Independent School District said on twitter it is monitoring the situation and will provide additional updates Monday. “Earlier today, … Read more

Pilot and passenger trapped after small plane crashes into Maryland powerlines

CNN 🇧🇷 The pilot and passenger of a small plane were trapped after crashing into power lines in Maryland on Sunday, local officials said. Rescue units were dispatched at 5:30 pm to reports of a small airplane that had flown into the power lines in Montgomery County, according to Pete Piringer, chief spokesperson for Montgomery … Read more

Fresh push to ban dangerous material from worksites after 37-year-old tradie given death sentence

For the better part of a decade, Kyle Goodwin worked alongside his mates as a stonemason. But also in the workplace was a silent killer – silica dust. Silica dust spreads through the air when traditions cut into the material known as engineered stone, which is commonly used on kitchen benchtops. Watch the latest news … Read more

Early voting begins in some Georgia counties as Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker sprint to December 6 runoff

CNN 🇧🇷 A week-long early voting period begins Saturday in some Georgia counties as Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker enter a week-and-a-half, post-Thanksgiving sprint to their December 6 runoff election. Unlike the 2021 runoffs, control of the Senate is not on the line, with Democrats having won 50 seats already and … Read more