WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators of both parties worked Wednesday to revive trade legislation that's a top priority for President Barack Obama, a day after Obama's fellow Democrats repudiated him nearly unanimously on the issue.
The loyal fans of the New England Patriots, angered by the suspension of Tom Brady and $1 million fine levied against the team for the "Deflategate" scandal, have opened a fund-raising drive to help the team pay the bill. A Patriots fan looking to raise money to pay the fine created a GoFundMe web page titled "Paying the bill of the PATRIOTS," and as of Wednesday morning fans had donated $13,538. While the $1 million fine is large by National Football League standards, it wouldn't dent the bottom line of a team valued by Forbes at $2.6 billion in 2014. "So whatever is donated will be donated to the New England Patriots in help with the fine!" Brady was suspended for four games, and the team was fined a record $1 million and forced to surrender two draft picks for purposely deflating the footballs in the AFC title game last January, the NFL said on Monday after releasing a 243-page report on its investigation.
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the nation's spy chief this week urged a key Senate committee to amend federal law to allow a joint venture of the two largest U.S. arms makers to use more Russian RD-180 rocket engines. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, in a letter dated May 11, to change the law so the Pentagon can retain "assured access to space". The letter, obtained by Reuters, is the latest twist a drama surrounding United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, and its sole potential competitor Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.