US Domestic News Roundup: Apple App Store antitrust suit; Trump rejects findings of climate change report
Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.
U.S. conservative Phyllis Schlafly's heirs lose trademark appeal over brewery
Relatives of the late conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly on Monday lost their appeal to block a St. Louis, Missouri, craft brewery from trademarking the Schlafly name. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Saint Louis Brewery LLC, which was co-founded by Schlafly's nephew Thomas Schlafly, and had applied in 2011 to trademark the Schlafly name.
Cyber Monday on track for U.S. online shopping record
Cyber Monday was on track to bring in a record $7.8 billion in U.S. online sales, as millions of shoppers scoured for steep discounts on everything from Lego sets to big-screen TVs. The marketing event was expected to pick up steam Monday evening as West Coast shoppers nab deals after work and those on the East Coast make purchases before bedtime, according to Adobe Analytics, which measures transactions from 80 of the top 100 U.S. retailers.
Trump is right, jobs for black Americans abound. Here's why it may not last
Ask Memphis residents and they might say that President Donald Trump got this one right: this is the best job market as far as many in this majority black city can remember. For single mother Latasha Harwell, it has meant finally landing a full time job as a medical assistant, one with the regular 9 to 5 hours she needs so she can care for her kids. Chiquita Clayton says she has an open offer to move from part-time to full-time work at a FedEx warehouse; forklift driver Kendrick Jefferson got $3 dollar an hour more for switching employers.
Trial begins for man charged with murder at Charlottesville rally
Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of the man accused of killing a woman by driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year. James Fields Jr., a 21-year-old Ohio resident, faces 10 criminal counts in Virginia, including first-degree murder and malicious assault. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
Trump urges Mexico to send migrants home after border clash
President Donald Trump said on Monday Mexico should send Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States back to their homelands, a day after U.S. authorities shut the country's busiest border crossing and fired tear gas into a crowd there. Sunday's incident happened after a group of migrants in the Mexican border city of Tijuana rushed at the border fencing.
U.S. top court leans towards allowing Apple App Store antitrust suit
U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared open to letting a lawsuit proceed against Apple Inc that accused it of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and causing consumers to overpay. The nine justices heard an hour of arguments in an appeal by the Cupertino, California-based technology company of a lower court's decision to revive the proposed class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in California in 2011 by a group of iPhone users seeking monetary damages.
Trump rejects findings of U.S. government climate change report
President Donald Trump on Monday rejected projections that climate change will cause severe economic harm to the U.S. economy, findings outlined by a report his own U.S. government published last week. The congressionally mandated report https://www.globalchange.gov said that climate change will cost the country's economy billions of dollars by the end of the century, but Trump said he does not believe the economic impacts will be devastating.
U.S. prosecutors oppose request for unsealing possible Assange charges
Federal prosecutors have told a United States District Court judge that they oppose a request by a journalists' group for the unsealing of any pending U.S. criminal indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and declined to admit whether such charges exist. In a filing submitted on Monday to Judge Leonie Brinkema, prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia said a recent disclosure in a court document filed in an unrelated criminal case that prosecutors had obtained a sealed indictment against Assange was an "unintentional error."
Midwest commuters face blizzard as they head back to work
Commuters in Chicago and across the Midwest will face a blizzard packing more than a foot of snow and whiteout conditions as they head back to work on Monday after the long Thanksgiving weekend. Blizzard warnings were in effect early on Monday in northeast Missouri through metro Chicago and northeast into Michigan as the storm brought winds up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) and more than 12 inches (15 cm) of snow to the region, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
Alabama police cite 'sense of threat' from man killed by officer
Police in Alabama on Monday said that a man who was shot dead by an officer who wrongly suspected him of wounding two shoppers at a crowded mall on Thanksgiving had made a chaotic situation worse by drawing a gun when shots were fired. Protesters gathered on Saturday outside the mall near Birmingham after the state's Hoover Police Department said that Emantic Bradford, 21, was shot and killed by police following a shooting in which a 12-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man were wounded.
(With inputs frpm Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)