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Democrats want work permits for asylum-seekers; Zelenskyy, Biden speak out against Russia; Giuliani sued by former lawyer; Tampa Bay Rays finalizing new ballpark

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On the version of Hot off the Wire posted Sept. 20 at 6:57 a.m. CT:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As migration to the United States from Venezuela and other countries soars, Democratic elected officials are pressing the Biden administration to quickly grant work permits for asylum-seekers while their cases wind through immigration courts. In New York City, tens of thousands of migrants have arrived over the past year. Mayor Eric Adams has increasingly sounded alarms and Gov. Kathy Hochul is floating the idea of state-issued work permits. Asylum-seekers must wait at least six months before they can get a work permit. That cannot be changed without Congress, but some Democrats say there are other steps that President Joe Biden could take.

The Fed is set to make an announcement on interest rates later Wednesday. The expectation is for it to announce no change.

The United Auto Workers union is preparing to expand its strike against Detroit’s Big Three unless it sees progress in contract negotiations. UAW President Shawn Fain says workers at more factories will join those already on strike at noon Friday unless there is “serious progress” toward agreements. Meanwhile, Canadian union Unifor said late Tuesday that it reached a tentative agreement with Ford covering 5,600 workers in Canada.. But in the U.S., the UAW strike, which is limited to three plants, is now in its fifth day. A White House official says the Biden administration reversed a plan to send the acting Labor Secretary and a senior White House adviser to Detroit this week to meet with both sides.

KANSAS CITY NATIONAL SECURITY CAMPUS, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. will spend more than $750 billion over the next decade to overhaul nearly every part of its nuclear defenses and replace systems that in some cases are more than 50 years old. But until each of those programs is ready, it's up to young military troops and government technicians across the U.S. to care for the existing bombs, often through delicate maintenance performed by hand. The Associated Press was granted rare access inside military nuclear missile bases and government weapons facilities to report on how they are adjusting to meet the increasing workload.

HUEHUETOCA, Mexico (AP) — A Mexican railway operator has announced it is suspending train runs in the northern part of the country because so many migrants are climbing aboard freight cars and getting hurt in the process. The Ferromex railway said Tuesday that it has temporarily ordered a halt to 60 trains. The company said in a statement that “in recent days, there have been about a half-dozen regrettable cases of injuries or deaths” among migrants hopping freight cars. The company, part of Grupo Mexico, said some even hopped on moving freight cars with children “despite the grave danger that represents.” It comes as migrants are increasingly desperate to reach the U.S. border.

The Orioles win a battle of the AL's top two teams, the AL West race tightens, the AL and NL Central leaders lower their magic numbers, and surgery for Shohei Ohtani and Nick Chubb. 

On the version of Hot off the Wire posted Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. CT:

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is “weaponizing” everything from food and energy to abducted children in its war against Ukraine. And he's warning other world leaders that the same could happen to them. Zelenskyy spoke Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly’s annual top-level meeting. He noted the war's effect on global food and fuel supplies highlighted the situation of Ukrainian children who were taken from their families after Moscow’s invasion. Russia hasn't yet had its turn to address the assembly.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Joe Biden has made his case before the U.N. General Assembly that the world must remain united in defending Ukraine against Russian aggression. In an address in New York on Tuesday, Biden warned that no nation can be secure if “we allow Ukraine to be carved up” as he tries to rally support for Kyiv’s effort to repel a nearly 19-month-old Russian invasion that has no end in sight. The U.S. president called on world leaders not to let support for Ukraine diminish and he argued that Russia is counting on countries to grow tired of prolonged conflict in Kyiv which would “allow it to brutalize Ukraine without consequence.” Biden is scheduled to host talks Thursday at the White House with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans plan to hold their first hearing next week in their impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden over his family’s business dealings. The Sept. 28 hearing is expected to focus on “constitutional and legal questions” that surround allegations of Biden’s involvement in his son Hunter's overseas businesses. That is according to a spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee, which is leading the hearing. The committee also plans to subpoena the personal and business bank records of Biden’s son. The White House has called the effort by House Republicans “extreme politics at its worst.”

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Suspended Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker says he's “disappointed — but not surprised” that the school intends to fire him for misconduct involving activist and rape survivor Brenda Tracy. In a statement Tuesday, Tucker suggests that “other motives are at play” in the school’s decision. The university informed Tucker on Monday that he will be fired without compensation for misconduct involving Tracy, who said Tucker sexually harassed her during an April 2022 phone call. She later filed a complaint with the school’s Title IX office. Tucker has called the allegations “completely false.” He said Tuesday that, “A cursory reading of the facts and timeline should cause any fair-minded person to conclude that other motives are at play."

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said on Tuesday that it will hire 250,000 full and part-time workers for the holiday season, a 67% jump compared to last year. The company wrote in a blog post that it will also raise the average pay for warehouse and transportation roles from $19 to over $20.50 per hour. The company noted more jobs are available because it opened over 50 new fulfillment centers, delivery stations and same-day delivery sites in the U.S. this year. Other retailers have also begun announcing their holiday plans. Target said on Tuesday it will add nearly 100,000 seasonal roles for the holiday season. Macy’s Inc, which owns the department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, said on Monday it planned to hire more than 38,000 full- and part-time seasonal employees.

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general is suggesting conservative politics played a role in the acquittal of three men in the final trial related to a plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Like Whitmer, Dana Nessel is a Democrat. She told a liberal group Monday that the trial was held in a “very right-leaning county.” William Null, twin brother Michael Null and Eric Molitor were found not guilty of providing material support for the scheme's leaders last week. They were the last of 14 men to face charges in state or federal court. Nessel says the verdicts last week were “terrifying.” A former federal prosecutor, Matthew Schneider, says the remarks were inappropriate and that it's not helpful to "trash" the “American jury system.”

The Walt Disney Co. is planning to invest approximately $60 billion into its theme parks and cruise lines over the next decade, as the company looks to continue growing one of its more successful business segments. The company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that the planned investment is nearly double what it spent in the prior 10-year period.

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani’s former lawyer has sued him, alleging the ex-New York City mayor has paid only a fraction of nearly $1.6 million in legal fees he’s racked up from investigations into his efforts to keep Donald Trump in the White House. Robert Costello and his law firm, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, say Giuliani has paid them just $214,000 and still has a $1.36 million tab. Giuliani’s last payment, according to the lawsuit, was $10,000 on Sept. 14 — about a week after Trump hosted a $100,000-a-plate fundraiser for Giuliani at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. Giuliani said Monday that he “can’t express how personally hurt I am by what Bob Costello has done.”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rays put the finishing touches on plans for a new 30,000-seat ballpark in St. Petersburg. It's part of a $6.5 billion development project announced Tuesday that includes affordable housing, retail, bars and restaurants and a Black history museum. The site is on the same 86-acre tract of downtown land where Tropicana Field now sits. An official with the Rays says that domed, oddly-tilted ballpark will be demolished once the new one is built, in time for opening day in 2028. The plan would keep the Rays in St. Petersburg for the foreseeable future. But, it still has to clear some political hurdles on funding and approvals.

LONDON (AP) — YouTube says Russell Brand will no longer make money from the video streaming site after several women made allegations of sexual assault against the comedian-turned influencer. YouTube says Brand’s account has been suspended “following serious allegations against the creator.” Brand's main account has more than 6.6 million subscribers. He denies allegations of sexual assault made by four women in a Channel 4 television documentary and The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. The accusers have not been named. One of them said she was sexually assaulted during a relationship with him when she was 16. Another woman says Brand raped her in Los Angeles in 2012.

NEW YORK (AP) — A taped package containing several thousand dollars' worth of fentanyl was discovered inside the New York City day care center where a 1-year-old child died of an opioid overdose last week. But the owner of the day care center, Grei Mendez, maintained she had no knowledge of the presence of the highly potent opioid. Her attorney noted she had rented a room in the apartment to a man, Carlist Acevedo Brito, who may have been responsible for the drug operation. Mendez pleaded not guilty in court Sunday night to the charges. Brito was awaiting arraignment. His attorney did not immediately response to a request for comment.

—The Associated Press

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