One airline expert called the Texas decision good news for the deal’s prospects of completion. “This is a positive development for American and US Airways,” said George Hamlin, an airline consultant in Fairfax, Virginia. “The suit was presented as a united front between the federal government and a number of states. The front is no longer united.” In Washington, developments in the long-running merger case met head-on with the day’s biggest news – the shutdown of the U.S. government in a partisan dispute over healthcare reform. The Justice Department requested a delay after many of its attorneys and support staff were placed on furlough. “This is creating difficulties for the department to perform the functions necessary to support its litigation efforts,” the department said in a court filing. Merging companies usually oppose delays because they make it harder to hold deals together. So it was good news for the airlines when Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly turned down the request in an order issued on Tuesday. A lawyer for the airlines expected the trial to begin as scheduled in late November. “From what the judge said in there, and I think everybody heard, we’re going to trial on November 25,” Richard Parker said after a pretrial hearing.
United States shutdown solution no closer after crisis meeting
1 about North Korea at the United Nations, The Associated Press misidentified the North Korean speaker. The diplomat who spoke is deputy permanent representative Ri Tong Il, not Sang Beom Lim, who is a South Korean diplomat. A corrected version on of the story is below: NKorea spurns SKorea nuke disarmament deal NKorea spurns SKorea’s offer of development aid for nuclear disarmament By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) North Korea on Tuesday spurned South Korea’s offer of development aid in exchange for giving up its nuclear weapons, saying “this can never, ever, be a political bargaining chip.” North Korea’s deputy permanent representative, Ri Tong Il, was speaking in the “right of reply” session at the end of the annual General Assembly speeches, when countries unleash their most outspoken diplomats to counter arguments made by other countries in their high-level speeches. He spoke a few hours after North Korea’s vice foreign minister, Pak Kil Yon, blamed the “hostile policy” of the United States for continuing tension on the divided Korean Peninsula. Pak told the U.N. General Assembly the United States is aiming at military domination of Northeast Asia and has designated North Korea as “its first attack target.” Pak also contended that the United States was abusing the power of the U.N. Security Council, and that a January resolution that tightened sanctions on the North for a long-range rocket launch was unfair. Pak did not mention the subsequent nuclear test explosion that was also condemned by the council and deepened concern over the North’s weapons programs. Ri said later, in the “right of reply” session, that North Korea “and its people have been living with nuclear weapons and bombs over their heads for decades.” Under these “provocations” North Korea had no option other than to obtain nuclear weapon itself as a deterrent, he said. Ri unequivocally rejected a South Korean offer of economic aid conditional on the verifiable nuclear disarmament of North Korea, also known at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, saying the nuclear umbrella was needed to protect the North from South Korea and the United States. “This is again provocation against the strategy policy of the DPRK,” he said. “This can never, ever, be a political bargaining chip. This is a policy under the security environment of the DPRK for safeguarding peace and security, and thereby to ensure the environment for peaceful economic development.
The call was the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Iran is willing to consider a memorandum of understanding for direct flights to the United States, a national aviation director in Iran said. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on legislators in the Islamic republic this week to review the prospects for direct flights between the United States and Iran. He has moved to engage his adversaries since winning Iranian elections this year by running as a moderate. Civil aviation director Hamid Reza Pahlavani said the government was ready to sign a preliminary agreement on the agenda, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported Thursday. A parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy in Tehran said the measure would not only help Iranian expatriates travel home but improve ties with the United States, Fars reported. Rouhani spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack last week as the Iranian president was returning home from the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, Fars said. Both leaders also exchanged formal letters on the nuclear impasse. Bilateral ties were severed in 1979 when the U.S.
Correction: United Nations-NKorea Story
Corporate leaders have warned that a debt ceiling crisis could be a disaster. Theres precedent for a government shutdown, Blankfein said. Theres no precedent for a default … and Im not anxious to be part of the process that witnesses it. Congressional leaders, meanwhile, made no progress toward ending the stalemate. Reid placed a phone call to Boehner, which the Senate leader called cordial. Reid also sent a letter to Boehner, saying that Senate Democrats would negotiate only after the House approved a temporary budget to reopen the government. But his offer, which Reid cast as a new one, did not amount to much. Reid essentially said he would he would negotiate once the House dropped its current demands, which House Republicans said was not a negotiation at all. The entire government is shut down right now because Washington Democrats refuse to even talk about fairness for all Americans under Obamacare, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. Offering to negotiate only after Democrats get everything they want is not much of an offer. The House is attempting to restore some government functions piecemeal. On Wednesday, leaders approved three smaller funding bills, which would provide money for national parks and museums, the District of Columbia government, and the National Institutes of Health. The House is planning to vote on Thursday to fund the National Guard and the Veterans Administration.
United States Shutdown:What Happens Next
Then so began a series of complex procedures to power down the federal government. So Many parts of the government technically shut down as the clock struck midnight and the new fiscal year began without a budget. But the actual powering down of the governments sprawling business will not start in earnest from Tuesday morning when offices are scheduled to open. Soon before midnight, the White house office of Management and budget ordered agencies to implement their shutdown plans. The agencies have been finalizing those plans in current weeks as the possibility of a shutdown grew. Complete Shutdown Coverage : There is not a lot of precedent for actual shutdowns, the last 1 started in late 1995 and lasted 21 days. But congress, because of its longstanding penchant for doing budget deals at the last minute, has given agencies plenty of experience planning for shutdowns. Agencies had last put together full-blown contingency plans as recently as 2011. This time around, of the approximately 3.4 million federal employees, an estimated 821,000 workers will be furloughed without pay, according to analysts of federal agency shutdown plans. But leaved workers must be given official notice of the furlough, said Colleen M. Kelley, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union.