Just a day before rail workers planned to strike, companies and labor unions reached an agreement. Sent by Florida’s governor, about 50 migrants unexpectedly showed up by plane to Martha’s Vineyard. And Roger Federer announced his retirement from tennis.
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After 20 straight hours of negotiations, President Joe Biden said Thursday that freight railway companies and workers had reached a tentative agreement that would avert a shutdown that could have paralyzed the economy. Biden celebrated the deal alongside union leaders and rail executives at the White House, calling it a “big win for America” and for both sides of the labor dispute. He said rail workers will receive better pay, improved working conditions and a “peace of mind” over health insurance, while companies will strengthen their ability to recruit and retain workers. See the terms of the deal here.
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A royal outpouring of grief: Mourners lined up Thursday to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II, who is lying in state in Westminster Hall – with people waiting at least nine hours to do so. The queue snaked across a bridge and along the south bank of the River Thames beyond Tower Bridge. But people said they didn’t mind the wait. Read more.
Taking locals by surprise, two planes landed on Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard that appeared to be carrying Venezuelan nationals sent there by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who claims undocumented immigrants belong in progressive states. The immigrants, thought to be from Venezuela, were flown by a chartered aircraft from Florida, Texas or both, local officials said. A spokesperson for DeSantis said late Thursday that the people on the planes are “illegal immigrants.” The group of 50 people – men, women and children – said they had been put on a plane with only a brochure from the island’s service center. Why did DeSantis do this? Keep reading.
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Roger Federer, who became the first man to win 20 Grand Slam titles in tennis, announced Thursday that he is retiring from competition after a multiyear struggle with knee injuries. Federer, 41, had hoped to come back for one final goodbye in 2023 but said next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his final event. Though Federer will not finish his career as the player with the most Grand Slam titles – Rafael Nadal has 22 and Novak Djokovic passed him with his 21st at Wimbledon this year – his popularity and influence on the sport goes beyond just numbers. Read more about Federer’s illustrious career here.
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