U.S. oil firms challenge pipeline surcharge for steel tariff

From Reuters Top News:   HOUSTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. shale producers have challenged an energy pipeline operator’s proposed surcharge for the Trump administration’s 25% tariff on imported steel, raising the stakes for pipeline builders facing higher construction costs. FILE PHOTO: Flags fly outside ConocoPhillips offices in Houston, Texas, U.S.,

Trump says White House discussing gun legislation; Democrats say talks low-level

From Reuters Top News:   WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration in “meaningful” talks with Democrats about gun legislation after the latest mass shootings, but congressional aides downplayed the discussions as low-level and not very productive. Democrats have accused Trump of reversing course after he

Homeless children put up in shipping containers, report says

From The Guardian World:   Homelessness Children’s commissioner for England condemns ‘scandal’ of family homelessness An empty building in Manchester with the words ‘House the homeless’ written on the windows. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Thousands of homeless children are growing up in cheaply converted shipping containers and cramped rooms in