WASHINGTON — The White House says the U.S. is moving forward with plans to impose unilateral sanctions on Libya in response to violence there.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney says the U.S. is finalizing that process Friday. He says the U.S. is also working with European partners on additional sanctions and other multilateral actions that could be taken.
The announcement comes as hundreds of Americans are evacuated from Libya following days of violence. Militias loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have been firing on protesters demanding the Libyan leader’s ouster.
(CNN) — Termination notices have been sent to every teacher in the Providence public school system, setting off a wave of anxiety and anger in the Rhode Island city and prompting a union leader to accuse the mayor of anti-union maneuvering.
The teachers will remain at work as the school year continues, though the notices sent out this week mean any of them now could lose their jobs at the municipal officials’ discretion. During a packed and at-times spirited meeting Thursday night, the city school committee voted 4-3 to back Mayor Angel Tavares’ move to send out the notices.
The mayor said in an online message Wednesday that he authorized the previous day’s decision to dismiss almost 2,000 teachers and staff to allow for greater flexibility as the budget process unfolds.
Tavares said officials will later determine the final number of layoffs — as well as exactly which teachers in which schools might lose their jobs — needed to balance a multimillion-dollar budget gap.
“It gives us more flexibility to recall teachers based on student need,” said Christina O’Reilly, a spokeswoman for the district.