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Washington – Bush Announcement Makes Path To White House Tougher For Romney, Rubio

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 Washington - Jeb Bush's move toward a 2016 presidential bid makes the path to the White House tougher for potential Republican rivals, including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. Multiple Romney donors said on Tuesday the former Massachusetts governor is less likely to run now that Bush has entered the fray, since they would compete for the same Republican donors and supporters. Bush has already...

Russia – Gorbachev Calls For U.S.-Russia Summit To Defrost Ties

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 Russia - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called on Wednesday for a U.S.-Russia summit to be convened to prevent a deep freeze in Moscow's relations with the West over the Ukraine crisis. Gorbachev, whose policy of "perestroika" (restructuring) played a role in ending the Cold War, warned of potentially dire consequences if tensions were not reduced. "This is extremely dangerous, with...

Washington – Senate GOP Block Sweeping Overhaul Of NSA Surveillance Reform Program

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 Washington - A bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records failed on a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday after senior Republicans said it would benefit enemies of the United States, including Islamic State militants. The "USA Freedom Act" was supported by an unusual coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans concerned about Americans'...

Albany, NY – Job Growth A Key Issue In NY Governor’s Race

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has more jobs than ever and that upstate New York is rebounding. Republican Rob Astorino talks about people fleeing to states with lower taxes and higher employment. It's as if they live in two very different New Yorks: One a state where government is helping dairy farms and high-tech startups reverse decades of decline, the other a once-mighty...

Washington – Expelled Nazis Got Millions In Social Security From US

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 Washington - Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up. In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him...

Tehran – Iran Vows To Aid Lebanese Military

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 Tehran - Iran said Sunday it is ready to provide aid to the Lebanese army as well as the Shiite Hezbollah group to help combat "terrorists." The promise of aid comes after Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia pledged billions of dollars to Lebanon's armed forces, and will be seen by many Lebanese as part of a competition for influence over the tiny country, which is gripped by sectarian tensions...

Cairo – Egypt Judge In Mass Death Sentence Cases Removed

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 Cairo - The Egyptian judge who oversaw mass death sentence cases against Islamist supporters of the country's ousted president, drawing strong international criticism, has been removed from his criminal court, officials and the judge himself told The Associated Press on Thursday. The removal of Judge Said Youssef, taken by a top appeals court, signals a possible shift in Egypt after an...

Washington – FCC Considering Move To Ban NFL Redskins Team Name

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 Washington - The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday. The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist John Banzhaf III, asking that regulators...

Istanbul – Turkey Prepares For Bigger Role In Fight Against Islamic State

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 Istanbul - Turkey is likely to gain parliamentary approval for cross-border military operations in Syria and Iraq this week as Islamic State insurgents threaten its territory, but will be hesitant to send in troops without an internationally-enforced no-fly zone. Turkish tanks and armored vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as...

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Activists Defy Police Tear Gas As Protests Spread

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 Hong Kong - Riot police advanced on Hong Kong democracy protesters in the early hours of Monday, firing volleys of tear gas that sent some fleeing as others erected barricades to block the security forces in the heart of the former British colony. Earlier, police baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government district in defiance of official warnings that the demonstrations were...

Damascus, Syria – Assad Backs Efforts To Fight Terrorism

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 Damascus, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad says he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. Assad spoke Tuesday during a meeting with Faleh al-Fayadh, an envoy of Iraq's prime minister. His remarks came hours after the U.S. and five Arab allies launched air raids and missile...

St Louis, Missouri – No Gray Area: Beliefs Shape Views Of Brown Killing

Monday, September 1st, 2014 St Louis, Missouri - Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase "OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU," as part of a rally supporting the white policeman who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed. Jones was across...

Barcelona – Clockwork Heart Pacemaker Does Away With Batteries

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 Barcelona - Swiss engineers, famous for making the world's finest watches, are turning their hands to cardiology with a prototype battery-less pacemaker based on a self-winding wristwatch. Current pacemakers, which help the heart beat more regularly, offer a lifeline for many patients with cardiac problems but the need for battery power is a limiting factor, since replacing them requires a...

Washington – Mike Rogers: Foreign Fighters In Syria Pose ‘Very Serious Threat’ To U.S.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 Washington - Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a "very serious threat" to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday. Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, urged the Obama administration to aggressively prosecute U.S. citizens...

Gaza City – Islamic Jihad Fighters Parade After Gaza War

Friday, August 29th, 2014 Gaza City - Thousands of Islamic Jihad fighters paraded in Gaza City Friday, in a defiant show of force three days after a ceasefire ending a bloody war between Israel and Gaza militants. Fighters at the march wore military fatigues and carried assault rifles and other light weaponry, with some holding aloft different types of rockets fired at Israel during the 50-day conflict that ended on...
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