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Washington – GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Swap Of Army Prisoner For 5 Taliban

August 21, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Washington - The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department failed to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange — a clear violation of the...

Redmond, WA – Report: Microsoft To Unveil New Windows 9 Software

August 21, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Redmond, WA - A news report out Thursday indicated that Microsoft is poised to give the world a glimpse at a new-generation computer operating system that will succeed Windows 8. The US software titan could hold an event as early as the end of September to provide a look at a version of what is expected to be called "Windows 9," according to technology news website The Verge. The...

Hartford CT – Some US Colleges Calling Students Back From Israel

August 21, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Hartford CT - Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave. Colleges say security was the top concern, citing advisories about hazardous travel from the U.S. State Department and from insurance companies that cover...

New York – United Lures Top Fliers With Promise Of A Hot Meal

August 21, 2014 at 05:10 PM
New York - To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it's upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights. The changes...

New York, NY – NYC Public Advocate Shows Off Police Body Cameras

August 21, 2014 at 04:45 PM
New York, NY - Compelled by video of a police chokehold death and the lack of such evidence in the fatal shooting of a Missouri teenager, a top New York City official Thursday intensified her push to equip the city's 35,000 officers with body-worn cameras. Public Advocate Letitia James held a demonstration of the cameras, which she said would protect residents from misconduct and police...

New York – S&P 500 Ends At Record Closing High After Data

August 21, 2014 at 04:24 PM
New York - U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 ending at a record on a flurry of positive economic data. Trading was light as investors waited for possible clues about interest rates from central bankers attending an annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 60.43 points or 0.36 percent, to end unofficially at to 17,039.56. The S&P 500...

Washington – Hagel: Islamic State ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’

August 21, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Washington - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the Islamic State is more than a traditional "terrorist group" and better armed, trained and funded than any recent threat. "They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well funded. This is beyond anything we have seen," Hagel told reporters...

London – UK Grocery Store Chain Says They Will Not Remove Kosher Food From Store Again

August 21, 2014 at 03:53 PM
London – U.K. supermarket chain Sainsbury’s stated it will not remove kosher products from its shelves again. Kosher items were removed from a refrigerator display in Holborn, an area in central London, last Saturday as a precaution against possible anti-Israel activists. Items such as kosher dips, meat and fish remained for sale in another area of the store. A spokeswoman for the chain...

Washington – Official: Militants Asked $132.5 Million Ransom

August 21, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Washington - A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release. A second U.S. official says the demands were sent in emails to Foley's family in New Hampshire. Both officials spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss...

Washington – US Diplomats Barred From Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Washington - The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors and other high-profile foreign service officers from participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease...

New York – Police Continue To Hunt For Suspects Who Draped Giant Palestine Flag On Manhattan Bridge

August 21, 2014 at 02:21 PM
New York - New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said. The flag, draped over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn, appeared during a Wednesday evening march organized by Palestine solidarity...

Ferguson, MO – Nixon Orders Withdrawl Of Guard From Ferguson

August 21, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Ferguson, MO - Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawl of Guard officers on Thursday. He says they've effectively protected the city while other agencies worked to restore...

Makhmur, Iraq – ‘Terrorists’ Help U.S. In Battle Against Islamic State In Iraq

August 21, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Makhmur, Iraq - Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), condemned for its three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state, says it played a decisive role in blunting the militants' sweep through Iraq, which triggered U.S. air strikes...

Cincinnati, OH – Ohio Diocese Discourages ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21, 2014 at 01:44 PM
Cincinnati, OH - A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching." Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told the schools in a letter Tuesday to...

St. Louis, MO – Police Release Video Of Shooting Nearby Ferguson

August 21, 2014 at 01:34 PM
St. Louis, MO - The St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency on officer-involved shootings. Police Chief Sam Dotson says both officers involved in the shooting remain on administrative duty pending...