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Washington – Congress To Fund More Detention Beds Despite Drop In Border Crossings

May 1, 2017 at 11:22 PM
Washington - Congress has agreed to fund an additional 5,300 detention beds for illegal immigrants, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee said on Monday, less than half the number requested by President Donald Trump. The additional detention space was negotiated by Republican leaders with Democrats as part of a spending package Congress will vote on later this week to fund the...

Congress, Ohio – Ohio Amish Try Simple Changes To Make Buggies Visible, Safer

May 1, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Congress, Ohio - Members of an especially conservative Amish group in northeast Ohio are adding more reflective features to their black, horse-drawn buggies to increase visibility after some serious crashes. The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/2pmCocY ) reports 300 Swartzentruber Amish families live in Ashland, Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) and Wayne counties. Buggy crashes in that region killed...

Seoul – U.S. Flies B-1 Bombers Over Korean Peninsula In Show Of Force To North Korea

May 1, 2017 at 10:40 PM
Seoul - Two U.S. B-1B bombers were deployed over the Korean peninsula on Monday during a joint drill with South Korea's air force, South Korea's ministry said. South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a briefing that the deployment of U.S. bombers was part of efforts to deter provocation by North Korea and respond to threats posed by the North's nuclear and missile...

Washington – Trump Says He’s Willing To Consider Raising Gas Tax

May 1, 2017 at 10:33 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday said he will explore the possibility of higher gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, suggesting an increase could pay for his ambitious infrastructure plan. "It's something that I would certainly consider," Trump told Bloomberg News in an interview. The president indicated that the additional money would be directed toward highway construction and...

New York – New Device May Give Police Ability To Determine If Motorists Involved In Crashes Were Texting While Driving

May 1, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - Watch out, Empire State drivers. The textalyzer may be heading your way. A new bill currently being bandied about in the New York State legislature would allow police officers to use an electronic device to track whether drivers involved in accidents were using portable electronic devices while operating their vehicles. The bill, S2306, is being sponsored in the Senate by...

Toronto – Blasts From Transformer Fire Rock Toronto Financial District

May 1, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Toronto - Explosions from a transformer fire rocked Toronto's financial district for hours on Monday afternoon, prompting police to close off a section of the downtown area as heavy smoke billowed up from subway grates. The blast shut down several blocks along King and Bay streets during evening rush hour but a Toronto police spokeswoman said there were no injuries reported, and police and...

Washington – Setting Aside Human Rights, Trump Courts Asian Leaders

May 1, 2017 at 09:03 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is prioritizing strategic interests over human rights by inviting a pair of internationally criticized leaders from Southeast Asia, where the U.S. is vying with China for influence. The White House said rights concerns in the Philippines and Thailand may be aired in private. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has championed a deadly war on illegal drugs...

Trenton, NJ – FDA OKs Immune-boosting Drug For Advanced Bladder Cancer

May 1, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Trenton, NJ - U.S. regulators have approved a new drug that harnesses the immune system to treat bladder cancer that has spread after chemotherapy or surgery. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Imfinzi for advanced bladder cancer, along with a companion diagnostic test for identifying which patients are most likely to benefit from it. Imfinzi, also known as durvalumab, is...

New York – No Hard Feelings For CBS After Dickerson’s Trump Interview

May 1, 2017 at 08:00 PM
New York - CBS broadcast its morning show live from the White House Monday with no evident hard feelings following the abrupt ending of John Dickerson's previously-recorded interview with Donald Trump. The "CBS This Morning" telecast featured drop-in interviews with Vice President Mike Pence, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump and White House aides Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn and Sean Spicer...

Washington – Spicer: White House ‘Looking Into’ Libel Laws

May 1, 2017 at 07:23 PM
Washington - The White House is "looking into" ways to potentially change the nation's libel laws to make it easier to go after reporters whose stories they deem inaccurate. That's according to President Trump's chief spokesman Sean Spicer who told reporters during a Monday briefing that: "that is something that is being looked into, substantively and then both logistically how it would...

Washington – Federal Gov’t Relaxes Nutrition Standards For School Lunches

May 1, 2017 at 07:01 PM
Washington - Schools won't have to cut the salt in meals just yet and they can serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday. The move by the Trump administration rolls back rules championed by former first lady Michelle Obama as part of her healthy eating initiative. As his first major action in office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said...

Washington – US Issues Travel Alert For Europe, Citing Threat Of Terrorist Attacks

May 1, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Washington - The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Europe on Monday, saying U.S. citizens should be aware of a continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout the continent. In the alert, the State Department cited recent incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom and said Islamic State and al Qaeda "have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in...

Jerusalem – An Israeli Minister Responds To Jailed Palestinian Leader’s NY Times Op-ed

May 1, 2017 at 06:02 PM
Jerusalem - A jailed Palestinian leader who accused Israel of mistreating Palestinian prisoners “has become adept at rebranding Palestinian terrorism as legitimate ‘resistance,'” an Israeli minister wrote in a New York Times op-ed. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in an article Monday titled “The Truth About the Palestinian Hunger Strike” that Barghouti, who with his own...

New York – May Day Rallies Across US Target Trump Immigration Policy

May 1, 2017 at 05:31 PM
New York - Labor unions and civil rights groups launched May Day rallies across the United States on Monday, with the largest protests expected late in the day aimed at challenging President Donald Trump's immigration policies and vow to step up deportations. Activists said they were seeking to amass the largest crowds that have turned out for U.S. immigrant-rights demonstrations since Trump...

Gaza City – Hamas Rebrands Itself In New Manifesto, But Old Goals Remain

May 1, 2017 at 05:04 PM
Gaza City - The new political program of Hamas, published Monday, is meant to help the Islamic militant group break out of its international isolation. The manifesto does not formally replace the group's fiery 1987 founding charter, but adopts more conciliatory language, even if some goals remain unchanged — such as the eventual "liberation" of all of historic Palestine, including what is now...

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