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Istanbul – Turkish PM: No Clarity Yet On Responsibility For Istanbul Attack

January 1, 2017 at 11:22 PM
Istanbul - Turkish authorities are starting to uncover evidence about a gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people on Sunday but there is no clarity yet on who was responsible, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. "Some details have started emerging, but the authorities are working towards a concrete result," Yildirim told reporters, when asked about who might have...

Chicago – 1 Of Chicago’s Bloodiest Years Ends With 762 Homicides

January 1, 2017 at 10:48 PM
Chicago - One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The nation's third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents last year than it did in 2015, according to data released Sunday by the Chicago Police Department. The statistics underline a story of...

New York – Saving A Little Extra Makes A Big Difference To Retirement

January 1, 2017 at 10:10 PM
New York - New Year's resolutions can be invigorating. It's a brand new year and a chance to do things right. As such, some resolutions tend to show up again and again on lists, such as save more, spend less and lose weight. A key to making resolutions stick though is to make the goals concrete. So if saving more is your aim this year, try this more specific goal on for size — set aside...

New York – Arrested 18-year-old Drives Off In NYPD Cruiser, Goes On A 13-Mile Ride

January 1, 2017 at 09:36 PM
New York - Officials say a teenager arrested for drunken driving tried to make a getaway - in a police cruiser. According to the Daily News of New York, (http://nydn.us/2iUw9ae ) Dekota Locklear of Lumberton, North Carolina was pulled over at about 2 a.m. Sunday on Manhattan’s Upper West Side after he rolled past a DWI checkpoint. The 18-year-old was handcuffed and placed in the back of...

Washington – Obama Has Few Options To Protect Young Immigrants

January 1, 2017 at 09:06 PM
Washington - Barack Obama is under pressure during his final weeks as president to do something — anything — to secure the future of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who could face deportation under the Trump administration. His options appear few. At least 50 congressional Democrats are pushing Obama to take the rare if not unprecedented step of granting...

San Diego – Two-year Twins: Babies Born Dec. 31 And Jan. 1 In San Diego

January 1, 2017 at 08:24 PM
San Diego - For the second straight year, twins in San Diego are getting attention because, though born just minutes apart, one has a birthday in 2016 and one in 2017. KFMB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2iETYDH ) the twin girls were born at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. One girl arrived at 11:56 p.m. on Dec. 31, and the other came on Jan. 1, 2017 at midnight. The family was...

Jerusalem – Seeking A Trade, Israel To Withhold Bodies Of Palestinian Militants

January 1, 2017 at 08:04 PM
Jerusalem - Israel said on Sunday it will withhold the bodies of Palestinian militants killed in attacks against its citizens as it seeks to pressure the Islamist movement Hamas to return the remains of soldiers and hand back missing Israeli civilians. Hamas says it is holding two Israeli soldiers whom the army declared dead after they were lost in action in the 2014 Gaza war. The group also...

Albuquerque, NM – Weather Dashed Jewish Group’s Hot Air Balloon Menorah Effort

January 1, 2017 at 07:38 PM
Albuquerque,NM - Bad weather dashed the hopes of a New Mexico Jewish group that hoped to win a spot in the record books by creating the world's only menorah made from hot air balloons on New Year's Eve. The event sponsored by Chabad of New Mexico went on anyway, just without the launch of nine balloons that would have created the menorah. KOB-TV reports the balloonists did use burners...

Washington – Obama Boosted White House Technology; Trump Sees Risks

January 1, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House's aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed. Not included in the modernization plans? A courier service. But that delivery method of a bygone era may be in for a comeback under Donald...

Washington – Trump Aide Says US Sanctions On Russia May Be Disproportionate

January 1, 2017 at 06:20 PM
Washington - A top aide to President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday that the White House may have disproportionately punished Russia by ordering the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies. Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on ABC's "This Week" that Trump will be asking questions of U.S. intelligence agencies after President Barack Obama imposed...

Washington – DC Hotel Guest Falls 10 Floors To His Death In Boiler Shaft

January 1, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Police and fire officials say a guest at a Washington hotel died after falling into a boiler shaft on the roof and plunging 10 floors to the basement. D.C. police spokesman Rachel Schaerr tells The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2hHcsVu ) 23-year-old John Leonard of Herndon, Virginia, fell around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the 9-story Dupont Circle Hotel. Authorities say he had gone to...

Washington – Senator McCain Says U.S. ‘Must Stand Up To Vladimir Putin’

January 1, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Washington - Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday the United States could only improve its relations with Russia by taking a tough stance with President Putin, calling for stronger sanctions against Moscow. On a tour of the Baltic states, Ukraine and Georgia, McCain and other senators assured the former Soviet-dominated countries that the United States would support them, despite...

New York – New York Trains Roll On New Subway Line Envisioned In 1920s

January 1, 2017 at 04:30 PM
New York - New Yorkers' long wait to take a subway under Manhattan's far Upper East Side ended Sunday when three new stations on the Second Avenue line opened to the public. The first train left the station at East 96th Street at noon after a speech by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pushed to meet a New Year's Day deadline for the long-delayed project. "I hope when you go down there you...

Brooklyn, NY – Fatal Bensonhurst Collision Claims Life Of Passenger In Livery Cab

January 1, 2017 at 03:50 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A 56 year old man is dead after an early morning two car crash in Bensonhurst. Police told VIN News that the head on collision took place this morning at 3:17 AM on Avenue P near W. 2nd Street and involved a livery cab. Both drivers and the passenger in the cab were taken the hospital, the passenger who has been identified as Mr. Abraham Shmailov from brooklyn, was pronounced...

Washington – Trump Expected To Embrace Bold Use Of Twitter

January 1, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Washington - Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump will boldly use Twitter to make major policy announcements. Trump was scolded by foreign policy experts last month when he used Twitter as the venue to say that the U.S. should greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding...

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