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Washington – Obama Says Sanders’ Supporters Helped Undermine Obamacare

January 7, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama said on Friday that criticism from the left wing of his own Democratic Party helped feed into the unpopularity of Obamacare, his signature healthcare reform law. Obama has been spending part of his last two weeks in office urging supporters to speak out against plans by Republicans - who will soon control both the White House and Congress - to dismantle the...

Washington – In Emotional Farewell Speech, Michelle Obama Praises Diversity

January 7, 2017 at 11:08 PM
Washington - Her voice breaking and eyes filling with tears, an unusually emotional Michelle Obama said Friday that being first lady "has been the greatest honor of my life" as she bid an early farewell to the White House. An East Room ceremony honoring the 2017 school counselor of the year, and the work of all school counselors, marked her final event as first lady. Before the tearful...

Gaza City – Gaza Fisherman Who Collided With Israeli Ship Declared Dead

January 7, 2017 at 10:45 PM
Gaza City - The family of a Palestinian fisherman who disappeared after colliding with an Israeli navy ship off the Gaza coast has declared him dead. Hundreds held a symbolic funeral Saturday for 33-year-old Mohammed Al-Hissi at a Gaza fishing harbor following three days of searches failed to locate a body. His uncle, Nidal Al-Hissi, said a navy vessel hit Al-Hissi's boat, splitting it in...

New Albany, OH – The Limited To Close All Brick-and-mortar Shops

January 7, 2017 at 10:30 PM
New Albany, OH - - More grim news for malls came Friday as apparel retailer The Limited said it will close all its brick-and-mortar stores at the end of this weekend. The company says it will continue to operate online only after the Jan. 8 closures. A spokesman said the New Albany, Ohio-based chain operated about 250 retail stores in 2016 and that about 4,000 jobs, including seasonal and...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Airport Victims: World Travelers, A Social Butterfly

January 7, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - At least three of the five people killed in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting were on vacation, headed for cruises that promised sun, sand and fun. They were collecting their luggage when a gunman opened fired in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at the airport — a hub for cruisers headed to Port Everglades. An official list of victims had not been released by...

Atlanta – Public Areas Of Airports Seen As Most Vulnerable To Attack

January 7, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Atlanta - In a post-9/11 world, American airports have taken all sorts of steps to keep travelers safe. But significant vulnerabilities remain. The attack that killed five people Friday at the Fort Lauderdale airport raised concerns about how to further protect travelers and what place firearms have in U.S. airports. Authorities say Iraq war veteran Esteban Santiago flew in from Alaska...

Israel – Thousands Rally For Unity In Tel Aviv Following Azaria Verdict

January 7, 2017 at 09:11 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - “I am whole because of the unity of the people,” said Capt. Ziv Shilon, who lost his arm in a Hamas terrorist attack near the Gaza border in 2012. He made these comments at a rally on Saturday night in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, where a couple of thousand gathered to project unity and call for an end to the divisiveness plaguing Israeli society in the wake of Sgt. Elor...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Airport Shooting Raises Questions About Guns In Baggage

January 7, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida airport used a gun that he had stored in his checked luggage, raising questions about airport security and whether safety officials need to change the current rules. Esteban Santiago, 26, retrieved his gun from his bag on the carousel, loaded it in a bathroom of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, then emerged...

Chicago – Thousands Brave Cold For Tickets To Obama Farewell Speech

January 7, 2017 at 08:13 PM
Chicago - Thousands of people waited for hours in single-digit temperatures on Saturday to try to get a ticket to President Barack Obama's farewell speech in his hometown of Chicago, saying they want to show their appreciation and soak in the final moments of his history-making presidency. People began lining up well before sunrise for the 8 a.m. ticket distribution. The lines stretched for...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – IDs, Phones, Bags Among 25K Items Lost In Airport Rampage

January 7, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Dan and Janice Kovacs and their two children were passing through airport security when the gunfire erupted. They were shoeless — with wallets, passports and carry-on items chugging along a conveyer belt — when they sprang into the mass of people running to safety. Now they're among stranded travelers at Fort Lauderdale trying to recover what the airport director says...

United Nations – Israel Cuts $6 Million In UN Funding Over Anti-settlement Vote

January 7, 2017 at 07:15 PM
United Nations - Israel on Friday suspended about $6 million in funding to the United Nations to protest a Security Council resolution demanding an end to settlements in the Palestinian territories. The council adopted the resolution last month after the United States refrained from using a veto to block the measure in a break from its usual practice of shielding its Middle East ally. The...

New York – Snow Blankets Tri-State With Bitter Cold, Dangerous Roads

January 7, 2017 at 06:39 PM
New York - Much of New York City and all of Long Island are now in the bull's-eye of what will be a substantial snowstorm for parts of the region, with almost a foot of powder expected in Suffolk County by Saturday night. A winter storm advisory has been extended to all five boroughs until 10 p.m. Saturday. Multiple plows have been deployed throughout the city. New Yorkers can use the...

Penuelas, Puerto Rico – Brother Of Airport Shooting Suspect Says US Gov’t Failed Him

January 7, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Penuelas, Puerto Rico -The brother of a man accused of killing five people at a Florida airport questioned Saturday why his brother was allowed to keep his gun after U.S. authorities knew he'd become increasingly paranoid and was hearing voices. Esteban Santiago, 26, had trouble controlling his anger after serving in Iraq and told his brother that he felt he was being chased and controlled by...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – FBI: Gunman Flew To Florida Specifically To Attack Airport

January 7, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Florida appears to have traveled there specifically to carry out the attack, authorities said Saturday, but they don't know why he chose his target and have not ruled out terrorism. Authorities said during a news conference that they had interviewed roughly...

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