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Bangkok – Iranian Bomb Suspects In Bangkok Claim Innocence

December 21, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Bangkok - Two Iranians arrested after a botched bomb plot that allegedly targeted Israeli diplomats say they're innocent and were stunned to discover explosives stashed in a cabinet in their rented Bangkok home, a lawyer said Friday. Both men appeared in court Friday, 10 months after the explosives blew apart their home in a residential Bangkok neighborhood on Valentine's Day. The explosion...

San Francisco – Click, Print, Shoot: Downloadable Guns Possible

December 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM
San Francisco - Downloading a gun design to your computer, building it with a three-dimensional printer that uses plastics and other materials, and firing it minutes later. No background checks, no questions asked. Sound far-fetched? It's not. And that is disquieting for gun control advocates. Rep. Steven Israel, D-NY, said the prospect of such guns becoming reality is reason enough for the...

Washington – Clinton: Sen. Inouye The Most Remarkable American I Have Ever Known

December 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Washington - Former President Bill Clinton is hailing the late Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye (ih-NOH'-way) as "one of the most remarkable Americans I have ever known." At a National Cathedral service filled with dignitaries, Clinton called Inouye courageous without being sanctimonious, and a friend to both the former president and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. On the...

Washington – NRA Calls For Guns To Protect Schools

December 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Washington - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings." The National Rifle Association broke its silence on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy...

Washington – Boehner On Averting Fiscal Cliff: ‘God Only Knows’

December 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner says he's still open to talks with President Barack Obama on avoiding the double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts but he needs Obama to compromise more. Boehner spoke to reporters Friday morning, hours after his rank-and-file Republicans handed him a bitter defeat. Boehner was forced to pull his bill to raise taxes on millionaires...

Washington – Obama Nominating Kerry For Secretary Of State

December 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term. If confirmed, Kerry would take the helm at the State Department from outgoing Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long stated her intentions...

Washington – Obama On Gun Violence: ‘We Hear You’

December 21, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Washington - President Barack Obama says his administration has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun laws following last week's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, telling respondents to an online petition, "We hear you." The president said in a video released Friday that he has been encouraged that many gun owners have said there are steps the nation can take to prevent...

Newtown, CT – Bells Toll For Victims 1 Week After Shooting

December 21, 2012 at 09:47 AM
Newtown, CT - The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community — and the nation — to its core. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered with other officials in rain and wind on the steps of the Edmond Town Hall as the bell rang 26 times in...

Washington – Analysis: Boehner Has Few Options In Fiscal Cliff Mess

December 21, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Washington - Now that House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" for addressing the "fiscal cliff" has crashed and burned, the top U.S. Republican appears to have two remaining options - wash his hands of the entire matter or negotiate a compromise with Democrats that could abandon scores of his fellow Republicans. The Republican rank and file and Democrats may face an equally stark choice: work...

New York – High Winds Delay Flights At NYC Airports

December 21, 2012 at 09:15 AM
New York - Heavy winds and rain showers are buffeting the New York City area, clogging roads and delaying flights at major airports. The Federal Aviation Administration says some flights arriving at La Guardia Airport in Queens on Friday morning are delayed an average of nearly three hours each. Flights heading to John F. Kennedy International Airport were not permitted to take off until after...

Manhattan, NY – Thousands Of Rare Posters Stolen By Nazis To Be Auctioned

December 21, 2012 at 09:15 AM
Manhattan, NY - Several thousand pre-World War II posters seized by the Nazis are coming to a New York City auction. The 4,000 posters are by such noted artists as Alphonse Mucha (Moo-KAH') and Jules Cheret (Shuh-REH'). Their estimated value is $10 million. Guernsey's auction house says if a single buyer cannot be found for the entire collection, the posters will be sold Jan...

New York, NY – Record Number of New Yorkers Arrested During Bloomberg Era

December 21, 2012 at 09:02 AM
New York, NY - Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg heralding a record-low number of inmates in city jails, the amount of people arrested during his administration is the highest in city history, DNAinfo.com New York has found. In fact, the number of NYPD arrests in the Big Apple has jumped nearly 23 percent since Bloomberg took office — there were 338,788 collars in 2002 compared to 413,573 last...

Pyongyang – North Korea Says It Has Arrested An American Citizen

December 21, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Pyongyang, North Korea - North Korea said on Friday it had detained an American tourist on charges of perpetrating a crime against the state and is putting him through criminal proceedings, indicating it is set to try him. Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tourist who travelled to visit North Korea last month, has been detained by police in the reclusive state, associates of his family and...

Newtown, CT – Gunman’s Mother A Subject Of Sympathy For Some, Anger For Others

December 21, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Newtown, CT - When people here speak of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, they use the number 26: the ones killed after Adam Lanza stormed his way into the school. When the bells of Newtown toll mournfully Friday morning to honor the victims of last week's shooting rampage, they'll do so 26 times, for each child and staff member killed. Rarely do residents mention the first...

Washington – Obama Vows To Press Ahead On Fiscal Cliff Solution

December 21, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Washington - President Barack Obama says he'll press ahead with Congress in hopes of preventing across-the-board tax increases set to strike taxpayers Jan. 1 after House GOP leaders unexpectedly put off a vote on legislation calling for higher rates on million-dollar earners Thursday evening. The measure "did not have sufficient support from our members to pass," House Speaker John Boehner...

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