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New York – O’Reilly, Will In Vitriolic Dispute Over Reagan

November 11, 2015 at 11:55 PM
New York - Bill O'Reilly and George Will have escalated their extraordinary feud this week, a dispute that encompasses the leading cable television news outlet, a publishing empire and the legacy of the conservative movement's most revered politician. Will's most recent column in The Washington Post, headlined "Bill O'Reilly makes a mess of history," followed up their onscreen confrontation...

New York – Several Smaller Daily Fantasy Sports Sites Close Shop In NY

November 11, 2015 at 11:30 PM
New York - Several smaller daily fantasy sports sites have stopped doing business in New York after the state's attorney general ordered market leaders FanDuel and DraftKings to stop taking bets there. DailyMVP and DraftOps said they stopped taking payments in New York after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought to shut down the business in the state by their larger competitors. In...

United Nations – Kerry Urges World To Condemn Anti-Semitism And Bigotry

November 11, 2015 at 11:18 PM
United Nations - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the world on Wednesday to condemn rising anti-Semitism and bigotry and unite in the struggle against violent extremism and "terrorist bigots," speaking Wednesday at a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the adoption of a U.N. resolution equating Zionism with racism. Kerry called the 1975 resolution ominous because it gave "a global...

Washington – Carson Talks Issues _ And Comes Up Short On Specifics

November 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Ben Carson got the chance he wanted to talk substance in the latest Republican debate. Be careful what you ask for. In his turns at the microphone, the popular political neophyte bobbled more than a few facts, struggled for coherence at times and offered a nearly blank slate on what he'd do as president about the Islamic State, big banks and other leading issues of the...

London – Beer Merger Will Not Bring Budweiser, Miller Under Same Roof

November 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM
London - The world's two biggest beer makers will join forces to create a company that produces almost a third of the world's beer. But in the U.S., the deal will not bring arch rivals Budweiser and Miller under the same roof. Budweiser maker AB InBev announced Wednesday a final agreement to buy SABMiller for 71 billion pounds ($107 billion). To ease concerns the brewing behemoth might get...

Washington – Trump Touts Program With Dark History As Deportation Model

November 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM
Washington - As proof that he can successfully and humanely deport the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump often touts the efforts of the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s. He did so again in this week's Republican debate, saying "you don't get nicer, you don't get friendlier" than President Dwight D. Eisenhower...

New York – Israel’s Herzog: Judge Netanyahu-Obama Talks By Peace Moves

November 11, 2015 at 09:31 PM
New York - Israel's opposition leader says the success of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with President Barack Obama will be judged on whether Israel keeps its "qualitative military edge" and if the Israeli leader remains committed to pursuing peace with the Palestinians. Isaac Herzog said the understandings and memorandum to keep Israel's military edge discussed by Obama and...

Paris – US Wins Bid To Remain On UNESCO Board Despite Arrears

November 11, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Paris - The United States has been re-elected to UNESCO's executive board, a symbolic victory for Washington as it seeks to retain sway in the U.N. cultural and scientific agency even though the U.S. stopped financing it. Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently traveled to Paris to woo UNESCO diplomats, hailed Wednesday's decision. In a statement, he said the U.S. would use its role to...

Geneva – Rare Blue Diamond Sells For Record $48.5 Million At Auction

November 11, 2015 at 08:34 PM
Geneva - Sotheby's says a rare blue diamond has sold for a record 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.5 million) at a Geneva auction, including fees. The 12.03-carat 'Blue Moon' diamond, set in a ring, is said to be among the largest known fancy vivid blue diamonds and was the showpiece gem at Wednesday's auction in Geneva. The price fell within the pre-auction estimate of $35-$55 million. A packed...

Tokyo – Japan’s First Passenger Plane In 50 Years Makes Maiden Flight

November 11, 2015 at 08:01 PM
Tokyo - Japan's first commercial passenger plane in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry able to challenge some of the major players in global aviation. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) successfully completed a 1.5-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's...

Lakewood Township, NJ – Official: Anti-Islamic Police Training Class Inappropriate

November 11, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Lakewood Township, NJ - New Jersey officials say it was inappropriate for a county police academy to have a self-described former Muslim terrorist speak at a class called "Know Your Enemy." The state will hand out new police training guidelines to New Jersey's 21 county prosecutors, Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, told the Asbury Park Press...

Jerusalem – A Look At The Growth Of Israeli Settlements Over The Years

November 11, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Jerusalem - The European Union's move to label goods produced in Israeli settlements is the latest expression of international disapproval of one of the country's most controversial policies. The Palestinians view Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a major obstacle to reaching any two-state solution, saying they carve up lands expected to form a future Palestinian state...

Seattle – Jury Awards $21.5 Million To Man Injured By Cruise Ship Door

November 11, 2015 at 06:25 PM
Seattle - A federal jury in Seattle awarded $21.5 million in damages to an Illinois man who was injured by an automatic sliding-glass door on a cruise ship in 2011. The verdict included $16.5 million in punitive damages. James Hausman's attorneys argued during a nine-day trial that dozens of other passengers have been injured by the doors on Holland America Line cruises because of problems...

Washington – Billionaire Koch Not Planning To Donate In U.S. Presidential Primary

November 11, 2015 at 06:02 PM
Washington - Billionaire Charles Koch said he is unlikely to support a candidate in the U.S. presidential primary race but is likely to help a Republican in the November 2016 general election, USA Today reported on Wednesday. “I have no plans to support anybody in the primary now,” Koch told USA Today. “If they start saying things we think are beneficial overall and will change the...

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – Tourists Vacate Egypt After Russian Plane Crash

November 11, 2015 at 05:38 PM
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Tourism bookings in Egypt's main Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh have plunged in the wake of a Russian plane crash, officials said Wednesday, amid fears the airliner may have been downed by a bomb. Some 80 percent of reservations have been cancelled and at least 40 percent of tourists have left the Egyptian resort since the crash, said Hussein Fawzy, head of the...

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