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New York – NYPD Shows Muscle After Paris Attacks With New Counterterrorism Team

November 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM
New York - New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton deployed a new counterterrorism team on Monday, three days after the deadly attacks in Paris by militants he says will likely target his city next. Bratton introduced 100 new members of the Police Department's Critical Response Command, who received special training. The Counterterrorism Units' goal is foiling attacks, particularly by...

Paris – Jewish Paris Cafe Owner Loses Wife, Friends In Terror Attack

November 16, 2015 at 11:20 PM
Paris - Halima Saadi Ndiaye was celebrating her 36th birthday in a cafe where her brother worked when terror took over. Within a minute, she was dead. Within hours, her sister Hodda was, too. Her brother Khaled tried in vain to save them along with friends and other cafe patrons. The memory tortures him, along with worry about the future of his neighborhood, a place proud of its diversity and...

New York – Must Starwood Elites Give Up The High Life Under Marriott?

November 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM
New York - Somewhere between their Westin Heavenly Beds and the room's rainfall shower system, Starwood hotel loyalists were struck Monday morning by a new reality: their beloved loyalty program would soon be gobbled up by Marriott's less-generous reward system. "It ruined my breakfast. I realized all the effort put into lifetime status with Starwood has been wasted," says Edward Pizzarello, a...

Knoxville , TN – Trump Says He Has An Instinct For Sensing Threats

November 16, 2015 at 10:47 PM
Knoxville , TN - As the hunt for the perpetrators of the attacks in Paris continue, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Monday that he is uniquely qualified to be commander-in-chief because he has an "instinct" for sensing threats. "In my book I predicted terrorism. Because I can feel it," said Trump, speaking to thousands of supporters packed into Tennessee's Knoxville...

Washington – US OKs Sale Of $1.3 Billion In Guided Bombs To Saudi Arabia

November 16, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Washington - The Obama administration has approved a $1.3 billion sale of bombing munitions to Saudi Arabia as its air force strikes rebel targets in Yemen. The State Department says the package includes several laser-guided and other bomb models. A statement says the deal "replenishes" weapons stocks that are being depleted in Saudi counterterrorism operations. Congress has been notified...

Baghdad – As World Mourns Paris, Many In Mideast See Double-standard

November 16, 2015 at 10:02 PM
Baghdad - Within hours of last week's Paris attacks, as outrage and sympathy flooded his social media feeds and filled the airwaves, Baghdad resident Ali al-Makhzomy updated his Facebook cover photo to read "solidarity" — and his friends were shocked. "Everyone was like why are you posting about Paris and not about the attacks in Baghdad every day," the recent law school graduate said. "A...

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Police Beating Video Prompts Call For Charges

November 16, 2015 at 09:35 PM
San Francisco, CA - A video showing two sheriff's deputies using their fists and batons to batter a suspect who seemed to be surrendering in a San Francisco alley has prompted two Bay Area public defenders to call for criminal charges against the officers. The beating comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of police use of force after several high-profile confrontations with suspects that...

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Mayor: US Gun Violence Is Also Terrorism

November 16, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia's mayor on Monday called gun violence in American cities "domestic terrorism" that is no different from international terrorism. Mayor Michael Nutter said in a phone interview after a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington that citizens want to feel safe, no matter where they live. "Domestic...

Mountain View, Ca – Google Antsy As California Slow On Self-driving Car Rules

November 16, 2015 at 08:22 PM
Mountain View, Ca - Hustling to bring cars that drive themselves to a road near you, Google finds itself somewhere that has frustrated many before: Waiting on the Department of Motor Vehicles. The tech titan wants the freedom to give the public access to self-driving prototypes it has been testing on public roads since the summer. Before granting that permission, California regulators want...

Washington – Clinton Campaign Defends Democrat’s Ties To Wall Street

November 16, 2015 at 08:02 PM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her long-running ties to the nation's finance industry on Monday, bringing out allies to argue that she would take a tough approach to regulating the industry despite receiving tens of millions in both personal and campaign cash from Wall Street in her career. Former Rep. Barney Frank, a driving force behind the 2010 financial overhaul law that...

Detroit – Experts Say States Lack Legal Authority To Block Refugees

November 16, 2015 at 07:25 PM
Detroit - Governors across the U.S. have threatened to stop accepting Syrian refugees following last week's attacks in Paris, even as experts counter they lack legal authority to block the relocations. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama, whose administration recently pledged to accept about 10,000 Syrian refugees, argued Monday that the United States needs to allow them because many are fleeing...

Paris – Who Were The Paris Attackers? Many Crossed Officials’ Radar

November 16, 2015 at 07:01 PM
Paris - French police, prosecutors and journalists have unveiled details about the men accused of carrying out rapid-fire attacks across Paris on Friday. Altogether, authorities say that three teams of attackers participated in the bloody assault, though the precise strength of each team hasn't been made clear. Seven men were killed in the attacks, and at least one suspected participant remains...

Washington – FBI: U.S. Hate Crimes Fell 8 Percent In 2014

November 16, 2015 at 06:26 PM
Washington - U.S. hate crimes fell 8 percent in 2014, with race by far the most common bias trigger, the FBI said on Monday. Police recorded 5,479 crimes motivated by bias last year, down from 5,928 in 2013, the FBI said in a breakdown of data from the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The 5,462 incidents involving a single bias totaled 6,681 victims. Of the victims, 48.3 percent were...

New York – Transplant Gives New Face, Scalp To Burned Firefighter (video)

November 16, 2015 at 06:06 PM
New York - A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday. The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The patient, 41-year-old Patrick Hardison, is still undergoing physical therapy at the hospital but plans to return home to...

Boston – 16 Weapons Missing After US Army Reserve Center Break-in

November 16, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Boston - A man broke into a central Massachusetts Army Reserve center and made off with 16 weapons, and officials said Monday they were still trying to determine how it happened. Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus said in a statement that the break-in occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Army Reserve Center. Firefighters and police responded to a...

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