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Washington – For US Travelers With Full Passports, Time To Get A New One

November 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Attention, international business travelers: The U.S. government will stop providing extra pages for visas and stamps when your passports fill up. As of Jan. 1, the State Department is eliminating the 24-page inserts that Americans can buy when their passports lack space for entry and exit stamps. A statement says the decision will enhance security and bring the U.S. in line...

Washington – Kerry Says U.S. Can ‘neutralize’ Islamic State Quicker Than It Did Al Qaeda

November 19, 2015 at 11:41 PM
Washington - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the United States has the ability to "neutralize" Islamic State much faster than it was able to do with al Qaeda. "We are going to defeat Daesh. We always said it will take time," Kerry said, using an alternative name for the Islamist militant group. "We began our fight against al Qaeda in 2001 and it took us quite a few...

Washington – Officials: Several Paris Attackers Were On U.S. Watchlists

November 19, 2015 at 11:23 PM
Washington - At least four of the Paris attackers were listed in a central counter-terrorism database maintained by the U.S. intelligence community, five U.S. officials said on Thursday. At least one and possibly more of the attackers was also on a more selective U.S. "no fly list", three of the officials said, though they would not provide a specific number. In coordinated attacks in...

Tel Aviv – Israeli Artist Remembers Legendary Holocaust Victim

November 19, 2015 at 11:02 PM
Tel Aviv - With World War II underway and the Nazis closing in, 16-year-old Itzchak Belfer decided to flee his native Poland and head east to Soviet Russia. The man who had raised the Jewish boy like a son tearfully gave him his blessing, slipped the teen some money and said, "the chicks are leaving the nest." It would be the last time Belfer saw Januscz Korczak, a trailblazing educator who...

Paris – Discarded Cell Phone Led To Paris Attacks Ringleader

November 19, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Paris - French investigators tracked down the alleged ringleader of last week's Paris bloodshed after receiving a startling tipoff: The Islamic militant wasn't in Syria but in Europe, plotting yet another attack. A discarded cellphone found near a bloodied concert hall led them to his cousin, and then to a suburban Paris apartment where both died in a hail of bullets and explosions. As a...

Los Angeles, CA – NYPD Detectives Aid In Los Angeles Stabbing Case

November 19, 2015 at 10:01 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Two New York City detectives said Thursday that chemistry built over an eight-year partnership helped them quickly subdue a man accused of slashing a Russian tourist on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Detectives Albert Ramos and Dan Mulligan, in Los Angeles on police business, were off-duty and had just left a coffee shop Wednesday afternoon when they heard a commotion and saw...

Paris – Woman Who Died In Paris Raid Had Been Under Surveillance

November 19, 2015 at 09:28 PM
Paris - Hasna Aitboulahcen lived a secular life, drinking alcohol and rarely visiting a mosque, but police say she died an extremist's death: blowing herself up by detonating a suicide vest. The 26-year-old daughter of a Moroccan immigrant had been under police surveillance because her name came up in a drug-trafficking case, said a police union official, speaking on condition of anonymity...

New York – Watchdog Group Seeks Probe Of Billionaire Adelson’s U.S. Political Donations

November 19, 2015 at 09:03 PM
New York - A U.S. government watchdog group has asked two federal oversight agencies to investigate billionaire Sheldon Adelson to determine if any money he donated to political campaigns in the past was illegally laundered in his foreign casinos. Adelson, the single biggest Republican donor in the 2012 presidential election, is the chief executive of Las Vegas Sands Corp, which derives the...

New York – UnitedHealth Cuts Outlook, May Exit Obamacare Plans

November 19, 2015 at 08:32 PM
New York - The nation's largest health insurer is questioning its future in public insurance exchanges, the latest signal of major concerns about the online marketplaces that have helped the affordable Care Act extend coverage to millions of people. UnitedHealth Group said Thursday that it will scale back marketing for plans it sells on the exchanges and decide next year whether it will even...

New York – Police Boss Says NYC Mayor Late To Address Homeless Problem

November 19, 2015 at 08:07 PM
New York - New York City's police commissioner has said the mayor was late to acknowledge rising homelessness a day after his boss pledged $2.6 billion toward the problem. William Bratton said Thursday that street homelessness had "exploded" during the past two years under Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh). The Wall Street Journal reports (http://on.wsj.com/1X1oPeU ) he said the...

Singapore – As Telegram Messaging App Blocks Islamic State Sites, New Ones Pop Up

November 19, 2015 at 07:31 PM
Singapore - Mobile messaging service Telegram is racing to shut down broadcast channels used by Islamic State to promote its causes and recruit members, but the group is creating new channels apparently just as quickly. Berlin-based Telegram, created two years ago by the founder of Russia's most popular social network site Vkontakte, has caught on in many corners of the globe as an...

Detroit – Syrian Refugees Are Put Through Years Of Screening

November 19, 2015 at 07:02 PM
Detroit - Over and over, Nedal Al-Hayk and his wife traveled up to three hours by bus from their temporary home in Jordan to an office where U.S. Homeland Security officials put them in separate rooms and asked them many questions in many different ways: Where were you born? Where were your parents born? Were you part of a rebel group? Were you politically outspoken? Finally, nearly three...

Downey, CA – California Police Officer Killed During Botched Robbery

November 19, 2015 at 06:30 PM
owney, CA - Three young men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing a California police officer and former Marine in what investigators described as a botched robbery as the lawman sat in his own car after work. Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez, 29, was in plainclothes in the driver's seat of his car at the end of his shift when two men ran up and opened fire late Wednesday...

Trenton, NJ – Three New York Men Sentenced For ‘Get’ Coercion

November 19, 2015 at 06:06 PM
Trenton, NJ - Three New York men who pleaded guilty to trying to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce have been sentenced. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday Avrohom Goldstein, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 45 months. Ariel Potash, of Monsey, New York, got a 14-month sentence and Sholom Schuchat, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to time served. All three pleaded guilty...

Washington – New Islamic State Video Threatens Attack On White House

November 19, 2015 at 06:02 PM
Washington - Islamic State militants released a video on Thursday threatening the White House with suicide bombings and car blasts and vowing to conduct more attacks on France. The six-minute video released by Islamic State fighters in Iraq applauds last week's Paris attacks, according to a translation of the Arabic provided by the Maryland-based SITE Intelligence Group. The latest threat...

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