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Atlanta, GA – Teacher Asks 13-year-old Muslim Student If She Has A Bomb

December 12, 2015 at 11:45 PM
Atlanta, GA - The father of a Muslim middle school student says a teacher asked his daughter if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack The school's principal has apologized for the incident, according to a spokeswoman. Abdirizak Aden said the teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, stopped his 13-year-old daughter, who wears a hijab, and asked if she had a...

Des Moines, IA – Donald Trump Adds A New Target: Ted Cruz

December 12, 2015 at 11:16 PM
Des Moines, IA - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has finally unleashed a verbal assault on the one rival he has so far spared. Trump went after Ted Cruz at a town hall event in Iowa Friday evening, accusing the Texas senator of being beholden to big oil companies because he opposes ethanol subsidies, which are deeply popular in this agricultural state. "He's a nice guy. I...

New York – Another Top Politician Conviction Roils Albany

December 12, 2015 at 10:58 PM
Albany, NY - For the second time in as many weeks, a former top New York politician was convicted on federal corruption charges, prompting calls for tougher ethics rules and threatening to further undermine citizens' trust in their state government. A federal jury convicted former Senate Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam on charges that the 67-year-old Long Island Republican used his...

Iraq – How Saddam’s Fighters Help Islamic State Rule

December 12, 2015 at 10:33 PM
Iraq - Mohannad is a spy for Islamic State. He eavesdrops on chatter in the street markets of Mosul and reports back to his handlers when someone breaks the militant group’s rules. One man he informed on this year – a street trader defying a ban on selling cigarettes – was fined and tortured by Islamic State fighters, according to a friend of Mohannad’s family. If the trader did not stop...

Aiken, SC – Trump: Roberts ‘Disgraceful’ On High Court; Thomas Favorite

December 12, 2015 at 10:10 PM
Aiken, SC - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is "disgraceful" and a "disappointment" to conservatives, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday, while praising Associate Justice Clarence Thomas as his favorite member of the high court. "Justice Roberts really let us down. What he did with Obamacare was disgraceful, and I think he did that because he wanted to be...

Jerusalem – Safed Chief Rabbi: Reform And Conservative Movements Causing ‘Spiritual Holocaust’

December 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Jerusalem - The latest round of tensions between Diaspora Jewry and the Israeli religious establishment over Chief Rabbi David Lau’s criticism of Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit to a school of the Conservative Movement in New York has elicited another round of criticism on both sides of the debate. President and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America Jerry Silverman...

Trenton, NJ – NJ Plans Vote On Expanding Casinos Beyond Atlantic City

December 12, 2015 at 09:44 PM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey voters would be asked in November whether to approve two new casinos in the northern part of the state under an agreement unveiled Friday by state lawmakers. The deal announced by Senate President Steve Sweeney calls for a November 2016 referendum on whether to approve two new casinos in separate northern New Jersey counties. The ballot question would not specify...

Colorado – ACLU Official Resigns After Suggesting Trump Supporters Be Shot

December 12, 2015 at 09:20 PM
Colorado - The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado said on Friday it had accepted the resignation of a co-chair who came under criticism for a Facebook post that said people who insist on voting for Donald Trump should be told they will be shot. Loring Wirbel, who served as co-chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of the ACLU, also compared Trump, the current Republican presidential...

California – Senate Candidate Criticized For Saying: Two Of 10 Muslims Would Engage In Terrorism

December 12, 2015 at 09:01 PM
California - A congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate was sharply criticized Friday after suggesting that as many as two of 10 Muslims would engage in terrorism to establish a strict Islamic state. In response, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez issued a statement saying the estimate did not reflect her views on the Muslim community in America, and most Muslims around the world are committed to...

Geneva – Two Syrians Arrested After Traces Of Explosives Found, City Remains On High Alert

December 12, 2015 at 08:38 PM
Geneva - Two Syrian men were arrested in Geneva on Friday after traces of explosives were found in their car, Switzerland's attorney general said on Saturday, confirming media reports. Criminal proceedings have been opened against the two under a law prohibiting groups such as al Qaeda and Islamic State, a statement from the attorney general's office said. It did not give any names or other...

Warsaw – Thousands Opposed To New Government March In Poland

December 12, 2015 at 07:13 PM
Warsaw - Tens of thousands of Poles marched in Warsaw and other cities Saturday to protest the role the country's president and its new conservative government have had in swelling political discord. A new group calling itself the Committee for the Defense of Democracy organized the marches and opposition parties joined in. They argue that President Andrzej Duda and the new government are...

Coachella, CA – Authorities Detain Person Of Interest In Mosque Arson Fire

December 12, 2015 at 07:08 PM
Coachella, CA - A person of interest has been detained in the investigation of a suspected arson fire at a Southern California mosque, authorities said. Riverside County sheriff's officials said late Friday that the person was being questioned but declined to provide further details. No arrests were announced. Earlier the department released a statement calling the blaze "an intentional...

Saudi Arabia – Prince Alwaleed On Twitter Calls Trump A ‘Disgrace To America’

December 12, 2015 at 06:40 PM
Saudi Arabia - Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has called Donald Trump a disgrace to the United States following his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country, and demanded the Republican front-runner withdraw from the U.S. presidential race. Trump triggered an international uproar when he made his comments in response to last week's deadly shootings in California by two Muslims who...

Hackensack, NJ – Malls In Three U.S. States Evacuated On Busy Holiday Shopping Day

December 12, 2015 at 06:22 PM
Hackensack, NJ - Thousands of shoppers were evacuated from malls in at least three states on Saturday as bomb threats or scares disrupted one of the busiest days of year for holiday shopping. The evacuations come at a time of heightened vigilance in public places across the country, a week after a husband and wife gunned down 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, in what...

Paris – World Agree To Landmark Global Pact On Climate Change

December 12, 2015 at 05:46 PM
Paris - The global climate summit in Paris agreed a landmark accord on Saturday, setting the course for a "historic" transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming. The deal comes at the tail end of the hottest year on record and after four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, and...

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