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New York – Trump’s Mix Of Business, Politics Makes For Unorthodox Bid

December 19, 2015 at 11:49 PM
New York - It can be hard to see where Donald Trump the business ends and Donald Trump the presidential candidate begins. When Trump is confronted by his political rivals, the Republican front-runner's company attorney threatens lawsuits on corporate letterhead. When Trump's campaign needs event space, private businesses sometimes provide it free. The political novice's use of corporate...

California – State Employee On Leave After Anti-Muslim Slurs

December 19, 2015 at 11:22 PM
California - A woman charged with a hate crime after being recorded making anti-Islamic slurs and throwing coffee at a Muslim man has been placed on administrative leave from her job with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The Alameda County district attorney's office charged Denise Slader earlier this week with misdemeanor battery and civil rights...

Bronx, NY – Drug Bust Nets 136 Pounds Of Cocaine Worth Estimated $3 Million

December 19, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Bronx, NY - Two men were arrested and nearly $3 million worth of cocaine was seized in New York City in what is being described as the biggest bust involving the drug in recent years as heroin abuse has surged, law enforcement authorities said on Saturday. Mark Soto and Xavier Herbert-Gumbs, face felony drug possession charges after authorities said they found a total of 136 pounds (61.7 kg...

San Francisco – U.S. Justice Department Probes Data Breach At Uber

December 19, 2015 at 10:50 PM
San Francisco - The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation of a May 2014 data breach at ride service Uber, including an examination of whether any employees at competitor Lyft were involved in the episode, sources familiar with the situation said. Earlier this year, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers' names and their license numbers had been improperly...

Pearl Harbor – Obama, Family Back In Hawaii For Annual Holiday Vacation

December 19, 2015 at 10:15 PM
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - After a somber start to his vacation, President Barack Obama arrived in Hawaii on Saturday to celebrate Christmas and ring in his final year as president. Air Force One carrying Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the wee hours of the first day of his annual two-week holiday getaway from...

California – After San Bernardino Shootings, Muslim-American Families Cover Hijabs With Hoodies

December 19, 2015 at 09:41 PM
California - Mirvette Judeh began covering her hijab with a hoodie two weeks ago while in the car with her young children. Someone might want to hurt their mother, she explained to them, because the head scarf easily identifies her as Muslim. "Now I have to have these conversations with my kids," said Judeh, 39, who lives in southern California. "That's what breaks my heart - to tell my kids...

Jerusalem – Israel To Ease Its Blockade Of Gaza, Reports Turkish Newspaper

December 19, 2015 at 09:03 PM
Jerusalem - Israel will ease its blockade on the Gaza Strip as part of a reconciliation with Turkey, the Turkish newspaper Sabah Daily, which is affiliated with the ruling party of Turkey, reported on Saturday.  According to t, Israel will also compensate the victims of the Mavi Marmara flotilla, totaling a sum of $20 million, and diplomatic relations will be restored between the two...

Contoocook, NH – Bush Has A Moment Of ‘Self-Therapy,’ Calls Trump ‘A Jerk’

December 19, 2015 at 08:19 PM
Contoocook, NH - Days after going toe-to-toe with Donald Trump on the debate stage, Jeb Bush seemed to relish his new role as the Republican front-runner's chief critic while campaigning on Saturday in New Hampshire. "I've got to get this off my chest: Donald Trump is a jerk," Bush said, unprompted, between answering two voters' questions. Then he slammed the billionaire businessman for...

Washington – Obama Urges Americans Remain Vigilant Against Homegrown Threats

December 19, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama urged Americans to remain vigilant against the potential threat of homegrown Islamic State militants on Friday, acknowledging the difficulty of tracking "lone wolf" attackers like those who went on a shooting spree in California. Obama appeared in the White House press briefing room for a year-end news conference shortly before traveling to San Bernardino...

London – British Holocaust Campaigner Greville Janner Dies

December 19, 2015 at 07:36 PM
London - British peer Greville Janner, a prominent campaigner for Holocaust victims who was later accused of child sex abuse, has died aged 87, British media reported on Saturday. Janner, a former member of parliament for the Labour Party for almost 30 years and ex-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, was best-known for his calls for reparations for families of thousands of Jews...

Washington – Republican Ted Cruz Jumps Seven Points Into Second Place: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

December 19, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Republican support for U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz rose this week as voters keyed in on the senator from Texas as the top alternative to Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday. Cruz had the support of 17 percent of likely Republican voters, behind Donald Trump, who remained the front runner with support of 31 percent of respondents in the five-day...

Brooklyn, NY – Assault Charges Against Williamsburg Jewish Man Accused Of Beating Gay Black College Student Dismissed

December 19, 2015 at 06:46 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Assault charges against an Orthodox Jewish man alleged to have participated in the gang beating of a gay black college student in Williamsburg in 2013 have been dismissed. NYDAILYNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1PhwCQG) reports that prosecutors told a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge that "in the interest of justice" they were dismissing all charges again 27 year-old Joseph Fried. Fried...

San Bernardino, CA – In Meeting With Obama, Victim Families Share Tears, Stories

December 19, 2015 at 06:33 PM
San Bernardino. CA - At a table inside the Indian Springs High School library, Mandy Pifer sat alone, the last name of her boyfriend killed in the San Bernardino terrorist attack printed on a label in front of her. Nearby, relatives of the 13 other people killed sat and waited anxiously. Some clutched memorial service programs with the photos and biographies of their deceased. One held the...

United Nations – UN Endorses Peace Process For Syria; No Mention Of Assad

December 19, 2015 at 06:11 PM
United Nations - The U.N. Security Council's unanimous support of a peace process for Syria that is set to begin next month with government-opposition talks and a cease-fire represents its strongest gesture yet in support of a solution to the civil war. The council's adoption of a resolution Friday backing the plan comes amid world powers' growing sense that the top priority in Syria should be...

Tel Aviv – Three Wounded In Ra’anana Stabbing Attack By Palestinian Terrorist

December 19, 2015 at 05:46 PM
Tel Aviv - Israeli police say a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis in the central city of Raanana, seriously wounding one of them, before being shot and then arrested by Israeli security forces. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says a 20-year-old Palestinian man stabbed the Israelis on Saturday, in a rare attack on the Jewish Sabbath. An Israeli man was stabbed in the stomach and seriously...

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