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Germany – Police In Munich Warn Of ‘Imminent Threat’ Of Terror Attack, Evacuate Train Stations

December 31, 2015 at 05:26 PM
Germany - Police in Munich warned of "serious, imminent threat" of a terror attack late Thursday and asked people to stay away from the city's main train station and a second train station in the city's Pasing neighborhood. In a statement posted on Facebook, police said that according to "serious information, there could be an attack tonight." The warning came about an hour before the city...

Atlanta – American Airlines Merges Operations Of Unit U.S. Airways

December 31, 2015 at 05:01 PM
Atlanta - American Airlines Group Inc said its unit U.S. Airways Group merged with the company, as part of efforts to integrate operations of the businesses following a merger in 2013. American Airlines Group, the owner of American Airlines, said U.S. Airways Group and its airline U.S. Airways ceased to exist as a separate entity effective Dec. 30, 2015. The companies have already been...

Berlin – Amazon Gives Income From Anti-Islam Group’s Song To Refugees

December 31, 2015 at 04:28 PM
Berlin - Online retailer Amazon has pledged to donate its share of revenues from the sale of a song by the anti-Islam group PEGIDA to refugees, undermining the cause of the far-right movement. PEGIDA'S song "Together We Are Strong" can be downloaded for 1.29 euros ($1.4 dollars) on Amazon and has been on its top-100 list for several days. Amazon had come under pressure by social media...

London – Jewish Trucker Who Became Special Constable After Being Victimized By Anti-Semitism Wins Award

December 31, 2015 at 04:01 PM
London - A 31-year-old trucker who became a special constable after being victimized by anti-Semitism has won the national award for his community-related police tweets. MANCHESTEREVENINGNEWS.co.uk (http://bit.ly/1YRoWuy) reports that Moshe Rothstein, a Salford trucker who logs over 100K miles annually, volunteers in his off-time as a special constable for Greater Manchester...

Tehran – In Response To Sanctions Report, Iran Orders Stepped-up Missile Production

December 31, 2015 at 03:30 PM
Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday ordered the accelerated production of missiles in response to possible new U.S. sanctions. In a letter to the defense minister published on the president's website, Rouhani said Iran won't accept any limitations on its missile program. A senior U.S. official told the AP on Wednesday that America is considering designating a number of additional...

Jerusalem – Rare Indictment Against IDF Soldiers For Killing Palestinian Minor

December 31, 2015 at 03:01 PM
Jerusalem - Three years after two IDF soldiers shot and killed unarmed Palestinian Samir Awad, 16, near the West Bank security barrier in January 2013, the Central District Attorney's Office has filed an indictment against the two for negligence in the killing. The decision to indict soldiers, whose names were finally revealed for the first time as Asaf Goldberg and Arthur Dennison, in...

Washington – Obama-Seinfeld Show: ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Airs (watch)

December 31, 2015 at 02:33 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama and comedian Jerry Seinfeld compare cars and trade one-liners in a 19-minute episode of "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee." The episode began airing Wednesday night, and opens with Seinfeld phoning the president. Seinfeld compliments Obama for "cutting all that red tape in Washington" when Obama appears to answer the call directly. While Seinfeld...

London – WhatsApp Briefly Goes Offline Worldwide

December 31, 2015 at 02:03 PM
London - WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered outages in parts of Europe, America and Canada for a short period on Thursday, leaving people unable to send or receive messages. "We've restored service back to 100 percent for everyone and we apologize for the inconvenience," a WhatsApp spokesman told Reuters. He, however, did not provide details on what led to the...

Dubai – Massive Fire Breaks Out At Dubai Hotel Near World’s Tallest Building

December 31, 2015 at 01:13 PM
Dubai - Fire engulfed a luxury building near the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai on Thursday, where tens of thousands of people had gathered for a massive New Year's fireworks display. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of the building, which would likely have been packed with people because of its clear view of the 828-meter (905-yard) tall...

Hawaii – President Obama To Take Executive Action On Guns Background Checks

December 31, 2015 at 12:54 PM
Hawaii - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce executive action expanding background checks on gun sales, media outlets reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with White House proposals and planning. The changes, which could come as soon as next week, would include requiring more small-scale gun sellers to be licensed and to conduct a background check whenever selling a...

Washington – Ben Carson’s Campaign Manager, Communications Director Resign

December 31, 2015 at 12:52 PM
Washington - Two top aides in U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's campaign have resigned, the campaign said on Thursday. Communications director Doug Watts announced his and campaign manager Barry Bennett's resignations effective immediately in a statement, saying they respect the retired neurosurgeon and have enjoyed helping him reach "top tier status" in the crowded...

St. Louis – Flooding Forcing Evacuations, Traffic Troubles In Missouri

December 31, 2015 at 12:47 PM
St. Louis - Surging Midwestern rivers forced hundreds of evacuations, threatened dozens of levees and brought transportation by car, boat or train to a virtual standstill Thursday in the St. Louis area. Swollen rivers and streams, already high from a wet late fall, were pushed to heights not seen in nearly a quarter- century after more than 10 inches of rain fell this week in a wide swath from...

Jerusalem – Israeli Police Question Netanyahu’s Wife Over Household Spending

December 31, 2015 at 12:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli police questioned the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday over her alleged inflated household spending, the latest in a string of accusations that have led critics to portray the first couple as a petty pair who improperly use state funds to subsidize an excessive lifestyle. The questions are expected to focus on whether Sara Netanyahu used state funds to...

Bronx, NY – NYPD Searching For Police Impersonators In Bronx Carjacking

December 31, 2015 at 12:14 PM
Bronx, NY - Police is turning to the public for help in their investigation of a carjacking in the Bronx that took place in mid-December, with four men who posed as police officers commandeered a minivan that was stopped at a traffic light in the Fordham Heights section of the borough. The incident took place on December 14th at 4 PM at the intersection of Morris Avenue and East 182nd Street...

New York – Suspected Islamic State Backer Held For NY Attack Plot

December 31, 2015 at 11:49 AM
New York - A 25-year-old man who planned to attack a restaurant in Rochester, New York, on New Year's Eve has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. "The FBI thwarted Emanuel Lutchman’s intent to kill civilians on New Year's Eve,” a Justice Department statement quoted FBI Special Agent in Charge...

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