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Washington – Some 11.4 Million Americans Have Enrolled In Obamacare: White House

February 17, 2015 at 11:44 PM
Washington - Some 11.4 million Americans enrolled in private health insurance through Obamacare during the open enrollment period, the White House said in a tweet on Tuesday. "The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is working. It's working better than we anticipated, certainly working a lot better than many of the critics talked about early on," President Barack Obama said in a video linked...

Boston, MA – Boston Mayor Warns Would-be Window Snow Jumpers: Don’t Do It

February 17, 2015 at 11:08 PM
Boston, MA - Boston residents overwhelmed by massive snowfalls the last month have been recording videos of themselves jumping out of windows and into snowbanks, and Mayor Marty Walsh wants them to cut it out. The Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/1EJ7fyQ ) reports Walsh chastised thrill-seekers who've been filming themselves performing the frosty feat and then posting the videos on social media...

Washington – Did NSA Plant Spyware In Computers Shipped Abroad?

February 17, 2015 at 10:31 PM
Washington - Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other targets under surveillance abroad? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified malicious programs or worms that infected computers in multiple countries. Targets appeared to be specifically...

Washington – Obama Claims History And Law On His Side As He Vows To Fight Immigration Ruling

February 17, 2015 at 09:57 PM
Washington - US President Barack Obama claimed history and the law were on his side Tuesday, as he vowed to fight a court order freezing controversial immigration reforms. Obama had used an executive order to bypass a hostile Congress and drive through measures to protect about four million undocumented foreigners from deportation. But a judge in Texas issued an emergency injunction before...

Washington – Holder Asks For Review Of Individual Bankers’ Roles In Financial Crisis

February 17, 2015 at 09:28 PM
Washington - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he has given federal prosecutors a 90-day deadline to decide whether they can bring cases against individuals for their roles in the 2008 financial crisis. U.S. attorneys who brought cases against institutions over misconduct in the pooling and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities have been asked "to try to develop cases...

Seattle, WA – What Winter? Northwest Enjoys High Temperatures

February 17, 2015 at 09:04 PM
Seattle, WA - Flowers are blossoming. Bees are buzzing. The sky is blue. Sunsets have been stunning. Temperatures have crept north of 60 degrees, and joggers are going shirtless. This isn't a typical February in the Pacific Northwest. While the Northeast is buried under snow, the opposite corner of the country has been hosting the opposite of the winter weather spectrum. The Northwest has...

Budapest – Putin Tells Kiev To Let Troops Surrender As Ukraine Ceasefire Unravels

February 17, 2015 at 08:41 PM
Budapest - Russian President Vladimir Putin told Kiev to let its soldiers surrender to pro-Russian rebels, who spurned a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and fought their way on Tuesday into the town of Debaltseve, encircling thousands of government troops. A peace deal reached at all-night talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk last week had all but unravelled, with both sides failing to begin...

Iraq – Iraq’s Jewish Heritage Compromised By Destruction, Islamization

February 17, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Iraq - A Facebook video shows the shrine of Ezra the Sribe in Iraq being used as a mosque, an example of Iraq’s Jewish heritage being lost amid the violence in the Middle East. The shrine, located south of Baghdad, has been respected by Jews since biblical times. Koranic inscriptions and hadith hang now hang on the walls of the shrine. Ezra the Scribe is known to have led the Jewish...

Gaza – Researchers: Gaza Launched Porn-Based Cyber Attacks On Israel

February 17, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Gaza - A series of cyber attacks against Israel since mid-2013 appears to be coming from "Arab parties located in the Gaza Strip" and elsewhere, US security researchers say. A research report by Trend Micro said the effort appears to be using "spear phishing" emails with an attachment disguised as a pornographic video. When a user clicks on the attachment, it installs malware that allows...

New York – Bin Laden Told Of Al Qaeda Suspect’s Plot In ‘chilling’ Letter

February 17, 2015 at 07:01 PM
New York - A U.S. prosecutor told jurors at the terrorism trial of accused al Qaeda operative Abid Naseer that his plan to bomb a shopping center in England in 2009 was described in a "chilling" letter recovered during the military raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In an opening statement at trial in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, prosecutor Celia Cohen said the letter from al Qaeda's...

Rome – Italy Deploys 4,800 Soldiers For Security At Sensitive Sites

February 17, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Rome - Italian security chiefs on Tuesday approved a plan to put 4,800 soldiers on the streets throughout the country to help guard against potential militant attacks, the Interior Ministry said. A statement after a meeting of military and security officials said they would guard sensitive sites and targets until at least June. Italian media said about 500 would be deployed in Rome, where...

Washington – US To Allow Export Of Armed Military Drones

February 17, 2015 at 05:35 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is amending its regulations for weapons sales to allow the export of armed military drones to friendly nations and allies. The State Department said Tuesday the new policy would allow foreign governments that meet certain requirements — and pledge not to use the unmanned aircraft illegally — to buy the vehicles that have played a critical but...

New York – Proposal To Add Tolls On NYC’s Free Bridges, 60th Street

February 17, 2015 at 05:10 PM
New York - Reviving a congestion-pricing idea that has been rejected before, an influential transportation coalition proposed implementing tolls for all cars that cross 60th Street in Manhattan and the free bridges spanning the East River. The plan announced Tuesday by transportation guru Sam Schwartz, known as "Gridlock Sam," would attempt to solve the looming problem of the Metropolitan...

Washington – Biden: Assimilation Key To Stopping Spread Of Extremism

February 17, 2015 at 04:35 PM
Washington - The United States must ensure that immigrants are fully included in the fabric of American society to prevent violent ideologies from taking root at home, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday as he opened a White House summit on countering extremism and radicalization. Joining local elected officials, community leaders and religious figures, Biden portrayed the U.S. as far better...

New York – US Stocks Eke Out Another Record High; Goodyear Gains

February 17, 2015 at 04:23 PM
New York - A late tick higher was enough to set another record high for the U.S. stock market. Indexes had languished for much of the day Tuesday as investors worried that Greece wouldn't reach an agreement with its creditors. News that a compromise could be in the works helped send indexes marginally higher in the afternoon. The Standard and Poor's 500 gained three points, or 0.2 percent...

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