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Poland – Barber Considered Slitting Auschwitz Commandant’s Throat

February 7, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Krakow, Poland - Through much of World War II, Jozef Paczynski cut the hair of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess, one of the most cold-blooded and sadistic mass murders in Adolf Hitler's regime. Every seven to 10 days the Polish prisoner was taken to Hoess's villa on the edge of the camp, where he trimmed the killer's hair using scissors and razors. Never once did Hoess exchange words with the...

New York – NYC Looks To Expand Ferry Service To Its Far-flung Ports

February 7, 2015 at 11:00 PM
New York - The skyscrapers of Manhattan look almost close enough to touch from parts of the waterfront of Brooklyn's industrial Red Hook neighborhood. But a distance of mere miles can take an hour or more in travel time for residents in the remote area, who have limited access to bus routes and no subway stations in the immediate vicinity. A plan from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would...

Washington – New Allegations Renew Old Questions About Saudi Arabia, 9-11

February 7, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Washington - For years, some current and former American officials have been urging President Barack Obama to release secret files they say document links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 attacks. Other officials, including the executive director of the Sept. 11 commission, have said the classified documents do not prove that the Saudi government knew about or financed...

Valhalla, NY – Did The Electrified Third Rail Make Train Wreck Deadlier?

February 7, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Valhalla, NY - It was a hellish scenario investigators had never seen before: 400 feet of electrified third rail snapped into 12 pieces and speared a commuter train during a fiery collision with an SUV. Now officials want to know whether the rail's unusual design explains why the crash was so deadly. The 39-foot lengths of rail sliced through the first car of the train "like daggers going into...

London – Prince Charles Says He Fears For Christians In Middle East

February 7, 2015 at 09:30 PM
London - Britain's Prince Charles says he fears there will be "very, very few" Christians left in the Middle East after the turmoil wracking the region. The heir to the British throne, who is on a trip to the region, told the BBC that the plight of Christians persecuted by Islamic extremists was "a most agonizing situation," though it was important to remember they were just one persecuted...

Boston – New England Braces For Another Big Storm, Maybe Foot Of Snow

February 7, 2015 at 09:15 PM
Boston - Winter-weary New England saw more snow flurries on Saturday and braced for several days of heavy snowfall, possibly totaling a foot or more. A winter storm warning posted by the National Weather Service was to begin at 10 p.m. and remain in effect for a large swath of southern New England, including in Boston, in Providence, Rhode Island, and in Hartford, Connecticut, until the early...

Washington – Angry Over Israeli’s Planned Speech, Dems Hope To Limit Harm

February 7, 2015 at 08:59 PM
Washington - The Israeli prime minister's upcoming speech to Congress without President Barack Obama's blessing has angered Democratic lawmakers, but they see little remedy except to hope for minimal damage to their party and to U.S.-Israel relations. Democrats simmered in frustration last week as they faced a thankless choice between defending their president and defending the Jewish state...

Amman – Interior Minister: Jordan To ‘Wipe Out’ Islamic State Group

February 7, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Amman - Jordan is going after Islamic State group militants wherever they are and plans to "wipe them out completely," Jordan's interior minister said, as Jordanian fighter jets struck the group's positions for the third consecutive day Saturday. It was the latest in a series of warnings of harsh retaliation after the militants released a video of them burning a Jordanian pilot to death in a...

Prescott, AZ – Family Of U.S. Hostage Of Islamic State Says Hopeful She Is Still Alive

February 7, 2015 at 08:15 PM
Prescott, AZ - The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter's death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive. The Islamic State group said on Friday that Kayla Jean Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, died in a Jordanian airstrike, but the...

New York – Powerball Players Eye Jackpot Estimated At $380 Million

February 7, 2015 at 08:00 PM
New York - One of the richest Powerball jackpots ever offered is up for grabs on Saturday, with the multi-state lottery's grand prize reaching an estimated $380 million after the previous drawing failed to produce a winner. Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow until at least one player comes up with the winning number at a drawing. The jackpot winners receive either payments...

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Charges Six With Supporting Islamic Militant Groups, Plotted Over Facebook

February 7, 2015 at 07:45 PM
St. Louis, MO - Six Bosnian immigrants accused of sending money and military equipment to extremist groups in Syria used Facebook, PayPal and other readily available services to communicate and transfer funds, according to a federal indictment. All are charged with conspiring to provide and providing material support to groups designated by the U.S. as foreign terrorist organizations...

Los Angeles, CA – Brian Williams Taking Himself Off Air Temporarily

February 7, 2015 at 07:15 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Brian Williams is stepping away temporarily from the "NBC Nightly News" amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq, saying it has become "painfully apparent" to him that he has become a distracting news story. In a memo Saturday to NBC News staff that was released by the network, the anchorman said that as managing editor of "NBC Nightly News" he is taking...

Jerusalem – Israeli Opposition Calls On Netanyahu To Nix Congress Speech

February 7, 2015 at 06:41 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli opposition leaders are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his planned speech in front of the U.S. Congress. Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog said Saturday that instead of warning the world about Iran's nuclear program, the controversy around the speech had damaged Israel's crucial relationship with the United States. In the latest blow, Vice President...

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