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St. Louis, MO – Fresh Racial Unrest In St. Louis After Police Shoot Black Suspect

August 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM
St. Louis, MO - An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city's police chief said. The shooting that left a black suspect dead drew protests, with many of the roughly 150 people who gathered at the scene hurling obscene gestures and expletives at...

New York – Scientists Find How Obesity Gene Works, A Clue To Treatment

August 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM
New York - Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise. The work solves a big mystery: Since 2007, researchers have known that a gene called FTO was related to obesity, but they didn't know how, and could not tie it to appetite or other known...

Washington – Clinton’s Favorability Ratings Lowest Since 2001: CNN Poll

August 19, 2015 at 11:23 PM
Washington - Hillary Clinton's lead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has narrowed and her overall favorability ratings have fallen to their lowest levels since 2001, CNN reported on Wednesday. It said 47 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters surveyed in a poll this month said they supported Clinton for the party's nomination, down 9 points since July...

Jerusalem – Q&A: Palestinian Hunger Striker Stirs Debate In Israel

August 19, 2015 at 11:04 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the detention order of a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner, releasing him while he receives medical care. The more than two-month protest fast by Mohammed Allan has tested a new Israeli law allowing force-feeding, which has been criticized by many doctors who say the practice amounts to torture. It also has cast light on Israel's use...

New York – U.S. Movie Chain Regal Starts Bag Searches After Recent Violence

August 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM
New York - Regal Entertainment Group has become the first large U.S. movie theater chain to introduce bag searches for moviegoers following a series of shootings at cinemas around the country. Regal, the largest U.S. movie chain with some 570 theaters, updated its admittance procedures with a notice saying it had adopted the policy in order to make "customers and staff feel safe when visiting...

Syracuse, NY – Tree Pluribus Unum: Many Fruits Stem From Artists’ Grafts

August 19, 2015 at 10:19 PM
Syracuse, NY - Plums, peaches, nectarines and cherries all grow on just one of Sam Van Aken's fruit trees. The trees blossom in a riot of red, white and pink each spring. The artist calls his creations the Tree of 40 Fruit. And the tree at Syracuse University, and others like it, really does bear 40 or more varieties of stone fruit, thanks to carefully planned grafts. The hybrid trees...

India – India’s $17 Million Airport Terminal Remains Empty Three Years After Completion

August 19, 2015 at 09:42 PM
India - Two-and-a-half years after the completion of a new $17 million terminal building, the airport in Jaisalmer, a small and remote desert city in Rajasthan, stands empty. Not a single passenger has passed through the gates of an airport big enough to handle more than 300,000 travellers a year, with parking bays for three 180-seater narrow-body jets. India has spent more than $50 million...

Warsaw – Poland Looking Into Report Of Nazi Treasure Train Found

August 19, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Warsaw - Two people in Poland say they have found a Nazi German train cloaked in mystery since it was rumored to have gone missing near the end of World War Two while carrying away gems and guns ahead of advancing Soviet Red Army forces. Local authorities in Poland’s southwestern district of Walbrzych said they had been contacted by a law firm representing a Pole and a German who said they...

Jerusalem – AP Interview: Huckabee Vows To Shake Up Mideast Policies

August 19, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Wednesday vowed to abandon key American policies in the Mideast if he is elected next year, endorsing positions that would put the U.S. at odds with its closest allies. Huckabee said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that he considers the West Bank to be part of Israel and spoke against the establishment of a...

Mijas – Spain Vacation Ends Tragically As Jewish London Preschooler Drowns

August 19, 2015 at 08:11 PM
Mijas, Spain - A four year old Golders Green boy who drowned Sunday night during a family vacation in Spain was laid to rest today in London. Refoel Berkovits was playing by the pool with several other children during a dinner party held by his parents Moshe and Dena Berkovits, who had taken their family to a resort in Mijas, located approximately 1,000 miles from London. According to...

Newark, NJ – Agency: Stores Must Stop Drone Sales At New Jersey Airport

August 19, 2015 at 08:01 PM
Newark, NJ - At least two stores inside Newark Liberty International Airport are selling drones despite federal rules prohibiting flying them near airports. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it will demand the stores stop selling drones "immediately." "The Port Authority shares the aviation community's safety concerns about the growing presence of drones around the region's...

Rockland County, NY – Walcott’s Appearance At First East Ramapo School Board Meeting Attracts Large Crowd

August 19, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Rockland County, NY - Parents and schoolchildren turned out in droves Tuesday night to attend the first East Ramapo school board meeting at which the newly-appointed state monitor and former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott was present. More than 200 people, some holding protest signs, gathered at the 90-minute meeting to hear from passionate community members who shared their...

Washington – Pelosi: House Democrats Will Sustain Obama Veto On Iran Deal

August 19, 2015 at 07:10 PM
Washington - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that House Democrats have the votes, if necessary, to sustain President Barack Obama's veto of a resolution against his Iran nuclear deal. Pelosi says that if such a vote were held today there would be enough support among House Democrats for Obama to prevail. That would take 146 House Democrats, and just over 50 have publicly announced...

Fort Benning, GA – Army Pilot, Military Cop Are 1st Women To Pass Ranger School

August 19, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Fort Benning, GA - A 26-year-old military police officer from Connecticut is among the first women to complete the Army's elite Ranger School. A defense official confirmed Wednesday to The Associated Press that Capt. Kristen Griest, who has served in Afghanistan and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is scheduled to graduate Friday from Ranger School at Fort Benning...

Washington – Reaction: UN Allowing Iran To Inspect Alleged Nuke Work Site

August 19, 2015 at 06:29 PM
Washington - Reaction to the U.N. allowing Iran to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms. Iran is operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press: ___ "President Obama boasts his deal includes 'unprecedented verification.' He claims...

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