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Franklin County, VA – Sheriff: Man Who Shot Virginia Journalists Identified With 9/11 Attacks

August 28, 2015 at 07:02 PM
Franklin County, VA - The gunman who killed two Virginia television journalists on air carried out a well-planned assault and identified with mass murderers and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, authorities said on Friday. The shooter, Vester Flanagan, gave no sign of his destination or next move when he fled after gunning down the journalists from Roanoke station WDBJ7 on...

Olathe, KS – White Supremacist Takes Stand In Jewish Site Shootings Says Wish He Could’ve Killed More

August 28, 2015 at 06:36 PM
Olathe, KS - A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City last year has testified that he wishes he could have killed more. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is acting as his own attorney, called himself to the stand, where he was also cross-examined by the prosecutor. Miller has admitted that he killed the three in April 2014, but says he was...

Washington – Biden Backers Eye Gay Support, Money For Presidential Bid

August 28, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Backers of Vice President Joe Biden are reaching out to donors and activists in the gay and lesbian community to line up financial and political support if Biden, who endorsed same-sex marriage before Hillary Clinton, decides to run for president. Draft Biden, the outside Super PAC that is laying the groundwork for a run, believes it can tap into a disproportionately large number...

Canberra, Australia – Australian Survivor Of WWII ‘Great Escape’ Dies Aged 101

August 28, 2015 at 05:21 PM
Canberra, Australia - Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101. The escape was the subject of a 1963 Hollywood movie, "The Great Escape," starring Steve McQueen, a work of artistic license that Royle...

New York, NY – NYPD’s Top Hostage Negotiator Retires After 33 Years; Says “Knowing Failure” Most Important Key To Success

August 28, 2015 at 04:30 PM
New York, NY - After over 33 years on the force, Lt. Jack Cambria is retiring on Friday, bringing to an end a career that has made him not only the longest-running head of the NYPD's high-profile hostage negotiating team, but one that has earned him the nickname of "Gentleman Jack" from his colleagues due to the compassion and empathy he has displayed towards crisis-stricken residents of the city...

Washington – Infighting Among Jewish Community Over Iran Accord Has Leaders Weary Of Long Term Damage

August 28, 2015 at 04:15 PM
Washington, D.C. - The ongoing infighting and escalating vitriol between members of the Jewish community over President Obama's Iran nuclear accord has Jewish leaders on both sides now calling for peace, and scrambling to a halt the kind of rhetoric they fear may result in long term damage to not only the American Jewish community, but relations with Israel abroad. NYTIMES.com...

New York – New York TSA Agent Charged With Molesting Traveler In Bogus Search At LaGuardia Airport

August 28, 2015 at 04:15 PM
New York - A Transportation Security Administration agent at New York's LaGuardia Airport was arrested after being accused of luring a woman to an airport bathroom under the pretense of a security search and molesting her, authorities said on Friday. The suspect, identified by officials as Maxie Oquendo, 40, was wearing a TSA uniform when he brought the 22-year-old traveler to an upstairs...

Tel Aviv – Billboard Announcing Opening Of Iranian Embassy In Tel Aviv Sparks Curiosity And Concern

August 28, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Tel Aviv - A five-story-tall billboard placed in central Tel Aviv earlier this week announcing the opening of an Iranian embassy sparked curiosity and concern both on social media and otherwise until it was revealed on Thursday by its creators that it was nothing more than a promotional stunt for an upcoming movie. ISRAELNATIONALNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1WWFIoF) reports that following days of...

Mexico City – Mexican Ambassador-designate Downplays Donald Trump Comments

August 28, 2015 at 03:30 PM
Mexico City - Mexico's ambassador-designate to Washington sought to downplay Donald Trump's comments on Mexico, telling a Senate confirmation hearing on Friday that Trump is simply playing politics. President Enrique Pena Nieto nominated U.S.-based Mexican academic Miguel Basanez as the country's new ambassador to Washington earlier this month. Basanez still must be confirmed by Mexico's...

New Windsor, NY – Pilot Dies When Stunt Plane Crashes In Stewart International Airport Air Show Practice

August 28, 2015 at 03:25 PM
New Windsor, NY - State police say a pilot has died after his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York's Hudson Valley. Trooper Steven Nevel said the accident happened around 2 p.m. Friday at Stewart International Airport in the Orange County town of New Windsor, where the New York Air Show is scheduled to take place this...

Akron, OH – Daughter Of Slain Officer Gets Police Escort To Kindergarten

August 28, 2015 at 03:06 PM
Akron, OH - The daughter of a slain Ohio officer has received a police escort to school on her first day of kindergarten. Thirty-two-year-old Akron police Officer Justin Winebrenner was off-duty and unarmed in November when he was shot to death after helping get an unruly customer out of a pub. Officers from several departments showed up Thursday morning to support 5-year-old Charlee on her...

Washington – Obama Says Expects Better US-Israel Ties After Iran Deal In Place

August 28, 2015 at 02:56 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented. "Like all families, sometimes there are going to be disagreements," Obama said in a webcast with Jewish Americans. "And sometimes people get angrier...

Seoul – US And South Korea Hold Massive Live Fire Military Drills Near Demilitarized Zone

August 28, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Seoul - The exercise took place in Pocheon, about 12 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. Around 3,000 soldiers, 100 tanks and armoured vehicles, 120 heavy guns, 45 helicopters and more than 40 jet fighters were involved in the display. "In terms of ammunition and personnel mobilised, this is the biggest live-fire exercise South Korean troops have ever...

Washington – Opposition To Iran Deal Grows Among U.S. Republicans – Reuters Poll

August 28, 2015 at 02:11 PM
Washington - Opposition to a nuclear pact between Iran and major powers grew among U.S. Republicans over the past month, a Reuters poll showed, reflecting a partisan struggle in Congress as President Barack Obamasought to win approval for the deal. The poll, taken from Aug. 20-27, showed that 54 percent of Republicans now oppose the agreement to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for...

Washington – White House Says Confident Iran Deal Will Survive In Congress

August 28, 2015 at 01:45 PM
Washington - The White House on Friday expressed confidence that it has the support in Congress necessary to sustain a veto of a resolution to reject the Iran nuclear agreement. "We've got some momentum built up on our side," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest at a briefing, referring to the 30 Senators who have publicly announced support for the deal. Deal supporters need 34 of the...

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