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Washington – NY Attorney General Slams Trump’s Comment On Judge’s Ethnicity

May 31, 2016 at 05:30 PM
Washington - New York's attorney general, who has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump's education venture, Trump University, slammed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday for his attack on a U.S. district judge's ethnicity. Trump, a New York billionaire businessman, is fighting a trio of lawsuits that accuse his education program of misleading thousands of people who paid...

Washington – Conservative Editor Considering Lawyer For Independent White House Bid

May 31, 2016 at 05:28 PM
Washington - Conservative commentator Bill Kristol is considering choosing David French, a staff writer with National Review magazine and a constitutional lawyer, to run as an independent presidential candidate against Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday. Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, has expressed disappointment that Trump has...

Washington – Capitol Hill Buzz: McConnell Dishes On Obama, Conservatives

May 31, 2016 at 05:07 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is condescending. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid veers from friendly in private to nasty before TV cameras. And one of Washington's leading conservatives backstabs fellow Republicans. Those portrayals come from a new book by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It's unsurprising he'd characterize them that way, but doing so in public is unusual for the...

Cincinnati – Gorilla Killing At Cincinnati Zoo Sparks Probe Into Possible Criminal Charges

May 31, 2016 at 04:35 PM
Cincinnati - Police may bring criminal charges over a Cincinnati Zoo incident in which a gorilla was killed to rescue a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into its enclosure, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. The death of Harambe, a 450-pound (200-kg) gorilla, also prompted the animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now to file a negligence complaint on Tuesday against the zoo with the U.S...

New York – Israel Hosts Largest Ever Anti-BDS Summit At UN Headquarters

May 31, 2016 at 04:00 PM
New York - Some 1,500 pro-Israel activists, students, and representatives of Jewish organizations among others attended the largest gathering to date against the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, hosted by the Permanent Israeli mission to the United Nations at the UN Headquarters. The event, entitled “Building Bridges, Not Boycotts” begun with an opening session held in the General...

Washington – Inside The Origins Of Trump’s High-octane Twitter Account

May 31, 2016 at 03:34 PM
Washington - Peter Costanzo is the man who helped turn Donald Trump into @RealDonaldTrump. That, of course, is Trump's Twitter account — a high-octane portal for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to pump out insults, political attacks and self-promotion to more than 8 million followers. But the billionaire's foray into the world of social media began with a much simpler...

Washington – NPR Ombudsman Has Issues With Funding By Pro-Iran Deal Group

May 31, 2016 at 03:01 PM
Washington - National Public Radio should consider avoiding grants such as one the Ploughshares Fund provided for coverage of the Iran nuclear agreement and related issues, the radio network's ombudsman said. The White House recently identified Ploughshares as a group that helped sell the multinational deal to a skeptical public. The ombudsman's report was published on NPR's website last week...

Washington – Intelligence Briefings Come With Presidential Nomination

May 31, 2016 at 02:32 PM
Washington - After the political convention confetti is swept away, a more sobering tradition of the presidential election begins: The regular, top-secret intelligence briefings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. Started by President Harry S. Truman, the briefings are designed to get the candidates, before they walk into the Oval Office, up to speed on...

Lutz, FL – Florida Man Runs Over Motorcycle During Road-rage Incident

May 31, 2016 at 02:28 PM
Lutz, FL - A 31-year-old habitual traffic offender is accused of running over a man and woman on a motorcycle during an apparent road-rage incident that another motorist captured on cellphone video near Tampa, Florida. According to Florida Highway Patrol incident reports, witnesses said Robert Paul Vance and 46-year-old Joseph Calderazzo exchanged "choice words" on Monday evening just before...

Washington – Trump Super PAC’s New Political Guru Must Wait To Do Work

May 31, 2016 at 02:03 PM
Washington - A super PAC's decision to hire a former Donald Trump campaign operative comes with a caveat: He can't immediately do all that much, in a period when there is so much to be done. Stuart Jolly served as the now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee's national field director until April 18. On Tuesday, the group Great America PAC announced he was coming aboard as its national...

Washington – Obama Urges Public To Get Ready For Hurricane Season

May 31, 2016 at 01:29 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is urging the public to prepare for the coming hurricane season and warning against what he says is a growing "complacency" when it comes to dangerous weather. Obama says people should have evacuation plans and readiness kits handy, and should follow official evacuation orders. He says information on how to prepare is posted on the website Ready.gov. The...

Dubai, UAE – Stowaway Found Aboard Emirates Flight From China To Dubai

May 31, 2016 at 01:02 PM
Dubai, UAE - A teenage boy sneaked into the cargo hold of an Emirates passenger plane in China and made it all the way to Dubai before being apprehended, the airline and Chinese media said Tuesday. The Dubai-based airline, the Middle East's biggest, said the stowaway was found in the cargo hold of Flight EK303 from Shanghai on Friday, May 27. "We are cooperating fully with authorities in...

Washington – U.S. Warns Citizens Of Possible Terrorist Attacks In Europe

May 31, 2016 at 12:19 PM
Washington - The U.S. State Department warned Americans on Tuesday of the possible threat of terrorist attacks in Europe this summer, saying targets could include tourist sites, restaurants and large events such as the European Soccer Championship in France. "We are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites...

New York – Trump Details Fundraising For Veterans’ Charities, Attacks The Press

May 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM
New York - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump provided details Tuesday of the charities that received millions of dollars from a veterans' fundraiser he held earlier this year following sustained pressure from media outlets trying to account for the promised funds. Trump told reporters at a news conference in New York that his fundraiser, held in boycott of a Fox News...

Cincinnati, OH – Watchdog Group Wants Cincinnati Zoo Held Responsible For Killing Gorilla

May 31, 2016 at 11:32 AM
Cincinnati, OH - An animal protection watchdog group Tuesday called on federal authorities to hold the Cincinnati Zoo responsible for the death of an endangered western lowland gorilla. The zoo's director, Thane Maynard, said Monday it remains safe for its 1.6 million annual visitors despite a weekend tragedy in which a gorilla was fatally shot to protect a 4-year-old boy who had entered its...

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