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Washington – Intel Briefings For Clinton, Trump Could Begin This Week

August 1, 2016 at 04:00 PM
Washington - The political conventions were laced with tales of foreign espionage and intrigue. Now, it's time for the official spy work of the presidential campaign to begin. As early as this week, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will start getting top-secret intelligence briefings from the national intelligence director's office. This year, though, the more than 60-year-old tradition of...

Playalinda Beach, FL – Conjoined Twins Injured On Florida Beach, Taken To Hospital

August 1, 2016 at 03:32 PM
Playalinda Beach, FL - Rescue officials say 12-year-old sisters who are conjoined at the head were taken to a hospital after one of them was injured on a Florida beach. Local news outlets report the girls were playing in the water off Playalinda Beach on Sunday evening when one of the twins hurt her neck. Brevard County Fire Rescue spokesman Don Walker says both girls were conscious and...

Queens, NY – 2 Taken To Hospital After Police-involved Shooting In Queens

August 1, 2016 at 03:05 PM
Queens, NY - Authorities say two people have been taken to a hospital in serious condition after a police-involved shooting in Queens. New York Police Department spokesman J. Peter Donald said Monday afternoon on Twitter that "there has been an officer-involved shooting." He said further details were not immediately available. The Fire Department said two people were taken to Elmhurst...

Lockhart, TX – Texas Balloon Pilot Had Been Arrested For DWI In 2000

August 1, 2016 at 03:00 PM
Lockhart, TX - The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas, killing all 16 people aboard, was arrested in Missouri in 2000 for driving while intoxicated, and the Better Business Bureau warned consumers about doing business with a balloon touring company he used to operate in that state. Authorities have not publicly named anyone killed in the crash, saying it could take a while to...

Miami – CDC Warns Pregnant Women From Zika-stricken Part Of Miami

August 1, 2016 at 02:41 PM
Miami - Government health officials are warning that pregnant women should avoid travel to a Zika-stricken part of Miami and urging expectant mothers who frequent the neighborhood to get tested for the virus, after the number of people feared infected through mosquito bites in the U.S. climbed to 14. In a warning issued Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said men and...

Tehran – Iran’s Khamenei Renews Criticism Of Nuclear Deal

August 1, 2016 at 02:30 PM
Tehran - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei renewed his criticism of a nuclear deal signed with six world powers in a speech in Tehran on Monday, and accused the United States of failing to keep its side of the bargain. Under the deal, which came into force in October, world powers agreed to drop crippling multilateral economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for measures...

Washington – Republicans Declare Support For Khans In Spat With Trump

August 1, 2016 at 02:14 PM
Washington - Prominent Republicans are speaking out Monday against their own presidential candidate after he chose to scuffle with the grieving parents of a decorated Army veteran killed in Iraq. Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the bereaved parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim who was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed in 2004, have refused to back down from their...

Warsaw – Poles Observe 72nd Anniversary Of Warsaw Uprising

August 1, 2016 at 02:09 PM
Warsaw, Poland - People across Warsaw observed a minute of silence as a siren wailed on Monday, marking the 72nd anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising, a struggle against Nazi Germany in 1944 that lasted 63 days and ended tragically for the Poles. The minute of silence is a yearly tradition that always takes place at 5 p.m., the hour when the uprising began on Aug. 1, 1944. On...

Albany, NY – State Announces Funding Available To Help New Yorkers Get Furnaces Tuned-Up

August 1, 2016 at 01:38 PM
Albany, NY - The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance today announced that $2 million in funding is available to help low- and middle-income households get their heating equipment inspected and cleaned prior to the start of the heating season. Applications are being accepted beginning today, Monday, Aug. 1 for the furnace or boiler tune-ups, which can help improve energy...

Bronx, NY – Assemblyman Files Excessive Force Complaint Against NYPD

August 1, 2016 at 01:01 PM
Bronx, NY - A Bronx assemblyman says he was handled roughly by a police officer when he tried to defuse an argument between officers and residents. Assemblyman Michael Blake says the Saturday incident ended after a superior officer recognized him. Blake says he tried to calm a heated situation at the Morris Houses complex after observing a woman in handcuffs and another woman and man...

Sirte, Libya – PM: U.S. Warplanes Launch Bombing Campaign On Islamic State In Libya

August 1, 2016 at 12:59 PM
Sirte, Libya - U.S. planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the U.N.-backed government's request to help push the militants from their former stronghold in the city of Sirte. "The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks," Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV. Forces allied with Seraj...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Criticized Across The Board For Quashing Freedom Of Press In Israel

August 1, 2016 at 12:38 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli political spectrum lit up with debate after an extremely Knesset session about the new Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) on Sunday evening. Several public figures from inside and outside the government alleged that Prime Minister Netanyahu is harming freedom of press. Both left-wing and right-wing politicians expressed harsh criticism over the approach...

New York – FBI Employee Accused Of Being Chinese Agent

August 1, 2016 at 12:12 PM
New York - An FBI electronics technician pleaded guilty on Monday to having illegally acted as an agent of China, admitting that he on several occasions passed sensitive information to a Chinese official. Kun Shan Chun, who was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 1997, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to one count of having illegally acted as an agent of a foreign...

St Petersburg, FL – Governor: Florida Zika Cases Likely Caused By Mosquitoes Rise To 14

August 1, 2016 at 11:33 AM
St Petersburg, FL - Gov. Rick Scott announced the number of Zika cases likely spread by local mosquitoes had increased to 14 and asked Monday for a federal emergency response team to help the state combat the spread of the virus in the U.S. The governor said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would issue a travel warning to pregnant women or those thinking of becoming pregnant to...

Ellicott City, MD – Historic Maryland Town Faces Long Recovery After Flooding

August 1, 2016 at 11:28 AM
Ellicott City, MD - The picturesque Main Street of Ellicott City, Maryland, faces a monthslong recovery that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars after devastating flooding left two dead and damaged nearly every home and business along the road, officials said. The two died when the town about 14 miles west of Baltimore took on 6.5 inches of water Saturday night, most of it between 7...

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