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Washington – House Approves Bill To Cap Expenses For Ex-presidents

January 11, 2016 at 11:55 PM
Washington - Taxpayer dollars for office space and other expenses incurred by ex-presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees would be limited under a bill approved Monday by the House. The bill, approved on a voice vote, is aimed at former presidents such as Bill Clinton and George W. Bush who earn millions of dollars through speeches, book deals or other income. U.S. taxpayers paid a total...

Detroit – Wheels To Watch: Audi, Volvo, Porsche, Show New Vehicles

January 11, 2016 at 11:31 PM
Detroit - Automakers plan to debut 45 new vehicles at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opens to the public Jan. 16. Here are some of the buzz-worthy new cars and trucks at the show. PORSCHE 911 TURBO, TURBO S Not known for austerity or restraint, the latest Porsche 911 pushes even further: more horsepower, faster acceleration and higher top speeds. The...

New York – Are Unlimited Data Cellphone Plans On Their Way Back?

January 11, 2016 at 11:03 PM
New York - AT&T is once again experimenting with offering unlimited data plans to smartphone customers while promoting its DirecTV service, signaling a potential reversal of industry trends toward data caps and charges for big video watchers. AT&T is trying to capitalize on its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV last year. On Monday, it's announcing an unlimited data plan for cellphones, if you...

Chicago – Powerball Fever Grips Ticket Buyers With Prize At $1.4 Billion

January 11, 2016 at 10:34 PM
Chicago - Americans rushed on Monday to buy tickets for a record $1.4 billion Powerball jackpot, suspending disbelief despite miniscule odds that made winning more unlikely than being killed by an asteroid. "People are buying hundreds at a time. We've sold more than $1,000 worth of Powerball today, and it's still early," said Amin Haffar, owner of a Citgo service station in Chicago suburb Oak...

New York – Trump Submits To Presidential ‘Job Interview’ On ‘Tonight’

January 11, 2016 at 10:16 PM
New York - Everybody knows Donald Trump is seeking new employment. So it was fitting that, during an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" on Monday, the GOP presidential hopeful submitted to a mock "job interview" by host Jimmy Fallon. Referring to his clipboard, Fallon asks Trump why he wants the job. "To make America great again," Trump replies. Then he playfully touts his...

San Francisco – Last Survivor Of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Dead At 109

January 11, 2016 at 10:02 PM
San Francisco - The last survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 has died, a relative confirmed Monday. William A. "Bill" Del Monte died at a retirement home in nearby Marin County on Monday. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca of San Francisco confirmed his death of natural causes. He'd been doing "great for 109 years old,"...

Washington – Sean Penn’s Daring Dealings With ‘El Chapo’ Draw U.S. Scrutiny

January 11, 2016 at 09:45 PM
Washington - U.S. investigators will examine actor Sean Penn's interactions with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, two U.S. government sources said on Monday, but it is unclear if prosecutors would try to force the actor to turn over information about his interview with the recaptured drug kingpin. Mexico is pressing the U.S. government, which has requested Guzman's extradition, to find out more...

New York – NYC Police Boss Urges ‘Buddy System’ For Women In Cabs

January 11, 2016 at 09:35 PM
New York - It's a classic urban fear. A woman gets into a cab late at night and is attacked by the driver. New York City's police added fuel to that fear with statistics showing 14 of the city's reported rapes last year, and two already this year, were committed by for-hire cabbies. And Police Commissioner William Bratton raised eyebrows with comments on the phenomenon that some felt blamed...

Lima, Peru – Apparent Relaxation Of Security Before Drug Lord’s Recapture

January 11, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Lima, Peru - As the world's most hunted man, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman had to know the most sophisticated information and surveillance technology available was marshalled against him: satellites, unmanned aircraft, NSA and DEA eavesdroppers, malware-sowing Mexican state hackers. Yet Guzman may have let his guard down before receiving Hollywood actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo three...

Tel Aviv, Israel – AP Interview: Israeli Author Of Blocked Book Sees Sales Soar

January 11, 2016 at 08:21 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - An Israeli author whose book was rejected from the national high school curriculum because it depicts a Jewish-Arab love affair is achieving star status at home and abroad. Sales of "Borderlife" by Dorit Rabinyan have skyrocketed, international inquiries have doubled, and American filmmakers are jockeying for the movie rights. In an interview with The Associated Press...

Washington – Seven Candidates Qualify For Thursday’s Main Presidential Debate

January 11, 2016 at 08:03 PM
Washington - Seven Republican presidential candidates will participate in Fox Business Network's prime-time debate on Thursday, but Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and former business executive Carly Fiorina did not qualify for the main event, the network said on Monday. The seven candidates chosen for the main debate by Fox Business, based on the network's polling criteria, were billionaire...

Washington – Task Force: Mammograms An Option At 40, Do More Good At 50

January 11, 2016 at 08:01 PM
Washington - Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons. When to start routine mammograms and how frequently to get them has long been controversial. The latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive...

Washington – Obama Takes This Year’s State Of Union To YouTube, Snapchat

January 11, 2016 at 07:32 PM
Washington - Wired up, and ready to go. President Barack Obama is trying to offset dwindling viewership of the State of the Union by pushing Tuesday's address further into cyberspace, hoping to reach Americans increasingly glued to their smartphones and other digital devices. Name your favorite social media site, and chances are the White House is already plugged in. The latest innovation...

Manchester, N.H. – Inside The New Hampshire Pitch To Those Who Don’t Want Trump

January 11, 2016 at 07:02 PM
Manchester, N.H. - For all the passionate support Donald Trump has amassed in New Hampshire, many Republicans and independent voters are just as passionate about not voting for Donald Trump. They are an enticing target for the pack of Republicans off the front-runner's pace, who seek to turn a second-place finish in the nation's first primary — or maybe even an upset win — into validation...

Iowa – Clinton Confronts Rival Sanders As Iowa Polls Tighten

January 11, 2016 at 06:36 PM
Iowa - Hillary Clinton has spent much of her presidential campaign looking past Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, focusing instead on Republicans and the November general election. No longer. Three weeks before the lead-off Iowa caucuses and with polls suggesting a tightening race, she now is confronting the Vermont senator more directly, attempting to undermine his liberal credentials on gun...

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