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New York – Report: Cruise Ship Stomach Sickness Becoming Less Common

January 14, 2016 at 11:04 PM
New York - Health officials say cruise ship passengers are getting sick with a stomach bug less often. About 20 outbreaks are reported each year on ships that dock at U.S. ports, on average. Many draw media coverage. But it's becoming less common for passengers to get sick, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1990, the illness...

San Francisco – Amazon Expands Logistics Reach With Move Into Ocean Shipping

January 14, 2016 at 10:26 PM
San Francisco - Amazon.com Inc's China arm has registered as an ocean freight forwarder, according to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, a move that will give it more control over shipping products from Chinese factories to U.S. shoppers. The registration is the latest indication that Amazon plans to expand its logistics reach to cut costs for its retail business and potentially provide...

North Charleston, SC – Trump Says US Should Have No Limit On Gun Sales

January 14, 2016 at 10:14 PM
North Charleston, SC - Donald Trump says there are no circumstances under which he thinks the U.S. should limit gun sales. Trump is deriding President Barack Obama's executive actions to tighten gun control. He says guns don't pull the trigger, people pull the trigger. Trump says if more people present for the San Bernardino, California, and Paris attacks had guns, fewer people would have...

North Charleston, SC – Trump, Cruz Exchange Barbs Over Cruz’s Canadian Birth In Republican Debate

January 14, 2016 at 10:07 PM
North Charleston, SC - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and his top challenger Ted Cruz clashed sharply on Thursday over the Texas senator having been born in Canada, with the real estate mogul saying Cruz had a question mark over his head that Democrats would exploit. Cruz, who was born in Canada to a U.S. citizen mother and a Cuban father, accused Trump of bringing up the...

Sacramento, CA – Man Indicted For Lying About Assisting Militant Group

January 14, 2016 at 09:58 PM
Sacramento, CA - One of two Iraqi-born men arrested last week on federal terrorism-related charges was indicted by a federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday for lying about traveling to Syria and assisting a militant group. Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab, 23, who was arrested in Sacramento, is accused of making a false statement when he said he had gone to Turkey to visit his grandmother in...

North Charleston, SC – Republican Presidential Candidates Tear Into Obama Over Iran, Speech

January 14, 2016 at 09:39 PM
North Charleston, SC - Republican presidential candidates criticized President Barack Obama instead of each other at a high-stakes debate on Thursday with searing attacks on the Democratic leader's foreign policy toward Iran and Islamic State. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who is leading some polls in Iowa, which holds the first presidential nominating contest on Feb. 1, faulted Obama for not...

Springfield, MO – Probation Ordered For Gun Buyer In Jewish Site Killings

January 14, 2016 at 09:33 PM
Springfield, MO - A southern Missouri man has been sentenced to five years of probation for purchasing one of the shotguns that a white supremacist used in a deadly attack at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. Forty-nine-year-old John Mark Reidle, of Aurora, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Springfield. He previously admitted to falsely claiming he was buying the gun for...

Pomona, CA – NY Daily News: California Nurse Pranked By Her Kids In Powerball “Win”

January 14, 2016 at 08:53 PM
Pomona, CA - Just hours after word broke that a supervisor at a California nursing home was one of the three winners in the Powerball lottery, her relatives have told reporters that the supposed win was nothing more than a prank. According to The Daily News, the daughter of the unnamed nursing supervisor at Park Avenue Healthcare and Wellness Center in Pomona said that her brother had...

Florida – Twitter Sued By U.S. Widow For Giving Voice To Islamic State

January 14, 2016 at 08:41 PM
Florida - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) is being sued by the widow of an American killed in Jordan who accuses the social media company of giving a voice to Islamic State, adding to the pressure to crack down on online propaganda linked to terrorism. Tamara Fields, a Florida woman whose husband Lloyd died in the Nov. 9 attack on the police training center in Amman, said Twitter knowingly let the...

New York – NYC Mayor On Cusp Of Possible Horse Carriage Deal

January 14, 2016 at 08:02 PM
New York - New York City officials are close to a deal that would save Central Park's horse-drawn carriages from a threatened ban. When he was elected two years ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to end the popular carriage rides through the park on "day one" of his administration, calling it inhumane to keep horses in loud, car-clogged Manhattan. But now his administration is...

West Bank – Palestinians Appeal For Poet On Death Row In Saudi Arabia

January 14, 2016 at 07:31 PM
West Bank - Palestinian intellectuals and writers have gathered in the West Bank to read poems and call for the release of a Palestinian poet awaiting execution in Saudi Arabia. Thursday's readings in the city of Ramallah were part of a campaign launched by the International Literature Festival in Berlin for works of Ashraf Fayadh to be read in 42 countries to press that his life be...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Stands Behind Proposed Envoy To Brazil

January 14, 2016 at 07:13 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister says he remains firmly behind his candidate to be the new ambassador to Brazil — despite Brazil's apparent objections over his connections to the Jewish settler movement. Netanyahu nominated Dani Dayan to be his envoy to Brazil last August. But the Brazilian government has still not responded, in what is believed to be its opposition to the nominee's...

Pomona, CA – Speculation Growing About Powerball Win After Jewish Firm Claims Employee Has Ticket

January 14, 2016 at 06:44 PM
Pomona, CA - Less than 24 hours after the winning numbers were announced in the $1.5 billion Powerball win comes unconfirmed reports that one of the three winning tickets belongs to an employee of a well known California philanthropist, who bought almost 18,000 Powerball tickets to distribute to the residents and employees at his nursing facilities. Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz told VIN News that he...

New York – Goldman Sachs To Pay $5 Billion In Mortgage Settlement

January 14, 2016 at 06:25 PM
New York - Goldman Sachs said Thursday it had reached a roughly $5 billion settlement as part of a federal and state probe into its role in the sale of mortgages in the years leading up into the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis. It is by far the largest settlement the investment bank has reached related to its role in the crisis, but the payment dwarfs the payments made by some...

Chicago – Chicago Releases Videos Of Police Shooting Of Black Teen

January 14, 2016 at 05:54 PM
Chicago - Chicago on Thursday released video footage of a fatal Chicago police shooting of a black teenager in 2013 after a court ruling, as protesters renewed criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the handling of police killings. Images from neighborhood surveillance cameras showing the killing of Cedrick Chatman, 17, in January 2013 had been sealed under a protective order. The city also...

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