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Gaza – Hamas Threatens To ‘Kill Israeli Officer’ If Hunger Striking Prisoner Dies

January 25, 2016 at 11:51 PM
Gaza - The Hamas Supreme Prisoners Authority vowed on Monday to kill an Israeli military officer if a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months should die. Mohammad Qeeq, a Palestinian journalist who worked for a Saudi news channel, started hunger striking in November, protesting his administrative detention. Administrative detention is the practice...

Louisville, KY – Judge Sides With Group Building Noah’s Ark On Tax Incentive

January 25, 2016 at 11:19 PM
Louisville, KY - A religious group building a massive Noah's Ark tourist attraction in Kentucky has won a legal battle over the state's withdrawal of a potential tax incentive worth millions. A federal judge ruled Monday that Kentucky officials violated the ark builders' First Amendment protections by blocking it from the sales tax tourism incentive that could have been worth up to $18...

Des Moines, IA – Sanders Defends Call To Raise Taxes To Fund Health Care

January 25, 2016 at 10:57 PM
Des Moines, IA - Bernie Sanders defended his call for raising Americans' taxes in exchange for lower heath care costs, as he opened a candidate forum Monday night that served as a platform for Democratic presidential hopefuls to make a closing argument to voters one week before the Iowa caucuses. "Yes, we will raise taxes," said Sanders, an admission rarely heard in presidential campaigns...

New York – Trump Says Not Entirely Sure He’ll Attend Fox News Debate

January 25, 2016 at 10:55 PM
New York - U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Monday he was "not 100 percent" certain he would participate in a debate this week co-hosted by Fox News Channel because he did not think moderator Megyn Kelly could treat him fairly. Trump told CNN he would probably participate, but added: “I'm not 100 percent; I'll see. If I think I'm going to be treated unfairly...

Geneva – Childhood Obesity Panel: 40 Million Kids Under 5 Overweight

January 25, 2016 at 10:20 PM
Geneva - An independent panel on obesity commissioned by the World Health Organization is urging governments, educators, agribusiness and food marketers to do more to help fight childhood obesity. In a report Monday, the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity says 41 million kids under age 5 are now obese or overweight worldwide, up from 31 million in 1990. It warns rates could rise. The...

New York – Twitter Management Departures Unnerve Investors, Stock Falls

January 25, 2016 at 09:49 PM
New York - Twitter Inc shares closed down almost 5 percent on Monday as a management exodus sparked investor concerns over unsettled leadership and stalled growth at the online social media company. Five high-level executives are leaving Twitter, less than four months after co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as CEO, without any publicly articulated plan to revive growth. "We don't see how the...

Washington – Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles In Fed Prisons

January 25, 2016 at 09:11 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says he is banning the use of solitary confinement to punish juvenile offenders in federal prisons. Obama says the practice of isolating prisoners can cause long-term psychological effects, particularly when used to punish young offenders and the mentally ill. Obama announced the ban Monday evening in an op-ed on the Washington Post. It comes as part of a...

Des Moines, IA – Clinton: “Very Deep Connection” To Israel

January 25, 2016 at 08:36 PM
Des Moines, IA - Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton voiced her strong support for Israel, telling the Jewish Federation of Greater des Moines on Monday, "More than policy, it's personal." Clinton, fighting a hoarse voice said, "I've had the great experience of visiting Israel many times, of making friends with so many of the leaders and activists, who have built Israel and have...

San Francisco – Super Bowl 50: Residents List Rentals At Super-sized Prices

January 25, 2016 at 08:03 PM
San Francisco - In the San Francisco Bay Area, where high housing costs are notorious, residents looking to make a quick buck are offering to rent their homes at super-sized prices to the 1 million visitors expected for Super Bowl 50 festivities. There's a luxury 8,500-square-foot home in San Jose, California, listed for $10,000 a night. A 400-square-foot cottage in the same city is going for...

Washington – Snow Response In DC, NYC Comes Down To Money, Manpower

January 25, 2016 at 07:36 PM
Washington - The nation's capital and its largest city both got walloped by the same near-record blizzard this weekend. But while Washington struggled to recover, New York City was mostly up and running on Monday. In the District of Columbia, schools and government offices, monuments and memorials and museums were all shut down on Monday. The Metro had an extremely reduced schedule, providing...

Des Moines, IA – Bernie Sanders Gets His Own Ice Cream Flavor

January 25, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Des Moines, IA - Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame is backing Bernie Sanders' bid for the Democratic presidential nomination with a personal flavor called "Bernie's Yearning." The website http://berniesyearning.com shows packaging bearing a picture of Sanders under the heading "Vermont's Finest Senator" and a "Ben's Best" label, rather than a Ben & Jerry's brand. Cohen says the...

Des Moines, Iowa – Cruz: Criticism, Not Personal Attacks, For Trump

January 25, 2016 at 06:22 PM
Des Moines, Iowa - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says Iowa voters do not want to see him trading insults with billionaire Donald Trump. Cruz reiterated his position Monday during a campaign stop at a pizza restaurant in Manchester, Iowa, that he will criticize Trump's positions on the issues, but he won't engage in personal attacks. Until recent weeks, Trump and Cruz had avoided any direct confrontation...

Manasquan, NJ – In Coastal NJ, A Flood Of Criticism For Christie Follows Storm

January 25, 2016 at 06:03 PM
Manasquan, NJ - Residents of New Jersey's southern shorefront towns on Monday cleaned up homes and businesses flooded by a storm surge during the weekend's massive blizzard and rued what they described as Governor Chris Christie's dismissive treatment of the damage. The storm that walloped Washington and New York with about 2 feet (60 cm) of snow hit coastal Cape May County in New Jersey with...

New York – NYC Issues Travel Advisory For Potential Black Ice

January 25, 2016 at 05:48 PM
New York, NY - NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio today issued a travel advisory for tonight, January 25, through Friday night, January 29, 2016. As nighttime temperatures drop to near or below freezing tonight through Friday, melted snow can turn to black ice, causing dangerously slick driving conditions. The National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures Tuesday through Friday to range...

Ottawa – Canada Government To Send ‘Tough Message’ To Israel As A ‘Good Friend’

January 25, 2016 at 05:33 PM
Ottawa - Canada's new Liberal government said on Monday it was delivering a "tough message" to Israel as a good friend after expressing concern about Israeli-Palestinian violence, Israeli settlements and unilateral Palestinian moves. The statement came a day after Foreign Minister Stephane Dion was criticized for saying Palestinian initiatives toward statehood in international forums and...

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