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Washington – Freed Reporter Thanks Kerry In First Appearance Since Iran Release

January 28, 2016 at 05:01 PM
Washington - Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian thanked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday for negotiating his release from an Iranian prison in his first public appearance since leaving Iran nearly two weeks ago. Rezaian, jailed for 18 months after being accused of espionage, was freed this month in a prisoner swap negotiated between the United States and Iran coinciding with...

Baltimore, MD – Biden On GOP White House Race: It’s A ‘Gift From The Lord’

January 28, 2016 at 04:46 PM
Baltimore, MD - Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday likened the Republican presidential race to a "gift from the Lord" for Democrats trying to win control of the House and Senate. Biden joked to House Democrats at their annual retreat in Baltimore that he doesn't know who he should root for among Republicans though he didn't refer to any by name. Many Republicans are worried that front-runner...

New Jersey – Agency: Tremors In NY, NJ Caused By Sonic Boom, Not Quake

January 28, 2016 at 04:28 PM
New Jersey - A fighter jet from a U.S. Navy base in Maryland may have caused a series of sonic booms on Thursday near the New Jersey coast that prompted hundreds of residents to report earthquake-like tremors. A spokeswoman for Naval Air Station Patuxent River said an F-35C was conducting routine flight testing over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday afternoon that may have created sonic...

New York – Officials: 3 New Yorkers Found Infected With Zika Virus

January 28, 2016 at 04:14 PM
New York - New York City health officials say three New Yorkers have contracted the Zika virus. All three had recently returned from countries that have experienced a Zika outbreak. The virus is believed to spread to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Most people do not need to be hospitalized from the disease. But officials are studying whether some severe birth defects...

Washington – Obama Creates New Cancer Task Force, Blessing Biden’s Effort

January 28, 2016 at 03:59 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama created a new federal task force Thursday to accelerate cancer research, putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the drive to streamline government efforts toward a cure. Dubbed the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, the group will be modest in scope — the White House says the task force is "advisory only." Yet its formation gives a formal green...

Marietta, GA – ‘Trooper Down!’ Officers Call For Help After Chase, Shootout

January 28, 2016 at 03:32 PM
Marietta, GA - Police radio calls released Thursday provide a glimpse of the high-speed chase on a busy interstate that ended with the driver of a pickup truck in a shootout with state troopers. Officers scream "shots fired, shots fired" followed by "trooper down," according to the calls obtained by The Associated Press. Troopers chased the pickup in and out of traffic at speeds of nearly...

Vatican City – Pope Expected To Visit Auschwitz During Trip To Poland In July

January 28, 2016 at 03:05 PM
Vatican City - Pope Francis is expected to visit the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during his visit to Poland in July, the Vatican said. The Vatican spokesman, speaking during the presentation of a book by a 90-year-old Italian Holocaust survivor on Wednesday night, said the visit was "highly probable". Francis will be in the southern Polish city of Krakow in July for an international...

Washington – Huckabee, Santorum To Attend Trump Event For Veterans In Iowa

January 28, 2016 at 02:28 PM
Washington - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former U.S. lawmaker Rick Santorum, candidates for the Republican presidential nomination said on Thursday they will attend an event for military veterans being organized in Iowa by Republican front-runner Donald Trump. New York businessman Trump, who is involved in a spat with Fox News, has vowed to skip Thursday night's Republican...

Brooklyn, NY – Spate Of Random Slashings Across New York City Sows Fear

January 28, 2016 at 01:51 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang was carrying groceries down a Brooklyn street when he felt like he got hit in the back of the head. He suddenly couldn't walk straight. "I kept veering into a wall, then a parked car. And that's when I realized I was bleeding," Hwang, the author of "M. Butterfly," said this week. Hwang had been slashed with a blade by someone...

Lakewood, NJ – Rechnitz Removing Himself From Yeshiva Acceptance Issue; Offers Apologies To Some While Continuing To Reprimand “Elitists”

January 28, 2016 at 01:26 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Four days after delivering a scathing speech at a dinner celebrating three decades of chinuch in Lakewood that resulted in unprecedented waves of support and anger within the Jewish community, Los Angeles philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz issued a written letter today saying that he is removing himself from the discussion regarding yeshivos and their acceptance policies because...

San Francisco – Amazon Says Exclusives Store Sales Top $50 Million In First Year

January 28, 2016 at 01:07 PM
San Francisco - Amazon.com Inc said that sales on Exclusives, its platform for products not available anywhere else, topped $50 million in less than a year since its launch and the site includes more than 120 brands, the first time it has disclosed the data. The sales represents a tiny fraction of those on Amazon's third-party marketplace platform, which allows other merchants to sell on...

Iowa – Sanders Medical History Reveals ‘Very Good Health’

January 28, 2016 at 12:49 PM
Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is in "overall very good health," according to a medical history released Thursday by his campaign in the days leading up to Monday's Iowa caucuses. A one-page letter released by Sanders' campaign said the 74-year-old Vermont senator had been treated in the past for ailments like gout, high cholesterol and laryngitis. He underwent hernia...

Jerusalem – Israeli Campaign Against Artists Draws Accusations Of ‘McCarthyism’

January 28, 2016 at 12:11 PM
Jerusalem - An ultra-nationalist Israeli group that has campaigned against foreign-funded NGOs broadened its assault to include left-wing artists on Thursday, accusing authors such as Amos Oz and David Grossman of disloyalty to the country. The offensive by Im Tirtzu takes place amid deepening left-right divisions in Israel, with members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government...

Washington – Freed U.S. Student Speaks Out About Imprisonment In Iran

January 28, 2016 at 11:48 AM
Washington - An American student detained in Iran who was freed this month under a prisoner swap said on Thursday he was accused of trying to overthrow the Iranian government and held for nearly a month in solitary confinement. Matthew Trevithick, who had traveled to Iran to study Farsi, told CNN that interrogators at Iran's Evin Prison also accused him of having access to millions of dollars...

Paris – Man With 2 Handguns, Partner Arrested At Disneyland Paris

January 28, 2016 at 11:29 AM
Paris - A man with two handguns was detained Thursday along with his female partner at Disneyland Paris, Europe's most-visited tourist attraction, police said. No one was hurt in the incident and the park remained open after the arrests. They come as France remains on edge and under a state of emergency after Islamic extremist attacks around Paris in November that killed 130 people. The...

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