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Baltimore, MD – 1000s Of Baltimore Buildings To Be Torn Down To Fight Blight

January 5, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Baltimore, MD - Thousands of vacant buildings in Baltimore will be demolished over the next four years, city and state officials announced Tuesday, starting in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested and fatally injured in police custody, prompting civil unrest that highlighted the urban decay. Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the new open space and...

Seoul – Driverless Taxi On Seoul Campus Offers Glimpse Of Future

January 5, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Seoul - A South Korean university is testing a sedan that can pick up and transport passengers without a human driver, giving a glimpse into the future of autonomous public transport. Seo Seung-Woo, director of the Intelligent Vehicle IT Research Center at Seoul National University, said the university has been testing the driverless taxi to transport disabled students around campus. The...

Pyongyang – North Korea Says Will Continue To Strengthen Nuclear Program

January 5, 2016 at 11:10 PM
Pyongyang - North Korea said on Wednesday it would continue to strengthen its nuclear program in order to protect itself against the hostile policies of the United States. In a statement after conducting its fourth nuclear test, North Korea's state news agency said it will not give up its nuclear program as long as the United States maintained what it called "its stance of...

Pyongyang – North Korea Says It Has Conducted Hydrogen Bomb Test

January 5, 2016 at 10:51 PM
Pyongyang - North Korea says it has conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The surprise announcement that complicates already difficult efforts to curb the country's push for a working nuclear arsenal. The North said Wednesday in a broadcast that the test was successful. A hydrogen bomb is generally more powerful than a nuclear bomb. North Korea has long pushed for an arsenal of warheads that can...

Washington – Cash-rich Super PACs Prolong Flagging Presidential Campaigns

January 5, 2016 at 10:32 PM
Washington - Jeb Bush's recent cancellation of advertising plans in Iowa and South Carolina was yet another cost-saving step for a down-in-the-polls presidential campaign that had already thinned its staff. If not for his flush super PAC, the Republican might be gone from the contest by now. That group, Right to Rise, has burned through half of its $103 million — which still leaves it with...

Nassau, Bahamas – US Embassy Issues Alert For Bahamas After Sexual Assault

January 5, 2016 at 10:26 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - A crime warning issued by the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas has singled out operators of personal watercraft or jet skis. The embassy issued the Tuesday alert following the sexual assault of a U.S. citizen by a man on one of the watercraft on Cabbage Beach. The Royal Bahamas Police Force says a 26-year-old man was taken into custody as a suspect in the Jan. 2 attack. The...

Seoul – North Korean Tremor Raises Suspicions Of A New Nuclear Test

January 5, 2016 at 10:14 PM
Seoul - South Korean officials detected an "artificial earthquake" near North Korea's main nuclear test site Wednesday, a strong indication that nuclear-armed Pyongyang had conducted its fourth atomic test. North Korea said it planned an "important announcement" later Wednesday. A confirmed test would mark another big step toward Pyongyang's goal of building a warhead that can be mounted on a...

Washington – Major U.S. Airlines Up Fares In Sign Of First Sector-wide Hike Since June

January 5, 2016 at 10:02 PM
Washington - The top U.S. airlines said Tuesday that they have raised fares in the first industry-wide hike since June, moves that may offset increasing labor costs but draw the ire of customers. Fares increased $3 one-way for U.S. domestic flights on American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc, Southwest Airlines Co and JetBlue Airways Corp, each company...

New York – NY Governor’s Homeless Order Does Little In NYC On First Night

January 5, 2016 at 09:43 PM
New York - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's order to move all homeless people off of the streets during frigid nights had scant impact in New York City on its first day on Tuesday other than fuel an ongoing political battle with Mayor Bill de Blasio, advocates said. City workers placed 97 people living on city streets in shelters and hospitals overnight, as temperatures dropped below freezing...

Washington – Capitol Hill Buzz: Bye-bye To Paul Ryan’s Holiday Beard

January 5, 2016 at 09:30 PM
Washington - For House Speaker Paul Ryan, it's bye-bye beard. The Wisconsin Republican has been sporting a "hunting beard" since Thanksgiving, but he appeared clean shaven on Tuesday as the House returned to business. In a tweet accompanying a photo of the suddenly beardless speaker, he writes: "Fresh year. Fresh start. Fresh shave." The 45-year-old Ryan grew the beard at "deer camp" and...

Chicago – College Begins Effort To Fire Professor For Comment On Islam

January 5, 2016 at 09:05 PM
Chicago - Officials of a suburban Chicago Christian college has begun efforts to fire a political science professor who was placed on leave after saying Christians and Muslims worship the same God. A statement on Wheaton College's website Tuesday said Provost Stanton Jones has initiated a termination-for-cause proceeding regarding Larycia Hawkins. The action follows efforts by college...

Washington – Trump Says Rival Cruz’s Canadian Birthplace Could Be ‘big Problem’

January 5, 2016 at 08:34 PM
Washington - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has waded back into the topic of eligibility for the U.S. presidency, telling the Washington Post that rival Ted Cruz could run into trouble if he won the party's nomination because he was born in Canada. Trump, the real-estate billionaire, had previously demanded that President Barack Obama prove he was born in the United States...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Families Push Israel To Return Attackers’ Bodies

January 5, 2016 at 08:32 PM
Jerusalem - Palestinian accountant Ahmed Oweisat last saw his son Moataz in October — hours before Israeli police say the 16-year-old boy tried to stab an officer and was fatally shot in Jerusalem. The son still has not been buried — one of about a dozen bodies of Palestinian suspected attackers that Israel continues to hold nearly four months after a wave of violence erupted in Jerusalem...

Israel – Jerusalem’s Waldorf Astoria Ranked Among Top World Hotels In 2015

January 5, 2016 at 08:01 PM
Israel - Israel reached a global milestone in the hotel industry in 2015. The Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem was ranked the seventh best hotel in the world in the Conde Nast magazine’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards Survey, which included 128,000 rankings. The hotel’s ranking caught Waldorf Astoria general manager Guy Klaiman by complete surprise. “It caught us by surprise because we...

Washington – Obama’s Move On Guns May Have Only Modest Effect On Violence

January 5, 2016 at 07:32 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's move to tighten controls on guns could curb the unregulated buying and selling of weapons over the Internet and at gun shows. But the overall effect on violence in the U.S. could prove to be modest. "It's not ever going to be difficult to get a firearm, just like it's not ever going to be difficult to get illegal drugs," said James Jacobs, a New York...

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