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Wellington – ‘Utter Devastation’ After Major Quake, Aftershocks Hit New Zealand

November 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Wellington - A strong new earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 rattled New Zealand's South Island on Monday, hours after a more powerful quake killed at least two people, damaged roads and buildings and sent thousands fleeing to higher ground. Emergency response teams were flying by helicopter to the region at the epicenter of the original 7.8 magnitude quake, which struck just after midnight...

Washington – Trump Puts Flame-throwing Outsider On The Inside

November 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Steve Bannon, a leading force of the far-right, a flame-throwing media mogul and professional provocateur, a man who made a career out of roiling the establishment from the outside, just landed squarely on the inside. Donald Trump's pick for chief strategist and senior counselor signals the president-elect has no intention of abandoning his brash, outsider instincts as he puts...

New York – Reuters: Trump Looking At Fast Ways To Quit Global Climate Deal

November 13, 2016 at 11:00 PM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from a global accord to combat climate change, a source on his transition team said, defying broad international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Since Trump's election victory on Tuesday, governments ranging from China to small island states have reaffirmed support for the 2015...

Brussels – EU Braces For ‘More Businesslike’ Ties With Trump’s America

November 13, 2016 at 10:34 PM
Brussels - The European Union must spend more on defense and uphold accords on climate change and Iran's nuclear program, the bloc's foreign ministers said after mulling future ties with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has cast doubt on all three. "We understand that there will be more American businesslike approach and therefore there should also be more Europe from our side," said...

New York – Monday’s Supermoon Extra Super; Closest In Nearly 69 Years

November 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM
New York - The moon doesn't get much bigger and brighter than this. On Monday, Earthlings will be treated to a so-called supermoon — the closest full moon of the year. Monday's supermoon will be extra super — it will be the closest the moon comes to us in almost 69 years. And it won't happen again for another 18 years. NASA says closest approach will occur at 3:21 a.m. PST when the...

New York – A Man With Many Friends: Priebus Tapped As Chief Of Staff

November 13, 2016 at 09:30 PM
New York - In the year of the outsider, Reince Priebus was the face of the Republican establishment. Yet somehow, the Republican National Committee chairman would come to earn the trust and confidence of President-elect Donald Trump, who on Sunday named Priebus as his chief of staff, along with flame-throwing media executive Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist. The position puts Priebus...

Phoenix – Defeated Arpaio Has No Regrets About Immigration Crackdowns

November 13, 2016 at 09:01 PM
Phoenix - The outgoing sheriff of metro Phoenix says he was saddened by his defeat after 24 years in office, but expressed no regrets about launching dozens of immigration crackdowns that made him a national political figure but ultimately led to his downfall. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Friday he has been humbled by calls from supporters who bemoaned his loss Tuesday to Paul Penzone, a...

Gaza City – Palestinian Authority Media: Israel And Palestinians Killed Arafat

November 13, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Gaza City - Wafa, the Palestinian Authority’s news site, published a report on Sunday accusing Israel and Palestinians of collaborating to kill former PA President Yasser Arafat. “Israel was able through direct and indirect means to bend the hand of the late president Arafat, besieging and poisoning him and using Palestinian tools to oust and subsequently kill him,” Sultan al-Huttab, a...

New York – Zuckerberg Again Rejects Claims Of Facebook Impact On U.S. Election

November 13, 2016 at 08:00 PM
New York - Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg again rejected the idea that the social network affected the U.S. presidential election, saying late Saturday it is "extremely unlikely" news hoaxes changed the outcome. Ensnared in a string of content controversies in recent months, Facebook has insisted that it is a technology company, not a media firm. But scrutiny of the site has...

New York – CBS’s “60 Minutes” Trump Tells Supporters To Stop Harassment

November 13, 2016 at 07:21 PM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump says he's a "very sober" person and says he'll conduct himself "in a very good manner" as the nation's president. But the combative billionaire adds in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" that his manner "depends on what the situation is." The president-elect was asked in the interview conducted Friday if he's going to use the same, sometimes...

New York – Immigrants Demonstrate Against Trump As Protests Continue

November 13, 2016 at 07:00 PM
New York - Immigrants and their advocates added their voices on Sunday to those who have been marching and protesting Donald Trump's presidential win. Organizers said the protest scheduled for Sunday mid-afternoon in Manhattan was about speaking out against Trump's support of deportation and other measures. It was the latest in days of demonstrations across the country. Other protests were...

Washington – Pence’s Transition Job Could Signal Key Role In White House

November 13, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Washington - President-elect Donald Trump's decision to empower his running mate Mike Pence to steer the presidential transition gives the soon-to-be vice president a powerful hand in shaping the incoming government and could foreshadow that he will play an outsized role in the White House. Pence's ascension is in line with a recent trend toward influential vice presidents and appears similar...

Dakar, Senegal – British Man Aims To Swim Atlantic: From Senegal To Brazil

November 13, 2016 at 05:00 PM
Dakar, Senegal - Former British police officer Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swimming every mile of the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South America. After more than three years of preparation, he set off on Sunday. The 38-year-old walked down a beach in Dakar and into the Atlantic Ocean, launching a swim for 1,635 nautical miles, or nearly 2,000 land miles (3,200 kilometers), from...

Washington – Trump Taps RNC’s Reince Priebus As White House Chief Of Staff; Bannon As Senior Counselor

November 13, 2016 at 04:35 PM
Washington - President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday chose Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, the favorite of the party's establishment and a low-key Washington insider, to serve in the influential position of White House chief of staff. The choice of Priebus, a loyal campaign ally to Trump who has close ties with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, signaled a...

Newburgh, NY – New Trouble In Hardscrabble Town: Blood Tests For Chemical

November 13, 2016 at 04:00 PM
Newburgh, NY - In this chronically struggling city along the Hudson River, residents beset by poverty, high crime and boarded-up homes now have an entirely new worry — that their tap water may have exposed them to a chemical linked to cancer. State officials recently launched an ambitious effort to offer blood tests to Newburgh's 28,000 residents after the chemical PFOS — used for years in...

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