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New York – Immigration Hardliner Says Trump Team Preparing Plans For Wall, Mulling Muslim Registry

November 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM
New York - An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump's...

New York – Google Releases App To Digitize Boxes Of Old Photo Print

November 15, 2016 at 11:30 PM
New York - Google wants to make digitizing your many boxes of old photo prints as easy as opening an app. The PhotoScan app for iPhones and Android phones will use the phone's camera to capture an old photo in four sections and stitch them together, much like a panorama shot. Google says this approach helps eliminate glare that can mar attempts to digitize a print by simply photographing the...

Saitama, Japan – Japan Rubber-Mask Makers Happy To Face A Trump Presidency

November 15, 2016 at 10:29 PM
Saitama, Japan - While much of the world anxiously awaits what happens under U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, one factory manager in Japan is all smiles. Ogawa Studio, the only manufacturer of rubber masks in Japan, is working feverishly to catch up with a flood of orders for Trump masks since his election victory last week. The 23 workers at the plant in Saitama, a city in Tokyo's...

Brooklyn, NY – Masbia Once Again Serving Meals To The Hungry In BP

November 15, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Seven months after closing the doors of its Borough Park location, Masbia Soup Kitchen is once again open for business serving meals to the hungry, this time at a new location. Located right near Borough Park’s Shomrei Shabbos synagogue at the corner of New Utrecht Avenue and 54th Street, the new Masbia location opened for business last Wednesday. Just one day earlier...

Washington – Never Mind Closing Guantanamo, Trump Might Make It Bigger

November 15, 2016 at 10:05 PM
Washington - Never mind closing Guantanamo. It might be getting bigger. President Barack Obama is running out of time to fulfill his longstanding promise to shutter the prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sixty inmates remain in the facility and only a third are cleared for release. If Obama can't close it, his successor likely won't. Donald Trump has not only pledged...

New York – Trump Goes Out For Dinner Without Press In Tow

November 15, 2016 at 09:54 PM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump has broken with protocol by leaving his Trump Tower residence without taking along his press contingent. The Trump transition team had informed reporters and photographers at Trump Tower that there would be no movement by the president-elect for the rest of the day and evening. Then, less than two hours later, a presidential-style motorcade left the...

New York – After Trump Win, NYC Could Destroy Immigrant ID Card Data

November 15, 2016 at 09:28 PM
New York - When New York City launched the nation's biggest municipal ID card program last year, advocates said it would help people living in the U.S. illegally to venture out of the shadows. But since Donald Trump was elected president, city officials are instead fielding questions about whether the cards could put those same people at greater risk of being deported. The city has vowed to...

New York – Twitter Adds New Options To Curb Abuse, Harassment

November 15, 2016 at 08:28 PM
New York - Twitter, long criticized as a hotbed for online harassment, is expanding ways to curb the amount of abuse users see and making it easier to report such conduct. Twitter said Tuesday that it is expanding a "mute" function that lets people mute accounts they don't want to see tweets from. Now, users will be able to mute keywords, phrases and conversations they don't want to get...

Bayonne, NJ – Officials Unveil Bayonne Bridge’s Elevated Roadway

November 15, 2016 at 07:55 PM
Bayonne, NJ - Officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey provided a first look Tuesday at the Bayonne Bridge's elevated roadway, part of a $1.3 billion project to allow bigger cargo ships to call on New York City-area ports. The bridge connects Bayonne, New Jersey, and Staten Island, New York, and is the least-used of the Port Authority's four New York-area bridges in terms...

Washington – Capitol Hill Buzz: Dome Project Completed In Time For Trump

November 15, 2016 at 07:28 PM
Washington - Congressional officials have unveiled a refurbished Capitol Dome after a three-year, $60 million repair project completed with weeks to spare before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Scaffolding that enveloped the dome is gone and more than 1,300 cracks in the cast iron structure have been repaired. The iconic symbol of the Capitol and a 240-year experiment in...

United Nations – Diplomat: NKorea Does Not Care Who Is US President

November 15, 2016 at 07:00 PM
United Nations - A North Korean diplomat said Tuesday his country doesn't care who is president of the United States but rather whether or not the U.S. will end its "hostile policies." Kim Yong Ho, the North Korean Foreign Ministry's director of the division of human rights and humanitarian issues, made his comments at a rare press conference Tuesday after a U.N. committee voted to condemn his...

Washington – DC Council To Take Final Vote On ‘Death With Dignity’ Bill

November 15, 2016 at 06:31 PM
Washington - District of Columbia lawmakers are set to vote for the final time on a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives with the help of a doctor. The "Death with Dignity" bill was approved earlier this month on an 11-to-2 vote. That's a veto-proof margin, and Mayor Muriel Bowser said she would not veto the legislation. The council will vote Tuesday on whether...

Washington – Life In The White House Bubble? Trump’s Had Practice

November 15, 2016 at 06:03 PM
Washington - For nearly the entire week since he became president-elect, Donald Trump has been holed up in his gilded New York skyscraper. A steady stream of visitors has come to him, flooding through metal detectors and getting whisked up to Trump's offices and penthouse residence. It's good preparation for the insular, security-shrouded bubble that awaits Trump at the White House. Unlike...

Athens, Greece – Anti-Obama Protesters Clash With Greek Police In Athens

November 15, 2016 at 05:28 PM
Athens, Greece - Greek riot police used tear gas and stun grenades in central Athens Tuesday to disperse about 3,000 left-wing marchers protesting a visit by President Barack Obama, after they tried to enter an area declared off-limits to demonstrators. No injuries or arrests were reported. The violence broke out as youths in motorcycle helmets and gas masks, armed with wooden clubs and...

Washington – Top Senate Democrat Urges Trump To Dump Bannon

November 15, 2016 at 05:01 PM
Washington - Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says President-elect Donald Trump should rescind Stephen Bannon's appointment as a top White House aide. Reid says that "as long as a champion of racial division is a step away from the Oval Office, it would be impossible to take Trump's efforts to heal the nation seriously." Reid made the comment in a Senate floor speech. He joins a...

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