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San Antonio, TX – 2 Students, Teacher Reprimanded For Trump Assassination Skit

November 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM
San Antonio, TX - Two 10th-grade students at a San Antonio high school and their teacher have been reprimanded for the performance of a skit portraying the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump. The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/2fKtkI1 ) reports the skit, titled "The Assassination of Donald Trump," was performed last week at Marshall High School. One of the boys used a...

Washington – Trump Ally Sessions Could Face Tough Senate Confirmation

November 17, 2016 at 11:22 PM
Washington - As one of President-elect Donald Trump's closest and most consistent allies, Sen. Jeff Sessions is a likely pick for a top post in his administration. But when Sessions faced Senate confirmation for a job 30 years ago, it didn't go well. Nominated for a federal judgeship in 1986, Sessions, R-Ala., was dogged by racist comments he was accused of making while serving as U.S...

Canton, IL – Illinois Blast Damages More Than 50 Buildings

November 17, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Canton, IL - Authorities on Thursday were investigating the cause of a gas explosion that rocked downtown homes and businesses in a central Illinois community, shattering glass and cracking interior walls in nearby buildings and killing one person and injuring several others. The blast Wednesday evening in Canton, which is 150 miles southwest of Chicago, happened while utility workers were...

Washington – Mortgage Rates Surge, But Homebuyers Advised To Be Patient

November 17, 2016 at 10:31 PM
Washington - With mortgage rates surging following the election win of Donald Trump, homebuyers may feel compelled to snap up loans before rates rocket even higher. But housing experts say consumers shouldn't get carried away by the post-election wave. The advance of the past week or so, stoked by a surprise victory that turned economic expectations on their head, could soon...

Brooklyn, NY – Journalist And Author Ruth Gruber Dies In NY At Age 105

November 17, 2016 at 10:16 PM
Brooklyn, NY - When Ruth Gruber saw a report during World War II that 1,000 Jewish refugees were being brought to the United States, she rushed straight to her job with the Secretary of the Interior. "I got rid of my breakfast and rushed to the office and said, 'I have to see the Secretary.' I told him, 'Somebody has to go over and hold their hands; they're going to be terrified,'" Gruber said...

Geneva – North Korea Says Could Renew Ties With U.S. Under Trump If Troops Go

November 17, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Geneva - If a U.S. administration of Donald Trump withdraws troops and equipment from South Korea and secures a peace treaty ending war on the peninsula, it could lead to normalizing relations with North Korea, a Pyongyang envoy told Reuters on Thursday. But for now North Korea will pursue its policy of "simultaneous development" of both its nuclear program and the economy, So Se Pyong, North...

San Francisco – Beyond Rooms And Homes: Airbnb Adding Tours And Activities

November 17, 2016 at 09:30 PM
San Francisco - Not content with just renting out spare rooms and vacant homes, Airbnb is adding local tours and activities like surfing lessons and pub crawls to its travel services in major cities around the world. With the new features announced Thursday, the fast-growing online rental company is hoping to tap into leisure travelers' desire for distinctive "experiences" that make them feel...

Washington – Intel Chief: Russia Eased Hacking After US Accused Kremlin

November 17, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday that Russia curtailed its election-related cyberactivity after the Obama administration accused Moscow of trying to interfere with the presidential race. The top U.S. intelligence official also said he had formally submitted a resignation letter effective at the end of President Barack Obama's term. In one of his last...

Richmond, VA – Kaine Says He’s Not Going To Run For President In 2020

November 17, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Richmond, VA - Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says he'll seek re-election in 2018 but is ruling out a presidential bid in 2020. The former Democratic vice presidential nominee said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that his place is in the Senate and his decision not to run in 2020 is final. "Period. Full stop," Kaine said. With a heightened national profile after...

New York – Prosecutor: Suspect In Bomb Attacks Talked To FBI For Days

November 17, 2016 at 08:03 PM
New York - A man charged with setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York spoke with the FBI for days after his arrest as he was recovering from gunshot wounds, a prosecutor told a judge on Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewin made the revelation after Ahmad Khan Rahimi pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him in the Sept. 17 attacks, which wounded 30 people when a...

New York – Poll: Americans Want Trump To Focus On Healthcare First

November 17, 2016 at 07:15 PM
New York - Healthcare is the top issue Americans want Donald Trump to address during his first 100 days in the White House, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday, an apparent rebuke of outgoing President Barack Obama's signature reform, Obamacare. Some 21 percent of Americans want Trump to focus on the healthcare system when he enters the White House on Jan. 20, according to...

Washington – In Trump’s Transition, The Jockeying For Jobs Goes Public

November 17, 2016 at 06:40 PM
Washington - Want a top job in Washington? Saying less is usually the way to get more. But contenders — and wannabe contenders — for spots in President-elect Donald Trump's administration are upending that tradition. They're touting their qualifications in public appearances and chatting openly about their interactions with Trump's team. They're handicapping their rivals. Some of those...

New York – US Jews Grapple With Election-year Eruption Of Anti-Semitism

November 17, 2016 at 06:31 PM
New York - American Jews gathered Thursday to wrestle with how they should confront an election-year surge in anti-Semitism, a level of bias not seen in the U.S. for decades. At a national meeting of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights group, about 1,000 people listened to talks expressing shock at the hatred expressed during the presidential campaign and questioned what they...

Warsaw, Poland – Poland To Compare Photos Of US Man In Nazi Crimes Probe

November 17, 2016 at 06:02 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A Polish prosecutor pursuing a Nazi crimes investigation of a Minnesota man said Thursday that experts will compare the man's photos with that of a Nazi commander to make sure they are the same person. The Associated Press has identified the man, Michael Karkoc, as a World War II commander of a unit in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, which is accused of burning...

Boston – Elderly Man Dies On JetBlue Flight From Florida To Boston

November 17, 2016 at 05:45 PM
Boston - Authorities say the death of an elderly man on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Boston is not considered suspicious. Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio says the man, whose name was not immediately released, died of apparent natural causes during the flight Thursday from Fort Myers. In a statement, JetBlue said the plane's flight crew reported a medical concern...

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