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New York – Reuters: Trump Agrees To Settle Fraud Case For $25 Million

November 18, 2016 at 04:00 PM
New York - For more than six years, Donald Trump fought hard against a lawsuit in which former customers of his now-defunct Trump University accused him of fraud. Less than two weeks after being elected president, he agreed to a $25 million settlement. "We definitely detected a change of tone and change of approach" after the election, plaintiffs' attorney Jason Forge said when the agreement...

Washington – House Chairman: Trump Favors Privatizing Air Traffic Control

November 18, 2016 at 03:45 PM
Washington - A House committee chairman says President-elect Donald Trump likes the idea of spinning off air traffic control operations from the government and placing them under the control of a private, non-profit corporation chartered by Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster, head of the House transportation committee, told The Association Press that he spoke to Trump about the idea several times...

Geneva – UN Agency Lifts Zika Emergency, Prepares For Long-term Fight

November 18, 2016 at 03:23 PM
Geneva - Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the United Nations health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe neurological defects in newborns whose mothers were infected. WHO officials were quick to note that the move does not mean the agency is downgrading the threat of the...

Washington – A Surge In US Deportations Could Swamp An Overtaxed System

November 18, 2016 at 03:04 PM
Washington - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to rapidly deport 2 to 3 million illegal immigrants with criminal records would further tax a system already stretched to its limits, current and former U.S. immigration officials say. Immigration courts, which issue deportation orders, set bond and grant or deny asylum, currently have a backlog of more than 500,000 cases. Boosting staff...

London – Buckingham Palace Needs Infrastructure Work To Keep It Going

November 18, 2016 at 02:00 PM
London - Buckingham Palace needs a taxpayer-funded face-lift if it's to remain fit for the queen. The London home of Queen Elizabeth II hasn't been upgraded since just after World War II, and needs urgent infrastructure work to fix plumbing, electrical cables and heating, palace officials said Friday. The work will cost some 369 million pounds ($459 million) over 10 years and is considered...

New York – MTA Considers Increasing Fares, Tolls For 2017

November 18, 2016 at 01:31 PM
New York - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering two proposals that would raise fares and tolls system-wide by about 4 percent on average next year. MTA board members are expected to vote on the proposals in January following a series of public meetings on the increases. The first proposal would raise the base fare for subways and buses to $3 while increasing the bonus on...

Washington – U.S. Probing Whether Post-election Incidents Are Hate Crimes

November 18, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether recent reports of alleged intimidation and harassment, including in schools and at churches, violate federal hate crime and other civil rights laws, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Friday. "Many Americans are concerned by a spate of recent news reports about alleged hate crimes and harassment... The FBI is assessing...

Gaza Strip – Palestinian Killed In Clashes At Gaza-Israel Border

November 18, 2016 at 12:58 PM
Gaza Strip - Gaza's health ministry says a Palestinian was killed by soldiers in clashes along the border between the territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel. It said a 26-year-old was shot and killed Friday. The Israeli military said dozens of Palestinians breached the buffer zone, damaged the fence and "attempted to infiltrate Israel." It said forces at the...

Brussels – Trump And NATO Chief Hold Phone Call, Agree On Alliance’s Importance

November 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Brussels - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg spoke by telephone on Friday and agreed the "enduring importance" of the Western military alliance. "The president-elect and the secretary general both underlined NATO's enduring importance, and discussed how NATO is adapting to the new security environment, including to counter the threat of terrorism,"...

Milan – Fiat Chrysler Teams Up With Amazon To Sell Cars Online

November 18, 2016 at 12:27 PM
Milan - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it has teamed up with U.S. internet giant Amazon to start selling cars online at prices up to a third cheaper than available elsewhere. Initially only Italian buyers will be able to purchase their cars with a simple click online and the offers on Amazon.it will be limited to three models - the 500, the Panda and the 500L. FCA said the choice was...

San Jose, CA – Kanye West Says If He’d Voted, He Would’ve Voted For Trump

November 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM
San Jose, CA - ” Kanye West says he didn't vote in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. Fan video shows West making the comments on stage at a concert in San Jose, California, on Thursday night. The announcement was mostly met with boos from the crowd. West told fans that "sometimes you might have to not get your way in...

New York – Selfie Tower: Trump’s Home Becomes NYC’s Hottest Backdrop

November 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM
New York - Outside Donald Trump's gilded skyscraper, many in the slow-moving sidewalk throng come for the sole purpose of snapping selfies, some to capture a bit of history and others to offer the new president their one-fingered salute. Trump Tower, always a popular spot for visitors, has become even more of a spectacle since Election Day, with the selfie stick-toting thatch of gawkers mixing...

Chicago – Trump’s Election Triggers Flood Of Immigration Questions

November 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Chicago - Immigration hotlines are buzzing. Legal clinics are seeing an influx of clients. Public schools are fielding frantic questions from parents and students. Since the election, Donald Trump's tough talk on immigration has stirred anxiety nationwide among immigrants regardless of legal status. They are turning to lawyers, schools, advocacy groups and congressional offices for...

Jerusalem – In Israel, Famed Pre-WWII Ship Survivors Relate To Refugees

November 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM
Jerusalem - While the European refugee crisis has captured the world's attention, Sol Messinger is one of the few who can personally relate to the harrowing images of desperate families fleeing to safety by sea. The 84-year-old retired pathologist from Buffalo was aboard the SS St. Louis, the famed trans-Atlantic liner carrying nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees from Germany in 1939 that was...

Washington – Kansas Congressman Tapped For CIA Was A Benghazi Bulldog, Strong Anti-Muslim

November 18, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Washington - President-elect Donald Trump has offered the CIA director job to Mike Pompeo, a conservative Republican congressman from Kansas who has heavily criticized the Iran deal and was a member of the congressional committee that blasted Hillary Clinton over the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya. Pompeo, 52, was elected to Congress during the tea party wave of 2010. He has been...

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