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Washington – Trump’s Idea Of ‘Presidential’ Diverges From Past Presidents

November 30, 2016 at 11:40 PM
Washington - Donald Trump, that most unconventional of presidential candidates, last spring pledged that he would act perfectly presidential when the time was right. "I will be so presidential that you'll call me and you'll say, 'Donald, you have to stop that, it's too much,'" he promised during a March television interview. Less than two months from Inauguration Day, there are growing...

Detroit – Chrysler Minivan Gets 84 Mpg Equivalent In Electric Mode

November 30, 2016 at 11:22 PM
Detroit - Fiat Chrysler says its new gas-electric hybrid minivan will get the equivalent of 84 miles per gallon in electric mode and 32 mpg in city-highway mileage when in hybrid mode. The redesigned Chrysler Pacifica minivan went on sale earlier this year, and the hybrid version is due in showrooms in December. The company says the Pacifica is the first hybrid minivan in the U.S. and the most...

Mexico City – Mexico Disappointed At Carrier Agreement To Keep Jobs In US

November 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM
Mexico City - Officials in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon are expressing disappointment at Carrier Corp.'s announcement it will keep hundreds of jobs in the United States rather than send them south of the border. Carrier says it has made a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep the jobs at its plant in Indiana. Carrier currently operates one plant in Nuevo Leon and has built but...

Philadelphia – Trump Alma Mater Gives Sanctuary To Students In US Illegally

November 30, 2016 at 10:25 PM
Philadelphia - President-elect Donald Trump's alma mater has renewed its pledge to block federal agents without a warrant from removing students in the country illegally. University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann released a letter Wednesday that echoes sanctuary policies in place at a growing number of U.S. universities. Gutmann says immigrant students add to Penn's richness and...

Jerusalem – Maritime Archeologists Uncover The Name Of Ancient Judean Procurator

November 30, 2016 at 10:22 PM
Jerusalem - In a rare underwater discovery, researchers from the University of Haifa have determined with certainty the name of the Roman procurator who ruled in Judea prior to the second- century Bar-Kochba Revolt. Archeologists uncovered his name – Gargilius Antiques – engraved on a massive rectangular stone, during a maritime excavation at the Tel Dor archeological site south of...

London – Philip Morris CEO Says Looks Towards Phasing Out Cigarettes

November 30, 2016 at 10:00 PM
London - Philip Morris International, the world's largest international tobacco company, could eventually stop selling cigarettes, its chief executive told the BBC on Wednesday, as it launched its alternative product IQOS in Britain. The company's IQOS smokeless cigarette, which is already on sale in over a dozen markets including Japan, Switzerland and Italy, heats tobacco enough to produce...

Washington – Dems Seek Information From US Leasing Agency On Trump Hotel

November 30, 2016 at 09:24 PM
Washington - House Democrats are seeking information from the government's leasing agency about potential conflicts of interest created by President-elect Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in downtown Washington. The Trump International Hotel opened this fall on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks from the White House. The 263-room hotel sits on property owned by the federal...

New York – Let There Be Light: Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Darkened Car Windows

November 30, 2016 at 09:00 PM
New York - Vehicle inspections in New York State are about to become even more comprehensive with the passage of a new bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo that will require window tint to be measured as part of the annual safety check. Senator John A. DeFrancisco of Syracuse sponsored Senate bill S6034-A which requires inspection stations to fail any car with a window tint of greater than...

Bogota, Colombia – How Fuel May Have Played A Role In Colombia Air Crash

November 30, 2016 at 08:31 PM
Bogota, Colombia - A look at how fuel may have played a role in the crash of a charter flight approaching Medellin, Colombia that killed all but six of the 77 people on board. — Pre-flight: Authorities have not released the flight plan for the jet operated by LaMia, a Bolivia-based charter company, but aviation experts say international regulations require enough extra fuel to fly at least...

Washington – US Ethics Office Tweets Sarcasm At Trump On Business Conflicts

November 30, 2016 at 08:15 PM
Washington - President-elect Donald Trump faced criticism from an unusual source on Wednesday when a buttoned-down U.S. government ethics office issued an apparently sarcastic stream of Twitter messages applauding him for selling off his assets. Trump, in fact, has not said whether he will sell the hotels, golf courses and other businesses that make up his global Trump Organization, as the...

Santiago, Chile – Lawsuit Filed In Chile Against Israeli Justices For Wall

November 30, 2016 at 08:15 PM
Santiago, Chile - A lawsuit has been filed in Chile against three current or former Israeli Supreme Court justices for endorsing the construction of the West Bank separation barrier and the seizing of goods from Palestinians. Chile's Palestinian Federation filed the war crimes suit Monday against Uzi Vogelman, Neal Hendel and retired justice Asher Grunis, who was president of the court in...

Washington – Republicans Aim To Coax Trump Toward House Trade Tax Plan

November 30, 2016 at 08:02 PM
Washington - Republicans in the U.S. Congress hope to convince President-elect Donald Trump to support an untested strategy of using the tax code to promote exports while slashing corporate taxes, framing it as a way to fulfill his campaign promises to restore blue-collar jobs. The plan would be one way to help Republican lawmakers reconcile their long-standing goal of tax cuts with the often...

Washington – New Federal Rule Bans Smoking In Public Housing

November 30, 2016 at 07:32 PM
Washington -Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced Wednesday by the Obama administration. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging local public agencies to enact smoking bans, and some 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free. The new rule will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units. In...

Washington – ‘America’s Subway’ In Washington Highlights Infrastructure Woes

November 30, 2016 at 07:01 PM
Washington - Hailed as "America's Subway" when it began operating 40 years ago, Washington's Metro transit system now could serve as Exhibit A for the U.S infrastructure woes President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to fix. Crucial to helping the federal government run smoothly, the second-busiest U.S. subway is facing falling ridership, accidents, a $290 million budget gap, job cuts and soaring...

New York – UN General Assembly Supports Resolution Ignoring Jewish Ties To Temple Mount

November 30, 2016 at 06:29 PM
New York - The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to support a resolution that used solely Muslim language to describe the Temple Mount. Out of the UN’s 193 member states, 147 voted in favor, seven voted against and eight abstained. The Jerusalem resolution was one of six resolutions condemning Israel and supporting the Palestinians that the UNGA approved Wednesday, as part of its...

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