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Sao Paulo – 200,000 Military Troops On The Move In Brazil To Battle Zika Mosquitoes

February 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Sao Paulo - More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops fanned out across Brazil on Saturday to teach people how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus that many health officials believe is linked to severe birth defects. The nationwide offensive is part of President Dilma Rousseff's declared war on the virus that has quickly spread across the...

Mogadishu – Al-Shabab Says Its Bomber Behind Airline Blast In Somolia

February 13, 2016 at 11:03 PM
Mogadishu - Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents said on Saturday they were responsible for a blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane last week that the government said was caused by a bomb meant to kill everyone on board. The suspected suicide bomber was sucked out of the Daallo Airlines plane through a one-meter (one-yard) wide hole when the blast ripped open the pressurized cabin in...

Greenville, SC – Trump Defends Use Of Profanities In Rallies

February 13, 2016 at 11:01 PM
Greenville, SC - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is defending his bombastic temperament and frequent use of profanity in public. He said at Saturday's Republican presidential debate that criticism against him "is very unfair," adding that he will not make vulgar remarks again on the campaign trail. Trump says "not using profanity is very easy." Trump has used profanity...

Munich – French PM: There Will Be Other Major Terrorist Attacks

February 13, 2016 at 10:49 PM
Munich - France's prime minister is warning that the terrorist threat is a long-term one and there will be other major attacks. Manuel Valls told a group top defense officials and diplomats Saturday that after the two 2015 attacks in France, the world has "entered a new era." He says "we are at war with terrorism; we need to be sincere with our people and we need to tell them there will be...

Greenville, SC – Cruz Looks To Take Cruz On In Spanish

February 13, 2016 at 10:37 PM
Greenville, SC - Marco Rubio is hitting presidential rival and fellow Cuban-American Ted Cruz on his inability to speak Spanish. Cruz responded in Spanish — although his comments were halting and heavily accented. During a heated exchange about immigration at Saturday's GOP debate, Cruz chastised Rubio for past comments on the Spanish-language network Univision. Rubio responded that Cruz...

Greenville, SC – Trump, Bush Engage In Bitter Clash At Republican Debate

February 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Greenville, SC -Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush engaged in an angry clash on Saturday over the Iraq war and the proper U.S. role to take against Russia's involvement in Syria. Trump, leading polls in South Carolina and in position to take command of the Republican nomination fight if he wins the state's Republican primary on Feb. 20, attacked Bush's brother, former...

Greenville, SC – Republican Candidates Urge Obama Not To Nominate Scalia Successor

February 13, 2016 at 09:44 PM
Greenville, SC - Republican presidential candidates urged President Barack Obama on Saturday not to nominate a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, saying it should be up to the next president to decide. Scalia's death, announced earlier on Saturday, and the consequences for the conservatives' 5-4 advantage on the high court cast a shadow over the ninth debate between...

Gaza Strip – Gaza’s Hamas Rulers Says Egypt Briefly Opens Border Crossing

February 13, 2016 at 09:24 PM
Gaza Strip - The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza says Egypt has opened its border with the territory for the first time this year. Hamas said Saturday that the Rafah crossing is open for two days. A few hundred people are expected to be able to pass through during that time. Egypt and Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza in 2007, after Hamas seized the territory from forces loyal...

Washington – Obama Mourns Scalia, Will Nominate Successor

February 13, 2016 at 09:18 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says he plans to fulfill his constitutional responsibility and nominate a successor to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In a direct rebuttal to Senate Republicans, Obama says there is plenty of time for the Senate to confirm his choice. Some Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, say the decision should rest...

Washington – Scalia’s Death Set To Affect Court’s Rulings In Current Term

February 13, 2016 at 09:13 PM
Washington - The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday means that the normally nine-member U.S. Supreme Court will probably be down to eight when it rules on such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, affirmative action and the power of public-sector unions. With a replacement unlikely to be appointed before the current Supreme Court term ends in June, there is the possibility it...

Warsaw – Poland Wants Punishments For Calling Auschwitz A ‘Polish Death Camp’

February 13, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Warsaw - Poland is drawing up new regulations to punish use of the phrase "Polish death camps" when referring to wartime Nazi concentration camps on Polish soil, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Saturday. Poland has long sought to eliminate the misleading phrase from historical and newspaper accounts since it suggests the country, which was occupied by Nazi Germany during World War...

Washington – Scalia’s Death Sparks Debate Over Replacing Him

February 13, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Washington - Justice Antonin Scalia's death immediately sparked a heated election-year fight over whether President Barack Obama should try to fill the court vacancy. Republicans on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail insisted the choice should fall to the next president. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice," Senate Majority Leader...

Fredericksburg, PA – Police: 3 Killed, Scores To Hospitals After Huge I-78 Pileup

February 13, 2016 at 07:45 PM
Fredericksburg, PA - A pileup involving dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals appears to have been related to a passing snow squall, authorities said Saturday. Trooper Justin Summa said three fatalities had been confirmed following the 9:45 a.m. Saturday crash which involved at least 50 commercial and private vehicles. Police said...

New York – As Bone-chilling Cold Temps Move In, Officials Urge Caution

February 13, 2016 at 07:10 PM
New York - Bitter temperatures and biting winds had much of the northeastern United States bundling up for the some of the worst cold of the winter — a snap so bad it forced an ice festival in Central Park to cancel. Officials urged residents to take precautions while forecasters warned that high winds in New England could make it feel as cold as 35 degrees below zero. New York City was...

Hebron – Palestinian Shot Dead After Stabbing Soldier, Arab Bystander Near The Cave Of The Patriarchs

February 13, 2016 at 06:46 PM
Hebron - A knife-wielding Palestinian woman attacked an Israeli soldier on guard near a sensitive West Bank holy site sacred to both Jews and Muslims on Saturday, wounding him and a Palestinian bystander before she was shot and killed by Israeli troops, the military said. The stabbing incident occurred in Hebron, a flashpoint during the last five months of violence, in which Palestinians have...

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