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Washington – Obama Faces Political Puzzle In Naming Scalia Successor

February 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Washington - For most presidents, choosing a Supreme Court nominee is a puzzle. For President Barack Obama, the chance to pick a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia is more like a Gordian Knot. As the White House carries out a rare election-year search for a nominee, the president's lawyers and top advisers are sorting through a tangled web of political, legal and personal factors. A smart...

Seoul – South Korea’s Leader Warns Of North Korea Collapse

February 15, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Seoul - South Korea's president warned Tuesday that rival North Korea faces collapse if it doesn't abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that will likely infuriate Pyongyang. President Park Geun-hye, in a nationally televised parliamentary address defending her decision to shut down a jointly run factory park in North Korea, said South Korea will take unspecified...

Washington – Obama To Visit Vietnam In May: White House

February 15, 2016 at 11:03 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam in May during a trip to Asia, a White House official said on Monday. Obama accepted the invitation by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a meeting at a summit of Southeast Asian nations in California. "The president and Prime Minister Dung discussed the continued strengthening of U.S.-Vietnam relations in 2015, which...

Warsaw – Poland Angry At Criticism From US Senators Over Rule Of Law

February 15, 2016 at 10:27 PM
Warsaw - Polish leaders say that three U.S. senators who have expressed concerns about the rule of law in Poland are misinformed about the country and do not have the right to lecture Warsaw about its internal affairs. The bipartisan group of senators, Arizona's John McCain, Benjamin Cardin of Maryland and Richard Durbin of Illinois, sent a letter last week to Polish Prime Minister Beata...

Jerusalem – ZAKA Appeals To Public Amid Rise In Terror Incidents

February 15, 2016 at 09:59 PM
Jerusalem - ZAKA Search and Rescue has begun an online donor campaign to raise funds to purchase five new ambulances for Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Haifa, Ashkelon, and Rehovot. The volunteer organization hopes to raise $275,000 within the next four weeks, a figure which will be matched by an anonymous donor to bring the total to $550,000. According to the organization, the current security...

New York – Winter Storm Targets U.S. East Coast, Tornadoes Hit South

February 15, 2016 at 09:19 PM
New York - An expansive winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Monday, scuttling almost 1,600 flights, while tornadoes downed trees and flattened homes in the South, trapping some residents in their dwellings. From 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of snow blanketed Washington by nightfall, with less accumulation forecast for New York City. National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick...

Columbia, SC – George W. Bush Offers Tough Trump Takedown In Campaign Debut

February 15, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Columbia, SC - George W. Bush never mentioned Donald Trump. But with his folky touch, the former president unleashed a tough takedown Monday of the billionaire businessman who has upended a Republican Party his family has long led. "I understand Americans are angry and frustrated," Bush said during his first campaign rally for his brother, Jeb Bush. "But we do not need somebody in the Oval...

Washington – New Research Finds Noise Harder On Children Than Adults

February 15, 2016 at 08:06 PM
Washington - From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child's brain than an adult's, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters learn. In fact, one of the worst offenders when a tot's trying to listen is other voices babbling in the background, researchers said Saturday at a meeting of the American Association for the...

Washington – Texas Judge Disclosed More Details About Scalia’s Health

February 15, 2016 at 07:31 PM
Washington - The Texas county judge who decided no autopsy was needed following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has disclosed new details about Scalia's health in the days before he died. Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara told The Associated Press on Monday she spoke with Scalia's doctor on the day he was found dead in his room at a remote Texas ranch. She said the...

Washington – Results In Key Cases Could Change With Scalia’s Death

February 15, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court abhors even numbers. But that's just what the court will have to deal with, perhaps for many months, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Eight justices will decide what to do, creating the prospect of 4-4 ties. Here are some questions and answers about the prospects of filling the vacancy left by the death of its conservative icon and longest-serving...

Ashalim, Israel – Solar Tower In Desert Promotes Israel’s Renewable Energy Drive

February 15, 2016 at 06:28 PM
Ashalim, Israel - In a vast expanse of open desert in southern Israel a 787-foot tower (240 metres) is taking shape that its builders hope will help make solar energy much more cost effective. The tower, being built by Israel-based Megalim Solar Power, whose shareholders include General Electric, will be taller than other solar towers, enabling it to generate up to 121 megawatts of...

Bronx, NY – NYPD: Man With Gun Shot In The Arm By Officer In The Bronx

February 15, 2016 at 05:59 PM
Bronx, NY - Police say an officer has shot and wounded a man who had a gun near a public housing project in the Bronx. The man was hit in the arm and is expected to survive. The shooting occurred Monday afternoon. Police say a gun was recovered at the scene. The man was taken to a hospital in stable condition, and the officer was not injured. The details of the shooting were under...

Damascus – Assad Warns Against Ground Incursion

February 15, 2016 at 05:30 PM
Damascus - Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning Turkey and Saudi Arabia that any ground incursion into Syria will have "global repercussions" and says sending in troops will not be a "picnic." Commenting on the agreement reached last week among the U.S., Russia and other world powers for a temporary cessation of hostilities in Syria, Assad said, "Cease-fires occur between armies and...

Jerusalem – Proliferation Of Bus Crash Pix And Information On Social Media Prompts Haredi MK To Call For Stricter Privacy Laws

February 15, 2016 at 04:26 PM
Jerusalem - Outraged by the rapid flow of information and pictures of yesterday’s tragic bus crash that spread like wildfire on social media, a member of the Israeli Knesset is calling for tighter enforcement of the country’s privacy law as well as an amendment to that law that would further restrict the flow of information in similar situations. MK Rabbi Israel Eichler, chairman of the...

Harare, Zimbabwe – US Plane Impounded In Zimbabwe; Body And Cash Found On Board

February 15, 2016 at 04:02 PM
Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean aviation authorities impounded a U.S.-registered cargo jet, a senior official said Monday, after a dead body later believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were found on board. The Herald, a state-run newspaper, reported that the MD-11 trijet was traveling from Germany to South Africa "with millions of rands." At today's exchange rate, 1...

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