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Washington – Seeking Cruz’s Friends In Washington, Check The House

February 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Sen. Ted Cruz's rivals like to say he doesn't have any friends in Washington. That's not true. Despite a distinct lack of support from Senate colleagues — not one single endorsement — the Republican presidential candidate and freshman Texas senator has a small but loyal group of supporters in the House who are flying to rallies, meeting with voters and trying to convince the...

Sumter, SC – Trump Says Israeli-Palestinian Deal May Be Impossible

February 17, 2016 at 11:38 PM
Sumter, SC - Donald Trump, who has argued his experience negotiating tough real estate deals makes him best qualified to be U.S. president, said on Wednesday it might be impossible to forge a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. During a televised town hall session hosted by MSNBC in South Carolina, Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential...

Dallas – Advice For Avoiding Costly Airline Fees For Changing Plans

February 17, 2016 at 11:19 PM
Dallas - Airlines now get one-fourth of their revenue from fees, and one of the biggest is a charge of up to $200 to change or cancel a ticket. The fee galls consumers who find themselves with an unexpected need to change their travel plans. In some cases, the fee is more than the price they paid for the ticket. When all the receipts are counted, it is likely that consumers paid the...

Washington – 2015 Saw Largest Increase In Traffic Deaths In 50 Years

February 17, 2016 at 11:04 PM
Washington - The number of traffic deaths in the United States rose 8 percent from 2014 to 2015, the largest year-to-year percentage increase in a half-century, according to preliminary estimates Wednesday by the National Safety Council. About 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, and 4.4 million people were seriously injured, the council said. That would make 2015 the deadliest driving...

Warsaw, Poland – Poland’s Threat To Strip Scholar Who Exposed Anti-Semitism Of State Honor Sparks Anger

February 17, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A threat by Poland's president to strip an esteemed Polish-American scholar of a state honor in punishment for work that exposes uncomfortable historical episodes of Polish anti-Semitism has infuriated many people in Poland and abroad. The office of President Andrzej Duda said recently it might strip Princeton-based historian and sociologist Jan Tomasz Gross of the Order of...

Washington – White House Spokesman Attacks Schumer Over NYC Anti-terror Funding

February 17, 2016 at 10:11 PM
Washington - A White House spokesman ripped Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday and questioned his credibility on national security issues after Schumer joined city officials in criticizing the administration's funding of local counterterrorism programs. Schumer, of New York, this week complained about a White House plan to reduce the amount of new funding for a grant program...

Massapequa Park, NY – Family Seeks Snow Donations To Help Frosty Last Until Spring

February 17, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Massapequa Park, NY - A suburban New York family is seeking snow donations to help its 14-foot snowman last until spring — and some cold weather would help, too. Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1SybmbC ) that members of the Fregoe family of Massapequa Park wrapped their indomitable snowman tightly in plastic before heavy rain hit Monday. Then 51-year-old Mike Fregoe climbed a ladder and...

Tel Aviv – Covertly, Israel Prepares To Fight Boycott Activists Online

February 17, 2016 at 09:37 PM
Tel Aviv - Israel is using its world-leading expertise in cyber security to take on the growing threat of the global pro-Palestinian movement to boycott Israel. The Israeli government recently allotted nearly $26 million in this year's budget to combat what it sees as worldwide efforts to "delegitimize" the Jewish state's right to exist. Some of the funds are earmarked for Israeli tech...

Washington – Obama Preparing To Visit Cuba As Soon As March

February 17, 2016 at 09:04 PM
Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama is preparing to visit Cuba as soon as March, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. Obama said in December that he would consider visiting Cuba as part of an opening to Havana that saw the two countries restore diplomatic ties and take steps toward expanded commercial relations. "The president has said he would like to go if the conditions...

Tel Aviv – Israel Arrests Willi-Food Co-chairman On Suspicion Of Fraud

February 17, 2016 at 08:40 PM
Tel Aviv - Feb 17 Israeli authorities on Wednesday arrested Gregory Gurtovoy, co-chairman of G. Willi-Food International Ltd., on suspicion of fraud and money laundering, court papers showed. Gurtovoy, controlling shareholder of the company, appeared at Tel Aviv Magistrates' Court and was ordered held in custody until Friday while Israel Securities Authority investigators continue to examine...

Portland, ME – Scientists: Puffins Might Spend The Winter Off New Jersey

February 17, 2016 at 08:03 PM
Portland, ME - Researchers say they've found an answer to the long-standing question of where Maine's Atlantic puffins spend the winter: far off New Jersey and New York. Puffins are the colorful seabirds of the auk family that are graceful in the water and awkward on land and air. The birds spend the spring breeding season and summer in coastal areas before heading out to open ocean waters in...

Chapin, SC – In Major Blow To Bush, SC Gov. Haley Backs Rubio

February 17, 2016 at 07:32 PM
Chapin, SC - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, viewed in Republican circles as a possible U.S. vice presidential candidate, endorsed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for their party's 2016 White House nomination on Wednesday, three days before her state's presidential primary. The popular governor said she was tasked with identifying the best candidate as she surveyed the crowded GOP field. "If...

Oklahoma City – Muslim Man Sues Oklahoma Gun Range For Refusing Him Service

February 17, 2016 at 07:06 PM
Oklahoma City -A U.S. Army reservist from Tulsa asked to leave a gun range in eastern Oklahoma after identifying himself as a Muslim sued the owners Wednesday, the latest in a series of cases across the nation alleging anti-Islamic discrimination. The lawsuit on behalf of 29-year-old Raja'ee Fatihah, an employee with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, was filed in U.S. District Court...

Stockholm – Blast Hits Turkish Cultural Building In Sweden

February 17, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Stockholm - An explosion severely damaged a Turkish cultural association building in a Stockholm suburb, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. All the windows of the center were blown out, newspaper Aftonbladet reported on its website, quoting police, adding there was no information about whether there were injuries. Twenty-eight people were killed and dozens wounded in Turkey's capital...

New York – Twitter Not Reliable Predictor Of Election Outcomes: Study

February 17, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - In politics, it is said that all press is good press. But that does not necessarily apply to tweets, according to a study released this week. In fact, it is difficult to predict the outcome of an election based on the amount of Twitter buzz a candidate gets, according to the study from the Social Science Computer Review. The study, whose relevance to this year's U.S. election was...

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