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Hemeimeem Air Base, Syria – Russian Warplanes Sit Idle On Syria Base During Cease-fire

February 29, 2016 at 11:40 PM
Hemeimeem Air Base, Syria - Dozens of Russian warplanes sat idle Tuesday on the tarmac at this Russian air base in Syria on the fourth day of a cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington. The apparent lull in action witnessed by the AP on a trip to the base, which was organized by the Russian defense and foreign ministries, contrasts with the hectic operation AP reporters saw here on a...

San Antonio – Trump Rivals Call For Release Of NY Times Editorial Board Tape

February 29, 2016 at 11:00 PM
San Antonio - Donald Trump's rivals for the Republican presidential nomination urged him on Monday to ask the New York Times to release a recording of his recent interview with its editorial board, following a report he told it he was not serious about his immigration proposals. News website BuzzFeed reported on Monday that Trump had suggested to the Times' editorial board in an off-the-record...

New York – Mayors, Governors Using “Dark Money” Groups Raise Questions

February 29, 2016 at 10:31 PM
New York - New York City's campaign finance laws don't allow corporations to give money directly to people running for city office, but that hasn't been a hurdle for some companies trying to influence public policy. They have poured cash into two nonprofit groups affiliated with the city's Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, which have used the money to produce glossy advertisements promoting...

Riviera Beach, FL – President Kennedy’s Florida Nuke Bunker Could Be Shuttered

February 29, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Riviera Beach, FL - The bunker where President John F. Kennedy would have been whisked if World War III erupted while he vacationed in Florida may face a bigger threat than Soviet missiles ever posed: a battle between its operators and the Port of Palm Beach. The once top-secret fallout shelter, code name "Hotel," and the retired Coast Guard station on Peanut Island are now a tourist...

New York – Appeals Court Pauses NYC Restaurant Salt Warning Rule

February 29, 2016 at 09:37 PM
New York - New York City's enforcement of its first-in-the-nation rule mandating salt warnings on some restaurant menus has been put on hold the day before it was supposed to go into effect. An appellate judge issued a temporary stay on Monday. The National Restaurant Association had asked for the stay last week, after another judge ruled the city could fine restaurants that don't comply with...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Blasts Ariel Sharon At Memorial Marking Former PM’s Death

February 29, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked former prime minister Ariel Sharon's 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip at a memorial ceremony marking two years since Sharon's death Monday evening at the Knesset. Netanyahu, who quit Sharon's government to protest the withdrawal, said leaving the Gaza Strip did not achieve Sharon's goals of bringing about security and peace. "In...

Viken, Sweden – In Sweden’s 1st Unmanned Food Store, All You Need Is A Phone

February 29, 2016 at 08:26 PM
Viken, Sweden - It was a chaotic, late-night scramble to buy baby food with a screaming toddler in the backseat that gave Robert Ilijason the idea to open Sweden's first unmanned convenience store. Home alone with his hungry son, Ilijason had dropped the last baby food jar on the floor, and had to drive 20 minutes from the small town of Viken in southern Sweden to find a supermarket that was...

Atlanta – Rubio Takes Gloves Off With Trump, And Supporters Love It

February 29, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Atlanta - Inviting audiences to "have a little fun," Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio's jabs at front-runner Donald Trump are getting personal. In a sharp shift from policy to personal attacks on Trump, Rubio mocked everything from the billionaire businessman's tan to making subtle remarks about his manhood. He even implied that Trump wet his pants during a recent...

Miami – Voters In Florida Begin Early Voting In Crucial Primary

February 29, 2016 at 07:33 PM
Miami - The Florida primary is weeks away, but tens of thousands of voters headed to the polls Monday for early voting in this critical contest that could make-or-break the presidential aspirations of native son, Sen. Marco Rubio. Sixteen of Florida's 67 counties opened for early in-person voting, including some of the state's most populated areas, with the remaining counties kicking off early...

Los Angeles – Google Self-Driving Car Strikes Bus On California Street

February 29, 2016 at 07:04 PM
Los Angeles - A self-driving car being tested by Google struck a public bus on a Silicon Valley street, a fender-bender that appears to be the first time one of the tech company's vehicles caused a crash during testing. Google accepted at least some responsibility for the collision, which occurred on Valentine's Day when one of the Lexus SUVs it has outfitted with sensors and cameras hit the...

New York – Food Fight! Competition Grows To Bring Dinner In The Mail

February 29, 2016 at 06:19 PM
New York - Meal-kit companies have exploded in the past four years, shipping boxes of raw meat, seafood, fresh vegetables and other ingredients to busy city folk who want to skip the supermarket and still cook at home. Now they want to tempt even more people to give them a try. But the companies face several challenges as they grow. They need to hold onto customers they already have, figure...

Brooklyn, NY – NY Judge: US Cannot Make Apple Provide FBI Access To Locked iPhone Data

February 29, 2016 at 05:31 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The U.S. Justice Department cannot force Apple to provide the FBI with access to a locked iPhone data in a routine Brooklyn drug case, a magistrate judge ruled Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein's written decision gives support to the company's position in its fight against a California judge's order that it create specialized software to help the FBI hack into an...

West Bank – IDF Soldiers Escape Mob Attack After Accidentally Entering Palestinian Refugee Camp

February 29, 2016 at 05:16 PM
West Bank - The IDF launched a dramatic rescue operation to extract two Oketz K-9 unit soldiers who accidentally strayed into the Palestinian Kalandia neighborhood in north Jerusalem on Monday night, and found themselves in the midst of a massive riot. An army source said the incident began at around 10:50 PM, when the vehicle carrying both soldiers entered Kalandia. "We don't yet fully...

New York – Trump Naysayers Push #NeverTrump On Twitter Before Super Tuesday

February 29, 2016 at 05:00 PM
New York - The use of the #NeverTrump hashtag grew on Twitter on Monday as detractors of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump fretted over his momentum on the eve of Super Tuesday election contests. On Twitter, the top influencer, or person who received the most engagement on their #NeverTrump tweets, was Trump rival Marco Rubio, according to online research firm...

Washington – No. 2 Senate Republican Voices Unease Over Trump Candidacy

February 29, 2016 at 04:44 PM
Washington - The No. 2 Republican in the Senate said on Monday he was worried that Donald Trump could be an "albatross" for Republicans running in other races if he were to win the party's nomination for president, CNN reported. "We can't have a nominee be an albatross around the down-ballot races," John Cornyn, the Senate majority whip, said when asked if he had concerns about the possibility...

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