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Wichita, KS – US Official Requires Citizenship Proof In 3 States

February 4, 2016 at 11:45 PM
Wichita, KS - A federal elections official has decided — without public notice or review from his agency's commissioners — that residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship. The action by the new executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission is being roundly criticized by voting...

Los Angeles, CA – No One Submits Verified Claim For $63 Million Lotto Jackpot

February 4, 2016 at 11:22 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Luck may have run out for the winner of a California Lottery jackpot: The person has apparently let $63 million slip through their fingers. Nobody showed up at a state lottery office by 5 p.m. Thursday with the ticket or submitted a verified claim for the prize, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles seeks to have a judge declare a...

Exeter, NH – Trump Campaign Shows A Different Side After Iowa Loss

February 4, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Exeter, NH - Stung by his second-place finish in Iowa, Donald Trump is facing new pressure to prove he can translate his massive crowds and poll leads into election wins. And his team appeared intent to demonstrate on Thursday that they'd learned from any past mistakes. Trump's campaign increased the day's planned events for New Hampshire from two to five — the most he'd ever advertised on...

Bronx, NY – Officials: Police Say Gunman Who Shot 2 Cops Killed Himself

February 4, 2016 at 10:46 PM
Bronx, NY - Two police officers patrolling a housing project were shot and wounded by a gunman who apparently later killed himself with the same weapon a few miles from where Mayor Bill de Blasio was delivering his State of the City address on Thursday evening. The officers were on the sixth floor of an apartment building in the Melrose Houses complex in the Bronx when they encountered two...

California – Careening Car Ends Up On Roof Of Southern California House

February 4, 2016 at 10:29 PM
California - It's hard to know what was more amazing: An out-of-control car ending up on the roof of a Southern California house or the driver somehow escaping serious injury despite the wild ride. Palos Verdes Estates police Capt. Mark Velez says a driver with a medical problem lost control of his car on a residential street Wednesday. Velez tells the Daily Breeze newspaper...

Washington – U.S. Eyes Ways To Toughen Fight Against Domestic Extremists

February 4, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists, senior officials told Reuters, even as it steps up efforts to stop Islamic State-inspired attacks at home. Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a "clear and present danger," John Carlin, the Justice...

Washington – New U.S. Intelligence Report Says Islamic State Weaker

February 4, 2016 at 09:33 PM
Washington - Islamic State has as many as 25,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq, down from a previous estimate of up to 31,000, according to a U.S. intelligence report revealed by the White House on Thursday. U.S. officials cited factors such as battlefield casualties and desertions to explain the roughly 20 percent decrease in fighters, and said the report showed a U.S.-led campaign to crush...

Bronx, NY – 2 NYPD Officers Shot In The Bronx

February 4, 2016 at 08:50 PM
Bronx, NY - A city official say two New York City police officer have been shot in the Bronx. It happened around 8 p.m. Thursday near E. 156th Street in the Melrose section. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. The official said one of the officers was shot in the face; the...

Albany – NY Offers Zika Tests To Pregnant Women Travelers

February 4, 2016 at 08:22 PM
Albany, NY - Pregnant women in New York who have recently traveled to countries impacted by the Zika virus can now get free tests for the infection. The state Department of Health issued an advisory about the free testing to health care providers around the state on Thursday. Authorities had already announced free testing for anyone exhibiting signs of the virus. So far, 11 New Yorkers have...

New York, NY – NYC Mayor Proposes Retirement Plan, Light-rail System In Speech

February 4, 2016 at 08:19 PM
New York, NY - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a retirement plan for private-sector workers and a new light rail system in his State of the City speech on Thursday, while indicating that social inequality was decreasing under his administration. The Democratic mayor of the United States' biggest city has been in office for a little over two years. He came to power promising to narrow...

Jerusalem – French Immigration To Israel Estimated To Surpass 2015 Record

February 4, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - The Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs anticipates that ten thousand Jews will immigrate to Israel from France in 2016, topping the record number of 7,900 immigrants who moved to Israel from France in 2015. An additional 3,000 people are expected to immigrate from the United States and 7,000 people from Russia and Ukraine. Committee Chairman...

Cairo – Saudi Official Says Kingdom Ready To Send Troops To Syria

February 4, 2016 at 07:34 PM
Cairo - A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia has taken part in coalition airstrikes against IS since the U.S.-led campaign began in September 2014, but could now provide...

Dubai – Airline CEO: Explosive Residue Found On Somalia Passenger Jet

February 4, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Dubai - The head of the airline whose jetliner was damaged in an explosion shortly after takeoff from Somalia said Thursday that investigators have found what appears to be residue from explosives, though he cautioned that the findings were inconclusive. Still, the preliminary discovery lends weight to the possibility that a bomb was to blame for the blast that tore through the Airbus 321...

Moscow – Russia Accuses Turkey Of Preparing To Invade Syria

February 4, 2016 at 06:29 PM
Moscow - Russia said on Thursday it had serious grounds to suspect Turkey was preparing a military incursion in Syria as a Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces that are advancing with Russian air support. Turkey, which has backed the Syrian rebellion, meanwhile called for the United States to take a more decisive stance against Russia over its...

Washington – Obama Seeks $10-per-barrel Oil Tax To Fund Clean Transport

February 4, 2016 at 06:03 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected to be dead on arrival for the Republicans who control Congress and oppose new taxes and...

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