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Washington – AG Lynch: No Outside Influence On FBI Probe Into Clinton Emails

February 8, 2016 at 11:31 PM
Washington - Attorney General Loretta Lynch is reaffirming that the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state is free of outside political influence. She told The Associated Press on Monday that the FBI investigation is independent and is being conducted by career lawyers looking at the facts and evidence. Republicans have been critical of the...

New York – New York City To Embark On Annual Count Of Street Homeless

February 8, 2016 at 11:03 PM
New York - Thousands of volunteers will fan out across New York City on Monday for the city's annual one-night count of homeless people living on the streets. The canvass, known as the HOPE Count, is getting extra attention this year as the nation's largest city grapples with an uptick in homelessness that has dominated tabloid front pages and consumed Mayor Bill de Blasio's City Hall. City...

Jerusalem – CBS: 95% Of Israeli Couples Are Married

February 8, 2016 at 10:28 PM
Jerusalem - The nuclear family composed of a married couple and their children still accounts for the majority of Israeli families, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday. In its annual compendium of statistics issued ahead of Family Day on Tuesday, the government agency reported that, in 2014, approximately 95 percent of all Israeli couples were married. The remaining 88,000 pairs...

Washington – Obamas Seek Better WiFi Service For Next First Couple

February 8, 2016 at 10:02 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says one improvement he'd like to make at the White House for his successor is to upgrade the WiFi system. Speaking during an interview with CBS News on Super Bowl Sunday, both Obama and his wife, Michelle, said getting better quality connectivity for the Internet is a serious issue at the Executive Mansion. Asked by CBS's Gayle King what advice they...

Albany, NY – Prosecutor Behind The Convictions Of NY Lawmakers Visits Albany

February 8, 2016 at 09:35 PM
Albany, NY - A federal prosecutor behind the convictions of several of New York's most powerful lawmakers has paid a visit to a capital city he once described as a "cauldron of corruption." U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) traveled to Albany on Monday to address a meeting of the state Conference of Mayors and speak on a public radio program sponsored by good-government groups. He...

London – Numerous Jewish Schools In Britain Receive Pre-Recorded Bomb Threats

February 8, 2016 at 08:58 PM
London - At least eight Jewish schools in the UK received bomb threats on Monday the Community Security Trust, a communal security organization, reported. The threats are the latest in a series of similar such warnings that have been made against schools across the UK and further afield.  The bomb threats were made in the form of a pre-recorded message, with a voice threatening that the...

Washington – Minister: Israel May Bank On Obama’s Successor For Future U.S. Aid Pact

February 8, 2016 at 08:34 PM
Washington - Israel may be unable to reach a new defense aid agreement with the Obama administration and could wait for the next U.S. president to secure better terms, a senior Israeli official said on Monday in a veiled rebuke signaling a snag in negotiations. But a senior U.S. official urged Israel to accept an increased 10-year multibillion-dollar package that President Barack Obama is...

Washington – U.S. Defense Intelligence Chief Predicts Increased Islamic State Attacks

February 8, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Islamic State is likely to "increase the pace and lethality" of its transnational attacks, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Vincent Stewart said on Monday. Speaking to a security conference, Stewart linked his warning to the extremist movement's establishment of "emerging branches" in Mali, Tunisia, Somalia, Bangladesh and Indonesia. "And it wouldn't surprise me to see...

New York – Despite Defeat, NYC Mayor Vows To Revive Horse Carriage Deal

February 8, 2016 at 07:30 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) is insisting that he will try to revive a plan to limit carriage horses. The Teamsters union last week pulled out of a deal that would have restricted the horses to a portion of Central Park and also placed boundaries on where pedicabs can go. That prompted the City Council to pull the plug on the bill a day before it was...

New York – NYC Man Gets Prison For Subway Hammer Attacks

February 8, 2016 at 07:00 PM
New York - A mugger who hit two New York City subway riders on the head with a hammer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says Anthony Coward was sentenced Monday. The May 2014 attacks occurred in the Rockaway Avenue station in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The victims were ambushed from behind while they were buying fare cards. Coward stole $58 from...

New York – Super Bowl Gets 111.9 Million Viewers, Down From Last Year

February 8, 2016 at 06:02 PM
New York - Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in U.S. television history, the Nielsen company said Monday. Last year's down-to-the-wire contest between New England and Seattle...

Moscow – Russian Troops Put On High Alert As Part Of Massive Drills

February 8, 2016 at 05:25 PM
Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the...

New York – Emotional NYC Officer Testifies On Fatal Stairwell Shooting

February 8, 2016 at 05:03 PM
New York - When rookie police Officer Peter Liang fired his gun in a pitch-dark public housing stairwell, he at first thought he had hurt nothing but his career. Then he went looking for the bullet and heard someone crying. He followed the sound down three flights and saw a man lying wounded and a distraught woman bending over him, Liang said Monday at his manslaughter trial in the 2014 death...

New York – Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Says Eyeing 2016 Run For President

February 8, 2016 at 04:31 PM
New York - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he is considering mounting an independent campaign for president. Bloomberg told The Financial Times on Monday that he was "looking at all the options" when it comes to a bid. The billionaire businessman said he found the current campaign to be "an insult to the voters." It's the first time he acknowledged a possible...

United Nations – Israel: Palestinians Use UN Chief’s Words For ‘Terror’

February 8, 2016 at 04:27 PM
United Nations - Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday said the Palestinian leadership has started using recent statements by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "to justify deplorable acts of terror," and he called on the U.N. chief to withdraw them. In a letter to Ban, Danny Danon cited recent Palestinian killings of Israelis. He said Ban's statements have been interpreted as creating "two categories...

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