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Brooklyn, NY – NYC Sued By Students And Parents Over School Violence

April 7, 2016 at 11:52 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Nearly a dozen students and their parents have filed a class-action lawsuit against New York City claiming public schools are so dangerous that it has deprived them of their constitutional right to an education. The federal complaint, filed in Brooklyn on Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Education, asserted that the "staggering" level of violence in city schools...

Portland, OR – Pay Taxes, Buy A Slurpee: IRS Now Accepts Taxes At 7-Eleven

April 7, 2016 at 11:21 PM
Portland, OR - The Internal Revenue Service announced this week that taxpayers who need to make a payment in cash can now do so at 7-Eleven convenience stores. While it may seem unusual to pay your taxes where you might otherwise pick up a Slurpee, it caters to a large number of Americans who do not have a bank account or credit card. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation estimates one in...

New York – Guard At NYC Rikers Island Jail Charged With Beating Inmate

April 7, 2016 at 10:31 PM
New York - A correction officer at New York's troubled Rikers Island jail complex has been charged with beating an inmate, authorities said on Thursday. Bradford Jones, 37, was captured on camera entering an inmate's locked cell on Wednesday and striking him repeatedly in the head with his radio, according to the city's Department of Investigation. Jones joins a growing list of guards at...

Brussels – EU May Require Visas From Americans And Canadians

April 7, 2016 at 10:01 PM
Brussels - The European Union executive is considering whether to make U.S. and Canadian citizens apply for visas before traveling to the bloc, a move that could raise tensions as Brussels negotiates a trade pact with Washington. Only Britain and Ireland have opt-outs from the 28-nation EU's common visa policy and the European Commission must decide by April 12 whether to demand visas from...

United Nations – Palestinians Seek UN Resolution Against Israeli Settlements

April 7, 2016 at 09:30 PM
United Nations - The Palestinian U.N. Mission says it has circulated a proposed Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements to Arab nations. The draft was condemned Thursday by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "is taking a step that will push negotiations further away" to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian...

Chicago, IL – Obama Defends Choice Of White Male Jurist For Supreme Court

April 7, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Chicago, IL - President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his pick of a white man to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy against criticism he could have chosen someone from a more diverse background, saying Merrick Garland was "indisputably qualified" for the post. Obama was speaking at a town hall-style event at the University of Chicago Law School, where he once taught, as part of a White...

Brussels – The Face Of The Brussels Attack Is Ready To ‘Win The Day’

April 7, 2016 at 08:35 PM
Brussels - Sebastien Bellin, a 6-foot-9 (205-centimeter) giant once celebrated for his skills on the basketball court, is today better known as the man who was photographed lying bloody on the floor of Brussels' main airport after the March 22 bombings. But as he recovers at the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels, Bellin says he is grateful the picture was taken. It shows him how close to death he...

Washington – Senate Refuses To Stop Airlines From Shrinking Seat Sizes

April 7, 2016 at 08:02 PM
Washington - The Senate refused Thursday to come to the aid of airline passengers squeezed by the ever-shrinking size of their seats. An amendment by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would have blocked airlines from further reducing the "size, width, padding, and pitch" of seats, passengers' legroom and the width of aisles. "It costs you an arm and a leg just to have room for your arms and legs,"...

Vienna – Austrian Museum Agrees To Return Nazi-looted Art To Jewish Heiress

April 7, 2016 at 07:28 PM
Vienna - A Vienna museum has agreed to give up two of five drawings by Austrian artist Egon Schiele that were at the center of a dispute over Nazi-looted art. Culture Minister Josef Ostermayer says the Leopold Museum and Jewish Community in Vienna reached what he called a "Solomonic solution" that will see the drawings returned to the heiress of Jewish businessman Karl Maylaender, who died in...

Jefferson, MO – GOPers Say They’ll Back Nominee But Avoid Trump

April 7, 2016 at 06:32 PM
Jefferson, MO - When Donald Trump came to St. Louis last month for a raucous rally with thousands, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt was more than 130 miles away, announcing a Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement to a few dozen company employees and two news reporters. The timing was mere coincidence, Blunt said. In fact, Blunt said, he didn't even know the Republican presidential front-runner was in his...

Brooklyn, NY – VIDEO: Keep Rolling, Ted Cruz Helps Kids Make Matzo In Brighton Beach

April 7, 2016 at 05:52 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz this afternoon toured Brighton Beach, helping children make matzo at a local bakery. Cruz visited the Chabad Neshama Model Matzah Bakery, Chabad Director Rabbi Moshe Winner said that he told Cruz “that we’re happy that’s he’s here to support the Jewish holiday” of Passover, “Matzah is all about freedom.” Cruz rolled some...

Philadelphia – Bill Clinton Defends Wife’s ‘Super Predator’ Remarks, Criticizes Black Lives Matter Protesters

April 7, 2016 at 05:30 PM
Philadelphia - Bill Clinton angrily told Black Lives Matter protesters that they "are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter," prompting criticism from black voters whose support Hillary Clinton is counting on in her quest for the presidency. The former president spent more than 10 minutes facing down the protesters at a campaign rally in Philadelphia for his wife over the...

Washington – Trump, Under Fire On Many Fronts, Expands Campaign Team

April 7, 2016 at 05:05 PM
Washington - Donald Trump, under pressure to show a more presidential image, elevated a top adviser on Thursday and said he planned to hire additional staff to prepare for the possibility of a long fight for the Republican nomination. The developments came as Trump tries to rebound from a loss in Wisconsin on Tuesday to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a defeat that punctured the billionaire...

Washington – FBI Director Says Unlocking Method Won’t Work On Newer IPhones

April 7, 2016 at 04:35 PM
Washington - The Federal Bureau of Investigation's secret method for unlocking the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters will not work on newer models, FBI Director James Comey said. "We have a tool that works on a narrow slice of phones," Comey said at a conference on encryption and surveillance at Kenyon University in Ohio late on Wednesday. Apple's shares were down 1.3...

Jerusalem – Israeli And Palestinian Rescue Units Train Together

April 7, 2016 at 04:02 PM
Jerusalem - After months of preparations and joint meetings, the ultra-Orthodox Israeli emergency response organization ZAKA has completed a three-day training course with dozens of Palestinian and Israeli volunteers, focusing on readiness for natural disasters. “Natural disasters hurt everyone and do not differentiate between races and nations,” said Dr. Akram Amro, Director of the Green...

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