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Washington – U.S. Bans e-Cigarettes From Checked Baggage Over Fire Risks

May 19, 2016 at 11:40 PM
Washington - The U.S. Transportation Department said Wednesday it is banning passengers and crew members from carrying e-cigarettes in checked baggage or charging the devices onboard aircraft. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx cited a number of recent incidents that show the devices can catch fire during transport. Passengers may continue to carry e-cigarettes for personal use in carry-on...

New York – Why Your Phone May Never Get Android’s Latest Features

May 19, 2016 at 11:04 PM
New York - Better graphics and the ability to run two apps side by side are coming to Google's latest version of Android, dubbed N. But chances are good that this free software update announced Wednesday won't arrive on your Android phone for some time — if ever. (If you're an iPhone user, rest easy; none of this affects you.) So far, just 7.5 percent of active Android users have last...

Dallas – Airlines Say Congress Is Contributing To Long Airport Lines

May 19, 2016 at 10:29 PM
Dallas - As airport security lines get longer, the finger-pointing over blame is growing too. The nation's leading airlines, already feuding with the Transportation Security Administration, are now taking on Congress. The trade group Airlines for America on Thursday says Congress should reverse a 2013 decision that diverted $12.6 billion in passenger-security fees to reducing the federal...

San Francisco – Apple’s Stores Getting New Look As Other Retailers Struggle

May 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM
San Francisco - Apple is getting ready to unveil a stylish new product that's not for sale — a new look for its stores. The iPhone maker is overhauling its nearly 480 stores worldwide, starting with its new two-story location in San Francisco. Apple provided a glimpse of its revised approach to retailing on Thursday, the 15th anniversary of the company's first stores in Virginia and...

Detroit – Uber Testing Self-driving Car In Pittsburgh

May 19, 2016 at 09:33 PM
Detroit - Uber is testing a self-driving car on public streets in Pittsburgh. Uber says it has outfitted a Ford Fusion hybrid with radars, laser scanners and high-resolution cameras. It's using the car to test self-driving capability and collect mapping data. A trained driver remains behind the wheel for now. Uber says it's still in the early stages of its self-driving tests and needs to...

Paris – French Authorities Ask Belgium To Give In Four Suspects Tied To Paris Attacks

May 19, 2016 at 09:01 PM
Paris - French authorities have asked their Belgian counterparts to transfer four suspects currently under investigation for the Paris attacks last November, a judicial source said on Thursday. Three of them - Mohamed Amri, Hamza Attou and Ali Oulkadi - are suspected of having helped Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the attacks, to escape, the source told Reuters. The fourth suspected...

Paris – France Has Tightened Paris Airport Security Since Attacks

May 19, 2016 at 08:20 PM
Paris - French authorities have tightened security at Paris airports since last year's attacks in the city with thousands of border police officers, custom personnel, soldiers and private guards patrolling daily in the three airports serving the French capital. In addition to thousands of police, army and customs members, some 5,000 security guards working for private contractors are assigned...

Washington – Trump’s U.S. High Court List: All Conservative, Some Provocative

May 19, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Washington - William Pryor, in urging the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 to uphold a Texas law banning gay sex, argued against the notion that the U.S. Constitution should safeguard a person's choice of partners. Pryor, who then was Alabama's attorney general and now serves on a federal appeals court, was one of 11 conservative jurists who presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump...

Lagos, Nigeria – 1st Chibok Girl To Escape Boko Haram Meets Nigeria’s President

May 19, 2016 at 07:26 PM
Lagos, Nigeria - The first Chibok teenager to escape from Boko Haram's Sambisa Forest stronghold was flown to Abuja on Thursday and met with Nigeria's president, even as her freedom adds pressure on the government to do more to rescue the 218 other missing girls. Some already have died in captivity while the others are held under heavy guard in the forest, the escapee has revealed, according...

New York – 17 Arrested In Rikers Contraband Smuggling Investigation

May 19, 2016 at 07:03 PM
New York - Seventeen people, including two correction officers, have been indicted in connection with a jail smuggling ring that brought scalpels, drugs and cigarettes into Rikers Island, marking the largest takedown at the sprawling New York City jail complex in the last decade, authorities said Thursday. "This alleged scheme contributed to the climate of danger and fear that feeds the...

Des Moines, IA – Hillary Clinton: Trump Is “Not Qualified” To Be President

May 19, 2016 at 06:32 PM
Des Moines, IA - Hillary Clinton had some of her strongest words yet for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying Thursday that he is "not qualified" to be president of the United States. In an interview with CNN, the Democratic front-runner and likely nominee questioned Trump's ability to handle complex foreign policy challenges, decrying what she described as his "irresponsible...

New York – Veteran ’60 Minutes’ Newsman Morley Safer Dies At 84

May 19, 2016 at 05:59 PM
New York - Morley Safer, the veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent who was equally at home reporting on social injustices, the Orient Express and abstract art, and who exposed a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans' view of the war, died Thursday, according to Kevin Tedesco, a CBS News publicist. No further details on his death were immediately...

Israel – Liberman Agrees Not To Advance Legislation On Haredi Enlistment, Conversion

May 19, 2016 at 05:24 PM
Israel - Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman has agreed not to advance legislation on haredi IDF enlistment, conversion reform, and other issues relating to religion and state, as one of the conditions for his party joining the coalition. His commitment comes after officials from United Torah Judaism insisted to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that they would only agree to Yisrael...

Brussels – Kerry Welcomes Efforts To Revive Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks

May 19, 2016 at 04:53 PM
Brussels - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday welcomed French and Egyptian efforts to revive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians and said he would attend an international conference in Paris on June 3 that hopes to set out a framework for fresh negotiations. U.S. efforts to broker a two-state deal collapsed in April 2014, and Kerry said any peace effort would require...

Washington – High Court Rules Against NY Man Denied Re-entry To US

May 19, 2016 at 04:25 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court is making it easier for the government to deport or otherwise remove people who are not U.S. citizens if they are convicted of seemingly minor state crimes. The justices ruled 5-3 Thursday that a man who spent 23 years living in New York as a lawful permanent resident can be barred from re-entering the country because of a 1999 conviction for attempted...

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