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Carlisle, IA – World’s First Surviving Septuplets Graduate High School

May 23, 2016 at 11:20 PM
Carlisle, IA - The world's first surviving septuplets have graduated from their Iowa high school. Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny, Natalie and Nathan McCaughey all crossed the stage Sunday as part of Carlisle High School's class of 2016. The septuplets were born Nov. 19, 1997, ranging in weight from 2 pounds, 5 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Their mother had taken a fertility...

Los Angeles, CA – Sanders: Democratic Convention Could Be ‘Messy’

May 23, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be "messy" as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added: "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle." The Democratic presidential candidate said in an interview with The Associated Press that his supporters hoped to see a platform at the July convention...

Los Angeles – Facebook Makes Changes To ‘Trending Topics’ After Review

May 23, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Los Angeles - Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook's General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined this and other reforms in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. John Thune, chairman of the commerce...

San Francisco – Ride-hailing Service Lyft Testing Reservation Feature

May 23, 2016 at 10:00 PM
San Francisco - Ride-hailing service Lyft says it's testing a feature that would let users schedule a trip up to 24 hours in advance. While many commercial taxi and car services let passengers reserve a ride in advance, on-demand ride companies like Lyft and Uber haven't offered that service. They have said it's more efficient to dispatch cars when riders are ready to use them. Competing...

New York – Jewish Honduran Family Seeks Dismissal Of U.S. Money Laundering Case

May 23, 2016 at 09:37 PM
New York - Two members of a prominent Honduran family accused by U.S. authorities of engaging in a decade-long money laundering scheme are seeking the dismissal of the charges after the government froze their assets and made paying their lawyers impossible. Yankel Rosenthal, a former minister of investment under current Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and Yani Rosenthal, a former...

Tokyo – Obama’s Hiroshima Visit Stirs Differing Views Across Pacific

May 23, 2016 at 09:03 PM
Tokyo - Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides of the Pacific. Michiko Kodama saw a flash in the sky from her elementary school classroom on Aug. 6, 1945, before the ceiling fell and shards of glass from blown-out windows slashed her. Now 78, she has never forgotten the living hell she saw from the back of her...

Amsterdam – Woman Stabbed In Amsterdam Kosher Eatery

May 23, 2016 at 07:45 PM
Amsterdam - A patron at a kosher cafe in Amsterdam has been hospitalized after an apparently unprovoked stabbing. Ronnie Eisenmann, president of the advisory board of the Center for Information and Documentation Israel, said that the attack took place at approximately 8 PM local time, when an unidentified English speaking man walked into the Rimon Grandcafe in the city’s Jewish...

Geneva – North Korean Envoy Rejects Trump Overture To Meet Leader

May 23, 2016 at 07:32 PM
Geneva - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "kind of propaganda or advertisement" in the election race, a senior North Korean official said on Monday. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters in New York last week, said he is willing to talk to the North Korean leader to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program...

Washington – Head Of Security For TSA Removed From Post: House Panel

May 23, 2016 at 07:06 PM
Washington - The head of security for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has been removed from his position, the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee said on Monday on Twitter. The House panel, which held a hearing last week on long lines at airport security checkpoints, did not give a reason for Kelly Hoggan's dismissal as TSA assistant administrator for security...

Washington – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Under FBI Probe Over Campaign Donations

May 23, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Washington - Virginia's Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department over campaign fundraising, CNN reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials briefed on the probe. The investigation is focusing, at least in part, on whether contributions to McAuliffe's 2013 gubernatorial campaign, including $120,000 from a Chinese businessman, Wang...

New York – NYC Council Eyes Easing Punishments For Public Urination, Litter

May 23, 2016 at 06:02 PM
New York - The City Council is poised to pass a series of criminal justice reforms that would sharply curtail the punishments for low-level offenses such as littering and peeing in public, an overhaul intended to help unclog the courts and jails of the nation's largest city. The Criminal Justice Reform Act would alter the penalties for certain offenses, including possessing an open container...

Washington – Obama Signs Bill Striking Offensive Terms From US Laws

May 23, 2016 at 05:35 PM
Washington - Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups. President Barack Obama signed a bill striking the several terms, including "Negro" and "Oriental" on Friday, the White House said. Those terms will be replaced with "African American" and "Asian American." The bill removing the terms passed the House in February and the Senate...

Queens, NY – Burglars Cut Hole Through Bank Roof, Steal Valuables From Queens Bank

May 23, 2016 at 05:02 PM
Queens, NY - A group of professional bank robbers struck again over the weekend, this time hitting the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank in Rego Park, Queens. The thieves got away with the contents of several safe deposit boxes in a heist police believe is likely connected to at least ten other robberies, including one in April at the Borough Park branch of HSBC where $280,000 in cash and...

Albany, NY – NY State Police Plan 2-week ‘Buckle Up’ Enforcement Campaign

May 23, 2016 at 05:00 PM
Albany, NY - The New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies across the state are launching their annual "buckle up" campaign. State troopers, including those assigned to the detail that patrols the Thruway, will be joining with local and county law enforcement officers across New York to make sure motorists are using their seatbelts as the summer travel season gears up. The...

Detroit – Clinton: Trump Could ‘bankrupt America’ Like His Companies

May 23, 2016 at 04:26 PM
Detroit - Hillary Clinton said Monday that Donald Trump's economic policies would lead to lower wages, fewer jobs and more debt — warning unionized workers that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee could "bankrupt America like he's bankrupted his companies." "Ask yourself," the likely Democratic nominee told thousands at the Service Employees International Union international...

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