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Des Moines, IA – Obama Allies Use Trump To Press GOP On Supreme Court Nominee

May 9, 2016 at 04:30 PM
Des Moines, IA - Proponents of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee believe they have a new winning argument to get the Republican-led Senate to act — the prospect of Donald Trump choosing someone to fill the vacancy. Hardly, says Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Iowa GOP senator who steadfastly opposes any confirmation hearings or votes on Judge Merrick Garland...

New York, NY – Major NY Landlord Accused Of Forcing Out Tenants To Convert Units

May 9, 2016 at 03:57 PM
New York, NY - A major New York City landlord was accused on Monday of using harassment, intimidation and fraud to force rent-regulated tenants out of his buildings in order to convert their apartments to more profitable market-rate units. Steven Croman, whose company owns more than 140 apartment buildings in Manhattan, has been indicted on 20 felony counts, including grand larceny, fraud and...

Washington – White House On Damage Control After Aide’s Magazine Profile

May 9, 2016 at 03:25 PM
Washington - The White House on Monday worked to contain the damage caused by one of President Barack Obama's closest aides, who, in a seemingly candid, behind-the-curtain magazine story, ripped the Washington press corps, boasted of creating an "echo chamber" of supporters to sell the Iran nuclear deal and appeared to dismiss long-time foreign policy hands, including Hillary Clinton, as the...

New York – Feds Release Gas In NYC Subway To Study For Potential Attack

May 9, 2016 at 03:19 PM
New York - Men in orange vests released a harmless, invisible, odorless gas on a subway platform at Grand Central terminal on Monday, part of a test of how air moves through tunnels and — potentially — how a biological contaminant would travel through the nation's biggest transit system during a terrorist attack. There is no health risk. The gas contains tracing particles that look like...

Lacey Township, NJ – Chief: Escaped Inmate Did Not Resist When He Was Captured

May 9, 2016 at 02:59 PM
Lacey Township, NJ - A minimum security prison inmate who escaped last week didn't resist and appeared fatigued when he was tracked down and taken into custody Monday after a motorist reported seeing him in a wooded area near a highway, officials said. Arthur Buckel was located near the Garden State Parkway after a police officer and a state corrections officer tracked him down following the...

Jerusalem – US Announces $50 Million Aid Program For The Gaza Strip

May 9, 2016 at 02:40 PM
Jerusalem - The United States has announced a $50 million aid program for the Gaza Strip. U.S. officials said Monday that the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs. The money will be distributed by the U.S Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. The U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Donald A...

Washington – State Dept Says It Can Find No Emails From Ex-Clinton Aide Who Managed Her Private Computer Server

May 9, 2016 at 02:11 PM
Washington - The State Department can find no emails to or from a former Hillary Clinton aide who worked for the agency and also managed Clinton's private computer server while she served as secretary of state, the government said in a new court filing on Monday. The government said as much in U.S. District Court in Washington in answer to a lawsuit by the Republican National Committee. The...

New York – Democrats Gird For Fight With Trump In U.S. Rust Belt States

May 9, 2016 at 02:00 PM
New York - Bracing for a general election fight with Donald Trump, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and her allies are putting resources into industrial states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania to try to block Trump from making inroads with working-class voters there. Labor leaders, progressive groups and Democratic operatives told Reuters in interviews that they took seriously...

Barker, NY – Police: NYC Man’s License Suspended 57 Times, Revoked 20

May 9, 2016 at 01:38 PM
Barker, NY - State police say a New York City man pulled over for speeding on an upstate highway has nearly 80 driver's license suspensions and revocations. Police say a trooper clocked Kenneth Hines of Brooklyn going 92 mph Saturday afternoon on Interstate 81 in the Broome County town of Barker, just north of Binghamton. Troopers say a check of his driving record found that he has 57...

Detroit – Small-car Deals Abound As US Buyers Shift To SUVs

May 9, 2016 at 12:39 PM
Detroit - Louis Cervi was looking to buy a small car for basic transportation with a monthly payment in the mid-$200 range. After six months of looking, Cervi, 41, drove off a dealer lot north of Pittsburgh in a Ford Focus for $192 a month. The dealership even accepted his 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a failed transmission as a down payment on his lease. "I thought I'd probably get...

Brussels – Phone Tap Led Police To Belgian IS Cell, Court Hears

May 9, 2016 at 12:37 PM
Brussels - A series of bugged, coded communications over two months led Belgian police to storm a suspected Islamic State cell in the town of Verviers last year, thwarting an alleged plot, a Brussels court heard on Monday. One unidentified conspirator used the cover name "Fatty"; another in the plot which Belgian authorities have said intended to target police officers, went by the handle "Big...

Brooklyn, NY – Hate Crime Charges Filed Against 11 Year Old In Crown Heights Bus Blaze

May 9, 2016 at 12:17 PM
Brooklyn, NY - An 11 year old is facing hate crime charges as the NYPD continues to investigate the torching of a school bus yesterday in Crown Heights. The incident took place at the corner of Brooklyn and Lefferts Avenues in front of the Beth Rivkah elementary school in Crown Heights after a school bus driver left the door to his vehicle open. Surveillance video obtained by...

Washington – Report: Ryan Says He Would Step Down As Convention Chair If Trump Asks

May 9, 2016 at 11:44 AM
Washington - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Monday he would step down as chairman of the Republican Party's July convention if presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump asked him to do so, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter said on Twitter. ".@SpeakerRyan on whether he'd step down as convention chair if Trump asks: I'll do whatever he asks me to do," Christian Schneider, one of the...

Washington – Trump Picks NJ Governor Christie To Head Transition Team

May 9, 2016 at 11:21 AM
Washington - Donald Trump is tapping New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the transition team that will usher in a Trump administration if he wins the White House. It's a plum post for the governor who endorsed Trump back in February, when his success in the primaries was far from assured. Christie's own Republican presidential race failed, and he earned derision back in New Jersey for...

Jerusalem – Israel Defends Program To Bring In Jordanian Hotel Workers

May 9, 2016 at 11:15 AM
Jerusalem - Israel on Monday defended a program that brings Jordanian day workers into its tourism industry against criticism in Jordan from those who oppose normalizing ties with the Jewish State. The Tourism Ministry called the program, which has allowed hundreds of Jordanians to work in hotels in the southern city of Eilat, a "win-win situation" for Jordanians seeking employment and for...

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