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Washington – Brushing Off Clinton’s Critique, Obama Presses Ahead On TPP

August 2, 2016 at 05:28 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama brushed off opposition from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to a free-trade agreement with Asia on Tuesday, vowing to try to force the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress before either of them can take office. Increasingly, Obama has been on his own as election-year resistance to the pact hardens around him. Though Democratic leaders in Congress and...

New York – Samsung’s New Jumbo Phone Unlocks With Iris Scanner

August 2, 2016 at 05:05 PM
New York - You'll be able to unlock Samsung's new phone by just looking at it. The Galaxy Note 7 will come with an iris scanner, which matches patterns in your eyes with what was detected by your phone during setup. It offers an alternative to fingerprint ID, which doesn't work well when fingers are wet. Of course, the four-digit passcode will still work. Beyond that, though, the updates in...

Washington – Trump Declines To Endorse Ryan, McCain For Re-election

August 2, 2016 at 04:59 PM
Washington - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is refusing to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain just two weeks after pledging to bring the fractured GOP together at the party's nominating convention. He also ripped into New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the same interview with the Washington Post. All three have primary challengers, and all...

Berlin – German-Jewish Writer Angelika Schrobsdorff Dies At Age 88

August 2, 2016 at 04:35 PM
Berlin - The German-Jewish writer Angelika Schrobsdorff, whose bestselling works included a book about her mother growing up in Germany and then having to flee when the Nazis came to power, has died. She was 88. German news agency dpa reports Schrobsdorff died in Berlin last weekend, but didn't have any further details. German publishing house dtv on Tuesday confirmed Schrobsdorff's death...

New York – Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bratton To Join Consulting Firm

August 2, 2016 at 03:58 PM
New York - A global consulting firm says the New York Police Department's outgoing commissioner will head its new risk division this fall. Teneo Holdings CEO Declan Kelly says in a statement posted on the company's website Tuesday that William Bratton brings unique expertise to the job. The company says the new division will advise companies and CEOs on a range of issues from cyber security to...

Warsaw, Poland – Roma And Sinti Victims Of Nazis Remembered At Auschwitz

August 2, 2016 at 03:30 PM
Warsaw, Poland - Observances are being held at Auschwitz-Birkenau in memory of the Roma and Sinti victims of the camp, who, like the Jews, were condemned to destruction under Nazi Germany's murderous ideology. Dozens of people, among them Roma representatives, gathered there on Tuesday for a remembrance ceremony. Every year such observances are held on Aug. 2 because on that day in 1944 the...

Detroit – U.S. Counterterrorism Agents Arrest Michigan Man With Arsenal Of Explosives

August 2, 2016 at 03:13 PM
Detroit - Federal counterterrorism agents have arrested a 29-year-old Michigan man accused of illegally purchasing an arsenal of explosives and other devices capable of mass casualties, according to a criminal complaint filed this week. Sebastian Gregerson, a Detroit resident who also goes by the name Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, is accused of unregistered possession of a destructive device and...

Ashburn, VA – Trump Accepts A Purple Heart Amid Veteran Controversy

August 2, 2016 at 02:53 PM
Ashburn, VA - Republican nominee Donald Trump was given a Purple Heart by a veteran on Tuesday, prompting the Republican nominee to declare that this was "much easier" than serving in combat. Trump, who is embroiled in row over his criticism of the family of a slain soldier, said that a man approached him before his event in Ashburn, Va., and handed him his medal, which is awarded to soldiers...

West Bank – Israeli Officer Suspended After Video Shows Palestinian Bike Confiscated

August 2, 2016 at 02:24 PM
West Bank - The Border Policeman who confiscated a bicycle from an eight-year old Palestinian girl in Hebron was suspended from active duty on Tuesday, after a video of the incident went viral on YouTube. The event itself took place over a week ago, on July 25, and was captured on video by a volunteer from the Israeli non-governmental group B’Tselem, who filmed it from the window of a nearby...

Washington – Trump Dismisses Buffett’s Rebuke Over His Business Judgment

August 2, 2016 at 02:01 PM
Washington - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday brushed off billionaire investor Warren Buffett's blistering critique of his business acumen. "I don't care much about Warren Buffett," Trump said on the FOX Business television network Tuesday morning, a day after Buffett lashed out at Trump in a speech at a campaign rally for Democratic candidate Hillary...

Albany, NY – First Republican Congressman From NY Backs Hillary Clinton

August 2, 2016 at 01:38 PM
Albany, NY - A Republican lawmaker in Congress became the first to break with his party over the White House campaign on Tuesday, denouncing presidential candidate Donald Trump as unfit to lead and pledging to vote for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. The break followed days of dispute between Trump and the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army officer killed in the Iraq war, that has fueled fresh...

San Francisco – After ‘Pokemon Go’ Players Knock On His Door, Man Files Suit Against Game Makers

August 2, 2016 at 01:22 PM
San Francisco - A New Jersey man is going to federal court to keep "Pokemon Go" players off his lawn. Jeffrey Marder, of West Orange, says strangers began lingering outside of his home after the popular game was released last month. At least five people knocked on his door and asked to get into his backyard to catch a Pokemon placed there virtually by the game, according to a lawsuit filed...

Washington – Email Fallout: 3 Democratic National Committee Resignations

August 2, 2016 at 01:02 PM
Washington - The chief executive of the Democratic National Committee and two other top officials have resigned in the wake of an email hack that embarrassed the party on the eve of its presidential nominating convention. CEO Amy Dacey, chief finance officer Brad Marshall and communications director Luis Miranda left their jobs on Tuesday, the party said in a statement. The resignations are...

Jerusalem – Six Hasidic Teachers At Belz School Accused Of Abusing Students

August 2, 2016 at 12:42 PM
Jerusalem - The abuse of 22 children, ages 3 to 10, enrolled in a Belz Cheder in Tel Aviv, has come to light after 11 years with the indictment of six teachers on various charges of extortion, sodomy of minors, indecent assault, and abuse and assault of minors. Beginning in 2000 until 2011, the 22 children were taught by the defendants named in the indictments, and were subjected to “daily...

Washington – Obama Says Trump ‘Unfit, Challenges GOP To Drop Support

August 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM
Washington - In a searing denouncement, President Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump as "unfit" and "woefully unprepared" to serve in the White House on Tuesday. He challenged Republican lawmakers to drop their support for their party's nominee, declaring "There has to come a point at which you say enough." The president's blistering critique of his potential successor came on the heels of...

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