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Toronto – Canadian Mounties Allow Officers To Wear Hijab

August 24, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Toronto - Canada's national police force recently permitted its women officers to wear the hijab. The Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently approved the change in policy, allowing Muslim women to wear the garment, a veil that covers the head and chest, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's spokesman said Wednesday. Scott Bardsley said it is intended to better reflect...

New York – More U.S. Retailers Probing Phony Egyptian Cotton

August 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM
New York - U.S. retailer Bed Bath & Beyond on Wednesday said it ordered an external audit of textiles from Welspun India, after Target Corp last week accused the Indian manufacturer of passing off cheap sheets as premium Egyptian cotton for two years. This could compound the woes of Welspun, which supplies to several large U.S. retailers and has seen its shares plummet percent since Target's...

Washington – Trump Targets China Trade, Says Plans Serious Measures

August 24, 2016 at 10:33 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to slap tariffs on Chinese products to show Beijing that the United States is "not playing games anymore" when it comes to leveling the field on trade. Addressing a rally in Tampa, Florida, Trump said that if he was elected in November, he would instruct the U.S. trade representative to bring cases against...

Jackson, MS – Brexit Leader Nigel Farage Addresses Trump Rally, Bashes Clinton

August 24, 2016 at 10:06 PM
Jackson, MS - Nigel Farage, a key figure in the successful campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, lent his support to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying Trump represented the same type of anti-establishment movement that he masterminded in his own country. Farage appeared with Trump before a cheering crowd of thousands at a rally in Jackson...

New York – Burned Firefighter Feels Normal Again After Face Transplant

August 24, 2016 at 10:03 PM
New York - A Mississippi firefighter who received the world's most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like "a normal guy" for the first time in 15 years. Patrick Hardison, 42, said he can now eat, see, hear and breathe normally, thanks to last year's surgery. He has a full head of hair and hits the gym twice a week. "Before the...

Charleston, WV – Sen. Manchin Mum On EpiPen Hikes By Daughter’s Drug Company

August 24, 2016 at 09:45 PM
Charleston, WV - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin remained mum Wednesday as a pharmaceutical company run by his daughter faced mounting criticism for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens. The Democratic West Virginia senator's daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPens. A two-dose package, costing around $94 nine years ago, rose more than 600 percent to an...

New York – Reuters Poll: Clinton Leads Trump In Key Swing States, Would Likely Win Election

August 24, 2016 at 09:30 PM
New York - If the U.S. presidential election were held today, Democrat Hillary Clinton would win the key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia and have a 95 percent chance of beating Republican Donald Trump to become America’s first female president, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project. The project, which combines opinion polls with an analysis of voting patterns...

Erez Crossing – Animals Rescued From Gaza Zoo, Brought Into Israel

August 24, 2016 at 09:05 PM
Erez Crossing - The last few animals remaining at the Khan Yunis Zoo arrived at the Erez Crossing on Wednesday morning to be brought into Israel in an intense effort to rehabilitate the animals and find them a better home. “We believe that this is an important mission and we are doing it out of a desire to help these animals, which did not receive the care that they needed,” said Erez...

Baltimore – Surveillance Plane Was Not A Secret, Baltimore Police Say

August 24, 2016 at 08:34 PM
Baltimore - Baltimore police, using money provided by a wealthy, anonymous donor, have been surveilling the city with a manned plane loaded with cameras that can view 30 square miles. The existence of the program was made public Tuesday in a lengthy report by Bloomberg Businessweek. At a news conference on Wednesday, Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith repeatedly insisted to reporters...

New York – Photographer Seeking $1 Billion From Getty Images Agency

August 24, 2016 at 08:15 PM
New York - An accomplished photographer who lets the public use thousands of her images of America for free has sued the Getty Images photo agency for more than $1 billion, saying it's improperly selling her work to customers and threatening those who don't pay. The photographer, Carol Highsmith, whose work has been featured in books, newspapers and magazines and on two postage stamps, said...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Astronaut Breaks US Record: 521 Days In Space And Counting

August 24, 2016 at 08:01 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - Astronaut Jeffrey Williams has a new record for NASA under his space belt. The commander of the International Space Station marked a U.S. recording-breaking 521st day in orbit Wednesday, a number accumulated over four flights. That surpasses the 520-day record set by Scott Kelly, whose one-year space station mission ended in March. By the time Williams returns to Earth...

Newark, NJ – New York-area Airports On Pace To Set Records

August 24, 2016 at 07:29 PM
Newark, NJ - Passenger traffic at New York's three major airports plus Atlantic City is on a record-setting pace. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says more than 60 million travelers used Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports in the first six months of 2016. Counting Atlantic City Airport, they say 62.4 million travelers passed through Port Authority airports between...

Kokomo, IN – Tornadoes Slam Indiana, Leveling Starbucks

August 24, 2016 at 07:09 PM
Kokomo, IN - Thunderstorms and tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, leveling a Starbucks shop in the city of Kokomo and knocking out electricity to thousands of Indianapolis-area homes, but no injuries were immediately reported, authorities said. The National Weather Service issued a bulletin saying a "confirmed large and extremely dangerous" tornado had struck near...

Tallahassee, FL – Trump Asked Florida Gov. Scott To Appoint Attorney To Bench

August 24, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Tallahassee, FL - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has bragged about his influence with politicians, urged Gov. Rick Scott to give a judgeship to a Florida attorney whose work appears at odds with Trump's hard-line stance on immigration, newly released emails show. The emails posted online late last week by the Scott administration show Trump recommended that the governor...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinian Detainee Ends 71-day Hunger Strike

August 24, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - A lawyer for a Palestinian detainee on a hunger strike for over two months says he has ended his fast. Attorney Sahar Francis says Bilal Kayed, 34, stopped his protest Wednesday after 71 days of fasting, and that there is an agreement that will see him freed in December. Kayed's relatives say he began the fast in June after Israel ordered him held for six months...

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