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Geneva – UN Rights Body Told To End Focus On Israel As US Mulls Exit

March 1, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Geneva - The United States on Wednesday called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to drop its "obsession with Israel" amid reports that the Trump administration is considering quitting the body. In a speech before the Geneva-based council, U.S. envoy Erin Barclay said the United States' commitment to human rights "is stronger than ever." "Regrettably, too many of the actions of this council...

New York – New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Closing For Major Makeover

March 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM
New York, NY - The word "grand" matched few hotels in the world better than New York City's Waldorf Astoria, but this bastion of gilded splendor is now closing for two to three years for a transformative makeover. The last guests were to check out by noon Wednesday after enjoying the rich Art Deco style of the old Waldorf one last time. When the building reopens it will still have a hotel...

Washington – Speech Viewers Stunned By On-script, Less Fiery Trump

March 1, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Washington - Who was that calm, composed man, and what has he done with Donald Trump? That may have been the most common reaction from the viewers of the president's address to Congress on Tuesday night. Those looking for fireworks came away empty. What they witnessed instead was a poised and on-script president, an image some said was as stunning at this stage as any outrageous...

Washington – U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Chief To Discuss Iran Deal With Trump Officials

March 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Washington - The chief of the U.N. atomic watchdog will hold talks on Iran's nuclear deal on Thursday for the first time with senior officials from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has branded it "the worst deal ever negotiated". The 2015 deal between Tehran and major powers places restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions...

Washington – Record 3 Million Tweets Sent On Trump’s Speech To Congress

March 1, 2017 at 10:15 AM
Washington - witter says a record 3 million tweets were sent about President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. The top tweeted moment of Trump's speech was the Republican's call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. That was followed by Trump's salute to Carryn Owens, the widow of Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed last month in...

New York – Dow Breaches 21,000 As Banks Gain On Rate Talk

March 1, 2017 at 09:44 AM
New York - U.S. stocks opened at record intraday highs on Wednesday, with the Dow breaching the 21,000 mark for the first time ever as a more measured tone in President Donald Trump's speech reassured investors and bank stocks gained on higher chances of an interest rate hike this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 184.17 points, or 0.88 percent, at 20,996.41, the S&P 500 < .SPX...

Jerusalem – Israeli Shoots, Kills Terrorist During Attack In Family Home

March 1, 2017 at 09:39 AM
Jerusalem - A terrorist was shot and killed inside an Israeli civilian's West Bank home after the assailant left him with light stab wounds Wednesday. The incident occurred in the Havat Mor outpost, which is located outside of the Taneh Omerim settlement in the South Hebron Hills. According to an initial investigation into the event, the Israeli civilian heard a noise outside his family...

Ofra, West Bank – Israeli Forces Demolish 9 Homes In West Bank Settlement

March 1, 2017 at 09:22 AM
Ofra, West Bank -Israeli forces are demolishing nine homes in the heart of the West Bank settlement of Ofra after the Supreme Court ruled they were built on private Palestinian land. Construction vehicles smashed walls Wednesday a day after police wrestled with protesting residents. Netzach Brodt watched as his house was destroyed and said, "We are extremely disappointed and broken that...

California – Uber CEO Caught On Video Arguing Over Fares With Driver

March 1, 2017 at 09:18 AM
California - Uber's CEO says he needs leadership help after a video has emerged of him arguing heatedly with a driver about fares. In the latest embarrassment to beset the ride-hailing company, CEO Travis Kalanick is seen discussing Uber's business model with the driver. In the dashcam video obtained by Bloomberg News , the driver argues that Kalanick is lowering fares and claims he lost...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Suspects Charged With Murder In Airport Nerve Agent Attack

March 1, 2017 at 08:44 AM
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Appearing calm and solemn, two young women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, were charged with murder Wednesday. The women, who arrived at court under the protection of masked special forces carrying machine guns, are at the center of a bizarre killing at a busy Kuala Lumpur airport terminal. Many...

Washington – Pelosi Says Trump Is ‘Rhetoric’ Only

March 1, 2017 at 08:34 AM
Washington - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress a "bait-and-switch" speech, with little legislation from the White House to match the president's stated goals. "All we have is rhetoric," the California congresswoman said. Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday, Pelosi said House Democrats will eventually release their own...

Washington – In Emotional Moment, Trump Salutes Slain SEAL’s Wife

March 1, 2017 at 08:00 AM
Washington - The widow of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Yemen stood in the balcony of the House chamber, tears streaming down her face as she looked upward and appeared to whisper to her husband. Democrats and Republicans alike stood for minutes to applaud Carryn Owens, giving her the loudest cheers of the night in a rare moment of unity during President Donald Trump's first speech to a joint...

Detroit – German Automakers Top U.S. Magazine Brand Rankings

March 1, 2017 at 07:30 AM
Detroit - German automakers dominated Consumer Reports' annual ranking of automotive brands released on Tuesday, with Volkswagen AG's Audi leading the pack, while U.S. brands continued to lag despite gains for many. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at the magazine, said German automakers rose largely due to improvements in reliability. "Building one or two great vehicles is achievable...

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