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New York – NYC Mayor Announces Plan For Free Preschool For 3-year-olds

April 30, 2017 at 01:30 PM
New York - Free preschool for 4-year-olds was a signature issue that helped New York City's mayor win office in 2013. Now up for re-election, Bill de Blasio wants to add thousands of classroom seats for 3-year-olds, too. His initiative, which could eventually enroll up to 62,000 kids, would be among the largest public investments in preschool in the United States for children that...

Washington – Trump Proclaims May Jewish American Heritage Month, Cites Ivanka, And Her Husband Jared Kushner

April 30, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump declared May 2017 Jewish American Heritage Month in a proclamation. “During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate our nation’s strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people. The small band of Dutch Jews who first immigrated in 1654, seeking refuge and religious liberty, brought with them their...

Seoul – South Korea Says U.S. Reaffirms It Will Pay THAAD Costs; Joint Drills Wrap Up

April 30, 2017 at 12:04 PM
Seoul - South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1-billion battery designed to defend against North Korea. In a telephone call on Sunday, Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, reassured his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, that the...

Washington – McMaster: N. Korea A ‘grave Threat’ To US, China

April 30, 2017 at 11:33 AM
Washington - Trump's national security adviser, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, says North Korea's most recent missile test represents "open defiance of the international community." He says North Korea poses "a grave threat" not just to the United States and its Asian allies, but also to China. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," McMaster says it's important "for all of us to confront this regime...

Jerusalem – Israeli Toddler Chokes To Death After Playing In Sandbox At His Preschool

April 30, 2017 at 10:58 AM
Jerusalem - A 3-year old Charedi boy choked to death while playing in a playground sandbox in Kiryat Gat. The toddler has been identified as Yechiel Mechel Herbst, apparently choked on sand when he and another child had placed in his mouth. Attempts by emergency first responders and hospital staff to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, and the boy was ultimately declared dead. Officials...

Washington – Trump’s UN Envoy Often Off-message, Seems In His Good Graces

April 30, 2017 at 10:37 AM
Washington - Nikki Haley didn't wait to take office as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to break with the Trump administration's foreign policy stances. At her Senate confirmation hearing, Haley bluntly accused Russia of being complicit of war crimes in Syria — going against the president-elect's talk of warmer relations with Moscow. Three months later, she remains boldly...

Jerusalem – Memorial Day 2017: Israel To Honor Fallen Soldiers

April 30, 2017 at 10:14 AM
Jerusalem - Over the past year, another 97 soldiers and officers serving in Israel’s security forces, including 37 wounded veterans who succumbed to their wounds, have joined the ranks of Israel’s fallen, according to numbers released by the Defense Ministry ahead of Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, which begins Sunday at 8 p.m. with a siren that will...

Washington – Toned-down White House Press Dinner Carries On Without Trump

April 30, 2017 at 09:43 AM
Washington - The White House press corps gathered on Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years. Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents'...

Warsaw, Poland – Polish Official Suspended Over Image Of Tusk As SS Officer

April 30, 2017 at 09:39 AM
Warsaw, Poland - Poland's Foreign Ministry has suspended one of its honorary consuls in the U.S. after the woman allegedly posted a digitally-altered image showing European Council President Donald Tusk dressed as a Nazi German SS officer. The image was posted on the Facebook page of Maria Szonert Binienda, recently named honorary consul in Akron, Ohio. The news agency PAP reported Sunday that...

Dallas, TX – Five Killed In Texas Tornadoes; Rains, Winds Lash U.S. Midsection

April 30, 2017 at 09:33 AM
Dallas, TX - Tornadoes killed five people east of Dallas in Texas, local media reported on Saturday, as heavy rains and damaging winds struck a broad swath of the U.S. heartland. At least three tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in nearby Canton, with about 50 people being treated for related injuries at area hospitals, news outlets reported, citing hospital...

Washington – Trump Says He’s Avoided NYC Because It’s Expensive For US

April 30, 2017 at 08:30 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump says he hasn't returned to his New York City home because "going back is very expensive for the country." Trump tells Fox News in an interview Friday that he feels "guilty" when he returns to Trump Tower because authorities close surrounding streets and "I hate to see the New Yorkers with streets closed." He says he goes to his clubs instead because they...

Harrisburg, PA – Trump Celebrates First 100 Days As President, Blasts Media

April 30, 2017 at 01:00 AM
Harrisburg, PA - U.S. President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics who have given his tenure poor marks. Trump told a Pennsylvania crowd he was just getting started on meeting his campaign promises. He repeatedly attacked an...

Washington – Analysis Shows Declining Engagement With Trump’s Tweets

April 30, 2017 at 12:15 AM
Washington - His "FAKE NEWS" tweets don't rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don't excite quite the same old way. Donald Trump's 140-character volleys helped define the first 100 days of his presidency. But the traction on his medium of choice has slipped a bit as his tone and button-pushing tendencies have cooled. The number of people engaging with Trump on Twitter —...

Atlanta – Trump To NRA: ‘You Have A True Friend In The White House’

April 29, 2017 at 11:47 PM
Atlanta - — For nearly a decade, gun owners felt like they were living on pins and needles, worried about gun rights being taken away and feeling as though their way of life was scorned and under attack. All those fears disappeared the moment Donald Trump was elected president and, this weekend, National Rifle Association members gathering for the gun lobby's annual meeting are celebrating...

Seattle, WA – Thousands Brave Weather To Protest Trump Climate Policies

April 29, 2017 at 11:37 PM
Seattle, WA - Thousands of people across the U.S. marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat Saturday to demand action on climate change — mass protests that coincided with President Donald Trump's 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections. At the marquee event, the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C., tens of thousands of demonstrators...

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