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Salt Lake City – Outrage After Officers Handcuffs Nurse For Refusing Blood Test On Patient

September 1, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Salt Lake City - A Utah police department is making changes after an officer dragged a screaming nurse out of a hospital in handcuffs when she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient. Nurse Alex Wubbels followed hospital policy and advice from her bosses when she told Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne that he could not get the blood sample without a warrant or...

Houston – Mattress Store Serves As Cushy Shelter For Harvey’s Victims

September 1, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Houston - Of all the places that have been turned into shelters for Hurricane Harvey victims — a megachurch, a ballpark, a gas station, a bowling alley, among them — the one with the most comfortable sleeping arrangements surely must be the Gallery Furniture showroom. Owner Jim McIngvale, better known as Mattress Mack, threw open a couple of his stores to anyone in need, offering food...

New York – More Than 4 Million Time Warner Cable Records Exposed In Leak

September 1, 2017 at 05:30 PM
New York - More than four million records of users of Time Warner Cable's MyTWC app were found unsecured on an Amazon server last month, digital security research center Kromtech Security Center said in a blog post on Friday. The files — more than 600 gigabytes in size containing sensitive information such as transaction ID, user names, Mac addresses, serial numbers, account numbers —...

Washington – AP: Mueller Team Has Draft Letter On Comey Firing

September 1, 2017 at 05:10 PM
Washington - Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is in possession of a letter drafted by President Donald Trump and an aide, but never sent, that lays out a rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The letter was written in the days before the May 9 firing of Comey, but was held after objections from the...

Phoenix – Young US Immigrants Mobilize Effort To Avoid Deportation

September 1, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Phoenix - President Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure from CEOs, Roman Catholic bishops, celebrities and a national mobilization effort as he weighs eliminating an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. The last-ditch effort has taken on greater urgency in recent days amid reports that the White House may end the program as soon as Friday. Immigrant...

New York – To Snare Radical Cleric, NYPD Reached Far Beyond City Limits

September 1, 2017 at 04:28 PM
New York - A once-imprisoned radical Islamic cleric is behind bars again, this time because of an unusual investigation that took New York City police officers far beyond their jurisdiction, to the Middle East, to make contact with a member of the Islamic State group. The international sting that led to the arrest of Adbullah el-Faisal in Jamaica last week was pulled off by the New York Police...

Washington – Stricter Building Rules, Rejected By Trump, Helped Harvey-hit Communities

September 1, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Washington - As Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Gulf coast in Texas, the city of Seabrook had an edge over flood-swamped nearby towns and the devastation in Houston, just a half-hour drive away. Years ago, the city imposed higher elevation standards for buildings that were stricter than existing federal guidelines on construction in flood-prone areas. Before leaving office, President Barack...

Jerusalem – Israel Welcomes UN Mission In Lebanon Under New Mandate

September 1, 2017 at 03:31 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is welcoming the extension of a U.N. peacekeeping operation under tougher directives in southern Lebanon adding it must act to maintain stability there. The Foreign Ministry said Friday UNIFIL must act in a "significant and decisive way" to stop Iranian-backed militants Hezbollah from strengthening near its frontier. The Security Council renewed the mission known as...

Paris – Back From Watery Grave: Car Stolen In 1979 In France

September 1, 2017 at 03:05 PM
Paris - It's the car coming back from a watery grave. A blue Peugeot 104 stolen in the heart of France's Champagne country in 1979 is being reunited with its owner — 38 years later — after French police pulled it, in surprisingly good shape but crawling with crayfish, from a murky swamp. In a Facebook posting, police said the pond owner alerted officers in Chalons-en-Champagne, 160...

Vatican City – Pope: Seeking Clarity, I Saw Jewish Psychoanalyst Weekly Years Ago

September 1, 2017 at 02:29 PM
Vatican City - Pope Francis says that when he was 42 he had sessions weekly with a psychoanalyst who was female and Jewish to "clarify some things." It wasn't specified what the future pontiff wanted to explore. The revelation came in a dozen conversations Francis had with French sociologist Dominique Wolton, writing a soon-to-be-published book. La Stampa, an Italian daily, quoting from...

Washington – FDA Approves Pfizer’s Leukemia Drug

September 1, 2017 at 02:05 PM
Washington - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved Pfizer Inc's drug, Mylotarg, for certain patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The drug was cleared to treat adults with newly diagnosed AML whose tumors express the CD33 antigen, as well as patients aged 2 years and older with CD33-positive AML who have relapsed, or did respond to initial treatment. The FDA...

Berlin – World’s Highest Sandcastle Built In German City

September 1, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Berlin -  The world's highest sandcastle is now standing 16.68 meters (54.72 feet) tall in the German city of Duisburg. A German travel operator organized the construction of the mammoth sandcastle, bringing in 3,500 tons of sand over the past 3 ½ weeks to the site at a former steelworks in the inland city. News agency dpa reported that Jack Brockbank, a representative of Guinness World...

New York – Manhattan’s Only Vineyard Is Run By This 89-year-old Iraqi Jew

September 1, 2017 at 01:00 PM
New York - Latif Jiji looks over this year’s crop at Chateau Latif with an expression of satisfaction. If you’ve never heard of Chateau Latif, you’re not alone. In fact, your favorite sommelier probably hasn’t heard of it, either. It’s not from the south of France, nor is it from Napa Valley. Rather, it’s terroir is the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As far as he knows, Jiji is...

Washington – Treasury Watchdog Reviewing Mnuchin’s Solar Eclipse Trip

September 1, 2017 at 12:28 PM
Washington - A federal watchdog said on Friday it was reviewing the circumstances surrounding U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's controversial flight last month to Kentucky, where he spoke to business leaders and viewed the solar eclipse. "Responding to inquiries received from members of the public, we are reviewing the circumstances of the Secretary's August 21 flight to Louisville and...

Moscow – Putin: Leader In Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World

September 1, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Moscow -  Russian President Vladimir Putin says that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world. Putin, speaking Friday at a meeting with students, said the development of AI raises "colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now." He warned that "the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler...

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