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Washington – New Jersey Senator Menendez’s Graft Trial Could Sway D.C. Power Balance

September 1, 2017 at 11:27 AM
Washington - More than two years after U.S. Senator Bob Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges, the New Jersey Democrat finally faces trial next week in a case whose verdict could sway the balance of power in Washington. Menendez, 63, is accused of taking bribes, including luxury trips and campaign contributions, from a wealthy patron since shortly after he was first elected to...

Washington – Trump Tweets Comey’s Early Clearing Of Clinton Reveals ‘Rigged’ System

September 1, 2017 at 11:14 AM
Washington - The FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation that ended last year without charges remains a lingering grievance for President Donald Trump, who for months has held it up as an example of a "rigged" criminal justice system that shielded his Democratic opponent from punishment for her private server. The latest flare-up came Friday morning, when Trump tweeted that FBI Director...

Los Angeles, CA – California Hit By Severe Heatwave

September 1, 2017 at 10:58 AM
Los Angeles, CA - Managers of California's power grid are asking for voluntary electricity conservation as forecasters predict more extreme heat statewide. The California Independent System Operator predicts demand on the system will set a new all-time record Friday. Consumers are asked to cut back on use of electricity between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. when use of air conditioners is at its...

Istanbul – Turkey’s Erdogan Slams US Indictments As ‘scandalous

September 1, 2017 at 10:41 AM
Istanbul - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday denounced the indictments in the United States of 19 people, among them 15 Turkish security officials, calling them "scandalous." The 19 suspects have been accused of attacking peaceful demonstrators gathered outside the Turkish ambassador's Washington home during a visit by Erdogan in May. Videos of the infamous brawl show...

Houston – On Dinghies And Jet Skis, Volunteer Flotilla Comes To Houston’s Rescue

September 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Houston - Jeremy Sparkman, a healthcare worker, cut short his vacation in the Ozark Mountains. Chris Pustejovksy, a horse wrangler, collected money and supplies and led a convoy down from Fort Worth. Rick Ngo, a surgeon, paddled over from a nearby subdivision. On Wednesday, they joined dozens of other volunteers who piloted bass boats, jet skis and aluminum dinghies through the caramel-colored...

Atlanta – Gas Prices Surge Higher As Drivers Rush To Fill Their Tanks

September 1, 2017 at 09:57 AM
Atlanta - Gasoline prices rose several cents overnight amid continuing fears of shortages in Texas and other states in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's strike on the Gulf Coast. The national average for a gallon of regular gas rose in one day from $2.45 Thursday to $2.52 Friday, the American Automobile Association reported . At least two major pipelines — one that ships gasoline...

Geneva – Trump’s Hostility Toward Media Has A Purpose, U.N. Human Rights Expert Says

September 1, 2017 at 09:25 AM
Geneva - U.S. President Donald Trump's attacks on the media are part of a global trend of hostility to freedom of speech and damage the U.S. public interest, a U.N. human rights expert said on Friday. David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on the freedom of expression, said Trump's attacks, such as a Feb. 17 tweet listing news outlets that he considered "the enemy of the American People"...

Washington – US Job Growth Slows To 156K; Unemployment Up To 4.4 Pct.

September 1, 2017 at 09:15 AM
Washington - U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession. The unemployment rate ticked up from 4.3 percent to a still-low 4.4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job growth in June and July was revised down by a combined 41,000...

Houston – Analysts: Harvey Residential Insured And Uninsured Flood Loss $25-$37 Billion

September 1, 2017 at 09:00 AM
Houston - Analytics firm Corelogic <CLGX.N> estimates total residential insured and uninsured flood loss from Hurricane Harvey of between $25 billion and $37 billion, it said on Friday. Of that, around $6.5-$9.5 billion is estimated to be insured flood loss for homes in the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana. Corelogic said an estimated 70 percent of flood damage from Harvey is not...

Paris – Hurricane Harvey Victims Portrayed As Neo-nazis On Charlie Hebdo Cover

September 1, 2017 at 08:49 AM
Paris - The French satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo depicted the victims of Texas' Hurricane Harvey as neo-Nazis on the cover of their weekly magazine on Tuesday, with the text "God exists, He drowned the neo-Nazis of Texas." The magazine, known for their fight for freedom of speech and brazen cartoons, created a lot of buzz on social media for their artistic expression. Lou Dobbs...

Moscow – Lavrov: Russia Preparing ‘Tough Response’ On US

September 1, 2017 at 08:24 AM
Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow will prepare a "tough response" to the United States' decision to shut its consulate in San Francisco. The U.S. on Thursday ordered Russia to shut its San Francisco consulate and close offices in Washington and New York within 48 hours in response to Russia's decision last month to cut U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia. Speaking to...

Moscow – Putin Warns North Korea Situation On Verge Of ‘Large-Scale Conflict’

September 1, 2017 at 07:30 AM
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the tense standoff between North Korea and the United States was on the verge of large-scale conflict and said it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear missile program. Putin, who is due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, wrote in an article published on the Kremlin's web site ahead...

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