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Taipei – Taiwan Scrambles Jets, Navy As China Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait

January 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Taipei - Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships led by China's sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled Taiwan. The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier, returning from exercises in the South China Sea, was not trespassing in Taiwan's territorial waters but...

Atlantic City, NJ – Emoji? Bunny? The Next Generation Monopoly Token? You Decide

January 10, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Atlantic City, NJ - Hashtags, emojis and even a rubber duck may replace dogs, cats and hats in an upcoming version of the Monopoly board game. Hasbro Inc. began a worldwide contest Tuesday to let people choose the eight tokens to be included in the next generation of the property acquisition game, based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Longtime staples of the game...

Washington – Obama Calls For Trump To ‘get To Work’ On Russia

January 10, 2017 at 11:17 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says he hopes President-elect Donald Trump will "get to work" trying to prevent Russia from interfering again in a U.S. election. Obama is being asked about revelations that top intelligence officials last week told Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him. Obama tells NBC News he doesn't...

Washington – IRS To Delay Tax Refunds For Millions Of Low-income Families

January 10, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Washington - The IRS is delaying tax refunds for more than 40 million low-income families this year as the agency steps up efforts to fight identity theft and fraud. The delays will affect families claiming the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. These tax breaks are geared to benefit the working poor, and many families claim both. "For most of these people it's...

Chicago – Forceful And Tearful, Obama Says Goodbye In Emotional Speech

January 10, 2017 at 10:32 PM
Chicago - Conceding disappointments during his presidency yet offering vigorous encouragement for the nation's future, Barack Obama issued an emotional defense Tuesday night of his vision to Americans facing a moment of anxiety and a dramatic change in leadership. Obama's valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the trials and triumphs, promises kept and...

New York – Inauguration Planner Says Event Features 1 Celebrity: Trump

January 10, 2017 at 10:26 PM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump will take the traditional ride from the White House to the Capitol with his predecessor before his inauguration next week, but he will break from some of the day's other customs, trading traditional celebrity appearances for the "soft sensuality" of the historic event. Tom Barrack, a longtime Trump friend serving as his top inauguration planner, told...

New York – Trump Calls Russia Reports ‘fake News – A Total Political Witch Hunt’

January 10, 2017 at 10:13 PM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump, in an apparent reference to media reports that the intelligence briefing he received last week included an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising information on him, said on Twitter on Tuesday: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT."...

Washington – Supreme Court Struggle With NY Credit-card Surcharge Law

January 10, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The price of a New York pastrami sandwich could help the Supreme Court figure out a dispute over a state law about credit card swipe fees. The deli sandwich figured prominently in an entertaining, if inconclusive, argument at the court Tuesday about a law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases. The issue is whether the measure violates merchants'...

Albany, NY – Cuomo Pitches 750-mile Biking-hiking Trail Plan For NY State

January 10, 2017 at 09:29 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination. "We want to build the largest multi-use trail in the nation," said the Democratic governor at a state of the state...

Washington – Kerry To Attend Middle East Peace Conference On January 15 In Paris

January 10, 2017 at 09:15 PM
Washington - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will attend a Middle East peace conference organized by France and to be held in Paris on Jan. 15, his spokesman said on Tuesday. The conference is aimed at determining whether Israelis and Palestinians could be brought back to negotiations and revive moribund peace talks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly rejected the...

New York – U.S. Companies Have New Business Risk: Being Labeled ‘Anti-American’ By Trump

January 10, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - Some U.S. companies are reviewing potential mergers while others are rethinking job cuts or looking at their manufacturing operations in China for fear of being cast as "anti-American" by President-elect Donald Trump, according to Wall Street bankers, company executives and crisis management consultants. Having seen some of America's largest companies, including General Motors Co ...

Norway – Dead Air: Norway Is First Country Tuning Out Analog Radio In Favor Of Digital

January 10, 2017 at 08:28 PM
Norway - For some radio listeners in Norway, there will be dead air starting on Wednesday. The mountainous nation of 5 million will become the first in the world to phase out analog signals in favor of Digital Audio Broadcasting, or DAB. The move has provoked concern for the elderly and motorists, while others will be nostalgic for the crackling sound of old radio. Judith Haaland, 98...

Washington – Drawing Of Pig In Police Uniform Restored To Capitol Display

January 10, 2017 at 08:03 PM
Washington - A high school student's painting of Ferguson, Missouri, with the image of a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at a protester is back on the wall on Capitol Hill. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., rehung the painting on Tuesday after a Republican lawmaker found it offensive and removed it. Joined by several lawmakers, including other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Clay...

Washington – At Russia Hearing, FBI Mum About Possible Trump Probe

January 10, 2017 at 07:57 PM
Washington - FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday refused to say whether his bureau was investigating any possible ties between Russia and the Donald Trump's presidential campaign, citing policy not to comment on what the FBI might or might not be doing. Comey testified at the Senate's second hearing in a week addressing allegations of Russian election hacking. In late October he angered...

United Nations – US Lashes Out At Russia At UN _ And Russia Goes After Obama

January 10, 2017 at 07:24 PM
United Nations - U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, in one of her last appearances at the U.N. Security Council, lashed out at Russia on Tuesday for invading and annexing Ukraine's Crimea peninsula and carrying out "a merciless military assault" in Syria. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin shot back by accusing the Obama administration of "desperately" looking for scapegoats for its own failures...

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