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Birmingham, AL – Moore’s Wife: ‘One Of Our Attorneys Is A Jew’

December 11, 2017 at 11:45 PM
Birmingham, AL - The wife of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is defending her husband against accusations of bigotry by pointing out that one of their attorneys "is a Jew." Kayla Moore made the comment at a rally for her husband in rural Alabama Monday night. She says the "fake news" has falsely accused her husband of being against women in office and black and Jewish people. She...

Chicago – Deaths From Window Blinds Show Need For Cord Ban, Study Says

December 11, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Chicago - Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and though most injuries were minor, almost 300 died, the study shows. Most deaths occurred when children became...

New York – NYC Subway Attack Shows Limits Of Counterterror Strategy

December 11, 2017 at 10:30 PM
New York - Minutes after a man set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body in one of New York's busiest transit hubs, throwing the Monday morning commute into chaos for many, a suspect was in custody, trains were rerouted and throngs of police swarmed the streets. The massive response exposed the limits of the antiterrorism force the city has built since the deadly attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It...

California – Los Angeles Subway Work Uncovers Array Of Ice Age Fossils

December 11, 2017 at 10:01 PM
Los Angeles, CA - As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by. When her phone buzzes, she quickly dons a neon vest, hard hat and goggles before climbing deep down into a massive construction site beneath a boulevard east of downtown. Earth-movers are diverted, and Leger gets on her hands and knees and...

Washington – SEC Halts Virtual Coin Offering, Issues Investor Warning

December 11, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - The chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday warned investors of the dangers of putting their money into cryptocurrencies, saying trading and public offerings in the emerging asset class may be in violation of federal securities law. The statement by Jay Clayton came just hours after the U.S. securities watchdog stepped in to stop an "initial coin...

Jerusalem – The Unheard Story: The Ultra-orthodox Who Leave Everything To Join The IDF

December 11, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - While recent haredi protests against Israel's mandatory military draft have been hard to miss, there is a story within the ultra-Orthodox community that goes almost entirely unnoticed: the nearly 3,000 "lone soldiers" of haredi origin that currently serve in the IDF. These young men and women leave behind everything and everyone they know in the haredi community, including family...

Helsinki – Swedish Police Probe Attempted Arson At Jewish Cemetery

December 11, 2017 at 08:27 PM
Helsinki - Police in Sweden say they are investigating an attempted arson at a Jewish cemetery. Remnants of two glass bottles with flammable contents were found Monday near the chapel at the cemetery in Malmo, Sweden's third-largest city. It is unclear when the bottles were thrown, but police think it was between Friday evening and Monday morning. Malmo police spokesman Nils Norling told...

Brooklyn, NY – NYC Subway Attack Suspect’s Family Outraged Over Police Interrogation

December 11, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The family of a man accused of setting off a pipe bomb in a crowded New York City subway corridor says it's heartbroken and deeply saddened by the suffering the attack has caused. In a statement, Akayed Ullah's family also says it's outraged by the way it was targeted by law enforcement, including pulling a teenage relative from class and questioning him without a parent...

United Nations – UN: Tensions Over North Korea Worsen Rights Violations

December 11, 2017 at 07:33 PM
United Nations - North Korea's leadership has cracked down further on human rights as tensions have escalated over its nuclear and missile tests, including beefing up restrictions on movements and making "horrific" prison conditions more severe, the U.N. rights chief said Monday. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told the Security Council that the international security crisis sparked by North Korean...

New York – Journalists Consider Response To Errors After Trump Attacks

December 11, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - Some stinging mistakes in stories involving President Donald Trump has given him fresh ammunition in his battle against the media while raising questions about whether news organizations need to peel back the curtain on how they operate. The president tweeted six attacks on what he calls "fake news" over the weekend, saying the "out of control" media puts out purposely false and...

San Francisco – Apple Orchestrates Deal For Song-recognition App Shazam

December 11, 2017 at 06:32 PM
San Francisco - Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones. The companies didn't disclose the price of the acquisition announced Monday. Technology news site Recode previously reported Apple is paying about $400 million for Shazam, citing three unidentified...

Kansas City, MO – Hyperactive Missouri Gov. Greitens Touts His Physical Feats

December 11, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Kansas City, MO - Rappelling into a bull-riding rodeo event , crawling through dirt in a SWAT obstacle course and entering a burning building with firefighters. These could be action movie stunts by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood star turned California governor. But they were all done by another governor earning a reputation for public displays of physical prowess — Eric...

Washington – Trump Says NYC Attack Highlights Need For Immigration Reform

December 11, 2017 at 05:28 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump says a bomb blast in Manhattan highlights the need for an immigration overhaul. Trump said Monday that the U.S. "must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people" into the country. The Republican president points to his controversial travel ban as an example of the kind of policy that needs to be put in...

Istanbul – Putin Criticizes US Move On Jerusalem

December 11, 2017 at 04:57 PM
Istanbul - Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, warning that it could destabilize the region and derail the Middle East peace process. Speaking Monday after a hectic day that took him from a Russian base in Syria to Cairo and Ankara, Putin said the U.S. move "doesn't help the Mideast settlement and, just the other way round...

Washington – Trump Starts Process Of Sending Americans Back To Moon

December 11, 2017 at 04:28 PM
Washington - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon. "We are the leader and we're going to stay the leader, and we're going to increase it many fold," Trump said in signing "Space Policy Directive 1" that...

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