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Washington – Biden Consoles Daughter Of Ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain

December 13, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to console the daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father's battle with brain cancer on ABC's "The View." Meghan McCain, a panelist on the program, told Biden on Wednesday she hadn't been able to get through his new memoir, "Promise Me, Dad," which centers on the 2015 death of his son, Beau, from an...

New York – Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Sued For Defamation

December 13, 2017 at 10:30 PM
New York - A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro (juh-NEEN' PEER'-oh), claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed. The lawsuit states that DeRay McKesson was falsely arrested while attending a protest in which a police officer was struck in the face with a rock. The officer sued the Black Lives...

Washington – After Alabama Upset, Democrats See New Prospects In U.S. South

December 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The solidly Republican South suddenly looks a little less solid. Tuesday's upset win by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama, coupled with last month's Democratic sweep in Virginia, has given the party new optimism about its 2018 prospects in the South and other conservative, heavily rural regions where Republicans have dominated for decades. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, took...

Dhaka – Accused NYC Bomber’s Family Says Attack ‘Our Worst Nightmare’

December 13, 2017 at 09:31 PM
Dhaka - Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub. Haider's family had been worried when his son-in-law, Akayed Ullah, 27, missed a...

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Lawmaker Facing Assault Allegations Commits Suicide

December 13, 2017 at 09:11 PM
Frankfort, KY - A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has committed suicide. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell says Rep. Dan Johnson shot himself Wednesday on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville. The 57-year-old Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016. On Monday, the Kentucky Center for...

Washington – What A Liberal Rabbi Learned At The Trump Hanukkah Party

December 13, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - A Jewish woman walks into the post office to buy Hanukkah stamps for her holiday cards. The person behind the counter asks, “What denominations?” The Jewish woman responds, “Oy! Are we so polarized? Some Orthodox, some Conservative and some Reform.” Yes, we are so polarized, both religiously and politically. Most reports about the White House Hanukkah party noted...

New York – Trump Condo Prices Falling In Manhattan, Report Finds

December 13, 2017 at 08:30 PM
New York - In Manhattan, where Donald Trump built his empire, prices for condos in buildings bearing his gilded name are falling in the first year of his presidency. The average price per square foot for condos sold in Trump-branded buildings in the borough fell 7 percent in the 12 months through November compared to the year earlier, according to a report Wednesday by research firm...

London – Baby’s Heart Placed Back Inside Her Chest In Rare Surgeries

December 13, 2017 at 08:01 PM
London - British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived three surgeries to place her heart inside her chest. Glenfield Hospital in Leicester said Wednesday that baby Vanellope Hope was born in late November with her heart growing on the outside of her body. The unusual condition is called ectopia cordis. Dr. Nick Moore said the baby is in the hospital's...

Washington – GOP Hopes Alabama Loss Is Wakeup Call For Trump White House

December 13, 2017 at 07:31 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team. "As the leader of the party, I would have liked to have had the seat," Trump acknowledged Wednesday, a day after a special Senate election in Alabama led to the election of Democrat Doug...

Amsterdam – Amsterdam Kosher Eatery Assailant Reportedly Was Ex-fighter From Syria

December 13, 2017 at 07:03 PM
Amsterdam - The man whom Dutch police released hours after he attacked a kosher restaurant while waving a Palestinian flag reportedly is a Damascus-born ex-combatant in Syria’s civil war. GeenStijl reported Wednesday that the perpetrator of the Dec. 7 assault in southern Amsterdam is Saleh Ali, who has said that he participated in the war fighting against the Islamic State terrorist group...

Washington – Trump ‘Dossier’ Firm: Republicans Leaked Bank Records In Retaliation

December 13, 2017 at 06:33 PM
Washington - A firm that commissioned a "dossier" detailing links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign and Russia said in a court filing that Republicans leaked the company's banking data to the media for partisan political purposes. Democrats have said Republicans use leaks to undermine investigations into Trump's campaign both by Congress and Special Counsel Robert...

Washington – Justice Official Defends Mueller, Sees No Cause For Firing

December 13, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday and said he had seen no cause to fire him or received encouragement to do so. Rosenstein appeared before the House Judiciary Committee one day after the...

New York – Manhattan Luxury Condo Sales Skew Apartment Prices: Survey

December 13, 2017 at 05:30 PM
New York - A boom in newly built luxury apartments in Manhattan has skewed prices for the overall residential real estate market in the borough and masked a sharp drop in transaction volume over the past five years, a property report on Wednesday showed. The number of apartment sales priced above $10 million has doubled since 2013 when the post-crisis recovery was fully in swing, CityRealty's...

Rockland County, NY – 2 ½ Years In Jail For St. Lawrence In Ramapo Fraud Case

December 13, 2017 at 05:04 PM
Rockland County, NY - It was the final nail in the coffin for Christopher St. Lawrence’s lengthy career as supervisor for the Town of Ramapo, with the longtime Ramapo resident sentenced to a 30 month prison term and a $75,000 fine for fraudulently financing a baseball stadium that had been voted down by taxpayers. The Journal News (http://lohud.us/2Aj3l45) reported that St. Lawrence...

Albany, NY – Deadly Crashes Spur Bill Requiring Truck Side Guards

December 13, 2017 at 05:03 PM
Albany, NY - A bipartisan bill introduced by two U.S. senators would change truck safety standards to prevent crashes like the one that killed four people in northern New York this summer. The law introduced by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Marco Rubio would require underride guards to prevent cars from slamming under tractor-trailers in a collision. In July, two cars slid...

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