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Washington – White House Website Gets Face-lift

December 14, 2017 at 11:28 PM
Washington - The White House's website has gotten a face-lift 11 months into President Donald Trump's tenure. The White House says the updated site features a more user-friendly design and more intuitive search capabilities, as well as a cleaner and more elegant display. The Trump administration says the new website will save taxpayers $3 million annually. Officials say the earlier...

Newark, NJ – New York, New Jersey Reach Funding Pact For New Rail Tunnel

December 14, 2017 at 11:09 PM
Newark, NJ - New York and New Jersey announced Thursday how they will pay for their share of an estimated $13 billion project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and other improvements, with New Jersey's outgoing governor outlining a plan that calls for progressively steeper fare hikes for train riders in his state during the next 20 years. New Jersey's Democratic Gov.-elect Phil...

Portland, OR – Vera Katz, Three-term Mayor Of Portland Who Escaped The Nazis, Dies At 84

December 14, 2017 at 10:36 PM
Portland, OR - Vera Katz, a popular three-term mayor of Portland, Oregon who escaped from the Nazis with her family as a child, has died. Katz died on Monday in Portland at the age of 84. She was diagnosed with acute leukemia shortly before her death, her third bout with cancer since 2000, the Oregonian reported. She had been on dialysis for the last decade. Katz served as mayor of...

Washington – Trump’s Security Paper Offers Stark Vision Of Global Rivalry

December 14, 2017 at 10:09 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's "America First" vision is a stark worldview that sees rivals battling each other for supremacy or relevance and has little use for alliances, treaties and other international agreements unless they directly benefit the United States, its industry and workers. Trump's doctrine, to be laid out next week when he unveils his National Security Strategy, holds...

Brussels – EU Distances Itself From Trump With Comment On Jerusalem

December 14, 2017 at 09:32 PM
Brussels - A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their "firm commitment" to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, in what amounts to a rebuke of President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, also tweeted at an EU summit on Thursday that the EU's position...

Long Island, NY – Prosecutor: New York Woman Charged With Laundering Money To Help Islamic State

December 14, 2017 at 09:15 PM
Long Island, NY -A suburban New York hospital technician accused of using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to launder money meant for the militant group Islamic State was arrested on charges of money laundering in support of a foreign terrorist organization and bank fraud, prosecutors said Thursday. Federal prosecutors in New York's Suffolk County claimed in court papers that Zoobia Shahnaz...

Chicago, IL – Parents Angry After Homework Assignment About Hitler

December 14, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Chicago, IL - An 8th grade homework assignment about Hitler has angered parents in a suburban Chicago school. Students at the Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois, were assigned last week to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies Europe’s appeasement towards Hitler,” Chicago television channel WGN reported. The cartoons that were turned in included swastikas and...

Albany, NY – New York Couples Win Lawsuit Over Donated Eggs With Genetic Defect

December 14, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Albany, NY -  Two couples that gave birth to children with a genetic defect later traced to donated eggs won a lawsuit against a New York fertility doctor and his clinic in the state's highest court Thursday. The two children, both born in 2009, have Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition that can lead to intellectual and developmental impairments. The parents, identified by initials and...

Washington – Senator: Comey’s Remarks On Clinton Probe Heavily Edited

December 14, 2017 at 08:17 PM
Washington - A draft statement former FBI Director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator said Thursday. Some of the edits proposed to the May 2016 draft, obtained by The Associated Press, appear to soften the gravity of the bureau's...

Washington – AP Explains: What Is Net Neutrality And Why Does It Matter?

December 14, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put...

Washington – White House Says Roy Moore Should Concede

December 14, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Washington - The White House says it's past time for Republican Roy Moore to concede he lost the Alabama Senate race. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders notes that President Donald Trump has already called Democrat Doug Jones to congratulate him on his victory and to express a willingness to work with him in Washington. As for when Moore should deliver a concession speech...

Berlin – Holocaust Survivors Worldwide Celebrate Chanukkah

December 14, 2017 at 07:02 PM
Berlin - Hundreds of Holocaust survivors are taking part in the third candle lighting of Hanukkah in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York — part of a tribute to survivors worldwide that's being organized by the Jewish Claims Conference. In Berlin, three survivors lighted candles on Thursday night at the city's Jewish community center, while in Israel some 300 Holocaust survivors attended the...

Paris – Online Shopping Won’t Grow Forever, Says Unibail Boss Creating Malls Giant

December 14, 2017 at 06:24 PM
Paris - Online shopping has its limits and physical stores will never go out of fashion, says the CEO of Unibail-Rodamco which is betting $16 billion on buying Westfield to create a global mall giant. The deal comes at a time when the traditional retail sector and shopping centers are under pressure to reinvent themselves in the face of fierce online competition led by Amazon. However...

New York – Homegrown Attacks Rising Worry In U.S. As Islamic State Weakens Abroad

December 14, 2017 at 06:02 PM
New York - The online video's message was clear: Supporters of Islamic State who could not travel overseas to join the militant group should carry out attacks wherever they were in the United States or Europe. Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah, 27, followed those instructions on Monday when he tried to set off a homemade bomb in one of New York's busiest commuter hubs, in an attack that...

Jerusalem – Palestinians, A Large Jerusalem Minority, Feel Trump Snub

December 14, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Jerusalem - Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops. Cars navigate around potholes in streets littered with garbage. Motorists honk in a traffic jam near an Israeli checkpoint that is framed by the towering cement slabs of Israel's separation barrier. It's morning rush hour in Ras Khamis, a neglected, restive Arab neighborhood of...

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