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Bronx, NY – Student Borrowers Under Most Stress In New York City’s Poorest Areas

December 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Bronx, NY - New York's poorest neighborhoods are home to the city's student borrowers under the most stress, according to a central bank report released on Friday showing "troublingly high" loan default and delinquency rates mainly in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York report, billed as the first neighborhood-level study of student loans in any U.S. city, showed that...

Glen Ridge, NJ – Gov.-elect Poses Next To Cutout Of Chris Christie On Beach

December 16, 2017 at 11:36 PM
Glen Ridge, NJ - New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is getting some pushback for posing for photos next to a cardboard cutout of Gov. Chris Christie lounging on a beach last summer. Murphy told NJ Advance Media on Friday that he was standing near the cutout at an event on Thursday night in Glen Ridge and "couldn't resist." "It was right in front of me!" Murphy said, throwing up his arms...

Vatican City – Pope: Media Sins By Dredging Up, Sensationalizing Old News

December 16, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Vatican City - Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalize the news, saying it's a "very serious sin" that hurts all involved. Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to "fake news," told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most "fundamental" to democratic societies. But...

Boalsburg, PA – Ski Lift Malfunction Strands Dozens, 5 Have Minor Injuries

December 16, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Boalsburg, PA - A ski lift malfunction on opening day at a Pennsylvania ski resort stranded dozens of people and left five with minor injuries. Around 10 a.m. Saturday, a chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slipped along the haul rope and slid backward into another chair, officials with Tussey Mountain ski resort in Centre County, around 82 miles northwest of Harrisburg, said. That caused a...

Montecito, CA – Residents Flee As Flames Approach Wealthy California Enclave

December 16, 2017 at 10:33 PM
Montecito, CA - Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighboring Summerland came as winds that had eased a day earlier roared back at around 30 mph (48...

New York – As Bitcoin, Other Currencies Soar, Regulators Urge Caution

December 16, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - The public's interest in all things bitcoin and efforts by entrepreneurs to fund their businesses with digital currencies is starting to draw more attention from regulators. The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission this week warned investors on the risks of investing in largely-unregulated digital currencies. And another federal agency is now proposing to regulate bitcoin...

United Nations – U.N. Council Mulls Call For U.S. Jerusalem Decision To Be Withdrawn

December 16, 2017 at 09:30 PM
United Nations - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital. The one-page Egyptian-drafted text, which was circulated to the 15-member council on Saturday and seen by Reuters, does not...

Montgomery, AL – Moore Tells Supporters ‘Battle Is Not Over’ In Senate Race

December 16, 2017 at 09:15 PM
Montgomery, AL - Alabama Republican Roy Moore on Friday told supporters that the "battle is not over" in Alabama's Senate race even though President Donald Trump and others have called on him to concede. Moore sent a fundraising email to supporters asking for contributions to his "election integrity fund' so he could investigate reports of voter fraud. "I also wanted to let you know that...

Washington – Mattis Says North Korean ICBM Not Yet A ‘Capable Threat’ Against U.S.

December 16, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington -U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that analysis continued on North Korea's most recent missile test, but he did not believe its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) posed an imminent threat to the United States. "It has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now ... we're still doing the forensics analysis," Mattis told reporters at the...

Brooklyn, NY – Bangladeshis Worry They’ll Pay Price For NYC Subway Bomb

December 16, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY -  When an immigrant from Bangladesh set off a bomb in New York City's subway system this week, he was the only person injured. But New York City's vibrant Bangladeshi community is worried that it, too, may ultimately get hurt by the attack. Within hours of the blast, President Donald Trump was assailing the immigration system that had allowed the alleged bomber — and...

Washington – White House Signals Western Wall Has To Be Part Of Israel

December 16, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem's Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East. Although they said the ultimate borders of the holy city must be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the officials — speaking...

Toronto, CA – Jewish Pharmaceutical Billionaire And Wife Found Dead In Toronto Home

December 16, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Toronto - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday. Authorities were conducting post-mortem examinations on Saturday and treating the deaths as suspicious. A Toronto Police spokesman said that nothing had been ruled out in the...

Gaza City – Killing Of Palestinian Amputee Activist In Gaza Fuels Anger At Israel

December 16, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Gaza City - The death of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a disabled Palestinian activist, in Gaza on Friday is becoming the latest symbol in Palestinian anger at Israel. It is also fueling international reactions on social media to the wave of protests that began with the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by US President Donald Trump. Abu Thuraya, a 29-year-old Palestinian who lost...

Jerusalem – Israelis Again March Against Corruption Amid Netanyahu Probe

December 16, 2017 at 06:15 PM
Jerusalem - Thousands of Israelis are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign at a demonstration in central Tel Aviv. Israel's Channel 2 News reported several thousand attended Saturday's rally, the latest in anti-corruption protests that have persisted for weeks. Protesters waved Israeli flags and signs reading "crime minister." Others chanted "corrupt (officials) go...

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