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New York – Fear Of Missing Out Keeps Investors In Stocks Despite Risks

December 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM
New York - Wall Street's fear of missing out on a relentless rally appears to be trumping rising political risk in a high-stakes December in Washington. The ticking clock on the Republican Party's efforts to cut corporate taxes, alongside the risk that the U.S. government may shut down if a budget deal isn't reached by December 8, is increasing the levels of political risk for investors - but...

Dallas, TX – First Baby From A Uterus Transplant In The US Born In Dallas

December 2, 2017 at 11:32 PM
Dallas, TX - The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden. A woman who had been born without a uterus gave birth to the baby at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Hospital spokesman Craig Civale confirmed Friday that the birth had taken place, but said no other...

San Jose, Costa Rica – New York Tourist Killed In Costa Rica Shark Attack

December 2, 2017 at 11:01 PM
San Jose, Costa Rica - A 49-year-old US female tourist was killed by a tiger shark this week while diving off a Costa Rican island in the Pacific Ocean, the government and local media reported. The attack also badly injured the 26-year-old male Costa Rican diving guide leading the group that included the American woman. The shark savaged the two on Thursday as they were surfacing after a...

New York – ABC News Suspends Top Journalist Over Inaccurate Flynn Reporting

December 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - ABC News said on Saturday it had suspended Brian Ross, its chief investigative correspondent, over an error in his reporting about former national security adviser Michael Flynn which sent U.S. stocks, the dollar and Treasury yields lower on Friday. "We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday ... As a result of our continued reporting over the next...

Washington – Postal Regulators Move To Let Stamp Prices Jump Higher

December 2, 2017 at 10:29 PM
Washington - Seeking to bolster the ailing U.S. Postal Service, federal regulators moved on Friday to allow bigger jumps to stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation, a move that could eventually add millions more dollars to companies' shipping rates from prescription drugs to magazine subscriptions. The Postal Regulatory Commission announced the decision as part of a much-anticipated, 10-year...

Jerusalem – Finance Minister: Israel May Adjust Corporate Tax After U.S. Slash

December 2, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel may have to make adjustments to its corporate tax rate, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said on Saturday in response to a tax slash approved by the U.S. Senate. U.S. President Donald Trump said the U.S. tax overhaul could cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent once the Senate and House of Representatives reconcile their respective versions of the legislation. The...

Jerusalem – Tens Of Thousands Of Israelis Protest Against Netanyahu, Corruption

December 2, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Jerusalem - About 20,000 Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office. The demonstration was by far the largest of weekly anti-corruption protests sparked by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing. The four-term leader is...

New York – Trump Gets Glimpse Of New York Protesters

December 2, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - Protesters were making their voices heard in New York City as President Donald Trump visits for political fundraisers. Outside his first event, several hundred protesters stood behind barricades along 42nd Street. His motorcade ducked into a side street so he saw some of the action but not most of it. Chants of "Donald Trump is going to jail" rang out. Signs read: "Tax the rich...

Berlin – High-rise Fire In Germany’s Capital Leaves 18 Injured

December 2, 2017 at 08:31 PM
Germany -  The Berlin fire department says a fire at a high-rise building has left 18 people injured, three of them severely. The fire department tweeted that about 150 firefighters rescued around 20 tenants from the building and were working to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters don't believe anyone else is left in the building. But authorities said the high-rise in the Biesdorf district...

Washington – FBI Removes Agent From Russia Probe For Anti-Trump Messages

December 2, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - A veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of anti-Trump text messages, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday. The removal of the agent, who also had worked on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, occurred this...

Washington – Tax Bill Clears Senate In Big Boost For Trump, GOP

December 2, 2017 at 07:53 PM
Washington - Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts. "Just what the country needs to get growing again," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an interview after a final...

Washington – Trump Alters Story On Why He Fired Flynn

December 2, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump changed his story Saturday on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, now suggesting he knew at the time that Flynn had lied to the FBI as well as to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russians during the presidential transition. That was a turnabout from his initial explanations that Flynn had to go because he hadn't been...

Beirut – Syrian State Media: Israeli Missiles Strike Near Damascus

December 2, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Beirut - Israel fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military post near the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Saturday, causing material damage but no casualties, Syria's state-run news agency reported. The airstrike came as violence resumed in the Damascus suburbs after days of calm while the government and opposition delegations attended peace talks in Geneva. The Israeli...

Gaza City – Palestinians Warn US: Don’t Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s

December 2, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Gaza City - The Palestinians are warning the United States against recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas adviser Mahmoud Habash says Saturday if President Donald Trump were to do so it would amount to a "complete destruction of the peace process." Speaking in Abbas' presence, Habash said "the world will pay the price" for any change in...

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