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Chicago – Suit: iPhones Apple Slowed Forced Owners To Buy New Phones

December 22, 2017 at 03:35 PM
Chicago - Apple iPhone owners from several states are suing the tech giant for not disclosing sooner that it had issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones so aging batteries lasted longer. Lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday in Chicago federal court on behalf of five iPhone owners from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. They say they would not have...

Tokyo – Sonic Boom Or Bust? Dreams Of Super-fast Jet Travel Revival Face Headwinds

December 22, 2017 at 03:03 PM
Tokyo - Supersonic passenger travel, which died out with the Concorde's demise in 2003, will make a comeback by the mid-2020s if three entrepreneurial U.S.-based companies can make jets quiet and efficient enough to win over buyers and fliers. Fifteen years ago, Boeing Co canceled plans to build the near-supersonic Sonic Cruiser, the last big attempt by a major manufacturer to speed up...

Washington – Sen. McConnell Mocks Steve Bannon’s ‘political Genius’

December 22, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Washington - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a holiday season press conference Friday to deliver a lump of coal to Steve Bannon, mocking the former White House adviser's "political genius" for costing Republicans an Alabama Senate seat. McConnell, R-Ky., made the remark 10 days after the Bannon-backed Roy Moore lost a special election to Doug Jones, giving Democrats their first...

Gaza City – Gaza Zoo Tries To Sell Lion Cubs Fearing Cost Of Care

December 22, 2017 at 02:31 PM
Gaza City - A Palestinian zoo owner has put three lion cubs up for sale, fearing he won't be able to afford to feed them as they grow. Mohammed Jomaa said Friday that many people were interested in the cubs, going for $3,500 each. However, none of the offers were serious, he added, as potential buyers share the same concern. Instead, they bring their children to pet the nearly two-month-old...

Washington – Former US Attorneys, GOP Officials Come To Mueller’s Defense

December 22, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Washington - More than 40 former U.S. attorneys and Republican and conservative officials are pushing back against efforts to discredit the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. In a pair of letters, the groups say Robert Mueller and his team must be allowed to continue their work, unimpeded. The 22 former U.S. attorneys, who served under presidents from...

Pairs – Russian Hackers Targeted More Than 200 Journalists Globally

December 22, 2017 at 01:37 PM
Pairs - Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web. Days earlier, the veteran journalist had come out live on air as HIV-positive, a taboo-breaking revelation that drew responses from hundreds of Russians fighting their own lonely struggles...

Washington – Expanded Child Tax Credit May Not Be As Generous As It Seems

December 22, 2017 at 12:59 PM
Washington - The expansion of a child tax credit helped seal Congress' approval of the Republican tax overhaul. Sen. Marco Rubio had insisted that House-Senate negotiators allow low-income households to claim more of the child credit. And the final bill did so. So do poor families stand to benefit? Maybe. It depends on their circumstances. The child credit is designed to help working...

Cairo – Arab States Believe U.S. Aid Secure Despite Defying Trump Jerusalem Move

December 22, 2017 at 12:32 PM
Cairo - Leading Arab allies threatened with cuts in aid by Donald Trump said on Friday they had no choice but to defy the U.S. president over his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and did not believe he would follow through. More than 120 countries, including every Arab nation, voted at the U.N. General Assembly late on Thursday to urge the United States to withdraw its decision...

Warsaw, Poland – Polish Gov’t Donates $28 Million To Preserve Jewish Cemetery

December 22, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Warsaw, Poland - The Polish government has donated 100 million zlotys ($28 million) to preserve a major Jewish cemetery in Warsaw where many tombstones are dilapidated or covered by vegetation. The Polish Jewish community — once the world's largest — expressed gratitude for the donation. Decades after the Holocaust, the community struggles to maintain the Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw and...

Washington – Trump Signs $1.5 Trillion Tax Overhaul Into Law

December 22, 2017 at 11:46 AM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump signed Republicans' massive $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law on Friday, cementing the biggest legislative victory of his first year in office, and also approved a short-term spending bill that averts a possible government shutdown. The two pieces of legislation represent Trump's most significant accomplishment with Congress since taking office in...

San Diego – Groom In Rare Cross-border Wedding Is A Drug Smuggler

December 22, 2017 at 11:01 AM
San Diego - It was a heartwarming scene: A U.S. citizen, forbidden to enter Mexico, wed the love of his life in a brief moment when the gate separating the two countries was opened. Now a newspaper says the groom is a convicted drug smuggler and border agents are furious that he passed a federal background check and was approved for the "Door of Hope" event last month. "The agents are...

New York – What’s In A Name? If It’s Close To ‘Bitcoin’ It’s Gold

December 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM
New York - What's in a name? These days, if it's anything close to "bitcoin," it's Wall Street gold. The latest example of a company trying to tie its fortunes to the cryptocurrency craze came Thursday in form of an iced tea maker. Long Island Iced Tea Corp. until this week was known for its ready-to-drink beverages in flavors such as peach, raspberry, guava, lemon and mango. But Thursday...

Washington – Trump Makes Rebuilding Roads, Bridges A Priority

December 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump is promising to work with Democrats next year, starting with shoring up the nation's crumbling roads and bridges. He tweeted Friday, "I predict we will start working with the Democrats in a Bipartisan fashion. Infrastructure would be a perfect place to start." The president added, "It is time to start rebuilding our country!" The statement of...

Putrajaya, Malaysia – Malaysian PM Leads Protest In Solidarity With Palestinians

December 22, 2017 at 10:15 AM
Putrajaya, Malaysia - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led thousands of Muslims in a rally Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, slamming the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Najib told the crowd that Malaysia will do all it can to "save Jerusalem" and that he will not be cowed by the U.S. nor by his close ties with President Donald Trump. Najib in September...

Ankara – Turkey’s Erdogan Calls On United States To Step Back From Jerusalem Move

December 22, 2017 at 09:38 AM
Ankara - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Friday for the United States to step back from its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital after the United Nations voted against the move despite what he called "ugly and unforgivable" U.S. threats. More than 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution...

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