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Washington – Trump’s Clinton Tweets Cut Against Comey Firing Explanation

December 27, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Washington - When President Donald Trump fired James Comey in May, he said he was acting on the recommendation of Justice Department leaders who had faulted the FBI director for publicly releasing "derogatory information" about Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of the email server investigation one year earlier. Yet with each tweet about the Clinton probe, Trump seems to be further undermining...

Jerusalem – Israel Misses 2017 Deadline To Withdraw From UNESCO

December 27, 2017 at 04:02 PM
Jerusalem - Despite announcing that it would inform UNESCO of its decision to withdraw from the agency by the end of the year, Israel has been unable to file the necessary papers on time. The offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization located in Paris are closed until after the New Year holiday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday instructed the...

Hartford, CT – New York WCBS News Radio Veteran Fran Schneidau Dies At 79

December 27, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Hartford, CT - A longtime WCBS radio reporter whose distinctive voice could be heard delivering Connecticut news for 39 years has died. Fran Schneidau had retired from WCBS Newsradio 880 in February and was 79 years old. The New York-based station announced her death on Wednesday but didn't disclose the cause of it. Schneidau once was a stockbroker on Wall Street. She began her radio career...

Pine Valley, CA – As California Legalizes Pot, Laws Collide At US Checkpoints

December 27, 2017 at 03:02 PM
Pine Valley, CA - California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Monday, but that won't stop federal agents from seizing the drug — even in tiny amounts — on busy freeways and backcountry highways. Marijuana possession still will be prohibited at eight Border Patrol checkpoints in California, a reminder that state and federal laws collide when it comes to pot. The U.S. government...

Beirut – Syrian Rebels Say Discussing Evacuation From Territory Near Israel

December 27, 2017 at 02:27 PM
Beirut - Syrian rebels in a pocket of land near where the Syrian, Lebanese and Israeli borders meet are negotiating a deal with the government to leave for other insurgent-held areas, rebel officials there said. The Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, Shi'ite militias supported by Iran and local fighters from the Druze sect have besieged the rebel enclave around Beit Jin for weeks. In...

Sandy Hook, KY – In The Heart Of Trump Country, His Base’s Faith Is Unshaken

December 27, 2017 at 02:03 PM
Sandy Hook, KY - The regulars amble in before dawn and claim their usual table, the one next to an old box television playing the news on mute. Steven Whitt fires up the coffee pot and flips on the fluorescent sign in the window of the Frosty Freeze, his diner that looks and sounds and smells about the same as it did when it opened a half-century ago. Coffee is 50 cents a cup, refills 25...

Erie, PA – Days Of Shoveling Snow, Bitter Cold Ahead For Northern US

December 27, 2017 at 01:45 PM
Erie, PA - Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, and the snow-hardened city of Erie, Pennsylvania, dug out from a record snowfall. A storm brought 34 inches of snow on Tuesday to Erie, an all-time daily snowfall record for the Great Lakes city, and 26.5 more inches on Tuesday. More than 62 inches have fallen on the city since...

Washington – White House Says Historic Magnolia Tree Has Been Cut Back

December 27, 2017 at 01:26 PM
Washington - A different kind of tree-trimming took place at the White House on Wednesday when part of a historic magnolia tree on the south grounds was cut off because it had become a safety risk, a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump said. The nearly 200-year-old tree was cut back while President Donald Trump and his family are in Florida for the holidays. Spokeswoman Stephanie...

Tunis – Turkey’s Erdogan Calls Syria’s Assad A Terrorist, Says Impossible To Continue With Him

December 27, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Tunis - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him. Turkey has demanded the removal of Assad from power and backed rebels fighting to overthrow him, but it has toned down its demands since it started working with Assad's allies Russia and Iran for a political...

Tel Aviv, Israel – Tel Aviv Lego Towers Breaks World Record (Photos)

December 27, 2017 at 12:32 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - A Lego tower built in Tel Aviv is poised to set a new world record. The 118-foot tower was built from more than half a million Lego bricks donated by residents of Tel Aviv, in memory of a young cancer victim. Construction of the tower next to the Tel Aviv City Hall was completed on Wednesday. It was built by a cadre of Tel Aviv municipal workers and local volunteers...

Wellington – Israel Ambassador Asks To Meet New Zealand Pop Star Over Canceled Show

December 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Wellington - Israel's ambassador to New Zealand on Wednesday appealed to the pop star Lorde to meet him after she canceled a show in Tel Aviv after appeals from activists for her to shun Israel as a protest against its treatment of Palestinians. Itzhak Gerberg, Israel's ambassador to New Zealand, said in a public letter it was "regrettable" that the concert had been called off and the boycott...

Buenos Aires – Jewish Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Was Murdered, Argentine Federal Judge Rules

December 27, 2017 at 10:56 AM
Buenos Aires - A federal judge in Argentina said that AMIA Jewish center bombing prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered. It is the first time since Nisman’s death in January 2015 that the case has officially been classified as murder. Others have said that Nisman committed suicide in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment. Judge Julian Ercolini on Tuesday in a 656-page ruling said the...

Congers, NY – Driver Stuck On Tracks Rescued Just Before Train Hits Car (video)

December 27, 2017 at 10:26 AM
Congers, NY - Good Samaritans rescued a woman whose car got stuck on railroad tracks in a New York City suburb on Christmas Eve just before a freight train demolished her vehicle. Police in Rockland County say the woman told them she got confused trying to make a turn near a rail crossing and wound up on the tracks in Congers around 6 p.m. Sunday. Richie Dononvan told WCBS-TV he joined...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Three Israelis At Their Shabbat Table

December 27, 2017 at 09:58 AM
Jerusalem - A Palestinian man was found guilty of murdering three members of an Israeli family as they sat around their Shabbat table in the West Bank settlement of Halamish. Omar al-Abed on Wednesday morning was found guilty of stabbing to death the three members of the Salomon family in July. The military prosecution requested four life sentences for Abed – one for each of the dead and...

London – Obama To Prince Harry: Leaders Must Use Care On Social Media

December 27, 2017 at 09:25 AM
London - Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside. Obama did not, however, directly mention his successor, President Donald Trump, who has made the use of Twitter a...

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