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Fairhope, AL – Bannon Savages GOP Leaders In Fight For Alabama Senate Seat

December 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Fairhope, AL - Populist firebrand Steve Bannon savaged national Republican leaders Tuesday night in a fiery call to rally voters behind embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore as the battle for the GOP's soul spilled into a dirt-floor barn deep in rural Alabama. Bannon, known best for his former role as President Donald Trump's chief strategist, called GOP leaders in Congress "cowards" and...

New York – Chicken Nugget Guy, Obama Among Most Retweeted Of 2017

December 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - What do a former U.S. president, LeBron James and a guy who really, really likes chicken nuggets have in common? They all made the biggest splash on Twitter this year. Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports to politics to Korean boy bands. It was a year in which almost every sector of society was mashed together or clashing on...

Washington – Sen. Warren’s Challengers Weigh Trump’s Use Of ‘Pocahontas’

December 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Most candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in next year's election aren't shying away from President Donald Trump's criticism of her claims of Native American heritage, although all but one say they won't be adopting Trump's habit of deriding the Massachusetts Democrat as "Pocahontas." Warren has called the Republican president's use of the name a racial slur, but...

Kailua-kona, Hawaii – ‘Big As My Head’: Hawaii Woman Seeks Record For Huge Avocado

December 5, 2017 at 10:26 PM
Kailua-kona, Hawaii - A Hawaii woman is waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to find out if the massive avocado she snagged is the world's largest. Pamela Wang of the Big Island found the 5-pound (2.3-kilogram) avocado Sunday on a walk, the West Hawaii Today newspaper reported . "I see avocados every day, and I pick up avocados every day, but this one . it was hard to miss,"...

Philadelphia – Homeless Samaritan Buys Home With Money From Fundraiser

December 5, 2017 at 10:01 PM
Philadelphia - A homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia has bought a home with some of the nearly $400,000 raised for him by the woman he saved. "The feeling is indescribable and (it's) all thanks to the support and generosity that each and every one of you has shown," Johnny Bobbitt Jr. wrote on a GoFundMe page. "I'll continue to...

Washington – Officials: Trump To Declare Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

December 5, 2017 at 09:13 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. Trump will instruct the State Department to begin the multi-year process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, U.S. officials said...

London – Muslims Give Blood At London Synagogue On Worldwide Mitzvah Day

December 5, 2017 at 09:00 PM
London - Muslims from a mosque that was opened recently in a heavily Jewish part of London gave blood at a nearby synagogue during the Jewish community’s annual charity drive. Several members of the new Golders Green Islamic Centre, which opened despite opposition from some local Jews, donated their blood last month at the Golders Green United Synagogue as part of Mitzvah Day – a Jewish...

Washington – FDA Approves Diabetes Drug That Also Helps With Weight Loss

December 5, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Washington - U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved a new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose significant weight. Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said the Food and Drug Administration approved its once-a-week shot for people with Type 2 diabetes. The drug, Ozempic, also known as semaglutide, works by stimulating the body's own insulin production and reducing...

San Francisco – Google Blocks YouTube On Amazon Devices In Escalating Feud

December 5, 2017 at 08:04 PM
San Francisco - Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire. The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon's refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. That includes Google's Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an...

New York – Heavy Volume Of Shipments Causes Delivery Delays For UPS

December 5, 2017 at 07:36 PM
New York - UPS says some package deliveries are being delayed because of an unexpected flood of orders from online shoppers after Thanksgiving. Company spokesman Steve Gaut said Tuesday that UPS was adding one or two days shipping time for some deliveries. He would not specify how many deliveries. UPS is expected to return to normal operations with fewer delayed shipments by the end of...

London – Plot To Kill UK PM Theresa May Foiled

December 5, 2017 at 07:13 PM
London - A plot to assassinate UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, Sky News reported on Tuesday, citing sources. Police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at the Prime Minister's residence at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos to attack and kill Theresa May, Sky News reported. Sky News added that this was something which has been...

Newark, NJ – Convicted Mobster’s Family Scores $6M In NJ Transit Dispute

December 5, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Newark, NJ - The family of a convicted New Jersey mobster has received more than $6 million in a land dispute with New Jersey Transit. A court filing shows the agency reached a settlement in August for $6.13 million. The small parcel of land near the Lincoln Tunnel was to be part of a rail tunnel project under the Hudson River that was cancelled in 2010 by Gov. Chris Christie. NJ Transit...

Trenton, NJ – New Jersey Considers Barring Operating A Drone While Drunk

December 5, 2017 at 06:27 PM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation that would make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk. The legislation cleared an Assembly committee on Monday and is up for a vote in the full Senate on Thursday. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats. The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this...

Dubai, UAE – Dubai Unveils A New Zip Line Among Towering Skyscrapers

December 5, 2017 at 06:01 PM
Dubai, UAE - Dubai is offering thrill-seekers a new way to see its dazzling skyscrapers: On one of the world's longest zip lines. The 170 meter-high (558 foot) XLine opens this week in Dubai's Marina neighborhood. For an entire kilometer (3,280 feet), those brave enough can whiz past some of Marina's tallest skyscrapers at a speed of 80 kilometers an hour (50 miles/hour). A similar zip line...

Washington – House Approves Legislation To Suspend US Aid To Palestinians

December 5, 2017 at 05:32 PM
Washington - The Republican-led House easily approved legislation Tuesday that would restrict financial aid that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority until it takes credible steps to end what lawmakers say is a practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis. The legislation, which passed by voice vote, reflects bipartisan outrage over what members of Congress have...

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