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Pyongyang – N. Korea Says War Is Inevitable As Allies Continue War Games

December 6, 2017 at 11:57 PM
Pyongyang -  North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the United States and South Korean involving hundreds of advanced warplanes. In comments attributed to an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman, North Korea also claimed high-ranked U.S. officials, including CIA Director...

Washington – Reuters: U.S. Asks Israel To Restrain Response To Jerusalem Move

December 6, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The United States is asking Israel to temper its response to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its capital because Washington expects a backlash and is weighing the potential threat to U.S. facilities and people, according to a State Department document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. "While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your...

London – High-priced Specs: Churchill’s Glasses Costly At Auction

December 6, 2017 at 11:00 PM
London - Winston Churchill's reading glasses have drawn a high price at an auction, reflecting continued interest in Britain's wartime leader. The tortoiseshell glasses were sold Wednesday for 6,000 pounds ($8,000), more than three times the expected price. They were auctioned near Churchill's country estate of Chartwell, southeast of London. Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers...

Hackensack, NJ – Police: Woman Drove With Transit Sign Sticking Out Of Car

December 6, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Hackensack, NJ - Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car. The 52-year-old was pulled over Saturday on Route 46 in South Hackensack when police noticed something odd. Police say the woman had a New Jersey Transit sign protruding through the roof of her car. Police say the woman didn't even know the...

New York – 2 Famous NYC Public Radio Hosts Suspended After Misconduct Accusations

December 6, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - Two longtime hosts for a New York City public radio station have been suspended while the station investigates unspecified accusations of inappropriate conduct. New York Public Radio CEO Laura Walker announced the suspensions of WNYC's Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz on Wednesday. She said the company wants to ensure a "harassment-free workplace," but didn't give details of...

Washington – Push By Evangelicals Helped Set Stage For Trump Decision On Jerusalem

December 6, 2017 at 09:49 PM
Washington - An intense and sustained push by U.S. evangelicals helped drive President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and eventually relocate the U.S. embassy there, activists said on Wednesday. While Trump had long pledged to move the embassy, the Republican president’s conservative Christian advisers repeatedly pressed the case in regular meetings at...

Trenton, NJ – Lawsuit Cooked Up Over New Jersey’s Home Baked Goods Ban

December 6, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Trenton, NJ - A group of bakers is challenging a one-of-a-kind New Jersey rule that bans the sale of homemade baked goods. The New Jersey Home Bakers Association on Wednesday sued the state's health department over rules that require people to have a license before they can sell their home-baked treats. The nearly decadelong push to overturn the regulation has gained supporters who argue...

Jerusalem – At A Jerusalem Market, Shrugs Greet An Announcement From President Trump

December 6, 2017 at 09:15 PM
Jerusalem - President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital may have sent shock waves across the Middle East. But here, in the epicenter of a city where fewer than a million people work, eat, pray and shop, the first day’s reaction was muted. The municipality projected images of the Israeli and American flags side by side on the Old City walls. But in...

Washington – House Approves GOP Bill Making It Easier For Gun Owners To Carry Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

December 6, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - The House has approved a Republican bill making it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines. The bill is the first gun legislation in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people. The House approved the bill Wednesday, 231-198. The bill is a top priority of the National Rifle Association, which calls it an...

Tokyo – Bitcoin Rises Above $14,000 On Bitstamp To Record High

December 6, 2017 at 08:53 PM
Tokyo - - Bitcoin soared to a record high of $14,047.40 on Thursday, continuing its surge from below $1,000 at the beginning of the year. The cryptocurrency was last up 2.94 percent at $14,030.00 at the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange ...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Vandalizing Mosque

December 6, 2017 at 08:29 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction, a state attorney's spokesman said on Wednesday. Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief to a place of worship in a case considered a felony hate crime, said Todd Brown, spokesman for...

New York – New York Fire Department Faces Another Discrimination Case

December 6, 2017 at 08:01 PM
New York - A lawsuit filed against the Fire Department of New York accuses it of discriminating against black employees and job seekers in its ambulance and civilian support staff operations and comes almost four years after the department agreed to pay $98 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit from black firefighters. The new lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, has seven...

United Nations – U.N. Security Council Likely To Meet Friday On Jerusalem: Diplomats

December 6, 2017 at 07:28 PM
United Nations - The United Nations Security Council is likely to meet on Friday at the request of eight states on the 15-member body over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said on Wednesday. The request for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council meeting was made by France, Bolivia, Egypt...

Mexico City – Checks For Free: A Mexican Plan To Combat Poverty

December 6, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Mexico City - An opposition alliance in Mexico wants to launch a universal basic wage to combat the poverty that blights the lives of almost half the population, touting an experimental reform discussed globally as a solution to job losses from automation. The center-right National Action Party and center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution are running on a joint ticket with the leftist...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinians Switch Off Christmas Lights In Bethlehem In Anti-Trump Protest

December 6, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinians switched off Christmas lights at Jesus' traditional birthplace in Bethlehem on Wednesday night in protest at U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. A Christmas tree adorned with lights outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born, and another in Ramallah, next to the burial...

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