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New York – Bright Lights Of Times Square Beckon, Even On A Frigid New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2017 at 01:00 PM
New York - Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers are making the annual pilgrimage to New York's Times Square on Sunday to witness the giant New Year's Eve ball drop at midnight, undeterred by bitter cold and an unprecedented security operation. The temperature in midtown Manhattan is expected to plunge to about 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 12 degrees Celsius) in the waning hours of 2017, with a...

Tehran – Israeli Pipeline, Once A Link To Iran, Will Remain A Mystery

December 31, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Tehran - An oil pipeline company established decades ago by Israel and Iran, and a new Israeli company that is meant to replace it, can continue to operate secretly, an Israeli parliamentary committee ruled on Sunday. The Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Co (EAPC) was a joint venture set up in 1968, when the two nations were friendly, to transport Iranian oil via Israel to the Mediterranean. Ties were...

Tehran – 2 Protesters In Iran Killed As Social Media Apps Blocked

December 31, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Tehran - Iran on Sunday blocked access to Instagram and a popular messaging app used by activists to organize and publicize the protests now roiling the Islamic Republic, as authorities said two demonstrators had been killed overnight in the first deaths attributed to the rallies. The demonstrations, which began Thursday over the economic woes plaguing Iran and continued Sunday, appear to be...

Jerusalem – Photos-Video: Israel Municipality Employees Dump Garbage At The Entrance Of Finance Ministry Door

December 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Israel - Jerusalem Municipality officials demonstrated Sunday morning near the Finance Ministry's headquarters and piled garbage in a number of streets in the area, protesting an ongoing dispute between the Ministry of Finance and the Jerusalem Municipality over funding. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat claims that Finance Minister is taking revenge on him for his support of Netanyahu in the recent...

Littleton, CO – 5 Deputies Wounded, 1 Fatally, In Suburban Denver Shooting

December 31, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Littleton, CO - A sheriff's deputy was killed and four others were wounded Sunday in a shooting in suburban Denver that capped a year of deadly attacks in the United States. Two civilians were also injured. The shooting happened after deputies were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in Highlands Ranch, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter. The suspected gunman was...

Detroit – Surprise Passenger Prompts Delta Flight To Return To Detroit

December 31, 2017 at 10:31 AM
Detroit - It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's a bird on a plane. A Delta Air Lines flight captain decided to turn his plane around and return to Detroit after a bird was discovered inside the flight deck. The airline says in a statement that shortly after takeoff Saturday, the pilots of Flight 1943 from Detroit to Atlanta saw a small bird in the flight deck. The unexpected passenger had...

Washington – Trump Tweets More Support For Iran’s Protesters

December 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump is again cheering on the protesters in Iran, saying: "The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism." Trump tweeted Sunday that it looks like the Iranians "will not take it any longer." And he adds: "The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!" Trump's tweets the previous...

Islamabad – Palestinians Recall Envoy After Rally With Pakistan Cleric Linked To Mumbai Attack

December 31, 2017 at 09:22 AM
Islamabad - The Palestinians have withdrawn their envoy to Pakistan after he appeared at a rally with a radical cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Palestinian envoy Walid Abu Ali shared the stage with Hafiz Saeed, the head of the hard-line Jamaat-ud-Dawa movement, at Friday's rally, which was held to protest U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The rally in Rawalpindi...

Detroit – List Bans ‘fake News,’ ‘Covfefe’ And ‘let Me Ask You This’

December 31, 2017 at 08:29 AM
Detroit - Let me ask you this: Would a story that unpacks a list of tiresome words and phrases be impactful or a nothingburger? Worse, could it just be fake news? Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University on Sunday released its 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness . The tongue-in-cheek, non-binding list of 14 words or...

Bronx, NY – NYC: Self-closing Doors Mandatory In Fire Building

December 31, 2017 at 12:30 AM
Bronx, NY - A New York City spokesman says a building in which a fire raced through an open door and up a stairwell, killing a dozen people, was required to have self-closing doors. Department of Housing Preservation and Development spokesman Matthew Creegan says investigators will look at why the door did not close in Thursday night's Bronx fire. A fire commissioner Friday said the fire...

Newark, NJ – Feds Cast Doubt On New York-New Jersey Tunnel Funding Plan

December 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Newark, NJ - A plan to pay for an estimated $13 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River raises serious concerns, including that it relies on a "non-existent" agreement that would have the federal government foot half the bill, an official at the nation's federal transportation agency wrote Friday. In a letter to New York and New Jersey officials, K. Jane Williams, the deputy administrator...

Moscow – Putin Voices Hope For Cooperation With US In Letter To Trump

December 30, 2017 at 11:38 PM
Moscow - In a New Year telegram to U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia's President Vladimir Putin says a constructive dialogue between the two nations is essential for global stability. The Kremlin said Saturday that Putin emphasized in his Seasons Greetings to Trump that Russia and the U.S. could develop a "pragmatic cooperation aimed at long-term perspective" on the basis of "equality and...

Washington – State Dept. Posts Huma Abedin Emails Found On Anthony Weiner’s Laptop

December 30, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The State Department has released emails from Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, that were found by the FBI on her husband's laptop. Some of the emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop were marked classified. It was unclear whether they were deemed classified at the time they were sent or when the State Department was preparing them for release. The emails...

Las Vegas, NV – 2 Las Vegas Security Guards Fatally Shot In Hotel-casino

December 30, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Las vegas, NV - Two Las Vegas security guards were fatally shot Saturday while investigating a disturbance in a room at a hotel-casino and the suspected shooter is facing critical injuries after turning the gun on himself, police said. The gunman's motive wasn't known but investigators believe it was an isolated incident. "I want you to know right now that this has nothing to do with...

Paris – Globes: France Sets Up Tax Dept To Investigate Jews

December 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM
France - In Paris's 12th arrondissement, on Bercy Street by the banks of the River Seine, on the 13th floor of the Ministry of Finance is France's tax authority headquarters. Something has been afoot there recently that is liable to upset French Jews and spook their relations with the country in which they live. Under the radar, a secret department has been created with the sole purpose of...

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