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Washington – After 2 Months, Mattis Is Only Trump Pick At Pentagon

March 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Jim Mattis is not lonely in the Pentagon, but two months into his tenure as secretary of defense not a single political appointee has joined him. The retired Marine general, who took office just hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in, has sparred with the White House over choices for high-priority civilian positions that, while rarely visible to the public, are key to...

Washington – Trump Tried To Call NY Prosecutor Before Firing

March 11, 2017 at 11:36 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump reached out through a secretary to Manhattan's top prosecutor two days before he was fired by the Justice Department, but the two men never spoke. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) reported the call to the Justice Department and it was agreed he shouldn't speak directly to Trump. That's the latest twist in the unusual dynamic between Trump and the...

Washington – Melania Trump Begins To Embrace New Role As First Lady

March 11, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Melania Trump's invitation for high-powered women to join her at the White House was about more than the lunch they would eat, or the stated purpose of honoring International Women's Day. It marked a "coming out," almost two months into President Donald Trump's term, for a first lady described by her husband as a "very private person." She had spent a couple of weeks hunkered down...

Jerusalem – Israel Soars At World Baseball Classic, And A Nation Shrugs

March 11, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is the big surprise of the World Baseball Classic, upsetting three teams, generating buzz and offering a mascot like no other — "The Mensch on the Bench." Back home, no one seems to notice. Baseball has long been overlooked in Israel, seen as an arcane and boring game. This team consists almost entirely of American pros of Jewish descent. It has been derided as a group...

Harrisburg, PA – Hoverboard Eyed In Fire That Killed Girl, Critically Hurt 2

March 11, 2017 at 10:38 PM
Harrisburg, PA - A fire that killed a toddler and critically injured two others, and also led to critical injuries to a responding fire official, appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard, authorities said. Fire officials in Harrisburg said one victim jumped from a second-floor porch roof to escape the blaze, which was reported shortly before 8 p.m. Friday. Two other females were...

Amman – Jordan Releases Soldier Who Killed 7 Israeli Girls In 1997

March 11, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Amman, Jordan - A military spokesman says Jordan released a soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls during a class trip to his country in 1997. Spokesman Amer Sartawi says Ahmed Daqamseh was released early Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison. Daqamseh had killed the girls in a shooting rampage at the "Island of Peace" border post. A military court deemed him mentally unstable at...

New York – Sarah Schenirer Biographer and Holocaust Chronicler Dies in Brooklyn

March 11, 2017 at 09:47 PM
New York - Pearl Benisch, a noted author and Holocaust lecturer, died Friday in Brooklyn. Mrs. Benisch was in her late nineties at the time of her death. Mrs. Benisch’s first book, To Vanquish the Dragon, was a memoir of her wartime experiences, describing brave students of Sarah Schenirer who risked their lives during World War II to help other Jews and did their best to preserve their...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM: Persians Didn’t Succeed In Killing Jews In Days Of Haman, Won’t Succeed Today

March 11, 2017 at 08:56 PM
Jerusalem - Just as the Persians did not succeed in killing the Jews in antiquity, neither will the Iranians succeed today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday night before the reading of the megillah in the central synagogue in Caesarea. Before the traditional reading of the Book of Esther, Netanyahu, surrounded by his security detail and little children in costume, turned to the...

Washington – Trump Praises Arrest Of ‘Troubled Person’ At White House

March 11, 2017 at 08:35 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the U.S. Secret Service for doing a "fantastic job" apprehending a "troubled person" who climbed a fence and was approaching a south entrance to the White House while Trump was inside the executive mansion. It was the first known security breach at the White House since Trump took office nearly two months ago. Washington, D.C., police...

Wisconsin – Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Dealt First Court Setback

March 11, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Wisconsin - A federal judge in Wisconsin dealt the first legal blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on Friday, barring enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the United States. The temporary restraining order, granted by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, applies only to the family of the...

New York – NY U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Says Trump Fired Him After He Refused To Step Down

March 11, 2017 at 07:14 PM
New York - A Manhattan federal prosecutor who says "absolute independence" was his touchstone for over seven years as he battled public corruption announced he was fired Saturday after he refused a day earlier to resign. Preet Bharara, 48, revealed his firing on his personal Twitter account after it became widely known hours earlier that he did not intend to step down in response to Attorney...

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