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Norway – Norwegian Left-wing Party Split On Proposal To Ban Circumcision

March 17, 2017 at 05:31 PM
Norway - A proposal to support a ban on ritual circumcision and label it child abuse is splitting the leadership of a liberal party in Norway, which supports outreach to Muslim immigrants. Socialist Left Party secretary Kari Elisabeth Kaski will push for language supporting the ban in the party’s official platform during a general assembly meeting this weekend, the Klasse Kampen far-left...

Washington – White House Intruder Was On Grounds For 15 Minutes Before Arrest: CNN

March 17, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Washington - A California man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property's south grounds for at least 15 minutes before he was captured, CNN reported on Friday, citing an unnamed U.S. Secret Service source. Jonathan Tran, 26, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for entering the grounds without permission. Tran set off several alarms after jumping the fence but...

New York, NY – Report: Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said To Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

March 17, 2017 at 04:49 PM
New York, NY - Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, according to a person familiar with the office. Tom Price, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, came under scrutiny during his confirmation hearings for investments...

Washington – Merkel Asks For A Handshake, Trump Doesn’t Respond

March 17, 2017 at 04:44 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's first meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel produced a slightly awkward moment when the president didn't shake the German leader's hand in front of photographers in the Oval Office. Trump told photographers to "send a good picture back to Germany, please." He said the leaders had had "very good" talks so far, while Merkel praised the "friendly...

Pennsylvania – “Soda Tax” Stakes Escalate In Pivotal Philadelphia Fight

March 17, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Pennsylvania - Less than three months into Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened drinks, the stakes have escalated: Beverage makers say the measure is hurting sales so much they need to cut jobs, while city officials say the moves are a ploy to get the tax struck down. Some supermarkets opposed to the tax are making a statement by printing out the added cost on receipts and store shelves. The...

Ramallah, West Bank – Israeli Troops Kill Youth In Clash: Palestinian Officials

March 17, 2017 at 04:27 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank opened fire at Palestinian protesters throwing stones at them on Friday, killing a 16-year-old, the Palestinian health ministry said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said Palestinians had been throwing firebombs at vehicles traveling near the city of Hebron and that Israeli soldiers had been in immediate danger and fired at a...

Albany, NY – Slammer Sale: States Find Closed Prisons Can Be A Tough Sell

March 17, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Albany, NY - Perched atop an Adirondack mountain, the 325-acre site for sale seems to have everything a developer could want: spectacular views, a man-made lake, close proximity to the tourist destination of Saratoga Springs and, oh, former President Ulysses S. Grant lived out his final days in a home next door. But the property on Mount McGregor was also a former New York state prison, and if...

Washington – Republican Says Trump Should Apologize To Obama

March 17, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Washington - A House Republican says President Donald Trump should apologize to Barack Obama for his unproven claim that his Democratic predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper. Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole says he's seen nothing to back up Trump's unproven claim, and added: "I think the president, President Obama, is owed an apology in that regard, because if he didn't do it we shouldn't be...

Salt Lake City – Chaffetz’ iPhone Gaffe Lands Him Well-funded Utah Challenger

March 17, 2017 at 03:02 PM
Salt Lake City - Rep. Jason Chaffetz has strolled to four easy re-election wins in his Republican-friendly Utah congressional district, but now he's facing a surprising challenge from a Democratic political newcomer who raised nearly a half million dollars — by tapping into anger over Chaffetz' recent comment suggesting people should spend their money on health insurance instead of...

Washington – Trump Repeats Wiretapping Claim, Suggests He And Germany’s Merkel Were Perhaps Wiretapped By Obama Administration

March 17, 2017 at 02:58 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump says his White House shouldn't be blamed for quoting a Fox News analyst who accused British intelligence of helping former President Barack Obama spy on him. There is no evidence such spying took place and GCHQ, the British electronic intelligence agency, has called the allegation "utterly ridiculous." Trump says during a joint press conference with...

Washington – Pentagon Denies Striking Mosque In Syria, Says It Killed Al Qaeda Militants

March 17, 2017 at 02:25 PM
Washington - The Pentagon on Friday denied accusations by a Syrian rebel group that the United States had targeted a mosque in Syria and, in a rare move, showed an aerial image to illustrate the mosque was intact and the building destroyed was in fact across the street. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, addressing a Pentagon news conference, said he believed dozens of al Qaeda fighters...

New York – Secret Service Laptop With Trump Tower Floor Plans, Clinton Prob Stolen In Brooklyn

March 17, 2017 at 01:57 PM
New York - A Secret Service agent's laptop computer containing floor plans for Trump Tower, details on the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and other national security information was stolen, ABC News reported on Friday, citing law enforcement sources. The New York Daily News, citing police sources, said authorities had been searching for the laptop...

Moscow – Russian Banks Says Trump Link Work Of False Flag Hackers

March 17, 2017 at 01:33 PM
Moscow - A leading Russian bank says it was targeted by hackers who created a fake cyber trail to suggest extensive links with businesses owned by U.S. President Donald Trump. "These badly intentioned attacks were carried out to create the false impression that Alfa Bank secretly maintains contacts with the Trump Organization. Whereas in actual fact such contacts don't exist and never...

Washington – White House, Some Conservatives Agree On Health Care Changes

March 17, 2017 at 12:54 PM
Washington - The White House and some House conservatives agreed Friday to make changes in the troubled Republican health care bill in hopes of easing deep party divisions over the overhaul plan. But other conservatives expressed continued opposition and it remained uncertain that party leaders had won enough support to push the high-profile measure through the House next week. After a White...

Jackson, NJ – NJ Town Votes To Ban Dorms, Denies Targeting Lakewood Jewish Community

March 17, 2017 at 12:33 PM
Jackson, NJ - A New Jersey town has banned the construction of dormitories after months of heated debate that some opponents say was rooted in fears of a growing Jewish community. The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/2ng4rub ) that the Jackson Township Council voted to ban the construction of dormitories Thursday. Two council members explained that the new ordinance, which also...

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