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New York – NYPD Officer Quits To Avoid Firing After Shooting Of Unarmed Black Teen

March 26, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - A white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager resigned Sunday from the New York Police Department to avoid being fired following a disciplinary trial in a case that sparked outrage over police use of deadly force against black men and boys. Richard Haste was brought on departmental charges for demonstrating "poor judgment." He was accused of not taking obvious...

Mexico City – Mexicans Who Help Build Trump Wall ‘Traitors,’ Top Archdiocese Says

March 26, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Mexico City - Mexicans who help build U.S. President Donald Trump's planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project. In a provocative editorial, the country's biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on...

Jerusalem – Cathay Pacific Begins Tel Aviv-hong Kong Flight Route

March 26, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Jerusalem - As passengers awaited their flights at Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday morning, two furry, lion-like creatures began dancing to Chinese music between gates C7 and C8 in Terminal 3. “That’s a ceremony that’s supposed to introduce success, richness and prosperity to the route,” said Jonathan Bailey, Israel country manager for Cathay Pacific. The flag carrier of Hong Kong...

Washington – Blaming Conservatives, Trump Signals New Openness To Dems

March 26, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, as aides signaled a greater willingness to work with moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles from the budget and tax cuts to health care. On Twitter, Trump complained: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the...

Los Angeles, CA – Koppel Says Hannity Is ‘Bad For America’; Hannity Fires Back

March 26, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Veteran newsman Ted Koppel told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he is "bad for America" in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning" that quickly became a trending topic on social media Sunday. Hannity fired back on Twitter alleging that his interview had been cut significantly from 45 minutes to less than two. The Fox news host said he provided many examples of media...

New York – Will NYC Invite The ‘Fearless Girl’ To Stay On Wall Street?

March 26, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - Should the "Fearless Girl" stand up to Wall Street's charging bull forever? That's the question New York City officials are facing after a statue of a ponytailed girl in a windblown dress went up in front of the bronze bull early this month and immediately became a tourist draw and internet sensation. What was intended as a temporary display to encourage corporations to put more...

Austin, TX – More Americans Reach For A Daily Coffee In 2017: NCA

March 26, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Austin, TX - More Americans are drinking a daily cup of coffee in 2017, a reversal of four years of declines, as gourmet brews gain in popularity, according to an industry group's report released on Saturday. "More of us are drinking coffee, and younger consumers appear to be leading the charge," said National Coffee Association USA (NCA) Chief Executive Officer Bill Murray. "A steadily...

Jeruslaem – Settler Leader: Population Growth Is End Of 2-state Solution

March 26, 2017 at 05:14 PM
Jerusalem - The number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has soared by nearly one-quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people, a prominent settler leader said Sunday, presenting new population figures that he said put to rest the internationally backed idea of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Yaakov Katz issued his report as the Israeli government...

Tempe, AZ – Self-driving Uber SUV Struck During Arizona Accident

March 26, 2017 at 04:15 PM
Tempe, AZ - Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles. No one was seriously injured. Uber says its vehicles have been grounded as it investigates. Police in Tempe say the self-driving SUV was obeying the law and the driver in the other...

Washington – Trump May Bypass Hardline Conservatives On Tax, White House Says

March 26, 2017 at 03:15 PM
Washington - Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may opt to bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform. Both Trump and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus scolded hardline conservatives who rejected legislation backed by the White...

Gaza City – Hamas Closes Border Between Israel And Gaza

March 26, 2017 at 02:45 PM
Gaza City - Hamas closed the border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel following the assassination of one of its commanders. The border crossing was closed Sunday in an effort to prevent the assassin or assassins from leaving Gaza. The Rafah border crossing with Egypt also reportedly has been closed by Hamas. Thousands attended the funeral for Mazan Fukha in Gaza on Saturday, which...

Tehran – Iran Sanctions 15 US Firms, Citing Human Rights Abuses And Israel Ties

March 26, 2017 at 02:15 PM
Tehran - Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to a move by Washington. The agency quoted Iran's foreign ministry as saying the companies had "flagrantly violated human rights" and cooperated with Israel in its "terrorism" against the Palestinians...

Little Rock, AR – Arkansas Legislature Passes Law Prohibiting Deals With Companies That Boycott Israel

March 26, 2017 at 01:44 PM
Little Rock, AR - The Arkansas state legislature has passed a law that prohibits state agencies from contracting with or investing in companies that boycott Israel. The law was sent to Arkansas State Gov. William Hutchinson on Friday for his signature. The bill passed the state House of Representatives on its third reading on Wednesday by a vote of 69 to 3. It had passed the Senate earlier...

Washington – Health Care Defeat Is A Brutal Loss For Speaker Paul Ryan

March 26, 2017 at 01:02 PM
Washington - House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Friday's painful rebuke is an ominous sign for President Donald Trump's agenda, from taxes to infrastructure to the budget. Looming...

Boston – 1 Dead, 1 Injured After Car Goes Airborne Hitting Ceiling Of Tunnel

March 26, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Boston - Authorities say one person was killed and another was injured after the car they were in went airborne and struck the ceiling of a tunnel in Boston. Massachusetts State Police say the car was headed east on Route 90 around 2:15 a.m. Sunday when it went into the air near exit 22, tearing down wires and cables in the tunnel. Investigators are still trying to determine how the car went...

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