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New York – Survey: Starbucks CEO’s Refugee Comments Sour Customer Views Of Chain

March 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM
New York - Starbucks Corp's vow to hire thousands of refugees after President Donald Trump's first executive order that temporarily banned travel from seven mostly-Muslim nations appears to be hurting customer sentiment of the coffee chain. Trump supporters have used Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to call for a boycott since Jan. 29, when Starbucks Chief Executive Howard...

New York – Industry Tracker: Bottled Water Overtakes Soda In US

March 9, 2017 at 11:27 PM
New York - An industry tracker says bottled water overtook soda as the No. 1 drink in the U.S. by sales volume last year. Bottled water has been enjoying growth for years, while sales of traditional sodas have declined. Research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp. says Americans drank an average of 39.3 gallons of bottled water in 2016, and 38.5 gallons of carbonated soft drinks. In...

San Diego – Border Patrol ‘Tunnel Rats’ Plug Underground Passages

March 9, 2017 at 11:05 PM
San Diego - They are known in the U.S. Border Patrol as "tunnel rats" — agents who go in clandestine passages that have proliferated on the U.S.-Mexico border over the past 20 years to smuggle drugs. The Associated Press joined the Border Tunnel Entry Team, as it is formally known, inside an incomplete tunnel that was discovered in San Diego in 2009 — 70 feet deep, 3 feet wide, 2,700 feet...

Berlin – 5 Injured In Ax Attack At German Station; 1 Arrest

March 9, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Berlin - A man was arrested after injuring five people with an ax at the main train station in Duesseldorf, Germany in what appeared to be a random attack, police said Thursday. Officers were alerted about an attack shortly before 9 p.m. (2000 GMT), prompting a large-scale response. "A person, probably armed with an ax, attacked people at random," police said in a statement. "At least five...

Washington – FBI’s Comey Meets With Top U.S. Congressional Leaders

March 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - FBI Director James Comey on Thursday met with senior congressional leaders, including the intelligence committee chiefs, FBI and congressional officials said. The officials declined to discuss the subject of Comey's meeting with the group of leaders known as the "Gang of Eight". U.S. President Donald Trump has alleged that the Obama administration wiretapped his election...

Seoul – South Korea’s Park Ousted From Presidency

March 9, 2017 at 09:50 PM
Seoul - In a historic ruling Friday, South Korea's Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil, worsened an already-serious national divide and led to calls for sweeping reforms. It was a stunning fall for Park, the daughter of a dictator who rode a lingering conservative...

Ramallah – U.S. Reform Movement Leaders Meet With Mahmoud Abbas In Ramallah

March 9, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Ramallah - Leaders of the U.S. Reform movement met with Palestinian Authority President President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. The delegation of around 30 leaders from the Union for Reform Judaism, led by its president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, met with Abbas and other Palestinian officials Thursday afternoon. Discussions during the meeting, which represented the first time a URJ delegation led by...

New York – Media The Enemy? Trump Is Sure An Insatiable Consumer

March 9, 2017 at 09:05 PM
New York - Before most people are out of bed, Donald Trump is watching cable news. Indeed, with Twitter app at the ready, the man who condemns the media as "the enemy of the people" may be the most voracious consumer of news in modern presidential history. Trump usually rises before 6 a.m. and first watches TV in the residence before later moving to a small dining room in the West Wing. A...

New York – Gov. Cuomo: GOP Health Bill Bad For New York

March 9, 2017 at 08:35 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is no fan of the health care overhaul proposed by Republicans in the U.S. House. The Democrat said Thursday that an analysis by state health officials shows the legislation would be devastating for the state, placing more than 1 million New Yorkers at risk of “significant” losses in health care coverage. The estimates also indicate the bill would...

Tel Aviv – AP Interview: Potential Netanyahu Heir Promotes Gaza Seaport

March 9, 2017 at 08:11 PM
Tel Aviv - Israel's powerful transportation and intelligence minister says he is pushing forward with a proposal to build an artificial island with a seaport off the coast of Hamas-ruled Gaza that he believes will alleviate hardship in the blockaded territory and offer residents their first real bridge to the outside world in a decade. With an independent Palestinian state unlikely anytime...

Washington – White House: Trump Unaware Of Flynn’s Foreign Agent Work

March 9, 2017 at 07:27 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump was not aware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had worked to further the interests of the government of Turkey before appointing him, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday. Spicer's comments came two days after Flynn and his firm, Flynn Intel Group Inc., filed paperwork with the Justice Department formally identifying...

New York – NYPD Officer Convicted Of Lying About 2014 Arrest

March 9, 2017 at 07:01 PM
New York - A New York City police officer has been convicted of lying about a 2014 arrest in Washington Heights. The Manhattan district attorney’s office said Thursday that 33-year-old Jonathan Munoz, of Suffern, was found guilty of falsifying documents and official misconduct. Prosecutors say Munoz told supervisors he arrested a 21-year-old man because the man was interfering in the...

Jerusalem – Skeletons Of Uniformed Soldiers Found In Jerusalem

March 9, 2017 at 06:33 PM
Jerusalem - Two human skeletons in uniforms and helmets were unearthed in Jerusalem. Volunteers from ZAKA, the haredi Orthodox search and rescue organization, recovered the skeletons Wednesday at a construction site on the outskirts of the capital. It was unclear whether the soldiers were Jews. The skeletons were sent to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv for...

Washington – Investigators Say Threats To Jewish Groups In US And UK Are Linked

March 9, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Scotland Yard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating more than a hundred bomb threats made to Jewish groups in the United States and Britain since Jan. 7, U.S. and UK law enforcement and Jewish community officials said. Investigators said there is evidence that some of the U.S. and British bomb threats are linked. According to people in both countries who have...

Washington – House Committee Requests Copies Of Any Trump Eavesdropping Orders

March 9, 2017 at 05:32 PM
Washington - A U.S. House of Representatives panel has asked the Justice Department for copies of documents which if they exist could shed light on President Donald Trump's allegation that the Obama administration wiretapped his election campaign. The House Intelligence Committee asked the department in a letter for any request it may have made in 2016 relating to Trump or his associates to...

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