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Washington – U.S. ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Owes Origins To Specialized Anti-Nazi Weapons

April 14, 2017 at 06:33 PM
Washington - The 11-ton "mother of all bombs" dropped by U.S. forces on ISIS-linked fighters in Afghanistan is a highly specialized weapon with a heritage dating back to huge bombs developed for use against Nazi targets in World War Two. The 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 (Guided Bomb Unit), one of only 15 ever built, was developed after the U.S. military found itself without the ordnance...

Miami – Police Impersonator Pulls Over Officer, Needs Real Lawyer

April 14, 2017 at 06:10 PM
Miami - Authorities say a man packing a blue light and a BB gun pulled over a non-descript car on Interstate 95, ready to play "traffic cop" again. Bad move: the driver he pulled over is a real police detective. The police report shows 46-year-old Pacheco Bustamante was arrested Friday morning on a felony charge of impersonating a Florida police officer. It says Bustamante was driving a...

Washington – Cutting Trump Slack: Voters Forgive Reversals _ To A Point

April 14, 2017 at 05:39 PM
Washington - What's wrong with being flexible? He's only human. All presidents change their minds. President Donald Trump's voters can be a forgiving lot — up to a point. "He thinks too fast and then makes decisions too fast," says Miriam Naranjo in Miami Lakes, Florida. "He's changing his mind on almost everything he said," says Bob Brown, of South Windsor, Connecticut. Naranjo is...

New York – United Air Passenger Says Scorpion Bit Him On Flight From Texas

April 14, 2017 at 05:00 PM
New York - United Airlines found itself on the defensive again on Friday after a passenger complained that a scorpion stung him during a flight from Texas, capping off a bruising week for the public image of the one of the world's largest carriers. A man on board a United flight from Houston to Calgary, Alberta on Sunday, said a scorpion dropped on his head from an overhead storage bin and...

Atlanta – Delta OKs Offers Of Up To $9,950 To Flyers Who Give Up Seats

April 14, 2017 at 04:34 PM
Atlanta - Delta is letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet. In an internal memo obtained Friday by The Associated Press, Delta Air Lines said gate agents can offer up to $2,000, up from a previous maximum of $800, and...

Washington – Officials: No Need For Trump’s Approval To Use Massive Bomb

April 14, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Washington - Pentagon officials say the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" didn't need President Donald Trump's approval. The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. He had that authority before Trump took office. The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the...

Silicon Valley, CA – Uber’s Revenue Hits $6.5 Billion In 2016, Still Makes Large Loss

April 14, 2017 at 03:58 PM
Silicon Valley, CA - Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc generated $6.5 billion in revenue last year and its gross bookings doubled to $20 billion, the ride-hailing service said on Friday. Its adjusted net loss was $2.8 billion, excluding the operation in China it sold last year, said Uber, the largest of Silicon Valley's 'unicorns,' or venture capital-backed companies with a valuation...

New York – Daughter Of NYC Cop Killed In 9/11 Attacks Joins NYPD

April 14, 2017 at 03:37 PM
New York - The daughter of a New York Police Department officer killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been sworn in as a member of the force. Brittney Roy, of Massapequa (mas-uh-PEE'-kwuh) Park on Long Island, was sworn in Thursday along with 473 other recruits at the city's police academy in Queens. Her father, Sgt. Timothy Roy, was assigned to the NYPD's surface transit enforcement...

San Francisco – Apple Receives Permit In California To Test Self-driving Cars: DMV

April 14, 2017 at 03:00 PM
San Francisco - Apple Inc has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said on Friday. Apple joins a growing list of traditional carmakers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California - all vying to be the first to bring self-driving cars to the masses. Companies that have been issued permits also...

Los Angeles, CA – An Incredible Holocaust Escape Story, Proven By Science

April 14, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA - A one-hour TV program airing next week on PBS links an incredible Holocaust escape story to advanced scientific techniques. “Holocaust Escape Tunnel,” a "Nova" production to be shown April 19, sheds new light on the attempt by 80 imprisoned men and women — mostly Lithuanian Jews — to make a break for freedom in the face of Nazi bullets. The show documents the...

Jerusalem – Victim Of Light Rail Stabbing Attack Named As British Student Hannah Bladon

April 14, 2017 at 01:48 PM
Jerusalem - The victim of Friday's terror attack in the capital's light rail was named as Hannah Bladon, a 21-year-old exchange student and a British national who was studying in Jerusalem's Hebrew University. Bladon commenced her studies at the Hebrew University in January 2017 and was expected to complete the program in September. According to Hebrew media reports, Bladon took courses on...

Washington – White House Decides Against Releasing Visitor Records

April 14, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Washington - The White House won't make public the logs of visitors to the White House complex, breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor. Senior White House officials cited privacy and national security concerns for the decision, which they say is in line with what previous administrations have done — except for President Barack Obama's. They say continuing to...

Albany, NY – Cuomo’s New York Agenda Feeds Talk Of Presidential Run

April 14, 2017 at 01:03 PM
Albany, NY - When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his first-in-the-nation proposal to make state college tuition free for middle-class students, he stood next to Bernie Sanders. This week when Cuomo celebrated its approval, he was arm in arm with Hillary Clinton. Democrats still smarting from Clinton's presidential loss are already looking for a new standard bearer for 2020. And some observers say...

Washington – Deadline For Filing Tax Returns Is Tuesday This Year

April 14, 2017 at 12:25 PM
Washington - Hey, procrastinators: Don't freak out if you haven't finished your taxes. The IRS is giving you a reprieve until Tuesday. The usual April 15 deadline falls on Saturday this year. That would normally push the deadline to Monday. However, Monday is a holiday in the District of Columbia, so by law, the filing deadline is extended until Tuesday. Monday is Emancipation Day in the...

Newark, NJ – Police Take Hands-off Approach For Overbooked Flights

April 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Newark, NJ - Police at airports in the New York City metropolitan area are taking a hands-off approach when it comes to removing passengers from overbooked flights. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko on Thursday issued a new policy after a passenger was dragged from an oversold United Airlines flight Sunday evening at Chicago's O'Hare International...

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