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Detroit – Palestinian Activist Pleads Guilty To US Immigration Crime

April 25, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Detroit - A Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Israel pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing those convictions when she applied for U.S. citizenship. Rasmea Odeh, 69, will be deported to Jordan or another country in the months ahead. Supporters traveled to Detroit from Chicago to pack the courtroom, and many were in tears later on the courthouse steps. Odeh...

San Francisco – California Judge Blocks Trump Order On Sanctuary City Money

April 25, 2017 at 04:21 PM
San Francisco - A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending. U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling in a lawsuit against the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary...

Washington – Lawmakers Suggest Former Trump Aide Flynn Broke US Law

April 25, 2017 at 04:10 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee said Tuesday. The congressmen also raised new questions about fees Flynn...

Washington – Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer’s Cellphone Rings In Court

April 25, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Washington - Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument on Tuesday was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer seemed to be the culprit. A mildly embarrassed Breyer quickly appeared to reach down to turn it off as a majority of his colleagues on the bench broke into smiles. Justice Samuel Alito struggled to...

Vienna – Trump Asked To Work For Release Of 2 Jailed By Iran

April 25, 2017 at 03:29 PM
Vienna - A relative of two Iranian-American citizens imprisoned in Iran says their health is failing rapidly due to inhumane conditions and is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to take "personal responsibility" for their lives. Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were sentenced to 10-year prison terms last year for "collusion with an enemy state" — the United States. Babak Namazi...

Washington – Congressional Organization Denies Credentials To Breitbart

April 25, 2017 at 03:15 PM
Washington - The panel that approves media credentials to cover Congress declined to grant permanent credentials to Breitbart News Network, LLC. The Standing Committee of Correspondents voted unanimously Tuesday to table an application from Breitbart and declined to extend temporary credentials beyond May 31. News organizations seeking credentials for its reporters must be editorially...

Dallas, TX – Uber Expects Flying Taxis To Take Off In 2020

April 25, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Dallas, TX - Flying taxis may become a reality in the next four years. U.S. ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc expects to deploy flying taxi services in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai in 2020, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas. Uber's flying taxis will be small, electric aircraft that takeoff and land vertically, or VTOL aircraft...

Romania – Anti-Semitism Group Says 10 Tombstones Smashed In Romania

April 25, 2017 at 02:33 PM
Romania - An anti-Semitism organization says vandals have smashed 10 tombstones at a cemetery in the Romanian capital in "a premeditated act." The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism in Romania said Tuesday the tombstones were broken into pieces at the Jewish cemetery in southern Bucharest overnight Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the millions of Jews killed by the Nazis...

Chicago – Many Condominiums For Sale, Rent At Chicago’s Trump Tower

April 25, 2017 at 02:10 PM
Chicago - An unusually large number of luxury condominiums are for sale or available for rent at Trump Tower in Chicago. Real estate professionals tell the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2oFJmqy ) that almost 11 percent of the 98-story building's 486 residential units are for sale. Chicago demonstrators have focused on the building since Donald Trump was elected president. Carla Walker...

Washington – Trump Condemns Holocaust Deniers, Anti-Semitism

April 25, 2017 at 01:54 PM
Washington - Pledging to confront anti-Semitism in all its forms and to "never be silent," President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced as accomplices to "horrible evil" anyone who denies that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. In a speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump also pledged that as president of the United States he will "always stand with the Jewish...

Toronto – Canadian PM Responds To Lumber Tariffs Imposed By The US

April 25, 2017 at 01:32 PM
Toronto - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to stand up for Canadian interests on Tuesday after the United States imposed new tariffs on softwood lumber and trade tensions between the two countries escalated, sending the Canadian dollar to a 14-month low. While the currency fell, shares in Canadian lumber companies rose as the level of the new tariffs came in at the low end of what investors...

Washington – U.S. New Home Sales Rise To Eight-month High

April 25, 2017 at 01:04 PM
Washington - New U.S. single-family home sales surged to an eight-month high in March, pointing to underlying strength in the economy despite an apparent sharp slowdown in growth in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new home sales jumped 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 621,00 units last month, the highest level since July 2016. February's sales...

West Bank – Bear Bites Off Palestinian Boy’s Arm In West Bank Zoo

April 25, 2017 at 12:39 PM
West Bank - A bear bit off the forearm of a nine-year old Palestinian boy who tried to feed it during a school visit to a zoo in the occupied West Bank town of Qalqilya on Tuesday, Palestinian police said. A police spokesman said the boy approached the caged bear with food when the animal pounced, severing the limb at the elbow. The bear then ate the arm. The boy was being treated at a...

Chicago – Aviation Officer Gives His Version Of United Flight Removal, New Video Shows Moments Before Incident

April 25, 2017 at 12:07 PM
Chicago - The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat. The Chicago Department of Aviation on Monday released the officer's report of the incident, in response to a...

Dayton, Ohio – Pit Bull Breaks Away From Chain, Mauls Man To Death In Ohio

April 25, 2017 at 11:44 AM
Dayton, Ohio - A pit bull apparently broke away from a chain and mauled a man to death early Tuesday as he screamed for help, Dayton police said. Police in the southwest Ohio city responded to a report of a man yelling, "Jesus, help me, help me!" at around 4:40 a.m. The 911 caller said the man was yelling at "the top of his lungs" amid the sounds of dogs barking loudly. He said the man was...

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