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United Nations – U.S. Withdraws Funding For U.N. Population Fund

April 3, 2017 at 11:26 PM
United Nations - The State Department said on Monday it was ending U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund, the international body's agency focused on family planning as well as maternal and child health in more than 150 countries. In a letter to U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, the State Department said it was dropping the funding because the U.N...

Albany, NY – New York Passes Emergency Spending Plan To Avoid Shutdown

April 3, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Albany, NY - New York lawmakers on Monday passed an emergency spending plan authorizing Governor Andrew Cuomo to pay bills and keep the state government operating for the next two months. The state was supposed to have a budget at the start of its fiscal 2018 on Saturday, but the legislature and Cuomo failed to agree on a comprehensive plan as they debated broader policies. Monday's...

Stockholm – Cyborgs At Work: Employees Getting Implanted With Microchips

April 3, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Stockholm - The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another "cyborg" is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that...

Washington – Kushner, Ivanka Trump Face Ethical Land Mines Ahead

April 3, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, presidential relatives with powerful White House jobs, can help shape America's foreign and domestic policies. They've also built a business empire worth as much as $740 million that has ties around the world, newly released financial disclosures show. What happens when their government and private sector worlds collide? Like other federal...

Washington – Orthodox Rabbi To Advise David Friedman At Us Embassy In Israel

April 3, 2017 at 09:31 PM
Washington - Aryeh Lightstone, an Orthodox rabbi who works in Jewish education, will serve in an advisory role at the US embassy in Israel alongside Ambassador David Friedman, a State Department official confirmed on Sunday. A graduate of Yeshiva University, Lightstone has served in several educational roles across New York and Long Island over the past decade, most recently as chief creative...

New York – Gluten-free Matzah: Here’s What You Should Know

April 3, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - Gluten-free matzah might sound like a bad joke — after all, regular unleavened bread tastes pretty cardboard-like already. But for Jews with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can damage one’s intestinal lining, or gluten intolerance, which involves icky reactions to that pesky protein found in wheat, finding the right matzah is not an easy task. (Matzah in its normal...

Washington – Trump Calls Putin To Offer Condolences For Bomb

April 3, 2017 at 08:58 PM
Washington - The Kremlin says that U.S. President Donald Trump has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to offer condolences over the St. Petersburg subway bombing. The Kremlin's statement said Trump offered condolences to the families of the victims of Monday's blast and asked Putin to convey his support for the Russian people. It said Putin thanked Trump for the expression of...

Washington – News Of Iraq Trip While Kushner Was Midair Poses Risks

April 3, 2017 at 08:26 PM
Washington - The Trump administration's failure to keep senior adviser Jared Kushner's trip to Iraq secret isn't standard practice for top U.S. officials visiting warzones. Such trips are usually kept quiet, with the cooperation of journalists, until the officials arrive in order to ensure maximum security. A senior administration official told reporters Sunday evening that Kushner —...

United Nations – US And Russia Clash Over US Attempt To Debate Rights At UN

April 3, 2017 at 08:01 PM
United Nations - The United States and Russia clashed Monday over a U.S. attempt to have the Security Council debate human rights violations as a major cause of conflict for the first time during this month's American presidency of the U.N.'s most powerful body. The council approved April's agenda without including that debate. But it can still be added if at least nine of the 15 council...

Cairo – Remains Of A New Pyramid Discovered In Egypt

April 3, 2017 at 07:29 PM
Cairo - A top antiquities official says an Egyptian excavation team has discovered the remains of a new pyramid that dates back to the 13th Dynasty, some 3,700 years ago. The head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Mahmoud Afifi, said in a statement Monday that the remains were located north of King Sneferu's bent pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis south of Cairo. Due to the bent...

New York – CNN Hires Reporter Who Clashed With Spicer As Political Contributor

April 3, 2017 at 07:01 PM
New York - April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks has become one of the most visible White House correspondents since President Donald Trump took over, and she's now been hired as a political contributor for CNN. CNN wouldn't say Monday when it began negotiating with Ryan, who was scolded by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to stop shaking her head in response to one of his answers...

Washington – Homeland Security Announces Steps Against H1B Visa Fraud

April 3, 2017 at 06:27 PM
Washington - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily, which appeared to fall short of President Donald Trump's campaign promises to overhaul the program. Trump had promised to end the lottery system for H1B visas, which gives each applicant an equal...

Quito – Ecuador Paraplegic President-elect Stirs Hope For Disabled People

April 3, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Quito - Ecuador's paraplegic president-elect Lenin Moreno will become a rare head of state to use a wheelchair when he takes office next month, stirring hope for disabled people worldwide. Leftist Moreno, a 64-year-old former vice president, lost use of his legs after he was shot two decades ago during a robbery while he was buying bread with his wife. Following a difficult recovery, he...

Lewisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Couple Leave Long Letter As Prank For Postman

April 3, 2017 at 05:31 PM
Lewisburg, PA - A Pennsylvania couple pranked their mailman on April Fools' Day by leaving an extra-long letter sticking out of the mail slot on their front door. Bill Kelly and his wife used a piece of paper several feet long that they folded over to look like an envelope. They waited for the mailman to grab it from the mail slot and laughed as he pulled several feet of it from the door of...

Detroit – Truck, SUV Sales Keep Rising As Car Sales Continue To Slide

April 3, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Detroit - America's love affair with SUVs and trucks continued in March as Ford, Honda and Nissan all reported big increases for both. But that's being offset by falling car sales, pushing overall sales for Honda and Ford down compared with last year. Ford experienced the biggest drop, falling 7.5 percent from March of 2015. Honda's sales also were off, by 2 percent. Nissan reported a gain of...

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