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Washington – Immigration Arrests At Mexican Border Continue To Plummet

April 4, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Arrests of people caught trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border plummeted in March to the lowest monthly figure in more than 17 years, the head of the Department of Homeland Security reported. That's a likely sign that fewer immigrants are trying to make the trek into the United States. Secretary John Kelly said the steep decline in arrests is "no...

New York – Shoe Chain Payless Files For Bankruptcy Protection

April 4, 2017 at 11:06 PM
New York - Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retailer to succumb to increasing competition from online rivals like Amazon. The Topeka, Kansas-based retailer said Tuesday that it will be immediately closing nearly 400 stores as part of the reorganization. It has over 4,400 stores in more than 30 countries and was founded in...

Washington – Report: Jared Kushner Met Secretly With US Muslims Prior To Trump’s Inauguration

April 4, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Washington - Jared Kushner had a friendly but secret meeting with Muslim Americans prior to the inauguration of his father-in-law, Donald Trump, but contacts diminished after the president banned entry to refugees and to travelers from seven Muslim majority countries. “We thought discussing our nation’s founding values and freedom for Americans of all faiths was the responsible thing to do...

Washington – Ivanka Trump, Husband Paying $15,000 In Rent For DC Home

April 4, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are paying $15,000 a month in rent for their house in a posh Washington neighborhood. The rental rate was included in documents filed with the District of Columbia housing department. The White House had only disclosed that President Donald Trump's daughter was paying a "fair market" rate for the house. The Wall Street Journal was...

Moscow – Suspected Subway Bomber Moved To Russia From Central Asia

April 4, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Moscow - Hours after a deadly bombing in St. Petersburg, members of the special services knocked on the door of a house in Kyrgyzstan's city of Osh, more than 2,000 miles away. The leafy and socially conservative bazaar city of Osh, on the edge of Central Asia's Ferghana Valley, was until a few years ago the home of the suspected bomber — Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, who turned 22 only two days...

Washington – Seattle Tunnel, Among World’s Biggest, Takes Step Toward Completion

April 4, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Seattle, WA - Bertha, one of the world’s largest tunnel boring machines, emerged north of downtown Seattle on Tuesday shrouded in clouds of dust and chunks of falling concrete, completing the most difficult phase of a plan to build a highway under the heart of the city. The breakthrough of the cylindrical drilling machine marks a major step in one of the most ambitious American municipal...

Washington – What Is ‘unmasking’ And Why Would Obama Adviser Do It?

April 4, 2017 at 08:24 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice is in the center of a political storm this week, drawn in by new revelations about her handling of intelligence reports in the waning days of the Obama administration. According to a U.S. official, President Donald Trump's national security aides discovered after the inauguration that Rice had asked for the identities...

Washington – Democrat Predicts Jail For Some Trump Associates

April 4, 2017 at 08:15 PM
Washington - A Democrat on the House intelligence committee says he believes some of President Donald Trump's associates will "end up in jail" when the Russia-related investigations are completed. Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro wouldn't say whom he believes could be charged with a crime or why. He says that based on unspecified evidence he has seen thus far, his impression is that some people will...

Columbus, OH – Ohio Buys Record $61 Million In Israel Bonds

April 4, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Columbus, OH - The state of Ohio bought a one-day record of $61 million in Israel Bonds. The largest single government purchase of Israel Bonds, which took place Monday, makes Ohio the largest holder of Israel Bonds with $165 million, the Cleveland Jewish News reported. State Treasurer Josh Mandel told the newspaper that the purchase in part was in response to the Boycott, Divestment and...

Washington – U.S. Military: North Korea Launches Medium-range Ballistic Missile

April 4, 2017 at 07:37 PM
Washington - North Korea launched a missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, the U.S. military's Pacific Command said in a statement on Tuesday. Initial assessments indicate it was a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile, the statement said. It was launched from a land-based facility near Sinpo, North Korea...

New York – White Supremacists Don’t Know What To Make Of Jared Kushner

April 4, 2017 at 07:25 PM
New York - White supremacists have a problem, and his name is Jared Kushner. While many on the far right are hoping that President Donald Trump will help advance their separatist, racist agendas, figures like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin are asking what to do about his Orthodox Jewish son-in-law with the ever-expanding White House profile. Kushner, 36...

Washington – IRS To Use Private Debt Collectors Amid Huge Telephone Scam

April 4, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The IRS is resuming the use of private debt collectors amid a wave of telephone scams in which fake government agents tell innocent taxpayers to pay up or face jail, the tax agency announced Tuesday. The IRS stopped using private debt collectors in 2009 after the agency determined that IRS employees could better do the work. But Congress passed a law in 2015 requiring the IRS to...

Tehran, Iran – Boeing Co. Says It Signed New $3B Deal With Iranian Airline

April 4, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Tehran, Iran - Boeing Co. said on Tuesday it has signed a new, $3 billion deal with Iran's Aseman Airlines to supply 30 737 MAX aircraft to the carrier, the first major sale by a U.S. company to the Islamic Republic under new President Donald Trump. The new agreement comes on top of the $16.6 billion sale Boeing previously made in Iran following the landmark nuclear deal struck with Tehran...

Jerusalem – Israeli Firm To Provide Drinking Water_ From The Air _ For India And Vietnam

April 4, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli company whose technology made a splash at last week’s AIPAC conference has signed deals to produce drinking water — by extracting it from the air — in India and Vietnam, two countries that have long faced shortages. Water Gen inked an agreement last week with India’s second largest solar company to produce purified water for remote villages in the country...

San Diego – Border Wall Contractors Brace For Hostile Environment

April 4, 2017 at 05:28 PM
San Diego - One potential bidder on President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under "hostile attack." Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them for using deadly force. With bids due Tuesday on the first design contracts, interested...

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