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Las Vegas – Man Charged With Arson In 2 Fires At Las Vegas Synagogue

May 11, 2017 at 04:16 PM
Las Vegas - A man who has told authorities in the past that he was homeless was charged in court Thursday with setting two fires this week at a Las Vegas synagogue. Afshin Bahrampour, 47, was not asked to enter a plea at his first court appearance on felony arson and burglary charges stemming from a car fire late Monday outside the Chabad Jewish Center of Las Vegas and a small trash can fire...

Brussels – EU Demands Urgent Talks With Washington Over Airline Laptop Ban

May 11, 2017 at 04:01 PM
Brussels - The European Union has demanded urgent talks with the United States over a possible extension to some European countries of a U.S. ban on airline passengers taking laptops into cabins, saying any security threats faced are common. The Trump administration is likely to extend the ban already applicable to flights originating from 10 specific airports in the Middle East, north Africa...

Savannah, GA – ‘It Takes Up The Whole River!’ US Ports Welcome Giant Ship

May 11, 2017 at 03:32 PM
s\Savannah, GA - The largest cargo ship ever to visit ports on the U.S. East Coast is so long the Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument could fit end-to-end along its deck and still leave room for Big Ben. The COSCO Development arrived Thursday at the Port of Savannah after cruising past dozens of onlookers who cheered and took photos of the mammoth vessel from Savannah's downtown...

Charleston, VA – AG Sessions Avoids Talks Of FBI Director In West Virginia

May 11, 2017 at 03:13 PM
Charleston, VA - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sidestepped talk about the open FBI director's post in an appearance Thursday in West Virginia at a conference on stopping drug addiction. Sessions spoke at the University of Charleston at a Drug Enforcement Administration meeting on heroin and opioid addiction. It was his first public appearance since President Donald Trump fired FBI...

Cape Town – South African Students Suspended Over Nazi-inspired Posters

May 11, 2017 at 03:02 PM
Cape Town - Three South African students were suspended on Thursday on suspicion of putting up Nazi-inspired posters at a university, at a time of growing tension in race relations. Stellenbosch University said the images, which copied Nazi youth movement posters without their swastika flags, contained "highly offensive references to Nazi propaganda and Neo-Nazism" and were in breach of the...

Detroit – What’s Holding Back Self-driving Cars? Human Drivers

May 11, 2017 at 02:33 PM
Detroit - In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis. A self-driving car would be programmed to drive at the speed limit. Humans routinely exceed it by 10 to 15 mph (16 to 24 kph) — just try entering the New Jersey Turnpike at normal speed...

Moscow – Palestinian Leader Hails Trump’s Mideast Peace Efforts

May 11, 2017 at 02:02 PM
Moscow - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's efforts to negotiate a Middle East settlement. Speaking Thursday after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia's Black Sea city of Sochi, Abbas said the Palestinians were ready to cooperate with Trump's efforts to broker a peace deal. Abbas, who met Trump in Washington last week, has...

Washington – Trump Details Conversations With Comey, Says Planned To Fire Him Anyway

May 11, 2017 at 01:24 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump said Thursday he would have fired FBI Director James Comey even without the recommendation from his top political appointees at the Justice Department, contradicting earlier White House accounts. He insisted anew that Comey had told him directly three separate times that he personally was not under investigation. "I was going to fire Comey," Trump said in...

Jerusalem – 14-year-old Israeli Boy Found In Severe Neglect, Allegedly Caged Since Birth

May 11, 2017 at 01:09 PM
Jerusalem - A 14-year-old boy was found by Israeli police on Thursday allegedly isolated in his parent’s ramshackle apartment since his birth. Police found the boy in a severe state of neglect after neighbors contacted the Hadera Municipality to complain of a strong stench emanating from the apartment on Shivtei Yisrael Street. Hadera municipality workers and police then broke into the house...

Beirut – Hezbollah Says Future War With Israel Could Take Place In Israeli Territory

May 11, 2017 at 12:58 PM
Beirut - Lebanese Hezbollah said on Thursday that any future conflict between the Shi'ite group and Israel could take place inside Israeli territory, at a time of high tension between the arch foes. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also said in a live televised speech that the group had dismantled all its military positions along Lebanon's eastern border with Syria, and this area was...

Washington – Acting FBI Chief Contradicts White House On Comey Firing

May 11, 2017 at 12:29 PM
Washington - Piece by piece, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe undermined recent White House explanations about the firing of FBI Director James Comey during testimony before a Senate committee Thursday. Since President Donald Trump's surprise ouster of Comey on Tuesday, the White House has justified his decision, in part, by saying that the director had lost the confidence of the rank and...

Ramallah – Palestinians: 6 Wounded At Rally Supporting Hunger Strikers

May 11, 2017 at 11:57 AM
Ramallah - The Palestinian Health Ministry says six protesters were wounded by Israeli fire at a West Bank demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. It's the latest rally in support of hundreds of prisoners held by Israel who are on an open-ended strike, now in its 25th day. The ministry says the protesters sustained light leg injuries from low caliber bullets at...

Washington – Trump Acknowledges His White House May Be ‘Combative’

May 11, 2017 at 11:52 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump says his White House may be "combative." And he says it could be his fault. In a lengthy interview with Time magazine, published Thursday, the president reflected on the image of his administration since taking office in January. On whether his White House is too combative, Trump said, "I think it is. It could be my fault." He added, "I don't want to...

New York – Fore Or Timber? Vandals Cut Trees At Trump-run Golf Course

May 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM
New york - Four 30-foot trees have been cut down at a Trump Organization-run golf course in New York City, and police are searching for the vandals. The Daily News (http://nydn.us/2qX1YXF ) says a golf course manager discovered the damage Tuesday morning. Police recovered a chain saw near one of the severed 30-foot trees. The 18-hole Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx is owned by...

Gaza City – Hamas Leader Announces Arrest In Mysterious Shooting Of Top Commander, Accuses Israel Of Ordering Assassination

May 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Gaza City - Hamas' supreme leader has announced the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death of a top militant commander in March. Ismail Haniyeh refused to identify the suspect, but said that Hamas had determined the gunman, apparently a local Palestinian, had acted on the orders of Israel. Haniyeh told reporters Thursday that "all the evidence we have ... indicates the perpetrator...

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