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Washington – Report: Flynn Blocked Military Move Turkey Opposed

May 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - A news agency is reporting that in the days before President Donald Trump took office, incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn blocked a military plan against the Islamic State group that was opposed by Turkey. Flynn had been paid more than $500,000 to advocate for Turkey's interests. The McClatchy news service says Flynn declined a request from the Obama administration...

Gloucester Township, NJ – Bicyclists Across Globe Pedal In Ride Of Silence For Safety

May 17, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Gloucester Township, NJ - Bicyclists across the world have pedaled quietly in their annual Ride of Silence to honor those injured or killed while cycling. The ride took place Wednesday in Gloucester Township, New Jersey, and hundreds of other locations to raise awareness that cyclists share roadways with motorists. The Ride of Silence is part of a global movement involving thousands of...

New York – Business, Leisure Travelers Ponder Flying Without Laptops

May 17, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - International air travelers might soon rediscover magazines, paperbacks and playing cards. Airline passengers have become hooked on their laptops and tablets to get work done or just kill time during long flights. But U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from Europe. Business travelers are worried about lost...

Mountain View, CA – Google Rolling Out Arsenal Of Services, Gadgets

May 17, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Mountain View, CA - Google's computer programs are gaining a better understanding of the world, and now it wants them to handle more of the decision-making for the billions of people who use its services. CEO Sundar Pichai and other top executives brought Google's audacious ambition into sharper focus Wednesday at an annual conference attended by more than 7,000 developers who design apps to...

Washington – While Comey Memo Could Be Key, Any Trump Prosecution Tricky

May 17, 2017 at 09:28 PM
Washington - The former FBI director's memo relating President Donald Trump's request to shut down an investigation of his ousted national security adviser is a powerful piece of evidence that could be used to build an obstruction of justice case against the president. But criminal charges of interfering with an investigation are difficult in ordinary circumstances, several former federal...

Brooklyn, NY – Former Chaplain Sues Prison System, Bosses For Religious Discrimination

May 17, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A Williamsburg rabbi and a former prison chaplain filed suit in Brooklyn federal court this week, charging both the federal prison system and the people he worked for with several allegations including religious discrimination. Rabbi Naftali Ausch had been working as a chaplain at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park for three years when he first found himself facing...

Washington – With Waiver, US Lets Iran Keep Getting Benefits Of Nuke Deal

May 17, 2017 at 08:31 PM
Washington - The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward preserving the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, coupling the move with fresh ballistic missile sanctions to show it isn't going light on the Islamic republic. The State Department said Iran would continue to enjoy relief from decades-old economic measures punishing Tehran for its nuclear program. Under the 2015 nuclear...

New York – Target Locked In Game Of Shipping Tag With Wal-Mart, Amazon

May 17, 2017 at 08:01 PM
New York - Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon are engaged in a game of shipping tag, each trying to adjust their free threshold and other shipping strategies to a level that can lure shoppers away from one of the other. Minneapolis-based Target has the furthest to go as it tries to put itself in better competition with Amazon, the undisputed online leader, and Wal-Mart, which has been buying online...

Washington – Trump Says Russia Probe Will Reveal No Collusion With His Campaign

May 17, 2017 at 07:44 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a special counsel's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election would show there was "no collusion" between his campaign and a foreign power. "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know –- there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity," he said in a statement...

Washington – White House Offers Muted Response On Comey Memo

May 17, 2017 at 07:34 PM
Washington - Rocked by days of damaging developments, President Donald Trump's White House is looking ahead to the president's upcoming foreign trip — and trying to get his plane in the air with as little additional turbulence as possible. The White House has been notably mum since the latest bombshell news report came out Tuesday afternoon, alleging that Trump had personally appealed to FBI...

Italy – Stunning Menorah Depictions Are On Display In The Vatican And Rome

May 17, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Rome - An unprecedented exhibit centered on the image, history and symbolism of the seven-branched menorah has opened in Rome. Titled “Menorah: Cult, History and Myth,” the exhibition is a joint project of the Vatican Museum and the Rome Jewish Museum — the first time the two museums have cooperated in this way. It will run through July 23. Part of the display is installed in the...

Yaphank, NY – New York Settles Housing Case Involving Former Nazi Enclave

May 17, 2017 at 06:31 PM
Yaphank, NY - New York's attorney general has announced an anti-discrimination settlement at a predominantly German-American housing enclave with a history as a Nazi camp in the 1930s. Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) said Wednesday the German American Settlement League has agreed to change policies that historically limited membership and home ownership to people of German descent. The...

Washington – Former FBI Head Mueller Appointed Special Counsel For Trump-Russia Probe

May 17, 2017 at 06:05 PM
Washington - The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. The appointment came amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged...

Niagara Fallas, NY – Wallenda Wife To Dangle By Her Teeth Over Niagara Falls

May 17, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Niagara Fallas, NY - The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls. Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies over Niagara Falls. The Niagara County Legislature late Tuesday approved a resolution setting aside $35,000...

Milwaukee – Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke Takes Job With Homeland Security

May 17, 2017 at 05:20 PM
Milwaukee - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who built a following among conservatives with his provocative social media presence and strong support of Donald Trump, said Wednesday that he's taken a job as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. The tough-talking, cowboy hat-wearing firebrand said in an interview with WISN-AM talk radio host Vicki McKenna that he...

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