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New York – Times Square Mayhem Raises Question About Recent Redesign

May 20, 2017 at 11:57 PM
provisions in a recent $55 million revamp of the area. The project, completed in 2016 after six years of planning and construction, included a limited number of barricades designed to protect pedestrians. In deciding how many barriers to install, planners wanted to avoid cluttering the square and impeding foot traffic along sidewalks that are often choked with people. Shaped like a bow...

Washington – Appeals Court Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule

May 20, 2017 at 11:34 PM
Washington - An appeals court on Friday struck down a Federal Aviation Administration rule that required owners of drones used for recreation to register their craft. The ruling was a victory for hobbyists and a setback for the FAA, which cited safety concerns as it tried to tighten regulation of the fast-growing army of drone operators. Some pilots of commercial airliners have reported...

Yaphank, NY – New York Enclave With Nazi Roots Agrees To Change Policies

May 20, 2017 at 10:50 PM
Yaphank, NY - An enclave of former summer bungalows, where Nazi sympathizers once proudly marched near streets named for Adolf Hitler and other Third Reich figures, is being forced to end policies that limited ownership to people of German descent. The German American Settlement League, which once welcomed tens of thousands in the 1930s to pro-Nazi marches at Camp Siegfried on eastern Long...

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Trump’s Wife Keeps Her Head Bare During Saudi Arabia Visit

May 20, 2017 at 10:05 PM
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Ignoring President Donald Trump's past admonition, U.S. first lady Melania Trump did not cover her head Saturday when they arrived in Saudi Arabia on the opening leg of his first international tour since taking office. Two years ago, then-citizen Trump criticized then-first lady Michelle Obama's decision to go bare-headed on a January 2015 visit with her...

Tehran – Iran’s President Rouhani Wins 2nd Term By A Wide Margin

May 20, 2017 at 09:44 PM
Tehran - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won re-election by a wide margin Saturday, giving the moderate cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda pushing for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world. The 68-year-old incumbent secured a commanding lead of 57 percent in a race that drew more than seven out of every 10 voters to the polls. His nearest rival in the four-man...

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Saudis Welcome Trump With Gold Medal, Receive Arms Package

May 20, 2017 at 09:33 PM
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia's lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements. "That was a tremendous day, tremendous investments in the United...

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