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Damascus – Islamic State Supporters Celebrate Manchester Attack Online, No Official Claim

May 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Damascus - Islamic State supporters celebrated on social media on Tuesday after a blast at a concert venue in the north of England killed at least 19 people, although the militant Islamist group has not formally claimed responsibility. British police have said they are treating the blast at the arena in Manchester at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande as a "terrorist incident"...

Washington – Education Secretary Pushes School Choice, Gives No Specifics

May 22, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The Trump administration is proposing "the most ambitious expansion" of school choice in American history, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Monday while giving few details on how the program would work. "We must offer the widest number of quality options to every family and every child," DeVos said in a speech in Indianapolis. "We stand on the verge of the most...

Washington – Symantec Says ‘Highly Likely’ North Korean Hacking Group Behind Ransomware Attacks

May 22, 2017 at 11:06 PM
Washington - Cyber security firm Symantec said on Monday it was "highly likely" a hacking group affiliated with North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry cyber attack this month that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide and disrupted operations at hospitals, banks and schools across the globe. Previous versions of the worm used in targeted attacks earlier this year were "almost...

Washington – Sessions May Put More Rules On Money For Sanctuary Cities

May 22, 2017 at 10:25 PM
Washington - The Justice Department is looking for more ways to deny coveted federal grant money to so-called sanctuary cities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a department memorandum Monday that the department may "tailor grants to promote a lawful system of immigration." That suggests officials could seek ways to withhold money from communities that refuse to honor detainer requests...

New York – Scandal-plagued Fox News Hit With More Lawsuits In U.S. Court

May 22, 2017 at 10:00 PM
O>. New York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor filed lawsuits in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of Kathleen Lee, a Fox News Radio shift editor who says she was sexually harassed and subjected to "unceasing retaliation" for complaining, and Naima Farrow, who maintains she was fired from her job as an accounts payable coordinator after telling supervisors she was pregnant. In a third case in...

Washington – Suicide Bomber Suspected In Manchester Blast: Two U.S. Officials

May 22, 2017 at 09:34 PM
Washington - Initial signs point to a suicide bomber as the cause of a blast at a music venue in Manchester, England, that killed 19 people and injured 50, two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Monday. British police said they are treating the explosion at a concert for U.S. singer Ariana Grande as a "terrorist incident."...

Monsey, NY – Rockland County Executive Vows No Special Favors To Developers, No Permits Without Compliance

May 22, 2017 at 09:21 PM
Monsey, NY - Standing in the shadow of a 197 acre property that has pitted developers against the local government for years, Rockland County Executive Ed Day drew a proverbial line in the sand, signing an executive order that would prevent county departments from granting permits to developers that are not in compliance with Rockland’s General Municipal Law. Day made his announcement at the...

New York – Dad Of Crash Victim Leaves Note Of Gratitude In Times Square

May 22, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - The father of a Michigan tourist killed by an out-of-control driver in Times Square left a note at a memorial for his daughter, thanking New Yorkers for their support and saying her loss was a hole in his heart "that can never be filled." Thomas Elsman on Saturday visited the site where 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman was killed. His daughter had been visiting New York City with her...

Washington – Boeing Blamed For Maintenance Errors On Air Force One

May 22, 2017 at 08:35 PM
Washington - Boeing mechanics are to blame for accidental contamination of oxygen systems aboard one of the modified Boeing 747 planes known as Air Force One used for presidential travel, the Air Force said in an investigation report. The plane was undergoing extensive maintenance at a Boeing facility in San Antonio, Texas, when the mishap occurred in April 2016. No one was injured. An Air...

Saudi Arabia – Terra Incognita: Trump In Riyadh Vs Obama In Cairo

May 22, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Saudi Arabia - At the Arab-Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on Sunday US President Donald Trump delivered a direct and constructive speech to the leaders of almost 50 Muslim countries. Around eight years earlier his predecessor Barack Obama had done the same, speaking to students and with pretensions of speaking to the Muslim world, at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. It is interesting to...

Manchester, England – Police: 19 People Dead In Manchester Arena Explosion

May 22, 2017 at 06:55 PM
Manchester, England - At least 19 people were killed in a blast at a concert in the English city of Manchester on Monday where U.S. singer Ariana Grande had been performing and two U.S. officials said a suicide bomber was suspected in the explosion. British police said the incident, in which at least 50 people were injured, was being treated as a terrorist incident. Police carried out a...

Washington – WP: Trump Asked Two Top Intelligence Officials To Deny Russia Collusion

May 22, 2017 at 06:48 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump urged two senior intelligence officials in March to publicly deny there was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing current and former officials. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers refused to comply with Trump's requests...

Tehran – Iran’s President Criticizes US After Trump’s Sharp Words

May 22, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Tehran, Iran - Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the U.S. and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran. The 68-year-old cleric, a political moderate within Iran who secured a resounding victory over a hard-line opponent, called...

Titusville, FL – Woman Trying To Buy Birthday Card Trapped Inside CVS

May 22, 2017 at 06:01 PM
Titusville, FL - A woman trying to buy a birthday card called police when she was accidentally barricaded inside a CVS store in central Florida. Lillian Rimmel stopped at a Titusville CVS at 9:50 p.m. Friday to make a quick purchase, unaware the store was about to close. As she walked toward the check out just after 10 p.m., she triggered a motion sensor alarm and found herself barricaded...

Washington – Letter: Flynn Cites ‘Public Frenzy,’ Invokes 5th Amendment

May 22, 2017 at 05:28 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination on Monday and declined to hand over documents sought under subpoena by a Senate panel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. In a letter to the Senate intelligence committee , Flynn's attorneys justified the decision by citing an...

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