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Washington – FBI, NSA Directors Testify In Closed House Committee Session

May 4, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Washington - FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers were quizzed for more than two hours behind closed doors on Thursday by members of the House intelligence committee investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election. The committee's work had been stalled when the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., recused himself from the probe. The...

Boston – Throwing Shade: Boston Common Friends Knock Skyscraper Plan

May 4, 2017 at 05:01 PM
Boston - A proposed skyscraper is threatening to throw shade on two of America's most treasured parks, Boston Common and the neighboring Public Garden, in exchange for a windfall payday for the city. At issue is whether developers of a proposed $1 billion, 775-foot tower — what would become Boston's third-tallest building — should be allowed to violate a state law banning buildings from...

Hong Kong – Headgear Approved For Use By Basketball’s Governing Body

May 4, 2017 at 04:20 PM
Hong Kong - A new rule to let basketball players wear headgear that complies with their religious faith has been passed by the sport's governing body. The rule will take effect on Oct. 1, the Switzerland-based federation known as FIBA said in a statement. Then, players can wear hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes following a 20-year ban on head coverings that was initially imposed for safety...

Philadelphia, PA – Mural Urging Respect To Be Erected Next To Vandalized Jewish Cemetery In Philly

May 4, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Philadelphia, PA - A mural urging respect for people’s differences, including religion, will be erected next to a suburban Philadelphia Jewish cemetery that was vandalized. About 175 headstones at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wissinoming were toppled and damaged in February. Two Philadelphia labor unions offered to provide free repairs and added security, including setting and gluing the...

New York – US Judge Won’t Let El Chapo Out Of Solitary Confinement

May 4, 2017 at 03:35 PM
New York - Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman needs to stay in solitary confinement at a New York City lockup to keep him from trying to control his drug-trafficking empire from behind bars, a judge ruled Thursday. In a written decision, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan rejected a request by Guzman's defense team to order him released from an ultrahigh-security wing...

Boston – Sheriff Who Offered Up Inmates To Build Trump’s Wall Is Sued

May 4, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Boston - A Massachusetts sheriff who joined a federal immigration enforcement program and also offered to send inmates to help build President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is being sued by a civil rights group. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice filed the lawsuit in state court Thursday. It alleges Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson...

Washington – House Republicans Pass Bill To Gut Obama Health Care Law In Big Win For Trump

May 4, 2017 at 02:20 PM
Washington - Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago. Jubilant Republicans, celebrating what they hope will soon be the demise of "Obamacare,"...

North Carolina – Uncle Sam: We Want You… To Train Others! $5K Bonus Offered

May 4, 2017 at 02:04 PM
North Carolina - The U.S. Army is authorizing $5,000 bonuses to woo top-performing troops into a new training brigade as the service once famous for shouldering the burden of America's wars works to meet the growing demand for advisers in places ranging from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan and Africa. The plan recognizes the new reality of America at war: Army soldiers are more often training...

Washington – Trump Delays 1st Trip Home To NYC For House Health Care Vote

May 4, 2017 at 02:03 PM
Washington - Donald Trump on Thursday delayed his first trip home to New York as president in anticipation of House passage of legislation undoing much of former President Barack Obama's health law, a long-sought GOP goal and top Trump campaign promise. House leaders insisted they had the votes to give Trump a major political victory more than a month after Republicans' first attempt to pass a...

Dallas – In Latest Airline Video, Delta Boots Family From Flight Over Child’s Seating

May 4, 2017 at 01:47 PM
Dallas - A California family says they were forced off a Delta plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their children's seats on a crowded flight. A video of the April 23 incident was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday and adds to the list of recent encounters on airlines that went viral, including the dragging of a passenger off a United Express plane. Brian and...

Jessup, MD – Escaped Prisoner Found In Drainage Pipe After 6-day Search

May 4, 2017 at 01:40 PM
Jessup, MD - Authorities say a prisoner who escaped from a Maryland psychiatric hospital was found hiding in a drainage pipe a half-mile away after a six-day search. Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said at a news conference Thursday that officers using night-vision equipment found 28-year-old David Watson on Wednesday night after a sighting nearby. Watson was serving more than 100...

Washington – Trump Removes Tweet Saying It Was ‘Honor’ To Host Abbas

May 4, 2017 at 01:04 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump deleted a tweet in which he said it was an “an honor” to host Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House a day after the two leaders met. The tweet, which also included video from the two leaders’ meeting, was gone on Thursday, 13 hours after it was originally posted, according to ProPublica, which tracks the president’s deleted...

Kansas City – Family Of Boy Killed On Kansas Waterslide To Receive $20M

May 4, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Kansas City - The family of a 10-year-old boy who died on a giant waterslide at a Kanas water park will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments, according to court documents. The largest payment to Caleb Schwab's family, $14 million, will come from SVV 1 and KC Water Park, two companies associated with the Texas-based water park operator Schlitterbahn, The Kansas City Star...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Takes Issue With Abbas Saying The Palestinians Teach Their Children Peace

May 4, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is “always ready for genuine peace” while taking issue with a statement in Washington, D.C., by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinians “teach their children peace.” Abbas and President Donald Trump met at the White House on Wednesday and gave statements to the media. “I heard President Abbas...

Baghdad – Iraq, US In Talks To Keep American Troop Presence After IS

May 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Baghdad - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is in talks with the Trump administration to keep American troops in Iraq after the fight against the Islamic State group in the country is concluded, according to a U.S. official and an official from the Iraqi government. Both officials underlined that the discussions are ongoing and that nothing is finalized. But the talks point to a consensus by both...

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