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New York – Americans Hang Up On Landlines As Cellphone Homes Dominate

May 4, 2017 at 11:29 AM
New York - Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group — people with a landline phone at home. According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016, the first time such households attained a majority in the survey. Braswell and her family are part of the...

Paris – Former US President Obama Endorses Macron In French Campaign

May 4, 2017 at 11:02 AM
Paris - Former U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron for France's presidential election on Sunday in a video message in which he praised Macron for appealing "to people's hopes and not their fears". "The French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about," Obama said in the message, distributed by Macron's...

Washington – Official: Trump, In First Trip Abroad, To Visit Israel, Saudi Arabia

May 4, 2017 at 10:59 AM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month as part of his first foreign trip, wading directly into the tangled diplomacy of Middle Eastern politics. Trump said he would also visit the Vatican along with his swing through the Middle East, which was added to a trip that includes a NATO meeting in Brussels on May 25 and the...

Jerusalem – French Citizens Living In West Bank Get Official Letters Addressed To Palestinian Territories

May 4, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Jerusalem - French citizens living in the West Bank received official letters from the French Foreign Ministry addressed to the Palestinian territories. The settlement residents were among thousands of French people in Israel who received the letters urging them to vote in Sunday’s election in France. Israel’s Channel 2 reported that some letter recipients decided not to vote due because...

New York – Police Conclude Probe Into NY Judge’s Death

May 4, 2017 at 10:10 AM
New York - The New York City police department has concluded its investigation into the death of a pioneering judge who was found dead in the Hudson River. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Wednesday investigators had tracked down all leads and found no criminality. Boyce said all of the evidence had been handed over to the city's medical examiner, who will make a final determination. A...

Alaska – Air Force Intercepts Russian Bombers, Fighter Jets Off Alaska

May 4, 2017 at 09:50 AM
Alaska - Two Russian bombers escorted by Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets entered the Alaskan Air Defense Zone Thursday morning. US Air Force Stealth aircraft reportedly intercepted the Russian formation during a patrol. This is the first time that the advanced Russian jets have escorted Russian bombers near Alaska. Officials reported that the Russian jets remained in international airspace and...

New York – New York City Collects Nearly A Billion In Fines Last Year

May 4, 2017 at 09:25 AM
New York - New data shows that New York City made a record $993 million from fine payouts last year. Total fines were up by nearly 4 percent, with officials handing out nearly 700,000 quality of life fines. The New York Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2paKRxp ) that quality of life violations, crimes such as littering and noise pollution, have spiked 51 percent since 2013. City...

Washington – Trump Criticizes Former Obama Security Adviser For Refusal To Testify To Congress

May 4, 2017 at 09:16 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump is criticizing former President Barack Obama's national security adviser for declining to testify at a Senate hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump tweeted Thursday that it is "not good" that Susan Rice is choosing not to attend. Rice's attorney has written to say Rice will not appear before a Senate subcommittee next week with two...

London – UK’s Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s Husband, To Retire From Royal Duties

May 4, 2017 at 09:05 AM
London - Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, will retire from carrying out royal engagements from the autumn, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday, ending more than six decades of active public life. Philip, who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh and has sometimes drawn attention with headline-grabbing gaffes, has been by the queen's side throughout her 65...

Washington – Rumors Surround Justice Kennedy Exit, But He’s Not Talking

May 4, 2017 at 08:43 AM
Washington - As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave? Eighty-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy is so far refusing to comment on speculation that he may soon retire after 29 years on the court. But that hasn't stopped President Donald Trump and, obliquely, the Republican senator in charge of high court confirmation hearings from weighing in on...

Washington – Trump Targeting IRS Rule On Churches

May 4, 2017 at 08:17 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order further weakening already-sparse enforcement of an IRS rule threatening the loss of tax-exempt status for religious organizations that endorse political candidates. The order, which also affects non-profits, promises "regulatory relief" for groups with religious objections to the preventive services requirement in the...

Seoul – N. Korea Issues Direct Criticism Of China Amid Nuke Dispute

May 4, 2017 at 07:51 AM
Seoul - North Korea has issued a rare direct criticism of China through a commentary saying its "reckless remarks" on the North's nuclear program are testing its patience and could trigger unspecified "grave" consequences. China, North Korea's largest trading partner and main benefactor, suspended imports of North Korean coal in line with U.N. sanctions earlier this year and has recently been...

West Bank – Abbas Says Talks With Trump Positive, If Short On Specifics

May 4, 2017 at 07:31 AM
West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his first meeting with President Donald Trump left him hopeful, even though they did not discuss specifics about how to restart long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Abbas said he believes the Trump administration can play an important role as a mediator. "What is needed is to bring the two parties together, to bring them closer...

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