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Washington – U.S. Lawmakers Want Fresh Sanctions On Hezbollah

July 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to increase sanctions on Hezbollah, accusing the powerful Shi'ite Muslim political group of violence in Syria and amassing rockets along Israel's border. The bill, an amendment to existing sanctions on the group, seeks to further restrict its ability to fundraise and recruit, increase pressure on...

Washington – New York Times A Favorite Trump Target_ And Interview Venue

July 20, 2017 at 11:24 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced The New York Times as "fake news," yet he's granted more interviews to its reporters since taking office than any other media outlet except for Fox News Channel. The latest provided the newspaper with its top headline on Thursday, a wide-ranging talk during which the president said he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff...

Washington – Lifestyle Changes To Stave Off Alzheimer’s? Hints, No Proof

July 20, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world. How? It has to do with lifestyle factors that may make the brain more vulnerable to problems with memory and thinking as we get older. They're such risks as not...

New York – Winning Toilet Paper Gowns Offered To Brides-in-need

July 20, 2017 at 10:33 PM
New York - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on Thursday and a bride-in-need may have the chance to wear it down the aisle. Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which exhibits winning entries ever year, is donating about 20 of the top gowns to brides whose plans...

Washington – Trump, Mattis: US Winning Fight Against Islamic State Group

July 20, 2017 at 10:01 PM
Washington - The United States is winning its fight against the Islamic State group and enlarging an international coalition to defeat the group, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, hours after President Donald Trump said "ISIS is falling fast, very fast." "We're winning. They're losing. How's that?" an upbeat Mattis told reporters after a closed-door briefing at the...

New York – Television Networks Return To Old Obsession With Simpson

July 20, 2017 at 09:31 PM
New York - Television networks returned to the scene of an old obsession by casting aside regular daytime programming Thursday to cover O.J. Simpson's parole hearing in Nevada on an armed robbery conviction. When Simpson put down his head, raised it with a smile and said "thank you" after he was granted freedom following nine years in prison, comparisons to his acquittal for the 1994 murders...

Washington – CIA Director: Moscow Loves To ‘stick It To America’

July 20, 2017 at 09:15 PM
Washington -  CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Russia is interested in staying in Syria, partly because they "love to stick it to America." Asked if Russia is America's friend or adversary, Pompeo replied: "It's complicated." He said Thursday that he's happy to work with Moscow on counterterrorism issues, but that it's clear that Russians "find anyplace they can to make our lives more...

New Jersey – Lakewood Arrests Prompts Hundreds To Gather To Learn More About Government Regulations

July 20, 2017 at 09:13 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Over 1,000 men and women filled the Fountain Ballroom on Vassar Avenue in Lakewood for the largest ever Lakewood community event to guide locals regarding the intricacies of tax law and regulations of various family support programs. This unprecedented standing-room-only turnout at the symposium, which is the latest step in the extended “Community Conversations Series,”...

New York – Delta Proceeds With New York’s LaGuardia $4 Billion Project

July 20, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - Transportation officials on Thursday approved a revised $4 billion plan from Delta Air Lines to renovate its terminal at New York's LaGuardia Airport after Goldman, Sachs & Co, a financial partner in the project, exited the deal. Delta now plans to pay for nearly the entire project by itself, although the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will still contribute up to $600...

Albany – NY: Endangered Karner Blue Butterfly Exceeds Recovery Goals

July 20, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Albany, NY - The Karner blue butterfly has exceeded recovery goals in the rare New York habitat where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov in the 1940s, officials announced Thursday. The butterfly, federally listed as endangered 25 years ago, is doing well in the sandy pine barrens west of Albany, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission said. The population has grown from less...

Trenton, NJ – Christie Vows To Take Action If NJ Transit Workers Miss Work

July 20, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he will take "every action that is necessary" to make sure New Jersey Transit train engineers show up for work after dozens of trains were canceled earlier this week because of a manpower shortage. Christie addressed the trains canceled earlier this week at an unrelated event Thursday in North Brunswick. He says that he thinks the reason for...

Vineland, NJ – New Jersey Fisherman Tries To Save Brother, But Both Drown

July 20, 2017 at 07:25 PM
Vineland, NJ - Authorities say two brothers who were fishing in New Jersey have died after one got into trouble while swimming and the other tried to save him. Vineland police say Otoniel and Saul Bautista-Vargas drowned in Crystal Lake on Wednesday night. Police were called to the lake that night after a fisherman in a boat spotted what he thought were two people at the bottom of the...

New York – Bag Laced With Moon Dust Sells For $1.8 Million

July 20, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle. The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, was sold at a Sotheby's auction of items related to space voyages. The buyer declined to be identified. The pre-sale estimate was $2 million to $4...

Washington – FTC Probing Allegations Of Amazon’s Deceptive Discounting

July 20, 2017 at 06:35 PM
Washington - As part of its review of Amazon's agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe. The FTC is probing a complaint brought by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which looked at some 1,000 products on Amazon's website in June and found that...

London – UK Police Get Help From 9/11 Experts In London Fire Recovery

July 20, 2017 at 06:03 PM
London - London police who are struggling to identify victims of the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building have sought help from experts with experience: those who worked on recovering victims following the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said Thursday the "extraordinary size" of the crime scene at the 24-story tower made it necessary...

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