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Washington – Under Trump, Future Of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Slowly Taking Shape

September 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - About 70 feet (21 m) below ground, in a shielded military capsule that can launch nuclear missiles, 23-year-old 2nd Lieutenant Tia Hewuse is concerned that Americans have the mistaken impression that her mission is a gloomy one. "America doesn't understand what we do," says Hewuse, whose post sits below a tiny U.S. base surrounded by vast expanses of windswept North Dakota...

Washington – Democrats Say They Have Deal With Trump On Young Immigrants

September 13, 2017 at 11:38 PM
Washington -  The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump's long-sought border wall. The agreement, the latest instance of Trump ditching his own party to make common cause with the opposition, was announced...

Washington – Scott Suggests Trump Be More Careful On Racial Matters

September 13, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The Senate's lone black Republican urged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to avoid inflammatory racial rhetoric such as his statement blaming "many sides" for the violence at a recent white nationalist protest in Virginia. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said he met for roughly a half hour with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. He said the president tried...

New York – There’s No Need To Spend $999 For A Good Phone These Days

September 13, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - Apple's new iPhone X is special. It has flashy upgrades, facial recognition and animated emoji, all in celebration of the phone's 10-year anniversary. And its price tag is appropriately special: $999 and up. But not everyone will find those extra features necessary. A solid phone that takes good pictures and lets you communicate with loved ones doesn't have to cost that much. Here...

New York – U.S. Wireless Carriers Dial Back Discounts On New iPhones

September 13, 2017 at 10:21 PM
New York - U.S. consumers who want Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> newest iPhones, including its most expensive model yet, the iPhone X, may find fewer deals as wireless carriers are less willing to offer subsidies on devices in a saturated market. New phone launches have long offered carriers a chance to gain market share by offering incentives such as free service and discounts. But customer...

Washington – U.S. Agency Demands Endorsement Info From Instagram ‘Influencers’

September 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - U.S. truth-in-advertising enforcers have sent letters to supermodel Naomi Campbell, actresses Lindsay Lohan and Vanessa Hudgens and other celebrities asking whether they have paid deals to endorse products on the photo-sharing app Instagram. The letters sent by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to 21 people with large Instagram followings represent an escalation of the agency's...

Albany, NY – Anti-gang Troopers Being Sent To Long Island High Schools

September 13, 2017 at 09:31 PM
Albany, NY - A special unit of the state police is being assigned to 10 high schools on Long Island in an effort to stamp out gang violence, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. The 10 state troopers will work to educate school administrators and teachers about ways to recognize if a student is a member of a gang or at risk of joining. The troopers will also create a curriculum that instructs...

Jerusalem – Israeli Firm Chosen To Build Protoype Of US Border Wall With Mexico

September 13, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Elta North America, an Israeli-owned defense manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in Maryland, was one of four companies chosen to build a prototype for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. The company is a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. Some 200 companies vied for the tenders, which will provide a $300,000 to $500,000 grant to develop a model. The...

Miami – PHOTOS: Millions Without Power As Irma’s Death Toll Grows

September 13, 2017 at 08:29 PM
Miami - With millions of Floridians still without power because of Irma's destruction, concerns have begun to mount over the safety of the state's 4 million senior citizens in the late-summer heat. Because the power outages could last for many more days, residents have flocked to buy generators and other supplies. Three people were found dead at a nursing home in Hollywood early Wednesday...

Boston – Self-driving Boats: The Next Tech Transportation Race

September 13, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Boston - Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years - but autonomous boats could be just around the pier. Spurred in part by the car industry's race to build driverless vehicles, marine innovators are building automated ferry boats for Amsterdam canals, cargo ships that can steer themselves through Norwegian fjords and remote-controlled ships to carry containers across...

New York – Shkreli Ordered Jailed For Online Bounty On Hillary Clinton’s Hair

September 13, 2017 at 07:32 PM
New York - A U.S. judge on Wednesday ordered Martin Shkreli to be jailed while he awaits sentencing for securities fraud, citing a Facebook post in which the former drug company executive nicknamed the "Pharma Bro" offered a $5,000 reward for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn said the Sept. 4 post, which prompted a call from the U.S. Secret...

Washington – Trump Administration Orders Purge Of Kaspersky Products From U.S. Government

September 13, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their information systems, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. The decision represents a sharp response to what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as a national security threat posed by Russia in cyberspace...

New York – Weiner, Abedin Go To Court For Divorce Case, Leave Together

September 13, 2017 at 06:32 PM
New York - Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, seemed more like a couple than not as they appeared briefly before a judge on Wednesday in their divorce case. They sat side by side and chatted casually for several minutes while their lawyers met with state Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Katz before the jurist briefly took the...

New York – Your Money: Raising Money For An Emergency Raises Money Questions

September 13, 2017 at 06:11 PM
New York - When Lori Jung set up a crowdfunding campaign to help with her brother's medical expenses for spinal cord damage, she also spoke to an accountant. She needed advice on issues ranging from the tax implications of fundraising to managing tens of thousands of dollars in potential donations. Even after the consultation, which took place within days of her brother's injury jumping off a...

New York – Ex-guard At NY’s Rikers Jail Sentenced 30 Years For Inmate Death

September 13, 2017 at 05:51 PM
New York - A former guard at New York City’s troubled Rikers Island jail complex was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of violating the civil rights of an inmate by kicking him repeatedly in the head, causing his death. Brian Coll, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan, after being convicted in December by a federal jury of...

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