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Washington – CIA Pompeo Cancels Harvard Speech Over Manning

September 14, 2017 at 11:55 PM
Washington - CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he scrapped his appearance Thursday at Harvard University over the school's decision to make Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking classified information, a visiting fellow. Pompeo calls Manning an "American traitor." Pompeo, a Harvard graduate, says he didn't make the decision lightly. He is citing military and intelligence officials who...

Miami – Hurricane Irma Set Records For The Weather Channel, Too

September 14, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Miami -  Hurricane Irma was a record-setter for The Weather Channel, too. The Nielsen company said an average of 3.29 million people watched the network on Sunday as the deadly storm blew over Florida. Meteorologists were stationed all over the state, offering live shots in the intense wind and rain. The Weather Channel's previous record was only a day earlier, with the 2.82 million people...

Washington – Trump Signs Resolution Condemning Hate Groups

September 14, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has signed a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence. The resolution also urged Trump and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy. The signing comes hours after Trump...

Phoenix – Motel 6 Says Employees Won’t Call Immigration On Guests

September 14, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Phoenix - Motel 6 says its employees in Phoenix will no longer work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents following news reports its workers were apparently reporting on guests they believed were in the United States illegally. In a tweet about reports first published in the Phoenix New Times, Motel 6 said Wednesday: "This was implemented at the local level without the knowledge...

Offutt Air Force Base, NE – US Nuke Commander “Assumes” NKoreans Tested H-bomb

September 14, 2017 at 09:55 PM
Offutt Air Force Base, NE - The top commander of U.S. nuclear forces said Thursday he assumes the Sept. 3 nuclear test by North Korea was a hydrogen bomb, suggesting a heightened U.S. concern that the North has advanced to a new level of nuclear firepower. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told reporters that while he was not in a position to confirm it, he assumes...

Washington – Trump Invites Orthodox, But Not Jewish Groups Who Snubbed Him, To High Holidays Conference Call

September 14, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has invited representatives from three major Orthodox umbrella groups to join a pre-Rosh Hashanah conference call, but pointedly left off the invitation list two liberal denominations that had said earlier they would not take part. The call to take place Friday morning comes three weeks after three non-Orthodox movements — Reform, Conservative and...

San Francisco – Facebook Removes Feature That Let Ads Reach ‘Jew Haters’

September 14, 2017 at 09:15 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc <FB.O> this week stopped advertisers from targeting messages to people interested in topics such as "Jew haters" and "how to burn Jews" after journalists inquired about it, the news organization ProPublica reported on Thursday. ProPublica, a nonprofit outlet based in New York, said it found the topics in Facebook's self-service ad-buying platform and paid $30...

Washington – Trump Renews Talk Of ‘bad Dudes’ Opposing White Supremacists

September 14, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump repeated Thursday that he thought there were "bad dudes" among the people who assembled to oppose a white nationalist protest in Virginia, a day after the Senate's lone black Republican spoke with him about blaming "many sides" for the violence and death around a Confederate statue. Trump met with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina on Wednesday at the White...

New York – U.S. Trucking Firms Predict Tight Capacity As Loads Head To Storm Zones

September 14, 2017 at 08:26 PM
New York - Major trucking and logistics firms like XPO Logistics Inc, Daseke Inc and United Parcel Service Inc said capacity will shrink due to a rush of construction and repair shipments to big-box retailers and households across the storm-crippled U.S. Southeast, as analysts warned of higher shipping prices. The demand for lumber, generators, cleaning supplies and appliances for households...

Minsk – Jitters In Europe As Russia-Belarus War Games Get Underway

September 14, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Minsk - Russia and Belarus began major war games Thursday, an operation involving thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft on NATO's eastern edge practicing how to hunt down and destroy armed spies, among other maneuvers. The Zapad (West) 2017 maneuvers, which are mainly taking place in Belarus this year, have caused concern among members of the Western military alliance and in neighboring...

Seoul – South Korea Says North Fires Missile Over Japan

September 14, 2017 at 07:58 PM
Seoul - South Korea's military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the second aggressive test-flight over the territory of the close U.S. ally in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on Sept. 3. South Korea's Joint...

Tipton, Indiana – No Use In Crying: Spilled Milk Turns Indiana Creek White

September 14, 2017 at 07:34 PM
Tipton, Indiana - Authorities say an accidental milk spill at a food processing business ended up turning a central Indiana creek white. The Kokomo Tribune reports the change in the hue of Cicero Creek in Tipton was noticed on Tuesday and investigators determined that no more than 300 gallons (1,100 liters) of milk spilled from the Park 100 Foods plant. State environmental officials...

New York – Equifax Victims May Face Another Hassle In Buying An iPhone

September 14, 2017 at 07:05 PM
New York - Apple fans who froze their credit after the Equifax data breach may end up with another hassle on their hands if they try to get one of the new iPhones that can cost more than $1,000. People who did so and want to make any big purchase may find the same. Since Equifax disclosed that 143 million Americans had their Social Security numbers and other personal data hacked, experts have...

Houston – Harvey Charities Raise More Than $350M In Less Than 3 Weeks

September 14, 2017 at 06:31 PM
Houston - More than 50 local and national charities have raised more than $350 million in the nearly three weeks since Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast, and the disparate groups are trying to decide on priorities while some storm victims still await help. Distrust of large charities such as the American Red Cross has driven many donors to smaller, local organizations. For instance...

New York – Scientists: Ash Tree Species Pushed To Brink Of Extinction

September 14, 2017 at 06:00 PM
New York - Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more than 8 billion, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said Thursday. Ash trees are a major...

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