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Washington – Trump: Military Option For North Korea Not Preferred, But Would Be ‘devastating’

September 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington -  President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday that any U.S. military option would be "devastating" for Pyongyang, but said the use of force was not Washington's first option to deal with the country's ballistic and nuclear weapons program. "We are totally prepared for the second option, not a preferred option," Trump said at a White House news conference, referring to...

New York – Need More Room? Twitter Testing 280-character Limit

September 26, 2017 at 11:33 PM
New York - The days of Twitter Inc limiting messages to 140 characters, a signature of the social network since its launch in 2006, may be numbered. Twitter said on Tuesday that it would begin a test with a random sample of users allowing them to send tweets that are as long as 280 characters, double the existing cap, in most languages around the world. The San Francisco-based company has...

New York – Why Consumers Pay The Price For Hurricane Fuel Shortages

September 26, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - Just days after Hurricane Harvey smacked Texas and hobbled a quarter of U.S. refining industry, the supply networks that fuel the nation's cars, trucks and airplanes began to fail. On paper, there was no fuel shortage. The United States had more than 200 million barrels of gasoline in giant steel tanks scattered across the nation - enough to last more than three weeks. But the...

San Francisco – Child Urges Bankruptcy Judge To Prevent Toys ‘R’ Us Chain From Closing

September 26, 2017 at 10:33 PM
San Francisco - The thought of Toys 'R' Us closing stores due to its recent bankruptcy filing is too much for one nine-year-old to bear, according to court papers. In a handwritten letter entered on Monday in the bankruptcy docket of the largest U.S. toy store chain, the child argued store closings "will be bad for kids" and would leave them "very unhappy." The retailer's stores are special...

Brooklyn, NY – Yoni Hikind: New Street Cleaners Could End Alternate Side Parking’s Traffic Woes

September 26, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY -Criticized by some for his lack of formal governmental experience, a city council candidate is turning the tables on his detractors by challenging a policy enacted over sixty years ago to potentially solve several problems that have long plagued Brooklyn residents. A proposal introduced Tuessday by Yoni Hikind pinpointed alternate side of the street parking as a major source of...

Jackson, MS – Lawsuit: Waitress Fired Over Religious Objection To Pants

September 26, 2017 at 09:31 PM
Jackson, MS - A restaurant chain discriminated against the religious beliefs of a Pentecostal woman by refusing to let her wear a denim skirt instead of blue jeans while she worked as a waitress, a federal agency says in a lawsuit. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Tuesday that it has sued Georgia Blue LLC, which has restaurants selling southern and Creole food in four...

Montgomery, AL – Firebrand Jurist Roy Moore Wins Alabama GOP Primary Runoff For U.S. Senate, Defeating Trump-backed Incumbent

September 26, 2017 at 09:29 PM
Montgomery, AL - Firebrand jurist Roy Moore has won the Alabama Republican primary for U.S. Senate, defeating an appointed incumbent backed by President Donald Trump and allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell. In an upset likely to rock the party establishment, Moore clinched victory Tuesday over Sen. Luther Strange to win the GOP nomination for the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff...
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New York – Trump Headlining Fundraiser Expected To Raise $5 Million

September 26, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York -President Donald Trump raised an estimated $5 million at a fundraiser in New York on Tuesday night — money that will benefit the Republican Party and his 2020 re-election campaign. Trump headlined the fundraising dinner at the upscale Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan, which drew about 150 people paying as much as $250,000 per couple, said Republican National Committee spokeswoman...

Washington – Trump Plans To Slash US Refugee Admissions

September 26, 2017 at 08:38 PM
Washington - The Trump administration will allow no more than 45,000 refugees into the United States next year, officials said Tuesday, in what would be the lowest admissions level in more than a decade. President Donald Trump is expected to announce the cap on refugee admissions following a lengthy debate within his administration about whether to go higher or lower. The figure represents the...

Newark, NJ – Conviction Reversal Adds Intrigue To Menendez Bribery Trial

September 26, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Newark, NJ - The overturning of another politician's corruption conviction has added intrigue to the bribery trial of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey. On Tuesday, a New York federal appeals court invalidated the 2015 conviction of Republican former state Senate leader Dean Skelos. The same court reversed Democratic former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's...

Newark, NJ – Lecturer Says Hitler Comments On Video Taken Out Of Context

September 26, 2017 at 07:27 PM
Newark, NJ - A New Jersey Institute of Technology lecturer seen on video apparently spouting anti-Semitic sentiments says his comments were taken out of context. The Newark college has put Jason Jorjani on administrative leave, saying his statements are "antithetical" to its core values. The video was part of a Sept. 19 New York Times opinion piece about a nonprofit group's undercover...

San Diego – Construction Of Border Wall Prototypes Begins In San Diego

September 26, 2017 at 07:01 PM
San Diego - The federal government said Tuesday that contractors began building eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, hitting a milestone toward a key campaign pledge. Construction in San Diego began three months behind schedule after those who didn't win contracts protested. The building process will last about 30 days, Customs and Border Protection...

Washington – Trump Misfired On Tweet About Iranian Missile Launch

September 26, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Washington - When President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Iran had "just test-fired" a missile, he seemed to know something the rest of the government did not. Turns out, he did not. There was no Iranian ballistic missile launch, three U.S. officials said Tuesday. Iran's Revolutionary Guard had used a military parade on Friday to display its Khoramshahr medium-range ballistic...

Washington – Experts: NKorea Lacks Ability, Intent To Attack US Planes

September 26, 2017 at 06:02 PM
Washington - Military analysts say North Korea doesn't have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country's top diplomat saying it has every right do so. They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating such an attack as tit-for-tat responses to fiery rhetoric by U.S. President Donald...

New York – Disciplinary Trial Of NYC Cop In Arrest Of Tennis Pro Concludes, But Details Kept Secret

September 26, 2017 at 05:31 PM
New York - The internal disciplinary trial of a police officer who tackled retired pro tennis player James Blake concluded Tuesday, but the public — and even Blake — might never learn the details of any punishment. Officer disciplinary records are secret under state law, city officials say. Officer James Frascatore, who arrested Blake outside a Manhattan hotel in 2015, has been accused...

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