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Washington – Perils Abroad, Full Plate At Home, As Trump Opens 2nd Year

January 1, 2018 at 11:24 PM
Washington - The glamour of his holiday break behind him, President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday night to face a hefty legislative to-do list, critical midterm elections and perilous threats abroad. Trump started his second year in Washington after a lengthy sojourn at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, capped by a New Year's Eve bash. Before his departure for the...

New York – Q&A: How Is The Growth Of Bitcoin Affecting The Environment?

January 1, 2018 at 11:02 PM
New York - The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the collective energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue: ___ WHAT IS BITCOIN? Bitcoin is the most popular virtual currency in the world, and it has grown in value this year. It was created in 2009 as a new way of...

Washington – 2017 Safest Year On Record For Commercial Passenger Air Travel: Groups

January 1, 2018 at 10:33 PM
Washington - Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group that tracks crashes, making 2017 the safest year on record for commercial air travel. Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported Monday there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017...

Brooklyn, NY – Hundreds Take Part In Frigid Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

January 1, 2018 at 10:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The sky was sunny and the water was freezing at Coney Island, where several hundred people, cheered on by hundreds more, ran into the ocean Monday to mark the start of 2018. While some dressed in dinosaur or penguin outfits, others wore nothing but underwear or bathing suits at the annual Coney Island New Year's Day Polar Plunge, a New York tradition since 1903. "It started...

Salt Lake City – Greyhound Bus Crash In Rural Utah Kills 13-year-old, Injures 11 Others

January 1, 2018 at 09:33 PM
Salt Lake City - A Greyhound bus careened from a highway and plunged into a deep wash, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring 11 other people on New Year's Eve in rural Utah, state troopers said Monday. Investigators were still trying to determine what caused the crash along Interstate 70 west of the city of Green River. However, a passenger reported a possible medical issue with the...

Tallahassee, FL – Record-shattering Cold Reaches Into Florida

January 1, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Tallahassee, FL - Record-shattering arctic cold reached as far south as Florida on Monday with freeze warnings in place from Texas to the Atlantic Coast and the northeastern United States facing another cold wave at the end of the week, forecasters said. Temperatures were from 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (11 to 17 degrees Celsius) below normal across the United States east of the Rocky...

New York – NY Legislature Returns, Faces Tough Choices On Budget, MTA

January 1, 2018 at 08:33 PM
New York - The new year dawns with political storm clouds bearing down on New York lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The New York City subway system, beset by breakdowns and delays, needs a massive investment. The upcoming corruption trial of a former top Cuomo adviser threatens to dim the Democrat's presidential chances. The state faces a $4 billion deficit, while ongoing conflicts...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Charedi Population Tops One Million

January 1, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - The number of Haredim in Israel reached one million in 2017, representing 12 percent of the population and rising. The Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sector is projected to comprise 16% of the total population by 2030, and Haredim will constitute a third of all citizens and 40% of the Jewish population in 2065. However, the fertility rate amongst the community has been dropping since...

Boston – Tax On Medical Devices To Resume After 2-year Suspension

January 1, 2018 at 07:03 PM
Boston - While much of corporate America will enjoy a tax cut in the new year, one industry is getting a tax increase it has fought hard but so far unsuccessfully to avoid. A 2.3-percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers is set for reinstatement Monday after a two-year hiatus. It was originally imposed in 2013 as one of several taxes and fees in the Affordable Care Act that pay for...

Oakland, CA – Customers Line Up For Broad Legal Pot Sales In California

January 1, 2018 at 06:15 PM
Oakland, CA - It wasn't exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal retail sales of marijuana, but those who could find the drug celebrated the historic day, lining up early for ribbon cuttings, freebies and offerings ranging from joints to gummy bears to weed with names like Red Dragon. Jeff Deakin, 66, his wife Mary and their dog waited in the cold all night to be...

Tehran – Iranian Police Say One Officer Killed By Protester, Raising Stakes In Unrest

January 1, 2018 at 05:28 PM
Tehran - A protester shot and killed a policeman during demonstrations in Iran, police said on Monday, the first reported fatality among security forces struggling to contain unrest challenging the clerical leadership. Demonstrations continued for a fifth day, after 13 people were reported to have been killed on Sunday in the worst wave of unrest since 2009 when huge crowds took to the streets...

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Breaks City Record For Killings Per Capita In 2017

January 1, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Baltimore, MD - Baltimore has set a new per-capita homicide record as gunmen killed for drugs, cash, payback - or no apparent reason at all. A surge of homicides in the starkly divided city resulted in 343 killings in 2017, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever - roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000...

Pittsburgh – Armed With New Data, Officials Target ‘Drug-dealing’ Doctors

January 1, 2018 at 04:03 PM
Pittsburgh - The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the kinds of powerful painkillers that ushered the nation into its worst drug crisis in history. At least one of Zielke's patients died of an...

West Bank – Ramallah Shoe Store Demands Brits And Americans Apologize Before Entering

January 1, 2018 at 03:32 PM
West Bank - It's not the prices at a shoe shop in Ramallah that will keep tourists out — it's the demand for an official apology before entering. A sign recently posted outside the shop, shared on Twitter by COGAT, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, said any British or American citizens who wish to enter must apologize first. "To all British and American...

New York – NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Begins 2nd Term At City Hall

January 1, 2018 at 02:51 PM
New York - Bill de Blasio began his second term as New York City mayor Monday at a swearing in ceremony outdoors in freezing temperatures, taking the oath of office administered by Brooklyn native and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. "By Vermont standards this is a warm and pleasant afternoon," Sanders, joked the crowd at City Hall Park. De Blasio won re-election handily in November...

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