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Washington – Rain On Trump’s Parade: Democratic Mayors Sniff At Military Pageant

February 9, 2018 at 04:22 PM
Washington - The mayors of big American cities, a largely Democratic bunch, love parades, but few are lining up to host the Bastille Day-style military display that Republican President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare. The mayors of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, all Democrats, rejected the idea of columns of soldiers and armored vehicles on their streets, a day after U.S...

New York – Wall Street Edges Up In Bumpy End To Brutal Week

February 9, 2018 at 04:06 PM
New York - U.S. stocks posted sharp gains on Friday, giving investors some solace after a week of huge swings that shook the market out of months of calm. The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 333.67 points, or 1.4 percent, to 24,194.13, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 38.61 points, or 1.50 percent, to 2,619.61 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 97.33 points, or 1.44...

Washington – US Flu Season Still Worsening; Now As Bad As 2009 Swine Flu

February 9, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Washington - The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003...

New York – U.S. Appeals Court Voids Verdict Over Arab Bank And Hamas

February 9, 2018 at 03:30 PM
New York - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a Sept. 2014 jury verdict finding Arab Bank Plc liable for knowingly supporting militant attacks in Israel linked to Hamas, a decision that triggers a settlement agreement with some plaintiffs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the Brooklyn jury weighing Arab Bank's alleged role in 24 attacks in the early 2000s had been...

New York – Star Witness In Cuomo Ex-aide Trial Arrested

February 9, 2018 at 03:21 PM
New York - The government's prize witness in the trial of a longtime top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to remain imprisoned. Todd Howe appeared in Manhattan federal court Friday after his arrest a day earlier for allegedly violating his bail conditions. His arrest came hours after he testified that he violated the terms of his cooperation agreement when he lied to...

Verona, Italy – Rising Racism Taints Italian Electoral Campaign

February 9, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Verona, Italy - When hundreds of hardcore Verona soccer fans chanted "Adolf Hitler is my friend" and sang of their team's embrace of the swastika, Italian Jewish communities complained, and waited. Local officials initially dismissed the incident — which was filmed and circulated on social media by the so-called "ultras" themselves — as a "prank." Condemnation only came several months...

Seattle – Shipping Shakeup? Amazon May Deliver Some Of Its Own Orders

February 9, 2018 at 02:25 PM
Seattle - Amazon's next move may be to shake up the shipping industry. The online retailer is reportedly planning a new service called "Shipping With Amazon" that will allow it to pick up packages from businesses and deliver them to consumers. The service is expected to start in Los Angeles in the coming weeks, before it is rolled out more broadly as soon as this year, according to The Wall...

London – Facebook Launches $10 Million Community Leader Awards

February 9, 2018 at 02:00 PM
London - Facebook <FB.O> launched a community leadership program on Friday that will award $10 million in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create "meaningful" interactions. The initiative, announced at a Facebook Communities Summit in London, will give five people with a track record in creating groups up to $1...

Washington – Interim Security Clearances Are Routine, But Are They Risky?

February 9, 2018 at 01:31 PM
Washington - Rob Porter, who resigned from his White House job following allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, held an interim security clearance while working as President Donald Trump's staff secretary. Interim clearances are routinely issued — some because of a massive government backlog of hundreds of thousands of security clearance reviews. But in Porter's case, the White House...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Farthest Photos Ever Taken, From Nearly 4 Billion Miles Away

February 9, 2018 at 01:19 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - The NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken. In December — while nearly 4 billion miles (6 billion miles) from Earth — the New Horizons spacecraft snapped a picture of a star cluster. The photo surpassed the "Pale Blue Dot" images of Earth taken in 1990 by NASA's Voyager 1. New Horizons took more photos as...

New York – Bitcoin May Not Be Worth All The Hoopla: N.Y. Fed Blog Post

February 9, 2018 at 12:43 PM
New York - Bitcoin and other digital currencies have, so far, not been formidable competition for cash, checks or credit cards as a payment method in the United States and other major economies, according to two economists at New York Federal Reserve. Virtual currencies usually thrive as an alternative form of payment during times of suspicion around traditional forms of payment, they said in...

New York – Schumer: Orthodox Jews Should Do More To Call Out Trump For Failing To Condemn Neo-Nazis

February 9, 2018 at 12:01 PM
New York - An otherwise congenial meeting between Jewish organizational officials and Democratic senators apparently turned testy when Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said Orthodox Jews should do more to call out President Donald Trump for failing to confront hate in the United States. Schumer, D-N.Y. was singling out what he depicted as a tepid reaction to Trump’s equivocation...

Gaza City – Leader Of Militant Hamas Leaves Gaza For Talks In Egypt

February 9, 2018 at 11:29 AM
Gaza City - The leader of the militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza has left the blockaded territory for talks in neighboring Egypt after the country opened its border for a few days. The group said in a statement that Ismail Haniyeh left Friday, two days after Egypt opened the crossing temporarily. It said the visit aims to discuss Gaza's economic crisis "that put Gaza on the edge...

New York – CNN Host Rails Against Holocaust Denier Congressional Candidate In On-air Interview

February 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM
New York - Are you a Nazi?" CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked Republican congressional candidate Arthur Jones during a live interview on the network on Thursday. "I don't call myself a Nazi, I call myself an American patriot and statesman," Jones shot back. In response, Camerota listed several key details about Jones so that individuals could "decide for themselves" if they thought Jones was...

Washington – Kelly Getting Scrutiny After Senior Aide’s Resignation

February 9, 2018 at 10:29 AM
Washington - Pressure mounted on White House chief of staff John Kelly as questions swirled Friday about his defense of a senior aide he fought to keep in a highly sensitive West Wing job despite accusations of spousal abuse from two ex-wives. White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a member of President Donald Trump's inner circle and arguably Kelly's closest aide, cleaned out his desk on...

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