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New York – Judge To Trump: Muting, Not Blocking Followers, May End Suit

March 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM
New York - A judge recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump mute rather than block some of his critics from following him on Twitter to resolve a First Amendment lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald suggested a settlement as the preferred outcome after hearing lawyers argue whether it's constitutional for Trump to block some followers. "Isn't the answer he just mutes...

Washington – Trump Teases Big News; It Arrives In The Dark, On Driveway

March 8, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The first inkling that something big was afoot on North Korea came from President Donald Trump himself: He popped his head into the White House briefing room late Thursday afternoon to tease a "major statement" coming soon — from South Korean officials. Then ABC reporter Jon Karl ran into Trump in a West Wing hallway and the president let out a little more string. Asked if the...

New York – NYC’s ‘Fearless Girl’ Staying Put For Now, Future Uncertain

March 8, 2018 at 11:00 PM
New York - The "Fearless Girl" statue that's been a New York City tourist attraction since it was installed to mark International Women's Day one year ago is staying put for now while city officials figure out where it's going next to spread its message of female empowerment. A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that city officials expect to make an announcement about the...

Brooklyn, NY – Chasidic Father Lauds DA For Groundbreaking Program That Lets Drug Users Choose Rehab Over Jail

March 8, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - An Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn man who became an outspoken advocate for troubled children after sharing the story of his daughter’s lost battle with substance abuse had high words of praise for a new program launched by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in conjunction with the NYPD and the City Council to give those charged with misdemeanor drug offenses the option of...

Washington – Q&A: How Tariffs Would Work _ And Whether They Likely Will

March 8, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Ever a deal-maker, President Donald Trump is making a bold gamble by inviting the countries of the world to negotiate their way out of heavy new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States. When Trump announced Thursday that he was slapping tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum, he temporarily exempted big steel producers Canada and...

Washington – Trump Meets ‘Doom’ Maker And Other Video Game Execs

March 8, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump met on Thursday with the makers of popular video games "Grand Theft Auto" and "Doom" to discuss what the president believes is a link between video games and violent acts like last month's school shooting in Florida. It was the latest in a series of meetings Trump has held to talk about how to stop mass shootings at schools. Trump has said he would...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – 911 Calls Show Chaos, Calm During Florida School Massacre

March 8, 2018 at 09:01 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - When emergency calls began pouring in from parents and students during the Florida high school massacre, 911 operators at first tried to grasp the enormity of the emergency and then sought to calm the callers while gathering information to assist arriving law enforcement officers. The Broward County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released audio of 10 of the 81 calls its 911...

Washington – US Official: Trump Agreed To Meet Kim Because He Is North Korea’s Decision-maker:

March 8, 2018 at 08:41 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim is the ultimate decision-maker in his country, a senior administration official said on Thursday. "President Trump has made his reputation on making deals," the official said in a briefing with reporters after Trump's agreement to meet Kim at a time and place to be chosen in what would be the...

Washington – White House To Convene ‘brainstorming Session’ To Help Gaza Strip

March 8, 2018 at 08:39 PM
Washington - The White House will convene a meeting next week of “stakeholders” to improve life in the Gaza Strip, said the top Trump administration Middle East peace negotiator. “In response to the burgeoning humanitarian situation in Gaza, key countries and stakeholders are preparing to act: There was a meeting in Cairo on Thursday, and there will be a brainstorming session at the...

Phoenix, AZ – Court: Woman Must Pay For Canceled eBay Diamond Ring Sale

March 8, 2018 at 08:01 PM
Phoenix, AZ - The Arizona Court of Appeals says a Phoenix woman must pay for backing out of an agreement to sell her diamond ring through eBay. Court documents say Julie Rohr put her 10-carat diamond ring for sale on eBay for $100,000 in 2014 and Evangelos Armiros chose the "buy it now" option. The records say Rohr later canceled the agreement when she was offered a higher bid. Armiros...

Washington – SKorea Says Trump Will Meet NKorea’s Kim By May

March 8, 2018 at 07:25 PM
Washington - South Korea's national security director says President Donald Trump has decided he will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un "by May." Chung Eui-yong spoke outside the White House after a day of briefings with senior U.S. officials, including Trump, on the recent inter-Korea talks. Chung says Trump said "he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization" of...

Washington – US Official: North Korea Offers To Suspend Missile Tests, Meet With Trump

March 8, 2018 at 06:53 PM
Washington - South Korea's national security adviser will announce at the White House at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday (0000 GMT) an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, Fox News reported, citing a senior U.S. official. The South Korean national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, will also announce a commitment by Kim to stop North Korea's nuclear...

Washington – Study Finds False Stories Travel Way Faster Than The Truth

March 8, 2018 at 06:23 PM
Washington - Twitter loves lies. A new study finds that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. And you can't blame bots; it's us, say the authors of the largest study of online misinformation. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at more than 126,000 stories tweeted millions of times...

United Nations – Netanyahu In Meeting With Nikki Haley Calls Ambassador A ‘Tsunami Of Fresh Air’ At UN

March 8, 2018 at 06:00 PM
United Nations - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, that she was like a “tsunami of fresh air” at the body. “I wanted to tell you how much we appreciate the defense of Israel and the truth that the president and you bring into these cloistered halls that are so damp, you know, with anti-Israel venom,” Netanyahu said...

London – UK Police: 21 Total Treated After Spy Poisoning

March 8, 2018 at 05:30 PM
London - A British police official on Thursday updated the number of people who sought treatment after a nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy, saying "around 21" had been given medical help and support. Only three people remain hospitalized after the poisoning Sunday in the southern English city of Salisbury — ex-spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a British police officer who...

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