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Hong Kong – Wheelchair-bound Athlete Honored For Climbing Up Mountain

January 11, 2018 at 11:55 PM
Hong Kong - A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York's Empire State Building. The 35-year-old, who is paralyzed from the hip down, recently became the first Chinese athlete to be nominated for the Laureus World's Best Sporting Moment of...

New York – Uber Has Used Tool To Evade Police During Foreign Raids

January 11, 2018 at 11:30 PM
New York - The ride-sharing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the U.S. Uber spokeswoman Melanie Ensign said this tool — no longer in use — could lock computers and smartphones and change passwords remotely from the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Bloomberg reported Thursday that Uber...

Washington – IRS Rolls Out New Tax Tables For Promised Bigger Paychecks

January 11, 2018 at 11:06 PM
Washington - Taking the first concrete step toward the Republican tax plan's promise of fatter paychecks for millions, the Trump administration on Thursday issued new guidelines for how much employers should withhold as taxes from workers' pay. The Internal Revenue Service published the new income-tax withholding tables to conform to the sweeping $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the first major...

Washington – US Gives $2B To Help Homeless Amid Plans To Cut Housing Aid

January 11, 2018 at 10:37 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's administration announced $2 billion in grants Thursday for local agencies trying to help the homeless even as the government proposes deep cuts to federal housing programs. The total awards in the Continuum of Care program is the most ever, though only slightly above collective grants of more than $1.9 billion in the last few years. About 7,300 programs...

Long Island, NY – Trump Era: New York Charges 17 With Numerous Crimes, Ties To Salvadoran Drug Gang

January 11, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Long Island, NY - Law enforcement authorities on Thursday unveiled a slew of charges, including murder, drug trafficking and conspiracy, against 17 alleged members of a Central America-tied gang that they say is running a global criminal enterprise. A grand jury in Nassau County, on Long Island just east of New York City, earlier this week indicted the alleged members of MS-13, or Mara...

Washington – ‘A Mad Scramble’: How Trump Tweet On Pakistan Blindsided U.S. Officials

January 11, 2018 at 09:15 PM
Washington - A surprise New Year's Day tweet by President Donald Trump in which he appeared to decree an end to U.S. aid for Pakistan, sent U.S. officials scrambling to suspend security assistance without even knowing how much aid they were freezing, four U.S. officials said. The decision to freeze up to about $2 billion in security aid, according to a later estimate by U.S. officials, to a...

New York – NYC To Keep Controversial Statues But Add Historical Markers

January 11, 2018 at 08:55 PM
New York - A commission created to figure out what to do with controversial statues and monuments on New York City property has recommended that most be kept where they are with historical markers added to give additional context, with just one moved from its high-profile location. Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the statue review last summer amid a national outcry over violence surrounding a...

Philadelphia – Local Governments Won’t Say What They’re Offering Amazon

January 11, 2018 at 08:36 PM
Philadelphia - State and local governments have been more than happy to play up the amenities they think make their locations the best choice for Amazon's second headquarters. But many of them will not disclose the tax breaks or other financial incentives they are offering the online giant. More than 15 states and cities, including Chicago, Cleveland and Las Vegas, refused requests from The...

Washington – AP: Trump Uses Profanity To Disparage Africans

January 11, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Washington - In an extraordinary Oval Office exchange, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. should permit immigrants from "shithole countries" as he rejected a plan by a bipartisan group of senators that would have changed rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation. The White House did not deny the comment. Trump...

Washington – US Cold Snap Was A Freak Of Nature, Quick Analysis Finds

January 11, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Washington - Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn't global warming but a freak of nature. Frigid weather like the two-week cold spell that began around Christmas is 15 times rarer than it was a century ago, according to a team of international scientists who does real-time analyses to see if extreme weather events...

Brooklyn, NY – Woman Rescued From Underneath Subway Train

January 11, 2018 at 07:02 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A 22-year-old woman was seriously injured when she apparently passed out and fell onto subway tracks in Brooklyn just as a train pulled in. A photo shows the woman wedged underneath the train holding the hand of an MTA construction worker. The Manhattan-bound train apparently missed her and she became jammed between the rail and the wall. Police say it happened at the Bedford...

Washington – Shopping For Nursing Homes More Tricky In Trump Era

January 11, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Washington - Finding a safe, high-quality nursing home for a loved one is never an easy task. Complicated decisions often are made at a moment of emotional crisis and reliable guidance can be difficult to come by. And it is going to get more difficult. The Trump administration is moving quickly to deregulate nursing homes, complying with a wish list submitted by industry lobbying groups...

Washington – Trump Says ‘Probably’ Has A Good Relationship With North Korea’s Kim

January 11, 2018 at 05:54 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump suggested in an interview Thursday that he has developed a positive relationship with the North Korean leader, but declined to say whether they have spoken. No sitting U.S. president is known to have spoken with a North Korean leader. The two nations have remained in a state of war and without diplomatic relations since the Korean War ended in 1953 without...

Naples, FL – Florida Bear Attack Leaves Man With 41 Stitches In Face

January 11, 2018 at 05:35 PM
Naples, FL - A man says he was letting his dog outside in Florida when a large bear attacked him. Andrew Meunier tells news outlets he let his dog out of his home about 11 p.m. Tuesday and spotted the 4-foot (1-meter) bear standing next to him when he stepped outside. He told the Collier County Sheriff's Department the dog ran back inside scared. Meunier said he struggled to get away and...

Washington – Trump Convenes Experts On Overhaul Of Nation’s Prison System

January 11, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has promoted a tough-on-crime agenda at the White House. But he says the nation needs to find ways to help inmates eventually re-enter society. Searching for conservative solutions on criminal justice, Trump convened a group of governors, faith-based leaders and experts on Thursday to "break this vicious cycle" and find ways of bringing job training...

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