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Washington – Bob Dole Gets Congressional Gold Medal

January 17, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole knew the art of the deal before President Donald Trump published the 1987 book of the same name. The two shared a stage under the Capitol dome Wednesday as Dole, 94, accepted Congress' highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for his World War II service and decades of work in the House and Senate. Trump, meanwhile, was mired in...

Washington – What About The Memory Test Trump Aced? It’s Not For Everyone

January 17, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Drawing a clock. Counting backward by sevens. Rattling off words that begin with "F'' before a minute's up. They may not sound like difficult tasks, but they're part of a cognitive exam that's getting a lot of attention because President Donald Trump aced it. For all their apparent simplicity, 10-minute quizzes like the Montreal Cognitive Assessment offer doctors a snapshot of...

Washington – Century After Pandemic, Science Takes Its Best Shot At Flu

January 17, 2018 at 10:25 PM
Washington - The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the...

New York – Heed Old Shelter Signs? If Nuke Is REALLY Coming, Maybe Not

January 17, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - A generation of Americans knew just what to do in the event of a nuclear attack — or during a major false alarm, like the one over the weekend in Hawaii. Take cover in a building bearing a yellow fallout shelter symbol. But these days, that might not be the best option, or even an option at all. Relics from the Cold War, the aging shelters that once numbered in the thousands in...

United Nations – North Korea Demands US Apology For Not Using Official Name

January 17, 2018 at 09:32 PM
United Nations - North Korea demanded an apology from the United States on Wednesday for what it called "insolent outrageous behavior" in refusing to refer to the country by its official name — the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. North Korean counsellor Ri Song Chol made the demand at a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly committee dealing with relations that the United States...

Boynton Beach, FL – Florida High-speed Train Kills Bicyclist, 4th Death So Far

January 17, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Boynton Beach, FL - A fourth person has died in Florida after being struck by a new high-speed train. Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater Police said Wednesday the train struck a bicyclist. No other details were released. Just days earlier, as the new Brightline train was offering preview runs before its debut, it struck and killed a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the...

New York – Accused NY Attacker’s Lawyers Propose Deal To Avoid Death Penalty

January 17, 2018 at 08:30 PM
New York - Lawyers for the Uzbek man accused of killing eight people by speeding a truck down a New York City bike path in October proposed a plea deal on Wednesday in which their client would accept life in prison without parole if prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. The lawyers for Sayfullo Saipov, 29, made their proposal in a court filing opposing prosecutors' request on Tuesday...

Newark, NJ – Wealthy New NJ Governor Says He’ll Accept $175K Salary

January 17, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Newark, NJ - New Jersey's wealthy new governor says he'll be accepting the job's $175,000-a-year salary. Democrat Phil Murphy is a multimillionaire former Wall Street executive who earned his fortune working at Goldman Sachs. Murphy replaced Republican Chris Christie after he served two terms. Christie's predecessor, Democrat Jon Corzine, also was a rich alum of Goldman Sachs. But...

Kirkland, WA – Umbrella Mistaken For Weapon Causes Hospital Lockdown

January 17, 2018 at 07:28 PM
Kirkland, WA - An umbrella sparked a scare at a Seattle-area hospital after it was mistaken for a rifle. KOMO reports an employee of Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington, noticed a visitor Wednesday morning carrying a backpack that had a long-handled item sticking from the top of it. Evergreen Health spokeswoman Kay Taylor said surveillance video was reviewed but it wasn't clear...

Jerusalem – After US Cuts, Palestinian Refugee Agency Seeks Donations

January 17, 2018 at 07:02 PM
Jerusalem - The U.N. agency that serves Palestinian refugees and their descendants said Wednesday it would launch a global fundraising appeal in hopes of making up for funding cuts announced by the United States. The Trump administration on Tuesday suspended $65 million for UNRWA, demanding it undertake a "fundamental re-examination." The U.S. provides roughly one-third of UNRWA's budget...

Monticello, NY – Catskills Casino To Open In Borscht Belt On Feb. 8

January 17, 2018 at 06:23 PM
Monticello, NY - The Resorts World Catskills casino northwest of New York City is set to open on Feb. 8 Resorts World Catskills will be the fourth of four Las Vegas-style casinos to open in upstate New York under an amendment to the state constitution approved by New York voters. The casino in the heart of the old "Borscht Belt" will be about 90 miles from Manhattan and will feature 150...

New York – Suspects In Custody In Times Square Car Chase That Injured NYPD Officer

January 17, 2018 at 06:20 PM
New York - Four days after an NYPD officer sustained minor injuries after being struck by a driver who was burning rubber in Times Square, the NYPD has detained two individuals in connection with the incident. Earlier today police said that 20 year old Arfhy Santos and 24 year old William Lopez, both of the Bronx, were wanted in connection with the attempted traffic stop which took place...

Jerusalem – Casualties After Israeli Security Forces And Palestinians Exchange Fire In Jenin

January 17, 2018 at 05:49 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli security forces exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen in the West Town city of Jenin Wednesday night. At least one Palestinian was reportedly killed in the gunfight. An Israeli was hurt as well and required evacuation. It is suspected that the Israeli force was searching for the murderers of Rabbi Raziel Shevach who was killed in a drive-by terrorist attack on January...

Cheyenne, WY – Motion-sensing Cameras Capture Candid Wildlife Shots

January 17, 2018 at 05:24 PM
Cheyenne, WY - How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?" Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it's not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like never before. "There's no doubt — it is an incredible tool...

Washington – Science Panel Backs Lower Drunken Driving Threshold

January 17, 2018 at 05:02 PM
Washington - A prestigious scientific panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the "entirely preventable" 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. The U.S. government-commissioned, 489-page report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released...

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