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Washington – Senate Dems Question Legality Of Trump Medicaid Work Requirements

January 18, 2018 at 04:26 PM
Washington - The Trump administration's new policy allowing state work requirements for Medicaid recipients is legally questionable, more than two dozen Democratic senators said Thursday, framing an argument likely to be aired in court. The senators' letter to acting health secretary Eric Hargan reads like a memo to legal groups preparing a court challenge on behalf of low-income Medicaid...

Iquique, Chile – Watch: Pope Stops Motorcade To Help Fallen Officer

January 18, 2018 at 04:02 PM
Iquique, Chile - Pope Francis has brought his motorcade to a halt to check on a police officer who fell from her rearing horse along the route. Francis descended from his popemobile Thursday after celebrating Mass in Iquique to check on the officer, who was on guard while Francis and his entourage passed by. The horse reared up violently as the vehicle approached and the officer tumbled...

Warsaw – Polish President Thanks Trump For Fighting ‘Fake News’

January 18, 2018 at 03:39 PM
Warsaw - Poland's president has thanked President Donald Trump for fighting "fake news," saying his own country experiences the power of fake news "first hand." President Andrzej Duda voiced his thanks to Trump in English on Twitter Thursday, a day after the U.S. leader revealed his promised "fake news awards." In his tweet, Duda wrote that Trump "just stressed again the power of fake news...

Rio De Janeiro – Brazil Extradites Israeli Man Convicted Of Killing Palestinian In 2004

January 18, 2018 at 03:21 PM
Rio De Janeiro - A German-Israeli man who fled to Brazil after being convicted in the killing of a Palestinian taxi driver in 2004 was extradited. Yehoshua Elitzur, 46, was arrested in Sao Paulo in 2014, putting an end to a decade-long manhunt. He left Brazil on Wednesday and was scheduled to appear in court for a remand hearing after his arrival in Israel, that country’s Ministry of Justice...

Trenton, NJ – No Longer Governor, Christie Directed To Regular Airport Screening

January 18, 2018 at 02:59 PM
Trenton, NJ - Chris Christie is learning life as an airline passenger is different when you're no longer governor. When Christie and his New Jersey State Police security detail arrived at Newark Liberty Airport on Thursday, two days after he left office, they headed to a special access area used by dignitaries for security clearance. But a law enforcement official familiar with the...

St. Petersburg – Russia Marks 75 Years Since Breaking Nazi Siege Of Leningrad

January 18, 2018 at 02:32 PM
St. Petersburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Russia's breaking the Nazi siege of Leningrad. The Red Army broke the nearly 900-day blockade of the city on January 19, 1943, after fierce fighting. Putin was born in Leningrad, which regained its historic name of St. Petersburg after the 1991 Soviet collapse. His father was a World...

Trabzon, Turkey – Turkey Uses Large Crane To Remove Skidded Plane From Slope

January 18, 2018 at 02:02 PM
Trabzon, Turkey - Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just meters away from the Black Sea. The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 13. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was...

Amman – Jordan Says Israel Apologizes For Killing Of Two Jordanians In Embassy Incident

January 18, 2018 at 01:49 PM
Amman - Jordan said on Thursday that Israel had formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that has soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said. Government spokesman Mohammad al Momani was quoted by state news agency Petra as saying the Israeli Foreign Ministry had sent a...

Dubai – Emirates Throws Airbus A380 A Lifeline With $16 Billion Deal

January 18, 2018 at 01:30 PM
Dubai - The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates, announced Thursday it struck a deal with Airbus to purchase 20 A380 aircraft with the option to buy 16 more in a deal worth $16 billion, throwing a lifeline to the European-made double-decker jumbo jets. The Dubai-based Emirates already has 101 A380s in its fleet and 41 more on order, making it the largest operator of the jumbo jet. "This...

San Francisco – WhatsApp Inches Closer To Revenue Plan With Accounts For Businesses

January 18, 2018 at 01:05 PM
San Francisco - Messaging application WhatsApp said on Thursday that it would begin allowing business accounts for the first time, a step that brings the free service closer to a plan that would make money for its corporate parent, Facebook Inc. Some businesses already use WhatsApp, with 1.3 billion users, to answer inquires from customers. Business accounts will allow them to set up automatic...

Seattle – Amazon Narrows List To 20 For Its Second Headquarters

January 18, 2018 at 12:34 PM
Seattle - Amazon has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company's international options open. The online retailer said Thursday that after sorting through 238 proposals, the potential locations still include tech-strong places like Boston and New York. Other contenders...

Cairo – Pence Visit To Israel Showcases Dilemma Facing Egypt, Jordan Leaders

January 18, 2018 at 12:03 PM
Cairo - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts — Egypt's president and Jordan's king — on how to safeguard their vital ties with Washington without appearing to ignore Palestinian misgivings. Both countries are heavily...

Santa Ana, CA – Parents Of Killed Jewish College Student Speak Out

January 18, 2018 at 11:29 AM
Santa Ana, CA - The parents of a University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a California park said Thursday they're not focused on potential motives for the killing. A former high school classmate was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein. Samuel Woodward, 20, killed Bernstein with a knife, prosecutors said, while the college sophomore...

Jerusalem – IDF Reveals New Details About Islamic Jihad Terror Tunnel

January 18, 2018 at 11:08 AM
Jerusalem - New details have been revealed about the cross-border Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror tunnel destroyed by the IDF in late October. The tunnel, which infiltrated about 200 meters into southern Israel and was located only two kilometers from the community of Kissufim, is believed by the IDF to have been intended to be used to attack Kissufim and/or abduct Israeli...

Brooklyn, NY – Mobile Shower Bus To Take To The Streets Of Brooklyn

January 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Homeless people residing in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City will have a place to get clean thanks to a new planned mobile shower service made from a converted school bus. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday, saying his office will help fund the project. The program will have two shower stalls housed in the bus traveling...

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