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Seoul – Hospital Fire Kills At Least 37 In South Korea

January 25, 2018 at 11:45 PM
Seoul - A fire raced through a small South Korean hospital with no sprinkler system on Friday, killing 37 people, many of them elderly, and injuring more than 140 others in the country's deadliest blaze in about a decade. Sejong Hospital in the southeastern city of Miryang has a separate nursing ward where 94 elderly patients were being treated, but all of them were safely evacuated, fire...

Cape Canaveral, FL – NASA Honors 7 Killed On Space Shuttle Columbia 15 Years Ago

January 25, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - NASA honored the seven astronauts killed aboard shuttle Columbia 15 years ago, with a special musical tribute Thursday by the son of Israel's first astronaut. Singer and songwriter Tal Ramon joined a few hundred others at Kennedy Space Center to remember the Columbia crew and other astronauts killed in the line of duty over the decades. Seven astronauts — including...

New York – Socially Responsible Investing Gets A Trump Bump

January 25, 2018 at 10:26 PM
New York - Decades after she began investing, Diana Casey for the first time put money in mutual funds that favor companies with women in corner offices and otherwise aim to invest in a socially responsible way. Her inspiration? President Donald Trump. A 49-year-old lawyer, she was turned off when then-candidate Trump insinuated the judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University may be...

Washington – Report: Trump Wanted Mueller Fired, Backed Off

January 25, 2018 at 10:07 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, but he backed off the order after White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to resign, according to a report Thursday in The New York Times. The newspaper reports that Trump demanded Mueller's firing just weeks after the special counsel was first appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod...

Amsterdam – Dutch Intelligence Agency Spied On Russian Hacking Group

January 25, 2018 at 10:01 PM
Amsterdam - The Dutch intelligence agency AIVD spied on the Russian group believed to be behind the hack of the Democratic Party ahead of U.S. elections, local media reported on Thursday. Current affairs program Nieuwsuur and newspaper de Volkskrant based the story on several anonymous intelligence sources in the Netherlands and the United States. The Moscow-based group known as Cozy Bear...

Davos, Switzerland – Soros Denounces Trump ‘Mafia State’

January 25, 2018 at 09:29 PM
Davos, Switzerland - George Soros, the billionaire businessman-turned-philanthropist, says he believes President Donald Trump wants to create a "mafia state" in the U.S. — but can't because of the strength of the country's underlying institutions. He didn't elaborate on what he meant. At a dinner he hosted on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Soros also...

New York – NY Museum Offers Solid Gold, Used Toilet To Trumps

January 25, 2018 at 09:00 PM
New York - Donald and Melania Trump had a simple request: to borrow a Van Gogh painting from a New York museum for their White House private quarters. Instead, the Washington Post reports the Guggenheim Museum's curator came up with a pointedly satirical counter-offer: a solid gold toilet used by visitors in a museum restroom until last August. The first couple wanted Van Gogh's "Landscape...

Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Development Proposal Just Happens To Be Amazon-sized

January 25, 2018 at 08:28 PM
Atlanta, GA - As Atlanta vies to entice Amazon to build its second headquarters in the South's corporate capital, a developer just happens to be proposing a $5 billion downtown project with 9.3 million square feet (87 million square meters) of office space — more than three times the amount in New York City's Empire State Building. No one's saying it's for Amazon — yet. Details of the...

Tokyo – With Self-parking Slippers, Nissan Drives Japanese Hospitality To A New Level

January 25, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Tokyo - In Japan, where old traditions are constantly being updated with new technology, one inn is making use of automated driving technology to offer the latest in hands-free hospitality -- self-driving slippers. Nissan Motor Co has developed a system for slippers to 'park' themselves at the entrance of the traditional inn at the push of a button, ready for guests to use upon...

Washington – More Than 20 WH Employees Talked To Mueller, Lawyer Says

January 25, 2018 at 07:31 PM
Washington - More than 20 White House employees have given interviews to special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian election interference and obstruction of justice, according to a document released Thursday President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd. The details highlight what the White House calls its unprecedented cooperation with...

Miami, FL – More Birth Defects Seen In U.S. Areas Where Zika Was Present

January 25, 2018 at 07:04 PM
Miami, FL - The mosquito-born Zika virus may be responsible for an excess number of birth defects in U.S. states and territories where the virus had been circulating in local mosquito populations, even in women who had no lab evidence of Zika exposure during pregnancy, U.S. health officials said on Thursday. Areas with local Zika transmission, including southern Florida, a portion of south...

Vienna – Austria’s Jews Boycott Holocaust Commemoration Over Rise Of Far Right

January 25, 2018 at 06:35 PM
Vienna - Austria's main Jewish body (IKG) will boycott a parliamentary Holocaust commemoration event because of the rise of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) which entered government last month, the IKG's chief said on Thursday. The Freedom Party, junior coalition partner to Sebastian Kurz's conservatives, was founded by former Nazis and has repeatedly excluded members in Nazi scandals. It...

United Nation – Israel Accuses Iran Of Trying To Turn Syria Into Its Base

January 25, 2018 at 06:02 PM
United Nation - Israel's U.N. ambassador is accusing Iran of attempting to turn Syria into "the largest military base in the world" to destabilize the region, threaten Israel and "terrorize the entire free world." Danny Danon told the Security Council Thursday that classified information he was releasing showed that 82,000 fighters are currently under Iranian authority in Syria. He said the...

New York – Cuomo Chief-of-staff: Trial Won’t Affect Cuomo’s Future

January 25, 2018 at 05:33 PM
New York - The chief of staff for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo emerged Thursday from testimony at the bribery trial of one of Cuomo's former top aides to say the prosecution would not affect the Democrat's political trajectory. Linda Lacewell commented briefly to reporters outside Manhattan federal court after she finished testifying at the trial of Joseph Percoco, Cuomo's longtime confidante...

Washington – Trump Plan To Offer Citizenship To 1.8 Million Illegal Immigrants

January 25, 2018 at 05:25 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is proposing a plan that provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million of the so-called "Dreamer" immigrants, tighter restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security, the White House said, putting forward an outline likely to find resistance from some of Trump's conservative allies. Senior White House officials offered a preview of...

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