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New York – Bipartisan Group Assails Trump’s Attacks On Political Norms

January 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM
New York - A new bipartisan task force will tackle what its founders say is the erosion of governmental norms created by the election of President Donald Trump. Democratic former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Republican former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman announced the task force in an editorial published in USA Today , the pair said that since the election of President Donald...

Washington – Secret Service: ‘Jackpotting’ Hackers Steal Over $1 Million From ATMs Across U.S.

January 29, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - A coordinated group of hackers likely tied to international criminal syndicates has pilfered more than $1 million by hijacking ATM machines across the United States and forcing them to spit out bills like slot machines dispensing a jackpot, a senior U.S. Secret Service official said on Monday. Within the past few days there have been about a half-dozen successful "jackpotting"...

New York – Reports: Changes Needed To NY Parole And Probation System

January 29, 2018 at 10:33 PM
New York - Two new reports from Columbia University are raising questions about New York's probation and parole system and offering suggestions for making it more effective. The publications issued Monday were written by corrections experts from around the nation. They examine how inmates are often sent back to jail for technical violations of their parole, such as missing curfew or a meeting...

New York – A Lawsuit A Day: U.S. Securities Class Actions Soar

January 29, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - The number of class action lawsuits in the United States accusing companies of fraud and other securities law violations soared in 2017, topping one a day even as the value of settlements plunged, a study released on Monday shows. There were 432 shareholder lawsuits accusing companies of making false or misleading statements or concealing bad news about their businesses or mergers...

Washington – McConnell Hits Pelosi For ‘racial Invective’ On Immigration

January 29, 2018 at 09:15 PM
Washington - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the House's top Democrat on Monday of "irresponsible racial invective" that's hurting the chances for a bipartisan immigration deal. McConnell, R-Ky., didn't specify to what he was referring. But his comments on the Senate floor came four days after Rep. Nancy Pelosi said the immigration plan that President Donald Trump released last...

Frankfurt – German City Cuts Ties To Banks That Enable Israel Boycotts

January 29, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Frankfurt - The deputy mayor of the city of Frankfurt announced on Monday that the municipal government will end all commerce with banks that conduct business with organizations that support a boycott of the Jewish state. In a statement sent to The Jerusalem Post, Deputy Mayor Uwe Becker wrote that “we will shortly only work together with banks, peoples’ banks, and Sparkassen (public...

Washington – Tickets To Trump Speech Promise Strong State Of The ‘Uniom’

January 29, 2018 at 08:34 PM
Washington - Tickets inviting guests to President Donald Trump's first official State of the Union address Tuesday had to be reissued after a misprint. The tickets read, "Address to the Congress on the State of the Uniom." Lawmakers had fun with the glitch: "Looking forward to tomorrow's State of the Uniom," Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted with a picture of the invite. Rep. Raul...

Washington – Push To Better Track Living Kidney Donors’ Long-term Health

January 29, 2018 at 08:29 PM
Washington -The big unknown when someone donates a kidney: The long-term health consequences. Now the U.S. is taking a step toward finally tracking how living donors fare over decades — just as candidates are getting some new cautions to consider. Specialists insist the surgery seldom brings serious complications for the donor. What happens later in life is less certain. British...

Santa Ana, CA – Gold! Treasure Lost At Sea In 1857 Shipwreck Goes On Display

January 29, 2018 at 08:08 PM
Santa Ana, CA - More than $50 million worth of gold bars, coins and dust that's been described as the greatest lost treasure in U.S. history is about to make its public debut in California after sitting at the bottom of the ocean for more than 150 years. The 3,100 gold coins, 45 gold bars and more than 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of gold dust recovered from the wreckage of the S.S. Central...

Frankfurt – German Automakers Face Heat Over Tests On Monkeys, Humans

January 29, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Frankfurt - Public criticism of the German auto industry has escalated on reports that diesel exhaust tests were carried out on both monkeys and humans. The tests were reportedly carried out by a research group funded by major German auto companies. The German on Monday government condemned the experiments and Volkswagen sought to distance itself from them, with its chairman saying that "in...

Washington – Pentagon Reviewing Security After Fitness Apps Reveal Locations

January 29, 2018 at 07:02 PM
Washington - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a review of security protocols, officials say, after fitness tracking devices broadcast patterns of movement at military facilities around the world, including in war zones. Nathan Russer, a student at the Australian National University in Canberra, drew attention to data when he wrote on Twitter about the images after stumbling upon...

Washington – U.S. House Panel Votes To Release Republican Memo On Anti-Trump Bias

January 29, 2018 at 06:51 PM
Washington - Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have voted to release a classified memo they wrote that alleges that the FBI and the Justice Department improperly used government surveillance during the investigation into Russian election interference and contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign. That's according to Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on...

Berlin – 150 Skiers Rescued From Broken Chairlift In Austria

January 29, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Berlin - About 150 skiers who were stuck on a broken chairlift in central Austria for several hours were rescued safely Monday, by helicopters and mountain rescue teams, Austrian police said Monday. Styria provincial police said on Twitter that all the skiers taken off the Rosenkranz chairlift at Kreischberg mountain north of Klagenfurt were uninjured. The lift stopped working early in the...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Blue Moon, Super Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse Rolled Into One

January 29, 2018 at 06:03 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week. On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a supermoon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn't been a triple lineup like this since 1982 and the next won't occur until 2037. The eclipse will be visible best in the western half of the U.S. and Canada before the...

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Africa’s Leaders Choose Diplomacy To Trump’s Toilet Remarks

January 29, 2018 at 05:33 PM
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The 55-nation African Union appears to have decided to react diplomatically and strategically to U.S. President Donald Trump's alleged vulgar remarks about the continent. Rather than issuing an angry condemnation of Trump's reported comments in which he likened Africa to a filthy toilet, the African Union may decide to follow the advice of its new chairman, Rwandan...

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