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Boston – Report: Federal Air Marshal Service Curtailing Surveillance

December 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Boston - The Federal Air Marshal Service says it's curtailing a domestic surveillance program that's been accused of spying on thousands of unwitting passengers who are not suspected of a crime or appear on a terror watch list. The agency's new director, David Kohl, tells the Boston Globe that air marshals are "no longer capturing" any "routine passenger behaviors on a plane that would be seen...

New York – Small-cap S&P 600 Index Confirms Bear Market

December 15, 2018 at 11:30 PM
New York - As U.S. stocks have been rocked by trade tensions and monetary policy worries, shares of small-cap companies, by one measure, have now confirmed that they are in their first bear market in three years. On Friday, the small-cap S&P 600 Index < .SPCY> fell 1.6 percent to mark a 20.05 percent decline from its Aug. 31 closing high. A drop of 20 percent or more from a record or...

Ft Lauderdale, FL – In A Plot Twist, Spirit Tops US Airlines In On-time Arrivals

December 15, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Ft Lauderdale, FL - Spirit Airlines tops the latest ratings for on-time flights, a big turnaround for a discount carrier that consistently ranked as the tardiest airline in America three years ago. Spirit also has the second-lowest rate of canceled flights in the latest government report. It still has a high rate of passenger complaints, and some travelers avoid it and other budget airlines...

Indianapolis – Indiana Governor Says Passing Hate Crime Law ‘Long Overdue’

December 15, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Indianapolis - The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who quickly called for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. "It's not only the right thing to do, it's long overdue," Holcomb said Friday during an interview with The Associated Press. "I'm convinced the overwhelming...

Washington – Trump Hails Judge’s Ruling Against Obamacare As ‘Great’

December 15, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as "a great ruling for our country," while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday said that Obamacare, known formally as the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), was...

Washington – Pro Israeli Conservative Magazine Weekly Standard Shutters, Trump Says ‘Rest In Peace!

December 15, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Washington - The company that owns The Weekly Standard, for 23 years a flagship of an interventionist and robustly pro-Israel foreign policy, is shutting it down. Clarity Media Group said the closure was a result of a roiling media market and rejected claims that the fact that the Standard is a leading conservative outlet criticizing President Donald Trump was a factor. Clarity rejected...

East Rutherford, NJ – Over $500K Spilled From Armored Truck, $300K Still Missing

December 15, 2018 at 09:01 PM
East Rutherford, NJ - Nearly $300,000 remains missing a day after two bags of money fell out the back of an armored truck and set off a mad scramble by motorists to grab some of the fluttering bills, police in New Jersey said. More than a half-million dollars spilled Thursday from a Brink's truck near MetLife Stadium, the home of the NFL's Jets and Giants. East Rutherford police said in a...

Washington – Trump Visits Arlington Cemetery For Holiday Commemoration

December 15, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday for a holiday commemoration. In a steady rain, Trump visited the cemetery during an annual event in which holiday wreaths are laid to honor the sacrifices made by veterans and their families. The president's trip to Arlington came about a month after he received criticism for not...

New York – NYC Police Say Video Of Toddler Yanked From Mom Not Whole Story

December 15, 2018 at 08:00 PM
New York - The New York City police commissioner said Friday that a more complicated and "chaotic" story is emerging from a witness video that went viral showing a tug-of-war between a New York mother with a toddler and police yanking the boy from her. Police said an internal review found that Jazmine Headley had used the child as a shield to avoid arrest on Dec. 7 at a Brooklyn social...

Sydney – Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital, But Won’t Move Embassy Yet

December 15, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Sydney - Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. Morrison said in a speech that Australia would recognize east Jerusalem as Palestine's capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution...

Washington – Budget Head Mulvaney Picked As Trump’s Next Chief Of Staff

December 15, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of the running for the job. "Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration," Trump tweeted Friday. "I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT...

Jerusalem – Israel Demolishes Home Of Palestinian Assailant In West Bank

December 15, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli forces have demolished the home of a Palestinian charged with killing a soldier during an Israeli raid in the West Bank earlier this year. Troops used two controlled explosions to destroy Islam Abu Hmaid's home in Ramallah on Saturday, in an operation involving dozens of soldiers and military vehicles. The military says Palestinians hurled rocks toward the forces, who...

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