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Austin, TX – Nation’s oldest World War II vet dies in Texas at age 112

December 27, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Auston, TX - A family member says the nation's oldest World War II veteran who was also believed to be oldest living man in the U.S. has died in Texas. Richard Overton was 112. Shirley Overton, whose husband was Richard's cousin, says the Army veteran died Thursday evening at a rehab facility in Austin. Overton had been recently hospitalized with pneumonia. Overton was in his 30s when he...

Washington – Shutdown Affects Court Cases That Involve Trump

December 27, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The partial government shutdown has prompted the chief judge of Manhattan federal courts to suspend work on civil cases involving U.S. government lawyers. The order suspends action in several civil lawsuits in which President Donald Trump is a defendant. Judge Colleen McMahon said in a written order that the suspension will remain in effect until the business day after the...

Portland – Legal Marijuana Industry Toasts Year Of Global Gains

December 27, 2018 at 10:34 PM
Portland - The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana. Canada ushered in broad legalization, and Mexico's Supreme Court set...

New York – NY Man Charged In Kidnapping Scheme Involving Lev Tahor

December 27, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - A New York man has been charged in the kidnapping of two children whose mother recently fled an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in Guatemala. The FBI arrested Aron Rosner of Brooklyn this week on charges accusing him of providing financial assistance to members of the religious group Lev Tahor in an international abduction scheme. Rosner's defense attorney did not respond to an email...

New York – Video: Con Edison Transformer Fire In Queens Lights Sky

December 27, 2018 at 09:46 PM
Queens, NY - A transformer explosion at an electrical plant set the skies above New York City ablaze in an eerie, pulsing blue light Thursday night, causing scattered power outages, delaying flights and sparking a social media storm of jokes about an alien invasion. The blast prompted a brief fire at a sprawling Con Edison facility in Queens — but no injuries — and a spectacular...

Jerusalem – Are Israeli Media Too Soft On The Country’s Popular Military?

December 27, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Jerusalem - Like citizens in democracies around the world, Israelis are losing trust in their state institutions. In a recent poll by the Israel Democracy Institute, no more than 31 percent of the public trusts the government or the legislature, and only 16 percent trust the political parties. However, one institution continues to garner nearly universal approval: the army. Nearly 90 percent...

Washington – Poll: Michelle Obama The Most Admired Woman In America

December 27, 2018 at 09:04 PM
Washington - Former First Lady Michelle Obama is the most admired woman in America, according to a new Gallup poll. Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fell to third place after having been named the most admired woman in America every year from 2002-2017. Talk show host Oprah Winfry placed second, while current First Lady Melania Trump placed fourth. Michelle Obama has been on...

New York – Officer In Subway Battle: ‘I’m Trying To Survive’; 3 Charged

December 27, 2018 at 08:31 PM
New York - A police officer on patrol alone says he was just "trying to survive" as he fought off homeless men who came at him in a caught-on-video confrontation in a New York City subway station Sunday night. Officer Syed Ali, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, told reporters Thursday that he was flooded with calls and kudos from old Army buddies stationed around the globe as the footage went...

New York – Lighter Load: Laundry Detergents Shrink For Amazon

December 27, 2018 at 08:02 PM
New York - Amazon's rise is forcing laundry detergents to shrink. Tide and Seventh Generation have introduced redesigned laundry detergents that are several pounds lighter by cutting down on plastic in their packaging and using less water in their formulas. They're making the changes to please Amazon and other online stores: Lighter packaging means retailers pay less to ship the detergent to...

Guatemala – Bereaved Guatemalan Mother Hoped Son Would Help Family’s U.S. Entry

December 27, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Guatemala - Between heavy sobs, Catarina Alonzo explained that when her husband left Guatemala to try to reach the United States, they hoped taking their 8-year-old son would make it easier for the pair to get in. Instead, the boy fell ill and died. Detained on the U.S. border, Felipe Gomez Alonzo died late on Christmas Eve in a New Mexico hospital a few weeks after setting off with his...

Tel Aviv – Israeli PM To Stay For Brazil Inauguration After All

December 27, 2018 at 06:32 PM
Tel Aviv - Despite earlier reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to attend the inauguration of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The Brazilian newspaper O Globo had reported Wednesday that Netanyahu decided to shorten his weeklong visit to just two days after his coalition announced the dissolution of the Knesset and moved up elections to April 9. But the prime...

Paris – Frenchman Trying To Cross Atlantic In Barrel Capsule

December 27, 2018 at 06:02 PM
Paris - A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially designed barrel capsule, which will use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea. Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 4,500-kilometre (2,800-mile) journey to the Caribbean in about three months. Savin will drop...

Stone Harbor, NJ – Shipwreck Revealed On Shore Beach Could Be 1880s Schooner

December 27, 2018 at 05:30 PM
Stone Harbor, NJ - Shifting sands in Stone Harbor have uncovered what is believed to a wrecked ship from the late 19th century. The approximately 25-foot-long vessel's remains were visible on the southern part of the beach over the weekend. A local historian tells NJ.com the ship likely was the D.H. Ingraham, a schooner bound for Richmond, Virginia carrying a shipment of limes that sank in...

Washington – Government Shutdown Likely To Stretch Into Next Week

December 27, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Washington - Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon. House lawmakers are being told not to expect further votes this week, all but ensuring the shutdown will enter a second week and stretch toward the new year. Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they will get 24 hours' notice before having to return for a vote. And...

New York – Wall Street Stages Furious Late-day Rally To Close With Gains, Erasing 600-point Drop

December 27, 2018 at 04:44 PM
New York - Wall Street staged a swift, last-minute turnaround Thursday that rescued stocks from a steep dive and put the market on track to end a topsy-turvy, volatile week with a gain. The comeback reversed a 611 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out modest gains after having been down 2.8 and 3.3 percent, respectively. Thursday's sharp swing in...

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