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New York – Where Are The Drones? Amazon’s Customers Are Still Waiting

December 3, 2018 at 03:00 PM
New York - Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people's doorsteps by now. Amazon customers are still waiting. And it's unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company's founder and CEO will arrive. Bezos made billions of dollars by transforming the retail sector. But overcoming the regulatory hurdles and safety issues posed...

Washington – Target In Mueller Probe Files Complaint Against Prosecutors

December 3, 2018 at 02:16 PM
Washington - A conservative author in the crosshairs of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has filed a complaint with the Justice Department, alleging prosecutors tried to coerce him to give false testimony. Jerome Corsi said Monday that the prosecutors were trying to entice him to lie to a grand jury and threatened to indict him. Corsi is an associate of former Trump campaign...

Houston – George HW Bush Flies Back To Capital For Final Salute

December 3, 2018 at 01:43 PM
Houston - Sent off with a 21-gun salute, George H.W. Bush left his beloved Texas for the final time Monday, headed to Washington as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was decency, generosity and kindness. A long...

New York – Report: NYC Emergency Management Head Fired Over Snowstorm Disaster

December 3, 2018 at 01:08 PM
New York - Laura Anglin, Mayor Bill de Blasio's deputy mayor for operations, fired Commissioner Joseph Esposito on Friday, according to the WSJ, the first official to suffer consequences after a November snowstorm crippled the city’s evening commute. But when Reached by phone on Sunday evening, Mr. Esposito said he was still on the job. Mayor de Blasio didn’t answer a question about Mr...

Vatican City – Vatican Renews Call For 2-state Solution To Mideast Conflict

December 3, 2018 at 12:34 PM
Vatican City - The Vatican has reaffirmed its longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as the U.S. says it is preparing to present its long-awaited peace plan. Abbas met for 20 minutes Monday with Pope Francis and then the Vatican foreign minister, Monsignor Paul Gallagher. The Vatican said the...

Jerusalem – Rare Crusader Era Gold Cache Discovered In Port Of Caesarea

December 3, 2018 at 12:15 PM
Jerusalem - A cache of 24 rare gold coins and a 900 year old gold earring were discovered at the port of Caesarea, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced Monday. The discovery was made during extensive excavation and conservation work in the Caesarea Port, which was sponsored by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation. The gold cache was found hidden between two stones in the side of a well...

Burlington, VT – Sanders Eyes ‘Bigger’ 2020 Bid Despite Some Warning Signs

December 3, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Burlington, VT - An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist suggest that neither...

Katowice, Poland – Schwarzenegger Calls Trump ‘Meshugge’ On Climate Accord

December 3, 2018 at 11:36 AM
Katowice, Poland - Arnold Schwarzenegger says the United States is "still in" an international accord to curb global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to walk away from the agreement. The actor and former California governor told delegates gathered for United Nations climate talks in Poland on Monday that "America is more than just Washington or one leader." Calling...

Washington – Trump Wants ‘Full And Complete’ Sentence For Cohen

December 3, 2018 at 11:13 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump is calling for a "full and complete" sentence for his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. Trump tweets Monday: "You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?" Trump added that Cohen "makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself." Cohen...

Budapest – Hungarian Lawmaker Quits After Leak Of Anti-Semitic Comments

December 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Budapest - A lawmaker with Hungary's nationalistic Jobbik party says he is resigning his seat in parliament after the leak of a recording on which he could be heard making anti-Semitic comments. Istvan Szavay of the Jobbik party has denied hitting or hurting a Jewish woman, saying his boasts about it heard on the recording reportedly made in May were "shameful and humiliating jokes." Szavay...

Lagos, Nigeria – Nigerian President Says He’s Alive, Not An Impostor

December 3, 2018 at 10:38 AM
Lagos, Nigeria - Nigeria's president took the extraordinary step of denying rumors that he died and was replaced by a body double, telling the country that he is alive and well. "It is the real me I assure you," President Muhammadu Buhari said Sunday to a group of Nigerians during a visit to Poland, where he is attending the United Nations Climate Conference. "A lot of people hoped that I...

Los Angeles – Mental Status Of Driver Who Tried To Run Down 2 Jews Outside LA Synagogue Questioned

December 3, 2018 at 10:10 AM
Los Angeles - Criminal proceedings against a Seattle man who was charged with a hate crime for allegedly attempting to run over two people outside of a Los Angeles synagogue has been suspended. Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, 32, a Somalia native who reportedly is a U.S. citizen, was charged last week with two felony counts and a hate crime. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $55,000 bail. On...

Gaza – Hamas Sentences 6 To Death For Collaborating With Israel

December 3, 2018 at 09:41 AM
Gaza - A Hamas-controlled military court has sentenced six Palestinians to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel. The court sentenced another eight defendants in Gaza to prison for various periods. It was the most verdicts to be issued on a single day since the Islamic militant group wrested control of the territory from the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority in...

Kiev – Ukraine Calls Up Reservists Amid Tensions With Russia

December 3, 2018 at 09:22 AM
Kiev - Ukraine's president on Monday announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia, saying the country needs to beef up its defenses to counter the threat of a Russian invasion. The Kremlin dismissed the Ukrainian leader's statement as an "absurd" attempt to inflame tensions. Relations between the two neighbors have been strained further following a Nov...

Jerusalem – Report: IDF Soldiers Posed As medical workers Leading To Botched Gaza Operation

December 3, 2018 at 09:01 AM
Jerusalem - The Israeli special forces operation's failure in early November was allegedly due to the fact that IDF soldiers were outed, posing as NGO members, according to report on Sunday by the Independent, a British newspaper. “[They] were posing as NGO workers, there were women in the car as well. They used this to justify why they were stealing into Gaza and had a story prepared...

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