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Cuba – Cuba’s Castro Blasts United States On 60th Anniversary Of Revolution

January 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Cuba - On the 60th anniversary of Cuba's revolution, ruling Communist Party leader Raul Castro blasted the Trump administration for returning to an outdated path of confrontation with the island nation and of intervening in Latin America. Castro and his late, elder brother Fidel Castro led the rebel band that in 1959 overthrew a U.S.-backed dictator and installed a Communist-run country on the...

Washington – Incoming Sen. Romney Questions Trump’s ‘character’ In Op-ed

January 1, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump's "conduct over the past two years ... is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office." The Republican presidential nominee in 2012 is praising some of Trump's policy decisions in a Washington Post op-ed published Tuesday. But Romney adds: "With the nation so divided, resentful and angry...

Washington – ACA Mandate Gone, But A Few States Still Require Coverage

January 1, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The mandate directing individuals to obtain health insurance or face tax penalties ends on Tuesday for most, but not all Americans. In Massachusetts, an individual mandate that has been on the books since 2006 will continue in the absence of the federal fines that had been in effect since 2014 under the Affordable Care Act but were eliminated as part of the Republican-backed tax...

Tijuana – US Fires Tear Gas Across Mexico Border To Stop Migrants

January 1, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Tijuana, Mexico - U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement later Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock throwers apart from the migrants who were trying to cross. "No agents witnessed any of the migrants at the...

San Francisco – Google Wins U.S. Approval For Radar-based Hand Motion Sensor

January 1, 2019 at 10:00 PM
San Francisco - Alphabet Inc's Google unit won approval from U.S. regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in an order late on Monday that it would grant Google a waiver to operate the Soli sensors at higher power levels than currently allowed. The FCC said the sensors can also be operated aboard...

New York – WSJ: Big Banks Look To Cut Back, Alter Credit Card Rewards Programs

January 1, 2019 at 09:00 PM
New York - Large financial institutions including JP Morgan Chase & Co <JPM.N>, Citigroup Inc <C.N>, and American Express Co <AXP.N> are cutting back or altering some of the rewards plans that their credit card businesses offer borrowers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The financial institutions don't plan to end rewards entirely, but want to alter them in...

New York – Low Carb? Low Fat? What The Latest Dieting Studies Tell Us

January 1, 2019 at 08:05 PM
New York - Meat and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you're planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you're sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and new fads emerge every year. Two major studies last year provided more fuel for a particularly polarizing topic — the role carbs...

Seattle – Washington Bans Anyone Under 21 From Buying Assault Rifles

January 1, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Seattle - Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for people buying assault rifles, increasing the age limit to...

Washington – NASA Space Probe ‘Phones Home’ In Landmark Mission To Solar System’s Edge

January 1, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Washington - NASA's New Horizons explorer successfully "phoned home" on Tuesday after a journey to the most distant world ever explored by humankind, a frozen rock at the edge of the solar system that scientists hope will uncover secrets to its creation. The nuclear-powered space probe has traveled 4 billion miles (6.4 billion km) to come within 2,200 miles (3,540 km) of Ultima Thule, an...

Berlin – German-Jewish Author Edgar Hilsenrath Dies At 92

January 1, 2019 at 05:03 PM
Berlin - Edgar Hilsenrath, a German-Jewish writer whose fictional account of the Holocaust from the perspective of a Nazi perpetrator became a best-seller, has died at 92. The German news agency dpa quoted Hilsenrath's second wife, Marlene, as confirming Tuesday that the author died Dec. 30 in western Germany after battling pneumonia. Born in Leipzig in 1926, Hilsenrath moved to Romania at...

Melbourne, FL – Child Hurt Falling Into Rhino Exhibit At Florida Zoo

January 1, 2019 at 04:32 PM
Melbourne, FL - Officials say a child has been injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo. Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said on Twitter that the boy was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in nearby Orlando on Tuesday afternoon. The mother was also taken to an Orlando hospital for treatment of injuries. The incident took place at the Brevard Zoo in...

Brasilia, Brazil – Brazil’s Bolsonaro Assumes Presidency, Promises Big Changes

January 1, 2019 at 04:01 PM
Brasilia, Brazil - Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing. For the far-right former army captain, the New Year's Day inauguration was the culmination of a journey from a marginalized and even ridiculed...

Jerusalem – Court Orders Confessions Of Jewish Terrorist Obtained Under Duress Thrown Out

January 1, 2019 at 03:28 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli court threw out the confessions of a Jewish right-wing extremist accused of crimes, including vandalizing an important Jerusalem church, after determining that they were given under extreme duress. The suspect’s name is under a gag order since he was a minor at the time of his arrest. He confessed to being a member of a Jewish terrorist organization, to vandalizing...

New York – NYC Homicide Tally May Be Lowest In Several Decades In 2018

January 1, 2019 at 03:17 PM
New York - New York City could register the fewest number of homicides in several decades in 2018, as the city continues its long battle against violent crime. As of Sunday, the city had recorded five fewer killings than the 292 investigated in 2017, according to preliminary police data provided to The Associated Press. That year's figure was itself the lowest in decades. The New York...

Washington – Trump Invites Congressional Leaders To Border Security Briefing

January 1, 2019 at 02:58 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday invited congressional leaders to a bipartisan briefing on border security at the White House as a partial U.S. government shutdown over Trump's $5 billion demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is in its second week. The president's briefing invitation was sent to the top two party leaders in both the House of Representatives and the...

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