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Riyadh – Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions On Women, Grants Them Greater Control

August 1, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, further eroding a heavily criticized male guardianship system at a time of heightened scrutiny over its human rights record. The decisions issued in a series of cabinet decrees published by the official gazette on Friday stipulate that a Saudi passport should be issued...

New York – Texas Joins States Suing To Stop T-Mobile, Sprint Deal As Trial Delayed

August 1, 2019 at 11:00 PM
New York - U.S. states suing to stop T-Mobile US Inc's $26 billion merger with Sprint Corp won two victories on Thursday as Texas' Republican attorney general joined 14 Democrats, adding political depth to the group, and a judge agreed to give states until December to make their case. Texas' decision, which brings the sole Republican on board, is a victory for the state attorneys general. The...

Washington – Trump Plays Down New Apparent North Korea Test, Still Open To Talks

August 1, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday played down what appeared to be North Korea's third missile launch in just over week, saying they were short-range and "very standard" and would not affect his willingness to negotiate with Pyongyang. South Korea's military said unidentified short-range projectiles were fired at 2:59 a.m. and 3:23 a.m. local time on Friday from North Korea's...

Birmingham, AL – Police Chief: Officer Faked Shooting, Distress Call

August 1, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Birmingham, AL - An Alabama police officer staged a shooting last month to make it look like he was under attack, a police chief said Thursday. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said that Officer Keith Buchanan made a distress call early July 21 while patrolling an isolated area. Shots could be heard in the background, and an abandoned police car was later found with a bullet hole. He was...

United Nations – UN Chief: World To Lose Brake On Nuclear War With Treaty End

August 1, 2019 at 09:30 PM
United Nations - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that "the world will lose an invaluable brake on nuclear war" when the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty between Moscow and Washington expires Friday. He told reporters Thursday that the INF treaty "is a landmark agreement that helped stabilize Europe and end the Cold War" and its end "will likely heighten, not reduce...

Tehran, Iran – Iran President: US Sanctions On Foreign Minister ‘Childish’

August 1, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Tehran, Iran - Iran's president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country's foreign minister, describing the move Thursday as "childish" and a barrier to diplomacy. Hassan Rouhani's remarks came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it had imposed financial sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of its escalating...

Washington – Pelosi Defends Baltimore Hometown, Says Kushner A ‘Slumlord’

August 1, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Washington - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if President Donald Trump wants to belittle her Baltimore hometown as rat-infested, then he should consult son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom she calls a "slumlord." Kushner's family real estate firm owns thousands of apartments and townhomes in the Baltimore area. Some have been criticized for the kind of disrepair and neglect that Trump has accused...

Newtown, CT – Maker of gun used in Sandy Hook massacre asks Supreme Court to block lawsuit

August 1, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Newtown, CT - The maker of the assault-style rifle used in the 2012 mass shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, school asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn a court ruling that allowed families of the victims to sue the company over its marketing practices. Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co [FREDM.UL] made its plea to the nation's top court after the Connecticut Supreme Court in March...

Washington – Trump Administration Extends Protections For Syrians In US

August 1, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Washington - The Trump administration is extending protections that allow about 7,000 Syrians to live and work legally in the U.S. The decision by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was announced Thursday and extends temporary protected status for 18 months for those who have been in the U.S. since Aug. 1, 2016. Temporary protected status is granted to countries ravaged by...

Seattle – FBI: Amazon Drivers Part Of Major Theft Ring

August 1, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Seattle - A theft ring in Washington state sold millions of dollars' worth of stolen goods on Amazon.com in the past six years, and a pair of Amazon delivery drivers was involved, recently unsealed federal court documents show. According to a search warrant affidavit unsealed in U.S. District Court in Seattle and reviewed by The Associated Press, two storefront businesses posing as pawn shops...

Washington – E-Cigarette Giant Juul’s Campaign Donations Favor Democrats

August 1, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Washington - E-cigarette giant Juul Labs gave nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019 as the company faced the bulk of the blame for a surge of underage vaping and calls for tighter government regulation of the industry. The donations from Juul's political action committee represent a sharp increase over last year's total, according to a Federal Election Commission...

Helena, MT – Bipartisan Bill Will Boost Wildfire Protection, Senators Say

August 1, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Helena, MT - Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year. Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Steve Daines of Montana told The Associated Press they will introduce the...

Washington – Trump Threatens 10% Tariffs On China Starting Sept. 1

August 1, 2019 at 05:30 PM

Seattle – Alleged Capital One Hacker Barely Bothered To Hide

August 1, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Seattle - The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking Capital One made little attempt to hide her attack. In fact, she effectively publicized it. It's one of many riddles swirling around Paige Thompson, who goes by the online handle "erratic." Well-known in Seattle's hacker community, Thompson has lived a life of tumult, with frequent job changes, reported estrangement...

Washington – GOP Pushes Immigration Bill As Democrats Decry Rules

August 1, 2019 at 04:30 PM
Washington - Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee upended the rules Thursday to advance a controversial immigration bill as chairman Lindsey Graham muscled through a detention bill that Democrats oppose. It's one last battle, led by a top ally of President Donald Trump, before senators break for a long August recess and the start of 2020 campaigning. Graham gaveled open the hearing...

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