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New York – NYC Woman Thanks Man Who Returned Her Lost Bag With $10,000

January 11, 2019 at 03:30 PM
New York - A Manhattan woman has expressed her gratitude to a man who recovered her purse, containing $10,000, from a subway platform. Aiya Tulemaganbetova (EYE'-uh too-leh-mah-gan-beh-TOH'-vah) met with Richard Taverna on Thursday. He found her Chanel bag, including an envelope filled with $100 bills, on a subway bench near Lincoln Center on Dec. 20. The retired financial consultant took...

Washington – Rand Paul Becomes First GOP Senator To Oppose Anti-BDS Bills

January 11, 2019 at 03:10 PM
Washington - Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has tried hard to distract attention from the government shutdown triggered by President Donald Trump’s quest for funding for a $5.7 billion wall with Mexico. The majority leader’s job just got more complicated after a fellow Kentucky Republican, Sen. Rand Paul, defected from a policy that McConnell has tried to use to bludgeon Democrats: passing...

New York – Bloomberg Says He’d Self-fund Possible 2020 White House Bid

January 11, 2019 at 03:00 PM
New York - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if he runs for president, he'll pay for it himself, defending candidates who use personal riches to bankroll campaigns. Bloomberg's comments to reporters in Texas on Friday follow a jab from another top 2020 contender. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently decried the Democratic presidential nomination becoming "one more...

United Nations – U.N.: ‘The Whole Country Is A Prison’: No Sign Of Better Rights In North Korea

January 11, 2019 at 02:30 PM
United Nations - Despite more than a year of international engagement and promises of economic reform by North Korea's leaders, the human rights situation in the isolated country remains dire, a top U.N. rights official said on Friday. Blocked by the government from visiting North Korea, U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea Tomas Quintana visited South Korea this week as...

New York – US Flu Season Appears Milder, One Year After Brutal One

January 11, 2019 at 02:05 PM
New York - It's early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said. In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the kind of flu that dominated a year ago, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and...

Boston – Rare Penny Sells For More Than $200K At Auction

January 11, 2019 at 01:36 PM
Boston - A rare copper penny that a Massachusetts man found in his lunch money more than 70 years ago has been sold at an auction for more than $200,000. The 1943 penny is one of 20 that were accidentally minted when the federal government was trying to conserve copper for World War II. Heritage Auctions says Don Lutes Jr., of Pittsfield, was 16 when he found the coin in change he received...

Detroit – Bud Light Debuts Bigger Nutrition Labels

January 11, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Detroit - Beer drinkers can't claim blissful ignorance for much longer. Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer's calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving. Bud Light is likely the first of many to make the move. The labels aren't legally required, but major beer makers agreed in 2016 to...

Gaza – Gaza Officials Say Israeli Fire Kills Woman At Protest

January 11, 2019 at 12:39 PM
Gaza - Gaza's Health Ministry says Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian woman as thousands demonstrated along the territory's perimeter fence. Spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says the woman was shot in the head Friday at a protest site east of Gaza City. She has not yet been identified. Al-Kidra says 25 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire. Hamas has staged weekly mass protests...

Albany, NY – Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Campaign Paid $1,500 Fine To NY State

January 11, 2019 at 12:30 PM
Albany, NY - The campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined $1,500 for not having the required workers' compensation for a month last year. A spokeswoman for the New York state Workers' Compensation Board, Melissa Stewart, said Friday that Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic campaign lacked coverage from March 31 to April 30. She says the fine, first reported by the New York Daily...

Pittsburgh, PA – Sale Of Julian Edelman’s Cleats Yields $10k Donation For Pittsburgh Victims’ Families

January 11, 2019 at 12:05 PM
Pittsburgh, PA - A California firm paid $10,000 for a pair of Julian Edelman’s game shoes to benefit families of the victims of the mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. The New England Patriots’ wide receiver wore the cleats — stamped with the words “The Tree of Life” in Hebrew and an Israeli flag — at a Dec. 16 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in solidarity...

Barron, WI – Wisconsin Teen In High Profile Case, Safe After Escaping Three-month Kidnapping Ordeal

January 11, 2019 at 11:32 AM
Barron, WI - A 21-year-old man is jailed in the deaths of a Wisconsin couple he killed because he wanted to kidnap their teenage daughter, investigators said Friday, a day after the girl approached a stranger along a rural road saying she'd been abducted in October and held against her will. Jake Thomas Patterson was taken into custody shortly after 13-year-old Jayme Closs sought help from a...

Los Angeles – WSJ: Apple To Launch Three iPhones With New Camera Features This Year

January 11, 2019 at 11:07 AM
Los Angeles - Apple Inc plans to launch three iPhone models this year with some new camera features, including three rear cameras for the most expensive model and two for the other models, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The new iPhones will succeed the XR model that has shown sluggish demand, which according to Apple was due to weak sales in China. That led several electronics...

London – British Museum Gives Chief Rabbi Bones Said To Belong To Holocaust Victims

January 11, 2019 at 10:25 AM
London - The United Kingdom’s Imperial War Museum transferred to the office of the country’s chief rabbi human remains that a are thought to belong to six Holocaust victims. The remains, which the museum had kept since 1997, are to be buried later this month, The Jewish News of London reported Thursday. A container holding the remains of one child and five adults was given to the museum...

Vermont – Bernie Sanders Faces Questions About Political Future

January 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Vermont - Allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are rallying behind the embattled presidential prospect, even as they reluctantly begin to ponder a painful possibility: a 2020 presidential field without him. The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist is the most prominent presidential contender to face a serious setback in the nascent 2020 campaign season. He's been forced to confront...

Miami – Miami Airport To Close Terminal As Gov Shutdown Continues

January 11, 2019 at 09:24 AM
Miami - Miami International Airport is closing a terminal this weekend because security screeners have been calling in sick at twice the airport's normal rate as the federal government shutdown stretches toward a fourth week. Friday marks the first day screeners will miss a paycheck, and airport spokesman Greg Chin said there's a concern there won't be enough workers to handle all 11...

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