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Washington – NYT: FBI Probed Whether Trump Secretly Worked For Russia

January 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests, The New York Times reported. The report Friday cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. The inquiry...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – $20 Million In Donations For Border Wall To Be Refunded Or Shifted To Non-profit Effort

January 12, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - A Florida man says people who contributed more than $20 million online to help build a wall along the southern U.S. border can get refunds or shift their support to a new nonprofit effort. Air Force veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage, 37, says on the GoFundMe page he started in December to raise money for President Donald Trump's wall that the nonprofit endeavor...

Washington – House Passes Bill Raising Level Of Anti-Semitism Envoy Position To Ambassador

January 12, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation setting a 90-day deadline for the president to nominate a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism at the State Department. The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act was authored by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who helped write the 2004 law that created the monitor post. The new bill would also elevate the...

Brooklyn, NY – Fire In Building Housing Boro Park Fish Store Displaces Six Families

January 12, 2019 at 10:54 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A fire that broke out today in a building that houses a kosher fish store, as well as multiple apartments, has left six families homeless. The blaze began this afternoon at 5324 13th Avenue, home of Yossi’s Fish Market. According to the FDNY’s Twitter feed, the fire broke out on the top floor of the three story brick building at approximately 2 PM and was brought under...

San Antonio, TX – Democrat Julian Castro Launches 2020 U.S. Presidential Bid

January 12, 2019 at 10:33 PM
San Antonio, TX - Texas Democrat Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and top U.S. housing official, formally launched his White House bid on Saturday, entering as a dark horse candidate in a likely crowded field vying to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election. Castro, 44, the grandson of a Mexican immigrant who would be the first Hispanic elected president, served...

New Mexico – Monster Snowstorm To Blanket More Than Half Of United States

January 12, 2019 at 10:00 PM
New mexico - A massive winter storm hit the U.S. Rockies and Plains on Friday then punched east, with snow set to assault a 1,800-mile (1,609 km) corridor through the weekend, creating transportation "havoc" in the middle of the country. The system started as rain from Mexico and turned to snow as it met icy air. Up to 18 inches (45 cm) of snow were expected in the Sangre de Cristo mountains...

Ontario, Canada – Three Killed As Ottawa Bus Crashes Into Bus Shelter

January 12, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Ontario, Canada - A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during Friday's rush hour, and Ottawa authorities said three people were killed and 23 injured. Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested after the crash, but he declined to provide details on why she was detained. He said police were still investigating the cause of the crash. "Something led us to...

Broward County, FL – Sheriff Who Claimed To Be Jewish Suspended By New Florida Governor Over Response To School Massacre

January 12, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Broward County, FL - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday suspended the local sheriff criticized for the police response to last year's mass shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. DeSantis said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel showed leadership failures in the shooting that left 14 students and three adults dead at the hands of a lone gunman on...

Gaza City – Israel Tried To Wiretap Hamas In Botched Mission, Group Says

January 12, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Gaza City - Gaza's ruling Hamas said Saturday that Israeli undercover forces had attempted to install equipment to monitor the Islamic militant group's landline communications network during a botched mission in November. The findings of a lengthy investigation were announced by the Hamas military wing, known as the Qassam Brigades, in a pre-recorded TV statement. Hamas presented...

Brooklyn, NY – Zero Tolerance Vows NYPD After Chasidic Residents Free Car And Harass Tow Truck Operator

January 12, 2019 at 08:26 PM
Brooklyn, NY - In a strongly worded statement issued after a social media video showed local residents harassing a tow truck driver and freeing a car about to be towed, the NYPD has said it will have zero tolerance for anyone who abuses any of its traffic agents. According to reports in The Daily News (https://nydn.us/2QIVGn8), the incident took place at the corner of 44th Street and 15th...

Washington – Government Shutdown Breaks Record, With No End In Sight

January 12, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Washington - A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight. Trump, holed up in the White House with Congress adjourned for the weekend, warned of a much lengthier impasse and blamed...

Wisconsin – Jayme Closs Smiles With Her Dog In First Photos After Escaping Kidnapping

January 12, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Wisconsin - Nearly 48 hours after Jayme Closs was reported found, updates about her condition are continually being posted to a Facebook page called Healing for Jayme Closs. Two new photos were posted Saturday afternoon. The first was a solo selfie of Jayme, snuggled up in bed with her dog Molly and another unidentified pup. The second photo was another selfie with her aunt, Jennifer...

New York – Fallen FDNY Firefighter’s Funeral Draws Thousands Of Mourners

January 12, 2019 at 07:00 PM
New York - A New York City firefighter killed in the line of duty had bravery "in his blood," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at his funeral Friday. Thousands of firefighters in dress uniforms stood silently at attention along the street of red brick homes outside the funeral for Steven Pollard of Ladder Company 170 at the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church. Mayor Bill De Blasio...

New York – Elderly Couple Killed In Manhattan High Rise Fire

January 12, 2019 at 06:33 PM
New York - An elderly Manhattan couple died in a blaze that engulfed their luxury high-rise apartment before dawn Saturday and sent flames roaring out the windows. Investigators are looking into the possibility that cigarette smoking in bed may have caused the fire at the famed River House co-op on East 52nd Street. Fire officials say 85-year-old Mary Merow was pronounced dead at the scene...

Damascus – Syria Says Israel Fired Missiles Toward Damascus, Hit Airport Warehouse

January 12, 2019 at 06:05 PM
Damascus - The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shot down most of them. "The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport," the SANA news agency cited a military source as saying. The attack took place at 11:15 p.m.(2115...

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