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Washington – US Says Airstrike Targeted Militant Tied To USS Cole Bombing

January 4, 2019 at 03:30 PM
Washington - An American military spokesman says a U.S. airstrike in Yemen targeted an al-Qaida operative accused of involvement in the attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors. The spokesman, Navy Capt. William Urban at U.S. Central Command headquarters, said Friday that the Jan. 1 airstrike targeted Jamal al-Badawi (all-bah-DAWY). Urban said U.S. forces are attempting to confirm his...

Albany – NY Governor Touts Plan To Fix L Subway Line Without Shutdown

January 4, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Albany - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking to reassure skeptics about his surprise plan to repair a key subway tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn without a long-dreaded 15-month shutdown. The Democrat spoke to reporters about his proposal Friday, a day after announcing the L-train shutdown wasn't necessary . He urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to quickly vote on his...

Piscataway, NJ – Fish Smell Could Have Caused Brooklyn Boy’s Fatal Allergic Reaction

January 4, 2019 at 02:30 PM
Piscataway, NJ - Medical authorities say the smell of fish cooking in his grandmother's kitchen may have caused an allergic reaction that killed an 11-year-old New Jersey boy. Officials in New York are investigating the death of Cameron Jean-Pierre in Brooklyn on New Year's Day. The boy's mother tells ABC News her son suffered from asthma and was allergic to fish, and that the family...

Washington – Schumer: Trump Said He’d Keep The Government Closed ‘Very Long Period Of Time, Months Or Even Years’

January 4, 2019 at 02:03 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump told congressional leaders he'd keep the government closed "for a very long period of time, months or even years." That's according to Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who was among those meeting with Trump at the White House on Friday. The partial government shutdown over Trump's demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico is in its 14th...

Washington – Pompeo’s Mideast Trip Comes On Heels Of Trump Syria Decision

January 4, 2019 at 02:02 PM
Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Middle East next week in an effort to shore up support from America's Arab partners amid increasing tensions in the region. In his first Mideast trip since President Donald Trump's recent announcement that he intends to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Pompeo will visit eight countries, starting with Jordan, the State Department...

Birkenau, Poland – Auschwitz Sees 21 Percent Drop In Visits By Israelis

January 4, 2019 at 01:32 PM
Birkenau, Poland - The number of Israelis who last year visited the Auschwitz memorial in Poland decreased by 21 percent from 2017. Last year, some 65,000 Israelis visited the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, that institution said Friday, compared to 83,000 in 2017. Overall, the state museum preserving the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp saw about 2,152,000...

Bethesda, MD – Fewer Affected In Marriott Hack, But Passports A Red Flag

January 4, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Bethesda, MD - Marriott says fewer guest records were compromised than feared in a previously announced data breach. But the largest hotel chain in the world confirmed Friday that approximately 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were accessed. The compromise of those passport numbers has raised alarms among security experts because, combined with names, addresses and other personal...

Washington – Trump Refers To Many Walls As He Fights For Border Money

January 4, 2019 at 12:33 PM
Washington - Everywhere President Donald Trump looks, he sees a wall. As he lobbies for money for his long-promised border wall, Trump keeps talking up other barricades. He's pointing to walls in Israel, at the Vatican, even at former President Barack Obama's house — though fact checkers have pushed back on the accuracy of some of his claims. With bricks and mortar on his mind, Trump...

Washington – Pelosi Doesn’t Like New Dem Lawmaker’s Profanity

January 4, 2019 at 12:07 PM
Washington - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she doesn't like the profane language used by one of her new members who predicted the House will impeach President Donald Trump. But Pelosi says it's no worse than what Trump himself has said. Pelosi said Friday at an MSNBC town hall that she doesn't agree that the House should move to impeach Trump without more facts. She said, as she has many...

South Carolina – Haley Departs U.N. Post, But Not Silent On Twitter

January 4, 2019 at 11:40 AM
South Carolina - Nikki Haley left her UN ambassadorship to fanfare this week, being celebrated on Twitter for her robust defense of Israel in New York. Her response hinted at ambitious political aspirations, despite a personal commitment against running for higher office any time soon. Haley expressed frustration with State Department policy that she would have to restart her Twitter account...

New York – Wall Street Jumps On Powell’s Comments

January 4, 2019 at 11:04 AM
New York - U.S. stocks added to their healthy gains on Friday, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's comment that the central bank will be sensitive to the downside risks the market is pricing in helped calm worries about slowing global growth. The market opened strongly after a better-than-expected jobs report added to the optimism from proposed trade talks between the United States...

Jerusalem – 25% Of Holocaust Victims Killed In 3 Months In 1942, Israeli Study Claims

January 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Jerusalem - Nearly 1.5 million Jews, or about a quarter of all those murdered during the Holocaust, were murdered in just three months in 1942, a new study found. The expedited murder rate was part of Nazi Germany’s Operation Reinhard for annihilating the Jews of Poland, according to the study published this week by biomathematician Lewi Stone of Tel Aviv University and RMIT...

Washington – Fed Chair Powell Says He Would Not Resign If Asked

January 4, 2019 at 10:51 AM
Washington - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday said he has not received any direct communication from the White House about his job performance, and that he would not resign even if President Donald Trump asked him to do so. Trump, who picked Powell to head the Fed starting last February, has been intensely and publicly critical of Powell's Fed and Powell personally, accusing...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Police: 5 Children Among 7 Dead In Florida Highway Crash

January 4, 2019 at 10:40 AM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Florida Highway Patrol says five children from Louisiana and two tractor-trailer truck drivers died in a fiery crash on a Florida interstate. During a news conference on Friday morning, Lt. Patrick Riordan said the church passenger van carrying the children was from the Avoyelles Parish in Louisiana. The crash happened at 3:40 p.m. Thursday just south of Gainesville...

London – Corbyn Filmed Applauding Extremist’s Speech About ‘Dismantling’ Israel

January 4, 2019 at 10:30 AM
London - Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour party, was in 2011 filmed applauding a speaker at a conference who called for the dismantlement of Israel, which he also said “kidnapped” Judaism. The footage published Thursday was taken at a pro-Palestinian conference that Corbyn, a far-left politician, attended in 2011 alongside several anti-Israel activists who have been accused...

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