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Washington – Q&A: Should Anyone Worry About A $22 Trillion National Debt?

February 13, 2019 at 11:32 PM
Washington - The government surpassed a dubious milestone this week: Its debt topped $22 trillion — that's trillion, with a "t'' — for the first time. Piles of federal debt have been growing ever higher for years, fueled by accumulating annual deficits, which themselves have been driven by tax cuts, government spending increases and the mounting costs of Medicare and Social Security and...

Washington – Source Of Fall Romaine Outbreak A Mystery, US Regulators Say

February 13, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - U.S. food regulators say they weren't able to identify a contamination source for a food poisoning outbreak that prompted them to warn people to avoid romaine lettuce this fall . The Food and Drug Administration says it wasn't able to determine how a water reservoir on a Santa Barbara County, California, farm became contaminated with E. coli. It also says the water reservoir...

Apex, NC – FBI: 10 Most Wanted List Suspect Is Believed Killed By Officers

February 13, 2019 at 10:25 PM
Apex, NC - The FBI tracked a man they think was one of the country's 10 most-wanted fugitives to a North Carolina motel, where agents shot and killed him on Wednesday. The armed suspect shot to death at a motel in the Raleigh suburb of Apex will be identified by state medical examiners but was believed to be 47-year-old Greg Alyn Carlson, the FBI's North Carolina office said in a news...

Washington – Federal Judge Rules Ex-Trump Campaign Chief Breached Plea Deal

February 13, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says in an order that there's sufficient evidence that Manafort lied in breach of his plea agreement. The decision hurts Manafort's chance of receiving a reduced sentence next month. Manafort was accused of...

New York – How Chelsea Clinton Became A Defender Of The Jews On Twitter

February 13, 2019 at 09:28 PM
New York - When Ilhan Omar got in trouble earlier this week for claiming that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee pays politicians to support Israel, plenty of Jewish lawmakers took to Twitter to denounce the comment as anti-Semitic. But one of the highest profile people who took offense at the statement was neither Jewish nor a politician. “We should expect all elected officials...

Washington – U.S. Republican Senator Rubio Pushes Plan To Tax Stock Buybacks

February 13, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said on Wednesday he will soon introduce legislation that would tax corporate stock buybacks like dividends, aiming to spur business investment, create more jobs and boost wages. Corporate buybacks have been a political issue since early in 2018, when market data first pointed to an explosion of buyback programs as a result of President Donald...

London – British Jewish Leader’s Talk With Hungarian Official On Anti-Semitism Deteriorates Into An Email Clash

February 13, 2019 at 08:29 PM
London - The top political representative of British Jewry, Marie van der Zyl, had a tough talk last week with a senior Hungarian official about anti-Semitism in his country. It’s been a recurring theme in recent years: Many see anti-Semitic tropes in Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s public vilification of the left-leaning billionaire George Soros, and some claim that his government...

Jackson County, MN – Sheriff: Dog Named Donald Trump Wasn’t Killed Over Politics

February 13, 2019 at 08:15 PM
Jackson County , MN - A Minnesota sheriff says a dog named Donald Trump wasn't shot and killed over a political rivalry, despite false claims circulating on social media that have spurred "violent threats" against some county residents. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office concluded the person who shot Donald Trump the dog Sunday was "legally protecting their livestock" on private property. The...

New York – Cities Shunned By Amazon Revive Hopes For HQ Given NY Opposition

February 13, 2019 at 08:06 PM
New York - Cities that were shunned in Amazon.com Inc's search for a secondary corporate headquarters are revisiting their bids in case one of the actual winners, New York City, rejects the corporate giant due to opposition from local politicians. Chicago, Miami and Newark are among the passed-over finalists that have expressed interest in another chance to become the home of an Amazon project...

New York – Groups Sue U.S. To Stop Deportation Hearings By Videoconference In New York

February 13, 2019 at 07:33 PM
New York - Rights groups have sued the Trump Administration for violating constitutional rights of immigrants by refusing them in-person deportation hearings in New York immigration court, and instead forcing them to make their case by videoconference from detention. In a lawsuit filed late on Tuesday, three rights groups alleged that in June immigration agents in New York announced they would...

Washington – Report On High School Viral Incident Finds No Fault With Students

February 13, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Washington - A probe into a videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. involving Covington Catholic High School students and Native American activists in January has found no evidence that the teenagers provoked a confrontation. A private investigation firm retained by Covington Diocese in Park Hills, Kentucky studied the incident, which sparked outrage on social media. Its...

Cape Canaveral, FL – NASA Rover Finally Bites The Dust On Mars After 15 Years

February 13, 2019 at 06:34 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - NASA's Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to operate for just three months but kept going and going, rolling across the rocky red soil, was pronounced dead Wednesday, 15 years after it landed on the planet. The six-wheeled vehicle that helped gather critical evidence that ancient Mars might have been hospitable to life was remarkably spry up until eight months ago...

Beirut – UN Palestinian Refugees Agency To Work To Preserve Services

February 13, 2019 at 06:03 PM
Beirut - The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says the group's staff "will convene all our energy" to preserve all services through 2019 despite funding cuts. Pierre Krahenbuhl told reporters Wednesday that the UNRWA was able to keep all schools and health centers in camps around Lebanon open last year despite the cuts. The United States, once the agency's largest and most...

Washington – Democrats Question Pledges In $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint Deal

February 13, 2019 at 05:28 PM
Washington - Democratic lawmakers challenged top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint on Wednesday over their pledge not to raise prices for wireless services or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through. At a hearing by a House committee, the two executives defended the deal, which would combine the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and create a behemoth...

Houston – Woman Finds Tiger In House, Tells Dispatch: ‘I’m Not Lying’

February 13, 2019 at 05:05 PM
Houston - A woman who called Houston's non-emergency dispatch line after discovering a tiger inside a cage at an abandoned home told the shocked dispatcher: "I'm not lying." The Houston Chronicle obtained a recording of the call after animal rescue workers found the well-fed, 350-pound animal resting on a bed of hay Monday. They said the animal's cage could be easily opened. Police say a...

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