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Miami – Former UN Leader Tours Climate Adaptation Projects In Miami

February 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Miami - Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's impressed with Miami's efforts to cope with rising sea levels— and he wishes President Donald Trump were paying attention, too. Ban visited Miami on Tuesday with the Global Commission on Adaptation, which encourages the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment. He...

Washington – Sanders Announcement Revives Criticism From Clinton Backers

February 19, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The tension between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton resurfaced on Tuesday after the Vermont senator announced his second run for the White House. Longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines tweeted that the media had given Sanders a "WELCOME BACK!" reception despite his 2016 primary loss while telling Clinton to "go away." Jess McIntosh, a communications adviser to...

Gettysburg, PA – Pennsylvania College Trustee Quits Over Nazi Uniform Photo

February 19, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Gettysburg, PA - A Pennsylvania college trustee apologized and announced his resignation Tuesday after a student found a 1980 yearbook photo in which the trustee wore a Nazi uniform costume. Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs said in an email to the college community that Bob Garthwait decided to step down from the board of trustees. Garthwait is a financial donor to the...

Chicago – Louis Farrakhan Accuses ‘Wicked Jews’ Of Using Him To ‘break Up The Women’s Movement’

February 19, 2019 at 10:33 PM
Chicago - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan blamed “the wicked Jews” for the crisis over anti-Semitism and the Women’s March. “The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on [was] when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women from all over the world were standing in solidarity, and a black woman is the initiator of it,” said Farrakhan, referring to Tamika Mallory, a...

New York – NY Court: Public Allowed To See Police Body Camera Footage

February 19, 2019 at 10:00 PM
New York - Police body camera footage is subject to public disclosure under New York law, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The Appellate Division panel rejected a police union's argument that body camera footage constitutes a personnel record and is therefore covered by a state law keeping police personnel records secret. Body camera video "is more akin to arrest or stop reports, and...

Albany – NY Gov. Cuomo Wants All Back-seat Passengers To Buckle Up

February 19, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Albany - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to extend the state's seat belt law to require all passengers in the back seat to buckle up. Under current law, while all passengers in the front seat must wear seat belts, only passengers younger than 16 are required to wear a restraint when riding in the back seat of a motor vehicle. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 28...

New York – HUD Official Trapped In Elevator During Public Housing Visit

February 19, 2019 at 09:15 PM
New York - A federal housing official's monthlong tour of New York City public housing complexes hit a speed bump when she got stuck in an elevator Tuesday. Lynne Patton and 10 other people including reporters and photographers were trapped in an elevator at the Frederick Douglass Houses in Manhattan for about 10 minutes when someone accidentally hit the alarm switch. The group had to be...

Brussels – EU Official Criticizes Hungary PM Orban For Campaign Posters

February 19, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Brussels - A top European Union official criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday for election campaign posters alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants. Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said when it comes to spinning the truth in political campaigning "this is something in a completely different...

Overland Park, KS – Store Employee No Longer Has Job After ‘MAGA’ Hat Dispute

February 19, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Overland Park, KS - An employee of a clothing and shoe store in a suburban Kansas City shopping mall no longer has a job after a confrontation with a teen wearing a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap. A video that shows part of Saturday's encounter at a Vans Off the Wall store in Overland Park, Kansas, was posted by a Twitter account called Red Nation Rising. It shows the teen's mom...

Baltimore – Man Dies In Portable Toilet Fire At Baltimore Ravens Stadium

February 19, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Baltimore - Firefighters say a man died in a fire in a portable toilet near the Baltimore Ravens' stadium. News outlets quote Baltimore police as saying the Sunday fire in the parking lot of M&T Bank Stadium didn't appear to be criminal. Baltimore Fire spokeswoman Blair Skinner says a security guard saw a man engulfed in flames running from the burning toilet. By the time medics arrived...

Washington – Trump Moving Closer To Goal Of Creating A Space Force

February 19, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday took a step toward creating a U.S. Space Force, a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space. Trump signed Space Policy Directive 4, which puts in place the foundation for a legislative initiative that could establish a Space Force as a new military service comparable to the U.S. Marines. In an oval office signing...

Minneapolis – Ilhan Omar Apologizes To Jewish Groups For Hurt Caused By AIPAC Tweet

February 19, 2019 at 07:05 PM
Minneapolis - In a brief confidential conference call with Jewish organizations, Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for any hurt caused by her tweets suggesting that AIPAC pays politicians to support Israel. “Let me reiterate my sincere apology for any actual hurt my words have caused,” Omar, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, said on Tuesday afternoon, according to someone...

Moscow – New Legislation Bans Russian Soldiers From Using Smartphones

February 19, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Moscow - Russian lawmakers have approved a bill prohibiting military personnel from using smartphones on duty, a move intended to block leaks of sensitive information on social media. The bill approved by the lower house Tuesday also forbids servicemen to post photos, videos and information about themselves, other soldiers and their relatives on the internet. The new legislation formalizes...

Washington – Flynn Pushed To Share Nuclear Tech With Saudis, Report Says

February 19, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Washington - Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the administration. Lawmakers from both parties have expressed concerns that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if the U.S. technology were...

Paris – Photos: Enough! Thousands Decry Anti-Semitism In France After Spike In Attacks

February 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Paris - Thousands of people rallied across France after a surge of anti-Semitic attacks in recent weeks that culminated on Tuesday with vandals daubing swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans on dozens of graves in a Jewish cemetery. Political leaders from all parties, including former Presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, gathered in Paris filling the Place de la Republique, a symbol of...

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