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Albany – NY Attorney General Wants Trump Fined $5.6M Over Charity

March 15, 2019 at 06:04 PM
Albany - New York's attorney general says President Donald Trump should pay a fine of as much as $5.6 million over allegations in a state lawsuit that he used his charity to further his presidential campaign. Democrat Letitia James argued in a court filing Thursday that state law allows a fine equal to double the $2.8 million in free media attention she says Trump received for an event that...

Texas – Reuters Exclusive: Beto O’Rourke Belonged To Major Hacker Group As A Teenager

March 15, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Texas - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke belonged to one of the best-known groups of computer hackers as a teenager, Reuters revealed today. In an exclusive interview with this reporter for a forthcoming book about the group, the former U.S. congressman from Texas confirmed that as a youth in El Paso, he belonged to the hacking group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow. He also...

Washington – EPA Bans Consumer Sales Of Paint Stripper Linked To Deaths

March 15, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency is banning consumer sales of a paint stripper after personal appeals by families of men who died while using the product. The final rule announced Friday bars the manufacture and import of consumer products containing methylene chloride. The products have been popular with do-it-yourselfers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Washington – Legal Experts: Ethiopia Crash May Test Boeing’s Success In Defeating U.S. Lawsuits

March 15, 2019 at 04:32 PM
Washington - The crash of Boeing Co's 737 MAX 8 passenger jet in Ethiopia raises the chances that families of the 157 victims, even non-U.S. residents, will be able to sue in U.S. courts, where payouts are larger than in other countries, some legal experts said. Sunday's crash occurred five months after the same model of the plane went down in Indonesia, an accident that prompted a string of...

Wellington – Mosque Shooting Erodes New Zealand Reputation For Safety, Tolerance

March 15, 2019 at 04:10 PM
Wellington, New Zealand - A deadly mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayers has horrified residents of the South Pacific nation known for its low levels of gun violence and a reputation for tolerance and safety. Forty nine people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. Video...

Washington – Trump Issues First Veto To Protect Border Order

March 15, 2019 at 03:56 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. Flanked by law enforcement officials as well as the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, Trump says "our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point" and calls the congressional action...

Washington – Sanders Gets Stitches After Run-in With Glass Shower Door

March 15, 2019 at 03:23 PM
Washington - Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign says the Vermont senator has been treated at a walk-in clinic for a minor injury while campaigning in South Carolina. Campaign spokesman Arianna Jones told reporters that Sanders cut his head on the edge of a glass shower door Friday and went to a walk-in clinic. She says the 77-year-old Sanders received a half-dozen stiches and was given a...

United Nations – UN Chief Lays Wreath For Plane Crash Victims

March 15, 2019 at 03:14 PM
United Nations - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has laid a wreath in memory of the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, including the many staff members and partners who support the world body's work. Several hundred diplomats and staff members joined him in paying silent tribute Friday. The victims came from 35 countries and included at least 21 U.N. staffers from...

Santa Teresa, New Mexico – Trump ‘wall’ In Desolate Stretch Of New Mexico Has Some Asking: Why Here?

March 15, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Santa Teresa, New Mexico - The 18-foot-tall steel slats extend 20 miles across the rugged Chihuahuan desert in southern New Mexico, cutting through high sand dunes and brush. On a recent day, there were none of the usual signs of migrant traffic - no discarded water bottles, clothes or trash. The radio on a Border Patrol SUV driving along the divide was mostly silent. To many locals and...

Jerusalem – Ex-general Challenging Israeli PM Reels From Hacking Scandal

March 15, 2019 at 02:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's leading challenger in his heated race for re-election is trying to play down an embarrassing phone hacking scandal that has erupted just as the ex-general is sliding in opinion polls. Benny Gantz's campaign confirmed late Thursday that the former military chief, who has been campaigning on his security credentials in a bid to end...

Washington – US Bans Entry To Officials Pursuing International Court Charges Against Americans And Israelis

March 15, 2019 at 02:00 PM
Washington - The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. Pompeo, making good on a threat delivered last September by national security adviser John Bolton, said the U.S. had already moved against some...

Fairfield County, CT – Families Can Sue Gun Maker For Sandy Hook School Massacre: Court

March 15, 2019 at 01:30 PM
Fairfield County, CT - Families of schoolchildren gunned down in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre can sue Remington Outdoor Co Inc, a Connecticut court ruled on Thursday, in a setback for gun makers long shielded from liability in mass shootings. In a 4-3 ruling widely expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Connecticut's highest court found the lawsuit could proceed based on a state...

Washington – U.S. Mosques Increase Security After New Zealand Attack

March 15, 2019 at 01:13 PM
Washington - Mosques around the United States increased security measures for Friday prayers after a gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two New Zealand mosques. Police in New York and other cities said they were stepping up patrols at mosques and other places of worship as a precaution, although there was no sign of any specific threat. "It's just very horrible...

Washington – US Job Openings Rise, Outnumber The Unemployed By 1 Million

March 15, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Washington - U.S. employers posted nearly 7.6 million open jobs in January, near a record high set in November, evidence that businesses are still hungry for workers despite signs the economy has slowed. The Labor Department said Friday that hiring also rose and the number of people quitting their jobs picked up. Quits are a sign of a healthy economy, because people typically leave a job for...

Gothenburg, Sweden – Vlogger Says ‘Sickened’ By Mosque Shooter Mention

March 15, 2019 at 12:33 PM
Gothenburg, Sweden - Swedish YouTube personality PewDiePie says he feels sickened that the alleged gunman in the New Zealand mosque attacks referred to him during a livestream of the shooting. In the video posted on Facebook, a voice is heard saying "Remember lads ... subscribe to PewDiePie." PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, says on Twitter that he's "absolutely sickened...

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