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Washington – Biden Could Get Boost By Back-to-back 2020 Departures

March 7, 2019 at 11:45 PM
Washington - Joe Biden isn't a presidential candidate yet. But with two key rivals already getting out of the way, the former vice president has more space to court voters who could help him claim the Democratic nomination. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he wouldn't run for president, following an announcement earlier this week from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that he...

Ohio – Samuel Miller, Philanthropist Who Championed Catholic-Jewish Ties, Dies At 97

March 7, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Cleveland, OH - Samuel Miller, a Cleveland developer and philanthropist who championed relations between Catholics and Jews, has died. Miller, the co-chairman of the Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises, the real estate development company he helped build into a national giant, died Thursday. He was 97. He was close friends with a local bishop, Anthony Pilla, and together they...

Geneva – Ride Like Putin: Aurus Trots Out Luxury Limo At Geneva Show

March 7, 2019 at 10:29 PM
Geneva - If you want to ride like Vlad — Russian President Vladimir Putin, that is — this may be the limo for you. At the Geneva auto show, Russian automaker Aurus has trotted out a hulky, luxurious Senat Limousine L700 with lines vaguely reminiscent of a Rolls-Royce. It's the European debut of a vehicle whose designers want to crack a Western market of rich pop stars and business...

Caracas – Venezuela Hit By Major Blackout, Government Blames ‘sabotage’

March 7, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Caracas - A major power outage hit crisis-stricken Venezuela on Thursday, according to Reuters witnesses, a problem the government of President Nicolas Maduro quickly blamed on "sabotage" at a hydroelectric dam that provides much of the country's power. Electricity outages are frequent in Venezuela, where the economy is collapsing under hyperinflation, with chronic shortages of food and...

Washington – Texan Ralph Hall, oldest person to serve in U.S. House, dies at 96

March 7, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Washington - Ralph Hall, a Democrat turned Republican from Texas who became the oldest person to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, died on Thursday at the age of 95, according to the Republican Party of Texas. Hall, of Rockwall, Texas, died of natural causes at his home, The Dallas Morning News said, citing a spokesman. "Laura and I are deeply saddened that a good friend and a...

San Francisco – Apple CEO Trumps Trump, Reframing His Name Game

March 7, 2019 at 09:00 PM
San Francisco - To President Donald Trump, it was an awkward slip of the lip. To Apple CEO Tim Cook, it was an opportunity to poke some sly fun. A day after Trump mistakenly referred to Cook at a White House meeting as "Tim Apple" — an understandable slip, perhaps, coming from the owner of the Trump Organization — Cook quietly altered his Twitter profile, replacing his last name with the...

Newport Beach, CA – Holocaust Survivor Meets Youths In Swastika Pic

March 7, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Newport Beach, CA - The stepsister of Anne Frank met privately Thursday with Southern California high school students who were photographed gleefully giving Nazi salutes around a swastika formed by drinking cups during a party. Eva Schloss, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, said afterward that it was an emotional meeting in which she described her experiences at the Auschwitz death...

Seychelles – Scientists Begin Exploring Indian Ocean Depths In Seychelles

March 7, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Seychelles - An unprecedented mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves began its research on Thursday, in Seychelles waters. The British-led Nekton Mission arrived off the tiny atoll of Alphonse in the early morning hours, after looming bad weather forced a change of plan and of route. The ambitious expedition will delve into one of the last...

Washington – Official: US Still Believes It Can Forge NK Deal

March 7, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Washington - A senior U.S. official says the Trump administration still believes it can reach and implement a denuclearization deal with North Korea by the end of the president's first term. That's despite the failure of President Donald Trump's summit in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to forge an agreement. The official said Thursday that the administration is still trying to...

New York – Facebook Steps Up Fight Against Vaccine Misinformation

March 7, 2019 at 07:03 PM
New York - Social media giant Facebook says it will remove groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations on its site. It's the latest step Facebook and others are taking to stem the tide of misinformation on social media sites. Facebook said Thursday it will take its cue from global health organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease...

Washington – Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Sentenced To 47 Months For Tax And Bank Fraud

March 7, 2019 at 07:03 PM
Washington - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians. Judge T.S. Ellis III imposed the sentence Thursday, capping the only jury trial following indictments stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. A jury last year convicted Manafort on eight counts...

Trenton, NJ – Mystery Good Samaritan Enables Man’s $273M Lottery Win

March 7, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Trenton, NJ - An unemployed New Jersey man who won last Friday's $273 million Mega Millions jackpot said he wants to reward the mystery person who returned the tickets to a store where he'd left them a day earlier. Mike Weirsky said at a news conference with lottery officials Thursday that he bought the tickets last Thursday at a Quick Check store in Phillipsburg, near the Pennsylvania border...

Washington – Pentagon May Tap Military Pay, Pensions For Border Wall

March 7, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The Pentagon is planning to tap $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts to help President Donald Trump pay for his long-sought border wall, a top Senate Democrat said Thursday. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told The Associated Press, "It's coming out of military pay and pensions. $1 billion. That's the plan." Durbin said the funds are available because...

Washington – House Condemns Anti-Semitism, Other Bigotry In Democrats’ Bid To Quiet Infighting Over Rep. Omar’s Remarks On Israel

March 7, 2019 at 05:41 PM
Washington -Divided in debate but mostly united in a final vote, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry Thursday, with Democrats trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could dog them through elections next year. The one-sided 407-23 vote belied the emotional infighting over how to respond to freshman Rep...

New York – After A Decade Of Doubts, The Stock Market’s Bull Chugs On

March 7, 2019 at 05:24 PM
New York - The bull market for U.S. stocks turns 10 years old this weekend, which puts it way past senior citizen status for a market run. It's got the scars to prove it. Since rising from the rubble of the financial crisis in 2009, this bull market has faced several near-death experiences. Worries about everything from debt problems in Europe to the global trade war have nearly derailed it at...

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