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Long Island, NY – Former Nassau County Executive Convicted In Multimillion-dollar Bribe Case

March 8, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Long Island, NY - A former top elected official on New York's Long Island was convicted on Friday of taking bribes to help a local businessman obtain millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded loans, federal prosecutors announced. A federal court jury in Central Islip, New York, found former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano guilty of bribery, honest services fraud, obstruction of justice and...

El Paso, TX – On U.S. Border, Fence Meant As Barrier Becomes Lure For Migrants

March 8, 2019 at 04:31 PM
El Paso, TX - Huddled against a border fence on a bitterly cold morning in El Paso, Texas, a group of 60 Guatemalan migrants, around half toddlers and children, shouted for help: "We're cold, we're hungry, we need shelter." The group was trying to surrender to U.S. Border Patrol agents and claim asylum, but the agents were too busy herding other groups along the fence that stands about 100...

New York – U.S. Calls ‘OneCoin’ Multi-Billion Dollar Pyramid Scheme, Charges Leaders

March 8, 2019 at 04:00 PM
New York - U.S. authorities on Friday announced criminal charges against the alleged leaders of an multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme involving the sale of a fraudulent cryptocurrency, OneCoin. Konstantin Ignatov, who runs OneCoin Ltd, and his older sister Ruja Ignatova, who co-founded OneCoin and is known as "Cryptoqueen," were accused of swindling investors coveting big returns and low risk...

New York – New George Soros Book Will Be A Summation Of Core Beliefs

March 8, 2019 at 03:30 PM
New York - George Soros' next book will be a summation of his core beliefs. PublicAffairs announced Friday that "In Defense of Open Society" will be published Sept. 24. Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and frequent target of conservative and anti-Semitic attacks, will cover everything from human rights to the rule of law to progressive politics. The 304-page book will include his...

New York – Flu May Have Peaked, But Experts Eye Jump In Nastier Strain

March 8, 2019 at 03:04 PM
New York - Health officials think there's a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but they are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday gave its latest report on this winter's U.S. flu season. Flu was reported to be widespread in 48 states last week, down from 49 the week before. CDC flu forecasters think...

Albany – NY Lawmakers: Let Minors Get Vaccinated Even If Parents Balk

March 8, 2019 at 02:30 PM
Albany - A new bill in the New York state Legislature would allow minors to get vaccinated without parental consent. The legislation announced Friday by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and Sen. Liz Krueger would authorize anyone 14 or older to get immunizations even if their parents object. The two Democrats say the change is needed because too many parents have accepted unsupported claims that...

Beirut – Hezbollah Leader Calls On Supporters To Donate To The Group

March 8, 2019 at 02:00 PM
Beirut - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is calling on his supporters to donate funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries. The rare call came during a televised speech Friday by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a few days after Britain joined the United States in banning the group as a terrorist organization. The U.S. has increased its pressure on the group recently...

Washington – Trump Calls House Anti-Bigotry Resolution ‘Disgraceful’

March 8, 2019 at 01:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has branded as "disgraceful" the resolution passed after Democratic Rep. lIhan Omar's comments suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances. The House on Thursday passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry. Democrats wrestled for days about whether or how to punish Omar, a freshman from Minnesota who's one of two Muslim...

Washington – Some In House GOP Broke With Party On Omar Resolution

March 8, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Washington - It wasn't just Democrats who had difficulty remaining unified after one of their most liberal members was accused of anti-Semitism for suggesting that House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances. Almost two dozen Republicans stirred up a mini-tempest within their party for opposing the Democratic resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry in a Thursday vote. For...

Washington – House Majority Whip Says He Didn’t Mean To Diminish Holocaust In Defending Ilhan Omar

March 8, 2019 at 12:31 PM
Washington - U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn walked back a defense of embattled Democratic colleague Ilhan Omar, saying he never meant to diminish the legacy of the Holocaust. Clyburn, D-S.C., was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and some Democratic colleagues for suggesting that Omar, who has been fending off accusations of anti-Semitism, had a “more personal” relationship to...

Washington – Trump Says U.S. Will Do ‘very Well’ With Or Without A Trade Deal With China

March 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday said he is confident the United States can forge a trade deal with China, but added that he thinks his country would do very well with or without an agreement with the major Asian economy. Asked if he was still confident could get a deal with China: "Sure, I'm confident, but if we don't make a very good deal for our country, I wouldn't make a...

Washington – White House Communications Director Resigns To Advise Trump’s 2020 Campaign

March 8, 2019 at 11:52 AM
Washington - Former Fox News executive Bill Shine has resigned as White House communications director and has joined President Donald Trump's re-election campaign as a senior adviser. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says that Trump accepted Shine's resignation Thursday evening. The resignation is effective Friday. Trump says in a statement released by the White House that Shine...

Alexandria, VA – Chelsea Manning Jailed For Refusing To Testify On Wikileaks

March 8, 2019 at 11:29 AM
Alexandria, VA - Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been sent to jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning to jail for contempt of court on Friday after a brief hearing in which Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying. She told the judge she "will accept whatever you bring upon...

Vatican City – Pope Meets Jewish Group, Decries “Depraved” Antisemitism

March 8, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Vatican City - Pope Francis denounced the "depraved hatred" behind a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in parts of the world and said interfaith dialogue can help counter it. Francis met Friday with a delegation of the American Jewish Committee and praised their longstanding good relations. He lamented that their meeting was taking place amid the spread of a "climate of wickedness and fury, in...

Washington – Trump Budget To Include $100M For Ivanka’s Women’s Fund

March 8, 2019 at 10:27 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump's 2020 budget proposal will include $100 million for a global women's fund spearheaded by his daughter Ivanka Trump. A White House official told The Associated Press that the budget, expected to be released Monday, will include the funding for the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. The administration last month launched the government-wide...

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