Trump, Cruz Face Early Test at California GOP Conclave
California's Republican Party convention will be an early test for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in a state whose June election could hold the decisive delegates in the fight for the party's presidential nomination.
Trump, who has seized front-runner status as a political outsider, will be speaking Friday outside San Francisco to hundreds of longtime GOP insiders — the activists, grassroots organizers and elected officials who make up the core of the state party. Kasich also ...
US Beefs up Surveillance Over ISIS in Libya
The U.S. has moved surveillance drones into the skies over Libya to gather intelligence and get a better picture of what's going on in case additional military strikes against Islamic State militants are authorized.
The top U.S. military officer told a Senate committee on Thursday that the Pentagon has shifted assets to Libya, based on recommendations from the U.S. commander for Africa.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, told the Senate Armed Services ...
Bridge Case Defendant Wants Gov. Chris Christie's Cellphone
A lawyer for one of the former allies of Gov. Chris Christie accused in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case says he wants access to the governor's cellphone.
Attorney Michael Baldassare said Thursday that he will pursue emails, documents and Christie's phone as he fights to have charges against former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey deputy executive director Bill Baroni tossed.
The government alleges the 2013 lane closures were orchestrated to create traffic jams in ...
Southwest, Delta Tangle Over Whether to Cut or Raise Fares
No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares — even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times.
Southwest Airlines caught rivals and Wall Street by surprise when it cut many U.S. fares by $5 each way. The reduction this week applied to tickets bought within seven days of departure, which are usually favored more by last-minute business travelers than vacationers.
Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines was busy raising fares on domestic routes by $5 each way. And it did not ...
American State Senator Meets With Syrian President Assad
Syrian President Bashar Assad scored a minor, if bizarre, publicity victory Thursday, receiving a part-time state senator from America at a time when U.S. officials have repeatedly asserted Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule the war-torn country.
Outspoken Virginia state Sen. Dick Black — who resigned as co-chairman of Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign in Virginia just before his trip — told reporters outside Damascus it would be "beneficial" for the U.S. to speak directly to ...
Miami-Dade Police Deploying 1,000 Body Cameras
The largest police agency in Florida is outfitting 1,000 of its officers with pager-sized body cameras over the next few months in the state's biggest such deployment to date, officials announced Thursday.
The Miami-Dade Police Department detailed a $5.5 million plan to begin using the cameras next week, with a goal of 1,000 in the field by the end of September. About $1 million of that comes from a $75 million federal grant program announced in 2014 by President Barack Obama.
Police body ...
FBI Arrests 3 In San Bernardino Terror Attack Probe
Authorities in California arrested three people on Thursday who are tied to one of the San Bernardino attackers, charging them with lying under oath and participating in a fraudulent marriage. None of the charges directly relate to the terrorist attack last December, but the FBI says these counts directly stem from the investigation into the shooting.
The three people arrested are Syed Rhaeel Farook, 31, brother of one of the shooters; his wife, Tatiana; and Tatiana's sister, Mariya ...
Volkswagen CEO Apologized In Person To Obama Over Scandal
Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.
CEO Matthias Mueller said he held a "two minute" conversation with the president during his visit to Hannover, Germany, this week.
"I took the opportunity to apologize to him personally for this matter," Mueller said during the company's annual news conference Thursday in Wolfsburg, Germany.
"I also ...
3 Months Later, Blizzard Sets 1 Record, Another Deleted
Last winter's East Coast blizzard has set another record, in New York City, while a record in Newark, New Jersey, was deleted, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in a report prompted by questions about the accuracy of snowfall measurements.
The review also found that widely reported suspicions about a 17.8-inch measurement at Reagan National Airport near Washington were unfounded. Although substantially lower than readings within the District of Columbia, the ...
Carter Defends US Strategy For Defeating ISIS
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is defending the U.S. strategy for defeating ISIS.
He tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S.-backed local forces in Iraq and Syria are making substantive gains toward retaking Islamic State strongholds.
Carter is also advising against an American-led "foreign ground force" to battle the Islamic State. He says that would play into the hands of the extremists.
Carter says U.S. cyberattacks against the Islamic State are continuing and aim to ...
London Ex-Mayor Suspended By Labour Over Hitler Remarks
Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from Britain's main opposition Labour Party after he defended a lawmaker whose membership was put on hold over anti-Semitic postings on social media.
Livingstone described Hitler as a supporter of Zionism as part of his defense of lawmaker Naz Shah, who was thrown out of the party in the House of Commons on Wednesday for posts suggesting Israelis should be transported to the United States.
The controversy has distracted attention from ...
Op-Ed: Fact Checker: Trump's Eight Repeated Falsehoods In 16 Hours
Donald Trump is now closer than ever to clinching the Republican nomination on the first ballot. But what hasn't changed since he entered the presidential race is his propensity for falsehoods.
We know politicians repeat falsehoods -- on purpose or by mistake. So last year, we launched a feature to track politicians who repeat claims that we previously found to be incorrect. The Fact Checker Recidivism Watch columns are usually short summaries of previous findings.
Tracking every repeated ...
Appeals Court Upholds Conviction Of Ex-NYC Councilman
A federal appeals court has upheld the public corruption conviction and 10-year prison term for a former New York City councilman.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the appeal brought by Daniel Halloran. The Queens Republican was convicted of bribery and fraud in 2014.
Prosecutors said he helped another politician try to buy a spot on the 2013 mayoral ballot. He was a council member from 2010 to 2013.
Just before trial, Halloran tried to raise an insanity ...
Average US Rate On 30-Year Mortgage Rises To 3.66 Percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, lifting from their 2016 lows but remaining historically low during the spring home-buying season.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.66 percent from 3.59 percent last week. That brought it close to its level a year ago of 3.68 percent.
The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages advanced to 2.89 percent from 2.85 percent last week.
Republican Donors Deny Cruz, Kasich Needed Funds, Data Show
It seems like a logical pairing: Republican donors who despise Donald Trump, and two GOP presidential hopefuls sticking it out to keep him from the nomination.
Yet such a financial cavalry never arrived for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, ignoring their impassioned pleas for financial help.
Donors who gave as much as allowed by law to establishment darlings Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio have mostly disappeared from the political landscape, according to an Associated Press analysis of campaign finance ...
Top De Blasio Aides Hit With Subpoenas In Campaign Fundraising Probe
Aides to Mayor Bill de Blasio have been subpoenaed by state and federal prosecutors amid investigations into his campaign fundraising operation, his administration said.
City Hall received subpoenas from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and from the Manhattan district attorney's office, mayoral counsel Maya Wiley said Wednesday.
A statement issued by Wiley said de Blasio had not been "personally served," but it didn't reveal the subject or recipients of the subpoenas. Follow-up ...
Airstrikes, Shelling Kill At Least 60 In Syria's Aleppo City
A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.
At least 27 people died as a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee for the Red Cross and nearby buildings were hit overnight in the ...
Russia Launches 1st Rocket From New Space Facility
Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before.
The Soyuz 2.1a booster blasted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East in the early hours. The Roscosmos space agency said in a statement that the three satellites the rocket was carrying orbited several hours later.
The launch was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was called off 1½ minutes before the planned liftoff. President Vladimir ...
Biden Arrives In Iraq To Try To Help Settle Political Crisis
Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on Thursday on a visit intended to help Iraqi leaders resolve a political crisis that has hindered efforts to defeat the Islamic State group.
Biden landed at midday after an overnight flight from Washington. He was expected to meet with government officials and stress the need for unity, although the White House did not disclose his itinerary.
Protests and demands for political reforms have paralyzed an Iraqi government already struggling with a ...
Fiorina: Trump Would Be 'Shellacked' By Clinton
Carly Fiorina is explaining the rules of the Republican Party to rival Donald Trump as she looks to assert why the race for the Republican nomination could go to a contested convention.
In an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, a day after Ted Cruz named her as his running mate, Fiorina said Trump will get "shellacked by Hillary Clinton" if he is the nominee for the Republican Party, but asserted that he could lose the nomination if he doesn't get the majority.
"Donald Trump just ...
Messing Up on Tonight’s Kiddush
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
It happens pretty much every year on tonight’s Kiddush. Someone, somewhere, mistakenly makes the Shehecheyanu during Kiddush. The halacha is that on Shvi’I shel Pesach no shehecheyanu is recited, neither by the wife when she lights her Yom Tov candles, nor by the husband when he recites the Kiddush.
ERRONEOUSLY RECITING IT
But what happens if he does recite the Shehecheyanu before he drinks the wine – is it a hefsek, an ...
Far Rockaway: RNSP (Shomrim) Nab Suspect Who Smashed More Than 30 Car Windows; Cops Find Gun On Him
As YWN had reported, dozens of car windows were being randomly smashed in far Rockaway over the past few days.
RNSP units geared up and went on special patrol to try to catch the perpetrator responsible for smashing more then 30 windows over the last 3 nights. At around 2:15Am, an RNSP unit witnessed the suspect smash a window of a vehicle and quickly hide in a driveway. RNSP units maintained a constant visual of the perpetrator until the NYPD arrived and arrested him. The perpetrator was ...
'76 A Window Into Ugliness Of A GOP Contested Convention
Clarke Reed and Billy Mounger still sound like they want to spit when they talk about each other — 40 years after the contested Republican National Convention where the Mississippi delegation split between President Gerald Ford and smooth-talking Ronald Reagan.
As the GOP stares down the possibility of a contested convention this summer if neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz wins enough delegates to secure the presidential nomination, that bitter fight in 1976 provides a window into just how ...
Smartphone Health: Apple Releases Software For Medical Apps
Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.
While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its stamp on a new ecosystem of treatment programs. Rather than build the apps itself, the tech giant developed a set of software tools and templates, called "CareKit," that health-care groups and ...
South Korea: Suspected Midrange North Korean Missile Crashes
A suspected powerful intermediate-range North Korean missile crashed moments after liftoff Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, in what would be the second such embarrassing failure in recent weeks.
The report of the North Korean launch failure is particularly humiliating as it comes ahead of a major North Korean ruling party meeting next week at which leader Kim Jong Un is believed to want to place his stamp more forcefully on a government he inherited after his dictator father's ...
Trump Goes For 'Presidential' Policy Tone In Big Speech
With the general election in his sights, Republican Donald Trump delivered a sober foreign policy address Wednesday aimed at easing fears about his temperament and readiness to be commander in chief. Rival Ted Cruz made a desperate attempt to jolt the GOP race by tapping Carly Fiorina as his running mate.
Both moves underscored Trump's commanding position in the GOP race. Though the businessman needs to keep winning primaries in order to clinch the nomination before this summer's national ...
FBI Says It Won't Disclose How It Accessed Locked IPhone
The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to break into a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, noting the agency lacks enough "technical information" about the software vulnerability that was exploited.
The decision resolves one of the thorniest questions that had confronted the federal government since it revealed last month that an unidentified third party had provided the FBI with a successful method for opening the ...
Paris Attacks Suspect Abdeslam Extradited, Charged In France
The lone known surviving suspect in the Paris attacks was returned Wednesday to the city where Islamic State extremists unleashed a night of mayhem and charged with a host of terrorism offenses, raising hopes that he may be able to help French investigators trace the pathways of IS fighters thought to be hiding out in Europe.
Salah Abdeslam was whisked in secretly by helicopter after being transferred from the prison cell in Belgium where he had been held since his capture last month. His ...
Sanders' Bid Reaches Turning Point After Northeast Losses
Bernie Sanders' movement for a political revolution is reaching a crossroads even as he promises to campaign against Hillary Clinton through the June primaries and into the Philadelphia convention.
The Vermont senator said in an interview with The Associated Press after losses to Clinton in Tuesday's primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut that he would now seek as many delegates as possible to "fight for a progressive party platform," acknowledging that he had only a ...
Trump Struggles To Explain 'America First' Foreign Policy
Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his "America first" foreign policy on Wednesday, vowing to substitute hard-headed realism for what he called a post-Cold War era replete with U.S. national security failures.
Yet the Republican presidential front-runner outlined no strategy for how he'd make the United States at the same time a "consistent" and "unpredictable" force in the world. And he didn't appear to allay the concerns of U.S. and international critics — Republicans at ...
Committee Chairman Talking To Colleagues About Censure For IRS Chief
Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been on a campaign since last October to impeach -- literally -- the tax collector.
But the Utah Republican has found little appetite among House leaders to call for a hearing, much less a vote to remove John Koskinen as head of the beleaguered Internal Revenue Service. Instead, Chaffetz says he is in conversations with his GOP colleagues about a vote on the lesser but still harsh charge of a censure.