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Mother makes emotional appeal to Japanese prime minister to save son as death threat looms

National News - 1 hour 42 min ago

The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat. Junko Ishido, mother of journalist Kenji Goto, read to reporters her plea to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which she said she sent after both Abe and the main government spokesmen declined to meet with her because their schedules were full. "Please save Kenji's life," Ishido said, begging Abe to work with the Jordanian government until the very end to try to save Goto. The effort to free Goto and Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh gained urgency with the release of an apparent ultimatum late Tuesday from the Islamic State group.


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Citibank reaches pact with NY AG on ChexSystems data: WSJ

Business News - 2 hours 2 min ago

(Reuters) - Citibank, a unit of Citigroup Inc, has reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to change its screening processes for checking and savings accounts to be more forgiving of customers' histories, the Wall Street Journal reported. Schneiderman's office said the requirements previously in place often hurt low-income applicants and forced them to turn to high-cost alternative financial services, the newspaper reported. A consumer's ChexSystems report typically contains banking irregularities such as check overdrafts, unsatisfied balances, depositing fraudulent checks, or suspicious account handling. With this Citigroup becomes the second financial institution to reach such an agreement.


Citibank reaches pact with NY AG on ChexSystems data: WSJ

National News - 2 hours 2 min ago

(Reuters) - Citibank, a unit of Citigroup Inc, has reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to change its screening processes for checking and savings accounts to be more forgiving of customers' histories, the Wall Street Journal reported. Schneiderman's office said the requirements previously in place often hurt low-income applicants and forced them to turn to high-cost alternative financial services, the newspaper reported. A consumer's ChexSystems report typically contains banking irregularities such as check overdrafts, unsatisfied balances, depositing fraudulent checks, or suspicious account handling. With this Citigroup becomes the second financial institution to reach such an agreement.


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Israeli group: Most of the dead in 70 Gaza home strikes were women, children and the elderly

National News - 2 hours 6 min ago
A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday. The B'Tselem group called strikes on homes "one of the appalling hallmarks of the fighting" and said they were approved at the top levels of Israeli power. Israel fought the war to halt rocket fire from Gaza. During the fighting, Israel launched about 5,000 airstrikes and unleashed thousands of rounds of artillery at Gaza, while Gaza militants fired about 4,300 rockets and mortar rounds at Israel.
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Prosecutors promise thorough investigation after police kill girl who hit officer with car

National News - 2 hours 27 min ago

Prosecutors on Tuesday promised a thorough investigation and asked angry protesters for patience after police shot and killed a 17-year-old girl who authorities said struck an officer with a stolen car. The request came after about 20 people rallied outside District Attorney Mitch Morrissey's office and called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Monday death of Jessica Hernandez. Denver police say two officers opened fire after Hernandez struck one of them with the vehicle, but a passenger who was in the car at the time of the shooting disputed that account late Tuesday. The witness, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, said Hernandez hit the officer only after she was shot because she was unconscious and lost control of the car.


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