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3.5.15:  Cleveland to host 1st GOP presidential primary debate

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee says its first primary debate for the next presidential election will be in Cleveland.

The RNC previously announced plans to have nine primary debates, starting in Ohio in August.

The city also is slated for other big visits from the Republicans during the candidate selection process. It is hosting the RNC summer meeting this August and the Republicans’ presidential nominating convention in July 2016.

The rough schedule for the other Republican debates included California in September, Colorado in October, Nevada in December, Iowa in January, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida in February.


3.5.15:  Ambassador says ‘doing well’ after attack

 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea is tweeting today that he’s “doing well and in great spirits,” hours after being attacked by a knife-wielding man.

Ambassador Mark Lippert was attending a breakfast meeting hosted by the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation this morning when witnesses say the man attacked, shouting that South and North Korea should be unified.

Lippert needed 80 stitches to his face and doctors say he also had surgery on an arm to repair damaged tendons and nerves.


3.4.15:  Safety agency closes truck tire probe without seeking recall

 

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has closed an investigation into reports of Michelin truck tire failures without seeking a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the 2014 model of Michelin’s 22.5-inch diameter XZA tires in October after getting six complaints and a police report about seven crashes involving the tires.

But in documents posted Tuesday, the agency says the failures were not the fault of the tires. They were caused by a road hazard, owners using the tires on the wrong-size rim, or a combination of violating tire load limits, letting the air pressure get too low or traveling at a higher-than-rated speed.

The investigation covering more than 32,000 tires found 16 complaints, three crashes and two police crash reports.


3.4.15:  Costco will switch of Visa

 

Starting next year, you won’t be able to put your purchases from Costco on your American Express card.

For the last 16 years the company has used American Express but it switching to Visa and will use CitiGroup as its exclusive provider of co-branded credit cards.

The change is expected to go into effect April of 2016.


3.4.15:  More snow, rain, and flooding

 

(AP) — New Englanders already are buried in snow, and they’re about to get more.

Another wintry blast is racing across the U.S., and is expected to move into Maine, Massachusetts, eastern New York and New Jersey today.

The storm also is expected to dip through the mid-Atlantic region as well as Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, southern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas.

West Virginia’s governor says he’s mobilizing the National Guard to help with the prospect of heavy rains, snow and possible flooding.


3.4.15:  Netanyahu says he gave ‘practical alternative’ to Iran deal

 

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a “practical alternative” to a possible Iranian nuclear deal and that lawmakers “better understand” why the deal is bad.

Netanyahu spoke upon landing in Israel today, after President Barack Obama said the Israeli leader had offered no viable alternative to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu says his alternative would extend the breakout time for Iran to create a bomb, and would maintain sanctions until Tehran stops “its sponsorship of terrorism around the world, its aggression against its neighbors and its calls for Israel’s destruction.”

He says he received “very encouraging” responses from Democrats and Republicans, saying they “better understand why this deal is bad and what the right alternative to this deal is.”


3.4.15:  High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance coverage for millions of people is at issue today when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama’s health overhaul.

The justices will eventually decide whether people in all states are eligible for federal tax subsidies to reduce the cost, or if that’s limited to states that set up their own insurance exchanges.

If the court decides it’s limited, as many as 8 million people could lose coverage.


3.3.15:  For 10 years IHOP has celebrated National Pancake Day

 

Today is National Pancake Day.

Since 2006, IHOP has raised nearly 16 million dollars to support charities in the communities in which they operate.

Guests can enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes today and in return IHOP asks that you consider leaving a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.

Their goal this year is to raise $3.5 million for charity.

 


3.3.15:  Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 6 pct US sales gain

 

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 6 percent U.S. sales gain last month, a sign that the customers brushed off the snow and continued to buy cars.

The company sold nearly 164,000 cars and trucks to post its best February in eight years. Chrysler was led by the Jeep brand with a 21 percent gain for its best February sales ever. Ram pickup sales grew 7 percent to more than 31,000.

All automakers report U.S. sales on Tuesday, and analysts are predicting an 8 percent increase over a year ago to nearly 1.3 million vehicles. They say a strong economy helped offset rising gas prices and bad weather in February.


3.3.15:  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes center stage

 

(AP) — Top U.S. and Israeli officials are spending the day focusing on an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, but from opposite corners.

Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Iran’s foreign minister in Switzerland, ahead of a March 31 deadline to seal a preliminary deal on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will appear before a joint Congress today and he’s expected to criticize that deal.

The Prime Minister plans to strongly lay out his case against any nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.  He insists he is privy to emerging details and is expected to lay out specific concerns.    He says that U.S. leaders may worry about the security of their country, but “Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country.”

 

Some members of Congress plan to boycott the speech and disagree with the House Speaker’s decision to invite the Prime Minister without first consulting with President Obama.