2 ex-CNN news people in a gunfight

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A former CNN reporter was wounded three times Tuesday night during a deadly shootout with a man who allegedly tried to rob him and his wife in a New Mexico motel room.

Chuck de Caro and his wife, former Headline News anchor and CNN correspondent Lynne Russell, were on a road trip and spending the night at an Albuquerque motel when de Caro killed the man during what Russell called an attempted robbery.

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Listen: Victoria Jones talks about Scott Walker, The Donald, Iran & airline collusion

Scott Walker

Talk Radio News Service White House correspondent Victoria Jones talks with Gary Baumgarten for the Paltalk News Network about Scott Walker’s presidential hopes, Donald Trump’s tripling down on his comments about Mexicans, no breakthrough in Iran talks and allegations of airline price fixing.

Scott Walker graphic by DonkeyHotey

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb running for president

Jim Webb

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced Thursday that “after many months of thought, deliberation and discussion” he has decided to run for president of the United States.

In an over 2,000-word blog post, Webb writes that he decided to run because the United States needs “proven, experienced leadership that can be trusted to move us forward from a new President’s first days in office.”

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Did airlines collude to keep prices sky high?

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By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service

WASHINGTON – Traveling this weekend? The Justice Deptartment is investigating a possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by the AP. The Justice probe appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

The airlines publicly discussed “capacity discipline” early last month in Miami at an annual meeting. After hearing about the meeting, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) requested a Justice investigation. He said they were using the phrase “capacity discipline” as code for reducing the amount of available seats on flights to jack up demand – and prices.

The Justice Department had tried to block the most recent merger, the 21013 joining of American Airlines and US Airways, but ultimately caved after the airlines made minor concessions. Consumer groups have complained that the mergers have reduced the amount of competition for passengers that’s been credited in the past for lower airfares.

American, Delta, Southwest and United now control 85% of the seats in the domestic travel market.

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U.S. making FIFA extradition request

By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. on Wednesday asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges in May, Swiss authorities say. The seven top FIFA execs arrested in Zurich are among 14 FIFA officials indicted on charges of “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption.”

The charges follow a major inquiry by the FBI. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said Zurich police, acting on its behalf, would give the seven FIFA officials a hearing over the extradition requests. The officials would have 14 days to respond to the requests, which could be extended “if sufficient grounds exist.”

Jeffrey Webb, vice president in charge of North and Central America, was among seven top officials arrested by Swiss police in a raid on a luxury hotel in the early hours of 27 May. They’re currently being held in prisons around the Zurich region.  The suspects are among 14 defendants the U.S. has charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. They were accused in a federal court in New York of participating “in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.”

Still waiting for a breakthrough in Iran nuke talks

2015-07-02 11_20_24-Kerry says Iran nuclear talks 'making progress' - YouTube

Britain, France, Germany and the European Union all said on Thursday that a final nuclear agreement with Iran is not yet guaranteed, with some key political questions still unanswered.

The two-year diplomatic effort has entered its endgame, now two days past a self-imposed deadline for world powers and Iran to reach a comprehensive accord which will govern Iran’s nuclear work for over a decade

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