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Detroit – Old Car, New Tricks: Adding Safety Tech To An Older Car

April 26, 2017 at 11:13 PM
Detroit - Old cars can learn new tricks. For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology — like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras — to older cars. Cars are lasting longer than ever thanks to improving quality. The average U.S. vehicle is now 11.6 years old, according to the consulting firm IHS Markit. But that means millions of car owners are...

Washington – A New York Hotel Deal Shows How Some Public Pension Funds Help To Enrich Trump

April 26, 2017 at 10:29 PM
Washington - Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. That arrangement could put Trump at risk of violating an obscure constitutional clause, some legal experts say. The Trump SoHo Hotel and...

Washington – Drug Use Tops Booze For First Time In Fatal U.S. Crashes: Study

April 26, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - U.S. data has shown for the first time that drivers killed in crashes were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, with marijuana involved in more than a third of fatal accidents in 2015, a study released on Wednesday showed. Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes around the country in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, topping the 37 percent who showed alcohol...

Washington – U.S. Chief Justice Alarmed At Trump Administration Immigration Case Stance

April 26, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions. Roberts and other Supreme Court justices indicated support for a deported ethnic Serb immigrant named Divna Maslenjak over her bid to regain her...

New York – Anti-Trump Bar Earmarks Its Profits For Progressive Causes

April 26, 2017 at 08:57 PM
New York - Liberals who feel the current Republican presidential administration is driving them to drink now have the perfect place to do it. A new bar, Coup, opened this month with protest-themed decor, a distinctly anti-President Donald Trump vibe and a promise by its owners to donate their profits to organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned...

Washington – Mnuchin: Trump Has ‘No Intention’ Of Releasing Tax Returns

April 26, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his taxes returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters. For decades, presidents have released their tax returns. But Trump has so far refused, suggesting he would share the tax documents only after the Internal...

New York – Jewish Politician, Group Decry NY College Inviting Linda Sarsour As Commencement Speaker

April 26, 2017 at 08:01 PM
New York - A New York public university is standing by its decision to invite Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour to deliver a commencement address despite some opposition. Sarsour, who stirred controversy last month by saying one cannot be part of the feminist movement unless he or she is critical of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, was chosen to address the graduates of the...

Seattle, WA – Not Sure What To Wear? Amazon.com Can Help

April 26, 2017 at 07:28 PM
Seattle, WA - Amazon.com Inc wants to help you choose what to wear. The technology and retailing behemoth on Wednesday unveiled a voice-controlled camera, the Echo Look, and an app that recommends which of two outfits is best, using fashion specialists' advice and algorithms that check for the latest trends. The new product underscores Amazon's ambitions to be a top player in both fashion...

Brussels – European Parliament President Urges Post-holocaust Restitution Progress

April 26, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Brussels - European Parliament President Antonio Tajani on Wednesday urged European countries to step up efforts to ensure the return of property and possessions seized from Jewish victims during the Holocaust. Speaking at the opening of an international conference in Brussels titled “Unfinished Justice: Restitution and Remembrance,” Tajani stressed the importance of...

Washington – Israel Seeks U.S. Backing To Avert Permanent Iran Foothold In Syria

April 26, 2017 at 06:26 PM
Washington - Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday. In an interview, visiting Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said he was also using his meetings with White House officials and key lawmakers to press for further U.S...

Washington – New US Office Seeks To Aid Victims Of Crimes By Immigrants

April 26, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The Trump administration on Wednesday opened an office dedicated to helping victims of crimes committed by immigrants — an initiative criticized as misguided because studies have shown immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens. The Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement, or VOICE, will keep victims informed of the immigration proceedings of suspects...

Jerusalem – In Tense Political Times, NBA Heading To Israel This Summer

April 26, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Jerusalem - As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension. Basketball Without Borders has visited countries across the globe since 2001, using the sport to promote cultural understanding and active living. The first camp was...

Tel Aviv – Israel’s Cellcom Launches Cheap TV, Phone, Internet Packages

April 26, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Tel Aviv - Cellcom, Israel's biggest mobile phone operator, launched on Wednesday low-cost "quadruple play" packages of internet, mobile phone, landline calls and TV, promising to shake up the country's telecoms market. The package priced at 249 shekels ($69) a month will save families 1,800 shekels a year, Cellcom said. It will enable Cellcom to better compete with Bezeq, Israel's dominant...

United Nations – North Korea’s UN Mission Warns Of Nuclear War With U.S.

April 26, 2017 at 04:00 PM
United Nations - North Korea's U.N. Mission says the government will react to "a total war" with the United States with a nuclear war. A mission press statement on Wednesday said North Korea will "surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the U.S. imperialists." The statement said the Democratic People's Republic of Korea — the country's official name — "can never be...

Washington – Trump Plan Would Cut Taxes For Companies _ And People, Too

April 26, 2017 at 03:52 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in corporate and personal taxes Wednesday in an overhaul his administration asserts will spur national economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan is alarming lawmakers who worry it will balloon federal deficits. The plan would reduce investment and estate taxes, helping the wealthy...

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