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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia Forms Islamic Counterterrorism Coalition

December 14, 2015 at 11:45 PM
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia says 34 Muslim-majority nations have agreed to form a new military alliance to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. The announcement carried early Tuesday by the Saudi Press Agency says the Saudi-led alliance was established because terrorism "should be fought by all means and collaboration should be made to...

Jerusalem – Benjamin Netanyahu Tells ‘Post’ He Did Not Ask Trump To Cancel Israel Visit

December 14, 2015 at 11:18 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he “absolutely did not” ask Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to cancel his trip to Israel following the candidate’s controversial comments about Muslims. Netanyahu, in response to a question from The Jerusalem Post about the circumstances of Trump’s cancellation of his planned trip later this month, said he had...

Portsmouth, N.H. – Chemist Claims New Coffee Offers Heart Benefit Of Red Wine

December 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM
Portsmouth, N.H. - A University of New Hampshire chemist says he's developed a coffee that provides the same benefits to the heart as red wine. The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1IPkfKm ) Glen Miller infused Arabica coffee beans with resveratrol, the natural antioxidant found in the skins of grapes used to make red wine. Miller says the infusion happens during the roasting of beans...

New York – Jewish Woman Fatally Struck By Bus In Brooklyn

December 14, 2015 at 10:46 PM
New York - Police say a 62-year-old woman crossing a street in Brooklyn has been struck and killed by a bus. The MTA B36 bus was travelling eastbound on Avenue Z and made a left turn onto East 17th Street, striking Eleonora Shulkina. It happened just before 6 p.m. Monday. Shulkina was taken to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police say the driver of the bus remained...

New York – Natural Gas, Used To Heat Homes, Plunges On Mild Weather

December 14, 2015 at 10:28 PM
New York - Mild temperatures have cooled demand for natural gas, sending its price down sharply Monday. Stocks of companies that produce natural gas also fell. Natural gas is used to heat more than half of U.S. households, according to the American Petroleum Institute. But with unseasonably warm temperatures, there's less demand for it. Temperatures in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Washington...

San Bernardino, CA – LA Times: California Shooter Messaged Facebook Friends About Support For Jihad

December 14, 2015 at 10:23 PM
San Bernardino, CA - One of the shooters in the San Bernardino massacre, Tashfeen Malik, sent at least two private messages on Facebook to a small group of Pakistani friends in 2012 and 2014, pledging her support for Islamic jihad and saying she hoped to join the fight one day, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. The messages were posted before Malik, 29, entered the United States on a...

New York – OpEd: Why Won’t The Saudis Who Resent Trump Drop Their Ban On Jews?

December 14, 2015 at 10:02 PM
New York - The online bickering between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his fellow billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal over Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration is seeped with irony: For decades, Saudi Arabia has had a near-total ban on granting visas to Jews. In a December 11 tweet, Alwaleed called on Trump to withdraw from the presidential race, prompting...

New York – Fear And Loaning: Investors Are Running From Junk Bonds

December 14, 2015 at 09:52 PM
New York - The junk-bond market has something to really fear: fear itself. Investors are rushing out of junk bonds, spooked by last week's closure of a mutual fund focused on some of the lowest-quality, highest-yielding bonds. The shutdown comes on top of fears that a spike in bond defaults is coming, and it's led investors to rush for the exits in a corner of the market that generally doesn't...

San Jose, CA – Driver Dodges Death When Large Metal Beam Pierces Windshield

December 14, 2015 at 09:39 PM
San Jose, CA - Northern California authorities say a driver is lucky to be alive after a large metal beam pierced the windshield of his SUV while on a San Jose freeway. San Jose Fire Department Capt. Christopher Salcido says the beam fell off of a flatbed truck, crashing through the windshield and lodging itself into the driver's seat of the BMW. The driver, 66-year-old Don Lee of San Jose...

Kiev – Ukrainian City To Rename Streets After Lubavitcher Rebbe

December 14, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Kiev - The Ukrainian city where the Lubavitcher Rebbe grew up has announced that it will soon name a street in his honor. The name of Rabbi Menachem-Mendel Shneerson, who led the Chabad-Lubavitch hasidic movement from his home in Brooklyn for the second half of the 20th century, was included on a list of streets soon to be renamed, according to the Dnepropetrovsk municipality. Dnepropetrovsk...

New York – Three Years Later, Thousands Mark Sandy Hook Shooting On Social Media

December 14, 2015 at 09:00 PM
New York - Thousands took to social media on Monday to remember the children and teachers who were killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, three years ago, many of them decrying the lack of new gun control laws. The number of tweets was an indication of how the tragedy still resonates in a country dealing almost daily with gun violence, and family...

Washington – US Looking At Ways To Better Screen Would-be Immigrants

December 14, 2015 at 08:28 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is reviewing procedures for vetting would-be immigrants, with an eye toward examining applicants' online presence, to close security gaps in the U.S. visa system, the White House said Monday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Homeland Security and State departments have been asked to review the process for screening people who apply for visas and...

Jerusalem – Israeli-American Violinist Perlman Wins ‘Jewish Nobel’

December 14, 2015 at 08:01 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman has been awarded this year's "Jewish Nobel" for his accomplishments as a musician, teacher and advocate for the disabled, organizers of the $1 million prize announced Monday. The Genesis Prize is given each year to an individual who has achieved professional success, contributed to humanity and shown a strong commitment to Jewish causes and...

Washington – Trump At Center Stage, But Cruz In Spotlight At GOP Debate

December 14, 2015 at 07:32 PM
Washington - Donald Trump will be standing at center stage, but Ted Cruz will be in the spotlight at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate. The Texas senator is challenging Trump's lead in the kickoff Iowa caucuses, and he has the money, campaign infrastructure and conservative appeal to compete deep into the GOP primary season. Those assets now make him a target for his rivals, most...

Washington – Trump’s Doctor Declares GOP Candidate Is In Excellent Health

December 14, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Donald Trump released a glowing letter from his physician Monday declaring that the Republican presidential candidate will be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" if he wins in 2016. The letter from Dr. Jacob Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital, identified as Trump's personal physician since 1980, was released after Trump promised to disclose his medical records...

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