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Texas – San Antonio Police Probe Second Anti-Semitic Vandalism Case In A Week

August 17, 2015 at 11:47 PM
San Antonio, TX - Anti-Jewish vandalism was discovered on Monday at a San Antonio synagogue, the second anti-Semitic vandalism case in the city in the past week, police said. The two incidents raised concern among authorities and prompted Governor Greg Abbott to call the incidents offensive and disturbing. "Religious discrimination has no place in the State of Texas and I have faith that...

Jakarta – Indonesian Rescuers Find 38 Dead In Wreckage Of Crashed Plane, Official Says

August 17, 2015 at 11:42 PM
Jakarta - A search and rescue team in Indonesia found 38 bodies in the wreckage of a Trigana Air passenger aircraft that crashed two days ago with 54 people on board, the head of the National Search and Rescue Agency said on Tuesday. "There was 37 adults and one child," Bambang Soelistyo told Reuters via text message after search and rescue teams reached the crash site earlier on...

Austin – Top Texas Official Won’t Apologize For Muslim-Bombing Post

August 17, 2015 at 11:21 PM
Austin, TX - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller won't apologize for a shared post on his Facebook page that appears to suggest using an atomic bomb on the Muslim population, a spokesman for the Republican said Monday. The post shows a mushroom cloud and says Japan has "been at peace" with the U.S. since the 1945 bombing of Nagasaki. The end of the caption reads, "It's time we made peace...

New York – Amazon Defends Working Conditions After NYT Expose Practice

August 17, 2015 at 10:57 PM
New York - Amazon isn't the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity. A New York Times article over the weekend portrayed Amazon's work culture as "bruising" and "Darwinian" in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. The article depicted a work culture where staffers are under constant pressure to deliver strong results on a wide variety of...

New York – Americans Are Waiting Longer To Buy Their First Homes, Study Finds

August 17, 2015 at 10:19 PM
New York - Short of cash and unsettled in their careers, young Americans are waiting longer than ever to buy their first homes. The typical first-timer now rents for six years before buying a home, up from 2.6 years in the early 1970s, according to a new analysis by the real estate data firm Zillow. The median first-time buyer is age 33 — in the upper range of the millennial generation...

Washington – For Clinton And Biden, A Long And Tangled Friendship

August 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Over the past quarter century or so, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joe Biden have collaborated and competed, shared more than a dozen staffers, fought each other for a presidential nomination and then served together in the Cabinet of the man who beat them both. Now, as Biden considers challenging Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, their long and tangled...

Iowa – Trump Immigration Proposal Divides GOP Presidential Field

August 17, 2015 at 09:35 PM
Iowa - Donald Trump is dividing his Republican presidential rivals anew with his call to rewrite the Constitution to crack down on millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, and to force Mexico to pay for a better border fence. Scott Walker embraced some of the plan Monday, but other contenders, such as Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina, dismissed elements as unworkable. Trump's...

New York – Man Plotted To Harm Muslims, Obama With A Remote-Controlled X-ray Device

August 17, 2015 at 09:02 PM
New York - A Ku Klux Klan member conspired to use a remote-controlled X-ray device hidden in a truck, which he called "Hiroshima on a light switch," as a weapon of mass destruction to harm Muslims and President Barack Obama, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday. But a lawyer for Glendon Scott Crawford at the start of his trial said that government undercover agents dragged him further into the...

New York – U.N. Says Expects States To Respect Privacy After AT&T Spying Report

August 17, 2015 at 08:40 PM
New York - The United Nations said it expects member states to respect its right to privacy and is assessing how to respond to a report that telecommunications company AT&T Inc helped the U.S. National Security Agency spy on the world body's communications. The company gave technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications...

Washington – Senator Menendez To Announce Iran Nuclear Pact Stance

August 17, 2015 at 08:08 PM
Washington - Senator Robert Menendez, who is widely expected to oppose a proposed nuclear deal with Iran, is set on Tuesday to formally announce his position on the pact. Congress is poised to vote in September on the U.S.-led international agreement. As proposed by President Barack Obama and other world powers, the deal aims to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic...

Georgetown, KY – McConnell Acknowledges Difficulty In Blocking Iran Deal

August 17, 2015 at 07:29 PM
Georgetown, KY - President Barack Obama has "a great likelihood of success" in his showdown with congressional Republicans on the Iran nuclear deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell grudgingly acknowledged on Monday. The GOP-led Senate and House are expected to turn down the deal next month, with the Kentucky Republican calling it flawed and House Speaker John Boehner criticizing the...

Spain – Matisyahu Responds To Cancellation Of Spanish Concert

August 17, 2015 at 07:01 PM
Spain - Rapper and reggae star Matisyahu, who was axed over the weekend from a festival line up near Valencia, Spain, because he would not sign a statement saying he supported a Palestinian state, made a statement on Monday saying that he was offended and appalled that the organizers were trying to coerce him into political statements. "The festival organizers contacted me because they were...

Haifa – Medical Cannabis Could Be Worth More To Israel Than Natural Gas

August 17, 2015 at 06:33 PM
Haifa - While Israel is busy sorting out regulation for the natural gas reserves off its shores, a development considered a boon for Israel’s economy, could it be missing an even bigger opportunity in the field of medical cannabis? That was the general consensus at a Thursday conference on how Israel’s farmers could benefit from the growing global market for medical cannabis, hosted by Israel...

Olathe, KS – Jury Selection Begins In Kansas Jewish Site Shootings

August 17, 2015 at 05:45 PM
Olathe, KS - Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of an avowed white supremacist who admitted to gunning down three people outside of two suburban Kansas City Jewish centers last year. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., of Aurora, Missouri, could get the death penalty if he's convicted of capital murder. The 74-year-old has admitted to the media and during pretrial hearings that he drove to...

Washington – US: Up To 305 Clinton Emails Might Have Classified Data

August 17, 2015 at 05:36 PM
Washington - The State Department review of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails so far has found as many as 305 messages that could contain classified information and require further review by federal agencies, the department said Monday. In a court filing that was part of a lawsuit against the State Department, officials told a federal judge in Washington they would be able to meet an existing...

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