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Washington – Proof Of Trump’s Charity Giving Elusive

August 2, 2015 at 10:57 PM
Washington - Donald Trump, widely believed to be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country's most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings. Trump has said he donated $102 million worth of cash and land to philanthropic and conservation organizations over the past five...

Beverly Hills, CA – Walt Disney Experts Rebut Dogged Anti-Semitic Allegations

August 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Beverly Hills, CA - Walt Disney was a complex figure, both celebrated and condemned, but allegations that he was a rabid anti-Semite are unproven, Disney experts said. Talking to TV critics Sunday about PBS' "American Experience" September documentary on Disney, composer Richard Sherman (Disney's "Mary Poppins," ''The Jungle Book") dismissed such lingering criticism outright. It's...

Washington – Trump Campaign Fires Staffer Over Controversial Facebook Posts

August 2, 2015 at 09:12 PM
Washington - Donald Trump's presidential campaign has fired a staffer after racially charged and insulting Facebook posts under his name came to light, a person close to the campaign said on Sunday. The posts, which date back to 2007, included an apparent racial slur targeting civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton's daughter. Other posts called President Barack Obama "a Socialist Marxist...

Helena, MT – ‘Roving Rabbis’ Spread Across Montana On Kosher Mission

August 2, 2015 at 08:38 PM
Helena, MT - Two young Orthodox rabbis have traded their studies in Brooklyn for the back roads of Montana, where they are teaching the far-flung faithful how to keep kosher in Big Sky Country. Eli Chaikin, 23, and Dovid Lepkivker, 25, call themselves the roving rabbis. Their mission is to reach as many of the state's approximately 3,000 Jews as they can in a month. Their message is a...

New York – Obama To Mandate Steeper Emissions Cuts From US Power Plants

August 2, 2015 at 07:54 PM
New York - President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, Obama was poised to finalize the rule at a...

New York – Uber Valued At About $51 Billion After Latest Funding Round: WSJ

August 2, 2015 at 07:19 PM
New York - Uber Technologies Inc has closed a new round of funding that values the online taxi-hailing company at nearly $51 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Uber raised close to $1 billion in the round, bringing its total funding to more than $5 billion, WSJ reported on Friday, citing one of the people. Investors in the latest round include...

Manhattan – Photos Of Endangered Animals Projected On Empire State Building

August 2, 2015 at 06:25 PM
Manhattan - Dozens of people stopped in Manhattan intersections gazing at photos of endangered animals shining on the side of the Empire State Building. Organizers say the Saturday night event was a first-of-its-kind live video projection. It drew large crowds of spectators, many taking photos with their smartphones. Images of endangered animals, including birds, tigers, bears and other...

Kabul – New Afghan Taliban Leader Promises To Continue Insurgency

August 2, 2015 at 05:22 PM
Kabul - Political uncertainty inside the Taliban has cast doubt on the prospects for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Saturday the Taliban's controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in a message aimed at preventing a split in the group between those who want peace and those who still believe they can win. An audio message purportedly from...

Washington – With Jewish Democrats Feeling Heat, Obama Appears To Have Enough Support For Iran Deal

August 2, 2015 at 04:31 PM
Washington - US backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive. By the time the House of Representatives recessed for the summer last week, no senior Democrat in the chamber had come out formally against the agreement and several...

Washington – Trump Says Won’t Be ‘throwing Punches’ In U.S. Republican Debate

August 2, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Washington - Donald Trump, the man to beat in this week's first televised Republican presidential debate, said on Sunday he does not plan to attack his rivals and downplayed expectations for his performance, saying "I'm not a debater." The combative real estate mogul will take center stage at Thursday's debate among the 10 top-polling candidates as he leads the 17 Republicans competing to...

Tehran – Iranian Supreme Leader Publishes Book Calling To Wipe Out Israel, Give Iran Full Reign In The Middle East

August 2, 2015 at 03:17 PM
Iran - The supreme leader of Iran is apparently now an aspiring author but one thing is for sure: this is no love story.  According to a report on Saturday in the New York Post, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's new book Palestine outlines his case for whyIsrael must be wiped out and how. "The solution is a one-state formula," he writes, which is called "Palestine." He said this "practical and...

Jerusalem – Charedi Rabbi Investigated In Schlissel Stabbings Accuses Police Of Roughing Up Wife In Arrest

August 2, 2015 at 02:25 PM
Jerusalem - A haredi rabbi from Jerusalem claimed on Sunday that police wounded his wife Saturday night upon detaining her for questioning in an investigation into the couple’s possible role in the gay pride parade stabbing that wounded five, and killed one teenage girl. According to Rabbi Idan Grossman, a coterie of heavily armed officers entered his Beit Yisrael home when he was not...

Beijing – China To Close Beijing’s Airports During Military Parade

August 2, 2015 at 01:08 PM
Beijing - Chinese authorities have announced they will close Beijing's two airports during a military parade next month to mark the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II. Flights will be banned or diverted for three hours from 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 3. to enable the victory parade to pass off smoothly and ensure flights safety, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a...

Las Vegas – Subway Sandwich Artists Set World Record In Las Vegas

August 2, 2015 at 12:25 PM
Las Vegas - Subway's "sandwich artists" cranked out a record number of their lunchmeat masterpieces in Las Vegas on Saturday. Franchisees and employees from around the world set a Guinness World Record for the "most people making sandwiches simultaneously" when 1,481 people built subs at the same time during the brand's annual convention in Las Vegas. All of the sandwiches were donated to...

Los Angeles, CA – Alleged Leader Of Israeli Organized Crime Ring Gets 32 Years

August 2, 2015 at 11:41 AM
Los Angeles, CA - A Los Angeles man who prosecutors say was a leader of an Israeli organized crime ring that moved drugs and money across the globe was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison. Moshe Matsri, 49, was sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles on a slew of money laundering, drug and extortion charges. Prosecutors recommended he be sentenced to 34 years in prison, while his own...

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