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Moscow – Putin Gives Russian Passport To US Actor Steven Seagal

November 25, 2016 at 03:52 PM
Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has given a Russian passport to U.S. action film star Steven Seagal, calling it a sign of a thaw in relations with the United States. The 64-year old actor has been a regular visitor to Russia in recent years and has accompanied Putin to several martial arts events. Seagal also has vocally defended the Russian leader's policies and criticized the U.S...

Jerusalem – Israeli Rabbi: Break Sabbath To Shoot Wildfire Arsonists

November 25, 2016 at 03:17 PM
Jerusalem - Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, posted a ruling on Jewish law on Friday morning that permits shooting Arabs who are trying to cause fires, even if this were to violate Shabbat. Eliyahu answered a question that had been posed to him asking if Shabbat could be desecrated to stop, report or shoot Arabs trying to light fires near the questioner's home. The reply read in part...

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Gov. May Serve As A Model, And Warning, For Trump

November 25, 2016 at 03:12 PM
Tallahassee, FL - He was opposed by the Republican establishment. During a contentious campaign he spoke forcefully about the need to crack down on immigration. And he used millions of his own money to bolster his political career. President-elect Donald Trump? No, Rick Scott, the current governor of Florida. While they are oceans apart in temperament and public demeanor, Scott and Trump...

New York – Report: Russian Propaganda Effort Spread Fake News

November 25, 2016 at 02:35 PM
New York - A new report suggests a "sophisticated" Russian propaganda campaign helped flood social media with fake news stories leading up to the presidential election. The Washington Post, citing a yet-to-be published report from independent researchers, says the goal was to punish Hillary Clinton, help Donald Trump, and undermine faith in American democracy. The report comes from a...

Stockholm – Svalbard Sees ‘shocking’ Temperatures Near Freezing Point

November 25, 2016 at 02:18 PM
Stockholm - The Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has seen such extreme warmth this year that the average annual temperature could end up above freezing for the first time on record, scientists said Friday. Ketil Isaksen of the Norwegian Meterological Institute said that the average temperature in Longyearbyen, the main settlement in Svalbard, is expected to be around 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit...

New York – Trump Reveals 2 More Staff Appointments

November 25, 2016 at 02:14 PM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump has filled two more top administration posts. The incoming president has tapped Fox News analyst Kathleen "KT" McFarland to serve as deputy national security adviser, and campaign attorney Donald McGahn as White House counsel. Trump confirmed the picks Friday in a statement from his transition team. He cited McFarland's "tremendous experience and...

Washington – Trump’s Stock In Oil Pipeline Company Raises Concern

November 25, 2016 at 01:33 PM
Washington - President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump's investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.8 billion project as president. Trump's 2016 federal disclosure forms show he owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock in Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. That's down from...

Stockholm – Norwegian Church Denounces Luther’s Anti-Jewish Writings

November 25, 2016 at 01:02 PM
Stockholm - Norway's state Lutheran Church has condemned the anti-Jewish legacy of Martin Luther, the 16th century German theologian who started the Protestant Reformation. In a statement issued Friday ahead of next year's 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, the Church of Norway's General Synod said some of Luther's writings were later used in anti-Semitic propaganda, including in Nazi...

Albany, NY – NY Explorers Find 1872 Shipwreck Of Rare Great Lakes Vessel

November 25, 2016 at 12:28 PM
Albany, NY - The 144-year-old shipwreck of a rare sailing vessel that typically wasn't used for long voyages on the Great Lakes has been found in deep water off Lake Ontario's New York shore, according to two underwater explorers. Western New York-based explorers Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski announced Friday that they identified the wreck as the Black Duck in September, three years after...

Washington – For Some In Middle Class, Trump Plan Would Mean Tax Increase

November 25, 2016 at 12:02 PM
Washington - President-elect Donald Trump's proposals would modestly cut income taxes for most middle-class Americans. But for nearly 8 million families — including a majority of single-parent households — the opposite would occur: They'd pay more. Most married couples with three or more children would also pay higher taxes, an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found. And while...

New York – Dow, S&P 500 Hit Record Highs; Dollar Loses Steam

November 25, 2016 at 11:48 AM
New York - Key U.S. equity indexes swept to record intraday highs on Black Friday thanks to gains in consumer staple stocks, while European shares also advanced, and a stabilization in U.S. Treasury yields led investors to sell the dollar. The small cap Russell 2000 also hit a record intraday high on a day when trading volumes are expected to be relatively thin, with the U.S. stock market...

Jerusalem – How Israel Killed A Hamas Mastermind & Honed Its War On Terror

November 25, 2016 at 11:45 AM
Jerusalem - The breakthrough came in April 1995. New intelligence obtained by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) pointed to the possibility that Yahya Ayyash, Hamas’s top bomb-maker, had somehow made his way from the northern West Bank to the Gaza Strip. One of the founders of Hamas’s Izzadin Kassam Martyrs Brigades, Ayyash was No. 1 on Israel’s most-wanted list, and the Shin Bet’s...

Istanbul – Turkish President Threatens To Reopen Borders To Migrants

November 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Istanbul - Turkey's president on Friday accused the European Union of dishonesty and betrayal, and threatened to remove controls from his country's borders, flooding Europe with hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers and other migrants. In his first speech since Thursday's approval in the European Parliament of a non-binding resolution calling on the EU to freeze Turkey's membership talks...

New York – Yes Lox, No Locks Warns Brooklyn Bridge Sign

November 25, 2016 at 10:37 AM
New York - The humble bagel and lox, the quintessential Jewish breakfast, is having its moment in the spotlight as the centerpiece of a batch of several recently installed signs on the Brooklyn Bridge. The signs, bearing the words “No Locks, Yes Lox, Fine $100,” are part of an ongoing campaign to discourage walkers on the iconic 133 year old span from leaving “love locks” on the...

New York – Melania Trump Is Set To Be A Long-distance First Lady

November 25, 2016 at 10:22 AM
New York - It will be one of many unusual things about a Donald Trump administration: a long-distance first lady. Trump will move into the White House after the Jan. 20 inauguration. Breaking with tradition, Melania Trump and 10-year-old son Barron plan to remain in New York City until at least the end of the school year. While the decision sets Melania Trump apart from other first ladies...

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