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New York – Hotels Woo Guests To Book Directly Online With Discounts

April 18, 2016 at 11:00 PM
New York - Hotels are getting more aggressive in their fight to get travelers to book reservations directly with them instead of through online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline. Hyatt Hotels Corp. on Monday became the latest chain to offer guests a discount for booking a room directly on its own website. Members of its Gold Passport loyalty program can save up to 10 percent at...

Washington – Biden: ‘Overwhelming Frustration’ With Israeli Gov’t

April 18, 2016 at 10:15 PM
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. has an obligation to push Israel toward peace with Palestinians despite a sometimes "overwhelming frustration" with Israel's government. Biden is criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government during a speech to the advocacy group J Street. He says Israeli actions over the past few years have moved Israel in the wrong direction...

New York – Trump Mistakenly Cites 7-Eleven Instead Of 9/11

April 18, 2016 at 09:49 PM
New York - Donald Trump made an unfortunate slip-of-the-tongue while campaigning in Buffalo, New York, on Monday evening at his final rally before Tuesday's big-prize primary. Trump was about to deliver prepared remarks lauding New York values when he mistakenly mentioned the name of a popular convenience store chain in place of 9/11. "It's very close to my heart because I was down there...

New York – Israeli Startup Claims Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Are Related

April 18, 2016 at 09:06 PM
New York - Adding a new twist to the already fraught, if not frequently bizarre, drama surrounding the contest, an Israeli genealogy startup company on Monday claimed to have evidence that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are related. MyHeritage.com, a family history network created by Gilad Japhet in 2003 – which has since expanded to support 42 languages and some 80 million users...

Manta, Ecuador – Dramatic Rescue Amid Rubble Gives Ecuador Hope For Survivors

April 18, 2016 at 08:26 PM
Manta, Ecuador - Rescuers in Ecuador pulled three people out alive on Monday after being trapped for more than 32 hours in the rubble of a shopping center that was flattened by this weekend's powerful earthquake. Televised images of the dramatic pre-dawn rescue in this port city gave Ecuadoreans hope that some of the scores of people still unaccounted for may yet be found even as the death...

Washington – Should Woman Go On $10 Bill Or $20 Bill?

April 18, 2016 at 08:01 PM
Washington - Should Andrew Jackson, America's seventh president, be worried? Is it true that his days on the $20 bill may be numbered? At the moment, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is keeping details of his decision close to the vest while promising an announcement soon. Treasury officials declined to comment Monday on the specifics of a CNN report that Lew has decided to keep Hamilton on the...

New York – IBM Reports Worst Revenue In 14 Years, Shares Slide

April 18, 2016 at 07:51 PM
New York - International Business Machines Corp reported first-quarter revenue that beat analysts' estimates on Monday, but Big Blue's worst revenue in 14 years sent its shares down nearly 5 percent in extended trading. The company's revenue fell 4.6 percent to $18.68 billion in the first quarter ended March 31, but beat analysts' average estimate of $18.29 billion. IBM also posted its...

Washington – Meet Trump’s Maxed-out Donors, Believers In The Cause

April 18, 2016 at 07:47 PM
Washington - Letantia Bussell, a Beverly Hills dermatologist, says she appreciates Donald Trump's "unique personality." Peter Zieve, an engineer in Washington, loves Trump because "the guy's a person, not a robot." Daniel Arias, an El Salvadoran immigrant in Florida, is positive Trump will put an end to newcomers "coming here and begging for food stamps." They are the few, the proud, the...

Portoviejo – Ecuador Says Death Toll From Quake Jumps To 413

April 18, 2016 at 07:45 PM
Portoviejo - Ecuador's government says the death toll from the weekend's powerful earthquake has climbed to 413. The increase came in the government's latest bulletin on casualties from the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that hit the country's Pacific coastline. About 2,500 people are listed as injured...

Warsaw, Poland – Organization Opens Center In Poland Amid Jewish Revival

April 18, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A major Jewish organization opened its first chapter in Poland on Monday, the most recent sign of a Jewish revival in the Central European nation that comes even as Jews have been recently fleeing Western European nations hit by Islamic violence. Hillel International, the world's largest Jewish student organization, celebrated the opening of a branch at a ceremony in Warsaw on...

Washington – GOPer: Rules Change Would Prevent ‘Dictatorial’ Convention

April 18, 2016 at 06:32 PM
Washington - A member of the Republican National Committee trying to revamp GOP rules for nominating a presidential candidate says without the change, party leaders could exert "almost dictatorial power" at this July's nominating convention. The criticisms by Solomon Yue, the RNC committeeman from Oregon, were the latest broadside in an internal GOP battle over the rules that will help decide...

Jerusalem – Prime Minister Of Singapore Makes First Ever Visit To Israel

April 18, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, arrived in Jerusalem in a first ever official visit of a formal delegation from Singapore to Israel on Monday, April 18. The prime minister was accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, as well as over 50 other Singapore officials...

Havana – Cuba Calls Obama Visit ‘An Attack’ As Communists Defend Ideology

April 18, 2016 at 05:31 PM
Havana - U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Communist-led Cuba was an "attack" on its history and culture aimed at misleading a new business class, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Monday, the latest sign of blow-back after the ground-breaking trip last month. "In this visit, there was a deep attack on our ideas, our history, our culture and our symbols," Rodriguez said at the...

New York – Manhattan DA, Law Officials Push For Encryption Legislatio

April 18, 2016 at 05:02 PM
New York - Calling it an issue of victims' rights, the Manhattan district attorney urged Congress to pass legislation that would require tech companies to give law enforcement a way to access information on encrypted phones and other devices. Cyrus Vance Jr. says that while the debate over encryption has centered on issues of privacy and national security, the implications go far beyond that...

New York – Dow Closes Above 18K For First Time Since July

April 18, 2016 at 04:38 PM
New York - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed to a nine-month high on Monday, in a market buoyed by Hasbro and Disney, as investors braced for a flurry of quarterly earnings reports through the week. Chevron added 1.51 percent as crude oil prices steadied from earlier losses caused by the collapse of talks among major producers to tackle a stubborn global surplus. A recent rebound in...

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