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Elmwood Park, NJ – School Board Member Resigns Over Anti-Muslim Facebook Posts

April 22, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Elmwood Park, NJ - A New Jersey school board member resigned Friday after backlash over posts she made on Facebook disparaging Muslims. Gladys Gryskiewicz resigned from the Elmwood Park school board, citing concerns about the safety of her family, The Record reported . Gryskiewicz posted on Facebook earlier this year that Muslims should stay "in your desserts (sic) and follow your religion...

Piketon, OH – Ohio Authorities Seek Public Help On 8 Slayings

April 22, 2016 at 06:01 PM
Piketon, OH - Authorities are urging the public to call with any information about the slayings of eight people in southern Ohio. Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said Friday that they are in the early stages of their investigations covering four crime scenes. They say eight members of the same family were shot in the head. The whereabouts of the shooter...

New York – WATCH: NYPD Officers Eat Matza for the First Time – Earning a Dry Response

April 22, 2016 at 05:47 PM
New York - The New York Police Department took a few minutes from their day protecting the Big Apple to get in the holiday spirit and bite into something a bit less juicy: Matza. In a video released by the NYPD Friday, officers with no prior matza experience tried the yeast-free substitute for bread as their way of saying happy Passover. Some seemed unsure what to do with the possibly...

Hollywood, FL – Trump Chief: ‘You’ll See A Real Different Way’

April 22, 2016 at 05:04 PM
Hollywood, FL - His general-election appeal in question, Donald Trump's senior team is promising anxious Republicans that voters will see "a real different way" soon after the GOP front-runner claims his party's presidential nomination. "When he's out on the stage, when he's talking about the kinds of things he's talking about on the stump, he's projecting an image that's for that purpose,"...

New York – NYC Mayor Announces Steps To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 22, 2016 at 04:14 PM
New York - New York City's mayor is pushing building owners to update heating and power systems in order to help meet his goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Bill de Blasio announced the new energy efficiency measures on Friday, which is Earth Day. He says the city has set bold goals as it takes on climate change. The initiatives are intended to dramatically reduce...

Washington – Israel, US Conduct Air Force Drills In Greece

April 22, 2016 at 03:00 PM
Washington - The air forces of the United States, Greece, and Israel concluded a large-scale joint drill earlier this week over the Mediterranean. Following the collapse of the close defense relationship with Turkey, Israel and Greece have stepped up military cooperation, including joint maneuvers. The US military released a video of the drill which was obtained by Channel 2's online news...

Jerusalem – Shimon Peres Is So Old, He Was Alive During The Exodus From Egypt

April 22, 2016 at 02:19 PM
Jerusalem - Love him or hate him, there is one undeniable fact about former president and eternal statesman Shimon Peres – the man has a sense of humor. The nonagenarian Nobel laureate posted an item on his Facebook page showing his image with the Egyptian pyramids in the background under the title "Exodus from Egypt selfie." The humorous meme is a play on Peres' advanced age and timed...

London – Anger As London Mayor Tells ‘Part-Kenyan’ Obama To Butt Out

April 22, 2016 at 01:51 PM
London - London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leader of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, faced a flurry of criticism Friday for suggesting U.S. President Barack Obama may have an "ancestral dislike of the British Empire" because of his Kenyan roots. On a visit to the U.K., Obama weighed in to Britain's debate about European Union membership, urging voters to back staying in the...

Zagreb – Jews And Serbs Boycott Croatia’s Remembrance Of Death Camp Victims

April 22, 2016 at 12:43 PM
Zagreb - Croatia held a memorial ceremony on Friday for tens of thousands of people who died at the World War Two Jasenovac concentration camp, but it was boycotted by Jewish and Serb groups unhappy at official handling of recent neo-Nazi incidents. Jasenovac, 70 km (45 miles) east of the capital Zagreb, is notorious for mass killings of Jews, Serbs, gypsies and anti-fascist Croats under the...

Washington – Statement By The President On Passover

April 22, 2016 at 11:56 AM
Washington - Michelle and I send our best wishes to everyone celebrating Pesach in the United States, in the State of Israel, and around the world. One of Passover’s most powerful rituals is its tradition of storytelling – millions of Jewish families, friends, and even strangers sitting together and sharing the inspirational tale of the Exodus. Led by a prophet and chased by an army...

Kapolei, Hawaii – Solar Plane Slowly Soars Toward California

April 22, 2016 at 11:37 AM
Kapolei, Hawaii - A solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey is about a third of the way from Hawaii to California. The project's website says the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is nearly 23 hours into a three-day flight over the Pacific with solo pilot Bertrand Piccard at the controls. A live image from the plane showed the first light of dawn on the horizon. The aircraft's wings...

New York – Supporters Could Walk Away From A Tamer Trump

April 22, 2016 at 11:09 AM
New York - The central dilemma confronting Donald Trump’s campaign is that the candidate is having an identity crisis. In his election-night speech following his victory in New York’s presidential primary, Trump was almost unrecognizable. The hair was familiar; the speech was strange. Instead of “lyin’ Ted,” Trump talked about “Senator Cruz.” His flights of free association...

San Francisco – Uber To Pay Up To $100 Mln To Settle Lawsuit Over Employment Status

April 22, 2016 at 10:50 AM
San Francisco - Ride service Uber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle aclass action lawsuit over whether its California drivers are employees or independent contractors. Out of that money, $84 million is guaranteed to drivers and $16 million is contingent on an increase in Uber's value, according to a statement from lawyers representing the drivers...

Belgium – Brussels Attacker Has Been ISIS Guard Of Western Hostages In Syria, Police Confirm

April 22, 2016 at 10:14 AM
Belgium - Brussels airport bomber Najim Laachraoui was one of the men who held four French journalists captive for months in Syria, the lawyer of two of the former hostages told Reuters on Friday. Najim Laachraoui, a 25 year-old Belgian, was one of the two bombers who blew themselves up at Brussels' airport on March 22, investigators have said. Thirty-two people were killed in the attacks on...

New York – Five Wrongfully Jailed ‘Murderers’ Get $40M Payout From NYC

April 22, 2016 at 09:46 AM
New York, NY - Authorities say New York City has agreed to pay $40 million to settle civil rights lawsuits filed by five people who claimed they were wrongfully convicted of murder in the Bronx. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/1U8kB2l ) the Law Department said Thursday it had agreements with three plaintiffs and agreed to two more in principle. The plaintiffs are to receive $8...

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