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New York – Breaking Out Of The Cookie-cutter Hotel Room

August 7, 2016 at 11:15 PM
New York - The latest trend in hotel brands is to not be a brand at all. While in the past, big chains sold themselves on consistency, today they are pushing one-of-a-kind properties over cookie-cutter rooms. The shortcut to this transformation: get existing independent hotels to join the chain. New brands have been created, letting these properties keep their identity but still leverage...

Kansas KS – Lawmaker’s Young Son Dies On ‘world’s Largest’ Water Slide

August 7, 2016 at 11:05 PM
Kansas KS - The son of a Kansas state lawmaker died Sunday on a water slide that is billed as the world's largest, according to officials and the boy's family. Authorities did not immediately identify the child who died at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, but state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife released a statement saying it was their son Caleb Thomas Schwab. "Since the day...

Queens, NY – Parents Speak Out For Justice In Killing Of NYC Runner

August 7, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Queens, NY - The parents of a 30-year-old woman whose body was found after she went for a run in New York City say they are counting on authorities to catch the killer. Karina Vetrano's mother told reporters on Sunday that her daughter's killer must know the world is seeking justice. "The whole world (will) know what a pathetic, puny, weak piece of filth you are," Cathy Vetrano said outside...

New York – Jewelry Manufacturer Inadvertently Tosses Almost $1M In Diamonds In Pre-Shabbos Rush

August 7, 2016 at 09:30 PM
New York - A 47th Street jeweler who was rushing to close before Shabbos accidentally discarded more than $850,000 in the trash. Bobby Yashaya, owner of Max Jewelry on 47th Street, had been packing up merchandise for the annual JCK jewelry show in Las Vegas on a Friday afternoon when the incident occurred. Yashaya told the New York Post that he had placed a pair of diamond earrings and four...

Kansas City, KS – Boy, 12, Dies In Kansas On ‘World’s Largest’ Water Slide

August 7, 2016 at 09:26 PM
Kansas City, KS - The son of a Kansas state lawmaker died Sunday on a water slide that is billed as the world's largest, according to officials and the boy's family. Authorities did not immediately identify the boy who died at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, in Kansas City, Kansas, but Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife released a statement saying it was their son Caleb Thomas...

Rio De Janeiro – Chinese Weightlifter Sets 53kg World Record

August 7, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Rio De Janeiro - Long Qingquan of China set a world record in winning Olympic gold in the men's weightlifting 53-kilogram category Sunday at the Rio de Janeiro Games. Long's total score of 307 kilograms set the record and was aided by a final 170-kilo lift in clean and jerk. He was leading the competition after the snatch and all the way through clean and jerk until Om Yun-Chol of North...

Jerusalem – Israeli Application Helps Secure 2016 Rio Olympic Games

August 7, 2016 at 08:08 PM
Jerusalem - Security officers in Brazil have chosen an Israeli personal security application called SayVU to help secure the 2016 Olympics. “All the security officers are equipped with our application,” said SayVU founder and CEO Amotz Koskas. “It is connected to our hotline, which will be used if the need arises.” SayVU is programmed to send automatic messages to the police when...

Orlando, FL – Disney Builds Stone Wall At Lake Where Alligator Killed Boy

August 7, 2016 at 07:04 PM
Orlando, FL - Workers are building a stone wall around a Walt Disney World lake where an alligator killed a toddler earlier this summer. Disney officials told the Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2aLV0t9 ) for a story published Sunday that the barrier wall is part of the new security plan following the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves of Omaha, Nebraska. The boulder wall is going up along the...

Washington – Biden Takes Swipe At Trump On Twitter

August 7, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden seems to be taking a swipe at Donald Trump for the candidate's recent remark that he "always wanted to get the Purple Heart." On Twitter Sunday, Biden wrote: "No one wants to earn a Purple Heart. But to those who did, you have America's unending gratitude and admiration. Thank you. #PurpleHeart Day." The Purple Heart acknowledges service members who...

San Francisco – 1 Of 2 Skydivers Killed In California Was First-time Jumper

August 7, 2016 at 05:04 PM
San Francisco - One of two skydivers who died plummeting into a Northern California vineyard was an 18 and jumping for the first time, and his family was there watching when he hit the ground, the owner of the skydiving center and local authorities said Sunday. San Joaquin County sheriff's officials as of Sunday had not publicly identified the new skydiver or the skydiving instructor killed...

Jerusalem – Israeli Official: Three Times As Many Arabs As Haredim Volunteer For National Service

August 7, 2016 at 04:09 PM
Jerusalem - Three times as many Arabs as Haredim volunteer for national civil service, Sar-Shalom Jerbi, the Director of the National Civilian Service Authority (NCS), told President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday. Speaking at an event at the President’s Residence at which the most outstanding volunteers were honored, Jerbi said that of some 18,000 NCS volunteers, 8,500 came from national...

Jerusalem – Israel Seeks To Deport Activists Who Support Boycott

August 7, 2016 at 03:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israel says it will seek to deport or bar the entry of activists calling for a boycott against the country. A statement Sunday from Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan says a team will be set up to find and deport the "hundreds" of boycott activists currently in Israel and work to keep others out. The statement says dozens of organizations work in Israel to "gather...

Washington – Trump Backers Downplay Rough Week After Poll Shows Him Lagging Clinton

August 7, 2016 at 02:30 PM
Washington - Republican Donald Trump's top aides and supporters on Sunday downplayed a chaotic week in which the New York businessman was distracted from his core message by personal spats, as a new poll showed him trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday found Clinton leading among registered voters with 50 percent of support in the week after the...

Gaza – Palestinian Denies Funneling Charity Money To Hamas: Lawyer

August 7, 2016 at 01:58 PM
Gaza - A Palestinian representative of U.S.-based Christian charity World Vision denies Israeli allegations that he funneled millions of dollars in aid money to the Islamist militant group Hamas, his lawyer said on Sunday. Mohammad El Halabi, World Vision's manager of operations in the Gaza Strip, was arrested by Israel on June 15 while crossing into the enclave, which is under the de facto...

Washington – Gingrich: No Candidate’s Economic Plan Adds Up

August 7, 2016 at 12:56 PM
Washington - Newt Gingrich says that "of course" Donald Trump's economic plan doesn't add up and adds that historically, no candidates' numbers do. The former House speaker and presidential candidate was responding to a question on FOX News Sunday about whether Trump's plan to slash corporate and other taxes was economically sound. Gingrich replied, "Of course not....No candidate's numbers...

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