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New York – Investing Costs Fall Again: Fidelity, Schwab Cut Commissions

February 28, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - It keeps getting cheaper to invest. Fidelity on Tuesday became the latest company to cut its fees in an ongoing industry battle that's helped mom-and-pop investors keep more of their own dollars. Rival Charles Schwab matched the price cut in a matter of hours. Fidelity said it will cut its commission for retail brokerage investors trading U.S. stocks and exchange-traded funds...

Hyderabad, India – Mother Of Slain Indian Man Told Him To Leave US If In Danger

February 28, 2017 at 06:31 PM
Hyderabad, India - The mother of an Indian engineer who was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in an American bar said she asked her son to come back to India if he felt threatened in the United States, but he said he was not in any danger. Srinivas Kuchibhotla's mother wailed Tuesday as her son's body was cremated in his hometown of Hyderabad, in the capital of Telangana...

Washington – Trump Reportedly Said JCC Threats May Be Trying To ‘Make Others Look Bad’

February 28, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump reportedly said that a wave of threats against Jewish communal institutions may be a false flag. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is Jewish and a Democrat, described a meeting of state attorney generals and Trump on Tuesday to BuzzFeed. Trump called the wave of bomb threats in recent weeks forcing the evacuation of nearly 100 Jewish...

New York – Court Upholds Beis Din Decision To Award Leviev $209M

February 28, 2017 at 05:48 PM
New York - An Israeli born diamond merchant and philanthropist whose worth is estimated by Forbes at $1.19 billion is about to get even richer as a Manhattan federal judge has upheld an Israeli arbitration agreement which awarded a $209 million settlement in a legal dispute that has dragged on for years. Lev Leviev, dubbed “The King of Diamonds,” was handed the potentially record breaking...

Washington – Congressman Eliot Engel Says Will Avoid Trump Handshake At State Of Union Address

February 28, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Washington - For the first time in nearly three decades, Rep. Eliot Engel will not position himself to shake the president’s hand at a joint meeting of Congress, citing Donald Trump’s slowness to comment on threats to Jews, among other reasons. ‘I’ve decided not to stand on the aisle of the House chamber to shake the president’s hand during this joint session of Congress, as I have...

Washington – New Help For That Bane Of Middle-age: Blurry Close-up Vision

February 28, 2017 at 05:01 PM
Washington - An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest surgical repair for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. Dr. Shilpa Rose says the Raindrop inlay won't restore vision you had in your 20s. But the Washington ophthalmologist says it decreases the need for reading glasses to send texts or read email. Nearly everybody will experience...

Durham NC – Facebook Post On VA Treatment Of Patients Causes Uproar

February 28, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Durham NC - A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they felt compelled to take pictures and post them to Facebook. Now thousands of people are expressing outrage and the head of the medical center says an employee involved has been removed from patient care pending an internal review. Hanna and...

Amsterdam – The Hague Advised To Offer $2.75 Million In Holocaust Restitution

February 28, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Amsterdam - The executive board of the municipality of The Hague advised the city government to offer $2.75 million in restitution for money wrongfully collected from Holocaust survivors. The recommendation announced Monday follows the vote last year by the City Council of Amsterdam to allocate $11 million to Jewish causes as compensation for similar practices. The funds would be made...

New York – NYC Mayor Says Nothing Wrong With Advocating For Particular Interests While Serving As An Elected Official

February 28, 2017 at 03:45 PM
New York, NY - Just days after being interviewed for more than four hours by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the meeting went well during a weekly Monday with the Mayor segment with NY1’s Errol Louis. de Blasio told Louis that he had pledged his cooperation to Preet Bharara’s investigation months ago and was “happy to go in and recount the facts.” The...

Tampa, FL – Jews Supporting Torched Tampa Mosque $18 At A Time

February 28, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Tampa, FL - The Muslim man who started a crowdfunding page to help repair a mosque in Tampa damaged in an arson attack realized that many of the donors were Jewish after noticing the gifts came in multiples of 18. Adeel Karim set up the Stand With New Tampa Muslims Against Hate crowdfunding page on the Launchgood website on Feb. 24, the day of the attack in the wee hours of the morning. The...

Missouri – St. Louis Suburb Considering Anti-hate-crime Resolution

February 28, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Missouri - The city council of a suburb of St. Louis is considering an anti-hate crime resolution which would create a database of hate crime offenders. The resolution was introduced to the University City council on Monday by Councilman Rod Jennings. Jennings told local media he had been considering introducing such legislation since November, long before the vandalism attack in...

Vilnius – Chabad Rabbi Banned From Lithuania’s Main Synagogue

February 28, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Vilnius - In an escalation of the internal feud dividing Lithuanian Jews, the Chabad movement’s senior emissary to the country was banned from the capital city’s main synagogue. Rabbi Sholem Ber Krinsky, who has lived in Vilnius for 22 years, was informed in an email Monday from the chairman of the Vilnius Jewish Religious Community that he could not set foot inside the Vilnius Choral...

New York – Amazon’s Web Servers Are Down, Causing Massive Outages Online

February 28, 2017 at 02:10 PM
New York - mazon's cloud-computing service, Amazon Web Services, is experiencing an outage in its eastern U.S. region, causing unprecedented and widespread problems for thousands of websites and apps. Amazon is the largest provider of cloud computing services in the U.S. Beginning around midday on the East Coast, one region of its "S3" service based in Virginia began to experience what Amazon...

New York – Record $1.1 Billion In Israel Bonds Sold In US In 2016

February 28, 2017 at 02:00 PM
New York - A record $1.127 billion in State of Israel Bonds was sold in the United States in 2016. The Development Corporation for Israel, also known as Israel Bonds, issues debt securities by the government of Israel. Israel Bonds also are sold to investors in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Belgium. Israel Bonds also announced this week that it has sold more than $40 billion...

Paris – French Police Sharpshooter Accidentally Wounds Two During President’s Speech

February 28, 2017 at 01:51 PM
Paris - A police sharpshooter accidentally wounded two people as French President Francois Hollande was giving a speech in the south-west of France on Tuesday, a police source said. The shooter was on a roof about a hundred meters (109 yards) from a tent where Hollande was speaking. During a change of position his gun fired accidentally, the source said. A loud noise like a gunshot is...

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