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Brooklyn, NY – Yoni Hikind Takes On Yeger In Race For Greenfield’s City Council Seat

August 1, 2017 at 11:53 PM
Brooklyn, NY - With the timing of David Greenfield’s announcement of his upcoming departure from the City Council shutting the door on the possibility of potential candidates scoring a spot on the ballot for the upcoming September primary, it seemed as if Kalman Yeger had an uncontested path to the 44th District seat in the City Council. But a new face with a not so new name has thrown his...

Washington – Homeland Security Will Waive Laws To Build US Border Wall

August 1, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego, moving to make good on one of the president's signature campaign pledges. Critics including the Center for Biological Diversity criticized the move as overreach and a threat to the environment. The Department of Homeland Security said...

New York – Stocks Are At Records, But It’s No Longer The ‘Trump Trade’

August 1, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York -  The stock market has never been higher, and President Donald Trump would like more people to pay attention. "Stock Market could hit all-time high (again) 22,000 today," Trump tweeted Tuesday about the Dow Jones industrial average, before it ended the day at a record 21,963.92. "Was 18,000 only 6 months ago on Election Day. Mainstream media seldom mentions!" The 18,000 figure he...

Miami, FL – Florida Reports 1st Sexually Transmitted Zika Case In 2017

August 1, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Miami, FL - Florida health officials are reporting the state's first sexually transmitted case of Zika in 2017. According to a Florida Department of Health statement , the Pinellas County resident's partner showed symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus after a recent trip to Cuba. Officials said both patients tested positive for Zika. Zika can cause a mild illness, with fever, rash and...

Washington – Trump: Foxconn CEO Confided Plant Deal Could Swell To $30B

August 1, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump casually mentioned Tuesday that Foxconn's chairman told him in confidence the electronics giant's investment could reach $30 billion, triple the size of last week's deal with Wisconsin that some already viewed as optimistically inflated. Trump made the comments while addressing small-business leaders at the White House. He didn't elaborate on how the figure...

New York – Apple Shares Sail To Record High On Healthy iPhone Sales

August 1, 2017 at 09:45 PM
New York - Apple Inc on Tuesday delivered surprisingly strong fiscal third-quarter earnings and signaled that its upcoming 10th-anniversary phone lineup is on schedule, driving the stock up 6 percent to an all-time high in after-hours trading. The stock climbed above its intraday record high to $159.10 after the company reported better-than-expected iPhone sales, revenue and earnings per...

Washington – White House Investigating Email Prank Against Top Officials

August 1, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - The White House acknowledged Tuesday that top officials, including President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser, responded to a British-based email prankster. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House is investigating. "We take all cyber-related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further," she said in response to inquiries. CNN...

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia Says There’s No Proof It Backed 9/11 Attacks

August 1, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia says it should be dropped from a Sept. 11 lawsuit victims' families filed because no evidence links it to the terrorist act. Lawyers for Saudi Arabia made the request in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. The U.S. ally argued that after 14 years it's time to free it from the $100 billion lawsuit. It said claims against Saudi Arabia were based on...

London – ‘Harry Potter’ Author Rowling Apologizes Over Trump Tweets

August 1, 2017 at 07:37 PM
London - "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has apologized to the family of a wheelchair-bound boy for tweets in which she accused U.S. President Donald Trump of ignoring his proffered hand at a media event. Rowling branded Trump a "monster of narcissism" after footage of a July 24 news conference on healthcare showed the president seemingly ignoring the three-year-old' s hand, but shaking...

Toronto – In Canada, A Nation Of Realtors Braces For The End Of The Boom

August 1, 2017 at 06:39 PM
Ottawa, Canada - Canada's long housing boom has drawn thousands into the sector, from realtors and home stagers to construction workers, and a looming slowdown threatens to trigger an exodus that could wipe out many of those jobs and force the economy to shift down. While housing has long been the main engine of Canadian growth, economists say a drop in home sales has already started to weigh...

Washington – Kushner Says Trump Campaign Was Too Dysfunctional To Collude

August 1, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's son-in-law told a group of congressional interns that the Trump campaign couldn't have colluded with Russia because the team was too dysfunctional and disorganized to coordinate with a foreign government. The remarks on Monday by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, came in response to a question about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's...

Jerusalem – Temple Mount’s Record Crowd Scorned By Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi, Jordanian Foreign Minister

August 1, 2017 at 05:06 PM
Jerusalem - Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi and Jordan’s foreign minister criticized the record number of Jews who visited the Temple Mount on Tisha b’Av. In a public message on Tuesday afternoon, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said, according to Israel National News, that on ninth day of Av, the day the Temple was destroyed, “it is imperative to recall that the pilgrimage to the Temple...

Managua – VIDEO: 114 People Convert To Judaism In Nicaragua

August 1, 2017 at 04:44 PM
Managua, Nicaragua - Over the course of just a few days, the tiny Jewish community in Nicaragua more than doubled when 114 people converted to Judaism. Last month, community members answered questions before a beit din, or religious court, of three Orthodox rabbis from Israel and the United States and immersed in a newly built mikvah in Managua, the Central American country’s capital. Male...

Washington – Drug Enforcement Chief Criticizes Trump In Email To Agents

August 1, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's acting director criticized President Donald Trump for telling law enforcement officers not to be "too nice" to suspects, urging DEA agents to show "respect and compassion" and saying he felt compelled to speak out when "something is wrong." Acting Director Chuck Rosenberg sent an agency-wide email on Saturday, one day after Trump's speech...

Jerusalem – Watch: Israel’s Armored Vehicles Get Urban Warfare Upgrade

August 1, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Jerusalem - The Ministry of Defense has unveiled and begun a series of tests on an upgraded version of its Namer heavy armored personnel carrier (APC) making it better suited for urban combat by fitting it for the first time with a 30mm turret. "An APC equipped with a turret and cannon gives it an advantage during urban warfare," stated Brigadier General Baruch Matzliach, head of the Tank...

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