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New York – Motorists Keep Record Pace On U.S. Roads In August: DOT

November 1, 2017 at 11:40 PM
New York - Motorists logged 1.4 percent more miles on U.S. roads and highways in August compared to last year, staying on track to break last year's record volumes, according to data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The record pace may eventually be stalled when September figures come out next month that take into account the historic hurricanes that paralyzed...

Amsterdam – Researcher: Dutch Red Cross Failed To Protect WWII Jews

November 1, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Amsterdam - The Dutch branch of the Red Cross did "little or nothing" to help Jews persecuted by Nazi occupiers in the Netherlands during World War II or those transported to camps elsewhere in Europe, a historian said Wednesday. The conclusions come in a book by Regina Grueter of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies following a four-year investigation commissioned by the...

Boston – Technology Seeks To Preserve Fading Skill: Braille Literacy

November 1, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Boston - For nearly a century, the National Braille Press has churned out millions of pages of Braille books and magazines a year, providing a window on the world for generations of blind people. But as it turns 90 this year, the Boston-based printing press and other advocates of the tactile writing system are wrestling with how to address record low Braille literacy. Roughly 13 percent of...

Washington – Trump Reportedly No Longer Trusts Advice From Son-in-law Jared Kushner

November 1, 2017 at 10:11 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump believes his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is giving him bad advice, according to a Vanity Fair report. The report Wednesday, citing sources “briefed on Trump’s thinking,” said Trump has confided in two right-wing provocateurs, Roger Stone and Stephen Bannon, that he no longer trusts Kushner. Bannon for the first eight months of...

New York – How Do Airlines Decide Who Gets Their Seat Upgraded?

November 1, 2017 at 10:02 PM
New York - Ever wonder how airlines decide who gets a seat upgrade on flights? Airlines say it's strictly by the book: Loyal customers are rewarded based on their status in frequent flyer programs. But some flyers insist that once in a while, they get upgraded even when they've bought the cheapest seat. AirfareWatchdog.com founder George Hobica, in an interview with the AP Travel...

Thornton, CO – 2 Killed, 1 Hurt In Colorado Walmart Shooting

November 1, 2017 at 09:18 PM
Thornton, CO - Police say two men were killed and a woman was injured in a shooting inside a suburban Denver Walmart. Thornton police tweeted Wednesday night they were responding to a shooting with "multiple parties down." They advised people to stay away from the area as dozens of emergency vehicles converged at the store. Multiple people described hiding in the Walmart before being...

Toronto, Canada – Citing Religious Freedom, Canadian Judge Bans Hospital From Disconnecting Jewish Patient From Life Support

November 1, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Toronto, Canada - The family of a Toronto man who was declared brain dead by doctors in September is heaving a sigh of relief after a judge granted an injunction that will prevent a Canadian hospital from discontinuing life saving treatment tomorrow. Hundreds of members of Toronto’s Jewish community packed the courtroom in support of Nissim and Rivka Ouanounou’s efforts to keep their 25...

Florida – Miami Beach Mayor Enters Florida Governor’s Race

November 1, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Florida - Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who built a cruise ship media company worth hundreds of millions of dollars, entered Florida's Democratic primary for governor Wednesday, joining an already crowded field hoping to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Levine evoked the memories of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. with large banners showing their images. He...

Tijuana, Mexico – Mexicans Dismayed By Rise Of Trump’s Border Wall

November 1, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Tijuana, Mexico - U.S. President Donald Trump's wall is far from built but towering concrete and steel prototypes in San Diego are making Mexicans living just south of the border feel his campaign pledge has turned them into "pariahs." Eight samples as high as 30 feet (9 meters) were completed last week near the Otay Mesa border crossing, the first tangible sign of Trump's vow to build a wall...

Jerusalem – On First Official Visit, Illinois Governor Lauds Cooperation With Israel

November 1, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Jerusalem - A day after a terrorist attack hit New York, visiting Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner hinted at intelligence cooperation between his state's law enforcement officials and Israel during an interview Wednesday with The Jerusalem Post. The Republican governor, who arrived on Monday and will be leaving Friday, said that he had a “detailed discussion” with Public Security Minister...

Moscow – Homeland Of Bike Path Suspect Known For Poverty, Suppression

November 1, 2017 at 07:01 PM
Moscow - Uzbekistan, an ex-Soviet and predominantly Sunni Muslim nation in Central Asia, is estimated to have produced hundreds and perhaps thousands of members for the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Like the 29-year-old suspect in the truck attack on a New York City bike path, some were accused of carrying out terror attacks. Some facts...

New York – Bike Path Terrorist Appears In Court In Wheelchair, Ordered Detained

November 1, 2017 at 06:34 PM
New York - A man accused of driving a truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center and killing eight people has appeared in court in a wheelchair and has been ordered detained. Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov appeared in the New York federal courthouse Wednesday handcuffed and with his feet shackled. His lawyers said Wednesday they were not seeking bail. He did not enter a plea to...

Washington – CIA Releases New Tranche Of Materials Seized In 2011 Bin Laden Raid

November 1, 2017 at 06:31 PM
Washington - A computer recovered in the 2011 U.S. special forces operation that killed Osama bin Laden contained a video collection that included kids' cartoons, several Hollywood movies and three documentaries about himself. The list of the videos was included in the release on Wednesday by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency of nearly 470,000 files found on the computer seized in the May...

Beirut – Israeli Air Strike Targets Factory Near Syria’s Homs

November 1, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Beirut - An Israeli air strike targeted a copper factory south of the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday, a commander in a military alliance fighting in support of the Syrian government told Reuters. The Syrian army responded by firing a surface-to-air missile in the direction of the aircraft, the commander said. An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment. The strike targeted Hisya...

New York – FBI Says Person Of Interest Wanted For Questioning In NYC Bike Path Attack Located

November 1, 2017 at 05:17 PM
New York - The FBI says it's no longer looking for a second man in connection with a deadly truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center. The bureau on Wednesday issued a poster seeking the public's help with information about the man. But at a news conference later FBI Assistant Director in Charge Bill Sweeney said, "We've found him, and we'll leave it at that." He didn't...

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