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Moscow – Moscow Mulls Next Move In Escalating Media Spat With US

November 30, 2017 at 04:31 PM
Moscow - The Kremlin voiced dismay Thursday over the withdrawal of a Russian state-funded TV station's credentials in the U.S. and warned of a quick retaliation. A committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists on Wednesday withdrew credentials for Kremlin-funded RT after the company complied earlier this month with a U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents...

Washington – Officials: Trump Not Moving US Embassy To Jerusalem For Now

November 30, 2017 at 04:03 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a highly charged declaration that risks inflaming tensions across the Middle East, officials said Thursday. The announcement would be a way to offset a likely decision delaying his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv. Trump's announcement is expected next week and...

Washington – FDA Clears First Medical Device Accessory For Apple Watch

November 30, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday cleared a device embedded in an Apple Inc watch band that monitors a user's heart rate, detects when something is amiss and prompts the user to take an electrocardiogram. The device, made by AliveCor, pairs the ability to take a personal 30 second electrocardiogram (EKG) with a feature that uses artificial intelligence to...

Arad, Israel – Israeli Teen Stabbed To Death At Bus Station In Apparent Terror Attack

November 30, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Arad, Israel - Israeli youth was stabbed to death Thursday night in the southern city of Arad in what police say is likely a terror attack. Paramedics received a call around 9.30 pm about a 20 year old man who had been stabbed and severely wounded at a bus stop outside a mall with stab wounds on his upper body. "When we arrived, we saw a young man of about 20 lying unconscious with no pulse...

San Francisco – WhatsApp Service Resumes After Worldwide Outage

November 30, 2017 at 03:01 PM
San Francisco - Popular messaging app WhatsApp said on Thursday that users around the world had been unable to access its service for a brief period, but that access for its 1 billion daily users had since resumed. The outage was most acute in northern Europe and Brazil but lasted less than an hour, according to downdetector.com, which tracks disruptions across telecommunications...

New York – New U.S. Tax Law Could Curb Charitable Donations

November 30, 2017 at 02:57 PM
New York - New tax laws could strip away one of the key motivators of year-end giving in the United States - the right to take a tax deduction for the amount you give to qualified charities if you itemize your taxes. "Most people give because it’s the right thing to do. But it’s that year-end deadline that motivates them to get over the hump," said Mitchell Kraus, a financial planner based...

Pelham, NY – Co-founder Of ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Dies After ALS Battle

November 30, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Pelham, NY - The ALS Association says a man credited as one of the co-founders of the viral "Ice Bucket Challenge" that swept social media in 2014 has died after a yearslong battle with the condition known as Lou Gerhig's disease. Anthony Senerchia was 46. The Anthony Senerchia Jr. ALS Charitable Foundation websitesays the Pelham, New York, native died early Saturday. In a video released...

Harriman, NY – $150M Transportation Project Begins Near Woodbury Common, Reducing Congestion, Backups

November 30, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Harriman, NY - Work is under way on a $150 million effort to reduce traffic and increase transportation options in and around Woodbury Common. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of construction on Wednesday. The project involves redesigned roadways, a new Route 32 bridge and underpass, improved pedestrian access, better public transportation facilities and park-and-ride areas for...

The Hague – ICC Prosecutor Reaffirms She Won’t Open Gaza Flotilla Probe

November 30, 2017 at 01:31 PM
The Hague - The International Criminal Court prosecutor said Thursday she is standing by her previous decision not to open a full-scale investigation into the storming by Israeli forces of an aid flotilla heading to Gaza in 2010. Fatou Bensouda in November 2014 declined a request by the Indian Ocean island nation of Comoros to investigate the May 31, 2010, storming of a vessel in the flotilla...

Amman – Israel’s Embassy In Jordan Can’t Reopen Before Legal Action Against Guard

November 30, 2017 at 01:07 PM
Amman - Jordan will not allow Israel to reopen its embassy in Amman until it has launched legal proceedings against an Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanian citizens in July, a Jordanian diplomatic source said on Thursday. Israel must also be able to assure its Arab neighbor that "justice has been served" in the case, the source added. The embassy was closed shortly after...

Washington – U.S. House Democratic Leader Pelosi Says Conyers Should Resign

November 30, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Washington - .S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Representative John Conyers should resign after sexual harassment allegations were brought against him, saying "zero tolerance means consequences for everyone." Pelosi said the situation with Conyers, the longest-serving member in the U.S. House of Representatives, was "very sad" but the allegations against him were...

London – Calls To Cancel Trump Visit To UK Put Queen In Tough Spot

November 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
London - Growing calls to cancel President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain have put Queen Elizabeth II — who would host the U.S. president — in a difficult position. In Britain's constitutional monarchy, the queen invites foreign leaders to state visits — regarded as a great honor — on the advice of Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In this case, it was the prime...

Jerusalem – Israel Strikes Militant Targets In Gaza After Mortar Barrage

November 30, 2017 at 11:27 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli tanks and aircraft struck militant positions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday soon after Palestinian militants fired mortar shells at an Israeli military post close to the territory, the Israeli army said. A Reuters witness in Gaza said he saw smoke rising from at least two targets struck by Israel, one belonging to Hamas and another to Islamic Jihad militants. Witnesses in...

Karangasem, Indonesia – Thousands Flee Bali Volcano But Some Stay Put Or Run To It

November 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Karangasem, Indonesia - When an enormous volcano belches ash and the people who live around it flee, you get out too, right? Probably. But apparently not always. The compelling impulse to see an aggressive and majestic show of nature, and to record an uncontrollable force, is motivating some visitors to the tropical island of Bali to stick around for a while rather than just head for the...

New York – Dow Crosses 24,000 Mark As Banks Climb, Techs Rebound

November 30, 2017 at 10:47 AM
New York - The blue-chip Dow Jones index raced past the 24,000 mark for the first time on Thursday, propelled by further gains for bank stocks and a recovery in technology shares. The 30-member index has crossed four similar 1,000-point milestones this year on the back of strong corporate earnings, robust economic data and hopes that President Donald Trump's tax plan would make...

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