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Fort Lee, NJ – Temporary Safety Fence Installed On George Washington Bridge

December 13, 2017 at 04:33 PM
Fort Lee, NJ - Workers have installed a temporary safety fence along the George Washington Bridge's south sidewalk two weeks ahead of schedule. The sidewalk reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday after being closed 2½ months while workers erected an 11-foot-tall barrier and netting that seeks to prevent people from jumping off the span that connects New Jersey with New York. With the south walk...

New York – World Stocks At Record High After Fed Hike; Dollar Falls

December 13, 2017 at 04:26 PM
New York -  A gauge of world shares rose to further record highs after the Federal Reserve announced a widely expected interest rate hike on Wednesday, while U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar fell. MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 0.28 percent. The Fed, as anticipated, raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, but left its rate outlook...

Montgomery, AL – Elections Chief: Recount Unlikely To Change Alabama Vote

December 13, 2017 at 03:52 PM
Montgomery, AL -Still-uncounted ballots are unlikely to change the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama enough to spur an automatic recount, the state's election chief said Wednesday. Republican Roy Moore has refused to concede Tuesday's race to Democrat Doug Jones, who pulled off a stunning upset in what is normally a reliably Republican-leaning state. "Realize, when the vote is this...

Moscow – Under Putin, Russia Increases Clout In The Middle East

December 13, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Moscow - When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine. He achieved that and more, emerging as a key stakeholder in the Middle East who has brokered deals with many of its key players — from Iran to Saudi Arabia to Turkey and Israel...

Washington – Schumer Pursuing Legal Options Over Fake Harassment Document

December 13, 2017 at 03:15 PM
Washington -  Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment. Several media outlets were shopped a document alleging Schumer wrongdoing and listing allegations by a former Schumer staff aide. The media outlet Axios said it had contacted the former Schumer staffer, who said the charges...

Washington – Gillibrand Got A Fight She Wants After Trump’s Fiery Tweet

December 13, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Washington - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. Gillibrand, who's up for re-election next year and is considered a possible presidential contender in 2020, has been an outspoken voice in the national debate...

Washington – Analysis: Trump Bets On Moore And Suffers Stinging Defeat

December 13, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Washington - Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly. Moore's defeat Tuesday in Alabama — as stalwart a Republican state as they come — left Trump unapologetic and his political allies shell-shocked. Trump had dug in on his support for Moore despite...

Washington – Fed Raises Interest Rates, Keeps Policy Outlook Unchanged For 2018

December 13, 2017 at 02:16 PM
Washington - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth. The move, coming at the final policy meeting of 2017 and on the heels of a flurry of relatively bullish economic data, represented a...

Jerusalem – Iron Dome Intercepts 2 Rockets From Gaza Over Southern Israel

December 13, 2017 at 01:59 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli military said it intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Wednesday in the latest barrage by Palestinian militants. The army said in a statement that the Iron Dome missile defense system downed the rockets as they headed toward Israel. A third projectile hit an open area in southern Israel. No injuries were reported. Palestinian...

Berlin – Jewish Groups In Germany Urge Crackdown On Anti-Semitic Acts

December 13, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Berlin - Jewish groups in Germany are pressing the authorities to crack down on anti-Semitic acts following the burning of Jewish symbols and Israeli flags at protests. The American Jewish Committee Berlin, the JSUD group of Jewish university students, the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and the German-Israeli Society have called for tougher law enforcement and for new laws to make it...

Washington – Senate Secures Tax Deal, Trump Backs 21-percent Corporate Rate

December 13, 2017 at 01:27 PM
Washington - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying minutes later he would back a corporate tax rate of 21 percent. That would be slightly above a proposed 20-percent rate that Trump supported earlier, but still far below the present headline rate of 35 percent, a deep...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Intelligence Affairs Minister Proposes Saudi-led Peace Negotiations

December 13, 2017 at 01:16 PM
Jerusalem - Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz proposed that Saudi Arabia sponsor new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in an interview with a Saudi newspaper. In the wide-ranging interview published Wednesday on the Elaph website, Katz said he would be willing to join in negotiations initiated by Saudi Arabia, indicating that the American peace initiative being formulated under wraps...

London – New $1B US Embassy In UK: No Perimeter Fence, Benches For Public

December 13, 2017 at 01:02 PM
London - The most surprising aspect of the pricey new U.S. Embassy in London is what isn't there: a perimeter fence. There is no imposing security barrier to protect the highly visible embassy in a city that has this year been targeted repeatedly by extremists. Instead there are some public gardens with benches on the edge of the property, then a pond to keep unauthorized people from...

Trenton, NJ – In Historic Nomination, Bergen County Prosecutor May Become Nation’s First Sikh AG

December 13, 2017 at 12:19 PM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey governor-elect Phil Murphy made history on Tuesday, nominating Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal as his choice for the Garden State’s next attorney general. If confirmed by the Senate, the 44 year old Grewal would be the first Sikh ever to serve as attorney general anywhere in the United States. Grewal, the son of immigrants, left private practice over a decade...

West Bank – Undercover Israeli Forces Fire Shots In The Air, Make Arrests In Ramallah Riot

December 13, 2017 at 12:01 PM
West Bank - A protest of about 400 Palestinians in the West Bank square of Ramallah deteriorated into a violent riot Wednesday, as rioters burned tires and through Molotov cocktails and stones at security forces, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. In the course of the breach of order, Border Police arrested three rioters. In video released by the IDF, rioters approach Israeli...

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