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Tokyo – Bitcoin Falls More Than 10 Percent On Bitstamp

December 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Tokyo - Bitcoin fell more than 10 percent on Wednesday to a one-week low of $15,800 at cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp <BTC=BTSP>, losing almost one- fifth of its value from a peak hit just three days ago. The digital currency has been sliding since it reached a record high of $19,666 on Sunday, when the exchange giant CME Group <CME.O> launched bitcoin futures, one week after its...

Detroit – UPS Pre-orders 125 Tesla Electric Semi-trucks, Largest Order Yet

December 19, 2017 at 11:33 PM
Detroit - United Parcel Service Inc <UPS.N> said on Tuesday it is buying 125 Tesla Inc <TSLA.O> all-electric semi-trucks, the largest order for the big rig so far, as the package delivery company expands its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles. Tesla is trying to convince the trucking community it can build an affordable electric big rig with the range and cargo capacity to compete...

Washington – Gene Therapy For Rare Form Of Blindness Wins US Approval

December 19, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Washington - U.S. health officials on Tuesday approved the nation's first gene therapy for an inherited disease, a treatment that improves the sight of patients with a rare form of blindness. It marks another major advance for the emerging field of genetic medicine. The approval for Spark Therapeutics offers a life-changing intervention for a small group of patients with a vision-destroying...

Brooklyn, NY – New York Islanders May Be Returning From City To Suburbs

December 19, 2017 at 10:42 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The New York Islanders hockey team may be returning to the New York suburbs after a move to Brooklyn floundered. Several news organizations including Newsday reported Tuesday that the team won a bid to build a new arena on the grounds of the Belmont Park racetrack, home to the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown each June. An announcement by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was...

Jerusalem – Billboards, Buses And Camels Show Love For Trump In Israel

December 19, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Jerusalem - Vice President Mike Pence might have postponed his trip to Israel, but the love for US President Donald Trump is still being felt throughout Jerusalem as 110 massive “God Bless Trump” signs went up in recent days throughout the city, on billboards, buses and even camels. Pro-Trump camel in Jerusalem (Credit: Yossi Zamir)Pro-Trump camel in Jerusalem (Credit: Yossi Zamir) The...

Serra Da Estrela – Some Food Makers In Portugal Are Going Kosher

December 19, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Serra da Estrela - Portugal’s tallest mountain range, the Serra da Estrela, is famous for its breathtaking waterfalls, turquoise lakes, terraced hillsides and challenging bike paths amid vast woods. In winter especially, tourists from all over northern Europe flock to the sunny Serra, a thinly populated plateau the size of Rhode Island, for its exquisite wines, world-renowned sheep cheeses...

Jerusalem – New Western Wall Tunnels Synagogue Opened

December 19, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - A remarkable new synagogue within the Western Wall tunnels complex which took 12 years to build was dedicated and opened on Monday night following the traditional Hanukka candle lighting ceremony in the Western Wall plaza. The synagogue, which was funded by donations from the Delek Foundation and Delek Group owner Yitzhak Tshuva, is deep inside the complex and is adjacent to the...

Des Moines, IA – NYC Mayor Visits Iowa To Deliver Speech To Progressive

December 19, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Des Moines, IA - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Iowa on Tuesday to deliver a speech to progressives that could also aim to elevate his national profile. De Blasio is scheduled to headline a "holiday party" fundraiser in Des Moines hosted by Progress Iowa, a self-described progressive advocacy organization. De Blasio, who won re-election recently, said in a blog post last month he...

Brooklyn, NY – Recent Bar Mitzvah Video Shows Sole Uninjured Azan Child In Musical Tribute To His Mother; Gavriel Sassoon Offers Encouragement To Yossi Azan

December 19, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - With the Jewish community still reeling from the devastating loss of four members of a single Brooklyn family in a tragic menorah fire, video footage has surfaced of one of the victims of the Chanukah blaze serenading his mother at his bar mitzvah which took place last May. The two minute clip shows 13 year old Avraham Azan, who has performed with the SYC Boys Choir, singing to...

Washington – Scientists Tune Into Brain To Uncover Music’s Healing Power

December 19, 2017 at 07:25 PM
Washington - Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist strums an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care. Music increasingly is becoming a part of patient care — although it's still pretty unusual to see roving...

Jerusalem – Israel’s NRGene Maps Genome For Three Types Of Potatoes

December 19, 2017 at 07:07 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's NRGene said on Tuesday it was working with a team of researchers from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands as well as commercial partners to create multi-genome mapping of potatoes. NRGene has completed the assembly of three commercial varieties of potatoes, which are the fourth most consumed food crop in the world, and it is working on others. The...

New York – Man Gets Life In Prison For Killing NYC Police Officer

December 19, 2017 at 06:27 PM
New York - A man convicted of fatally shooting a New York City police officer in 2015 was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Demetrius Blackwell was convicted last month of first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Detective Brian Moore. "You're a cold, calculating killer," Judge Gregory Lasak said before handing down the sentence. "You...

Jerusalem – Israeli Lawyer Demands Israel Halts Arms Sales To Honduras

December 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - A group of Israeli activists is demanding that Israel halt arms exports to Honduras amid violent protests there following disputed elections. A group representative, lawyer Eitay Mack, sent a letter to Israel's Defense Ministry asking that it freeze or annul the arms sales over accusations of human rights abuses committed by Honduran security forces. The letter, sent last week and...

Ljubljana – Melania’s Birth Country Slovenia Sees Strong Tourism Growth

December 19, 2017 at 05:26 PM
Ljubljana - Slovenia, birth country of U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, expects revenues from foreign tourists to jump by about 9 percent this year and by at least 5 percent in 2018, Economy Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek said on Tuesday. 2017 will be the fourth record year in a row for Slovenian tourism after revenues from foreign tourists reached some 2.3 billion euros ($2.71 billion) last year...

Berlin – Convicted ‘Bookkeeper Of Auschwitz’ Challenges Jail Time

December 19, 2017 at 05:04 PM
Berlin - A 96-year-old German convicted over his role in the murders of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp has challenged his four-year prison sentence, arguing that imprisonment would violate his right to life, German media reported on Tuesday. A German court on Nov. 29 ruled that Oskar Groening, known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", was fit to go to prison and rejected his...

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