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London – Amazon Drops Sale Of Circumcision Kit In UK After Complaint

December 20, 2017 at 11:29 PM
London - The British arm of Amazon has dropped sale of a circumcision training kit from its website after concerns were raised. The kit had been offered by a third party seller and offered instructions and instruments that could be used to practice circumcision on a model of male. Circumcision is typically done for religious or medical purposes on very young boys. The National Secular...

Nashville, IN – Hotel Charges Guest $350 After She Posts Negative Review

December 20, 2017 at 11:06 PM
Nashville, IN - The former owner of an Indiana hotel is being sued for charging a woman $350 for posting a negative online review that said there was hair and dirt on the sheets in her room and other cleanliness issues. Indiana's attorney general's office contends that Andrew Szakaly violated the state's deceptive consumer sales act by charging guests $350 if they posted negative reviews but...

Seoul – South Korean Defense Official: North Korean Soldier Defects To The South

December 20, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea early on Thursday, a South Korean defense ministry official said, the second known defection from the North in about five weeks. The low-ranking North Korean soldier defected across the heavily militarized border between North and South Korea at around 8:04 a.m. (2304 GMT Wednesday) and no shots were fired, the official said. Another...

New York – New York City Landlord To Pay $8M In Tenant-harassment Suit

December 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - A major New York City landlord who was accused of bullying tenants out of rent-regulated apartments has agreed to pay them $8 million to settle a lawsuit — while he's in jail after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) announced the agreement Wednesday with landlord Steven Croman. As part of the agreement, an independent...

New York – Brooklyn Judge Freier Appears On Megyn Kelly Show, Inviting Viewers Into The Court And Her Home

December 20, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - Viewers of Megyn Kelly’s Today show had a chance to share a day in the very busy life of Judge Ruchie Freier as the popular NBC talk show profiled the trailblazing Chasidic female figure as part of its week-long “She’s Got Faith” series. The six minute-long segment aired Wednesday morning on Today, with Freier joining Kelly in the studio to discuss how religion has been the...

London – British County Bans Ritually Slaughtered Meat From Public Schools

December 20, 2017 at 08:24 PM
London - A county in northern England will no longer allow meat that came from the ritual slaughter of animals to be served in public schools, angering Jews and Muslims. The ban was introduced in October by the council of Lancashire County, which borders on the suburbs of Manchester, home to the United Kingdom’s second-largest Jewish community with more than 25,000 people, the Jewish News of...

New York – Unlike Others At Fox, Cavuto Uninterested In Trump Interview

December 20, 2017 at 08:06 PM
New York - Fox News is President Donald Trump's favorite venue for interviews. But one of its most prominent anchors, Neil Cavuto, says to count him out as a presidential interrogator. He doesn't think it's worth the time. "We're always going to report on the president," said Cavuto, Fox's senior vice president and managing editor of business news. "You can't NOT report on the president...

Washington – New York’s Nadler To Serve House Judiciary’s Top Democrat

December 20, 2017 at 07:28 PM
Washington - Democrats on Wednesday elected longtime New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler to serve as the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, which would take the lead on impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump if Democrats reclaim the House majority next year. The 14-term Nadler is replacing former Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, who resigned in the wake of sexual...

Jerusalem – Israel, US Team Up To Block UN Vote On Jerusalem

December 20, 2017 at 07:24 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is intensively lobbying countries around the world to oppose a U.N. resolution criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israeli officials said Wednesday. Thursday's vote in the U.N. General Assembly will indicate whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has succeeded in his efforts to drum up new pockets of support in the...

New York – AT&T Says To Pay Bonuses, Invest $1 Billion Once Tax Reform Signed

December 20, 2017 at 06:25 PM
New York - AT&T Inc said on Wednesday it will pay $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018 once a tax reform bill approved by Congress is signed into law. The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years on Wednesday, sending the sweeping...

Washington – Trump Commutes Prison Sentence Of Sholom Rubashkin

December 20, 2017 at 05:23 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of an Iowa kosher meatpacking executive who was sentence to 27 years in prison for money laundering. The commutation is Trump's first in office and comes following the encouragement of multiple members of congress and other high-ranking officials who argued the sentence was too harsh. The report noted that no pardon has...

Jakarta – Indonesia To Allow Tarrif-free Import Of Some Palestinian Goods

December 20, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Jakarta - Indonesia will allow tariff-free imports and give direct market access to some Palestinian goods beginning in the new year, the Indonesian trade minister said on Wednesday. Palestinian goods now come to Indonesia through Jordan. Starting on Jan. 1, some Palestinian goods will be shipped directly to Indonesia, said Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita. "We're opening market access...

Washington – AP FACT CHECK: Trump Says ‘Obamacare’ Is Repealed. It Isn’t

December 20, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has declared "Obamacare" dead. But the Affordable Care Act actually lives on. He said Wednesday the tax bill he'll sign into law quietly repeals President Barack Obama's law. But as an Associated Press Fact Check finds, it only takes away the fines on people who fail to carry health insurance. That's a major change. But other big elements remain in...

New York – Bernard Madoff Swindled $17.5 Billion From Investors, Trustee Says Has Recovered Three-quarters Of It

December 20, 2017 at 04:00 PM
New York - The trustee charged with recovering the investments for victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has recovered about 73 percent of the lost principal of $17.5 billion. New payouts of $584 million will be made after the start of the new year, Crain’s New York reported. “Nearly a decade since the unmasking of the Madoff fraud, we are still finding and recovering millions of...

Mexico City – Mexican Bus Crash Victims Include 5 Members Of American Jewish Family, With 3 Dead And 2 Injured

December 20, 2017 at 03:53 PM
Mexico City - Tragedy has struck once again this Chanukah, with three members of the same Jewish family losing their lives on a bus crash in Mexico. 78 year old Fanya Shamis of Coconut Creek Florida and her eleven year old grandson Daniel Behar of Lorton, Virginia both died when the tour bus they were riding in flipped over on a highway in southeastern Mexico, Anna Behar, Daniel’s mother...

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