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Honolulu – Lifelong Best Friends Discover They’re Actually Brothers

December 26, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Honolulu - Two Hawaii men who grew up as best friends recently learned that they're actually brothers and revealed the surprise to family and friends over the holidays. Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have been friends for 60 years. Born in Hawaii 15 months apart, they met in the sixth grade and played football together at a Honolulu prep school. Macfarlane never knew his father, and...

Peach Springs, AZ – Tribe Plans To Open Zip Lines At West Rim Of Grand Canyon

December 26, 2017 at 11:03 PM
Peach Springs, AZ - The Hualapai (WAHL'-uh-peye) Tribe is expanding tourist offerings at the west rim of the Grand Canyon. More than 1 million people a year visit Grand Canyon West, outside the boundaries of the national park. It's best known for the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that juts out 70 feet from the canyon wall and gives visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Reconciliation Creates An Opportunity For Families Of Slain Soldiers Held By Hamas

December 26, 2017 at 10:33 PM
Jerusalem - Israel’s government may be ambivalent about the nascent reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, but it outright opposes Palestinian bids for statehood recognition through international bodies, including the United Nations. However, for one influential Israeli constituency — the families of Israelis held captive in Hamas-controlled Gaza — both developments...

Guatemala City – Guatemala FM Defends Israel Embassy Move, Says No Reversal

December 26, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Guatemala City - President Jimmy Morales' top diplomat defended his decision to move Guatemala's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, rejecting on Tuesday international and domestic criticism after he followed Washington's lead in announcing a switch. Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said the change amounts to "a foreign policy decision, therefore sovereign," and there is no intention to reverse...

Mahwah, NJ – Town’s Moves Could Mean Shift In Orthodox Jewish Dispute

December 26, 2017 at 09:32 PM
Mahwah, NJ - Some recent moves by a town could signal a shift in a dispute with Orthodox Jewish groups that has already prompted state and federal lawsuits. The Record reports Mahwah's township council reversed an amended sign ordinance this month and could vote to abandon a parks ordinance when it meets Thursday. The town, which is on the New Jersey-New York border, introduced the measures...

Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion Airport To Undergo $1.43 Billion Upgrade

December 26, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Tel Aviv - Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport will undergo upgrades and expansions at a cost of $1.43 billion. The Israel Airport Authority announced the plans on Monday, saying the upgrades are necessary to accommodate an expected 50 percent increase in passenger turnover in the next five years, the Israeli business daily Calcalist reported. Earlier this week, the airport welcomed...

New Harmony, Utah – Utah Deputy Broke Through Frozen Pond To Pull Out Boy

December 26, 2017 at 08:24 PM
New Harmony, Utah - A sheriff's deputy in southern Utah punched through a frozen pond on Monday to pull out a drowning 8-year-old boy. The boy was chasing his dog Monday evening when another child saw him fall through the ice on a pond in the town of New Harmony, north of St. George, according to Washington County sheriff's Lt. David Crouse. Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Thompson broke a path...

Washington – 13 Days In July: The Trump White House’s Crucible

December 26, 2017 at 08:02 PM
Washington - They were the 13 days that transformed the White House. Even for an administration that spent most of 2017 throwing off headlines at a dizzying pace, events in the second half of July unfolded at breakneck speed. They encapsulated both the promise and peril of President Donald Trump's first year in office — and yielded aftershocks that reverberate within the White House even as...

Elk Grove Village, IL – Tilt! Old-school Pinball Is No Longer Old-school

December 26, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Elk Grove Village, IL - The old-school arcade game of pinball is resurging in popularity. Interest has skyrocketed over the last decade or so, with the number of players and competitions growing worldwide, according to the International Flipper Pinball Association. There were 500 players in 50 competitions worldwide in 2006, according to the IFPA. In 2017, there were nearly 4,500 competitions...

Tel Aviv – Israeli Cities Rush To Pass Bylaws Ahead Of Shabbat Mini-markets Bill

December 26, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Tel Aviv - As the Knesset moves to pass legislation to reign in commerce on Shabbat, municipalities in the Tel Aviv area have started moving in recent days to bypass the government by promoting local bylaws to block religious coercion in their cities. The so called ‘Mini-markets Bill’, which was tabled by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, was ratified in a first reading on the Knesset floor...

Erie, PA – Erie, Pennsylvania Gets Record-Breaking 53 Inches Of Snow

December 26, 2017 at 06:27 PM
Erie, PA - A winter snowstorm has dumped a record amount of snow on Erie, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says Monday's storm brought 34 inches of snow, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Another 19 inches fell before dawn Tuesday, bringing the total to 53 inches, the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history. The previous...

Erie, PA – Woman Stunned To Find Electric Bill Listed As $284 Billion

December 26, 2017 at 06:03 PM
Erie, PA - A Pennsylvania woman says she went online to check her electric bill and was stunned at the amount — more than $284 billion. The Erie Times-News reports that Mary Horomanski said her eyes "just about popped out" of her head when she saw the amount. She suspected that her family had put up their Christmas lights wrong. The silver lining was that she didn't have to pay the full...

Washington – US Industries Can Start Counting Their Benefits From Tax Law

December 26, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Washington - Craft breweries are raising a glass to the Republicans' new tax overhaul: It cuts the excise tax on beer. Retailers, long saddled with heavy tax bills, will get relief. So will some high-profile names in corporate finance, led by Wells Fargo. The tax measure that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday distributes benefits across a range of American industries, from...

New York – U.S. Cities Sue Military Over Gun Background-check System

December 26, 2017 at 05:00 PM
New York - The cities of New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia have sued the U.S. Department of Defense to make it fix its system for reporting conviction records to a database used for background checks on gun buyers. The lawsuit was filed on Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia and came after the U.S. Air Force revealed it failed to report the criminal record of the man who in...

New York – Bitcoin Recoups Some Losses After Its Worst Week Since 2013

December 26, 2017 at 04:26 PM
New York - Bitcoin rose 13 percent on Tuesday, recovering about half of the losses it sustained last week, its worst since 2013, as investors who missed out on earlier rallies bought the world's biggest and best-known digital currency. While bitcoin investors and analysts believe last week's decline in its value was a natural correction after a heady run-up in prices, there have been further...

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