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Palm Beach, FL – Trump Invites Coast Guard Members To Play Golf

December 29, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Palm Beach, FL - President Donald Trump welcomed members of the U.S. Coast Guard to one of his Florida golf courses Friday. The president invited Coast Guard members to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach to play and have lunch. He warmly greeted the roughly 60 members on a pristine green next to a gurgling waterfall and posed for a photo with the group. Trump, who was wearing...

New York – Want A New Emoji? Well, There’s A Process

December 29, 2017 at 03:03 PM
New York - There's loaf of bread and a croissant. But where's the sliced bagel? How can our emotional vocabulary be complete without a teddy bear, a lobster, a petri dish or a tooth? These are the kind of questions that trigger heated debates and verbal bomb tossing — or at least memos with bursts of capital letters — among members of the group burdened with deciding which new emojis...

Paris – Israel Says It Succeeded In Bid To Withdraw From UNESCO By 2019, Official Says

December 29, 2017 at 02:31 PM
Paris - Denying reports that Israel has missed the deadline for leaving UNESCO, its ambassador to the international body said it has successfully handed in its notice of departure effective 2019. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has agreed to view an email sent to her from the Israeli foreign ministry announcing the pullout effective before 2019, Carmel Shama-Hacohen was quoted as saying...

San Francisco – Apple Apologizes After Outcry Over Slowed IPhones

December 29, 2017 at 02:01 PM
San Francisco - Facing lawsuits and consumer outrage after it said it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Apple Inc is slashing prices for battery replacements and will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good. In a posting on its website Thursday, Apple apologized over its handling of the battery issue and said it would make a number of changes for...

Jerusalem – Israeli Government OKs $72 Million Anti-BDS Project

December 29, 2017 at 01:22 PM
Jerusalem - Israel’s government has approved a plan setting aside $72 million to fighting the campaign to boycott Israel. The plan would entail the largest monetary investment yet by Israel specifically toward combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. It was announced last week to the cabinet ministers and approved as an executive order after none of them objected, the Ynet...

New York – Target Recalls Jewish-themed ‘Cards Against Humanity’ Game Over Offensive Content

December 29, 2017 at 12:56 PM
New York - Target said it is recalling a Jewish-themed version of a card game that features offensive content. The popular and intentionally offensive game, Cards Against Humanity, asks players to compete for the funniest or least appropriate answer to a fill-in-the-blank question. Cards in the “Chosen People Pack” version were flagged on social media in recent days for prompts like...

New York – Gold Breaks Above $1,300/oz On Way To Best Year Since 2010

December 29, 2017 at 12:30 PM
New York - Gold hit its highest in 2-1/2 months on Friday and remained on track for its biggest annual rise since 2010 as a wilting dollar, political tensions and receding concerns over the impact of U.S. interest rate hikes fed into its rally. The dollar, in which gold is priced, is sliding towards its worst year since 2003, damaged by tensions over North Korea, the Russian scandal...

Jerusalem – Israeli Minister Gets ‘Palestine’ Removed From NBA Site

December 29, 2017 at 11:31 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's sports minister says she got the words "Palestine-occupied territory" removed from an NBA website. Miri Regev, in her letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, called Palestine "an imaginary 'state'." She said the listing was not in line with President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump's declaration this month sparked protests...

Palm Beach, FL – Trump Targets Amazon In Call For Postal Service To Hike Prices

December 29, 2017 at 10:51 AM
Palm Beach, FL - U.S. President Donald Trump targeted online retailer Amazon on Friday in a call for the country's postal service to raise prices of shipments in order to recoup costs. "Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and...

New York – NYC Mayor: Investigators Believe Bronx Fire Caused By Child Playing With Stove

December 29, 2017 at 10:15 AM
New York - New York City's deadliest residential fire in decades apparently began as a child played with a first-floor stove then spread quickly throughout a Bronx apartment building, killing 12 people and leaving four others fighting for their lives, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. "What we think at this point is that unfortunately it emanated from an accident, a young child playing with a...

Gaza – Thousands Of Palestinians Take Part In Anti-Trump Protests

December 29, 2017 at 09:57 AM
Gaza - Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza and the occupied West Bank for the fourth Friday in a row in protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Palestinian health officials said at least 20 protesters were wounded by live fire, mostly along the Gaza border. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers had shot at "main...

Washington – Why Trump’s Middle East Negotiator Is Beating Expectations

December 29, 2017 at 09:31 AM
Washington - Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s chief Israeli-Palestinian negotiator, has an office just around the corner from the White House. On his computer monitor is a Post-it note, inscribed with a quote from former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo: “At the end of the day, a peace agreement derives its strength from an understanding between peoples, not an accord between...

Beijing – China Denies Improper North Korea Oil Supplies After Trump Criticism

December 29, 2017 at 09:21 AM
Beijing - China on Friday denied violating U.N.-imposed limits on oil supplies to North Korea after U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Beijing for allowing oil to reach the North. Beijing has "completely and strictly" complied with sanctions meant to discourage leader Kim Jong Un's government from pursuing nuclear and missile technology, said a foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua...

Bronx, NY – Residents Describe Chaotic Bronx Fire Scene; 4 Children Among The Dead

December 29, 2017 at 08:44 AM
Bronx, NY - New York City's deadliest residential fire in decades spread through every floor of a Bronx apartment building within a matter of minutes, city officials said, killing 12 people — including four children — and sending other residents scrambling outside into the cold and down fire escapes to safety. Those who died Thursday night included girls ages 1, 2 and 7, and a boy whose...

Mahwah, NJ – Mahwah Council Repeals Parks Ban Alleged To Target Orthodox Jews

December 29, 2017 at 08:28 AM
Mahwah, NJ - Facing state and federal lawsuits alleging it used local ordinances to discriminate against Orthodox Jews from nearby New York state, a northern New Jersey town on Thursday night rescinded one of the measures that stoked a controversy that has roiled the town in recent months. By a 6-1 vote, Mahwah's council amended an earlier measure that would have restricted parks and...

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