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Bronx, NY – NYC Fire Victims Include Resident Who Rescued Others

December 30, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Bronx, NY - The victims of New York City's deadliest fire in decades include a man who immigrated to the Bronx from Ghana and dreamed of becoming a military policeman. A relative tells The New York Times that Emmanuel Mensah had rescued a number of people then went back into the burning building, where he died of smoke inhalation. Twum Bredu (BREH'-doo) says Mensah had recently graduated...

Jerusalem – Michael Oren Calls For IDF To ‘shoot To Kill’ Suspected Terrorists

December 30, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Michael Oren tweeted that the Israel Defense Forces should “shoot to kill” suspected terrorists, rather than just “neutralize” them. Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States who serves as a deputy minister in Israel’s Knesset, made the call for extrajudicial killing while tweeting Wednesday about Omar al-Abed, who was convicted on the same day of murdering...

Staten Island, NY – Erica Garner, Activist Daughter Of New York Chokehold Victim, Dies At 27

December 30, 2017 at 08:41 PM
New York - Erica Garner, the daughter of a New York man whose death during an attempted arrest helped spark the “Black Lives Matter” movement against police brutality, died on Saturday, a posting on her official Twitter account showed. Garner, 27, suffered a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack a week ago, family members told the New York Daily News. She became an activist against...

Washington – NYT: FBI Russia Probe Helped By Australian Diplomat Tip-off

December 30, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat in May 2016 that Russia had political dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The conversation between Papadopoulos and the diplomat, Alexander Downer, in London was a driving factor behind the FBI's decision to open a counter-intelligence...

Pyongyang – N. Korea Says Won’t Give Up Nukes If US Keeps Up ‘Blackmail’

December 30, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Pyongyang - North Korea said Saturday that it will never give up its nuclear weapons as long as the United States and its allies continue their "blackmail and war drills" at its doorstep. The North's official Korean Central News Agency took the oft-repeated stance as it reviewed the country's major nuclear weapons and missile tests this year. North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear...

Washington – Trump Ups Show Of Support For Iranian Protesters

December 30, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is upping his show of support for the economic protests in Tehran, saying the "entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change." Trump tweets Saturday that Iran's leaders fear their own people. He says "Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice." He adds: "The world is...

Gaza City – Palestinian Wounded In Clashes With Israel During Anti-trump Protest Dies Of Wounds

December 30, 2017 at 06:38 PM
Gaza City - Gaza's Health Ministry says a Palestinian injured in clashes with Israeli forces along the border has died. The ministry said Saturday that Jamal Musleh, 20, succumbed to wounds sustained from a gunshot to the chest a day earlier. Israel's military said that some 2,000 Palestinians had rolled burning tires and threw rocks at soldiers stationed nearby who fired "selectively...

New York – New Year Could Bring Record Low Temperatures To U.S Midwest, East Coast

December 30, 2017 at 06:00 PM
New York - A fresh jolt of arctic air will usher in the new year for much of the United States this weekend, bringing record cold temperatures on New Year's Day to cities in the Midwest and East Coast, forecasters said on Saturday. During the final hours of 2017, the mercury in New York City's Times Square will drop to about 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 12 Celsius), with the wind chill at...

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...

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