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New York – NY AG: Tillerson Used Email Alias At Exxon To Talk Climate

March 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM
New York - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp, used an alias email address while at the oil company to send and receive information related to climate change and other matters, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The attorney general's office said in a letter on Monday that it found Tillerson had used an...

Leavenworth, KS – Kansas Senator Stands By Comparison Of Planned Parenthood To Nazis

March 13, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Leavenworth, KS - A Kansas state senator on Monday declined to back down from comments comparing Planned Parenthood to Nazi concentration camps, which he made after finding out that a donation had been sent to the organization in his name. "Killing people equals killing people," Republican state Senator Steve Fitzgerald said in a phone interview when asked about the comparison on Monday...

Seattle – Got A Spare $3.85 Million? Oregon Town Could Be Yours

March 13, 2017 at 11:02 PM
Seattle - Aspiring property moguls take note – the town of Tiller, Oregon, is for sale, asking price just $3.5 million. For an extra $350,000, you can have the old school too. The mostly uninhabited, unincorporated town about 225 miles (362 km) south of Portland originally went up for sale in 2015, but that did not include the building that used to house the school, said Garrett Zoller, the...

New York – Pro-Palestinian Activist: Support For Israel And Feminism Are Incompatible

March 13, 2017 at 10:29 PM
New York - Liberal American Jews, many of whom are involved in causes for gender and racial justice, have recently found themselves alienated by those movements’ stances on Israel. That conflict was seen last year when a platform associated with the Black Lives Matter movement accused Israel of committing “genocide” against the Palestinians and called it an “apartheid state.” The...

Gaza – Gaza Tailor Makes kippahs For Jewish Worshippers

March 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Gaza - It's not easy doing business from Gaza but tailor Mohammad Abu Shanab has found a demand he can supply -- his sewing factory is churning out religious skull caps, for devout Jewish men. Since Israel resumed importing clothing from Gaza in 2015, Abu Shanab has renewed commercial contacts to sell merchandise to neighboring Israel. With salaries in Gaza much lower, Abu Shanab's costs are...

Florida – Zika Risk Went Beyond Florida’s Miami-Dade County: U.S. Officials

March 13, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Florida - Local transmission of the Zika virus in Florida may have occurred as early as June 15 of last year and likely infected people who lived not only in Miami-Dade County, but in two nearby counties, U.S. health officials said on Monday. officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration told reporters in a telephone briefing. The...

New York – Fired Prosecutor Leaves To Applause, Calls Office ‘The Best’

March 13, 2017 at 09:25 PM
New York - A fired federal prosecutor returned to his office on Monday to say his goodbyes and tell the staff of one of the highest-profile groups of prosecutors in the nation to keep up their good work. Preet Bharara's return came two days after he was fired after refusing to submit his resignation along with 45 other appointees of Democratic former President Barack Obama who were asked to...

London – Was Russian Whistleblower Murdered In UK With Poisoned Soup?

March 13, 2017 at 09:00 PM
London - A British judge investigating the sudden death of a Russian mafia whistleblower heard on Monday that he might have been murdered by eating poisoned soup. Alexander Perepilichny, 44, was found dead near his luxury home on the exclusive gated St George's Hill estate in Weybridge, Surrey, southwest of London, after he had been out jogging in November 2012. The sudden nature of the...

Jerusalem – A Look At Some Israeli High-tech Successes

March 13, 2017 at 08:35 PM
Jerusalem - Intel announced Monday it will spend more than $15 billion to acquire Mobileye, an Israeli company that develops technology that essentially gives computers a sense of their physical surroundings — the largest high-tech acquisition in the history of the Jewish State. Faced with limited natural resources, Israel has fostered a vibrant high-tech culture in recent decades. Mobileye...

New York – Trump Chides Media For Being ‘Rude’ After Conway Interviews

March 13, 2017 at 08:05 PM
New York - President Donald Trump tweeted a critique of the media for being "rude to my very hard-working representatives" on Monday, only minutes after counselor Kellyanne Conway completed a series of interviews on television morning shows. Conway's interviews, including one that appeared to signal a thaw in the administration's relationship with CNN, were at times combative, exasperating and...

Indianapolis – Indiana Winner Of $435M Powerball Jackpot Stays Anonymous

March 13, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Indianapolis - An Indiana man who won last month's $435.3 million Powerball jackpot has chosen to remain anonymous, collecting the 10th largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history through a limited liability corporation, officials said Monday. A lump sum of $189.1 million, after federal and state taxes are withheld, will be paid to the LLC set up on behalf of the winner, Hoosier Lottery director...

Washington – Senator Asks Ethics Office To Assess Trump’s Foreign Deals

March 13, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Washington - Democratic Sen. Bob Casey asked a government ethics office Monday to assess whether President Donald Trump's business dealings make his administration vulnerable to conflicts of interest. "President Trump has exposed his administration to possible conflicts of interest on an unprecedented scale," the Pennsylvania lawmaker says in a letter to the Office of Government...

Washington – WSJ: Trump Gives CIA Authority To Conduct Drone Strikes

March 13, 2017 at 07:09 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials. The move would be a change from the policy of former President Barack Obama's administration of limiting the CIA's paramilitary role, the newspaper reported...

New York – NYC Sues Verizon, Claims Broken Promises On Fios Cable

March 13, 2017 at 07:01 PM
New York - New York City has sued Verizon, saying the phone giant broke its 2008 promise to make its Fios cable service available to all city residents. The city said in a lawsuit Monday that Verizon missed a 2014 deadline to extend wire by every home or apartment building in the city — in technical parlance, "passing" the home. The city also argues that Verizon hasn't installed service for...

Washington – Over 100 Holocaust Memorial Groups And Scholars Urge Trump To Keep Office Monitoring Anti-Semitism

March 13, 2017 at 06:24 PM
Washington - Over 100 Holocaust remembrance institutions, scholars and educators called on President Donald Trump to maintain a government office dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism following a report that he was considering nixing it. The 120 signatories — among them Holocaust museums, anti-genocide groups, Holocaust studies programs, and Holocaust scholars and educators in the United...

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