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Zagreb, Croatia – Croatia Creates Panel To Study Its Pro-Nazi, Communist Past

March 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Zagreb, Croatia - Croatia's conservative government on Thursday formed a council to deal with the country's previous pro-Nazi and Communist regimes in a bid to overcome the deep divisions that still exist over the Balkan nation's past. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said that the move is an attempt to resolve the issues of the past for the future of new generations in the European Union's...

Issaquah, WA – Costco Raises Membership Fees

March 2, 2017 at 11:31 PM
Issaquah, WA - Costco Wholesale Corp. announced Thursday that it's raising its membership fees, as the warehouse club operator released quarterly results that fell short of Wall Street's expectations. Its shares fell more than 4 percent in after-hours trading. Starting June 1, annual membership fees for individual, business and business add-on members in the U.S. and Canada will rise $5 to...

Washington – AP FACT CHECK: US Military Not As Threadbare As Trump Says

March 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump painted an overly bleak picture of the condition of the armed forces Thursday as he made his case for military expansion. A look at some of his statements from the Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion aircraft carrier being built in Newport News, Virginia: TRUMP: "We are going to have very soon the finest equipment in the world." THE FACTS: Pentagon leaders...

Washington – Kushner Met With Russian Before Inauguration

March 2, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Washington - A White House official says President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and the man who would become national security adviser, Michael Flynn, met with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. in December. The official calls the sit-down at New York's Trump Tower a "brief courtesy meeting." Flynn was fired last month because he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White...

London – Auto-destructive Art’ Pioneer Gustav Metzger Dies At 90

March 2, 2017 at 10:15 PM
London - Gustav Metzger, whose concept of "auto-destructive art" inspired The Who's Pete Townshend to smash his guitars, has died at age 90. Publicist Erica Bolton said Metzger died Wednesday at his London home. Born to Polish Jewish parents in Nuremberg, Germany in 1926, Metzger was one of thousands of "Kindertransport" children brought to Britain from Nazi-occupied Europe in 1939. Most of...

New York – Trump Slump? Signs Of Drop In International Tourism To US

March 2, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - The U.S. Travel Association on Thursday said the Trump administration's immigration policies are hurting tourism. The nonprofit industry organization said in a statement that there are "mounting signs" of "a broad chilling effect on demand for international travel to the United States." White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters disputed the contention, saying: "It takes several...

Paris – Teenager Jailed For Seven Years For Attack On Orthodox Jewish Teacher In France

March 2, 2017 at 09:45 PM
Paris - A teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in France with a machete was sentenced to seven years in jail on Thursday by a French juvenile court, judicial sources said. The 17-year-old was convicted at a closed-doors trial for slightly wounding the teacher who was wearing a traditional Jewish skullcap, or yarmulke, while walking to school in January 2016 in the southern city of...

Washington – Pence Used Private Email While Indiana Governor, Was Hacked: Indianapolis Star

March 2, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues, and the account was hacked last summer, the Indianapolis Star reported on Thursday. Emails released to the Indianapolis Start in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his...

Jerusalem – Waze To Help Keep Israel’s Wild Animals From Becoming Road Kill

March 2, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - The navigation app Waze has teamed up with an Israeli NGO to help wild animals from becoming roadkill on Israeli roads. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel has launched a campaign that calls on Israeli drivers to use Waze to report wild animals run over by cars in open spaces and outside of urban areas, which is an existing feature of the app. The reports will be...

Hackensack, NJ – Prosecutor Again Says He Won’t Pursue Case Against Christie

March 2, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Hackensack, NJ - For the second time, a New Jersey prosecutor says he won't pursue a resident's criminal misconduct case against Republican Gov. Chris Christie over the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal. A municipal judge has twice ruled there was probable cause to proceed. But Bergen County first assistant prosecutor John Higgins wrote Thursday he feels the charge can't be proved...

Lake Stevens, WA – FBI To Review Case Of Muslim Teen Found Dead In Washington

March 2, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Lake Stevens, WA - The FBI will review a case in which a black, Muslim teenager was found hanging from a tree in Washington state. The Daily Herald newspaper of Everett reports (https://goo.gl/e1BWYi ) FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich says the review does necessarily mean the agency will open an investigation. Ben Keita went missing in November and was found dead in woods in Lake Stevens, north...

New York – NYPD: Anti-Semitic Incidents Have Nearly Doubled Over Last Year

March 2, 2017 at 07:40 PM
New York - Anti-Semitic incidents are up 94 percent in New York City over this time last year, the New York Police Department reported. The figure is part of a 55 percent increase overall in the number of hate crimes in the city as compared to the same time last year. Through the first two months of this year, 35 anti-Semitic incidents have been reported, compared to 18 through February...

New York – Threatening Note Signed ‘Muslim Slayer’ Sent To NYC Mosque

March 2, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - New York City police are investigating a threatening note signed "Muslim Slayer" that was sent to a mosque. Imam Ibrahim Yavas of the American Turkish Eyup (EYE'-oop) Sultan Cultural Center in Brooklyn told police he got the letter Tuesday, mailed to his residence at the center. The letter said the writer had a "dirty little secret" and fantasized about "killing nonwhites,"...

New York – Fat Finger: Typo Caused Amazon’s Big Cloud-computing Outage

March 2, 2017 at 06:30 PM
New York - Amazon says an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of its billing system caused the five-hour outage of some Amazon Web Services servers on Tuesday. In a summary posted online, the Seattle company says a command meant to remove a small number of servers for one of its S3 subsystems was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed. A full restart was...

Washington – Can’t Pay Your Taxes? Here Are 6 Ways To Cope

March 2, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Finding the cash to pay a larger-than-expected tax bill can be tricky, but tax pros say there are ways to deal with the surprise without having to pawn the family heirlooms. 1. Take a deep breath. Though crimes such as tax fraud or evasion certainly can come with jail time, the IRS probably won't send you to prison simply for being short on cash, says Ken Portera, an enrolled...

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