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San Leandro, CA – Drone-catchers Emerge On A New Aerial Frontier

March 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM
San Leandro, CA - The enemy drone whined in the distance. The Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit. The hunter twisted through the air to avoid trees, homed in on its target, fired a Kevlar net to capture it, and then carried the rogue drone back to its base like a bald eagle with a...

Jerusalem – Campaign To Build Baseball Stadium In Israel Takes Off After World Baseball Classic

March 21, 2017 at 11:27 PM
Jerusalem - Plans to build the first regulation baseball stadium in Israel have gathered steam in the wake of Team Israel’s surprisingly strong performance in the World Baseball Classic. Members of Team Israel participated in the groundbreaking for the complex in Beit Shemesh, a city located near Jerusalem with a large ex-patriate American population. Most of the team roster was American...

New York – Wells Fargo: All ATMs Will Take Phone Codes, Not Just Cards

March 21, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - Wells Fargo plans to upgrade all 13,000 of its ATMs next week to allow customers to access their funds using their cellphones instead of traditional bank cards. The announcement was made by Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan on Tuesday at an employee town hall in Orlando. While banks like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have announced similar upgrades to their ATMs, those are still...

New York – Security Experts Question Impact Of Carry-on Electronics Ban

March 21, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - New rules banning many electronic items from passenger cabins on U.S.-bound flights will force a rethink now on fire safety concerns in consigning them to the hold, and some experts question whether the limited ban can improve passenger security. The regulations shed light on a juggling act between airline safety, where authorities worry about technical risks such as lithium-powered...

San Francisco – Google Opens ‘Shortcuts’ To Information, Tools On Phones

March 21, 2017 at 09:30 PM
San Francisco - Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine. Its new feature, called "shortcuts," will appear as a row of icons below the Google search box. Where now you'd have to ponder and then speak or type a request, the shortcuts will let you tap the icons to get the latest weather...

Washington – Trump Tries To Move Past Controversies, Says He Is Keeping Promises

March 21, 2017 at 09:19 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump argued on Tuesday that his 60 days in office have been a successful keeping of his campaign promises as he attempted to turn the page from a variety of controversies that have bedeviled his White House tenure. In a speech before the National Republican Congressional Committee, Trump sprinkled his remarks with jokes, mocked his critics and expressed optimism...

New York – China’s HNA To Buy NYC Office Tower For $2.2 Billion: Source

March 21, 2017 at 09:15 PM
New York - China's HNA Holding Group Co Ltd has agreed to purchase a marquee Manhattan office building for $2.21 billion in a deal that showcases the role of Chinese capital in New York's heady commercial real estate market. The deal for 245 Park Avenue has not closed but HNA, a Chinese conglomerate that has been on an acquisition spree, signed a purchase and sale agreement, a source familiar...

Chicago – Bid To Strip Terrorist’s Citizenship May Mark New Trump Way

March 21, 2017 at 09:03 PM
Chicago - The Department of Justice has taken the rare step of trying to strip a convicted terrorist of U.S. citizenship in what some critics say could mark a new, tougher line under President Donald Trump. Pakistani-born Iyman Faris is serving the last years of a 20-year sentence imposed in 2003 for plotting with al-Qaida to destroy New York's Brooklyn Bridge. A government filing Monday in...

New York – New Trump Hotels Face Political Fights, Ethics Questions

March 21, 2017 at 08:30 PM
New York - You might have expected the Trump Organization to tap the brakes on expansion plans given all the criticism over potential conflicts of interest while its owner sits in the Oval Office. It's hitting the accelerator instead. The company owned by President Donald Trump is launching a chain of new hotels with plans to open in cities large and small across the country. Called Scion...

Jerusalem – Media: Netanyahu To Continue East Jerusalem Construction

March 21, 2017 at 08:02 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli media is quoting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that he has no plans to limit Jewish construction in East Jerusalem. The Haaretz newspaper reported that Netanyahu made the comments to Israeli reporters during a visit to Beijing Tuesday. It quoting him as acknowledging "difference of opinion" with the U.S. government on the issue and that he was "ready to...

Jerusalem – Report: Lawmaker Plans Database Of Israeli Citizens Supporting BDS

March 21, 2017 at 07:32 PM
Jerusalem - Israel’s public security minister plans to set up a database of Israeli citizens involved in supporting boycotts against Israel or West Bank settlements. Gilad Erdan, the minister of public security and strategic affairs, whose office is responsible for coordinating Israel’s response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, reportedly has been trying to...

Washington – GOP Bill Shifts NY Medicaid Costs; Dems Call ‘Buffalo Bribe’

March 21, 2017 at 07:02 PM
Washington - House Republican leaders looking to lock down votes for their health care overhaul are seeking to shift more than $2 billion in Medicaid costs from upstate New York counties to the state government — a proposal Democrats quickly labeled the "Buffalo Bribe" and the "Knickerbocker kickback." The provision would help mostly Republican-controlled counties around the state that have...

Las Vegas – Amazon To Expand Counterfeit Removal Program In Overture To Sellers

March 21, 2017 at 06:27 PM
Las Vegas - Amazon.com Inc is expanding a program to remove counterfeit goods from its website this spring as part of a broader push to assure brand owners that the online retailer is an ally rather than a threat. As early as next month, any brand can register its logo and intellectual property with Amazon so the e-commerce company can take down listings and potentially seller accounts when...

Los Angeles – Girl Born With Four Legs Is Separated From Parasitic Twin In Chicago Surgery

March 21, 2017 at 06:17 PM
Los Angeles - A baby girl from the Ivory Coast born with four legs and two spines has been successfully separated from a parasitic twin in a rare and complex surgery at a Chicago hospital. Ten-month-old Dominique underwent a six-hour procedure involving five surgeons at the Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, on March 8. She is now thriving with the Chicago foster family who...

Brooklyn, NY – Trash Bags Pile Up As City Struggles To Keep Pace With Snow-Slowed Garbage Collection

March 21, 2017 at 05:38 PM
Brooklyn, NY - One week to the day after Winter Storm Stella brought snow, ice and rain to the New York area, many city residents are finding themselves surrounded by mounds of trash as the Department of Sanitation has been struggling to balance its dual roles of garbage collection and snow removal. Both Borough Park and parts of Midwood have been especially hard hit by the slowdowns which...

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