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Dallas, TX – Pilots’ Union Says AA Is Leaving Standby Passengers Behind

March 23, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Dallas, TX - The head of the pilots' union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time. Nearly 20,000 passengers were denied boarding in February even though there were empty seats, Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said. He called it intolerable. American carried more than 14...

Miami – Judge: Man Competent For Jewish Center Bomb Plot Trial

March 23, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Miami - A South Florida man has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial on charges of plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school in support of the Islamic State terrorist group. Prosecutors say a Miami judge issued the decision Thursday for 41-year-old James Medina, who is scheduled to stand trial in August. His attorney had questioned Medina's mental state and ability to assist in...

Warsaw, Poland – Poland’s WWII Museum Opens Amid An Uncertain Future

March 23, 2017 at 11:03 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A major World War II museum opened in northern Poland on Thursday amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit the government's nationalist views. The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk is at the center of a standoff between the historians creating it and Poland's populist government, which is seeking a court order to have it closed and then...

Chicago, IL – Palestinian Woman Imprisoned In Israel For Terror Attack, Takes Plea Deal To Lose U.S. Citizenship

March 23, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Chicago, IL - A Palestinian woman who had not told U.S. immigration authorities that she had been imprisoned in Israel for two terror attacks accepted a plea bargain that forces her to leave the country. Rasmea Odeh, 69, would not spend time in U.S. prison or detention but would lose her U.S. citizenship, according to a Thursday statement by the Rasmea Defense Committee. News of the plea...

Solana Beach, CA – Border Patrol Union Takes Center Stage Under Trump

March 23, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Solana Beach, CA - Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. For about an hour, the agents mix discussions about border security with shoptalk and freewheeling news commentary...

Dallas – Virgin America Will Be The Latest Airline Brand To Disappear

March 23, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Dallas - After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline's name is being dumped. Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade. Launching a new airline takes lots of money and patience —...

New York – Is Trump Owed An Apology After The JCC Bomb Threat Arrest? Is Anybody?

March 23, 2017 at 09:15 PM
New York - Literally within seconds of the news of the arrest in Israel of an Israeli-American teenager for the bulk of the JCC bomb threats, Twitter lit up with Jewish anxiety. “[I] fear the inevitable backlash from haters who we whipped [into] a frenzy for our own nefarious political aims” is how someone responded to the JTA story about the arrest. A colleague’s friend wrote, “And...

Washington – Jewish Bomb Threat Suspect Undermines Groups’ Narrative On Anti-Semitism

March 23, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jewish teen — an Israeli, no less — was behind most of the approximately 150 bomb threats that have hit Jewish community centers since the start...

New York – WikiLeaks Says CIA Hacks On Apple Devices Can Persist

March 23, 2017 at 08:32 PM
New York - New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices. Security experts say the exploits are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. They say that many of the tricks are older — the iPhone hack involves the 3G model from 2008, for...

Washington – State Department Tells Embassies To Ramp Up Visa Screening

March 23, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Washington - The State Department has ordered American embassies and consulates around the world to draw up criteria for "population sets" needing extra scrutiny before receiving visas to travel to the United States, according to a recent diplomatic cable. The message also instructed U.S. posts overseas to review the social media accounts of visa applicants who are suspected of terrorist ties...

Jerusalem – Trump Adviser Jason Greenblatt Did Not Request Settlement Freeze, Prime Minister’s Office Says

March 23, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Jerusalem - The Prime Minister’s Office has denied Israeli media reports that Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, asked for a settlement freeze during meetings in Israel. “The reports concerning Mr. Greenblatt’s visit to Israel and any purported U.S. demands of Israel in talks regarding the settlements are false,” read a statement issued...

Albany, NY – Two New York Politicians Charged With Illegal Financial Schemes

March 23, 2017 at 07:11 PM
Albany, NY - A New York state senator was charged on Thursday with secretly padding his salary when he served as an upstate mayor, while his predecessor in the senate seat was accused of devising a scheme to secretly maintain payments to a disgraced former staffer. State Sen. Robert Ortt and his predecessor George Maziarz pleaded not guilty in Albany County Court to a combined total of eight...

Berlin – Let There Be Light: German Scientists Test ‘Artificial Sun’

March 23, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Berlin - Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun" and which they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel. The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights — officially known as "Synlight" — in Juelich, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Cologne, uses xenon short-arc lamps normally...

Washington – UN Secretary-general Reaffirms Ancient Jewish Ties To Jerusalem

March 23, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Washington - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his recognition of ancient Jewish ties to Jerusalem during a meeting with World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder. A statement Wednesday by the WJC said Lauder and Guterres met earlier in the week in New York, and that Guterres repeated comments he had made to Israeli radio in which he noted the existence of a Jewish temple...

Rio De Janeiro – Venezuela Expresses ‘Desire’ To Re-establish Diplomatic Ties With Israel

March 23, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Rio De Janeiro - Venezuela’s foreign minister expressed to his country’s chief rabbi “the desire to establish full relations with the State of Israel” eight years after the South American nation expelled its Israeli ambassador. “We suggested to start with a period of courtship, which means a beginning through consular relations, so that later it will become a marriage, which would be...

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