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New York – Judge Finds UPS Liable To New York Over Cigarette Shipments

March 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM
New York - A federal judge on Friday said United Parcel Service Inc is liable for having illegally shipped hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, depriving the state and New York City of millions of dollars of taxes. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said the state and city are entitled to compensatory damages and fines, in amounts to be determined...

Washington – UN: Israel Didn’t Comply With UN Call To Stop Settlements

March 24, 2017 at 05:19 PM
Washington - Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized "a high rate" of settlement expansions in violation of international law, the United Nations said Friday. U.N. envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the council the large number of settlement announcements and legislation action by Israel...

New York – US Jewish Groups Beef Up Security After Threats Despite Arrest

March 24, 2017 at 05:00 PM
New York - The arrest in Israel on Thursday of a U.S.-Israeli teenager suspected of a rash of hoax bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers across the United States brought some relief to community leaders, who nevertheless say they will stick to plans to beef up security. Executives at several Jewish organizations said the threats helped identify potential vulnerabilities that must be...

Washington – Trump Says He’d Bargain With Dems On Health Care

March 24, 2017 at 04:55 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump says he would be willing to reopen negotiations for a health care bill with Democrats if the Affordable Care Act fails. Trump told reporters Friday that he would be "open to it" if Democrats wanted to work on a bipartisan measure. He predicted the current law would soon collapse. The president says he has a great relationship with the Republican Party and...

Warsaw, Poland – Naked Group Stages Disruption By Notorious Auschwitz Gate

March 24, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A group of 11 people took off their clothes, killed a sheep and chained themselves together by the main gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz before being detained by police, officials said Friday. A spokesman for the Auschwitz memorial, Bartosz Bartyzel, told The Associated Press their motives were not clear as they briefly stood and then sat down by the...

Washington – House GOP Abruptly Pulls Troubled Health Care Bill

March 24, 2017 at 03:52 PM
Washington - Republican leaders of the House of Representatives pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system from consideration on Friday due to a shortage of votes despite desperate lobbying by the White House and its allies in Congress, dealing a stiff setback to President Donald Trump. Republican leaders had planned a vote on the measure after Trump cut off negotiations with...

Washington – Bipartisan Bill In House And Senate Targets Settlement Boycotters With Fines

March 24, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Washington - A bipartisan slate of U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill that would extend fines on companies that comply with the Arab League boycott of Israel to those complying with a U.N.-designated boycotts of settlements. The Israel Anti-Boycott act initiated Thursday in the House of Representatives and the Senate was prompted in part by the call last year of the U.N. Human Rights Council for...

Washington – Ivanka Trump: A White House Force, Just Not An ‘Employee’

March 24, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee. When it comes to government work, "employee" is more than just a word. That designation triggers an array of transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of...

New york – Buy Joan Rivers’ Seder Plate — For Only $5,000

March 24, 2017 at 02:30 PM
New York - This is not a joke: A seder plate owned by the late Joan Rivers will be auctioned off after Passover this year. The Jewish comedy legend’s seder plate, made in the 1980s by Spode Judaica in the United Kingdom, will be auctioned April 24 at J. Greenstein & Co. in Cedarhurst, New York. “If it didn’t belong to Joan Rivers, a used one like this would probably be worth about 100...

Washington – Appeals Court Won’t Allow Suit Against Palestinian Authority

March 24, 2017 at 02:01 PM
Washington - A federal appeals court says the families of Jewish worshippers who were killed or wounded during a 2011 attack in the West Bank can't sue the Palestinian Authority for damages in U.S. courts. The decision Friday upheld a lower court ruling to dismiss the case. The attack by a Palestinian security guard killed Ben-Yosef Livnat, an Israeli citizen, and wounded Americans Yitzhak...

Virginia – Virginia Court Rules For Trump In Travel Ban Dispute; Order Still Halted

March 24, 2017 at 01:37 PM
Virginia - A U.S. federal judge in Virginia ruled on Friday that President Donald Trump's travel ban was justified, increasing the likelihood the measure will go before the Supreme Court as the decision took an opposing view to courts in Maryland and Hawaii that have halted the order. U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Trenga rejected arguments by Muslim plaintiffs who claimed Trump's March 6...

Washington – Trump’s Pattern: Make Claim First, Then Wait For Facts

March 24, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Washington - For President Donald Trump, facts often follow fiction. Since the early days of his campaign, the president has developed a pattern: Make an outrageous claim. Dig in as the criticism rolls. And wait until, eventually, something emerges that can be spun as vindication of the earlier claim. It happened again this week when Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chair of the House...

Washington – Lawmakers Say Votes Aren’t There For Health Care

March 24, 2017 at 01:24 PM
Washington - House Republican leaders were short of the votes needed for their health care overhaul bill hours ahead of a vote demanded by President Donald Trump. That's the word Friday from GOP lawmakers and congressional aides as Speaker Paul Ryan met with the president at the White House to deliver the sobering news. Paul Ryan told President Trump that there are not enough votes to pass...

Khan Younis, Gaza Strip – Hamas TV Channel Builds Jerusalem Set In Gaza

March 24, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Khan Younis, Gaza Strip - Quiet on the set! Surrounded by militant training sites on uprooted Jewish settlement lands, the first movie set in the Gaza Strip is growing, depicting the history-rich, volatile alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City. The set is the latest effort by the al-Aqsa channel, run by Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers, to kick-start its drama production in the territory and...

London – Orthodox Rabbi, Imams, Cardinal Honor London Victims

March 24, 2017 at 12:48 PM
London - Britain's most senior faith leaders gathered near the country's Parliament to mourn the victims of London's terror attack and to appeal for peace in a troubled time. Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, representing Shia Muslims, and Sunni Sheikh Khalifa Ezzat, head Imam at the London Central Mosque stood alongside the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby; the chief rabbi, Ephriam Mirvis; and...

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