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Washington – Trump Pushes Vouchers In Florida School Visit

March 3, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is praising a Florida Catholic school as the kind of school that disadvantaged children should be able to choose for their education. Trump visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Florida on Friday and told its principal that "the love you have for what you do is really fantastic." The president was joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Trump repeated...

New York – Jewish Heads Meet With FBI Director After Arrest

March 3, 2017 at 04:30 PM
New York - Jewish community leaders have met with the FBI director after a man was arrested in threats against at least eight Jewish institutions nationwide and the Anti-Defamation League's headquarters in New York City. The JCC Association of North America says Friday's meeting included discussion of threats directed against Jewish institutions in the past two months. The association says...

Washington – New Interior Chief Vows Review Of Obama-era Rules, ‘Bold’ Restructuring

March 3, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Washington - New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to review Obama-era measures that limited energy development on some federal land and undertake a "bold" reorganization of his 70,000-employee agency, he said on Friday. The former U.S. congressman addressed employees at the Department of Interior's headquarters on his second full day on the job, assuring them he would not sell off...

St Louis, MO – Before His Arrest In Threats To Jewish Groups, Suspect Fumed At Racism

March 3, 2017 at 03:30 PM
St Louis, MO - About a year before being charged with sending fake bomb threats to Jewish organizations, Juan Thompson was fired from his job as a reporter at the Intercept news website. In the months that followed, he fumed in online postings about the racism he felt as a black man - from his former employer, from the police, from a white woman he dated. And he appeared to dabble with a...

New York – Trump, Hitting Back, Accuses Schumer Of Putin Ties

March 3, 2017 at 03:08 PM
New York - President Donald Trump, his administration under siege for contacts with Russian officials, is calling for "an immediate investigation" into Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer's own ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump tweeted a photo Friday of Schumer meeting with Putin in New York in 2003. The president called for a probe into Schumer's "ties to Russia and Putin"...

Washington – Yellen Signals The Fed Will Likely Raise Rates This Month

March 3, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Washington - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate. Yellen also said in a speech prepared for delivery in Chicago that the Fed expects steady economic improvement to justify additional rate increases...

Detroit – Daimler To Recall One Million Mercedes Globally After 51 Fires

March 3, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Detroit - Daimler AG said it will recall one million newer-model Mercedes-Benz vehicles worldwide due to the risk of fire, after 51 fires were reported. The German company said no injuries or deaths were reported relating to the vehicles that it will begin recalling in the U.S. market in July when parts become available. A fix has been implemented in the production of new vehicles and...

Brussels – EU To Weigh High-level Talks With Israel

March 3, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Brussels - European Union foreign ministers are to discuss whether to hold high-level talks with Israel soon amid concern over its settlement policy and commitment to a two-state solution, diplomats said Friday. The diplomats said the EU must be clear in its dealings with Israel, especially given the U.S. administration's unclear position on the decades-long conflict between Israel and the...

St Louis, MO – Police To Ask Suspect About Jewish Cemetery Vandalism

March 3, 2017 at 01:06 PM
St Louis, MO - A Missouri police official says the man accused of threatening eight Jewish institutions and the Anti-Defamation League will also be questioned about the desecration of a Jewish cemetery. Authorities say 31-year-old Juan Thompson made the threats in an effort to harass and vilify his former girlfriend. They say some of the threats against the institutions were made in the...

Paris – French Arab Coexistence Champion Found To Have Authored Anti-Semitic Tweets

March 3, 2017 at 12:43 PM
Paris - A former culture minister of France distanced herself from an up-and-coming journalist who interviewed her recently following the discovery of virulent anti-Semitic tweets he authored. Christiane Taubira, who last month granted a wide-ranging interview to Mehdi Meklat, 24, of the Les Inrocks magazine, said she would not have afforded him that access had she known that in the years...

Geneva – Trump Torture Remarks “Make My Blood Run Cold”: UN Expert

March 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Geneva - A U.N. human rights expert voiced alarm on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump might allow torture in interrogations and called for senior officials from George W. Bush's administration to be prosecuted for allowing the illegal practice. U.S. officials responsible for the secret detention, rendition and torture programs run by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) included "those...

New York – Investors See Snap’s IPO As ‘Too Big To Fail’

March 3, 2017 at 11:30 AM
New York - Institutional investors anxious not to be left out of this year's marquee initial public offering helped Snap Inc pull off the biggest U.S.-listed technology share sale this week since Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba Group Holding Inc smashed records in 2014. Keen to boost returns and with a dearth of new stocks to buy, the IPO of a buzzy social media group was a "must-have"...

Washington – Exclusive: Trump Aides’ Bid To Plug Leaks Creates Unease Among Some Civil Servants

March 3, 2017 at 11:01 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin used his first senior staff meeting last month to tell his new aides he would not tolerate leaks to the news media, sources familiar with the matter said. Current and former officials said that in a departure from past practice, access to a classified computer system at the White House has been tightened by political...

Tel Aviv – Israeli And Iranian Musicians Unite For Tel Aviv Concert

March 3, 2017 at 10:15 AM
Tel Aviv - Israeli rocker Aviv Geffen broke into "The Hope Song," a signature hit he wrote after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that is often referred to as the Israeli version of John Lennon's "Imagine." But his peace anthem took on new meaning when his on-stage partner sang along in Farsi — the language of Israel's archenemy Iran. In a rare collaboration, Geffen has...

Maryland – Indictment Of Corrupt Police Officers Sends Ripple Of Doubt Through Baltimore Cases

March 3, 2017 at 09:45 AM
Baltimore, MD - They were just seven officers on a police force of more than 3,000, but the Baltimore detectives charged with theft, fraud and conspiracy had an outsized crime-fighting role in a city plagued by violence. The sweeping federal indictment calls into question each and every case touched by these men, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the city's already fragile...

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