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Washington – Trump Expected To Sign New Travel Ban Order

March 5, 2017 at 11:32 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is preparing to sign a revised executive order temporarily barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries and halting the nation's refugee program. A White House official says plans to roll out the order are on track for Monday. The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the order ahead of the official announcement. The new...

Washington – Schumer Wants NTSB To Look Into Spate Of Small Plane Crashes

March 5, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Washington - Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct an in-depth investigation of small plane crashes, following two incidents last month and at least 18 crashes in New York last year. Schumer on Sunday released a letter he wrote to the NTSB. He cited a Feb. 19 crash of a single-engine plane that took off from Long Island and crashed into a neighborhood in...

Panama City – Bus Crash Kills 16, Injures 39 In Panama

March 5, 2017 at 10:05 PM
Panama City - A bus carrying farm workers went off a highway and ended up in a stream Sunday southwest of Panama's capital, killing 16 people on board and injuring 39 more, authorities said. The crash took place on the Pan-American Highway in Anton, about 105 miles (170 kilometers) from Panama City. Officials gave no information on what caused the accident. Photos published by local media...

South Korea – Seoul: North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles Into Ocean

March 5, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Seoul - North Korea on Monday fired "several" banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) into waters off its east coast, South Korea's military said, an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. It was not immediately clear what type of missile was fired or the exact number; Pyongyang has...

Washington – Former U.S. Intelligence Chief Rejects Trump Wiretap Accusation, Comey Asks DOJ To Dismiss Claim

March 5, 2017 at 08:29 PM
Washington - The former top U.S. intelligence official rejected President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped him even as the White House on Sunday urged Congress to investigate Trump's allegation. The New York Times reported on Sunday that FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department this weekend to reject Trump's wiretapping claim because it was...

Syria – Aleppo Family Claims To Be Jewish, Calls On Israel To Help Them

March 5, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Aleppo, Syria - Members of a family in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo have called on Israel to help them leave the country, claiming Jewish heritage. A recording of a woman calling for the assistance was broadcast Sunday morning on Army Radio. The younger brother of the woman on the recording, who himself escaped over a year ago to London, identified as Salah, told Army Radio that his...

New York – Conservative Synagogues Pass Proposal Allowing Non-Jews As Members

March 5, 2017 at 06:30 PM
New York - The umbrella body for Conservative synagogues approved a resolution to allow individual congregations to decide whether to grant membership to non-Jews. The resolution was passed on March 1 during a Special Meeting of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism General Assembly held over the internet with electronic voting. The measure passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 94 to 8...

Pittsburgh – Liver Transplant Surgical Pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl Dies

March 5, 2017 at 05:33 PM
Pittsburgh - Dr. Thomas Starzl, who pioneered liver transplant surgery in the 1960s and was a leading researcher into anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90. The University of Pittsburgh, speaking on behalf of Starzl's family, said the renowned doctor died Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh. Starzl performed the world's first liver transplant in 1963 and the world's first successful...

Washington – Trump Hotel May Be Political Capital Of The Nation’s Capital

March 5, 2017 at 04:45 PM
Washington - At a circular booth in the middle of the Trump International Hotel's balcony restaurant, President Donald Trump dined on his steak — well-done, with ketchup — while chatting up British Brexit politician Nigel Farage. A few days later, major Republican donors Doug Deason and Doug Manchester, in town for the president's address to Congress, sipped coffee at the hotel with Rep...

Raleigh, NC – What To Do When Pulled Over: A New Chapter For Driver’s Ed?

March 5, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Raleigh, NC - Deadly encounters between police officers and motorists have lawmakers across the country thinking driver's education should require students to be taught what to do in a traffic stop. A North Carolina bill would require instructors to describe "appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers." Illinois passed a similar law recently, and another awaits the Virginia...

Jerusalem – Holy Smokes! Israel Takes Step Toward Marijuana Reforms

March 5, 2017 at 03:16 PM
Jerusalem - Holy smokes! The Israeli government has taken a step toward decriminalizing marijuana use. Israeli media say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet has approved a measure that would reduce penalties for possession of marijuana. If caught, smokers would pay a fine, instead of facing criminal charges. Netanyahu said ahead of Sunday's meeting that a "new enforcement policy"...

Rio De Janeiro – Lost 400-year-old Jewish Manuscript To Be Returned To Mexico

March 5, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Rio De Janeiro - The oldest Jewish document of the New World will be returned to Mexico more than seven decades after it disappeared. The 1595 autobiography of Luis de Carvajal, who was a New Christian or “converso” Jew in Mexico, will be returned this month, the Mexican consulate in New York said on Friday. The document is considered to be an important artifact showing Jewish life on...

New York – Officials: Fallen Tombstones At Brooklyn Jewish Cemetery Not Vandalism

March 5, 2017 at 01:48 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The New York Police Department says no evidence of vandalism has been found at a predominantly Jewish cemetery where more than 40 tombstones were toppled over. The NYPD says after consultation with the management of the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, it was determined the 42 tombstones came down as a result of a number of factors. Those include long-term neglect or lack of...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM Vows To Remove Arafat Street Sign In Arab Town

March 5, 2017 at 01:27 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister has vowed to change a street name in an Arab town honoring the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday before a cabinet meeting that he won't allow streets "named after murderers of Israelis and Jews." Mohammed Watad, of Jatt council in northern Israel, told Channel 2 TV the sign has been up for nine years. He pointed out...

Istanbul – Erdogan Compares German Conduct With Nazi Period

March 5, 2017 at 01:03 PM
Istanbul - President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany of behaving as in Nazi times in cancelling political meetings of resident Turks that were due to be addressed by Turkish officials. German authorities withdrew permission last week for two rallies by Turkish residents in German cities amid growing public outrage over Ankara's arrest of a Turkish-German journalist, dragging bilateral ties to a...

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