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Los Angeles, CA – In Little-watched Election LA Mayor’s Big Win Is Development

March 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Mayor Eric Garcetti claimed a second term in a walkaway election, but his real victory came in beating back restrictions on denser, high-rise development that he sees as part of the antidote to L.A.'s notorious traffic and smog. The horizon of a new Los Angeles can be seen in towering construction cranes looming over Hollywood and downtown. The city is the cradle of the car...

Newburgh, NY – Crews Removing Derailed Freight Train With Hazardous Load

March 8, 2017 at 11:33 PM
Newburgh, NY - Crews worked Wednesday to put a derailed CSX freight train back on the tracks at a New York railroad crossing where it collided with a forklift. Officials with the Jacksonville, Florida-based freight hauler said CSX crews were attempting to remove the three locomotives and 14 cars that derailed Tuesday afternoon along the Hudson River's bank in Newburgh, 60 miles from New York...

Washington – JCCs To Sessions: We’re ‘Frustrated’ With Progress On Bomb Threats

March 8, 2017 at 11:04 PM
Washington - Executives from 141 Jewish community centers signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing frustration with efforts combating a rash of bomb threats. The letter, sent Wednesday by the JCC Association of North America, the national organization of Jewish community centers, requested a meeting with Sessions and urged the Justice Department to do more to stop the...

Sacramento, CA – Uber Self-driving Cars Are Coming Back To California Roads

March 8, 2017 at 10:28 PM
Sacramento, CA - Uber's self-driving cars will return to California's streets, though the ride-hailing company doesn't immediately plan to pick up passengers. Uber received a permit Wednesday to test two Volvo SUVs on public roads, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said. Regulators also approved 48 people as backup drivers who must sit behind the wheel in case the prototype cars...

Chicago – Chicago Tries To Learn From New York Crime Fighting Success

March 8, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Chicago - Even before President Trump tweeted a threat to send "in the Feds" to curb Chicago's gun violence, he was saying on the campaign trail that there was a simple solution to the bloodshed: police should get tougher. Chicago should follow the lead of New York City, Trump's administration has said, and crack down on even the smallest offenses. It turns out Chicago Police Superintendent...

New York – Snap Options Set For Strong Demand On Market Debut

March 8, 2017 at 09:30 PM
New York - Traders looking for a piece of the action around Snap Inc's newly launched shares will get another way to bet on the fortunes of the Snapchat owner when its options start trading on Friday. Weekly and monthly options contracts on Snap's shares are expected to start trading on Friday, CBOE Holdings Inc said last week, once certain regulatory requirements for their listing are...

Washington – Ivanka Trump Rents House From Foreign Billionaire Suing US

March 8, 2017 at 09:14 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law are renting a house from a foreign billionaire who is fighting the U.S. government over a proposed mine in Minnesota. The Wall Street Journal reports (http://on.wsj.com/2nfqcqv) that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are renting a $5.5 million house in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood from Andrónico Luksic. One of the Chilean...

Washington – Senators Seek Evidence To Support Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

March 8, 2017 at 09:01 PM
Washington - The leaders of a congressional inquiry into Russia's efforts to sway the U.S. election called on the Justice Department Wednesday to produce any evidence that supports President Donald Trump's explosive wiretapping allegation. Declaring that Congress "must get to the bottom" of Trump's claim, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., asked Acting Deputy...

Washington – Ex-aides: Trump Has Long Been Worried About Recorded Calls

March 8, 2017 at 08:46 PM
Washington - Long before he tweeted about wiretaps, Donald Trump worried about who was listening in on his calls. As a real estate mogul and reality TV star — well before he alleged on Twitter that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones during the campaign — Trump expressed regular concern that his phone lines were not secure, according to three former Trump Organization...

Jerusalem – Ultra-Orthodox Make A Tactical Retreat On Jerusalem Shabbat War Front

March 8, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Jerusalem - Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) party leaders have met with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Director-General of the Municipality Amnon Merhav and members of the Status Quo Committee. The conclusion of the meeting was that despite saber rattling by Haredi politicians and functionaries, there have not been any major violations of the status quo regarding Shabbat transgressions in Jerusalem. The...

Washington – Trump’s In-house Guardrail: White House Counsel Don McGahn

March 8, 2017 at 08:03 PM
Washington - As Donald Trump raged in an Oval Office filled with tense senior aides, he trained his eyes on one in particular: White House Counsel Don McGahn. During the Friday afternoon tirade, which would spill into a Saturday morning tweetstorm, Trump erupted over his attorney general's decision to step out of a sensitive investigation on Russian contacts and tangled with his team over how...

Washington – Democrats Ask White House About Trump Son-in-law’s Potential Conflicts

March 8, 2017 at 07:26 PM
Washington - Three Democratic lawmakers questioned the White House on Wednesday over its handling of U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law's potential conflicts of interest now that he is serving as an official adviser. Jared Kushner, a real estate developer who advised Trump during the presidential campaign, was cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice in January to serve as a White House...

Houston – President George H.W. Bush, Wife, Condemn Jewish Threats

March 8, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Houston - Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are condemning recent bomb threats and vandalism against Jewish institutions in the nation. Their son, Neil Bush, speaking on his parents' behalf as they received an award Wednesday in Houston from the Mensch International Foundation, says they understand this is "not a time for silence or ambivalence or indifference." He...

Jerusalem – Sheldon Adelson May Be Deposed In Netanyahu Corruption Investigation

March 8, 2017 at 06:34 PM
Jerusalem - Jewish-American billionaire Sheldon Adelson may be questioned in connection with a corruption investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli media reported. Police investigators have reportedly contacted authorities in the United States to obtain a deposition from Adelson, a Las Vegas gaming magnate and the owner of the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom. One of...

Honolulu – Hawaii Files Amended Lawsuit Challenging Trump Travel Ban

March 8, 2017 at 06:33 PM
Honolulu - Hawaii has filed an amended federal lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. The amended suit was filed Tuesday, a day after Trump signed an executive order for the revised ban that will restrict travel by people from six Muslim-majority countries. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Wednesday granted the state's request to continue with the case and set...

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