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Texas – Couple Booted From United Flight In Houston

April 16, 2017 at 06:29 PM
Houston, TX - A couple flying to Costa Rica for their wedding later this week were removed from a United Airlines flight in Houston for not following crew instructions. Passenger Michael Hohl tells Houston television station KHOU (http://bit.ly/2pqIeIa) he and his fiancé moved to empty seats because another passenger was asleep Saturday in their ticketed seats. They insisted they complied...

Trenton, NJ – Roadside Memorials A Tricky Matter For Mourners, Officials

April 16, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Trenton, NJ - As roadside memorials become more common on roadways in the wake of fatal crashes, efforts to regulate these makeshift sites can be fraught with peril for lawmakers who must balance public concerns with sensitivity for those dealing with loss. The memorials can quickly become eyesores or cause traffic hazards, as flowers wilt and items at the scene are blown into streets. In a...

Brooklyn, NY – Caretaker Sustains Minor Injuries In Chol Hamoed Synagogue Robbery

April 16, 2017 at 05:25 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A Midwood man is recovering from minor injuries sustained after being assaulted early this morning by two unknown suspects in his place of residence which is also home to a local Chabad center. Police said that the unidentified 56 year old victim was sleeping at 5 AM this morning on the third floor of Bais Menachem Mendel, 1703 Avenue J, when the robbery took place. The two...

Brownsville, TX – Border Wall Could Leave Some Americans On ‘Mexican Side’

April 16, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Brownsville, TX - The last time U.S. officials built a barrier along the border with Mexico, they left an opening at the small road leading south to Pamela Taylor's home on the banks of the Rio Grande. Taylor hadn't been told where the fence would be built, and she doesn't know now whether officials are coming back to complete it. "How would we get out?" asked Taylor, 88, sitting in the...

United Nations – UN Official: Gaza Could Soon Be Unlivable

April 16, 2017 at 04:42 PM
United Nations - Gaza’s latest electricity crisis could be “the tipping point” that makes the Strip unlivable for its 2 million residents, a UN official told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “The UN has been warning for some years that the chronic problems of Gaza are accumulating to the extent that we may be approaching a tipping point at which Gaza becomes unlivable,” said Robert...

Bridgeport, CT – Man Who Threatened Jews On Metal Music Site Faces Sentencing

April 16, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Bridgeport, CT - A Connecticut man who posted threats against Jews and synagogues on a metal music internet forum plans to argue at his sentencing that he has served enough time in prison. Kendall Sullivan is scheduled to go before a U.S. District judge in Bridgeport on Monday. He pleaded guilty in January to perpetrating a hoax and originally faced three federal charges of making online...

Princeton, MA – Sharp-eyed Trooper Credited With Solving High Profile Mystery Case In Murder Of NY Jogger In Massachusetts

April 16, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Princeton, MA - DNA evidence and an attentive state trooper helped find the man authorities believe killed a New York City woman last summer who was out jogging near her mother's Massachusetts home, authorities said Saturday. "Good afternoon. We got him," Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. proclaimed at a news conference Saturday outside the police department in Princeton, a...

Budapest, Hungary – Hungary Remembers Holocaust Victims Amid Calls For Tolerance

April 16, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Budapest, Hungary - Thousands of Hungarians have taken part in a march remembering the 550,000 Hungarian Jews who died during the Holocaust. The March of the Living on Sunday was held on Hungary's national Holocaust Memorial Day, which marks the mass detention and deportation of Hungary's Jews in 1944. Speakers called for tolerance and facing up to the truth. Hungarian Jewish writer...

New York – Will Free College Offer Catch Fire? NY Details Raise Doubts

April 16, 2017 at 02:29 PM
Albany, NY - Will New York's first-in-the-nation free tuition program for middle-class college students spread to other states? That's the hope of proponents such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who made debt-free college a key talking point in their Democratic presidential campaigns. And that's the prediction of its main champion, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called the...

Albany, NY – New York State Allots $1M To Create Hate Crimes Task Force

April 16, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Albany, NY - New York state will use $1 million set aside in its new budget to establish a hate crimes task force. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says the group will include members of the New York State Police working with the state Division of Human Rights as well as prosecutors and local school and law enforcement officials. The task force will be charged with identifying and...

Seoul, South Korea – Trump: China, US Working On ‘North Korea Problem’

April 16, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Seoul, South Korea - President Donald Trump asserted on Sunday that China was working with the United States on "the North Korea problem," and his vice president told American and South Korea service members that the North's latest "provocation," a failed missile launch shortly before his arrival in Seoul, laid bare they risks they face. While the North did not conduct a nuclear test, the...

Washington – With Trump Pick Aboard, Top U.S. Court Tackles Religious Rights

April 16, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court is set this week to hear a closely watched case testing the limits of religious rights, and new Justice Neil Gorsuch's judicial record indicates he could tip the court toward siding with a church challenging Missouri's ban on state funding of religious entities. Trinity Lutheran Church, which is located in Columbia, Missouri and runs a preschool and daycare...

Washingtn – Which State Sends Most Taxes To DC? Hint: It’s Not A State

April 16, 2017 at 12:21 PM
Washington - As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation's capital. Washington, that swampy den of iniquity that politicians love to scorn, sends the most tax dollars per person to the U.S. government. By a lot. Last year, the District of Columbia paid Uncle Sam $37,000 per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes. The next closest was...

Bozeman, MT – Professor Sues Wal-Mart Over ‘clean Toilets’ Description

April 16, 2017 at 11:47 AM
Bozeman, MT - A Montana State University professor is suing Wal-Mart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a "toilet cleaner." Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at MSU, filed the suit this past week in Gallatin County District Court. Kalonde is seeking unspecified damages. Wal-Mart spokesman Ragan...

Manchester, England – Orthodox Jewish Mayoral Candidate In Britain Apologizes For Burning New Testament

April 16, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Manchester, England - An Orthodox Jewish candidate for mayor of Manchester apologized after burning what he called a “missionary bible” and posting images of it on social media. Shneur Odze, who is a candidate for the right-wing populist UK Independence Party, or UKIP, on the eve of Passover found the Hebrew-language New Testament produced by a proselytizing Christian group in his...

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