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Chicago – Major US Airports Say Current Rules Prevent Incidents Like United

April 27, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Chicago - At least 10 major U.S. airports say their rules prevent security officers from physically removing passengers from airplanes unless a crime is committed, meaning they would normally avoid incidents such as the one involving the passenger dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago. The April 9 incident sparked global outrage when images of a Vietnamese-American doctor being...

New York – Amazon, The Online Giant, Experiments With Physical Stores

April 27, 2017 at 10:28 PM
New York - Is the online giant of retail also looking to conquer physical stores? Amazon has been dabbling in physical retail since 2015, during which time it's opened a half-dozen bookstores that double as gadget emporia, a score of campus bookstores that don't sell books and a convenience store without cashiers. For now, its efforts seem largely experimental, though that may not be true for...

Washington – Number Of US Visas To Citizens Of Trump Travel Ban Nations Drops

April 27, 2017 at 10:06 PM
Washington - The United States issued about 40 percent fewer temporary visas in March to citizens of seven countries covered by President Donald Trump's temporary travel bans than it did in an average month last year, according to a Reuters analysis of preliminary government data released on Thursday. At the same time, the data showed that the total of U.S. non-immigrant visas issued to people...

Jerusalem – Archaeologists Restore Ancient Roman Temple In Israeli Port

April 27, 2017 at 09:32 PM
Jerusalem - Archaeologists in Israel have begun work to restore a once-towering ancient-Roman temple in the modern-day Mediterranean city of Caesaria. As part of a $27 million project that aims to triple tourist numbers, scores of workers have erected scaffolding, cleared rubble and begun excavations around the more than 2000-year-old ruins. Caesaria was a vibrant Roman metropolis built in...

Washington – Congressman: Trump May Announce Us Embassy Move To Jerusalem During Israel Visit

April 27, 2017 at 09:02 PM
Washington - US President Donald Trump may use his visit to Israel next month to announce the moving of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) said on Thursday. DeSantis, who is chairman of the House committee with oversight of US embassies around the world, said the timing of Trump’s visit – two days before Jerusalem Day, marking 50 years...

Washington – Trump Finds That CEO-as-president Isn’t Always A Natural Fit

April 27, 2017 at 08:26 PM
Washington - Donald Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage — someone, say, like himself. If Abraham Lincoln relied on a team of rivals, Trump would command a team of "killer" CEOs. He cast himself as a gifted manager who could rewrite flawed trade deals, bridge...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Population Is 8.68 Million On Eve Of 69th Birthday

April 27, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel’s population stands at 8.68 million on the eve of Israel Independence Day. The figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday ahead of the nation’s 69th birthday on Monday show that the country’s population is growing by nearly 2 percent a year and that there are 10 times as many Israelis today as there were when the state was founded in 1948. Some...

Berlin – Germany To Ban Civil Servants, Judges, Soldiers From Wearing Full-face Veil

April 27, 2017 at 07:25 PM
Berlin - Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament agreed to a draft law on Thursday that will prevent civil servants, judges and soldiers in Germany from wearing full-face veils at work. The move comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel called in December for a ban on full-face Muslim veils "wherever legally possible". There are five months to go before a federal election, and her...

Warsaw, Poland – Poland Not Complying With Calls To Return Jewish Property, Report Says

April 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Warsaw, Poland - An independent think tank that monitors restitution issues reported that Poland is the only European Union nation that does not comply with an international understanding allowing for the return of Jewish property seized during World War II. The authors of the report by the European Shoah Legacy Institute note that the countries of Western Europe, just after the war, had...

New York – NYC Police Department Launches 1st Phase Of Bodycam Program

April 27, 2017 at 06:28 PM
New York - Starting with a roll call Thursday at an uptown Manhattan police station, the New York Police Department launched a program to boost accountability by equipping its patrol force with body cameras. The precinct in the Washington Heights neighborhood turned out several camera-wearing officers for an evening tour. It marked the first phase of a plan to deploy more than 5,000 cameras...

Washington – Republican Congress Members Launch Pro-Israel Caucus Seeking Palestinian Acknowledgment Of Defeat

April 27, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - A number of conservative Republicans in Congress have launched a pro-Israel caucus predicated on getting the Palestinians to acknowledge defeat. The co-chairs of the new Israel Victory Caucus, Reps. Bill Johnson of Ohio and Ron DeSantis of Florida, were among those on hand for Thursday’s launch. A number of other Republicans stopped by to express support; no Democrats...

Bethpage, NY – Funeral Held For NYC Firefighter Killed In Fall

April 27, 2017 at 05:33 PM
Bethpage, NY - Thousands of mourners gathered at the Long Island funeral of William Tolley (TUH'-lee), a New York City firefighter who fell to his death last week while battling a fire a Queens. Tolley's casket was carried into St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Bethpage Thursday morning to the sound of bagpipes as firefighters, some from as far as Chicago, Detroit and Louisiana...

New York – Amtrak To Launch Repairs At New York’s Troubled Penn Station

April 27, 2017 at 05:01 PM
New York - Traveling through the nation's busiest transit hub, New York's Pennsylvania Station, will become even more cumbersome as Amtrak takes some tracks out of service for repairs after recent derailments disrupted travel for hundreds of thousands of commuters in recent weeks. The construction will create further headaches for passengers, but Wick Moorman, Chief Executive Officer of the...

Jerusalem – Israel FinMin Says To Ease Path For Institutions To Invest In Tech

April 27, 2017 at 04:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said on Thursday he would work to reduce regulations that prevent Israeli institutions investing in technology companies. Hampered by regulatory constraints, as well as being harmed by the bursting of a tech bubble in 2000, Israeli pension funds and insurance companies have stayed away from high-tech, while billions of dollars have been...

New York – Posh Public Bathroom Pops Up In NYC With Fresh Flowers, Art

April 27, 2017 at 04:00 PM
New York - In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor— inspired by visits to the city's priciest hotels — is open to everyone, even homeless New Yorkers. More than 1 million people a year are...

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