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Atlanta – Guns At The Gun Convention? Not With The President There

April 28, 2017 at 06:28 PM
Atlanta - For the excited NRA faithful, one aspect of seeing President Donald Trump open their annual meeting was a bit of a downer: No guns allowed. Guns are allowed in most public places in Georgia, including the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta where the National Rifle Association is holding its annual meeting through the weekend. But as with most presidential appearances, firearms...

Washington – North Korea Carried Out Missile Test, U.S. Officials Say

April 28, 2017 at 06:22 PM
Washington - U.S. officials said on Friday they had tracked a North Korean missile launch and were working to determine the type of missile used and the distance it flew. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the test took place around 4:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT). Earlier, South Korea's military said North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday from a region north...

New York – US Facing Shortage Of Yellow Fever Vaccine For Travelers

April 28, 2017 at 06:00 PM
New York - Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder time getting it. A manufacturing problem has created a shortage of the only version of the vaccine licensed in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that doses could run out as early as next month. Officials are bringing in another vaccine that's used in other countries, but it...

Spokane, WA – A Robot That Picks Apples? Replacing Humans Worries Some

April 28, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Spokane, WA - Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market. The robotic pickers don't get tired and can work 24 hours a day. "Human pickers are getting...

New York – Court Scolds Westchester County For ‘Total Obstructionism’ On Housing

April 28, 2017 at 05:01 PM
New York - A federal appeals court on Friday admonished New York's wealthy Westchester County to stop its "total obstructionism" in implementing an agreement designed to boost affordable housing. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its warning after finding that Westchester, one of the nation's richest suburbs, twice breached a 2009 consent decree requiring it to build 750 affordable...

Washington – Possible $440 Million Sale To Israel Of Naval Guns Approved: Pentagon

April 28, 2017 at 04:28 PM
Washington - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to Israel of 76mm naval guns and technical support worth an estimated $440 million, a Pentagon agency said on Friday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement it had notified Congress of the State Department decision to allow the possible sale of the 13 naval guns by DRS North America, a subsidiary of...

Jerusalem – Jerusalem Mayor: City’s Diverse Residents ‘All My Children’

April 28, 2017 at 04:02 PM
Jerusalem - Fifty years after Israel conquered east Jerusalem, the city's mayor says the upcoming anniversary is a time to celebrate, despite the deep rifts and occasional bursts of violence that disrupt daily life in the volatile city. But like other prominent politicians of the hard-line Likud Party, Nir Barkat says Jerusalem must remain united under Israeli control, rejects Arab claims they...

Jordan – UN Diplomat Behind Report Accusing Israel Of ‘Apartheid’ Has No Regrets

April 28, 2017 at 03:28 PM
Jordan - Labeling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid" is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides. Rima Khalaf did just that when a report commissioned by her U.N. agency at the request of 18 Arab member states accused Israel of having established an apartheid regime designed to dominate the Palestinian people as a...

Oswiecim, Poland – NY Holocaust Survivor, 86, Returns To Auschwitz For First Time

April 28, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Oswiecim, Poland - Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Bronia Brandman, 86, returned to the death camp yesterday for the first time since her liberation, accompanied by a delegation of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officers and 40 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the United States. Brandman was born in Jaworzno, Poland, and watched two of her sisters being sent to the...

Brooklyn, NY – MTA Employee Arrested For Abusing Orthodox Jewish Young Woman Twice At BP Subway Station

April 28, 2017 at 02:38 PM
Brooklyn, NY - An MTA station agent is under arrest after being accused of sexually abusing a 19 year old Orthodox Jewish woman at the 18th Avenue subway station in Borough Park. Police said that 63 year old Mohammad Talukder had reportedly harassed the young woman on several occasions when she came into the station, repeatedly trying to get her to talk to him and to date him. According to...

Washington – Tillerson Eyes Cutting 2,300 Jobs At State Department

April 28, 2017 at 02:29 PM
Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department's budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan will almost certainly meet resistance from lawmakers opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to shrink the size of the federal government. Tillerson's proposal reduces the...

London – London Terrorism Suspect Was On Gaza Flotilla Ship In 2010

April 28, 2017 at 01:51 PM
London - A man arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist act on Thursday, carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office, was on a ship raided by Israeli soldiers in 2010, sources familiar with the investigation have told Reuters. The 27-year-old man was arrested by armed counter-terrorism officers during a stop-and-search as part of an ongoing security operation, British police...

United Nations – US Says Failure To Act On North Korea Could Be Catastrophic

April 28, 2017 at 01:20 PM
United Nations - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N...

Brentwood, NY – Street Gang MS-13 Grips Long Island Suburbs In Violence

April 28, 2017 at 01:04 PM
Brentwood, NY - Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what's going on. "You just think, 'Oh, God, whose child is it now?'" said Stephanie Spezia, a longtime resident of this suburb in the heart of Long Island that is caught in the grip of a violent street gang with Central American ties, MS-13. MS-13 has been blamed...

Prague – Tombstone Of Famed Rabbi Damaged In Czech Town Of Prostejov

April 28, 2017 at 12:28 PM
Prague - A tombstone of a well-known rabbi at a former Jewish cemetery in the Czech town of Prostejov has been damaged. A Jewish foundation said Friday it discovered earlier this week that the tombstone of Prostejov Rabbi Zvi Horowitz, who died in 1816, was broken into two pieces. It was installed at the site in 2013 by New York philanthropist Louis Kestenbaum. The cemetery was destroyed...

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