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Los Angeles – Christie’s: Global Sales Of Luxury Homes Cooled In 2016

May 10, 2017 at 11:35 PM
Los Angeles - Global luxury home sales cooled off in 2016 for the second consecutive year, even with a record number of homes selling for more than $100 million. A report released Wednesday by Christie's International Real Estate shows that sales of homes priced at $1 million or more edged up about 1 percent worldwide last year. That represents a sharp slowdown from 2015, when luxury home...

Washington – Federal Government Records $182.4 Billion Budget Surplus

May 10, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Washington - The federal government ran the second highest monthly surplus on record this April as tax revenues were pushed higher by a change in the deadline for corporate tax payments. In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that the surplus for April totaled $182.4 billion, the second largest surplus after a record $189.8 billion surplus set in April...

Washington – Aetna Insurer Pulls Fully Out Of ObamaCare Exchanges

May 10, 2017 at 10:29 PM
Washington - Health insurer Aetna Insurer said on Wednesday it will exit the 2018 Obamacare individual insurance market in Delaware and Nebraska - the two remaining states where it offered the plans. Aetna had already said it would exit the individual commercial market in Virginia and Iowa, after pulling out of several other states last year. Aetna has now "completely exited the exchanges,"...

Washington – Rod Rosenstein: 5 Things To Know About The Man Who Helped Get Comey Fired

May 10, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Until This Year, Rod Rosenstein Was An Unassuming U.S. Attorney With A Reputation For Fairness. Now he’s at the center of the controversy over President Donald Trump’s snap firing of James Comey, the FBI director. Rosenstein, 52, whose appointment by Trump as deputy attorney general was confirmed only two weeks ago, wrote the memo outlining concerns with Comey’s...

Jerusalem – Fidget Spinners Declared Kosher For Shabbat

May 10, 2017 at 09:24 PM
Jerusalem - It is permissible to play with fidget spinners on Shabbat, rabbis at an institute that looks at technological science and Jewish law have determined. Rabbis at the Scientific and Technologic Institute for Halacha in Jerusalem issued a ruling on the use of spinners on Shabbat after noticing children playing with the toys and learning tools, Ynet reported Wednesday. The rabbis at...

Boise, ID – Idaho Inmates Sue State Prison Service For Kosher Meals

May 10, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Boise, ID - A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of four Jewish prisoners in Idaho jails who are seeking kosher meals. The suit filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho requests a preliminary injunction against the state’s Department of Correction that would require the department to procure the kosher meals immediately, the Idaho Statesman reported. It also says...

New York – New York To Allow Self-driving Vehicle Testing: Governor

May 10, 2017 at 08:30 PM
New York - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that the state will allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads, potentially leaving perplexed New Yorkers wondering who to flip off when they jaywalk in front of a car without a driver. "We are taking a careful yet balanced approach to incorporating autonomous vehicles on our roads to reduce dangerous driving habits...

Dallas – 2017 Toyota Sienna Adds More Power, More Fuel Economy

May 10, 2017 at 08:08 PM
Dallas - Toyota's Sienna van adds a more powerful and more fuel-efficient engine for 2017 and now ranks at the top in gas mileage ratings with competing family vans. The new, 296-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 adds 30 horsepower and 18 foot-pounds of torque to the front-wheel drive Sienna while boosting fuel mileage, as measured by the U.S. government, to 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 27...

Dallas – Boeing Halts Test Flights Of New Plane Over Engine Issue

May 10, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Dallas - Boeing is suspending test flights of a new commercial airplane because of possible problems with a key engine part. The company said Wednesday it was notified of a potential manufacturing-quality issue by CFM, which makes the engines for the Boeing 737 Max. Boeing Co. said it has not experienced any issues with the low-pressure turbine discs during test flights. The company said...

San Francisco – Amazon Trounces Rivals In Battle Of The Shopping ‘Bots’

May 10, 2017 at 07:00 PM
San Francisco - Earlier this year, engineers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc who track rivals' prices online got a rude surprise: the technology they were using to check Amazon.com several million times a day suddenly stopped working. Losing access to Amazon.com Inc's data was no small matter. Like most big retailers, Wal-Mart relies on computer programs that scan prices on competitors' websites so it...

Washington – Officials: US Likely To Expand Airline Laptop Ban To Europe

May 10, 2017 at 06:39 PM
Washington - The Trump administration is likely to expand a ban on laptops on commercial aircraft to include some European countries, but is reviewing how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair, officials briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. Any expansion of the ban could impact U.S. carriers such as United Airlines, Delta Air Lines Inc and American...

Detroit – Safety Group Says Truck Guard Rails Could Prevent Deaths

May 10, 2017 at 06:10 PM
Detroit - Tractor-trailers with side guard rails mounted between their tires are less likely to be involved in fatal crashes, an auto safety group says. But the trucking industry says technology that prevents crashes in the first place is a better use of resources. Federal law requires big trucks to have rear underride guards, which stop cars from traveling underneath the truck in an...

Gaza – Leading Hamas Official Says No Softened Stance Toward Israel

May 10, 2017 at 05:50 PM
Gaza - One of Hamas's most senior officials said on Wednesday a document published by the Islamist Palestinian group last week was not a substitute for its founding charter, which advocates Israel's destruction. Speaking in Gaza City, Mahmoud al-Zahar, a regular critic of Israel, said the political policy document announced in Qatar on May 1 by Hamas's outgoing chief Khaled Meshaal did not...

Washington – Aides: Comey Infuriated Trump With Refusal To Preview Senate Testimony

May 10, 2017 at 05:32 PM
Washington - The anger behind Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday had been building for months, but a turning point came when Comey refused to preview for top Trump aides his planned testimony to a Senate panel, White House officials said. Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had wanted a heads-up from Comey about what he...

Hunterdon, NJ – Self-proclaimed Nazi’s Name Change To Hitler Takes Effect

May 10, 2017 at 05:31 PM
Hunterdon, NJ - A self-proclaimed Nazi who received approval to change his last name to Hitler had the change legally go into effect this week. MyCentralJersey.com (http://mycj.co/2q5DUyI ) reports that Isidore Heath Campbell officially became Isidore Heath Hitler on Monday. The man says his initials, I.H.H., stand for "I Hail Hitler." He first gained national attention when a supermarket...

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