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Seattle – Windows 10 Update Aims To Help Identify Best Photos, Videos

May 11, 2017 at 11:05 PM
Seattle - An upcoming feature in Microsoft's Windows 10 system will automatically identify the best photos and videos to help people create highlights of their experiences. The tool, called Story Remix, will be part of a "Fall Creators Update" to roll out later this year to 500 million personal computers, smartphones and tablets powered by Windows 10. Microsoft previewed the update Thursday at...

Jerusalem – Haredi Orthodox Textbooks In Israel Promote Insularity And Peaceful Coexistence, Study Finds

May 11, 2017 at 10:27 PM
Jerusalem - Textbooks used in haredi Orthodox schools in Israel promote the community’s insularity as well as peaceful conduct and coexistence, according to a study by an education watchdog. The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, or IMPACT-se, studied 93 textbooks used in grades 1 through 12 in the two major educational frameworks for haredi...

New York – U.S. Candymakers Band Together To Reduce Calories

May 11, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - Five major chocolate and candy companies announced a joint commitment on Thursday to reduce calories in many sweets sold on the U.S. market, a rare example of cooperation in a competitive industry and testament to a rising consumer distaste for sugar. The United States is the world's largest consumer of sweeteners and obesity, diabetes and heart disease rank among leading health...

New York – Oval Office Meeting With Russian Officials Raises Questions

May 11, 2017 at 09:29 PM
New York - The White House is facing criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to snap photos of President Donald Trump and a pair of top Russian officials. While the administration downplayed the threat, a senior administration official acknowledged that the White House had been misled about the role of the Russian...

New York – Mutual Funds Lose, Short-sellers Win On Snap Trades

May 11, 2017 at 09:22 PM
New York - The dramatic fall in Snap Inc shares on Thursday following the company's disappointing first quarterly earnings report as a public company was likely costly for a wide range of mutual funds, including Fidelity's giant Contrafund. On the other side of the ledger, short-sellers racked up about $191 million in profits on their Snap investments, according to data compiled by the...

Jerusalem – Israeli Paratroopers Re-create Iconic Photo On 50th Anniversary Of The Six-Day War

May 11, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely toured the Old City of Jerusalem Thursday along with the three paratroopers featured in the late world-famous photographer David Rubinger’s iconic photograph taken at the Western Wall immediately after its liberation during the Six Day War in June 1967. Paratroopers Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti and Chaim Oshri retraced the steps they...

Israel – Netanyahu: All Embassies Should Be In Jerusalem, Not Tel Aviv

May 11, 2017 at 08:40 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on all countries with embassies in Israel to relocate them from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said at a Likud party event celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the city’s unification in the Six-Day War later this month. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. It’s...

Washington – Sean Spicer Absent From Briefings During Key Week For Trump

May 11, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Washington - If you're missing your daily dose of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, it's because President Donald Trump's chief spokesman has been on Navy Reserve duty. Spicer joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1999 and the commitment for monthly service occasionally keeps him away from his high-profile job as the public face of the Trump administration. Spicer was absent this week on one...

New York – American Al Qaeda Member Turned Informant Avoids Long Sentence

May 11, 2017 at 07:33 PM
New York - A New York City-born former al Qaeda member who plotted to attack a commuter railroad will be released in three months after spending 8-1/2 years in custody because of the extensive intelligence he provided U.S. investigators after his arrest, prosecutors said. Bryant Neal Vinas, 34, pleaded guilty in 2009 after his capture by Pakistani authorities in 2008. At a hearing in Brooklyn...

Kinderhook, NY – In NY, GOP Freshman Faces Backlash Over Health Care Vote

May 11, 2017 at 07:01 PM
Kinderhook, NY - The patrons at the cafe next door want him out. A rival congressman has "adopted" his district. And more than a half dozen Democrats are preparing to run against him. On the job little more than four months, Republican Rep. John Faso is facing a political firestorm in his own upstate New York backyard that threatens to consume his first term in Congress just as it...

Miami, FL – That Woman Who Claimed To Invent The Fidget Spinner? The Media May Have Been Spun

May 11, 2017 at 06:28 PM
Miami, FL - An investigation has thrown doubt on the story of the Florida woman who, looking for a way to distract young Palestinian boys from clashing with Israeli police, claimed to have invented the fidget spinner toy. Bloomberg News confirmed Thursday that Catherine Hettinger was granted a patent for a spinning device in 1997. But Hettinger’s device, which she pitched unsuccessfully to...

New York – Ex-restaurateur Linked To NYPD Probe Pleads Guilty To Ponzi Scheme

May 11, 2017 at 05:55 PM
New York - A former Manhattan restaurant owner, charged in a case that emerged from a federal corruption investigation of the New York Police Department, has pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme after reaching a deal with federal prosecutors. Hamlet Peralta, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud on Thursday before U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan. He had been due...

Washington – Immigration Agents Aid In Arrests Of Over 1300 Accused Gang Members

May 11, 2017 at 05:26 PM
Washington - Federal immigration agents have helped arrest more than 1,300 accused gang members across the United States in the last six weeks, the Homeland Security Department said Thursday. The announcement of the gang sweep, part of an enforcement effort launched in 2005, comes amid a Trump administration effort to crack down on street gangs as part of a broader border security and illegal...

Miami, FL – Former CIA Captive Wants To Speak At Guantanamo Despite Risk

May 11, 2017 at 04:58 PM
Miami, FL - The first CIA captive subjected to what the U.S. government called "enhanced interrogation techniques" after the Sept. 11 attacks is choosing to testify about conditions inside the Guantanamo Bay detention center even if it could create legal problems for him later. The lawyer for the Palestinian known as Zayne Abu Zubaydah says in a letter released Thursday that his client wants...

Washington – Trump Launches Commission To Investigate Voter Fraud

May 11, 2017 at 04:41 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. The White House said the president's "Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" would examine allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter...

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