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New York – Approval Of President Trump Drops To Lowest Since Inauguration: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

May 19, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - Public approval of President Donald Trump has dropped to its lowest level since his inauguration, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, after Trump was accused of mishandling classified information and meddling with an FBI investigation. The May 14-18 opinion poll found that 38 percent of adults approved of Trump while 56 percent disapproved. The remaining 6 percent...

Jerusalem – Jewish Israelis Less Certain Of Trump’s Support For Their State, Poll Suggests

May 19, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Jerusalem - A poll in Israel about President Donald Trump suggested his popularity among Jews there has declined since he first took office. In the poll of 500 Jewish-Israeli adults conducted this week for The Jerusalem Post, 56 percent said they considered the Trump administration more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian. In January, 79 percent of respondents in a similar poll had said this...

Moscow – Russian Court Orders A 2nd Chabad Rabbi Deported This Year

May 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Moscow - For the second time this year, Russian authorities have ordered out of the country a foreign Chabad rabbi who had lived there for years. This week, a Moscow district court ordered Yosef Khersonsky, an Israeli who heads one of the capital’s communities, to leave the Russian Federation in connection with his “setting up without permission a for-profit foreign entity,” the RIA...

Washington – NYT: Trump Tells Russians Comey Was A ‘Nut Job’

May 19, 2017 at 05:16 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump told Russian officials at the White House that firing FBI Director James Comey relieved "great pressure" the president was facing from an ongoing probe into Russia and the U.S. presidential election, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing a document summarizing the meeting. "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump said...

Mooresville, NC – Church Sign Saying Muslims Responsible For 9/11 Draws Ire

May 19, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Mooresville, NC - Church signs often display innocuous messages such as "God answers knee mail." But a small Presbyterian church in North Carolina is drawing criticism for its provocative signs, including one this week that reads "19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans, Sept. 11, 2001." The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2rzddlD) that Lakeside Fellowship Presbyterian Church in...

New York – Fox Fires Panelist Beckel For Racially Insensitive Remark

May 19, 2017 at 04:30 PM
New York - Fox News Channel says it has fired prime-time commentator Bob Beckel for making an insensitive remark to a black employee. Beckel, who has been a liberal panelist on the show "The Five," was on his second tour of duty at Fox after being bounced in 2015 for substance abuse. Fox gave no details on the incident. But lawyer Doug Wigdor said Beckel allegedly left his office when a man...

Washington – Report: Russia Probe Has Trump Adviser Under Scrutiny

May 19, 2017 at 04:03 PM
Washington - A senior White House adviser is a significant person of interest in the law enforcement investigation of possible ties between Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia, the Washington Post said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The Post said its sources would not further identify the official, who was described as a person close to President Trump. The...

Washington – White House Says Trump Will Hold Off On Naming FBI Director

May 19, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Washington - The White House says the president will not announce his pick for FBI director before leaving Friday on his first foreign trip. President Donald Trump has been narrowing a short list and interviewing candidates to replace FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that no announcement is imminent. Trump had said Thursday he...

Ramallah, West Bank – Officials: Palestinians Injured In Clashes With Israeli Police

May 19, 2017 at 03:33 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinian officials say about 25 demonstrators were injured in clashes with Israeli forces during West Bank protests in support of hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners, now on the 33rd day of their fast. The Palestinian Health Ministry says five people were wounded by live fire and 10 by rubber bullets in several protests across the West Bank on Friday. A...

New York – Three People Still Critical After Times Square Car Incident: Police

May 19, 2017 at 03:00 PM
New York - Three people were in critical condition on Friday after a driver plowed into pedestrians a day earlier in Times Square, killing a young woman and injuring 20 others, police said. One of the three, a 38-year-old woman from Canada, was in very critical condition, Chief of Manhattan South Detectives Bill Aubry told a news conference. Aubry said results of drug tests on the driver were...

Rockland County, NY – Jury Finds St. Lawrence Guilty On 20 Counts Of Wires And Securities Fraud

May 19, 2017 at 02:55 PM
Rockland County, NY - After just a day and a half of deliberations, a jury has found Ramapo Town Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence guilty on 20 counts of securities and wire fraud. Journal News reporter Steve Lieberman tweeted the verdict just after 1:30 this afternoon from the federal court house in White Plains where the trial has been taking place. St Lawrence was found guilty on 12 counts...

Hartford, CT – Prominent Connecticut Rabbi Ordered To Pay $20M To Former Student Alleging Sexual Abuse

May 19, 2017 at 02:31 PM
Hartford, CT - A federal jury on Thursday awarded $15 million to a New Jersey man who accused a prominent Connecticut rabbi of repeatedly raping and molesting him when he was a teenager. Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Yeshiva of New Haven were ordered Thursday to pay the compensatory damages to Eliyahu Mirlis. Mirlis alleged in a lawsuit that Greer sexually abused him for three years while he was...

Jerusalem – Liberman Lashes Out Against Ultra-orthodox Incitement

May 19, 2017 at 01:45 PM
Jerusalem - Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman lashed out at haredi (ultra-Orthodox) incitement against the IDF Friday on his Facebook page. "The extreme incitement against IDF Major-General Moti Almoz, the IDF in general, soldiers and commanders -Is intolerable and crosses every redline," Liberman wrote. Anti-enlistment fliers have been hung by Ultra-Orthodox Jews comparing Almoz to Hitler...

Beirut – Syria Says US Airstrike Killed Several Soldiers Near Jordan

May 19, 2017 at 01:14 PM
Beirut - A Syrian military official said Friday that an aerial "aggression" by the U.S.-led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan the day before killed several soldiers and caused material damage. The strike was the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad and the development is likely to increase tensions...

United Kingdom – London City Airport’s Flights To Be Controlled From 70 Miles Away

May 19, 2017 at 12:30 PM
London - If you fly into London City in two years' time, air traffic controllers won't see your plane through a window but will guide it down from screens 70 miles away as the airport becomes one of the first in a major capital to use a digital control tower. Staff will monitor planes with the help of high-tech 360-degree cameras and sensors fitted to a newly constructed tower, with data and a...

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