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Washington – Trump Officials Under Fire Over Vague Tax Proposals

May 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Missing from President Donald Trump's budget proposal this week was an annual report, known as the Green Book, that presidents have issued for many years to spell out their tax goals in detail, an omission that tax experts called telling. The Green Book, named for the color of its cover in recent years, is not that big a deal as a document, but its absence this year shows that the...

Orlando, FL – Lounges Vs. Lines: Testing Travel With And Without Perks

May 25, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Orlando, FL - Summer travelers may well find themselves stuck in long security lines and squeezed into cramped seats. For frequent travelers, or those who can and want to pay extra, perks are available including upgrades to first-class seats, airport lounges and free food. Are the benefits worth the cost? The Associated Press sent two journalists on a two-day visit to Orlando, Florida — one...

New York – Facebook Lenient On Blocking Holocaust Denial, Leaked Documents Show

May 25, 2017 at 10:30 PM
New York - Facebook requires its content moderators to take down Holocaust denial material in only four countries, including Israel, even though it is illegal in 14, according to a company handbook provided to the network’s moderators. The British daily newspaper The Guardian published information from leaked documents from Facebook on Wednesday, including from the moderators’...

London – Quiet College Dropout Turned Bomber: Who Was Salman Abedi?

May 25, 2017 at 10:00 PM
London - He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain's Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others. While some claim Salman Abedi had been banned from the mosque he attended for statements glorifying terrorism and his angry...

Brooklyn, NY – The Orthodox Version Of ‘Shark Tank’

May 25, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - At the opening of the most recent season finale of “Shark Tank,” the ABC reality show about startup entrepreneurs, a man posed in front of a group of investors, showcasing a business that combines drinking wine and painting pictures. At the beginning of a takeoff of “Shark Tank” in Brooklyn, an Israeli in a beige kippah, gray blazer, pink shirt and blue jeans stood...

Israel – Jerusalem Archeologists Unearth Evidence Of Ancient Battle For City

May 25, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Israel - To mark Jerusalem Day and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Nature and Parks Authority unveiled 2,000-year-old evidence on Thursday of the battle for Jerusalem on the eve of the destruction of the Second Temple. Speaking at a press exhibition at the City of David in the Jerusalem Walls National Park, Israel...

New York – NYC Urges Pregnant Women To Avoid Zika-affected Areas

May 25, 2017 at 08:22 PM
New York - New York City health officials are launching a campaign to urge women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to avoid travel to countries with the Zika virus, many of which are in the Caribbean and South America. Health officials on Thursday said 32 babies in the city have tested positive for Zika or have developed Zika-related birth defects. Officials say there has been no...

Exeter, NH – Oldest Employee Working At Supermarket Chain Dies At 96

May 25, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Exeter, NH - Arthur St. John, who at 96 was the oldest employee of a New England grocery chain and among its most beloved, has died. St. John died Monday at his home in Exeter, New Hampshire, the Brewitt Funeral Home said. He worked as a part-time bagger in the Stratham store of Market Basket for 26 years. He was the oldest employee working at any of the supermarket chain's 77 locations in...

Washington – Court: Trump Travel Ban Rooted In Intolerance

May 25, 2017 at 07:28 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries. In a 10-3 vote, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the ban likely violates...

Washington – NBC: Trump Son-in-law Kushner Under FBI Scrutiny In Russia Probe

May 25, 2017 at 07:07 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday. Kushner is being investigated because of his interactions with Russians, including the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, the Post reported, citing people...

New York – Protest In New York Over Palestinian-American Graduation Speaker

May 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - Dozens of right-wing demonstrators, including far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, gathered in New York on Thursday to protest a university's decision to invite a Palestinian-American activist to deliver its graduation speech next week. The City University of New York's (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, which will have its commencement on Tuesday...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM To Undergo Procedure For Kidney Stone

May 25, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office says he will undergo a medical procedure to remove a kidney stone. Netanyahu will be lightly sedated during the procedure Thursday evening, according to a statement. It said Zeev Elkin, a lawmaker from Netanyahu's Likud party, will be filling in as acting premier. Netanyahu's personal physician Zvi Berkovich is accompanying the...

United nations – Mother Of Slain Yeshiva Student Ezra Schwartz Tells UN Forum Palestinians Must Stop Paying My Son’s Killer

May 25, 2017 at 06:00 PM
United Nations - The mother of American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz, who was shot to death by a Palestinian assailant in the West Bank, told a United Nations forum that his murderer should not be rewarded. Ruth Schwartz said Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority pays a monthly stipend to Mohammed Abed Odeh Harub, who was sentenced by an Israeli court to four life sentences for the...

San Francisco – Some Uber And Lyft Riders Are Giving Up Their Own Cars: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

May 25, 2017 at 05:36 PM
San Francisco - Wally Nowinski got his first car when he turned 16 in Michigan, the home of the U.S. auto industry. But after two years of living in New York City, he sold his wheels, using ride services, carsharing and bike sharing to get around. “My mom didn’t think I could do it. She thought I would buy a new car in six months,” he said. But that was more than a year ago, and his car...

Los Angeles, CA – Animal Rights Group Appeals Decision Allowing Yom Kippur Chicken Rite

May 25, 2017 at 05:15 PM
Los Angeles, CA - An animal rights group is appealing the dismissal of a federal lawsuit against a Southern California synagogue for holding a pre-Yom Kippur ritual in which a chicken is swung by its legs and then slaughtered. Los Angeles District Court Judge Andre Birotte Jr. earlier this month ruled in favor of a request by Chabad of Irvine to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it in late...

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