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Washington – Pentagon Successfully Tests ICBM Defense System For First Time

May 30, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. military on Tuesday cheered a successful, first-ever missile defense test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a major milestone for a program meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat. The U.S. military fired an ICBM-type missile from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It then fired a missile to intercept it...

New York – New York’s 9/11 Memorial To Add Tribute To Rescue Workers

May 30, 2017 at 06:21 PM
New York - Thousands of workers who scoured the wreckage of the World Trade Center for the remains of the dead after the skyscrapers were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, will be recognized at the memorial in New York City, officials said on Tuesday. The tribute at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is expected to be a "commemorative space and walkway" in the Memorial Glade, a grassy...

Hoboken, NJ – Wal-Mart Works To Close Gap Between Itself And Amazon

May 30, 2017 at 06:01 PM
Hoboken, NJ - Even after an online spending spree, it may be hard for Wal-Mart to escape the Amazon in the room. Wal-Mart's acquisition of Jet.com and brands that appeal to younger shoppers gave it an e-commerce boost as it works to close the gap between itself and the online leader. The world's largest retailer is betting on essentials like fresh produce, and has adjusted its shipping...

Miami – Miami Megamall Is Biggest In US _ But Don’t Call It A Mall

May 30, 2017 at 05:27 PM
Miami - Call it retail-tainment. Just don't call American Dream Miami a mall. Developers are proposing a massive 6 million-square-foot (557,000 square-meter) project on the edge of the Everglades in bustling South Florida that would dwarf any other shopping mecca in North America, including Minnesota's Mall of America. Miami-Dade County officials could vote this fall to approve it, despite...

New York – NYC Subway Performer Attacked By Subway Dancers Using Hula Hoop

May 30, 2017 at 04:39 PM
New York - A New York City subway performer says he was injured after an attack by a subway dance group that was angry they didn't receive tips for a dance routine. Jean Loup Wolfman says he tried to calm down the dancers after they started threatening an elderly couple at the Union Square subway station on Monday. But his attempt to intervene led to the three unidentified dancers chasing him...

Washington – Medicare Plans To Replace Social Security Numbers On Cards

May 30, 2017 at 04:08 PM
th randomly generated digits and letters to protect seniors against identity theft. Planning for the massive transition has been underway for years. Beneficiaries and their families should start seeing changes next April, Medicare announced Tuesday. That's when the agency will begin mailing out new cards to more than 57 million elderly and disabled beneficiaries. They'll be instructed to...

London – BA Debacle Puts Spotlight On Airlines’ Old IT Systems, Cuts

May 30, 2017 at 03:24 PM
London - The catastrophic IT failure at British Airways that ruined travel plans for 75,000 people has raised questions about some older airlines' focus on costs to the detriment of investment in new computer systems. As British Airways resumed full service Tuesday, shares in its parent company, International Airlines Group, dropped 3 percent as investors appeared to worry that the company's...

New York – Urinating Dog Statue Briefly Placed Near ‘Fearless Girl’ Art

May 30, 2017 at 03:00 PM
New York - A New York City artist briefly placed a small statue of a urinating dog next to Wall Street's "Fearless Girl" sculpture as a form of counter protest. "Fearless Girl" was installed in March by a financial firm as a statement about the lack of women on the boards of big U.S. corporations. It faces the famous "Charging Bull" statue. The dog's sculptor, Alex Gardega, tells The New...

Brussels – Bang! Princess’ Shot Gives Belgian Prime Minister An Earful

May 30, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Brussels - Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has had to reschedule some less-pressing commitments after Princess Astrid fired the starting gun for a race in Brussels too close for comfort. Michel's office said Tuesday that his hearing was badly affected when the princess shot the gun for Sunday's Brussels 20K race with the prime minister standing next to her. The prime minister was seen...

Washington – House Intel Subpoenas Trump’s Personal Attorney

May 30, 2017 at 02:16 PM
Washington - The House intelligence committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia's election meddling and contacts with the Trump campaign, according to a congressional aide. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal committee matters. Cohen, a longtime attorney for the Trump...

Washington – Trump’s Hebrew Translator Lets The President’s Words Speak For Themselves

May 30, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Washington - A San Francisco teacher hired to translate into Hebrew President Trump’s “not very eloquent” (as she puts it) speeches last week in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem said she isn’t proud to be working for this administration and promised “my students get preference, especially over this particular president.” Merav Rozenblum, a Hebrew teacher at Jewish Community High School...

Bernards Township, NJ – NJ Town That Denied Mosque Permit To Pay Islamic Group $3.25M

May 30, 2017 at 01:38 PM
Bernards Township, NJ - A New Jersey town will pay an Islamic group $3.25 million to settle a lawsuit over its denial of a permit to build a mosque, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Under the settlement, the group will be allowed to build the mosque and the town agreed to limit the zoning restrictions placed on houses of worship. The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge sued...

Jerusalem – State Attorney Bans Haredi Protests Outside IDF Officers’ Homes

May 30, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Jerusalem - The State Attorney has informed Chief of Police Roni Alsheich he is entitled to ban protests by extremist haredi activists outside the private houses of IDF personnel. The letter was issued on Monday against a background of a vitriolic and often violent campaigns by radicals from the haredi community against haredi men who enlist in the IDF and IDF personnel involved in attracting...

Jersey City, NJ – Navy SEAL Killed In Fleet Week Parachute Accident Identified

May 30, 2017 at 12:46 PM
Jersey City, NJ - A Navy SEAL who fell to his death when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River has been identified as a 27-year-old Colorado man. The accident that killed Remington J. Peters occurred Sunday at Liberty State Park, a large New Jersey park across from Manhattan where people catch ferries to see the Statue of Liberty. Peters...

Shanghai – US Senator Calls For Probe Into Promotion Of Kushner Cos Deal

May 30, 2017 at 12:18 PM
Shanghai - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has called for an investigation into "potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations" made by companies promoting investment in a property development involving the family company of White House advisor Jared Kushner. Citing a May 12 report by Reuters, Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa, requested a review of...

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