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New York – Larry King: I Never Saw Any Bias On Israel At CNN

May 7, 2017 at 11:24 PM
New York - Legendary journalist Larry King said in his 26 years at CNN, he never saw any biases for or against Israel in the network's news coverage. King received a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday at The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York from editor in chief Yaakov Katz, before taking part in a wide-ranging interview on his life and work. "I never saw anything anti-one side on...

Paris – French Jews ‘Relieved’ Macron Won But Worried Over Le Pen’s Electoral Gains

May 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Paris - Leaders of French Jewry expressed both relief over the defeat of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the presidential elections and concern over her receiving more than a third of the vote. Le Pen, whom the chief rabbi of France and the CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities have decried as dangerous to democracy and minorities, received 34.2 percent of the vote compared to the 65.8...

Beijing – Jared Kushner’s Sister Woos China’s ‘Golden Visa’ Investors

May 7, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Beijing - The sister of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been in China courting individual investors with a much-criticized federal visa program that provides a path toward obtaining U.S. green cards. Kushner's sister Nicole Meyer promoted One Journal Square, a Kushner Companies' development in Jersey City, at an event Sunday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai...

Washington – FDA Approves First ALS Treatment In More Than Two Decades

May 7, 2017 at 10:06 PM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp's treatment for fatal neurological disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), marking the first such U.S. regulatory approval in more than two decades. The drug, known chemically as edaravone, has been sold by Japan-based Mitsubishi Tanabe in Japan and South Korea since 2015. In the United...

Miami, FL – Two Shot Near Fontainebleau Hotel In Miami Beach

May 7, 2017 at 09:48 PM
Miami Beach, FL - Police are looking for a man suspected of shooting two people outside the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. The shooting happened about 9 p.m. Sunday on a ramp that runs between the hotel's main building and the Tresor Tower. Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said in a news release that the victims ran inside the hotel for help. Rodriguez says a woman had...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Unmanned U.S. Air Force Space Plane Lands After Secret, Two-year Mission

May 7, 2017 at 09:38 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said. The unmanned X-37B, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, touched down at 7:47 a.m. EDT (1147 GMT) on a runway formerly used for landings of the now-mothballed space shuttles...

Washington – Crumbling Roads And Bridges Bring Higher Taxes And Fees

May 7, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - For the first time in nearly 30 years, Tennessee will soon tax motorists more to fill their tanks. So will California, Indiana and Montana. Lawmakers across the U.S. have approved new proposals this year to pay for transportation improvements, including tax hikes, vehicle fee increases and bond packages. Those measures extended an existing trend to a new milestone: Two-thirds of...

Boston – Expensive, Grueling Fights In Store For US Special Education

May 7, 2017 at 08:10 PM
Boston - Lisa Connor felt her disabled daughter should have been making more progress in school, yet annual meetings with the district to set services and goals sometimes felt like a tug of war. A stroke had left Polina with a limp and vision problems, but there was always debate about keeping physical therapy, Connor said. Battles erupted over whether she should stay in public school or would...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Tosses Hamas Policy Paper On Israel Into Waste Bin

May 7, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday symbolically tossed into a bin a Hamas policy paper published last week that set out an apparent softening of the Palestinian Islamist group's stance toward Israel. In a document issued last Monday, Hamas said it was dropping its longstanding call for Israel's destruction, but said it still rejected the Jewish state's right to...

Jerusalem – Israeli Cabinet Committee Pushes Bill That Downgrades Arabic

May 7, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli Cabinet committee is pushing forward a bill that downgrades Arabic as an official language of the country. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted Sunday to present the controversial "nation-state bill" that states "the right to realize self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people." The bill has to pass several rounds of legislation...

Washington – Federal Home Heating Assistance Program Is Safe, For Now

May 7, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The federal program that helps low-income people heat their homes in the winter and, in some areas, cool them in the summer has been saved from elimination in the just-passed federal budget. While that's good news for people who used the program in the just-finished heating season, next year's funding will have to be negotiated by Congress as part of next year's federal...

New York – Sebastian Gorka Tells Jewish Audience He Is Not Anti-Semitic, Calls Israel ‘closest’ Ally Of US

May 7, 2017 at 05:00 PM
New York - Sebastian Gorka, the White House adviser accused of membership in a far-right Hungarian group, spoke to a largely Jewish audience, defending his pro-Israel bona fides and denying being anti-Semitic. Speaking at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York City on Sunday, Gorka rebuffed attacks against him but did not deny being a member of Historical Vitezi Rend, a far-right Hungarian...

Montreal – Floods Drive Nearly 1,900 From Homes In Canada’s Quebec

May 7, 2017 at 04:06 PM
Montreal - Flooding caused by unusually persistent rainfall has driven nearly 1,900 people from their homes in 126 municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec. National Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CTV Sunday that 450 troops are on the ground across the province and that number is increasing. Ontario also is seeing flooding. One of the hardest-hit towns is Rigaud, west of...

Belgium – Belgian Region Parliamentary Committee Votes To Ban Ritual Slaughter

May 7, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Belgium - A committee of the Walloon Parliament in southern Belgium has voted to ban the slaughter of unstunned animals, a requirement for both kosher and halal ritual slaughter. The environment committee of the Walloon Parliament voted unanimously on Friday for the ban, which takes effect on Sept. 1, 2019. The issue is set to be debated later this month in the Parliament’s plenary...

Illinois – Accident Involving Chicago Bus Leaves 4 Dead

May 7, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Illinois - Chicago police say four people in a car have been killed in a head-on collision with a city bus. Police spokeswoman Officer Michelle Tannehill says the accident occurred about 5:50 a.m. Sunday on the city's west side. She says the car was speeding and hit a parked car. She says the car's driver then lost control and the vehicle collided with a Chicago Transit Authority...

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