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New York – Apple Tops $800 Billion Market Cap For First Time

May 9, 2017 at 05:29 PM
New York - Apple became the first U.S. company to top the $800 billion mark in market capitalization on Tuesday, slightly more than two years after it crossed the $700 billion threshold. The iPhone maker's shares have gained 33 percent this year and almost 50 percent since the U.S. election in November, and the company now represents about 4 percent of the $21.7 trillion that makes up the...

New York – Paul Ryan Visits New York School Run By Charter Advocate

May 9, 2017 at 05:00 PM
New York - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has visited a prominent New York City charter school run by a Democrat who was briefly in the running to be President Donald Trump's education secretary. The Wisconsin Republican did not speak with reporters Tuesday as he slipped into the Success Academy charter school in Harlem. He also didn't acknowledge scores of activists who had assembled to protest...

Jerusalem – After 49 Years, Israel News Show Canceled Hour Before Airing

May 9, 2017 at 04:33 PM
Jerusalem - With an emotional signoff, Israel's longest running TV news program aired its last episode Tuesday after a sudden cancellation following a political battle with the prime minister. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the shutdown of the struggling state-run broadcaster is part of reforms to create a new replacement organization, but staffers and opposition lawmakers accuse...

New York – NYPD Uses Phone Apps To Ask Residents How They’re Doing

May 9, 2017 at 04:00 PM
New York - The New York Police Department is using phone apps to ask residents how they're doing. The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2qNQx4r ) says it's an offshoot of the department's CompStat facts-and-figures system. Commissioner James P. O'Neill is calling the tool a "sentiment meter." The system uses location technology to send out questions along three themes: Do you feel safe in...

New York – ‘I Signed Up For This?’ Reporter Scales Brooklyn Bridge

May 9, 2017 at 03:30 PM
New York - Rain is normally nothing more than a mild annoyance for a reporting assignment outdoors. But this was no normal day. I was supposed to climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. As the clouds gathered and the wind kicked up, I dropped my two small children off at a friend's wondering whether I was about to make them motherless. I drove over the bridge slowly, looking up, feeling...

Washington – AP Exclusive: US Wants Tally Of Haitian Immigrants’ Crimes

May 9, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Washington - The Trump administration is taking the unusual step of hunting for evidence of crimes committed by Haitian immigrants as it decides whether to allow them to continue participating in a humanitarian program that has shielded tens of thousands from deportation since an earthquake destroyed much of their country. The inquiries into the community's criminal history were made in...

Paris – President-elect Macron And His French Jewish Supporters May Be On A Collision Course

May 9, 2017 at 02:45 PM
Paris - French Jews may have voted en masse for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of France’s presidential elections, but that doesn’t make him their dream president. Like many other supporters of the 39-year-old former investment banker, who on Sunday became the youngest French president in recent history, Jews voted for Macron mainly to block his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen. The...

London – Knife Wielding Man Nabbed After Threatening Jews And Young Girls In Stamford Hill

May 9, 2017 at 02:27 PM
London - An unidentified man waving a meat cleaver and a large knife who allegedly threatened Jews in a heavily Jewish neighborhood in North London was arrested. The man reportedly tried to enter a kosher food shop during the incident on Tuesday but was prevented from doing so when staff locked the door, according to a statement issued by the London-based Campaign Against Antisemitism. He...

Washington – US Watched Russia Hack French Systems During Election

May 9, 2017 at 02:06 PM
Washington - The United States watched Russians hack France's computer networks during the election and tipped off French officials before it became public, a U.S. cyber official told the Senate on Tuesday. France's election campaign commission said Saturday that "a significant amount of data" — and some fake information — was leaked on social networks following a hacking attack on...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Hunger Strike Heightens Tension With Israel

May 9, 2017 at 01:34 PM
Jerusalem - A hunger strike by more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners over their treatment in Israeli jails has turned into a heated dispute over whether the leader of the protest secretly broke the fast, and whether Israel tempted him to do so. The strike, which began on April 17, followed a call by Marwan Barghouti, the most high-profile Palestinian in Israeli detention, for a protest against...

Reno, NV – Teen’s Plea For Free Wendy’s Nuggets Sets Retweet Record

May 9, 2017 at 01:01 PM
Reno, NV - A Twitter plea from a Nevada teen for a year of free chicken nuggets from Wendy's is now the most retweeted post of all time. Carter Wilkinson asked the fast food chain on Twitter last month how many retweets it would take for him to get free nuggets for a year. Wendy's replied, "18 million." Wilkinson's screenshot of the exchange has moved past Ellen DeGeneres' viral tweet from...

Johannesburg – 5 Lions Escape From A South African Wildlife Park

May 9, 2017 at 12:35 PM
Johannesburg - Officials in South Africa are searching for five lions that are believed to have escaped from Kruger National Park, the country's biggest wildlife reserve. The national parks service said Tuesday that a resident spotted the lions on a road in Komatipoort, a town near the park, on Monday morning. Parks spokesman Rey Thakhuli says the search is difficult because the lions are...

Washington – AP Source: Abedin Didn’t Send As Many Emails As Comey Said

May 9, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Washington - A top aide to Hillary Clinton did not forward "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop as FBI Director James Comey recently testified to Congress, according to a person familiar with the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server. Comey, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, provided new details about the email server...

Israel – Jerusalem Mayor Slams Turkey’s Erdogan: Come See Israel For Yourself

May 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Jerusalem - One day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that his government would work with the Palestinian Authority to guard against the “Judiazation” and occupation of Jerusalem, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat responded with a scathing rebuke. Erdogan, who recently won a major victory in his consolidation of power in the Muslim country, made the comments to Palestinian...

Seoul, South Korea – Liberal Who Favors Closer Ties With NK Claims Victory In South Korea Presidential Election

May 9, 2017 at 11:52 AM
Seoul, South Korea - Moon Jae-in declared victory in South Korea's presidential election Tuesday after his two main rivals conceded, capping one of the most turbulent political stretches in the nation's recent history and setting up its first liberal rule in a decade. Moon, a liberal former human rights lawyer who was jailed as a student by a previous dictatorship, favors closer ties with...

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