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New York – Is It A Sick Day? Vacation Day? With PTO, It Doesn’t Matter

July 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - At small businesses this summer, many owners won't be trying to figure out whether employees will be counting it as vacation time, personal days or sick leave when they send texts or emails that say, "I'm not coming in today." A growing number of companies combine vacation and sick time into one bucket called paid time off, or PTO. Staffers decide whether they're going to use the...

New York – Visa Looking To Help Small Businesses Go Cashless

July 12, 2017 at 11:02 PM
New York - Visa is looking to push more small businesses into updating their digital payment technology, offering up to $10,000 each to 50 U.S.-based small business owners that are committed to going cashless. The program will focus on restaurants and food establishments, Visa said Wednesday, with the expectation that Visa will expand the program in the coming months and years to other...

Chicago – After Passenger Dragged, Chicago Says Police Will Handle Airport Incidents

July 12, 2017 at 10:27 PM
Chicago - Months after an online video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from a plane went viral and sparked global outrage, Chicago aviation officials on Wednesday said future airport disturbances will be handled by city police, not aviation security officers. The forced removal of a passenger on April 9 to make room for airline employees trying to fly to Louisville was "completely...

Washington – Alan Gross, After Spending 5 Years In A Cuban Prison, Is Starting Over In Israel

July 12, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Alan Gross contacted me a couple of months ago over Facebook Messenger. There was something he thought I should know. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d only exchanged pleasantries with Gross in the several times I’d seen him since his release from a Cuban prison in December 2014, ending five years of imprisonment for his work connecting Cuba’s Jewish community to the...

Brooklyn, NY – Man Convicted In Murder Case Freed After 21 Years In Prison

July 12, 2017 at 09:41 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A man who spent 21 years behind bars for murder was set free Wednesday after prosecutors abandoned his conviction, acknowledging they unfairly withheld information and jurors got misleading testimony about an eyewitness. Jabbar Washington, 43, broke into a smile as a Brooklyn judge dismissed the case against him. He had confessed but long since recanted in a deadly 1995...

Washington – Anti-Boycott Laws Made For Israel May Be Qatar Spat Factor

July 12, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - As the Persian Gulf crisis drags into a second month, a four-country boycott of Qatar is raising questions about whether American businesses that follow suit could unwittingly run afoul of U.S. anti-boycott laws. Under obscure tax and export provisions designed decades ago to protect Israel, U.S. companies can be punished if they accept a foreign country's demand to comply with a...

Brooklyn, NY – WATCH: Suspect In Custody After Second Williamsburg Burglary In A Month

July 12, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A Williamsburg man who was arrested just last month for a synagogue burglary has found himself on the wrong side of the law once again after being hauled in today by police in connection with a weekend robbery at a local housewares store. 27 year old Angel Rosales was arrested this afternoon by police at 12:35 PM near the Williamsburg Bridge and charged with burglary. A video...

Washington – Trump In Paris: The Curious Case Of His Friend Jim

July 12, 2017 at 08:04 PM
Washington - For all things Paris, President Donald Trump's go-to guy is Jim. The way Trump tells it — Jim is a friend who loves Paris and used to visit every year. Yet when Trump travels to the city Thursday for his first time as president, it's unlikely that Jim will tag along. Jim doesn't go to Paris anymore. Trump says that's because the city has been infiltrated by foreign...

Jerusalem – US Ambassador To Israel Sits In On Special Envoy’s Meeting With Palestinians, Marking A Policy Shift

July 12, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Jerusalem - The U.S. State Department characterized the inclusion of the U.S. ambassador to Israel in meetings with Palestinian officials as an “upgrading” in relations. David Friedman joined Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, at a meeting Tuesday with Palestinian officials in Jerusalem. The Palestinian peace negotiators reportedly requested that...

Berlin – Romanian Nazi Victims Now Eligible For German Compensation

July 12, 2017 at 07:04 PM
Berlin - About 1,000 living survivors of Nazi persecution in Romania are now eligible for compensation from the German government, an organization that negotiates with Germany on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis, said Wednesday The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Conference said Jews who survived the 1941 pogrom in the Romanian city of Iasi and...

Portland, ME – Maine Democratic Lawmaker Blasted For Threatening Post About Trump

July 12, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Portland, ME - A Democratic state lawmaker in Maine called President Donald Trump "a joke" and made a threatening remark about him in a Facebook post that drew a sharp condemnation by the head of the state's Republican party. "Trump was installed by the Russians, because they wanted to undermine American democracy and embarrass our country. Mission accomplished. Trump is a joke,"...

New York – Trump Jr.’s Russia Emails Could Trigger Probe Under Election Law

July 12, 2017 at 06:03 PM
New York - Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who had incriminating information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that could help his father's presidential campaign could lead investigators to probe whether he violated U.S. election law, experts said. Trump Jr. met the woman, lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, on June 9, 2016, after an email...

Kalkaska, MI – Michigan Official Stands By Call For Killing Of All Muslims

July 12, 2017 at 05:32 PM
Kalkaska, MI - A local official in northern Michigan refuses to apologize for sharing Facebook posts calling for the killing of "every last Muslim" and for nuclear weapons to be used on the world's 10-largest Muslim-majority cities. Jeff Sieting, the village president in Kalkaska, which is about 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, said Monday that he doesn't owe anyone an apology...

New York – NYC Launches $32 Million Plan To Reduce Rat Population

July 12, 2017 at 05:00 PM
New York - New York City announced a $32 million, multi-agency plan on Wednesday to reduce its rat population. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the plan will target rats in the Grand Concourse area of the Bronx; Chinatown, the East Village and the Lower East Side in Manhattan; and the Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant areas of Brooklyn. By September, the city will start installing solar compactors...

Washington – Trump On Putin: ‘we Get Along Very, Very Well’ – CBN Interview

July 12, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his lengthy meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit was a good sign and showed the two countries can work together on issues like the ceasefire in Syria where they share interests. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said: "I think we get along very, very well. We are a tremendously...

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