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New York – Dow, S&P Notch Record Closes On Dimmed Rate Hike Prospects

July 14, 2017 at 07:15 PM
New York - The Dow and S&P 500 hit record highs on Friday after weak economic data dulled prospects of more interest rate hikes this year. A decline in financial shares limited the day's gains, even though JPMorgan Chase & Co and other big banks delivered quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations. Data showed consumer prices were unchanged in June and retail sales fell for a...

Boston – Should Police Be Allowed To Shame Suspects On Facebook?

July 14, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Boston - A driver mows down six mailboxes, slurs her words and tells police she has a lizard in her bra. Throw in a wisecracking police officer, and what do you get? A flippant post on Facebook, along with photos of the woman, and of course, her lizard. Not everyone is amused. Police departments are increasingly using Facebook to inform the community about what they're doing and who they're...

Miami – Florida Sinkhole Swallows Boat, 2 Homes; 10 Others Evacuated

July 14, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Miami - A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from 10 other homes on Friday. Dramatic video showed the home, north of Tampa in Pasco County, collapsing into the hole on Friday morning. The hole quickly grew to 200 feet (60 meters) wide — about two-thirds...

New York – JPMorgan CEO Shifts Topic To Politics From Financial Results

July 14, 2017 at 06:00 PM
New York - After JPMorgan Chase posted a record $7 billion quarterly profit, the last thing a contentious Jamie Dimon wanted to talk about Friday were his company's earnings. Instead, the CEO of the nation's largest bank vented his irritation with politicians and what he called gridlock that's preventing the economy from doing even better. Dimon, a member of President Donald Trump's...

Ligonier, PA – Patrol Vehicle Collides With Garbage Truck, Killing Trooper

July 14, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Ligonier, PA -  A marked police vehicle on routine patrol collided with a garbage truck early Friday, killing one state trooper and injuring a second. The crash occurred at around 2:20 a.m. as Trooper Michael P. Stewart was driving with a partner in the vehicle on Route 711, just outside Ligonier, in western Pennsylvania, state police said. Stewart's partner suffered a concussion, and the...

Detroit – Honda Unveils New Accord As Midsize Cars Fall Out Of Favor

July 14, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Detroit - The latest version of Honda's venerable Accord midsize car is lower, wider, lighter and sleeker than its predecessor, and the company says it's faster and handles better. But no matter how nice it looks, how well it drives or how big it is inside, it'll be a tough sell with U.S. buyers who are migrating by the thousands from sedans to SUVs and trucks. Honda is hoping the new...

Washington – 2 Pastors File Suit Against Coca-Cola Over Soda Health Risks

July 14, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Washington - Two prominent African-American pastors have filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages. They say soda marketing has made it more difficult to protect the health of their largely black, D.C.-based parishioners. The Washington Post reports the...

Akron, OH – Authorities: Texting Driver Strikes, Kills 2 Teen Girls

July 14, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Akron, OH - Authorities say an Ohio woman was texting on her phone when she struck and killed two 14-year-old girls with her car. Twenty-four-year-old New Franklin resident Natasha Boggs was arrested and jailed Friday. She's charged with voluntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving while texting and other offenses. Court records don't indicate if she has an attorney. Boggs is...

Csengele, Hungary – Hungarian PM Vows To Protect Jewish Rituals Ahead Of Opening Of Kosher Slaughterhouse

July 14, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Csengele, Hungary - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban vowed to protect religious freedoms in his country during a talk with foreign rabbis visiting for the opening of a large kosher slaughterhouse for geese. Orban, whose right-wing government is currently under heavy criticism by the Mazsihisz umbrella group of Hungarian Jewish communities for its campaign against the left-leaning Jewish...

United Nations – UN Chief: Jerusalem Attack Could Spark Violence

July 14, 2017 at 03:15 PM
United Nations - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is condemning the attack by three assailants in the Old City of Jerusalem that killed two Israeli policemen and warns that the incident has the potential to ignite further violence. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres urges everyone to "act responsibly to avoid escalation." He said the secretary-general welcomes Palestinian...

Sonoma, CA – Bill Goldman, 38, Historian, Philanthropist And Levi Strauss Heir, Killed In Plane Crash

July 14, 2017 at 02:41 PM
Sonoma, CA - William (Bill) Sachs Goldman, the scion of a prominent family of Jewish philanthropists in San Francisco and himself a board member of the the New Israel Fund, died in a crash of his private plane. Goldman, 38, was piloting the single-engine craft when it crashed shortly after takeoff Thursday from an airport in Sonoma, California. His two children and their nanny were on board...

Washington – Trump, Administration Press Republicans To Back Health Bill

July 14, 2017 at 02:25 PM
Washington - From both sides of the Atlantic, President Donald Trump and other administration officials lobbied Republicans Friday to support the Senate GOP's reworked health care bill, with the president saying wavering senators "must come through" to keep the measure from collapsing. But the bill, repealing much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, hovered near failure as Senate...

Detroit – Honda Unveils New Accord As Midsize Cars Fall Out Of Favor

July 14, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Detroit - The latest version of Honda's venerable Accord midsize car is lower, wider, lighter and sleeker than its predecessor, and the company says it's faster and handles better. But no matter how nice it looks, how well it drives or how big it is inside, it'll be a tough sell with U.S. buyers who are migrating by the thousands from sedans to SUVs and trucks. Honda is hoping the new...

Paris – French Jews Fume Over Omission Of Hate Crime From Indictment Of Jewish Woman’s Killer

July 14, 2017 at 01:39 PM
Paris - Leaders of French Jewry strongly criticized the absence of a mention of hate crime in the indictment of a Paris man who killed his Jewish neighbor while shouting about Allah. CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish community, used uncharacteristically harsh language in criticizing the indictment for murder filed by prosecutors Wednesday against Kobili Traore, who confessed to killing...

Bedminster, NJ – Trump Visit A Security Challenge At Women’s Golf Tournament

July 14, 2017 at 01:35 PM
Bedminster, NJ - Some of the best golfers in the world are competing in New Jersey this weekend, and they could be partly upstaged by a guy whose best finish was to win an age-group club title. Then again, he is the president — and it's his club. President Donald Trump's golf course is hosting this weekend's U.S. Women's Open. Trump was in France this week to celebrate Bastille Day and...

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