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New York – With Engines Whirring, Electric Car Racing Comes To Brooklyn

July 16, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - The roar of the engine was replaced by a furious whirring as the future of motorsports came to Brooklyn. Formula E took over part of the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook on Sunday, the second of two race days for the Qualcomm New York City ePrix. The Formula One-style, open-wheel cars reach speeds of 140 mph but only about 80 decibels, compared with 130 decibels for the cars...

Jakarta – Message Service Telegram To Shut Some Public Channels After Indonesia Ban

July 16, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Jakarta - Encrypted messaging service Telegram will shut down "terrorist-related" public channels, its founder said on Sunday, after Indonesia's government blocked access to the platform citing security concerns. Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, has seen a resurgence in home-grown radicalism, and has stepped up cooperation with its neighbors to stem a growing presence...

Jerusalem – Israeli Ministers Back Bill To Make Dividing Jerusalem Harder

July 16, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli ministers approved a bill that would make it difficult to divide Jerusalem in a peace deal. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved an amendment to an existing Basic Law that would require a majority of at least 80 Knesset members to pass a decision to give up land in Jerusalem. The legislation, which is supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his...

Los Angeles, CA – Oscar-winning Jewish Actor Martin Landau Dies At 89

July 16, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA - A publicist for Martin Landau says the Oscar-winning actor and star of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series has died. Dick Guttman said Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center. He had just celebrated his 89th birthday. Landau was the crafty master of disguise for the TV version of "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long...

Montreal – Quebec Court Awards Damages To Jewish Hairdresser Fired For Working On Shabbat

July 16, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Montreal - A Jewish hairdresser who was fired for refusing — against the orders of his Jewish boss — to take Shabbat off was awarded nearly $10,000 by a Quebec court for having his religious rights violated. The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal on Thursday ordered the payment by former salon owner Iris Grassy two years after she failed to compensate hairstylist Richard Zilberg, 54, $15,000 in...

Washington – U.S. Secret Service Rejects Suggestion It Vetted Trump Son’s Meeting

July 16, 2017 at 08:45 PM
Washington - The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president's son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign. Donald Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he met in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was told she might have damaging information about his father's...

Orlando, FL – Florida Driver Survives Crash When Metal Object Falls On Van

July 16, 2017 at 07:32 PM
Orlando, FL - A Florida man has survived a harrowing drive after a large piece of scrap metal fell from a tractor-trailer and crushed his van. The Florida Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar of Orlando suffered only minor injuries on Saturday when the metal fell from an interstate overpass and landed on top of his Pontiac van, smashing the roof. The metal became loose when...

Ramsey, NJ – New Jersey Beekeeper, Wife Hospitalized After Colony Attack

July 16, 2017 at 06:38 PM
Ramsey, NJ - Officials say a New Jersey beekeeper and his wife were hospitalized after the man's colony became aggressive and swarmed part of the town where the hive was located. Ramsey Police Chief Bryan Gurney told The Record (https://njersy.co/2ttH3Zo ) on Saturday it's unclear what angered the colony, but he was concerned and planning to subdue or destroy the bees. The town's Office of...

Tonto National Forest, AZ – Flash Flood At Swimming Hole Kills 7; More People Missing

July 16, 2017 at 05:43 PM
Tonto National Forest, AZ -  A flash flood barreled through a popular Arizona swimming hole where more than a hundred people were taking refuge from summer heat, killing at least seven people, leaving many more missing and forcing survivors to cling to trees in the rocky terrain, officials and a witness said. Meteorologists had issued a flash-flood warning surrounding a popular swimming area...

Trenton, NJ – Lawmakers: Public Cut Out Of Christie’s $300M Renovation

July 16, 2017 at 05:32 PM
Trenton, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie's administration sought to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to renovate New Jersey's deteriorating statehouse four months before the project was authorized, cutting out the public in a process a bipartisan group of lawmakers describe as "rigged," according to interviews and documents. The Christie administration put out a request for proposals for a...

Washington – White House Planning ‘Made In America’ Week

July 16, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Washington - Plagued by daily revelations related to the escalating Russia investigations, the White House is dubbing the coming week "Made in America week" as it tries to focus on issues that matter to the president's base. Speaking to reporters at a hotel near President Donald Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre said Sunday...

Boise, ID – Debate Over Use Of Jumbo Bomber As Wildfires Rage In West

July 16, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Boise, ID - A giant aircraft that can fly high above oceans on intercontinental flights instead jets in low and slow over a flaming forest, trailing a long plume that settles on the ground and creates a wildfire-stopping barrier. The operators of the Boeing 747 converted from a passenger jet into a firefighting air tanker say it has proven itself battling forest fires in countries outside the...

Seattle, WA – Robot Helps Passengers Through Seattle Airport Security

July 16, 2017 at 03:16 PM
Seattle, WA - A robot named Tracey greeted passengers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, providing tips to get them smoothly through security checkpoints. The red and white human-sized robot carries a large electronic sign and can speak to passengers in six different languages. Airport officials say the robot isn't designed to replace human workers, but to allow them to spend more...

Washington – Trump Lawyer Defends Don Jr. Meeting, Says Secret Service Allowed It

July 16, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Washington - One of President Donald Trump's personal lawyers defended a meeting that the president's son had with Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign, suggesting the fact that the Secret Service allowed the meeting showed it was not "nefarious." "Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in. The president had Secret...

Paris – France’s Macron Shares Israel’s Concerns About Lebanon’s Hezbollah

July 16, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Paris - France shares Israel's concerns at the arming of Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, President Emmanuel Macron told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their first formal meeting in Paris on Sunday. Tensions have risen between Hezbollah and its longtime foe Israel since Donald Trump became U.S. president with his tough talk against Iran. The Iran-backed group's rocket...

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