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New York – No Trump Slump In Tourism But There Could Be A Trump Bump

July 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM
New York - Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a "Trump slump" in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. There might even be a "Trump bump," says Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, a nonprofit representing...

Washington – McConnell Concedes Drive To Erase, Replace Obama Health Law Has Failed; Plans Repeal Vote, 2-year Delay For Substitute

July 17, 2017 at 11:57 PM
Washington - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, facing defeat on his "Obamacare" replacement, says he will push the Senate to pass a clean repeal bill. The Republican leader made the announcement in a statement that came a few hours after two Republican senators dealt a fatal blow to the replacement bill unveiled last Thursday. Sens. Jerry Moran and Mike Lee joined two other senators in...

New York – Animal Welfare Group Drops Push For NYC Carriage Horse Ban

July 17, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - An animal welfare group that helped make carriage horses a focus of New York City's 2013 mayoral election says it has given up on efforts to get the practice banned. Leaders of NYCLASS tell the Daily News (http://nydn.us/2tjuMvj ) they'll focus on other changes. They still hope to end carriage rides through Times Square and limit them to Central Park. They also want to get...

London – See This? Doctors Find 27 Contact Lenses In Woman’s Eye

July 17, 2017 at 11:00 PM
London - Doctors intending to perform cataract surgery on a 67-year-old woman in Britain found something rather unexpected: 17 contact lenses mashed together in her right eye. In a case report published Monday in the journal BMJ, the doctors said that the woman had worn monthly disposable contact lenses for 35 years; she had "deep set eyes" and poorer vision in that eye, which they said might...

Detroit – Tesla Driver Denies Autopilot System Caused Minnesota Crash

July 17, 2017 at 10:33 PM
Detroit -  A Tesla driver says his car's partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn't responsible for a crash in Minnesota, despite what he initially told investigators. In its police report obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said David Clark, 58, blamed Autopilot for a crash Saturday evening in Hawick, Minnesota. Clark initially told deputies...

Warsaw, Poland – British Royals Feted On Visit To Poland With Their Children, Make Stop At Warsaw Uprising Memorial

July 17, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Warsaw, Poland - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception in Poland on Monday where Prince William read out a letter from Queen Elizabeth II praising good bilateral ties, at the start of a two-country goodwill trip intended to underscore Britain's intention to maintain friendly relations with the European Union after Brexit. From Warsaw's airport, the royal couple was driven in a...

Jerusalem – Ancient Roman Amphitheater In Caesarea Sold To Foreign Buyer

July 17, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Jerusalem - The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Israel has secretly sold the ancient Roman amphitheater and hippodrome in the coastal city of Caesarea to an anonymous foreign buyer. Some 172 acres of land, including a large chunk designated as a historic national park, were sold to the Saint Ventures Limited holding company, which is registered in the Caribbean, Israel’s Channel 2 news...

Trenton, NJ – Christie Says He’d Smack Cuomo Over ‘Summer Of Hell’ Remark

July 17, 2017 at 09:15 PM
Trenton, NJ -  Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'd "smack" Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) for predicting a "summer of hell" as part of track repairs at the nation's busiest rail station. Christie chided Cuomo on Monday at an unrelated event in Gladstone for predicting Amtrak work at New York's Penn Station would be a nightmare for commuters. The first...

Jerusalem – Oregon-born Immigrant To Israel Giving Tours Of Hamas Tunnels

July 17, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Capt. Libby Weiss spent most of the summer of 2014 in a Hamas tunnel, and she wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Israel’s military captured the tunnel, which extended from Gaza into Israel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, during Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza. As a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces, Weiss was tasked with showing the tunnel to...

Jerusalem, – New Labor Leader Gabbay Reaches Out To The World

July 17, 2017 at 08:36 PM
Jerusalem - A week after winning the leadership of the Labor Party, Avi Gabbay began efforts Monday to build the relationship of him and the party with the international community. Gabbay’s predecessor, Isaac Herzog, came into the job with strong diplomatic experience and connections that Gabbay lacks. But Gabbay is not content with ignoring world leaders and international forums like MK...

Paris – 6 Reasons Why Macron’s Speech About The Holocaust In France Was Groundbreaking

July 17, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Paris - It wasn’t the first time that a French president acknowledged his nation’s Holocaust-era guilt, but Emmanuel Macron’s speech Sunday was nonetheless groundbreaking in format, content and style. Delivered during a ceremony at the Vel d’Hiv Holocaust memorial monument exactly 75 years after French police officers rounded up 13,152 Jews there for deportation to Nazi death camps...

Washington – White House Briefing Is Off-camera Again

July 17, 2017 at 07:45 PM
Washington - Cameras remained off Monday at the White House press briefing on orders of the Trump administration, sidelining one of daytime television's most popular features on the same day that ABC announced new digital programming tied to it. The last on-camera White House briefing was on June 29. Following rules set by the White House, news networks only began airing press secretary...

New York – Cuomo, De Blasio Join Forces To Fight GOP Health Care Bill

July 17, 2017 at 07:26 PM
New York - New York state's top Democrats are teaming up to fight the GOP health care bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie spoke out against the bill at a rally Monday in the city. Cuomo and Schneiderman said the state will challenge the bill in court if it passes Congress. They said they...

Nassau County, NY – Roger Waters Concert On Long Island Violates Anti-BDS Law, Says Orthodox Jewish Lawmaker

July 17, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Nassau County, NY - Allowing BDS proponent Roger Waters to perform at a Long Island arena violates a local law against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a Nassau County lawmaker said. Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman, is scheduled to appear at the Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 15 and 16. The lawmaker, Howard Kopel, asked the county attorney last week to determine...

Gladstone, NJ – Christie: Getting Russian Oppo Research ‘Probably’ Illegal

July 17, 2017 at 06:37 PM
Gladstone, NJ - Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday addressed Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney, saying it's "probably against the law" to get opposition research for his father's presidential campaign from a foreign country. But Christie, a friend and adviser to President Donald Trump, said that it's too early be "jumping to conclusions" and that there's no evidence...

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