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Washington – Trump Says He Should Not Have Picked Sessions As Attorney General: NY Times

July 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, according to a New York Times interview. "Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked...

Los Angeles, CA – Facebook Working On Way To Charge For Reading News Articles

July 19, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Facebook is working on a way for news organizations to charge readers for articles they share and read on the social network. Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, says the current plan is to require payments after reading 10 articles from a publisher through Facebook. Brown said at a conference in New York Tuesday that news organizations have been calling...

Geneva – Trump Is New Breed Of ‘Authoritarian Populist’: Rights Watchdog

July 19, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Geneva - Donald Trump is one of a new breed of leaders around the world who seek to use their democratic mandate to undermine the rule of law, the head of a legal and human rights watchdog said on Wednesday. Branding the U.S. president an "authoritarian populist", Saman Zia-Zarifi, secretary-general of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), compared him to the leaders of...

New York – Amazon Isn’t Technically Dominant, But It Pervades Our Lives

July 19, 2017 at 10:31 PM
New York - Amazon is already a huge part of many people's lives. And its $13.7 billion deal for the organic grocer Whole Foods will likely bind its customers even more tightly. "It kind of feels like they're taking over so much commerce in our life," said Erica McGivern, a Whole Foods and Amazon customer who lives in Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered. "It's intimidating." The...

Berlin – Israel’s Netanyahu Confident German Submarines Deal Will Be Signed

July 19, 2017 at 10:06 PM
Berlin - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he believed that a $2 billion submarine deal with Germany will be signed after a police investigation into corruption allegations in the affair is completed. A German government official said on Tuesday a signing ceremony for the deal had been put off, but gave no further details. The German Defence Ministry and Israeli...

New York – Wall Street At New Highs As Tech Breaches Dot-com Era Record

July 19, 2017 at 09:45 PM
New York - The major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs on Wednesday helped partly by technology stocks, which surpassed a long-standing mark, despite gains on the Dow being capped by a sharp drop in IBM shares. The S&P 500 tech sector < .SPLRCT> broke its previous record closing high that had held since March 2000 in the midst of the dot-com and Y2K tech stocks bubble. It has been the...

Washington – World’s Plastic Waste Could Bury Manhattan 2 Miles Deep

July 19, 2017 at 09:16 PM
Washington - Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there's enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study. Plastics don't break down like other man-made materials, so three-quarters of the stuff ends up as waste in landfills, littered on land and floating in oceans, lakes and rivers...

New York – NYC Man Gets 22 Years In Prison For 2015 Hammer Attacks

July 19, 2017 at 08:45 PM
New York - A hammer-wielding man who attacked four people including a police officer during a three-day string of assaults in New York City two years ago was sentenced on Wednesday to 22 years in prison, prosecutors said. David Baril, 32, pleaded guilty in May to attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer and multiple counts of assault in the second degree, Manhattan District Attorney...

Washington – Senator McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer: McCain’s Office

July 19, 2017 at 08:29 PM
Washington - U.S. Senator John McCain has a brain tumor and is reviewing treatment options that may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, his office said on Wednesday. The six-term Republican senator and 2008 presidential nominee, who is 80, has been recovering at home in Arizona since undergoing surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix last Friday to remove a blood clot from above...

Los Angeles, CA – Kosher Kush: The Orthodox-Approved Pot Brownie

July 19, 2017 at 08:15 PM
Los Angeles, CA - It has been nearly two years since Shifra and Alex Klein first began exploring medical cannabis to treat two of their children. When they realized how much the drug had changed their lives for the better, they felt the need to share their knowledge and expertise with the wider community. So a few months ago they opened Mitzva Herbal in Los Angeles, which offers marijuana...

Washington – Trump Declines Invitation To Speak At NAACP Convention: White House

July 19, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to address the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday. The White House did not offer any details on why Trump would not speak to the 108-year-old civil rights group. "My understanding is that the invitation has been declined...

Washington – US Complains To Turkey After Map Of Posts In Syria Published

July 19, 2017 at 07:37 PM
Washington - The U.S. military says it has raised concerns with Ankara over the publication of what Turkey's state-run news agency says is a map of U.S. military posts in Syria. Anadolu Agency published a map Wednesday showing 10 locations where it says U.S. troops are located. The posts span a stretch of northern Syria controlled by Syrian Kurdish forces that the U.S. supports but Turkey...

Washington – Just ‘Dessert’? Second Trump-Putin Chat Defied The Norms

July 19, 2017 at 07:21 PM
Washington - When is an impromptu, after-dinner chat more than just "dessert"? When you're President Donald Trump, and your confection companion is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Word of a second, lengthy conversation between the president and Putin earlier this month in Germany is adding yet another level of intrigue to Trump's entanglements with the Russian leader. Not only was the...

Land O’lakes, FL – As Florida Sinkhole Widens, More Homes May Be Evacuated

July 19, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Land O'lakes, FL - The Florida sinkhole that swallowed two homes last week isn't getting any deeper, but it's getting wider, officials said Wednesday. Because of the growth, residents of two additional homes in the neighborhood north of Tampa have been warned they may need to evacuate. They were told to gather their possessions in preparation of leaving, said Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County's...

Jerusalem – Israeli Orthodox Jewish School Teacher Gets 7 Years For Sexual Assault

July 19, 2017 at 06:23 PM
Beitar Illit, Israel - A teacher at a religious school—who was convicted of indecent assault on his students—was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison and two years of probation. Aharon Shlomo Lisson, 34, from Beitar Illit, was a teacher at an ultra-Orthodox middle school in the city. In December, he was convicted of sexually assaulting three brothers aged 13-15. The teenagers'...

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