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New York – Soy ‘Milk’? Even Federal Agencies Can’t Agree On Terminology

July 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM
New York - Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture "fervently" wanted to use the term "soy milk" in educational materials for the public, according to emails recently released in response to a lawsuit. That irked the Food and Drug...

Trenton, NJ – New Jersey Lawmakers Reach Deal To End Budget Standoff

July 3, 2017 at 11:41 PM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey lawmakers said Monday they had reached a budget deal to end a partial government shutdown that became a black eye for Governor Chris Christie after he was spotted lounging on a beach that had been closed to the public during the holiday weekend. The legislation would likely be approved on Monday night and signed into law by Christie in time to reopen state parks and...

Israel – Israel’s Ambassador To The UN Guides Counterparts In Jerusalem ‘to Defeat Lies Spread At The Un’

July 3, 2017 at 11:39 PM
Jerusalem - Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon led nine of his counterparts on a tour of Jerusalem’s City of David on Monday as part of a visit to Israel organized by the American Jewish Committee. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat gave the diplomats a guided tour of the historic site, showing them the remains of the Shiloah Pool as well as numerous archeological findings, which, he said...

Albany, NY – Rare White Deer Herd Open To Public View Beginning This Fall

July 3, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Albany, NY - A rare herd of ghostly white deer kept mostly from public view for decades is no longer off-limits. The herd at a former World War II Army weapons depot in upstate New York will be available for public viewing through bus tours slated to begin in the fall. The dozens of white deer roaming the 7,000-acre Seneca Army Depot in the Finger Lakes have been tough to see for years...

Tampa, FL – Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Revisions Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

July 3, 2017 at 10:22 PM
Tampa, FL - A Florida state court judge ruled on Monday that recent changes to the state's "stand your ground" law are unconstitutional, finding that legislators overstepped when making it easier for defendants to argue self-defense to obtain immunity for violent acts. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Milton Hirsch said courts, not lawmakers, should set the process by which defendants can claim...

Oklahoma – Oklahoma City Zoo Celebrates Orangutan’s 50th Birthday

July 3, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Oklahoma - Oklahoma City's zoo is celebrating the 50th birthday of one of its most popular residents: a Sumatran orangutan named Toba. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden says Toba is its longest-living mammal and the oldest zoo-born orangutan in North America. She was born at a Berlin zoo in 1967 and arrived in Oklahoma City in 1975. Oklahoma City zoo primates coordinator Laura...

Westerbork, Netherlands – In Holland, The Nazis Built A Luxury Camp To Lull The Jews Before Murdering Them

July 3, 2017 at 09:31 PM
Westerbork, Netherlands - Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europe’s largest Nazi concentration camps. In the film by Breslauer, a German-Jewish inmate of the Westerbork camp in Holland’s northeast, prisoners are seen playing soccer enthusiastically in team uniforms, complete with a referee in a special...

United Nations – Haley Asks UN Not To Honor Palestine Request To Inscribe Hebron On World Heritage List

July 3, 2017 at 09:00 PM
United Nations - The United Nations should opposed the Palestinian Authority request to inscribe Hebron’s old city and the Tomb of the Patriarchs on the World Heritage in Danger list, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Monday in advance of Friday’s vote on the matter in Krakow, Poland. “The Tomb of the Patriarchs, which is sacred to three faiths, is under no immediate threat...

New York – Trump’s CNN Wrestling Video Traced To Online Anti-Semite, ADL Says

July 3, 2017 at 08:33 PM
New York - The anonymous Reddit user who is claiming responsibility for the altered video depicting President Donald Trump body slamming someone with CNN superimposed over his head has a history of racism, anti-Semitism and incitement to violence, according to the Anti-Defamation League. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a one-sentence email to a JTA request for a response to the ADL...

Washington – In Europe, Trump May Discover If 1st Impressions Stick

July 3, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington -President Donald Trump will learn this week whether he gets a second chance to make a first impression as he returns to Europe and has his first encounter with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Trump's first visit to the continent in May stirred anxieties among his European allies when he declined to endorse NATO's common defense treaty explicitly and scolded world leaders for not spending...

Washington – AP Exclusive: Security Of US Nukes Now An Official Secret

July 3, 2017 at 07:23 PM
Washington - The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of the safety and security of its nuclear weapons operations, a part of the military with a history of periodic inspection failures and lapses in morale. Overall results of routine inspections at nuclear weapons bases, such as a "pass-fail" grade, had previously been publicly available. They are now off-limits. The change...

Haifa Port, Israel – PHOTOS: Netanyahu Visits US Largest Aircraft Carrier Docked Off Israel’s Coast

July 3, 2017 at 07:03 PM
Haifa Port, Israel - It leads the United States’ war against ISIS and with 75 aircraft on its deck has the ability to carry out numerous combat sorties a day. On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the USS George H. W. Bush docked opposite the Haifa Port and became the first sitting head of state to visit America’s largest and most lethal floating war machine. The docking of...

Montpelier, VT – Source Of Allegation Vs. Sanders’ Wife Says Info Was Hearsay

July 3, 2017 at 06:34 PM
Montpelier, VT - A Republican lawyer who reported Democratic U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife to federal officials was passing on information he heard from a GOP lawmaker who said he didn't have direct knowledge of the allegations. The lawyer, Brady Toensing, sent letters to the U.S. attorney for Vermont and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. alleging that Sen. Sanders pressured a bank...

Hillsboro, OR – Suspect Killed In Attempt To Steal Helicopter At Oregon Airport

July 3, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Hillsboro, OR - An armed suspect was shot to death on Monday after attempting to steal a helicopter at an airport in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Oregonian newspaper reported. All arriving and departing flights were put on hold at the airport, about 15 miles northwest of Portland, the newspaper said. A Hillsboro Police Department spokesman confirmed to Reuters that there had been a shooting at...

Tel Aviv – Feeling Unwanted And Unwelcome, African Migrants Hit By New Tax In Israel

July 3, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Tel Aviv - Nine years ago, Teklit Michael fled Eritrea to avoid military conscription, survived a perilous journey across the Sinai peninsula and sought asylum in Israel. The 29-year-old Eritrean community organizer now works as a cook at a restaurant in south Tel Aviv -- alone, without family and in legal limbo, awaiting a response to his asylum request. Since May, Michael's life has faced...

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