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Washington – Schumer Wants Investigation Into Fast Food Packaging

July 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Sen. Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should launch a formal investigation into the health consequences of chemicals used in fast food packaging. The New York Democrat on Sunday released a letter he sent to the head of the agency asking for the investigation into phthalates, which are used in plastics to make them more flexible. Some phthalates have been...

Buenos Aires – Argentina Delivers Thousands Of WWII-era Documents To US Holocaust Museum

July 30, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Buenos Aires - The Argentine Foreign Ministry delivered to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington a series of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals. The digital copies of the documents delivered are mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports, totaling almost 40,000 documents. An agreement for this transfer was signed...

Washington – US Says Cuts To Staff In Russia ‘Uncalled For’

July 30, 2017 at 10:32 PM
Washington - The U.S. State Department is calling Russia's decision to cut hundreds from its diplomatic staff in Russia "a regrettable and uncalled for act." On Friday, Russian's Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction by Sept. 1 in the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia. The order came as a response to new sanctions approved by the U.S. Congress and sent to U.S. President Donald Trump...

Brooklyn, NY – Audio: In Tearful Interview, Father Of Chasidic Overdose Victim Says Jewish Educational System Is Failing Weaker Students

July 30, 2017 at 09:16 PM
Brooklyn, NY - With Tisha B’av just hours away, many of us have difficulty relating to the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash hundreds of years ago. There is no doubt that the loss of the holiest place in the world should touch us deeply, but the passage of time has dulled the pain that we as a nation feel over the devastation wrought in Jerusalem so many centuries ago. Yet today we...

London – Sunday Times Columnist Fired For Column Containing Anti-Semitic References

July 30, 2017 at 09:00 PM
London - A columnist for the London-based Sunday Times was fired for a column in which he made anti-Semitic references. Earlier on Sunday, the newspaper had removed the column over the BBC’s gender pay gap by Kevin Myers, a columnist for the Ireland edition, and apologized, calling it “unacceptable.” Myers had noted that two of the BBC’s best-paid female presenters, Claudia...

Washington – Republicans Call On New Trump Chief Of Staff To Fix White House Chaos

July 30, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Republicans on Sunday urged President Donald Trump's new chief of staff John Kelly to rein in the chaos within the White House on Monday but said the retired Marine Corps general will be challenged to assert control. In his first six months in office, Trump has upended White House convention with a loose decision-making style and an open-door policy to his Oval Office for...

St. Louis – Cellphone Service Could Be Spotty For Rural Eclipse-watchers

July 30, 2017 at 07:01 PM
St. Louis  - If you plan to livestream next month's solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots, here's a thought: Keep your phone in your pocket, put on your paper shades and just enjoy the celestial wonder. The Aug. 21 solar eclipse, when passage of the moon completely blocks out the sun, will be seen first in Oregon and cut diagonally across 14 states to South Carolina. It will be...

Washington – U.S. Calls Venezuela Vote A ‘sham,’ Says Will Not Accept Result

July 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Washington - The election for a new constitutional super-body being held in Venezuela under President Nicolas Maduro is a "step toward dictatorship" and the United States will not accept an illegitimate government in Caracas, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday. Haley offered Washington's first official response to Sunday's ballot as deadly protests rocked...

Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Governor Signs Anti-BDS Legislation

July 30, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law legislation that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. The bill signed by the governor on Thursday requires divestment from, and prohibits state agencies from contracting with, companies that boycott Israel. Earlier this month, the bill passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of...

San Salvador, El Salvador – For Sessions, Being Attorney General Is Chance To Make Mark

July 30, 2017 at 05:00 PM
San Salvador, El Salvador -  America's top law enforcement officer wandered through a Salvadoran jail, sizing up the tattooed gang members who sat with their backs to him on the concrete floors of their cells. His soft voice was barely audible over the downpour pelting the tin roof as he spoke to the local police. In the midst of a week when his role — and future — in President Donald...

New York – U.S. ‘Done Talking’ About North Korea, China Must Act: U.N. Envoy

July 30, 2017 at 04:30 PM
New York - The United States is "done talking about North Korea" and China is aware they must act, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday after North Korea fired its second long-range missile this month and amid a push by Washington to impose stronger U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang. "Done talking about North Korea. China is aware they must act. Japan and South Korea must...

Moscow – Putin Says Russia To Expel 755 U.S. Diplomatic Staff, More Measures Possible

July 30, 2017 at 03:39 PM
Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Russia will expel 755 U.S. diplomatic staff and could consider imposing additional measures against the United States as a response to new U.S. sanctions, although not for now. Moscow ordered the United States on Friday to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two U.S. diplomatic properties after the U.S. House of Representatives and...

Albany, NY – Ticks To Go Under NY Legislative Microscope

July 30, 2017 at 03:17 PM
Albany, NY - Two New York state senators say they want to know if the state is doing all it can to confront tick-borne illnesses. Republicans Sue Serino and Kemp Hannon say they plan to call hearings later this summer to focus on the state's response to illnesses like Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Powassan virus. The senators say new cases of Lyme disease are being found throughout the...

Istanbul, Turkey – Tens Of Thousands Protest Against Israel’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Measures

July 30, 2017 at 01:56 PM
Istanbul, Turkey - Tens of thousands of people gathered in Turkey to denounce Israel following widespread clashes over security measures at a holy site in Jerusalem. Protesters waved Turkish and Palestinian flags Sunday at the "Great Jerusalem Meeting" in Istanbul called by the Felicity Party. A jingle with the lyric "Hit, hit Zionists" played. The Islamist party's leader, Temel...

Washington – Deadly Crashes Spur Calls For Tractor-trailer Side Guards

July 30, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Washington - Fifty years after actress Jayne Mansfield died in a Buick that slammed underneath a tractor-trailer, auto safety advocates say regulations inspired by that gruesome crash need updating to prevent hundreds of similar deaths annually. "We're asking Congress to pass a bill that would mandate comprehensive underride protection, not only on tractor-trailers but on single-unit trucks,"...

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