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Washington – Trump Backtracks On Cyber Unit With Russia After Harsh Criticism

July 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday backtracked on his push for a cyber security unit with Russia, tweeting that he did not think it could happen, hours after his proposal was harshly criticized by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted. Trump said on Twitter early on Sunday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed on Friday forming "an impenetrable Cyber...

Warsaw – Poland To Buy Israeli-made Patriot Missiles

July 9, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Warsaw - Poland has signed a memorandum of intent with the United States to buy the Patriot missile system along with interceptor missiles from Israel’s David Sling missile defense system in a deal worth close to $8 billion. “A memorandum was signed tonight that the US government has agreed to sell Poland Patriot missiles in the most modern configuration,” Polish Defense Minister Antoni...

Rye, NY – Carousel Roof Catches Fire At Amusement Park; No Injuries

July 9, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Rye, NY - The carousel roof at the Playland amusement park in New York caught fire Sunday, but no one was injured and the historic ride was not damaged, officials said. Video posted on Twitter showed the area around the carousel blocked by firetrucks Sunday as crowds of people milled about in the distance. A white plume of smoke could be seen billowing over the roof as firefighters blasted...

Washington – Report: Trump Jr. Was Promised Damaging Info About Clinton

July 9, 2017 at 10:26 PM
Washington - Donald Trump's eldest son said Sunday he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer shortly after his father clinched the Republican nomination, hoping to get information helpful to the campaign. A New York Times report Sunday citing advisers to the White House briefed on the encounter said Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting after being promised information damaging to Hillary Clinton. The...

New York – NY Lawmakers Seek Protection For Undocumented 9/11 Workers

July 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - Four members of Congress from New York are proposing legislation to protect undocumented 9/11 rescue, recovery and clean-up workers from deportation. Queens Congressman Joseph Crowley and three other New York Democrats held a press conference Sunday at City Hall to discuss the proposal. The lawmakers say their legislation would allow undocumented workers who assisted at Ground...

Ontario, Canada – Food Distributor Fined For Sending Fake Kosher Cheese To Jewish Camps

July 9, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Ontario, Canada - A food distributor accused of sending cheddar cheese to Jewish summer camps falsely labeled as kosher was fined $25,000 by a court in Ontario. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency in May accused Ontario-based Creation Foods and its vice president, Kefir Sadiklar, with forging documents to make it seem as if the cheese sent to two strictly kosher Jewish summer camps was...

Washington – Former Ethics Director Decries Threat From WH Chief Of Staff

July 9, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - The former government ethics director says that a veiled threat made by the White House chief of staff was "really emblematic" of his interactions with the White House under President Donald Trump. Walter Shaub, who resigned last week, was referring to a comment made in January by Reince Priebus. Priebus had said that Shaub "ought to be careful" because he was "becoming extremely...

London – London Firefighters At Blaze At Popular Camden Lock Market

July 9, 2017 at 08:25 PM
London - The London Fire Brigade says about 60 firefighters are combating a fire at the Camden Lock Market, which is a popular tourist destination in the city's north. The fire service says eight fire engines were sent after the blaze broke out early Monday. There is no early indication of damage. London police say it not yet known if there are any injuries. A serious fire in 2008 kept...

Columbus, OH – John Glenn Airport To Hold Workshop On Flight Anxiety

July 9, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Columbus, OH - An airport named for one of Ohio's most famous flyers is planning a workshop to help people face their fears of airports and flying. Aviation and health professionals will lead the Facing Takeoff workshop, which will include a session on skills for managing anxiety. Participants also can practice entering a security checkpoint and boarding an airplane, if one's available. The...

Washington – Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Says No To Tax Hike On Wealthy

July 9, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday the Trump administration isn't considering a tax increase on wealthier Americans, knocking down a report that White House adviser Steve Bannon had floated the idea as a way to pay for tax cuts for middle-income taxpayers. "I have never heard Steve mention that," Mnuchin said. The administration is aiming to release its full tax plan...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Cheif Rabbi At Odds With Gov. Over Hungary Anti-Soros Campaign

July 9, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau has backed the Hungarian government in its defense of its anti-George Soros campaign, which the Israeli embassy in Hungary has insinuated is antisemitic. The posters depict the Hungarian-American Jewish billionaire laughing, alongside the words “Let’s not leave Soros the last laugh.” The government objects to Soros’s call for Hungary to allow...

Jerusalem – Liberman: No Breakthrough In Hamas Prisoner Talks

July 9, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Jerusalem - Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday there is no substance to reports that Israel and Hamas were close to a preliminary deal on the way to a prisoner exchange. “There are no contacts with Hamas; there is an ongoing effort to achieve the release of our soldiers and civilians held in captivity by Hamas. There is no breakthrough,” Liberman told the Galei Yisrael radio...

Miami, FL – FBI: Stolen Kosher Bakery Van Used In Miami Bank Heist

July 9, 2017 at 04:09 PM
Miami, FL - Zak Stern was just trying to distribute his regular deliveries of bread this past Thursday in Miami. But a bank robber stole one of the kosher restaurateur’s “Zak the Baker” vans – while the bread was still inside – and used it in a holdup at a local bank that day. According to the FBI, the “robber entered the bank, fired a weapon (at least twice), and demanded...

Wroclaw, Poland – Polish Former Priest Indicted For Inciting Hatred Against Jews

July 9, 2017 at 03:22 PM
Wroclaw, Poland - The prosecutor’s office in the western Poland city of Wroclaw issued an indictment against former priest Jacek Międlar for “public incitement to hatred based on religious and national differences.” He could face up to 2 years in prison. On Nov. 11, 2016, during the Polish Independence Day, Wroclaw hosted the “March of Patriots.” According to the prosecutor’s...

Phoenix, AZ – Jewish Family In Phoenix Leaves Anti-Semitic Graffiti Painted On House

July 9, 2017 at 02:15 PM
Phoenix, AZ - A Jewish family in Phoenix decided to leave anti-Semitic graffiti painted on their mailbox for all to see in an effort to raise awareness about the issue. Shoshana and Ari Simones of Phoenix found the graffiti, including a spray painted swastika and the word Jew, when they returned home from a July 4 trip last week. A neighbor had noticed the graffiti and taped a piece of...

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