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Miami, FL – Hurricane Irma Delivers Serious Punch To Florida Agriculture

September 12, 2017 at 11:45 PM
Miami - Florida fruit growers and farmers have just barely begun to assess the damage Hurricane Irma wrought on the state's citrus, sugar cane and vegetable crops — but they expect it will be significant. With power and communications still out across much of Florida, officials said Tuesday that getting a full picture will take weeks. What remains unknown: Exactly how much damage the crops...

New York – How Millennials Got A 6-figure Start On Retirement Saving

September 12, 2017 at 11:09 PM
New York - If you've read the latest headlines, you know millennials get a mixed financial rap. Some reports say they're throwing their money away on avocado toast and dining out, while others claim they're killing the earnings of restaurant chains by cooking at home more. Whatever you believe about their financial habits, some millennials at least are sitting on six-figure retirement...

New York – De Blasio Wins Democratic Primary For New York City Mayor

September 12, 2017 at 11:05 PM
New York - Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday handily defeated a crowded field of challengers to win the Democratic mayoral primary as he continued his quest for a second term as the leader of the country's largest city. With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had more than 74 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns. He had been widely considered the favorite...

Germany – Electric Cars Dominate The Buzz At Frankfurt Auto Show

September 12, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Frankfurt, Germany - Carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show are unveiling the low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes expected to hit the auto industry in the next few years. Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled a compact electric vehicle under its EQ sub-brand that showcases its efforts to make connected, electric...

California – San Francisco cites Russian diplomats over mystery smoke

September 12, 2017 at 10:30 PM
California - San Francisco's air board has cited Russian diplomats after smoke from fires wafted out of a consulate that was ordered shut by the U.S. government earlier this month. Spokeswoman Lisa Fasano of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District says her agency mailed the citation Tuesday involving the now-closed Russian consulate. The U.S. State Department ordered the Russian...

Buenos Aires – Argentina Turns Over Tens Of Thousands Of Holocaust Documents To Israel

September 12, 2017 at 10:01 PM
Buenos Aires - President Mauricio Macri of Argentina gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tens of thousands of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals. Digital copies of the documents — mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports — were delivered Tuesday in a box with five discs totaling 5 terabytes of...

New York – New York Tweaks, Renames Common Core Learning Standards

September 12, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Albany - New York education leaders have tweaked and renamed the Common Core learning standards in response to criticism over the way they were written and implemented. A Board of Regents committee on Monday approved the reworked Next Generation Learning Standards for English and math, with plans to fully implement them with the start of the 2020-21 school year. Education Commissioner...

Jerusalem – High Court Strikes Blow To Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrut-licensing Monopoly

September 12, 2017 at 09:01 PM
Jerusalem - The High Court of Justice struck a significant blow to the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on kashrut licensing Tuesday, ruling that restaurants and other food businesses can describe the kashrut standards they maintain as long as they make clear that they do not have a kashrut license. The ruling has given succor to the Hashgacha Pratit independent kashrut licensing authority...

Miami – A State Built On Air Conditioning Struggles Without Power

September 12, 2017 at 08:33 PM
Miami - In a state built on air conditioning, millions of Florida residents now want to know one thing: When will the power be back on? Hurricane Irma's march across Florida and into the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in U.S. history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers. It also shattered the...

Washington – U.S. Senator On Equifax Hack: ‘Somebody Needs To Go To Jail’

September 12, 2017 at 08:07 PM
Washington - A U.S. senator on Tuesday called for a criminal investigation of executives from credit bureau Equifax Inc <EFX.N> for stock sales after a massive data breach this summer, and said their actions were comparable to insider trading. The breach, which the company learned about in July but did not acknowledge until this month, also prompted expressions of concern from U.S...

New York – Your Money: Why You Should Freeze Your Credit Now

September 12, 2017 at 07:28 PM
New York - In the wake of the Equifax Inc data breach that has exposed an estimated 143 million customer records to hackers, consumer credit experts have been recommending freezing one's credit as a protection against identity theft. But most people will probably not heed the call as it is simply too hard. The process is cumbersome and can cost money, and you would need to approach it as a...

Gothenburg, Sweden – Neo-Nazis Plan To March Near Swedish Synagogue On Yom Kippur

September 12, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Gothenburg, Sweden - Jews in the Swedish city of Gothenburg were bracing for a neo-Nazi march scheduled to pass near the city's main synagogue on Yom Kippur. Community leaders said they will appeal a police decision last week that would allow the Nordic Resistance Movement to march during the Gothenburg Book Fair, when some 100,000 people will gather in the city for the largest literary...

Chicago, IL – Blagojevich Mops Prison Floors, Maintains Innocence

September 12, 2017 at 06:26 PM
Chicago, IL -  More than five years into his 14-year sentence on corruption convictions, Rod Blagojevich, who once held the highest office in Illinois, finds himself on cleaning duty at a Colorado federal prison. "I've been given the jurisdiction to sweep and mop two floors," he said in an interview with WMAQ-TV in Chicago from prison released Monday, along with an interview in Chicago...

Key Largo – FEMA Estimates One-fourth Of Keys Homes Could Be Destroyed

September 12, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Key Largo - Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the Florida Keys' farthest reaches Tuesday, while crews labored to repair the single washed-out highway connecting the islands and rush aid to Hurricane Irma's victims. Federal officials estimated one-quarter of all homes in the Keys were destroyed. Two days after Irma roared into the island chain with 130 mph winds, residents were...

Washington – Cruz Says Aide Inadvertently Caused His Porn Twitter Post

September 12, 2017 at 05:31 PM
Washington - Sen. Ted Cruz says an aide was responsible for the "like" that caused a pornographic post to briefly appear on Cruz's Twitter feed overnight. The Texas Republican and 2016 presidential candidate said Tuesday that several aides have access to the account and that one inadvertently posted the pornography. Cruz told reporters that "it was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent...

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