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Austin, TX – Harvey’s Insured Losses Estimated To Cost Nearly $19 Billion

September 15, 2017 at 06:15 PM
Austin, TX - The nation's largest state insurance trade association estimates insured losses from Harvey at nearly $19 billion — and that doesn't count damage not covered by insurance. The Insurance Council of Texas says windstorm and other claims from Harvey will be worth nearly $3 billion. Approximately 250,000 damaged cars and commercial vehicles will trigger around another $4.75 billion...

Havanah – Pic Of Cubans At Dominoes In Irma Floodwaters Sparks Debate

September 15, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Havanah - As Hurricane Irma flooded the working-class neighborhoods behind Havana's seaside Malecon, a photographer for the Cuban Communist Party newspaper watched two men pulling broken furniture out of the calf-high water. Nearby four others sat on plastic chairs playing dominoes in the filthy water, which reached halfway up their legs to a makeshift wooden table balanced on their knees...

New York – Israeli Consulate In NY Evacuated After Death Threat Against Netanyahu

September 15, 2017 at 04:53 PM
New York - The Israeli consulate in New York City was evacuated after receiving a threatening letter. The consulate’s spokeswoman, Almog Elijis, confirmed that the building was evacuated Friday due to a threatening package and that the situation was under control, but did not provide further details. The Jerusalem Post reported, based on a source at the consulate, that the package contained...

London – UK Raises Its Terror Alert Level To ‘critical’

September 15, 2017 at 04:33 PM
London - British officials have raised the country's terrorism threat level to "critical' — meaning another attack is expected shortly. Prime Minister Theresa May acted on the recommendation of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center after the subway train bombing attack Friday at the Parsons Green station in southwest London. The analysis includes security services, police and government...

New York – S&P Closes Above 2500 For First Time, Helped By Tech

September 15, 2017 at 04:22 PM
New York - The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Friday, hitting the 2500 level for the first time, as technology stocks bounced back after two days of declines and telecommunications shares also rose. The Dow Jones Industrial Average < .DJI> rose 64.86 points, or 0.29 percent, to 22,268.34, the S&P 500 < .SPX> gained 4.59 points, or 0.18 percent, to 2,500.21 and the Nasdaq Composite < .IXIC...

Washington – Trump ‘Very Hopeful’ On Potential Mideast Peace Deal

September 15, 2017 at 04:06 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is expressing new hope in a potential peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians. Trump said during a phone call with Jewish leaders Friday, ahead of the Jewish High Holy Days, that the Jewish new year "offers a new opportunity to seek peace." He adds that he is "very hopeful that we will see significant progress before the end of the year" and says...

Tel Aviv – Israel’s Hollywood Envoys Hope TV Hits Will Help National Image

September 15, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Tel Aviv - A decade after its television industry inspired the American hits "Homeland" and "In Treatment", Israel is stepping up its entertainment exports, with a diplomat and a talent agent acting as its envoys to Hollywood. Though TV format sales account for a sliver of overall Israeli exports - $268 million, or 0.2 percent, in 2016 - they open another window into a country that has...

Gainesville, FL – Viral Cop Photo Removed Amid Complaint Against Officer In Anti-Semitic Post

September 15, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Gainesville, FL - A Florida police department has removed a widely-shared Facebook photo of three officers who had been praised for their good looks amid an investigation into a complaint against one of the men. Gainesville police say in a statement that several people have brought information to the department's attention regarding a complaint against Officer Michael Hamill, the bearded...

Moscow – Artists Revision Stalin’s Communist Utopia For Soviet Jews

September 15, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Moscow - Austrian artist Leopold Kessler has built a car ramp, strong enough to hold a jeep, leading up to the window of a Soviet-era apartment in Russia's remote 'Jewish Autonomous Republic' of Birobidzhan, envisioned by Stalin as a homeland for Communist Jews. Kessler says his work reflects the gap between rich and poor in modern Russia. In Moscow, elevators bring luxury cars to the...

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Turnpike Removing Call Boxes Due To Cellphones

September 15, 2017 at 02:08 PM
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Turnpike has begun removing more than 1,000 emergency roadside call boxes because too few people use them now that nearly everyone has a cellphone. The turnpike commission says it will save about $250,000 a year by removing the boxes, which should be gone by the end of the month. The boxes were installed in 1988 and in the year 2,000 motorists used them...

Albany, NY – NY Governor: Police Can’t Question Immigration Status

September 15, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Albany, NY -  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies or state officers from inquiring about or sharing a person's immigration status. The new rule bars state police and other state law enforcement agencies from asking about a person's right to be in the country when they're the victim of a crime or a witness. It also means state agencies won't...

South Korea – Hyundai Motor To Launch Genesis Midsize Sedan In US In 2018

September 15, 2017 at 01:00 PM
South Korea - Hyundai Motor will launch its first midsize sports sedan under the Genesis brand in South Korea next week and in the U.S. early next year, the latest attempt by the emerging Korean luxury brand to challenge BMW's 3 series and other European premium cars. The emerging Korean luxury brand however has no immediate plan to launch the Genesis brand in Europe or China. China has been...

Washington – Trump Demands ESPN Apologize For Anchor’s Tweets

September 15, 2017 at 12:34 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is calling on ESPN to apologize days after one of the sports network's anchors called him a "white supremacist" and "bigot." ESPN said Thursday it had accepted the apology of its "SportsCenter" host Jemele Hill for her tweets about Trump Monday. Hill said Thursday she was sorry for causing her employer trouble. ESPN has repeatedly said Hill's comments...

Jerusalem – After Irma, What’s Israel Doing To Prepare For The Hundred-year Earthquake?

September 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Jerusalem - Seven thousand dead; 9,000 wounded, mostly in serious condition; 30,000 buildings so damaged that they will no longer be inhabitable, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without a home and on the street where damage to infrastructure is estimated to reach up to NIS 200 billion. The result of a future war with Hezbollah? No. A nuclear attack by Iran? Also no. Instead, this is...

Washington – Trump Invites 11-year-old Boy To Mow Rose Garden Lawn

September 15, 2017 at 11:31 AM
Washington - An 11-year-old boy in khaki shorts and a red polo shirt got the lawn-mowing gig of a lifetime Friday when President Donald Trump put him to work in the Rose Garden. Frank Giaccio, who goes by the initials FX, was so focused on doing his job that he didn't even notice when Trump emerged from the White House to check out his work. FX, who lives in the Washington suburb of Falls...

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