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San Francisco – Nest Labs Adds Doorbell That Can Recognize Familiar Faces

September 20, 2017 at 05:30 PM
San Francisco -  Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses. The products announced Wednesday expand upon the internet-connected thermostats, smoke detectors and stand-alone security cameras that Nest has been selling since its inception six years...

San Francisco – Facebook Tightens Ad Policies After ‘Jew-hater’ Fiasco

September 20, 2017 at 05:04 PM
San Francisco - Facebook is apologizing for letting advertisers use phrases like "Jew-haters" as a targeting criteria and for not noticing it until it was pointed out. The company is also tightening policies and tools that let businesses target advertisements to its 2 billion users, hoping to ensure that this doesn't happen again. The move follows a ProPublica report that found...

Washington – U.S. Attorney General Sessions Says Marijuana Still Illegal

September 20, 2017 at 04:16 PM
Washington - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown. "I've never felt that we should legalize marijuana," Sessions said in response to a question from a reporter during a press...

San Juan – As Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico, Synagogues Cancel Rosh Hashanah Services

September 20, 2017 at 03:01 PM
San Juan - Puerto Rico’s three synagogues closed for Rosh Hashanah as Hurricane Maria pummeled the island. The synagogues, all in or nearby San Juan, canceled Wednesday evening services for the Jewish New Year and urged members to stay home, according to The Times of Israel. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning after causing widespread destruction on the Caribbean island...

San Juan – Puerto Rico Dark As Maria Knocks Out Power, Triggers Flooding

September 20, 2017 at 02:54 PM
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years tore off roofs and doors, knocked out power across the entire island and unleashed heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. Leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria blew ashore in the morning in the...

United Nations – Abbas: U.N. Must Try To End Israeli Occupation ‘within Set Timeframe’

September 20, 2017 at 02:01 PM
United Nations - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations on Wednesday to pursue efforts to "bring an end to Israeli occupation of the state of Palestine within a set timeframe." Abbas, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, warned that if the two-state solution were to be destroyed, Palestinians would have no choice but to "continue the struggle and demand...

New York – Amazon Reviewing Website After Algorithm Suggests Bomb-making Ingredients

September 20, 2017 at 02:00 PM
New York - Amazon.com said on Wednesday it was reviewing its website after an investigation found that it could help users buy the ingredients to make a bomb using its "Frequently bought together" and "Customers who bought this also bought" features. Britain's Channel 4 News found the online retailer's algorithm was suggesting items that could be bought together to produce explosives on...

Paris, France – Killing Of Paris Jewish Woman Was Anti-Semitic Hate Crime, Prosecutors Acknowledge

September 20, 2017 at 01:10 PM
France - Prosecutors investigating the April slaying of a Jewish woman by her neighbor said for the first time that her killing was an anti-Semitic hate crime. The characterization by prosecutors Wednesday in the death of Sarah Halimi followed months of lobbying and protest by French Jews, who were outraged by the absence of aggravated circumstances in the indictment against Traore Kobili. The...

New York – Alexa, What Do You See? Amazon Said To Be Working On Glasses

September 20, 2017 at 12:33 PM
New York - Amazon is attempting to develop glasses that pair with Alexa and would allow users to access the voice-activated assistant outside the home, according to a newspaper report. The Financial Times, citing anonymous sources, says the glasses could be released before the end of the year. Amazon.com Inc., based in Seattle, did not immediately respond to a request for comment...

The Hague, Netherlands – Palestinian Rights Groups Hand Dossier On Israel To Court

September 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM
The Hague, Netherlands - Palestinian human rights lawyers have handed a 700-page dossier to the International Criminal Court, alleging that Israeli authorities are responsible for crimes including apartheid and persecution in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The documents submitted Wednesday are an attempt to provide evidence for an ongoing preliminary probe opened in 2015 by...

Paramus, NJ – Diamond On The Highway: Officer Comes To Driver’s Rescue

September 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Paramus, NJ - A police officer has come to the rescue of a New Jersey woman who lost her diamond engagement ring on a highway while changing a flat tire. Police in Paramus said Kimberly Garcia realized when she got home on Sunday that she had lost her ring after pulling over to change the tire. She went back to the highway that day with police, but they couldn't find the ring. For...

Tehran – Iranian Guards Chief: U.S. Must Suffer ‘painful Responses’ From Iran After Trump Speech

September 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Tehran - The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that the United States should experience "painful responses" following President Donald Trump's harsh criticism of Tehran at the United Nations. In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday Trump called Iran "a corrupt dictatorship" and accused it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East. He...

Washington – Kerry Charges Trump Speech To UN Was Too Harsh

September 20, 2017 at 10:21 AM
Washington - Former Secretary of State John Kerry says President Donald Trump's United Nations speech may have put America in isolation and danger. Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show Wednesday, Kerry criticized Trump's harsh rhetoric against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kerry said, "You have to ask yourself: Is America safer because of 'rocket man?" He was referring to Trump's...

United Nations – Haley Says Trump ‘Not Happy’ With Iran Nuclear Deal, But Won’t Abandon It

September 20, 2017 at 09:45 AM
United Nations - President Donald Trump does not like the Iran nuclear deal, but his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday did not mean that the United States would abandon the pact, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Wednesday. "It's not a clear signal that he plans to withdraw. What it is is a clear signal that he's not happy with the deal," Haley told CBS News in an...

Jerusalem – Israel Sending Rescue Team To Mexico

September 20, 2017 at 09:20 AM
Jerusalem - The Israeli military says it's sending a 70-member delegation to Mexico to assist with rescue efforts following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus is a military spokesman who says the delegation is expected to arrive in Mexico on Thursday morning. He says the delegation's main effort will be to provide engineering assistance. Some 25 engineers make up the...

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