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Tel Aviv – These Photos Of Holocaust Survivors From The SS Exodus Are Incredible

September 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Tel Aviv - In the summer of 1947, when the British turned away the SS Exodus from the shores of Palestine, the world was watching. Before the eyes of the international media, British troops violently forced the ship's passengers -- most of them Holocaust survivors -- onto ships back to Europe. The resulting reports helped turn public opinion in favor of the Zionist movement and against...

Washington – Zinke: One-third Of Interior Employees Not Loyal To Trump

September 25, 2017 at 11:26 PM
Washington - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department's regulatory culture to be more business friendly. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, "I got 30 percent of the crew...

New York – How Does That Sofa Look In My House? Lowe’s App Can Show You

September 25, 2017 at 11:01 PM
New York - Lowe's will launch an app early next month that will use augmented reality to make it easier to envision what a piece of furniture will look like in your home or office. Users will be able to use smartphones to view digital images of furnishings at scale in whichever room they wish, the company said Monday. The app will include the ability to rotate the images, or duplicate...

Djerba, Tunisia – In Tunisia, An Ancient Jewish Community Braves Uncertain Future

September 25, 2017 at 10:33 PM
Djerba, Tunisia - Anticipating the sun’s rapid ascent in the African skies, six barefoot men align themselves early in the morning in a drafty corridor of the still-cool interior of Africa’s oldest synagogue. Casually humming a biblical hymn in Hebrew, they and an Israeli journalist hold off on holiday prayers in the hope of performing them in a minyan -- the quorum of 10 Jewish men that...

Washington – Some Trump Advisers Used Private Email For Government Business: NY Times

September 25, 2017 at 10:19 PM
Washington - At least six close advisers to President Donald Trump, including former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former chief strategist Steve Bannon, occasionally used private email addresses for government business, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing current and former officials. During Trump's 2016 election campaign, the Republican attacked Democratic rival Hillary Clinton...

Gothenburg, Sweden – Swedish Court Moves Neo-Nazi March On Yom Kippur Away From Synagogue

September 25, 2017 at 10:03 PM
Gothenburg, Sweden - A court in Sweden has rerouted a neo-Nazi march on Yom Kippur farther away from a synagogue. The Gothenburg administrative court ruling concerning the Sept. 30 march by the far-right Nordic Resistance Movement overrode the suggested route by police. The court also shortened the route. The group had initially wanted to march on the main streets of Gothenburg, but the...

Washington – Trump Directs Ed Secretary To Prioritize Computer Science

September 25, 2017 at 09:33 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday directed his education secretary to prioritize science and technology education and spend at least $200 million annually on competitive grants so schools can broaden access to computer science education in particular. During an Oval Office appearance, where he was surrounded by students from local schools, Trump said more than half of U.S. high...

United Nations – UN Envoy Says Israel Ignoring UN Demand To Halt Settlements

September 25, 2017 at 09:22 PM
United Nations - Israel is not complying with a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a halt to all settlement activity and instead is continuing to expand settlements, making a two-state solution "increasingly unattainable," the U.N. envoy for the Mideast said Monday. Nickolay Mladenov told the council that in the three months since June 20 Israel's settlement activity "continued at a...

Washington – Ex-CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson Retweets Anti-Semitic Article, Quits Anti-war FoundaTion

September 25, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson resigned from the board of an anti-war foundation after retweeting an article accusing American Jews of pushing the U.S. into a war with Iran. Wilson, whose paternal grandfather was Jewish, made the announcement on Sunday about leaving the the Ploughshares Fund in a series of tweets. “Actions have consequences, and while I have been...

New York – Black Detectives: NYPD Didn’t Promote Us Because Of Race

September 25, 2017 at 08:30 PM
New York - Three black detectives in the New York Police Department's intelligence division filed a federal lawsuit against the department on Monday, saying they were denied promotions because of their race and that lesser-qualified white officers were promoted instead. The detectives joined the unit, which is responsible for investigating terrorism and other crimes, in 2001. They said they...

Key West, FL – Irma Recovery: Florida Keys Will Open To Visitors Oct. 1

September 25, 2017 at 08:02 PM
Key West, Fl - Florida Keys officials say the island chain hit hard by Hurricane Irma will reopen to tourists Oct. 1. Officials made their announcement Monday, more than two weeks after the Category 4 storm made landfall in the Florida Keys. The storm destroyed an estimated 25 percent of homes on the islands. Florida Keys officials asked visitors to postpone their trips after the storm...

Philadelphia – Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Visits Philly, Orders Cheesesteak Like A Local

September 25, 2017 at 07:32 PM
Philadelphia - When Mark Zuckerberg comes to Philadelphia, he does as Philadelphians do. The Facebook CEO on Sunday posted a picture of himself ordering a cheesesteak at one of the city's most well-known eateries. The caption reads: "Traveled all the way to Philadelphia for the best cheesesteak in the land." Employees of The Original Pat's King of Steaks say the tech billionaire even...

Jerusalem – Israel Premier Congratulates Merkel, Ignores AfD

September 25, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister has congratulated Chancellor Angela Merkel on securing a fourth term while not mentioning the rise of a far-right party in Germany's election. Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Merkel's win on Monday in a toast for the Jewish New Year. He made no mention of Alternative for Germany, or AfD, winning seats in parliament. Major Jewish groups have expressed alarm...

New York – NBC’s Megyn Kelly Says She’s ‘Done With Politics’

September 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - Megyn Kelly made her debut as an NBC morning TV host on Monday with the declaration that she's "kind of done with politics for now." The former Fox News Channel anchor was in the thick of it during the 2016 presidential campaign, most notably when then-candidate Donald Trump turned on her following her sharp questioning of him in a debate. She joked at the beginning of "Megyn...

Mexico City – In Mexico, $2 Per Hour Workers Make $40,000 SUVs

September 25, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Mexico City - Auto worker Ivan Flores spends his days transporting parts for U.S.-bound Audi SUVs at a plant in central Mexico, but he laughs when asked if he could ever buy one of the $40,000 Q5 SUVs the plant produces on his $2.25 per hour salary. "For us it is a dream to buy a Q5; we never could," said Flores, 40, who supports three sons on his roughly $110 weekly paycheck. The premise...

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