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Los Angeles – Trump Drawing Of Empire State Building Up For Bid

September 28, 2017 at 11:27 PM
Los Angeles - A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump is going up for bid at a Los Angeles auction house. Julien's Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was created by Trump for a charity auction in Florida during the time he opened his Mar-a-Lago estate as a private club in 1995. Julien's says the...

Washington – AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Secret Seems To Have Gotten Out

September 28, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump teased an audience with what sounded like inside dope: Five big auto factories or expansions are coming soon to the U.S., he confided. Though sworn to secrecy by another world leader, he was bursting to tell — "I'll keep my word, OK, unless you force me" — but stayed mum on who, what, where. The suspense may have been for naught. A day earlier, Toyota...

Jerusalem – When Jews Wore Burkas: An Exhibit Showcases Unexpected Jewish Fashion

September 28, 2017 at 10:40 PM
Jerusalem - When the Israel Museum put a burka-style garment on display in an exhibition on Jewish clothing, some visitors were confused: What does a full-body cloak associated with Islam have to do with Jewish fashions? A lot, it turns out. "This was actually traditional clothing for high-society Jewish women until even the mid-20th century," Efrat Assaf-Shapira, a curator of the museum's...

Washington – Twitter Says It Suspends Hundreds Of Russia-linked Accounts, Briefs U.S. Congressional Aides

September 28, 2017 at 10:10 PM
Washington - Twitter <TWTR.N> said on Thursday it had suspended hundreds of Russian-linked accounts and would ramp up enforcement of its spam rules as it probes online campaigns to influence the 2016 U.S. election. Although the company's disclosures in briefings to U.S. congressional staff and a public blog post were its most detailed to date on the issue, Senator Mark Warner, the...

Washington – Supreme Court’s Gorsuch Criticized Over Trump Hotel Speech

September 28, 2017 at 09:38 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's Supreme Court appointee Neil Gorsuch gave a speech to a conservative group on Thursday at a hotel in which Trump has a financial interest, drawing criticism from protesters outside the building and the top Senate Democrat. About 50 demonstrators appeared outside the Trump International Hotel located just blocks from the White House, saying Gorsuch's speech...

Jerusalem – Yad Vashem Showcases Handmade Yom Kippur Prayer Book From Holocaust

September 28, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Ahead of the Jewish Day of Atonement, Israel's Holocaust remembrance center is showcasing pages of a mimeographed copy of a Yom Kippur liturgy, handwritten by a prisoner of the Saint Cyprien internment camp in France in 1940. The two pages of prayers, which were uploaded to Yad Vashem’s online exhibition in recent days, were donated to its Artifacts Collection in 1973 by Martin...

Washington – Job In Jeopardy, HHS Chief Promises To Repay Charter Costs

September 28, 2017 at 08:45 PM
Washington - A day after President Donald Trump's rebuke, health secretary Tom Price promised Thursday to reimburse taxpayers for his cost on charter flights taken while on government business. He issued a public apology as he fought to keep his job. "I regret the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars," Price said in a statement. "I was not sensitive enough to my...

Toledo, Ohio – GPS Dart Helps Lead Officers To Suspect, Avoid Vehicle Chase

September 28, 2017 at 08:22 PM
Toledo, Ohio - An Ohio sheriff's office says a system that shoots GPS-tracking darts at vehicles has led to the arrest of a man who fled after pulling out a handgun during an encounter with a deputy. WTOL-TV reports the Lucas County deputy launched a dart from a StarChase unit mounted on the front of his cruiser, allowing deputies and dispatchers to track the man's vehicle. The man was...

San Francisco – No Assembly Required? Ikea To Buy Services Site TaskRabbit

September 28, 2017 at 08:00 PM
San Francisco - Ikea is making moves so you don't have to assemble a sofa or bookcase yourself. The furniture seller said Thursday that it is buying online on-demand services platform TaskRabbit, which lets users hire people to help them move, clean up the house or assemble furniture. Much of Ikea's furniture requires customers to screw together table legs, bedframes and dining room...

Baton Rouge, LA – Judge: Black Lives Matter Is A Movement That Can’t Be Sued

September 28, 2017 at 07:38 PM
Baton Rouge, LA - Black Lives Matter is a social movement, like the tea party or the civil rights movement, and therefore can't be sued, a federal judge ruled Thursday. A police officer anonymously sued Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist in the movement, after being injured by a rock thrown during a protest over a deadly police shooting in Baton Rouge last...

Washington – Wray Installed As FBI Director; Trump, Comey Absent At Ceremony

September 28, 2017 at 07:14 PM
Washington - Chris Wray was formally installed as the new FBI director on Thursday in a ceremony notable for the absence of the man who appointed him: President Donald Trump. The ceremony in a courtyard at FBI headquarters was largely a formality since Wray has been on the job for nearly two months. But in a reflection of the unusual circumstances of the event, it took place without Trump. And...

Washington – US Health Officials Brace For Potentially Bad Flu Season

September 28, 2017 at 07:03 PM
Washington - It's flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that's notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors. And in the U.S., small clusters of that so-called H3N2 flu already are popping up. "We don't know...

Jersey City, NJ – Obama, Bush, Clinton Celebrate Start Of Presidents Cup

September 28, 2017 at 06:34 PM
Jersey City, NJ - The start of the Presidents Cup gave golf a new "Big Three" — former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton posing with players and wives on each team in an opening ceremony unlike any other. It was the first time three U.S. presidents have attended the matches at the same time since this event began in 1994, named after the highest office in the...

Mexico City – In Mexico City, This Jewish NGO Is The Go-to Agency For Earthquake Relief

September 28, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Mexico City - I was on the 11th floor of an office building here when the ground started moving. There had been a mock evacuation that same day in remembrance of the 1985 earthquake that killed more than 10,000 people, but this was no drill. According to protocol, everyone ran toward the building's columns -- structurally the safest place to be in an earthquake. I closed my eyes as the...

Washington – US State Department Distances Itself From Its Own Israel Ambassador Again

September 28, 2017 at 05:44 PM
Washington - The U.S. ambassador to Israel raised eyebrows Thursday by saying that Israel occupies a tiny portion of the West Bank — just 2 percent — and that settlements there are part of the Jewish state proper. The comments angered the Palestinians and are at odds with decades of U.S policy in the Mideast. "I think the settlements are part of Israel," American Ambassador David...

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