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Washington – Health Secretary Price Resigns Amid Travel Flap

September 29, 2017 at 04:49 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's health secretary has resigned, after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss. Tom Price's partial repayment and public regrets couldn't save his job. The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president's Cabinet to leave office in a turbulent young administration that has seen...

New York – Wall Street Closes With Fresh Records; Tech Boosts

September 29, 2017 at 04:12 PM
New York -  The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq advanced to record levels on Friday, buoyed by gains in technology stocks, and each of the major indexes closed out the quarter with solid gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 21.55 points, or 0.1 percent, to 22,402.75, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 9.17 points, or 0.37 percent, to 2,519.23 and the Nasdaq Composite...

Oslo – Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower Gets Offer To Live With Wife In Oslo

September 29, 2017 at 03:45 PM
Oslo - Norway offered on Friday to let Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu live in Oslo with his Norwegian wife, but she said it was unclear if Israel will allow him to travel. Vanunu, 62, married theology professor Kristin Joachimsen in Jerusalem in 2015 after first meeting in Israel almost a decade earlier. She applied for him to be allowed to come to Norway under rules for...

Washington – Israel Ambassador David Friedman Doesn’t Speak For Us, State Dept. Says

September 29, 2017 at 03:17 PM
Washington - Israel Ambassador David Friedman’s comments on the West Bank and Israeli settlements do not indicate a change in U.S. policy, a State Department spokeswoman said. Friedman told the Israeli news site Walla on Thursday that Israel was occupying only 2 percent of the West Bank, that the two-state solution “had lost its meaning” and that settlements are part of Israel. The...

Boston – Man Who Found Boston Marathon Bomber In His Boat Dies

September 29, 2017 at 03:16 PM
Boston - The man who found Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) hiding in his boat in his backyard has died. David Henneberry, of Watertown, died on Wednesday. He was 70. The death was confirmed by the Lehman, Reen, & McNamara Funeral Home in Boston. No cause of death was provided. With police searching April 19, 2013, for the bombing suspect, Henneberry...

San Juan – Puerto Rico Angry At Trump Official ‘Good News Story’ Remark

September 29, 2017 at 02:34 PM
San Juan - President Donald Trump pledged a relentless effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from hurricane devastation Friday after his homeland security chief stirred a tempest of her own making by declaring the federal response a "good news story." Elaine Duke, the department's acting secretary, drew a sharp rebuke from San Juan's mayor for seeming to play down the suffering. "When you...

Miami, FL – 12th Death From Nursing Home That Lost Power, AC During Irma

September 29, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Miami, Fl - A 12th patient has died after being taken from an overheated Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma, officials confirmed on Friday. Dolores Biamonte, 57, died Thursday night, according to a statement from the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office. Hollywood police are treating all 12 deaths from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills...

Jerusalem – Israel Grinds To A Halt As Jews Fast For Yom Kippur

September 29, 2017 at 01:33 PM
Jerusalem - The holiest day of the Jewish calendar has brought most of Israel to a halt for Judaism's day of atonement. Yom Kippur began Friday evening capping a 10-day period of soul-searching for observant worshippers that began with the Jewish New Year festival. It is observed with a 25-hour fast and long prayers asking God for forgiveness. The holiday is unique in Israel as virtually...

Washington – US Cuts Embassy Staff, Urges No Travel To Cuba

September 29, 2017 at 01:10 PM
Washington - The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of U.S. personnel to leave the island, senior officials said Friday, in a dramatic response to what they described as "specific attacks" on diplomats. The decision deals a blow to already delicate ties between the U.S. and Cuba, longtime enemies who only recently began putting their hostility...

Moscow – Russia Accuses CNN International Of Violating Russian Media Law

September 29, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Moscow - Russia's communications regulator on Friday accused U.S. TV channel CNN International of violating Russian media law and said it had summoned the broadcaster's representatives in connection with the matter. The Russian foreign ministry accused Washington on Thursday of putting unwarranted pressure on the U.S operations of Kremlin-backed media outlet RT, and warned that Moscow could...

New York – New York City’s Mayor Pledges $750K To Fight Rats In Parks

September 29, 2017 at 12:06 PM
New York - New York City's mayor is doubling down on the war on rats, pledging three-quarters of a million dollars to fight the scourge. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) made the announcement Thursday at a park in the Upper West Side. Parents have complained that rats have taken over parks in the area, with some residents saying the animals have attempted to jump into their...

Khobar, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Man Arrested After Threatening Women Drivers

September 29, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Khobar, Saudi Arabia - A Saudi man was arrested for allegedly threatening to attack women drivers, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, following a royal decree that ends a ban on women driving in the kingdom. Many Saudis welcomed Tuesday's announcement by King Salman lifting the ban by next year, but some expressed confusion or outrage after the reversal of a policy that has been backed for...

Washington – MO Orthodox Rabbi Venue To Spend Yom Kippur In A Beer Garden Raises Eyebrows

September 29, 2017 at 11:03 AM
Washington - On Saturday, when Jews around the world will fast and gather in synagogues to pray on Yom Kippur, some young Jews will be coming together in the U.S. capital at a more unconventional venue: a beer garden. Aaron Potek, the 31-year-old rabbi for GatherDC, a nondenominational group that does outreach to young Jewish professionals, is hoping to reach young Jews who otherwise would not...

New York – Jared Kushner Did Not Register To Vote As A Woman

September 29, 2017 at 11:02 AM
New York - Despite reports in the media this week, Jared Kushner did not register to vote as a woman. Previous reports claimed that Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump and serves her father as a top advisor, seemingly accidentally checked the “female” box on the voter registration form. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. However, Kushner's original voter...

Amsterdam – A Yom Kippur Tradition In Amsterdam Dates Back To The Invention Of Electricity

September 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Amsterdam - As one of Europe’s oldest and most impressive Jewish buildings, this city’s Portuguese Synagogue is known far and wide for its majestic beauty. Built in 1675 for the descendants of Jews who fled religious persecution on the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese Synagogue today sees some 200,000 tourists annually. Inside its vast sanctuary, a massive Torah ark made of Brazilian...

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