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Florida – Miami Hospitals Prepare For Surge In Births During Hurricane Irma

September 8, 2017 at 06:45 PM
Miami, Fl - While many Miami hospitals are shutting down as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, some are offering shelter to their pregnant patients, bracing for the increase in births that often accompanies these large storms. At least three of the city's hospitals have plans in place to care for women with advanced or high-risk pregnancies. They could be busy. When Houston was hit...

Florida – Miami Detaining Homeless Against Their Will To Shelter From The Storm

September 8, 2017 at 06:23 PM
Miami, FL - On what is likely the last clear day in Florida before Hurricane Irma's monster wind and rain, social workers and police officers are giving Miami's estimated 1,100 homeless people a stark choice: Come willingly to a storm shelter, or be held against their will for a mental health evaluation. With the outer edge of the storm approaching Friday, these officials — backed by a...

Washington – Jewish Groups Get Security Funding Despite Talk Of Rollbacks

September 8, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Jewish groups welcomed $25 million in federal security grants for nonprofits, thanking Congress and the Trump administration for funding in line with previous years’ grants. The Department of Homeland Security disbursed the funding last week, the vast majority of which goes to Jewish institutions. The money is congressionally mandated, but the Trump administration has attempted...

New York – Target Slashes Prices On Thousands Of Items, Shares Falter

September 8, 2017 at 05:23 PM
New York - Target Corp said on Friday that it lowered prices on thousands of items, from cereal to baby formula, further hurting retail stocks already pressured by Kroger Co's disappointing quarterly results spurred by price cuts. Target, which vowed earlier in the year to aggressively clamp down on prices to compete with rivals Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Amazon.com, said it had spent months...

Washington – Bannon: ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Cost Christie A Cabinet Post

September 8, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Washington - A meeting about the fallout to Donald Trump's presidential campaign over the "Access Hollywood" tape was a litmus test that cost New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a potential Cabinet post, according to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon, speaking in a "60 Minutes" interview that will air Sunday on CBS, said the "Billy Bush Saturday, to me, is a litmus...

New York – Ex-restaurateur Linked To NYPD Probe Gets Five Years For Ponzi Scheme

September 8, 2017 at 04:39 PM
New York - A former Manhattan restaurant owner was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to running a $12 million Ponzi scheme, in a case linked to a federal corruption investigation of the New York Police Department. Hamlet Peralta, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan, who also ordered him to pay $5.79 million in restitution to...

Berlin – Germany Rejects Polish Demand For World War II Reparations

September 8, 2017 at 04:05 PM
Berlin - The German government said Friday that the question of paying reparations to Poland for World War II has been resolved for over 60 years and there's no reason to reopen it. Poland's government said recently that Germany has a moral obligation to pay for the massive destruction of many towns and a large part of the country's industry by the Nazi war machine. Chancellor Angela...

Givat Yoav, Golan Heights – This Factory Makes Thousands Of Shofars Each Year

September 8, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Givat Yoav, Golan Heights - Shimon Keinan has a business to run. He doesn't have time to teach you how to blow the shofar. But if you come all the way to his Kol Shofar factory here, Keinan is going to make sure you walk away with the horn that's right for you. "What should I do?" he explained to JTA. "If someone is going to blow one of my shofars on Rosh Hashanah, I have to make sure he...

Miami, FL – Hurricane Irma Threatens Power Losses For Millions In Florida

September 8, 2017 at 03:02 PM
Miami, FL - Hurricane Irma poses a bigger menace to power supplies in Florida than Hurricane Harvey did in Texas because Irma is packing near 200 mile-per-hour winds (320 km/h) that could down power lines, close nuclear plants and threats to leave millions of homes and businesses in the dark for weeks. Irma's winds rival the strongest for any hurricane in history in the Atlantic, whereas...

Washington – Qatar Pays For Outreach To US Jews

September 8, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Washington - Qatar is paying $50,000 a month for outreach to the Jewish community to a prominent Jewish Republican operative, at a time when the Gulf nation is facing calls for isolation from other moderate Arabs and by conservatives in Washington. “Engagement with Qatar can only be in the best interests of the United States and the Jewish community, as we cannot allow Qatar to be ostracized...

New York – Criticism Of Equifax’s Data Breach Response Mounts, Shares Tumble

September 8, 2017 at 02:00 PM
New York - Equifax Inc shares tumbled as much as 18 percent on Friday as cyber security experts and customers criticized the consumer credit score provider's response to a hack that may have stolen personal details of up to 143 million Americans. The hack, among the largest ever recorded, was especially alarming due to the richness of the information exposed, which included names, social...

New York – Symposium To Honor Journalist Who Saved Artists From Nazis

September 8, 2017 at 01:32 PM
New York - Authors and art experts will participate in a sold-out weekend symposium commemorating a little-known New York City journalist credited with saving scores of writers and artists from the Nazis during World War II. The New York Times says (http://nyti.ms/2wN4VvP ) Varian Fry was 32 when he volunteered to go to France in August 1940 to help some of the world's most famous artists...

Washington – American Actresses Suggests Storms Are ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Over Trump Election

September 8, 2017 at 01:26 PM
Washington - Jennifer Lawrence is facing backlash online for suggesting that monster hurricanes that just devastated Texas and another nearing Florida may have been prompted by Donald Trump becoming president. While in England to promote her film "Mother!" the actress was asked about changes happening in America. "You know, you're watching these hurricanes now, and it's really hard, especially...

Houston, TX – Thousands Of Texas Cattle May Have Died In Wake Of Harvey

September 8, 2017 at 01:05 PM
Houston - Texas agricultural officials fear thousands of cattle may have died in the aftermath of Harvey, resulting in losses to ranchers of tens of millions of dollars. The counties that sustained damage when Harvey first came ashore Aug. 25 were home to 1.2 million head of cattle, representing 1-in-4 of all beef cows in Texas, the nation's largest producer. The Houston Chronicle reports...

New York – Donald Trump Jr. Fled Father’s Name Before Embracing It

September 8, 2017 at 12:36 PM
New York - Donald Trump Jr. has been in the public eye since becoming the first-born child of a magnate, but the flashes of him were fleeting — a boy caught in his parents’ messy divorce, a 20-something accessory on a reality show, a hunter in gory photos with exotic prey. His current image has been cemented for many with his full-throttle embrace of his father’s campaign and his...

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