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New York – Health Care Just The Latest Industry Amazon Seeks To Upend

January 31, 2018 at 05:01 PM
New York - When Amazon sets its sights on a new industry, corporate America shudders. The latest example came Tuesday, when the online retailing giant said it is working with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to create a company to offer affordable health care to their employees. Stocks of health insurers tumbled, erasing billions of dollars in shareholder value. It has happened before...

Geneva – UN Reviews 206 Companies Over Links To Israeli Settlements

January 31, 2018 at 04:25 PM
Geneva - The U.N. human rights office said Wednesday that 206 companies — mostly Israeli and American — are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law. In a long-awaited report, the office said more resources were needed to handle the complex and unprecedented task of compiling what some critics call an...

New York – DSNY Considers Promoting Recycling By Charging For Trash Pickup

January 31, 2018 at 04:05 PM
New York - The city’s latest plan to go green may have area residents seeing red. Hoping to slash its $1.7 billion waste disposal budget while encouraging recycling, the Department of Sanitation has spent $1 million to develop a program that would have city dwellers paying an as yet unspecified amount for trash pickup, as reported by CBS News (http://cbsloc.al/2FuTvyj ). The program would...

Washington – FBI Says It Has “Grave Concerns” Over Release Of Russia Memo

January 31, 2018 at 03:51 PM
Washington - The FBI said Wednesday it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia investigation that President Donald Trump wants to release to the public. It was the first time the bureau has weighed in publicly on an issue that has openly divided the Justice Department and the White House. In its unusual public statement, the FBI said it was given only a...

Las Vegas – Court Error Unmasks Person Of Interest In Las Vegas Massacre

January 31, 2018 at 03:31 PM
Las Vegas - A court error publicly revealed the name of a man identified as a person of interest in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish acknowledged that a member of her court staff failed to black out the man's name on one of 276 pages of documents released to news organizations including The Associated Press and Las Vegas...

Annapolis, MD – Lawmaker Files ‘Jared Kushner Act’ To Limit Tenant Arrests

January 31, 2018 at 03:01 PM
Annapolis, MD - A Maryland lawmaker has sponsored the "Jared Kushner Act," a bill that would prevent state judges from issuing arrest warrants for tenants who are being sued for less than $5,000 in unpaid rent. Del. Bilal Ali, a Baltimore Democrat, said Wednesday he named the bill after President Donald Trump's son-in-law because Kushner's apartment management company was the state's most...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Lunar Showstopper: Super Blue Blood Moon Awes And Wows

January 31, 2018 at 02:29 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue. Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. also had good viewing, along with...

Washington – Officials: Top Doctor At CDC Resigns Over Financial Conflicts

January 31, 2018 at 02:02 PM
Washington - Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has resigned her post over financial conflicts of interest, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Wednesday. Newly confirmed HHS Secretary Alex Azar said he had accepted Fitzgerald's resignation because of Fitzgerald's "complex financial interests" that have forced her...

Berlin – Holocaust Survivor Addresses German Lawmakers At Parliament

January 31, 2018 at 01:33 PM
Berlin - A survivor of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp praised Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open her country's doors to asylum seekers in 2015, telling lawmakers Wednesday at a special parliamentary session commemorating the victims of the Holocaust it was a sign of Germany's "exemplary" conduct following the war. Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a 92-year-old German-born Jew who survived...

Newark, NJ – Government Won’t Retry Menendez On Corruption Charges

January 31, 2018 at 01:04 PM
Newark, NJ - Government prosecutors decided Wednesday not to retry Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges, after a judge threw out some of the counts last week. Prosecutors filed a motion with the court on Wednesday to throw out the case after the first trial of the New Jersey Democrat and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen ended in a hung jury last November. Menendez was charged...

Washington – U.S. State Department Designates Hamas Leader As Terrorist

January 31, 2018 at 12:45 PM
Washington - The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it had designated Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas, as a terrorist. The State Department said in a statement that Haniyeh, along with two Islamist groups active in Egypt and one in the Palestinian territories, were listed as specially designated global terrorists. It quoted Secretary of State Rex...

Tel Aviv – German FM Says Trump Support Not Necessarily Good For Israel

January 31, 2018 at 12:35 PM
Tel Aviv - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed his grave concern Wednesday for Israel's future, telling an academic conference that the government's ambivalence toward a Palestinian state showed a lack of direction and suggesting that President Donald Trump's unflinching support wasn't necessarily in Israel's best interest. Germany is one of Israel's closest and most important...

Washington – No, That Wasn’t Drool On His Lips, Rep. Joe Kennedy Says

January 31, 2018 at 12:03 PM
Washington - No, that wasn't drool on the lips of Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III. He says it was ChapStick. Twitter lit up with jibes about the 37-year-old Democrat's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union. In his televised speech Tuesday, Kennedy's lips appeared wet and glistening, leading to tweets about Kennedy's "drool." Kennedy joked on ABC's "Good Morning America"...

Virginia – Train Carrying GOP Lawmakers To Policy Retreat Hits Truck; One Dead

January 31, 2018 at 11:41 AM
Virginia - A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican policy retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck in a rural Virginia town on Wednesday. No lawmakers or aides were reported injured, but the White House said one person was killed and another was seriously injured. Lawmakers said the fatality appeared to be someone who was in the truck. One lawmaker who was...

Warsaw, Poland – Warsaw Official Moves To Ban Anti-Israeli Demonstration

January 31, 2018 at 11:34 AM
Warsaw, Poland - A Warsaw governor has taken steps to prevent a planned far-right protest outside the Israeli Embassy by banning traffic in the area, citing security concerns. Right-wing groups have called the protest for late Wednesday amid a spat between Poland and Israel over pending Polish legislation that would outlaw blaming Poland for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi...

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