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Jerusalem – Israel’s Netanyahu Lauds U.S. Announcement Of Embassy Move To Jerusalem

February 23, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hailed the U.S. announcement that it would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May as "a great day for the people of Israel". "President Trump's decision to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem on the coming Independence Day follows his historic declaration in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital,"...

Pineville, LA – College Denies Nixing Coach’s Hiring Due To Jewish Heritage

February 23, 2018 at 04:30 PM
Pineville, LA - An attorney for a private Baptist college in Louisiana and the school's president disputes a lawsuit's claims that they refused to hire an applicant for a football coaching job because of his Jewish heritage. The lawyer, Darren Patin, said Friday that Louisiana College and its president, Rick Brewer, "wholeheartedly" deny the allegations and "look forward to their day in court...

New York – Nasty Flu Season Showing Signs Of Winding Down In US

February 23, 2018 at 04:04 PM
New York - Could this nasty flu season finally be winding down? U.S. health officials on Friday said fewer visits to the doctor last week — 1 out of 16 — were for fever, cough and other flu symptoms than during the previous two weeks. The number of states reporting high patient traffic for the flu also dropped, to 39 from 43. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Washington – Vehicle Struck Security Barrier Near White House: Secret Service

February 23, 2018 at 03:47 PM
Washington - The White House was on lockdown for about an hour Friday after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier. Local media reported that the driver was armed. The U.S. Secret Service tweeted that the vehicle "did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex." No shots were fired during the incident, the Secret Service said. The agency added that the 35-year-old...

New York – Sensing Collateral Damage, US Companies Split With NRA

February 23, 2018 at 03:30 PM
New York - U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre. Boycott petitions are circling online for companies that offer discounts to NRA members and #BoycottNRA is trending on Twitter. On Friday, a large Wall Street money manager said that it...

New York – Stores Make Push In Scan And Go Tech, Hope Shoppers Adopt It

February 23, 2018 at 03:02 PM
New York - Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of spending. For stores, the big expansion of this technology coming this year costs less...

Miami, FL – After Horrific Shooting, Teachers Return To Their Classrooms

February 23, 2018 at 02:26 PM
Miami, FL - In the right-hand drawer of a desk at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is a file that teacher Ernest Rospierski desperately wants back. It's full of thank-you letters from his students and their parents over the years. "It's my bad-day file, my it's-been-a-long-day file," Rospierski said. "If I have a bad day, I open it up." The last time he was in his classroom at the...

Los Angeles – Steve Jobs’ Pre-Apple Job Application Could Fetch $50,000 At Auction

February 23, 2018 at 02:00 PM
Los Angeles - A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder's aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction next month. With an estimated value of about $50,000, the one-page application from 1973, complete with spelling and punctuation errors, lists his name as "Steven jobs" and address as "reed college," the Oregon...

Washington – Trump Says He Goes To Great Lengths To Hide His Bald Spot

February 23, 2018 at 01:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo. Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, Trump turned around onstage and smoothed the back of his famous hair. He said, "I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks." The crowd cheered as Trump glanced at a monitor and added, "Doesn't look bad...

New York – Citigroup To Refund $335 Million Of Credit Card Interest Charges

February 23, 2018 at 01:00 PM
New York - Citigroup Inc said on Friday that it had failed to properly reduce interest charges on some 1.75 million credit card accounts since 2011, prompting a $335 million refund to customers later this year. The refund, which will average $190 per account, stems from the bank's discovery that it had not used a proper method for reducing interest charges for cardholders who resumed timely...

Parkland, FL – Florida Governor Proposes Tighter Gun Restrictions In Wake Of School Shooting

February 23, 2018 at 12:25 PM
Parkland, FL - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a proposal on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety measures after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in the state last week. Scott said he would work with state lawmakers during the next two weeks to raise the minimum age for buying any kind of gun in Florida to 21 years old, with some...

New York – MIT Professor Appointed To NYC Deputy Mayor Position

February 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor to serve as his deputy mayor for strategic initiatives. J. Phillip Thompson, who has worked as a political science professor at MIT since 2002, will succeed outgoing Deputy Mayor Richard Buery next month. Thompson first met the Democratic mayor and his wife, Chirlane McCray, about three...

Warsaw – Polish Senator Suspended For Klezmer-themed Video Of Nazi Violence To Jews

February 23, 2018 at 11:25 AM
Warsaw - Poland’s ruling party suspended a senator who posted online footage from a Nazi propaganda movie depicting violence against Jews to the sounds of klezmer music. The Law and Justice party suspended Waldemar Bonkowski Thursday over his posting of the video on Facebook earlier this week, amid an acrimonious argument between many Poles and Jews over the Polish government’s passing...

Reykjavik – 500 Icelandic Physicians Back Bill To Outlaw Circumcision

February 23, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Reykjavik - Hundreds of physicians in Iceland and some of Belgium’s top doctors came out in support of a bill proposing to criminalize nonmedical circumcision of boys in the Scandinavian island nation. The 500-odd Icelandic physician who backed the bill that was submitted last month to the Icelandic parliament cited the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki on ethical...

Washington – US Embassy In Jerusalem To Open In May In Celebration Of Israel’s 70th Anniversary

February 23, 2018 at 10:29 AM
Washington - Two Trump administration officials say the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence. The officials say Congress is being notified of the impending move on Friday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on the security plan for the new embassy on Thursday. The officials weren't authorized to...

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