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New York – VIN Photos: Colors Come Out As Jews Celebrate Purim Festivities

March 1, 2018 at 10:15 PM
New York - Purim 2018 was warm and joyous as revelers took to the streets and the synagogues on Thursday to celebrate the most festive day of the year. From colorful clowns to pint size Chasidic rebbes to bright yellow emojis, Purim spirit was everywhere, with mishloach manos and matanos l’evyonim on display throughout the day. Below are photos from the NYC area. {NewsPhotosEmbed...

Washington – Trade War? Trump Orders Big Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum

March 1, 2018 at 09:23 PM
Washington - Ordering combative action on foreign trade, President Donald Trump declared Thursday the U.S. will impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, escalating tensions with China and other trading partners and raising the prospect of higher prices for American consumers and companies. With "trade war" talk in the air, stocks closed sharply lower on Wall Street. Trump said...

New York – Ex-NYPD Deputy Chief Pleads Guilty To Criminal Charge

March 1, 2018 at 08:35 PM
New York - A former New York Police Department official has pleaded guilty to giving special police benefits to a community leader he considered a friend. Ex-Deputy Chief Michael Harrington entered the plea in Manhattan federal court Thursday to a charge of misapplication of property valued at $5,000 or more. His plea deal with prosecutors recommends he be sentenced to no more than six...

New York – Uber Starts Offering Rides To The Doctor

March 1, 2018 at 06:53 PM
New York - Uber is driving deeper into health care by offering to take patients in every U.S. market where it operates to their next medical appointment. The ride-hailing service said Thursday its Uber Health business will handle rides set up by doctor's offices or other health care providers and then bill that business, not the patient, for the service. The company said rides can be set up...

Washington – Pentagon Dismisses Putin’s Boasts About New Nuclear Weapons

March 1, 2018 at 05:02 PM
Washington - The Pentagon on Thursday dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's boasts about developing a new array of nuclear weapons, saying America's missile defense is ready to protect the nation but is not directed at Russia. Putin claims that Moscow has tested weapons that cannot be intercepted and would make NATO's missile defense "useless." That assertion does little to change the...

Berlin – Former Nazi German Death Camp Guard Submits New Clemency Bid

March 1, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Berlin - A former Auschwitz death camp guard has submitted a fresh request for clemency in a bid to avoid serving his sentence for accessory to murder. German news agency dpa reported Thursday that officials say former SS sergeant Oskar Groening has asked Lower Saxony's justice minister to spare him from going to prison. A previous clemency request filed to prosecutors was rejected in...

Washington – AP-NORC Poll: Nearly 6 In 10 Americans Say Trump A Racist

March 1, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Washington - More than half of Americans, including large majorities of blacks and Hispanics, think President Donald Trump is a racist. More than half think his policies have made things worse for Hispanics and Muslims, and nearly half say they've made things worse for African Americans. According to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 57 percent of...

New York – After Bahrain Visit, Rabbi Says Gulf State Will Establish Ties With Israel Within Two Years

March 1, 2018 at 02:26 PM
New York - A delegation of 17 North American Jews from the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island made history last week, when they embarked on the first ever Jewish delegation to the Gulf state of Bahrain. The delegation was led by Rabbi Marc Schneir, head of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding – a foundation that in the past worked to strengthen Black-Jewish ties in the United States, and is...

New York – Nor’easter, Life-threatening Flooding To Sweep East Coast

March 1, 2018 at 01:41 PM
New York - Emergency management officials across the East Coast are preparing for a major Nor'easter to hit the region. Heavy rain, intermittent snow and high winds with gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour are expected as the storm moves up the Eastern seaboard. Rain is expected to begin in Connecticut and New York City on Thursday evening. Moderate coastal flooding in Queens and Long island...

Queens, NY – New York Airports Set Passenger Record For 5th Straight Year

March 1, 2018 at 01:00 PM
Queens, NY - New York-area airports have set a record for passenger traffic for a fifth straight year. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Stewart airports, says more than 132 million passengers used those facilities in 2017. That's a 2.2 percent increase over the previous record in 2016. JFK set a record with more...

Boston – Feds: Man Sent White Powder Letters To Trump Jr., 4 Others

March 1, 2018 at 12:37 PM
Boston - A Massachusetts man was arrested Thursday and charged with sending letters with white powder to five people, including one to Donald Trump Jr. that landed his wife, Vanessa, in the hospital. Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, is accused of mailing five envelopes earlier this month with threatening messages and a white substance, which turned out to be nonhazardous. "These kind of hoaxes...

Washington – Israeli-U.S. Teen Indicted For Bomb Threats, Hate Crimes: U.S. Justice Department

March 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Washington - A 19-year-old man has been indicted for hate crimes connected to threats against Jewish community centers, as well as threatening the Israeli embassy and cyberstalking, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. Michael Kadar was arrested in Israel last year and is awaiting trial there. U.S. and Israeli authorities have previously charged him with making thousands of threats...

Tel Aviv – Reuters: Israel’s El Al Seeks International Help To Access Saudi Airspace

March 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Tel Aviv - Israel's flag carrier El Al has asked an airline industry lobby group to help it access Saudi Arabian airspace, so it can compete with Air India's [AIN.UL] planned route between India and Israel. The request came in a letter on Wednesday from El Al's chief executive to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in which he said he has also approached Israel's prime...

Atlanta, GA – Gunshot At Georgia School Ignites Debate On Arming Teachers

March 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Atlanta, GA - When a gunshot was fired from a classroom in the north Georgia mountains and police identified the gunman as a teacher, it immediately pierced the national debate over whether educators should be armed. Hours after police arrested Dalton High School social studies teacher Jesse Randal Davidson on Wednesday, students from the school took to social media. "My favorite teacher at...

Washington – How Much Tax To Withhold? New Calculator To Help Figure It

March 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Washington - Millions of Americans are now getting bigger paychecks as a result of the new tax law. So the government is issuing an online calculator for figuring whether enough money is being set aside. The calculator unveiled Wednesday by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service helps people determine whether they have the correct amount of money withheld by employers from...

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