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San Francisco – Facebook Begins ‘Fact-checking’ Photos And Videos

March 29, 2018 at 11:00 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had begun "fact-checking" photos and videos to reduce the hoaxes and false news stories that have plagued the world's largest social media network. Facebook has for months faced an uproar among users whose complaints range from the spread of fake news to the use of the network to manipulate elections and the harvesting of 50 million people's...

San Francisco – U.S. Ends Presumed Freedom For Pregnant Immigrants

March 29, 2018 at 10:01 PM
San Francisco - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said on Thursday it would no longer presume that many pregnant women detained by immigration authorities should be released from custody, reversing an Obama-era directive. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers will make a case by case determination under the new policy. Women in their third trimester will still be...

New York – Can A Club For Women Legally Exclude Men? NYC Launches Probe

March 29, 2018 at 09:30 PM
New York - New York City is investigating whether The Wing, a private club founded as work space and networking hub exclusively for women, violates the city's anti-discrimination law by barring men. The city's Commission on Human Rights started its probe into the $215-a-month club and co-working space after receiving a tip from a member of the public, commission spokesman Seth Hoy said...

Jerusalem – Official: Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Could Face Criminal Charges Over ‘Monkey’ Remarks

March 29, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - An Israel Justice Ministry official told Israeli media that the government is considering taking criminal action against Sephardic chief rabbi for likening a black child born to white parents to a “monkey” in explaining a point of ritual. Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef made the comparison earlier this month during a Saturday evening lecture, when he was speaking of the traditional...

New York – Under Armour Discloses Breach Of 150 Million MyFitnessPal User Accounts

March 29, 2018 at 08:30 PM
New York - Under Armour Inc said on Thursday some personal details of about 150 million user accounts of its food and nutrition app and website, MyFitnessPal, were breached last month. The announcement of the breach, which could be among the largest cyberattacks, sent the company's shares down 2.4 percent in aftermarket trade. The data affected includes usernames, emails and encrypted...

Tel Aviv – Survey: The Majority Of Israeli Jews Read The Haggadah In Its Entirety At Passover Seders

March 29, 2018 at 08:06 PM
Tel Aviv - Some 64 percent of Israelis said that they read all of the Haggadah or “the entire Haggadah, including the part that is read after the meal,” according to a Jewish People Policy Institute survey for the Israeli Judaism project. In the survey conducted in late 2017 and early 2018, 97 percent of Jews responded “yes” to the question: “Do you host or participate in a Passover...

Los Angeles – Starbucks Must Put Cancer Warning On California Coffee Judge

March 29, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Starbucks Corp and other coffee companies must put a cancer warning label on coffee products sold in California, a Los Angeles judge ruled. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said in a proposed decision Wednesday that Starbucks and other companies had failed to show that the threat from a chemical compound produced when roasting coffee was insignificant, court documents...

Washington – Saudi Crown Prince Meets With U.S. Jewish Groups, And Is Attacked

March 29, 2018 at 07:05 PM
Washington - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman met with leaders of the organized Jewish community in New York this week as part of his two-week tour of the East and West Coasts. The meetings were strictly off-record, and details of the crown prince’s conversations with heads of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation...

Miami – Some Advertisers Drop Fox News Host After Parkland Comments

March 29, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Miami - Some big name advertisers are dropping Fox News personality Laura Ingraham after she criticized one of the Florida school shooting victims on social media. Ingraham, a right-wing host who landed a rare one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump last year, wrote on Twitter "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it." Hogg, a student a Marjory...

United Nations – U.N. Chief Warns Another Cold War Developing Between Russia, U.S.

March 29, 2018 at 06:02 PM
United Nations - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that Russian and U.S. relations were deteriorating into a situation "similar, to a large extent, to what we lived during the Cold War" and called for safeguards to be put in place. Just days after the United States announced it would expel 12 Russian U.N. diplomats over a nerve agent attack in Britain, Guterres called...

New York – NYC Offers Free Cyber Tools As Cities Fight Hackers

March 29, 2018 at 05:31 PM
New York - New York City on Thursday unveiled plans to provide free cyber security tools to the public, a week after Atlanta was hit with a ransomware attack that knocked some municipal systems offline and prevented city workers from using their computers. The program, dubbed NYC Secure, will launch a free smartphone protection app this summer that will warn users when suspicious activity is...

New York – Court Rules In Favor Of NYPD In Muslim Surveillance Case

March 29, 2018 at 05:00 PM
New York - The New York Police Department can use a Cold War-era legal tactic to conceal whether it put two Muslim men under surveillance, the state's highest court ruled Thursday. The Court of Appeals, in a split 4-3 decision, ruled that the NYPD was in its rights to decline acknowledging whether records existed pertaining to possible surveillance of a Talib Abdur-Rashid, a Manhattan imam...

Washington – US To Seek Social Media Details From All Visa Applicants

March 29, 2018 at 04:35 PM
Washington - The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration's enhanced vetting of potential immigrants and visitors. In documents to be published in Friday's Federal Register, the department said it wants the public to comment on the proposed new...

Washington – Amazon’s Washington Influence Machine Built To Withstand Trump’s Attacks

March 29, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Washington - Between lobbying, campaign contributions and positioning itself as engaged on policy issues like job creation, Amazon.com has long courted a positive relationship with both the White House and Congress that will help it withstand the latest attack from U.S. President Donald Trump. The company was likely not surprised when Trump criticized it via a post on Twitter on Thursday; he...

Washington – Former FBI Deputy McCabe Launches Legal Defense Fund In Wake Of Firing

March 29, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Washington - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration but says he was terminated because he is a crucial witness in the Russia investigation, is raising funds to help cover costs defending against other ongoing government probes, according to a copy of a draft website seen by Reuters. The GoFundMe Web page unveiled on Thursday, which seeks to raise...

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