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Washington – Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Budget After Threatening Veto

March 23, 2018 at 03:03 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto. Trump said he was "very disappointed" in the package, in part because it did not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and did not address some 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants who are now protected from...

Belgium – Rights Group Calls Cartoon Depicting Greedy Israelis ‘Misleading’

March 23, 2018 at 03:01 PM
Belgium - Amnesty International distanced itself from a caricature in a Belgian schoolbook ostensibly meant to illustrate its allegations that Israel is denying Palestinians fair access to water. The illustration in the 2016 geography textbook “Polaris GO!3” for Flemish-speaking high school students depicts a beefy Orthodox Jewish settler lolling in an overflowing bathtub, while a...

Baltimore – Rare Money Sells For Nearly $8 Million At Baltimore Auction

March 23, 2018 at 02:30 PM
Baltimore - Two rare $1,000 bills from the 1800s fetched $960,000 each at a Baltimore auction. Stack's Bowers Galleries' currency director Peter Treglia (TRAY-lee-ah) says the same person who bought one of those bills also bought a rare $500 bill from the same year for $900,000. Both of those pieces were from 1863. Treglia says the buyer wants to remain anonymous. Total sales from the Joel...

Miami – Wayne Huizenga, Who Built His Fortune From Trash, Dies At 80

March 23, 2018 at 02:03 PM
Miami - H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80. Huizenga (HY'-zing-ah) died Thursday night at his home, Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant, said when reached at the family residence Friday. She gave no details on a cause of death. Starting with a...

Amman – Jordanian Court Jails Palestinians For Terrorism Against Israel And Arms Smuggling

March 23, 2018 at 01:30 PM
Amman - A Jordanian court sentenced a Palestinian man to several years of hard labor for plotting to commit terrorist acts against Israelis, and three others for smuggling arms into the West Bank. The terrorist, a resident of Jordan who was not named in a Jordan Times report about the sentencing Wednesday by the State Security Court in Amman, attempted to enter Jerusalem from Hebron, where he...

Washington – White House Letters To Palestinians Show Continued Outreach From Peace Team

March 23, 2018 at 01:00 PM
Washington - Senior Trump administration officials reached out to Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and director of Palestinian intelligence General Majid Faraj in letters last week after assassination attempts in Gaza nearly took both of their lives. The letters, written by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, his special...

Jerusalem – Israel’s El Al To Take Its Row Over Saudi Airspace To Supreme Court

March 23, 2018 at 12:24 PM
Jerusalem - As Saudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel, El Al will take its own fight for access to Saudi airspace to the Supreme Court in Israel, officials said on Friday. The historic Air India flight on Thursday ended a 70-year flyover ban for jetliners en route to or from Israel, in what many have taken to be a sign of thawing ties between...

Washington – Justice Dept. Charges 9 Iranians In Massive Hacking Scheme

March 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Washington - The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies. The nine defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked...

New York – NYC Council Proposal Lets Employees Skip Work Calls, Emails After Hours

March 23, 2018 at 11:30 AM
New York - A New York City Council proposal would protect private-sector employees who don't want to get work emails and phone calls after hours. The Wall Street Journal says Councilman Rafael Espinal introduced the bill Thursday. A fellow Democrat, Diane Savino, is working on a similar proposal for the state legislature. Espinal's legislation is modeled after a "Right to Disconnect" law...

Bristol, VA – Despite Sign, Speed Limits Not Actually Enforced By Aircraft In Virginia

March 23, 2018 at 11:03 AM
Bristol, VA - There are 425 highway signs in Virginia that proudly proclaim "Speed limit enforced by aircraft," and they're all lying. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says her department hasn't aerially enforced the speed limit for more than five years. Geller says enforcing speed limits from the sky takes a lot of resources. She says the Cessna planes used by the program cost $150...

Trebes, France – Hostage-taker In France Shot Dead By Police After Killing 3; IS Claims Responsibility

March 23, 2018 at 10:47 AM
Trebes, France - An armed man took hostages in a supermarket in southern France on Friday, killing three people and injuring about a dozen others before being shot to death when French police stormed the market, authorities said. French President Emmanuel Macron said all evidence suggested that it was a terror attack — the first one since he became president in May. Islamic State said in...

Great Mills, MD – Maryland School Shooting Victim Dies After Removal Of Life Support

March 23, 2018 at 10:26 AM
Great Mills, MD - A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school has died, authorities said Friday. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said Jaelynn Willey died at 11:34 p.m. Thursday. Earlier that night, her family said she would be taken off life support at the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center. Melissa Willey told news...

Tunis, Tunisia – Jewish Candidate For Muslim Party Breaks Barriers In Tunisia

March 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Tunis, Tunisia - Simon Slama and his family are the only Jews left in the Tunisian city of Monastir, once home to a thriving Jewish community. But instead of joining the exodus, he is running for office — as a candidate of Tunisia's Islamist party. Slama's candidacy with the Ennahdha party in May municipal elections is causing a sensation in this overwhelmingly Muslim country, and some...

Washington – Trump Threatens To Veto Spending Bill, Raising Government Shutdown Risk

March 23, 2018 at 09:52 AM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprising threat to veto Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill, a move that raised the specter of a possible government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline to keep federal agencies open. In a tweet on Friday morning Trump said he was displeased about immigration issues in the bill, even though the White House had given...

London – Britain Urges Israel To Improve Treatment Of Detained Palestinian Children

March 23, 2018 at 09:35 AM
London - Britain called on Israel to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in military detention on Friday and said Israel should do more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care. The Foreign Office issued a statement in the wake of the sentencing of Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested after kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the West Bank in...

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