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New York – Former Obama Official To Lead Investigation Into JFK Flight Fiasco

January 10, 2018 at 11:30 PM
New York - The investigation into a slew of problems at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport that caused days of cancellations and delays will be led by Ray LaHood, the former head of the Department of Transportation during the Obama administration, officials said Wednesday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said LaHood would begin his investigation next week, and would...

Las Vegas – Las Vegas Hotels Bet On Technology To Attract, Dazzle Guests

January 10, 2018 at 11:01 PM
Las Vegas - It takes just minutes for a room service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call. Thousands of guests at some of Las Vegas' casino-hotels also can get towels, food and toiletries delivered with just a few taps on their smartphone. It comes as...

Las Vegas – Behind The Smart Gadgets, Amazon And Google Are Waging War

January 10, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Las Vegas - The flash of the CES technology show in Las Vegas is all about robots, drones and smart gadgets. But its subtext is all about Google versus Amazon. Both companies usually shun conventions like CES, preferring to debut gadgets at their own press events. But these tech giants have built an imposing presence here this year as they work to weave their voice-operated digital assistants...

New York – New Construction To Lift Manhattan Office Rents In 2018

January 10, 2018 at 10:07 PM
New York - The largest amount of new construction to hit Manhattan since the 1980s will lift asking rents this year for office space in New York as demand likely continues to grow faster than the U.S. average, executives from Cushman & Wakefield said on Wednesday. "(New York) is still a magnate for corporations from around the world and that will allow New York to continue to grow even if job...

Israel – Minister: Jerusalem-tel Aviv High-speed Rail To Open By Passover

January 10, 2018 at 09:35 PM
Jerusalem - After years of delay and red tape, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv high-speed rail is on track to operate within three months, Transportation Minister Israel Katz said on Tuesday. Amid concerns that the ribbon-cutting would be postponed yet again, the Transportation Ministry insisted the rail line would open on March 30, the day Passover begins. “I promised and I delivered,” said...

New York – U.S. Grand Jury Indicts Man Accused Of Manhattan Terror Attack

January 10, 2018 at 09:00 PM
New York - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub in the name of Islamic State in December was indicted on U.S. terrorism charges by a grand jury on Wednesday. Akayed Ullah, 27, faces charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass...

Washington – Among Obama’s Foreign Gifts: Cigars And Rum From Raul Castro

January 10, 2018 at 08:27 PM
Washington - Cubans are proud of their cigars and rum. So it made sense that Cuban leader Raul Castro provided more than $2,000 worth of his nation's most famous consumer products and other items to Barack Obama, his family and a top aide during the former U.S. president's final two years in office, according to federal documents posted online on Wednesday. The gifts were apparently aimed at...

New York – Investors Strip Most Cash In Four Years From U.S. Domestic Stock Funds

January 10, 2018 at 08:08 PM
New York - Investors are slimming down equity stakes bloated by a nearly decade-long bull market, withdrawing $22 billion from U.S. domestic stock funds in a single week, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data showed on Wednesday. The withdrawal, during the holiday-shortened week ended Jan. 3, marked the largest weekly retreat from the U.S.-based domestic stock funds in nearly four years...

Washington – Putin Aligned With Anti-Semites In Attacking Democracy, Senate Democrats Say

January 10, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Washington - An in-depth report by Senate Democratic staffers on Russian meddling in elections in the West includes several instances when the initiatives included alliances with anti-Semites. “The Congressional Research Service reports that many of the far-right European parties linked to the Kremlin are ‘anti-establishment and anti-EU, and they often share some combination of extreme...

Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Imam’s Sermon Invokes Islamic Text About Killing Jews

January 10, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Raleigh, NC - An imam in Raleigh, North Carolina, invoked an Islamic text that prophesies the killing of Jews by Muslims during a sermon at a local mosque. Abdullah Khadra made the statements in a sermon early last month two days after President Donald Trump announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “It is not new that the neighboring parts of Al Quds...

The Hague – Trump’s New Netherlands Envoy Sheds No Light On ‘Muslim Chaos’ Comment

January 10, 2018 at 06:06 PM
The Hague - U.S. President Donald Trump's new ambassador to the Netherlands, who two years ago said Muslim migrants had sown chaos in the country, cut short questions seeking clarification of those remarks in his first meeting with its media on Wednesday. Pete Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman for Michigan, was repeatedly asked about the comments, made at an event sponsored by the...

New York – NYC Sues, Divests From Oil Firms Over Climate Change

January 10, 2018 at 05:30 PM
New York - New York City sued five major oil companies, claiming they have contributed to global warming, on the same day officials announced they will sell off billions in fossil fuel investments from the city's pension funds. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would be seeking billions of dollars in the lawsuit to recoup money spent for resiliency efforts related to climate change. "We're...

Warsaw, Poland – Polish Olympian Raising Funds To Repair Jewish Cemetery

January 10, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A Polish Olympian is raising money for the construction of a monument dedicated to Jews from a village in southern Poland. Dariusz Popiela, the Polish champion in the canoe/kayak slalom and the silver medalist at the European Championships, both last year, is working to commemorate the Jews of Krościenko. Popiela, who participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and a...

Washington – GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, Noted Foe To Dems, Won’t Seek Reelection

January 10, 2018 at 04:30 PM
Washington - Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election after serving out his ninth term in Congress. Issa's decision continues a string of GOP lawmakers who have decided to retire rather than take on what would be a difficult re-election battle. Democrats had made defeating Issa one of their top priorities in the midterm elections. Issa...

Las Vegas – Got Batteries? Outage Stalls Giant Tech Show In Las Vegas

January 10, 2018 at 04:19 PM
Las Vegas - What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out? Thousands of people attending the world's biggest consumer technology show got a chance to test the battery life of the latest gadgets Wednesday when some showrooms and hallways went dark inside the vast Las Vegas Convention Center. The power has been out for at least an...

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