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Washington – Trump Defends Self After Comments, Says: ‘I Am Not A Racist’

January 14, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump defended himself Sunday in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations, declaring that "I am not a racist." Trump addressed the issue briefly as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. Asked what he thinks about people who think he is racist, Trump said, "No, No. I...

Honolulu – AP Reporter Recounts Moments After Hawaii Missile Alert

January 14, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Honolulu - It was a beautiful Hawaii morning: nice breeze, blue skies, birds chirping. Then terror struck. We were up early, my daughter and I, because this Saturday morning was her first day of ice skating lessons, a day we had been talking about and looking forward to for months. We were also having construction done in our Honolulu apartment, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Nuuanu...

Raleigh, NC – Trust And Truth Under Trump: Americans Are In A Quandary

January 14, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Raleigh, NC - When truck driver Chris Gromek wants to know what's really going on in Washington, he scans the internet and satellite radio. He no longer flips TV channels because networks such as Fox News and MSNBC deliver conflicting accounts tainted by politics, he says. "Where is the truth?" asks the 47-year-old North Carolina resident. Answering that question accurately is a cornerstone...

Rocha, Uruguay – Uruguayan Hostel Rejects Israeli Guests Over Owner’s Anti-Israel Political View

January 14, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Rocha, Uruguay - A Uruguayan hotelier rejected an Israeli couple as guests claiming he disagrees with Israeli politics. Amit Bradush, 22, and his partner received a personalized message from the hotelier via the Booking.com platform explaining their reservation had been canceled because his political view was “very contrary to the policies of your country,” reported El Pais news...

New York – AP Report: A Holocaust Museum In Brooklyn Focuses On Faith, Survival

January 14, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Faith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn. The three-year-old Amud Aish Memorial Museum, located far from the tourist crowds at near the very edge of the borough, focuses on the experiences of Orthodox Jews during and after the Holocaust. Its collection includes letters, diaries, photos and religious...

Berlin – Graffiti Activists In Berlin Turn Nazi Symbols Into Art

January 14, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Berlin - Horrified at the sight of swastikas scrawled on walls, children’s playgrounds and building sites, a group of graffiti artists in Berlin is transforming the Nazi symbols into colorful artwork such as flowers, cars and animals. The swastika, which was adopted by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, is banned in Germany, where right-wing sentiment has risen due to an influx of more than a...

Washington – FDA Approves Drug For Women With Breast Cancer Caused By BRCA, The ‘Jewish Gene’

January 14, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Washington - Regulators in the United States have approved a drug for women with advanced breast cancer caused by BRCA gene mutations, which disproportionately affects Ashkenazi Jewish women. The Food and Drug Administration approved AstraZeneca PLC’s Lynparza for patients with inherited BRCA gene mutations who have undergone chemotherapy, the FDA said in a statement. The approval was...

Trenton, NJ – New Jersey Divests From Denmark’s Largest Bank To Comply With State Anti-BDS Law

January 14, 2018 at 08:04 PM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey divested from Denmark’s largest bank in order to comply with a state law against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or BDS movement against Israel. In late December, the New Jersey state government sold off its investments in Danske Bank, which has on its list of excluded companies two Israeli defense companies – Aryt Industries and Elbit Systems – which the...

Port Richey, FL – Fire Engulfs Casino Shuttle Boat Off Florida Coast, 15 Injured

January 14, 2018 at 07:36 PM
Port Richey, FL - At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said. A preliminary investigation showed the fire broke out at about 4:17 p.m. EST from an apparent engine issue, said Shawn Whited, division chief with Pasco Fire Rescue. "The...

Santa Ana, CA – Car Goes Airborne, Slams Into 2nd Floor Of California Office

January 14, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Santa Ana, CA - Authorities say two people escaped serious injuries when the car they were in went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a Southern California dental office. Orange County fire officials say the Nissan Altima hit a center divider early Sunday, soared into the air and plowed into the top floor of the two-story structure in Santa Ana. The sedan's front half was wedged...

United Nations – US Denies Visa For Israeli Singer To Perform At UN For Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 14, 2018 at 07:00 PM
United Nations - The United States embassy in Israel has declined a visa request by Israeli singer Amir Benayoun, who is scheduled to perform a song he wrote at the United Nations annual ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Benayoun is scheduled to be joined on stage at the U.N. in New York by singers David D’Or and Miri Mesika, who already have received their visas, and...

Honolulu – Missile-alert Mistake Feeds Doubts About A Real Emergency

January 14, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Honolulu - A blunder that caused more than a million people in Hawaii to fear that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday about the government's ability to keep them informed in a real emergency. Residents and tourists alike remained rattled a day after the mistaken alert was blasted out to cellphones across the islands with a warning to seek immediate shelter...

Jerusalem – Israel To Ease Stock Trading Dual-listing With Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto

January 14, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) said on Sunday it approved a plan to allow Israeli companies traded in Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto to easily dual-list on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). "These are markets whose regulatory level is as high as in Israel and dual-listing could encouraging trade on TASE," ISA Chairman Shmuel Hauser said. In 2000, the dual-listing...

Kaunas, Lithuania – Japan PM Abe Honors ‘Japanese Schindler’ In Lithuania

January 14, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Kaunas, Lithuania - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the former Japanese consulate in Lithuania on Sunday to commemorate a Japanese diplomat credited with saving an estimated 6,000 Jews from almost certain death in 1940. Chiune Suhigara was serving as Japanese consul in Kaunas, then capital of Lithuania, when he disobeyed his superiors and issued Japanese visas to Jews fleeing...

New York – Bronx Fire Kills 2 Inside Throggs Neck Housing Development, Fire Officials Say

January 14, 2018 at 04:39 PM
Bronx, NY - A man and a teenage girl have been killed in an apartment building fire in New York City. It happened just after noon on Sunday at a seven-story apartment building in the Bronx. Police say a 61-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl were found unconscious and unresponsive. They were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead. It took firefighters about an hour to get...

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