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Detroit – New Pickups From Ram, Chevy Heat Up Big-truck Competition

January 15, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Detroit - The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models that are larger, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors. For the first time in recent memory, two Detroit automakers are introducing new big trucks at the Motor City's auto show at the same time, in a hot sales...

London – Warning: Stifling Sneezes Can Be Health Hazard In Rare Cases

January 15, 2018 at 11:00 PM
London - Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze. In a case study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors described their initial confusion when the previously healthy man turned up in the emergency room of a...

Bnei Brak – Leading Charedi Rabbi: Non-religious Children Deserve Respect

January 15, 2018 at 09:57 PM
Bnei Brak - A remarkable video has emerged of Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, one of the two preeminent leaders of the Haredi world, advising families with children who have become non-religious not to reprimand them or kick them out of the house but instead to show them warmth and kindness. The rabbi even went so far as to say in a case where a mature boy brings home a girl, and ostensibly sleeps...

Gaza Strip – Across The Mideast, Palestinians Brace For Trump Aid Cuts

January 15, 2018 at 09:39 PM
Gaza Strip - Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months. Living with 25 relatives in a crowded home in this teeming Gaza Strip slum, the meager rations provided by UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugee families, are the last thing keeping his family afloat in the territory...

New York – Williamsburg Jewish Activist Driving Force Behind New NY Restroom Access Law, Providing Relief To Crohn’s, Colitis Sufferers

January 15, 2018 at 09:00 PM
New York - A bill recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo will finally be bringing welcome relief to those who suffer from two different types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The Crohn’s and Colitis Fairness Act was passed by the legislature last June and would give those who suffer from either of these two chronic diseases or certain other medical conditions the legal right to use...

Paris – Airbus Could Abandon A380 Superjumbo Amid Lackluster Sales

January 15, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Paris - Airbus said Monday it will stop making the costly A380 superjumbo if it can't strike a long-term deal with the airline Emirates for a steady supply of the planes. Abandoning the A380 would be a disappointing defeat for Airbus, which spent many years and many billions developing the double-decker behemoth, even as skeptics questioned the whether it could generate enough demand to...

Milwaukee – Intel Underfoot: Floor Sensors Rise As Retail Data Source

January 15, 2018 at 08:08 PM
Milwaukee - The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It's a question Milwaukee-based startup Scanalytics is helping businesses explore with floor sensors that track people's movements. The sensors can also be used in office buildings to reduce energy costs and in...

New York – Hundreds Converge On Times Square To Protest Racism, Trump

January 15, 2018 at 07:48 PM
New York - Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square in New York City to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further U.S. acceptance of Haitian immigrants. Politicians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) joined the demonstration Monday. Protesters...

Honolulu – Worker Who Hit False Missile Alert Is Reassigned

January 15, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Honolulu - Hawaii officials say an employee has been reassigned after mistakenly hitting the live alert button of the state's missile warning system, creating a wave of panic. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza said in an email Monday that the worker has been temporarily moved to a job without access to the system amid an internal investigation. He says no other...

Antwerp – Belgium: Explosion Collapses Building, Injures Up To 20

January 15, 2018 at 07:03 PM
Antwerp - Police said an explosion has torn through three adjacent homes in Belgium's northern port town of Antwerp and injured up to 20 people. Antwerp police said in a statement late Monday that most of the injuries were slight. Authorities rescued seven people from under the rubble. Antwerp police spokesman Wouter Bruyns told VRT network: "There are about 10, a maximum 20 casualties...

Bogota – Collapse Of Colombian Bridge Kills Nine Workers, Injures Five

January 15, 2018 at 06:44 PM
Bogota - At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said. The bridge, located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces, was to be part of the highway that connects the capital Bogota and the city of Villavicencio, and was not yet...

Djerba – Five Men Arrested In Connection With Firebomb Attack On Synagogue In Tunisia

January 15, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Djerba - Five men were arrested in connection with a firebomb attack on a historic synagogue in Tunisia. Four of the men, ages 19 and 20, were arrested on Friday and a fifth, age 21, believed to be the main culprit in the Jan. 9 attack, was arrested on Saturday, the Kapitalis news website reported. None of the men, residents of the island’s main city of Houmet Essouk. had a criminal record...

Washington – Melania Trump’s Style Evokes Europe Roots, Not America First

January 15, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Slovenian-born Melania Trump has been unafraid to go against her husband's "America First" agenda and stay true to her roots, if there's a message to be taken from her bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe in 2017. In her first year as first lady, Mrs. Trump has often wrapped herself in the clothes of her home continent as several American designers publicly refused to dress her in what...

West Bank – Palestinians To Get 3G In West Bank, After Israel Lifts Ban

January 15, 2018 at 05:27 PM
West Bank - Palestinians in the West Bank are finally getting high-speed mobile data services, after a yearslong Israeli ban that cost their fragile economy hundreds of millions of dollars, impeded tech start-ups and denied them simple conveniences enjoyed by the rest of the world. Palestinian cell phone providers Wataniya and Jawwal are expected to launch 3G broadband services in the West...

Washington – Trump Says Senator Durbin Misrepresented Discussion, Blames Him For Blowing Immigration Deal

January 15, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blamed Senator Dick Durbin for blowing up talks over a deal to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and said the Democratic lawmaker misrepresented his comments about Haiti and African countries. "Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting," Trump said in a post on Twitter, referring...

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