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Beirut – Hezbollah Criticizes Lebanon Decision To Allow Spielberg Film

January 19, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Beirut - Hezbollah criticized the Lebanese government on Friday for allowing cinemas to screen Steven Spielberg's film "The Post" despite calls for a ban because of the director's links to Israel. The movie premiered in Beirut this week after Lebanon's interior minister ruled against any ban. Activists in Lebanon had campaigned against the film because Spielberg gave funds to Israel during...

New Jersey – Prosecutors Say They Will Retry New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

January 19, 2018 at 03:39 PM
New Jersey - The government has told a federal judge in New Jersey it will seek a retrial of Sen. Bob Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge on Friday seeks a retrial of the Democrat "at the earliest possible date." Menendez and his longtime friend, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen (MEHL'-genn), were charged with a bribery scheme...

Washington – U.S. Congress Introduces Resolutions Honoring Argentina’s Slain Prosecutor Alberto Nisman

January 19, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Washington - Resolutions calling for a “full and just investigation” into the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. In the House, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Ted Deutch, a Republican and a Democrat, respectively, from Florida, introduced the resolution, they said in a statement Friday, the three-year anniversary...

Washington – Trump Decries ‘Permissive’ U.S. Abortion Laws At Massive Rally

January 19, 2018 at 02:46 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend "the right to life." The Republican president's speech, relayed via video link from the White House Rose Garden to thousands gathered on Washington's National...

Washington – Official: US Weighs Designating Embassy In Jerusalem As Early As 2019

January 19, 2018 at 02:33 PM
Washington - The Trump administration is considering a plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as early as next year, rather than waiting for several years. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said previously that planning is under way for a new facility in Jerusalem that will take at least three years. In the meantime, three U.S. officials say Tillerson may designate an existing...

London – Jews Reportedly Barred From UK Campus Lecture On Israel’s ‘reproductive Sabotage

January 19, 2018 at 02:00 PM
London - A British university distanced itself from faculty accused of barring Jews from a public lecture that they organized on campus about Israel’s alleged “reproductive sabotage” against Arabs. A spokesman for the University of Warwick, located 90 miles northwest of London, said Wednesday’s 17 event “was organized by group of researchers and students” and “was not organized...

Canberra, Australia – Drone Rescue Off Australian Beach Heralded As World-first

January 19, 2018 at 01:31 PM
Canberra, Australia - A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney. They were about a kilometer (0.6 mile) from lifeguards who were about to start...

New York – SEC Says Bitcoin Funds Raise ‘Investor Protection Issues’

January 19, 2018 at 01:00 PM
New York - The U.S. securities regulator on Thursday raised alarm about the safety of bitcoin-themed investments, telling the fund industry they want answers to their concerns before endorsing more than a dozen proposed products based on cryptocurrencies. A top division chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission detailed the agency's concerns about the wild-trading investment in a...

Alaska – Winter Is Off To Late Start In Normally Frigid Rural Alaska

January 19, 2018 at 12:24 PM
Alaska - Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation's largest — and usually coldest — state. Months of higher-than-normal temperatures in parts of rural Alaska have opened dangerous gaps in frozen rivers that residents use to travel from village to village and to hunting grounds since there are no roads. One troublesome ice highway is the half-mile-wide (0.8-kilometer-wide...

Maryland – Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commish. After Record Year In Homicides

January 19, 2018 at 12:15 PM
Baltimore, MD - Following a record year in homicides, Baltimore's mayor fired the city's police commissioner, saying a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime more quickly. Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the force, will take Commissioner Kevin Davis' place immediately, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Friday. "My decision is because I'm inpatient," Pugh said...

New York – Amazon Raises Monthly Fee For Prime Service By 18 Percent

January 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM
New York - Amazon.com Inc raised the monthly fee for the U.S. version of its fast-shipping and video-streaming service Amazon Prime by $2 on Friday, making the case for subscribers to upgrade to an annual plan. It was the first increase of Prime fees in almost four years and comes at the end of another bullish year and holiday season for Amazon's dominant online shopping platform. The move...

Washington – Trump Appointee Quits After CNN Unearths Anti-Muslim Rants

January 19, 2018 at 11:45 AM
Washington - A U.S. official appointed by President Donald Trump has resigned after CNN posted excerpts of him making racist and Islamophobic comments on a radio show he used to host, the news network reported. Carl Higbie resigned from his post as external affairs chief at the Corporation for National and Community Service, according to a statement from CNCS spokeswoman Samantha Jo Warfield...

Washington – Anti-smoking Plan May Kill Cigarettes_ and Save Big Tobacco

January 19, 2018 at 11:24 AM
Washington - Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new...

Elizabeth, NJ – Main Span Of Goethals Bridge Hauled Off For Scrap (Video)

January 19, 2018 at 11:03 AM
Elizabeth, NJ - The main span of the Goethals Bridge is headed to the scrap yard. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has released a time-lapse video that shows workers removing the 350-foot cantilever span, which has connected Elizabeth with Staten Island since 1928. It was lowered onto a barge to be taken to Port Newark for scrapping. Demolition of the remaining bridge will...

Beirut – Hezbollah Accuses Israel Of Sidon Bombing

January 19, 2018 at 10:36 AM
Beirut - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah on Friday accused Israel of a bomb attack that wounded a member of the Palestinian group Hamas in the Lebanese city of Sidon, calling it an act of aggression. The Israeli military said it does not comment on foreign reports. The bomb blast injured the Hamas member on Sunday, destroying his car as he was about to get in. "The bomb that targeted a...

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