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Washington – Trump Speech Leads To 4.5 Million Tweets

January 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's first State of the Union is the most-tweeted joint address to Congress ever, according to Twitter. The social network says 4.5 million tweets were sent around the annual event, surpassing last year's record of 3 million for Trump's first address to Congress — which wasn't technically a State of the Union. According to the platform, the most tweeted...

New York – Emergency Alerts To Be Sent Less Widely To Make Them Useful

January 30, 2018 at 11:28 PM
New York - Regulators want to make emergency alerts on cellphones more useful by requiring wireless carriers to distribute them less widely. The Federal Communications Commission says carriers must transmit the alerts to more specific locations, rather than broadly. That could help make alerts more relevant. The fear is that consumers will disregard alerts if they come too often or don't...

New York – Credit Card Rewards Take The Sting Out Of A Starter Budget

January 30, 2018 at 11:03 PM
New York - As credit card rewards rates and bonuses skyrocket in value, they've fattened the wallets of many creditworthy consumers. But one group especially can benefit from these ever-growing offers: millennials. For folks in their 20s to mid-30s, credit card rewards can trim expenses and make travel affordable at a time when income often flows to other financial priorities. "Without...

Washington – Text Of President Donald Trump’s State Of The Union Address

January 30, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Text of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, as provided by Federal News Service: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, first lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans, less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium in this majestic chamber to speak on behalf of the American people and to address their concerns, their...

Los Angeles – A Taxpayer Backed Bank For Pot Money? Maybe In California.

January 30, 2018 at 10:34 PM
Los Angeles - California officials announced Tuesday that they will take a detailed look at the possibility of creating a taxpayer-backed bank to handle what could be billions of dollars in revenue generated by the state's legal marijuana industry. State Treasurer John Chiang stopped short of endorsing the idea but said his office would work with the state attorney general to examine how a...

Washington – Trump Uses Boy’s Flag-planting Project To Scold NFL Players

January 30, 2018 at 10:33 PM
Washington - They could all agree to support 12-year-old Preston Sharp and his project to plant flags on the graves of veterans. But it was a different story when President Donald Trump used that good deed to scold athletes, ahead of the Super Bowl, who kneel during the national anthem. Members of Congress, the Cabinet, the Supreme Court and assorted guests applauded Trump's shout-out to...

New York – In The #MeToo Era, Some Synagogues Are Banning Shlomo Carlebach Songs

January 30, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - When Rabbi Angela Buchdahl announced how her synagogue would respond to the #MeToo moment, she singled out a man. But he wasn’t one of her congregants, synagogue clergy or staff members. He was Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, perhaps the most prominent 20th-century composer of American Jewish music. Carlebach penned a vast body of songs and liturgical melodies heard in worship services...

New York – NYPD Speeding Up Plan To Equip Officers With Body Cameras

January 30, 2018 at 09:23 PM
New York - New York City says it's speeding up a plan to equip all its police officers and detectives on patrol with body cameras. The announcement was made Tuesday by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh), police Commissioner James O'Neill and Democratic City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. More than 20,000 cameras will be in use in the 34,000-member department by the end of...

Washington – Democrats Make Fashion _ And Button _ Statements

January 30, 2018 at 09:09 PM
Washington - Democrats crowding the House chamber are letting buttons — and the color of their clothes — send messages. Many are wearing rectangular lapel buttons that say "TIME'S UP," a statement against workplace sexual harassment. Several members of Congress have ended their careers lately over harassment allegations, and the buttons were distributed at a morning meeting of Democratic...

Las Vegas – ‘Person Of Interest’ Redacted From Vegas Shooting Records

January 30, 2018 at 09:02 PM
Las Vegas - Search warrant records unsealed Tuesday show that in the first hours after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas police and FBI agents identified two people of interest along with the lone gunman, Stephen Paddock. The name of one of those people is blacked out in the court records. The other is Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley. She was in the...

Washington – Melania Trump Goes To Capitol Without President

January 30, 2018 at 08:53 PM
Washington - Scenes from the Capitol on a night of pomp, pageantry and politics for the State of the Union address: With all eyes on her, a poised Melania Trump took her seat in the gallery above the packed House moments before her husband delivered his State of the Union speech. Mrs. Trump, sheathed in an all-white Dior pantsuit, had traveled to the Capitol separately from President Donald...

Lithuania – A Lithuanian Town Is Building A Memorial To Its Jewish Community. It’s Because Of An Arizona Genealogist

January 30, 2018 at 08:28 PM
Lithuania - A memorial to the Jews of a small Lithuanian town is being constructed due to an Arizona genealogist. Joel Alpert saw a black-and-white film portraying life at the turn of the 20th century in Yurburg, which today is known as Jurbarkas, during a visit to the Holocaust History Center in Tucson. Alpert recognized it as his grandparents’ hometown. At a family reunion in 2001, a...

Warsaw, Poland – Israeli Criticism Sparks Anti-Jewish Remarks In Polish Media

January 30, 2018 at 08:01 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A diplomatic dispute between Poland and Israel over pending legislation that would outlaw blaming Poland for the crimes of the Holocaust has led to an outburst of anti-Semitic comments in Poland, including some in the government-controlled media. Poland's lower house of parliament gave its approval Friday to the bill, which calls for penalties of up to three years in prison...

Washington – Congressman: Deport ‘Illegal Aliens’ At State Of The Union

January 30, 2018 at 07:32 PM
Washington - A Republican legislator from Arizona said any "illegal aliens" who attend Tuesday's State of the Union address should be arrested and deported. More than 20 Democratic lawmakers are inviting "Dreamers," immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and are living here illegally. "Of all the places where the rule of law needs to be enforced, it should be in the...

Tel Aviv – Prosecution Drops Probe Against Olmert Over ‘Leak Of Classified Information’

January 30, 2018 at 07:02 PM
Tel Aviv - The State Prosecutor’s Office has decided not to open a criminal investigation against former prime minister Ehud Olmert over an alleged leak of classified information. The announcement comes some six months after the prosecution police to investigate whether Olmert had committed a criminal offense while incarcerated at Maasiyahu Prison in Ramle while serving a 27-month sentence...

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