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Washington – Senate Takes Rare Path In Confirming Trump Judicial Nominee

January 30, 2018 at 06:25 PM
Washington - For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Senate has confirmed a judicial nominee without a seal of approval from a home state senator. The 56-42 vote Tuesday to confirm David Stras of Minnesota demonstrates anew Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's resolve in getting President Donald Trump's judicial nominees confirmed. The Republican-led Senate went ahead with a...

Wichita, Kansas – Ruling: Kansas Law Targeting Israel Boycotts Chills Speech

January 30, 2018 at 06:02 PM
Wichita, Kansas - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Kansas law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel, saying the state law violates their free speech rights. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree wrote in his decision that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the "First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott like the one punished...

Miami, FL – Two Men Arrested For 2010 Florida Museum Gold Bar Heist

January 30, 2018 at 05:27 PM
Miami, FL - Two men have been arrested on federal theft charges accusing them of stealing a 17th-century gold bar from a Key West, Florida, museum more than seven years after the treasure valued at $550,000 disappeared. Jarred Alexander Goldman, 32, and Richard Steven Johnson, 41, made initial court appearances on Tuesday, a day after their arrests, Annette Lima, a Justice Department...

Washington – Amazon, Buffett And JPMorgan Join Forces On Health Care

January 30, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Washington - Three of corporate America's heaviest hitters — Amazon, Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase — sent a shudder through the health industry Tuesday when they announced plans to jointly create a company to provide their employees with high-quality, affordable care. The announcement was short on details about precisely what the independent company will do. But given the three...

New York – U.S. Judge In Immigrants Case Blasts Trump’s ‘Vicious’ Comments

January 30, 2018 at 04:28 PM
New York - A U.S. judge on Tuesday said he could not ignore what he called "vicious" comments about Latinos made by President Donald Trump as he considers whether to block the president's decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said at a hearing in Brooklyn that the Republican...

Haifa, Israel – Haifa Rabbinical Court Allows Man To Marry Second Wife After Divorce Refusal

January 30, 2018 at 04:01 PM
Haifa, Israel - A man who has been estranged from his wife for at least four years and whose wife in that time has refused to consent to a divorce has been given permission by the Haifa Rabbinical Court to marry a second wife. The ruling is dependent on a final approval by Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef. Such a decision is rare but not unheard of, and there are several dozen requests every year...

Seoul – What It’s Like To Be Jewish In South Korea

January 30, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Seoul - Though the Jewish community in South Korea is small, Jews visiting the country to compete in or watch the Winter Olympic Games won't have to skimp on kosher food or Shabbat programming. The country's Chabad emissary is setting up a pop-up restaurant in Pyeongchang County, the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. During the Olympics, which start on Feb. 9, the temporary eatery will serve...

Washington – Top Jobs In Congress No Longer The Prize They Used To Be

January 30, 2018 at 03:22 PM
Washington - Lawmakers spend their careers eying coveted committee chairmanships, angling for the chance at the perks and power that came with the top spot. New Jersey Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is bowing out after one term. Frelinghuysen's announcement Monday that he would not seek re-election, giving up the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee, punctuated the...

London – MI6 Makes Rare Public Tribute, Honors British Spy For Saving Jews From Nazi Germany

January 30, 2018 at 03:02 PM
London - In a rare acknowledgment of its secretive work, Britain's MI6, officially the Secret Intelligent Service, honored late British intelligence officer Major Frank Foley on Tuesday for saving an estimated 10,000 German Jews in Nazi Germany prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The most senior spy in Berlin, stationed in the German capital's British Embassy, Foley issued thousands...

Jerusalem – Israelis Protesting Pending Deportation Of African Migrants

January 30, 2018 at 02:02 PM
Jerusalem - A government plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants has sparked an unexpected backlash from liberal Israelis and their American Jewish allies who say Israel — established in the wake of the Holocaust — should never be turning away those in need. The showdown could come to a head on April 1, when the state plans to start expelling Africans, some of whom have been...

Warsaw Poland – Polish Power Grid Operator To Work With Israeli Utility On Cyber-security

January 30, 2018 at 01:30 PM
Warsaw, Poland - Polish power grid operator PSE said on Tuesday it will cooperate with Israel Electric Corporation Limited to fight potential cyber threats in the energy sector. PSE said the Israeli utility was a leader in its region in the cybersecurity field. PSE started a computer emergency response team (CERT) at the end of 2016 to help maintain cybersecurity. The special unit has...

New York – Walmart To Share Inventory Data With Suppliers In Battle With Amazon

January 30, 2018 at 01:03 PM
New York - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday the company will share more data with suppliers to move faster in replenishing out-of-stock items as it tries to better compete with rivals like Amazon.com Inc. The company, which does business as Walmart, said its On Shelf Customer Availability (OSCA) data, which was only accessible internally, will be shared at the Supplier Growth Forum, a...

Hawaii – FTC: Emergency Worker Did NOT Send Missile Alert Accidentally

January 30, 2018 at 01:01 PM
Hawaii - A Hawaii employee who mistakenly sent an alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile earlier this month, creating a panic across the state, thought an actual attack was imminent, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. Hawaii has been testing alert capabilities, and the employee for the state Emergency Management Agency mistook a drill for a real warning about a missile...

Washington – Trump Puts Twitter Aside As He Prepares For Big Speech

January 30, 2018 at 12:27 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump will herald a robust economy and push for bipartisan congressional action on immigration in Tuesday night's State of the Union address, as he seeks to rally a deeply divided nation and boost his own sagging standing with Americans. The speech marks the ceremonial kickoff of Trump's second year in office and is traditionally a president's biggest platform to...

Geneva – 11 Countries Speed Up Funding For Palestinians After US Cuts

January 30, 2018 at 12:16 PM
Geneva - The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday that Russia, Kuwait and nine European countries have agreed to speed up their contributions to help fill a shortfall left by the Trump administration's decision to greatly reduce crucial U.S. funding. Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency also said it has received no specifics...

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