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Tokyo – Bluefin Tuna Sold For $320,000 In Tsukiji’s Last New Year

January 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Tokyo - An 892 pound (405 kilogram) bluefin tuna has sold for 36.5 million yen ($320,000) in what may really be Tsukiji market's last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo, local media reports said Friday. The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction was well below the record 155.4 million yen bid at 2013's annual New Year auction. It amounts to about...

New York – Apple To Issue Fix For iPhones, Macs At Risk From ‘Spectre’ Chip Flaw

January 4, 2018 at 11:37 PM
New York - Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers. On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc's Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips...

West Bank – Growing Obsession: Palestinian Stuffs Pillows With 67 Years Of Hair

January 4, 2018 at 11:03 PM
West Bank - Palestinian mother Ezzeya Daraghmeh opens up a pillowcase and pulls out large clumps of her multi-colored hair that she has kept for nearly seven decades. "I like my hair and I hate to throw it away. Even when Icomb my hair or wash it I keep the hair that falls off," the 82-year-old told Reuters at her home in Tubas in the West Bank. Daraghmeh started collecting her hair when...

Bronx, NY – 13th Person Dies Week After Apartment Fire Caused By Toddler

January 4, 2018 at 10:36 PM
Bronx, NY - A 13th person has died from injuries suffered in one of New York City's deadliest fires in decades. Police say 27-year-old Holt Francis was critically injured in the Dec. 28 Bronx apartment building fire and died at a hospital on Thursday. They say the fire was caused by a 3-year-old boy playing with stove burners. Francis' wife, their two daughters and a niece also were killed...

Washington – Ellison Tweet On Antifa Handbook And Trump Draws Criticism

January 4, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is drawing criticism for calling attention to a book that critics say condones a left-leaning group using violence in clashes with white supremacists. Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, posted a photo on Twitter Wednesday of himself posing with the book "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook." The book calls violence during...

Albany, NY – New York Governor’s DC Attacks Prompt 2020 Speculation

January 4, 2018 at 09:30 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may or may not end up running for the White House. But he's already taking on the current occupant. The Democrat delivered a full-throated attack on President Donald Trump and his fellow Washington Republicans on Wednesday with a State of the State address with two audiences: New Yorkers, who will decide this fall whether to re-elect Cuomo as governor, and...

Washington – Trump Lawsuit Over White House Book ‘Nonstarter,’ Legal Experts Say

January 4, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Any lawsuits by President Donald Trump against former chief strategist Steve Bannon or the author and publisher of a book depicting a chaotic White House and Trump as out of his depth would almost certainly fail and could lead to more damaging disclosures, legal experts said. Trump threatened legal action against Bannon over "libelous" remarks quoted by writer Michael Wolff in the...

Harrisburg, PA – Half-ton Butter Sculpture Unveiled At Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 4, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Harrisburg, PA - A half-ton (0.45 metric tons) of butter has been transformed into a sculpture celebrating Pennsylvania's dairy industry and heralding the start of the state's 102nd Farm Show. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says the sculpture unveiled Thursday highlights the careers and roles the dairy industry plays in the state. The sculpture features renderings of a cow and a...

Omaha, NE – Warren Buffett Proclaims Optimism For America’s Financial Future

January 4, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Omaha, NE - Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor renowned for his preternatural optimism for America and its citizens' well-being, on Thursday encouraged those worried about the economic prospects for themselves and their children to shed their fears. In an essay for the Jan. 15 issue of Time magazine, the chairman of the insurance and investment company Berkshire Hathaway Inc tried to...

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia: No Evidence Shows It Had A Hand In 9/11 Attack

January 4, 2018 at 07:25 PM
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's lawyers say a judge should reject a New York lawsuit by victims of the Sept. 11 attacks trying to hold the kingdom to blame. The lawyers said in a Manhattan federal court filing Thursday the plaintiffs lack evidence despite a new law by Congress enabling claims against Saudi Arabia. Other lawsuits against Saudi Arabia were rejected before Congress passed a 2016 law...

New York – Senator Gillibrand Raises Concerns About Interim Manhattan US Attorney

January 4, 2018 at 07:00 PM
New York - Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday she opposed the possible nomination of Manhattan's interim top federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman to permanently fill the post, citing concerns over his independence from President Donald Trump. Gillibrand, the junior U.S. senator from New York, said in an emailed statement to Reuters she was concerned about reports Trump...

Washington – U.S. Suspending More Than $255 Million In Security Aid To Pakistan

January 4, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Washington - The United States said on Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan, which one official said was worth more than $255 million, until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. The U.S. State Department announced the decision, saying it reflected the Trump administration's frustration that Pakistan has not done more against the two...

New York – A Fantastic Year For Fund Investors: Everyone’s A Winner

January 4, 2018 at 06:01 PM
New York - Sometimes, everyone's a winner. Last year was one of those times for mutual-fund investors. Nearly every fund made money during 2017, which ended up being one of the most enjoyable years in history for investors as improvements in corporate profits and economies around the world lifted markets. Even some of the biggest laggards of recent years shared in the gains, including funds...

New York – American Airlines Says Storm Prompts 1,300 Flight Cancellations

January 4, 2018 at 05:35 PM
New York - American Airlines Group Inc said Thursday it and its regional partners have canceled more than 1,300 U.S. flights due to a massive winter storm. The largest U.S. airline said it has canceled all remaining flights at New York City area airports on Thursday and expects to resume service on Friday. Both of New York City's major airports are currently closed. The airline has also...

Tel Aviv – Israel Proposes Ban On Trading Shares Of Cryptocurrency Companies

January 4, 2018 at 05:07 PM
Tel Aviv - Israel may ban from trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange companies whose main business revolves around bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the Israel Securities Authority (ISA), the country's markets regulator, said on Thursday. The regulator has proposed an amendment to exchange rules that would prohibit it from listing shares issued by companies that mainly invest in, own or...

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