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Long Island, NY – Black Jewish Man Says He Was Almost Shot While Buying Conditioner

January 5, 2018 at 03:38 PM
Long Island, NY - Imagine walking into a convenience store with your headphones on, picking out a conditioner bottle — then turning around to see two police officers pointing their guns at you. That’s what happened to Ben Faulding, a black Jewish New Yorker who goes by @TheHipsterRebbe on Twitter and Instagram. In a tweet thread Wednesday, he narrated his shock when, on a walk back from...

New York – Lottery Fever: U.S. Powerball And Mega Millions Jackpots Top $1 Billion

January 5, 2018 at 03:16 PM
New York - U.S. lottery players on Friday and Saturday night will get two shots at record Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots that together topped $1 billion after going months without a winner. At stake in Friday's 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT Saturday) Mega Millions drawing is a $450 million prize, the fourth-largest in its history with a $281 million payout if the winner selects a lump-sum...

Tehran – Iran Stages Pro-government Rallies, Cleric Urges Firm Punishment For Protest Leaders

January 5, 2018 at 03:05 PM
Tehran - Tens of thousands of government supporters rallied across Iran on Friday, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and accusing arch-enemy the United States of instigating the biggest anti-government protests for nearly a decade, state TV reported. Tehran's Friday prayer leader called on authorities to deal "firmly" with those responsible for igniting over a week of...

Tampa, FL – Rare US Coins Sell For Pretty Penny At Auction In Florida

January 5, 2018 at 02:30 PM
Tampa, FL - When is a penny worth $300,000? When it's one of the first copper coins struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, in 1793. The annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention is being held in Tampa this week, and three historic coins, including the pricey penny, went up for auction Thursday evening. Mark Borckardt, a senior numismatist with Heritage Auctions in Dallas...

Queens, NY – Airliner Makes Emergency Landing At NYC’s Kennedy Airport

January 5, 2018 at 02:06 PM
Queens, NY - American Airlines says a jet taking off from New York City's Kennedy Airport had to turn around and land because of a "possible mechanical issue." Airline spokesman Ross Feinstein says the plane took off just after 1 p.m. and was back on the ground less than 20 minutes later. Feinstein says the plane was being inspected and he could not immediately give further details. The...

Washington – Trump Speaks With Mitt Romney As He Weighs Senate Bid

January 5, 2018 at 02:05 PM
Washington - The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate who has expressed interest in running for Senate in Utah. The two men spoke briefly Thursday night. The White House says they spoke about Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after four decades. Hatch's departure opens the door for Romney, who has been a frequent...

Alabama – Roy Moore’s Jewish Lawyer Is Actually A Christian

January 5, 2018 at 01:33 PM
Alabama - The Jewish lawyer Roy Moore’s wife invoked to defend the candidate against charges of anti-Semitism is, in fact, a convert to Christianity. Kayla Moore told Al.com, an Alabama news site, on Thursday that when she said last month, as the Alabama Senate race headed into its final stretch, that “one of our attorneys is a Jew,” she was referring to Martin Wishnatsky. Wishnatsky...

Stockholm – Sweden Has Failed Its Jews, Ambassador Says

January 5, 2018 at 01:07 PM
Stockholm - Swedish authorities have failed to protect the country’s Jewish community, the Scandinavian country’s ambassador to Israel said following anti-Semitic incidents in Malmo and Gothenburg. Magnus Hellgren said this in an interview for the Israeli daily Makor Rishon following the attempted torching of the Gothenburg synagogue and cries about killing Jews in Malmo. Both events...

Pristina – Kosovo: We’d Have Voted With US On Jerusalem

January 5, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Pristina - Kosovo president Hashim Thaci said his Muslim-majority nation would have voted with the United States against a United Nations resolution condemning the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Thaci said in a recent interview with the Albanian newspaper Express that were Kosovo to achieve full United Nations membership it would vote with the United...

Washington – Author Of Trump Book Contradicts President, Says He Interviewed Him

January 5, 2018 at 11:50 AM
Washington - The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump's assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had authorized "Zero access" to the White House. Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" went on sale on Friday, its...

Copenhagen, Denmark – World’s Most Expensive Vodka Bottle Stolen From Danish Bar Found

January 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM
Copenhagen, Denmark - Danish police say a valuable bottle of vodka that was reported stolen from a Copenhagen bar has been found. Copenhagen police say the bottle — which is worth $1.3 million, according to its owner — was recovered intact. Police say the investigation is continuing. The vessel is made of 3 kilograms (6.6. pounds) of gold and the equivalent amount of silver. It has a...

Des Moines, Iowa – Despite Law Changes Lottery Winners Will Face Big Tax Bills

January 5, 2018 at 10:59 AM
Des Moines, Iowa - Pity the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery game winners. Federal tax law changes would seem to promise that those who beat the odds and win a jackpot could keep more of their winnings from the government. But even as the new law cut top federal income tax rates, it also reduced the ability to deduct state taxes. There are exceptions, as 10 states including California...

Washington – Public Breakup With Trump Costs Bannon A Key GOP Backer

January 5, 2018 at 10:29 AM
Washington - The acrimony surrounding former White House adviser Steve Bannon's very public break with President Donald Trump is escalating, suggesting a permanent split between the president and the pugilistic strategist who helped put him in the Oval Office. The new fissure in an already fractious Republican Party cast doubt on Bannon's hopes to foment a movement centered on "Trumpism...

New York – Blizzard Forces World’s Largest Passenger Jet To Land At Small NY Airport

January 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM
New York - A massive winter storm forced the world's largest passenger airplane to divert to a small New York airport on Thursday after heavy winds and whiteout conditions closed runways at its intended destination John F. Kennedy International Airport. The 325 passengers aboard Singapore Airlines Flight 26 from Frankfurt, Germany, found themselves on a snowy runway around 1pm local time for...

Kigali, Rwanda – Rwanda, Uganda Deny Deal With Israel To Take Africa Migrants

January 5, 2018 at 09:22 AM
Kigali, Rwanda - The governments of Rwanda and Uganda are denying any deal with Israel to host thousands of African migrants told to leave that country in the next three months or face incarceration. Israel's Population and Immigration Authority this week called on migrants from Sudan and Eritrea to leave "to their country or to a third country," meaning Rwanda or Uganda. Those who leave...

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