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San Francisco – Airbnb Says Revenue For 3Q Was Best Ever, Topping $1 Billion

November 16, 2018 at 03:45 PM
San Francisco - Airbnb had its best quarter ever, even as cities across the U.S. have started clamping down on the short-term rental market. Revenue during the third quarter breezed past the $1 billion level as guest reservations boomed internationally in places like Beijing, Mexico City and Birmingham, England, the San Francisco company said Friday. Airbnb expects a record one million...

Chicago – Obama’s Memoir Sells More Than 700,000 Copies

November 16, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Chicago - President Donald Trump says he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but hasn't yet submitted them. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday that he answered the questions "very easily" this week but added that "you have to always be careful." The president did not say when he would turn over the answers to Mueller as part of the ongoing...

Frankfort, KY – A Close Call: Just 1 Vote Decided This Kentucky House Race

November 16, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Frankfort, KY - Mary Beverly Goetz is 76, uses a walker and recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Worried her health issues would prevent her from voting for Democrat Jim Glenn in her western Kentucky state House district, she requested an absentee ballot by mail and sent it in weeks ahead of the election to make sure her vote was counted. Glenn won by one vote. "It made me feel...

Versailles, France – Scientists Approve To Redefine The Kilogram In Historic Vote

November 16, 2018 at 02:30 PM
Versailles, France - In a historic vote, nations unanimously approved Friday a ground-breaking overhaul to the international system of measurements, coming together in a way that they fail to do on so many other issues behind new definitions for the kilogram and other key units vital for trade and science. Scientists for whom the update represents decades of work clapped, cheered and even wept...

Paradise, CA – Paradise Is Reduced To Ash, But Memories Survive The Flames

November 16, 2018 at 02:15 PM
Paradise, CA - There's a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with a wagon and ox took a break under a grove of tall evergreens. The air was cool, the pine needles fragrant. "Boys," said the team boss, "this is paradise." Thus, more than 170 years ago, Paradise was born. From the start, it was enriched with gold mined from nearby hills and...

Warsaw, Poland – Holocaust Scholar Sues Group That Said He ‘Slandered’ Poland

November 16, 2018 at 02:00 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A prominent Holocaust researcher said Friday he is suing a Polish organization for libel after it waged a public campaign last year accusing him of slandering Poland's good name for his work exploring Polish violence against Jews during World War II. Historian Jan Grabowski, of the University of Ottawa in Canada, told The Associated Press he brought a lawsuit on Thursday...

Washington – White House Writing Up Rules For Reporters

November 16, 2018 at 01:45 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump says the White House is "writing up rules and regulations" for reporters after a judge ordered the administration to restore credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Trump told reporters Friday that "people have to behave." He added that if journalists "don't listen to the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win." Asked what he...

Gaza City – Hamas Abides By Cease-fire, Restrains Protests

November 16, 2018 at 01:15 PM
Gaza City - Gaza's Hamas rulers are sticking to cease-fire with Israel by keeping border protests widely restrained. Thousands of Palestinians participated Friday in a Hamas-organized rally along the perimeter fence dividing Gaza from Israel, with crowds staying at least 300 meters from the fence. However, Gaza's health ministry said 40 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire and tear...

Washington – Trump Says He Has Finished Answers To Special Counsel’s Questions

November 16, 2018 at 12:53 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday that he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but hasn't yet submitted them. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he answered the questions "very easily" this week about the special counsel's ongoing probe into 2016 election interference and possible ties between Russia and the president's campaign. "You...

Shanghai – Luxury Hotel Built In Former Pit Mine To Open In China

November 16, 2018 at 12:25 PM
Shanghai - A luxury hotel opening outside Shanghai is offering guests with deep pockets the chance of a very deep sleep. The 18-story Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel has been built into the side of a huge hole in the ground left by a former pit mine. Sixteen of its floors are below ground level, looking out onto the rest of the former quarry. Two floors are underwater. "I...

New York – NY State Councilman Sorry For Suggesting Orthodox Jews Aren’t ‘Normal’

November 16, 2018 at 11:59 AM
New York - A councilman in upstate New York apologized for a text that juxtaposed Orthodox Jews with “normal” ones. Peter Bradley, a member of the Clarkstown Town Council in Rockland County, apologized on Nov. 12 and again the following day at a council meeting for the statements he made on Nov. 2, less than a week after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in which 11 worshippers were...

New York – Snow, Ice And Anger In Wake Of Storm That Crippled Entire Metro Area

November 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM
New York - The snow and ice that literally brought the greater New York area to its knees yesterday may be no match for the heated anger that appears to be everywhere today as area residents demand explanations for the abysmal failures that left commuters stranded for hours on end. Preparations for the snow, which was expected to be a one to three inch event in much of the area began in...

Washington – Judge Orders White House To Return Acosta Pass

November 16, 2018 at 10:35 AM
Washington - A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, saying Acosta suffered "irreparable harm" from the decision to bar him. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision following a hearing. The judge said Acosta's credentials would...

New York – Snow In NYC Prompted El Al Flights To Divert To Europe After Shabbos Scare

November 16, 2018 at 10:18 AM
New York - Two EL AL planes that took off late Friday from JFK airport in New York will land in Rome and Athens instead of Ben Gurion Airport, in order to prevent religious and haredi travelers from arriving late to Israel and thus desecrating Shabbat. Flight LY008 will land at 15:00 in Rome. Flight LY002 will land at 14:45 in Athens. Two EL AL planes that took off late Friday from JFK...

New York – Beloved NYC Toy Store FAO Schwarz Makes Its Comeback

November 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM
New York - Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York. A new FAO opens Friday in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near Central Park. For more than 150 years, FAO Schwarz was known in New York City for its classy and sometimes extravagantly expensive toys. The fantasyland store it opened on...

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