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New York – How To Plan Your Smart Home_ And Weigh Privacy Risks

December 10, 2018 at 11:04 PM
New York - You might have heard of lights that turn off with an app or voice command. Or window shades that magically rise every morning. Technology companies are pushing the "smart home" hard, selling appliances and gadgets that offer internet-connected conveniences you didn't know you needed. But before you succumb to the temptation — for yourself or others — consider that these devices...

Washington – U.S. Lawmakers To Unveil Revised Criminal Justice Bill In Push For Final Passage

December 10, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Washington - A proposed overhaul of America’s prison policies and criminal sentencing standards was being revised on Monday as U.S. lawmakers scrambled to win enough support for it ahead of the end of the year, said sources involved in the negotiations. Revisions to the bill could pressure Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring it up for a vote, which he has so far...

New York – Alexandra Ocasio-cortez Defends Jewish Heritage Claim: ‘culture Isn’t Dna’

December 10, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - US congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her claim she descends from Sephardic Jews who fled from the Spanish Inquisition to Puerto Rico, claiming her “culture isn’t DNA.” In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the far-left Democrat, who was elected last month to represent a district in New York that includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, shed light on her...

Washington – Scramble Is On To Find New White House Chief Of Staff

December 10, 2018 at 09:31 PM
Washington - Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief of staff after his first choice to replace John Kelly bailed at the last minute and several other...

Atlanta, GA – This Santa Claus Is An Orthodox Jew

December 10, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Atlanta, GA - Just like any other Santa Claus, Santa Rick will spend much of the next couple of weeks sitting children on his knee, asking whether they’ve been good and listening to their Christmas wishes. If it’s a Saturday, he may have slept overnight in the building. And he’ll only accept payment after nightfall. For Santa Rick’s last name is Rosenthal, and he’s an Orthodox Jew...

Albany, NY – Hey, You’ll Always Know: Cuomo Vetoes Lottery Anonymity Bill

December 10, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a measure that would have allowed big lottery jackpot winners in New York to remain anonymous. Bill sponsors wanted New York to follow the lead of a handful of other states that give jackpot winners the option of anonymity so they can avoid being besieged by people seeking money. The bill would have applied to jackpots over $5,000. Cuomo said in a...

Brooklyn, NY – 2 City Workers On Modified Duty In Benefits Office Case

December 10, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Two New York City employees involved in a confrontation that led to police forcefully taking a young child from his mother's arms at a public benefits center will be put on modified duty pending an investigation. The commissioner of the city's Department of Social Services says he's "deeply troubled" by the situation and a "thorough" review is underway. A witness says...

New York – Customs Officers Searching More Travelers’ Devices

December 10, 2018 at 08:00 PM
New York - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers more often, and did not always follow proper protocol, a new watchdog report has found. The report made public Monday found there were 29,000 devices searched at a port of entry out of 397 million travelers to the U.S. in budget year 2017, up from 18,400 the year before from 390 million...

Washington – U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices Drop To Lowest In 1.5 Years

December 10, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Washington - U.S. gasoline prices at the pump fell to the cheapest in about a year-and-a-half on Monday, driven lower by sagging crude oil prices and excess supply of the fuel, market participants said. Nationally, gas prices averaged just under $2.42 a gallon on Monday, the lowest since late August 2017, according to data from the American Automobile Association (AAA). Gasoline futures on the...

Brasilia – Arab League Tells Brazil’s Bolsonaro Israel Embassy Move Could Harm Ties

December 10, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Brasilia - The Arab League has warned Brazil's right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro in a letter that moving Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could harm relations with Arab countries, a diplomat said on Monday. The letter to Bolsonaro from the league's Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit was delivered to Brazil's foreign ministry, according to the Arab diplomat who asked not to be...

New York – Almost Half Of S&P 500 Stocks In A Bear Market

December 10, 2018 at 06:30 PM
New York - The S&P 500 is not yet in a bear market, but nearly half of its components are. Hurt by worries about global growth, the S&P 500 <.SPX> on Monday fell 0.25 percent, putting the benchmark index on track for its lowest close since May and stirring fears that a decade-old Wall Street rally may be over. Earlier in the session, the index was down as much as 1.9...

Jerusalem – Israel Accepted Into Global Financial Watchdog Group

December 10, 2018 at 06:01 PM
Jerusalem - Israel says it has been accepted as a member in a global money laundering and terrorism financing watchdog group. The Financial Action Task Force is an intergovernmental group of some 35 countries based in Paris that sets international standards on terror financing and money laundering. Israel says Monday that its acceptance into the group will allow it to take an active role...

Cairo – Egypt Restricts Yellow Vests Sales To Avoid Copycat Protests

December 10, 2018 at 05:30 PM
Cairo - Egyptian authorities have quietly introduced restrictions on the sale of yellow reflective vests, fearing opponents might attempt to copy French protesters during next month's anniversary of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security officials and retailers said Monday. They said industrial safety equipment dealers have been instructed not to sell yellow...

New York – Artificial Dyes Fading, But Food Will Still Get Color Boosts

December 10, 2018 at 05:01 PM
New York - Many companies including McDonald's and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don't expect your burgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren't going to stop playing into those perceptions. What's accepted as normal can change, too, and vary by region. Up until the 1980s, Americans expected pistachios...

Chicago – A Chicago Neighborhood Battles Endless Flow Of Illegal Guns

December 10, 2018 at 04:27 PM
Chicago - Ke'Shon Newman's daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood. He walks on brightly lit streets, the ones lined with Jamaican jerk and seafood joints, minimarkets, the White Castle, a Shell gas station. If shooting erupts, he wants witnesses — and, if necessary, help. He listens to music...

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