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New York – Bad Review? Owners Should Address Online Reviewers’ Concerns

December 12, 2018 at 11:35 PM
New York - Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions. Many business owners have faced the same uncomfortable situation since the advent of online review sites — a negative review, out there for...

Washington – Weather Agency Chief: I’ve Never Briefed Trump On Warming

December 12, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump. Acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Adm. Timothy Gallaudet said in a press conference at a scientific meeting this week, "I personally have not briefed the president on climate change." Gallaudet said...

Miami – Israeli Woman Sues Royal Caribbean Over Husband’s Zip Line Death

December 12, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Miami - A Jewish woman claims Royal Caribbean Cruises is responsible for a zip line accident that killed her husband on the Honduran island of Roatan. Court records show that attorneys for 27-year-old Shir Frenkel sued the company in Miami federal court last month, seeking more than $1 million in damages. The lawsuit says Frenkel who is from Herzliya, Israel and her husband, 24-year-old...

New York – For Retailers, The Smartphone Is Future Of Store Experience

December 12, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - Retailers are taking back some control of the store experience with smartphone app features that let customers do things like scan and pay, as well as download digital maps. Nike created a buzz last month when it unveiled two new features on its mobile app during the opening of its latest high tech store in New York City. One feature lets shoppers see details of every item displayed...

Paris – France Tax Protests Often Feature Anti-Semitic Rhetoric

December 12, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Paris - Protests in France over taxes are giving rise to anti-Semitic rhetoric, a prominent watchdog group said. The head of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism, or BNVCA, Sammy Ghozlan, said Wednesday that “the ‘Yellow Jackets’ movement has an anti-Semitic base that repeats conspiracy theories about Jews and power.” Launched last month as a protest against a...

Brooklyn, NY – A Lesbian Comedian Did Not Want To Become Famous By Tussling With Rabbis

December 12, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Leah Forster found herself thrust into the limelight this week, and she’s not so happy about it. Though the Jewish comedian has more than 23,000 followers on Instagram and plays prominent venues across this city, it wasn’t her jokes that got her in the news this time. Instead it was the lesbian performer’s claim that twice last month, kosher eateries in Brooklyn backed out...

Lake Placid, NY – Israel Has A Bobsled Team, And It Wants To Compete In The Olympics

December 12, 2018 at 08:35 PM
Lake Placid, NY - In the span of just a couple days, Chaim Raice went from never having been on a bobsled to being a contender to represent Israel in the 2022 Winter Olympics. And it all started with a Facebook post. Raice, a house builder based in Pomona, New York, was browsing the social media site in November when he saw a post saying that the Israeli bobsled team was in need of another...

Amsterdam, NY – Jewish Actor Kirk Douglas Honored In NY Birthplace With Historic Marker

December 12, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Amsterdam, NY - Public officials and relatives of Kirk Douglas have unveiled a new historic marker in his upstate New York birthplace to honor the Hollywood legend on his birthday. The blue and yellow New York state historic marker was presented in Amsterdam on Sunday, the actor's 102nd birthday. The sign will be erected near the home where he was born as Issur Danielovitch to Russian Jewish...

Los Angeles – Man Sues Airlines After Getting Finger Caught In Airplane Armrest

December 12, 2018 at 07:33 PM
Los Angeles - A man is suing after he says one of his pinky fingers was caught in an airline armrest mechanism for nearly an hour during a flight to Los Angeles. City News Service reports Stephen Keys has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against both American Airlines Inc. and SkyWest Airlines Inc., alleging negligence. A representative for American, which has a flying...

Sacramento, CA – OMG: California Mulls Texting Fee To Help Poor People Get Phones

December 12, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Sacramento, CA - California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state Public Utilities Commission, the Mercury News reported. The wireless industry and business groups have...

Washington – Trump Campaign Russia Contacts Alarm Intelligence Experts

December 12, 2018 at 06:36 PM
Washington - From suggestions of "political synergy" and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump's orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence field. The attempts by Russians to establish contact, which were laid out in the latest court filings by special counsel Robert...

Hampton, VA – Melania Trump Makes First Lady History With Ride In Osprey

December 12, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Hampton, VA - Melania Trump made history Wednesday by flying in a V-22 Osprey aircraft during a visit to a pair of military bases. The White House says it's the first time a first lady has flown in an Osprey. The tiltrotor aircraft takes off and lands vertically. Mrs. Trump flew round trip between Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington and Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton...

Miami – Cuba Health Mystery: Diplomats Had Inner-ear Damage Early On

December 12, 2018 at 05:30 PM
Miami - American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday. The detailed findings were published in a medical journal nearly two years after what the U.S. calls "health attacks" began — and they shed no new light on a...

Washington – US Turns Down Israeli Request To Punish Lebanon For Tunnels Dug By Hezbollah

December 12, 2018 at 04:59 PM
Washington - The United States rejected an Israeli request that it impose sanctions on Lebanon after the Israeli army uncovered several tunnels dug by Hezbollah under the Israeli-Lebanese border. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the request when he met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels last week, according to Haaretz. Netanyahu claimed that Lebanon, by allowing Hezbollah to...

Philadelphia – University: Hill Can Keep Teaching Job After Calling For ‘A Free Palestine From The River To The Sea’

December 12, 2018 at 04:30 PM
Philadelphia - Marc Lamont Hill, a political commentator who was fired by CNN after a video surfaced of him calling for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea” will not lose his teaching position, Temple University said. The Philadelphia school’s board of trustees stated their “disappointment, displeasure, and disagreement with Professor Hill’s comments” made late last month...

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