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Mojave, CA – Virgin Galactic Tourism Rocket Ship Reaches Space In Test

December 13, 2018 at 11:24 PM
Mojave, CA - Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding descent, said mission official Enrico Palermo. It landed on a runway minutes later. "We made it to...

Mechanicsburg, PA – Man Gives Up 1st-class Plane Seat For Mother With Ill Child

December 13, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Mechanicsburg, PA - A Pennsylvania man who has been praised for giving up his first-class seat for a mother with an 11-month-old sick baby said he doesn't think it was that big of a deal. Jason Kunselman said he first saw Kelsey Zwick and her daughter Lucy getting ready to board an airplane from Orlando to Philadelphia on Dec. 6. It's common to see ill children at the Orlando airport because...

Washington – Flurry Of Democrats Expected To Enter 2020 White House Race In Coming Weeks

December 13, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Washington - A rush of Democrats will likely announce U.S. presidential bids in January in an unusually early start to the 2020 election cycle, lining up for what is poised to be a crowded race to take on President Donald Trump. Democrats are riding a wave of enthusiasm after taking control of the House of Representatives in last month's congressional elections, which were viewed as a...

Phoenix – CNN: Anchor Promptly Made On-air Correction About Arpaio

December 13, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Phoenix - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio alleges in a defamation lawsuit that CNN made no effort to correct anchor Chris Cuomo's erroneous statement that the lawman was a convicted felon. But CNN says in a statement Thursday that Cuomo corrected his error within minutes of making it on Jan. 10. Arpaio says the correction has no bearing on the case. CNN says an online companion story about...

Jerusalem – Noah Klieger, Holocaust Survivor And Storied Journalist, Is Dead At 92

December 13, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Jerusalem - Noah Klieger, who survived Auschwitz by pretending to be a boxer and went on to a storied career in journalism, died Thursday in Israel. He was 92. As a prisoner in Auschwitz, Klieger was selected for the gas chamber but managed to talk himself out of the sentence in a personal encounter with the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Later, he faked his way on to a boxing squad at Auschwitz...

New York – Record $46 Billion Pulled From U.S.-based Stock Funds In Latest Week: Lipper

December 13, 2018 at 09:15 PM
New York - Record cash streamed out of U.S.-based stock funds and billions more fled bonds in a week of apparently escalated caution, Lipper data showed on Thursday. More than $46 billion thundered out of U.S. stock mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the most ever, while a near-record $13 billion poured from bonds, according to the research service. Relatively low-risk money market...

New York – Natalie Portman Says Israel’s Nation-state Law Is ‘racist’

December 13, 2018 at 09:03 PM
New York - Natalie Portman isn’t a fan of Israel’s controversial nation-state law, which defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The Jerusalem-born actress slammed the law, which was criticized as it was debated and adopted over the summer, in an interview with BBC’s Arabic language channel published Sunday. “It’s racist and there’s nothing else to say about...

Washington – Federal Prosecutors Probing Trump Inauguration Spending: WSJ

December 13, 2018 at 08:25 PM
Washington - Federal prosecutors are investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural committee misspent some of the funds it raised, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter. The investigation opened by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office is examining whether some of the committee's donors gave money in exchange for...

Portland, OR – Holocaust Survivor Killed By Car While Crossing Street

December 13, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Portland, OR - A 92-year-old man who survived Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street near his home in Oregon. Alter Wiener died Tuesday in Hillsboro and was pronounced dead at a hospital, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported . Wiener endured three years in concentration camps and later in life wrote an autobiography titled, "From a...

Washington – US Traces Lettuce Outbreak To At Least 1 California Farm

December 13, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Washington - U.S. health officials have traced a dangerous bacterial outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least one farm in central California. Food regulators said Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine lettuce. The Food and Drug Administration said 59 people have now been sickened by the...

Springfield, IL – Investment Board Says Airbnb West Bank Action Is Illegal

December 13, 2018 at 07:01 PM
Springfield, IL - Illinois officials say that Airbnb’s ban on lodging listings in the disputed West Bank violates state law. The Investment Policy Board ’s vote Wednesday followed Gov. Bruce Rauner’s request last month. He sought a review of Airbnb’s decision to remove 200 participating properties in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The board decision means Illinois could ban...

Washington – Watchdog: No Evidence FBI Tried To Destroy Text Messages

December 13, 2018 at 06:34 PM
Washington - The Justice Department's watchdog found no evidence the FBI intentionally destroyed text messages of two former FBI officials involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Instead, the inspector general faulted an FBI-wide software failure that has resulted in large portions of FBI text messages not being archived. Thursday's report examines a gap in messages from...

Jerusalem – Father Of Murdered Soldier Speaks About Stepson

December 13, 2018 at 06:04 PM
Jerusalem - Rabbi Eliyahu Merav, the stepfather of Yossi Cohen, one of the soldiers who fell in the shooting attack at the Givat Asaf junction earlier today, spoke to Channel 10 News about his son's final words. "Yossi was a beautiful and pure soul. He was on a mission. We sent him with great love," the bereaved father told the news station. "When we sat at [our last] Shabbat meal and everyone...

Washington – Report: Jared Kushner Under Consideration For White House Chief Of Staff

December 13, 2018 at 05:56 PM
Washington - Jared Kushner is being considered for White House chief of staff, according to a CBS News report. Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, would replace John Kelly, who is set to leave his position at the end of the year. Kushner, an Orthodox Jew, has been serving as Trump’s senior adviser since he took office...

New York – New York Sues Target, Walmart For Sale Of Lead-contaminated Toys

December 13, 2018 at 05:31 PM
New York - New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said on Thursday that she had filed a lawsuit against Target Corp, Walmart Inc and toy importer LaRose Industries over the sale of lead-contaminated children's toys. Underwood said her office conducted tests in New York City, Long Island, and the Syracuse and Buffalo areas on "Cra-Z-Jewelz" jewelry-making kits that were imported by LaRose...

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