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Pyongyang – N. Korea Insists US Act First Before It Gives Up Nukes

December 20, 2018 at 11:52 PM
Pyongyang - North Korea said it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat. The surprisingly blunt statement jars with Seoul's rosier presentation of the North Korean position and could rattle the fragile trilateral diplomacy to defuse a nuclear crisis that last year had many fearing war. The statement...

Seattle – Amazon To Lower Some Fees For Third-party Sellers

December 20, 2018 at 11:01 PM
Seattle - Amazon.com Inc is going to lower some fees it charges third-party sellers on its marketplace, the company said on Thursday. The marketplace unit allows third-party sellers, who account for over 50 percent of the total units sold on Amazon, to sell their wares on the ecommerce giant's website and app. "We expect newly announced marketplace fee changes to slightly lower overall take...

Washington – Otto Warmbier Parents Seeks Over $1B From North Korea

December 20, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Washington - A wrongful death lawsuit filed this year by the parents of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier (WARM'-beer) against North Korea is now seeking more than $1 billion from the government the Warmbiers say tortured and killed their son. Fred and Cindy Warmbier, of suburban Cincinnati, sued in April in federal court in Washington. North Korean authorities arrested their son in January...

New York – 10 Years Ago, The Bernie Madoff Scandal Rocked The American Jewish World. Here’s How Those Victims Have Fared

December 20, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - Robert Lappin was in Palm Beach when he found out that his charity was broke and his money was gone. It was the same small, moneyed Florida town where he would see Bernie Madoff at the Breakers Palm Beach, the golf resort where both men stayed during the winter. Although the hotel was a social scene for older, wealthy Jews, Lappin didn’t play golf or eat dinners with Madoff —...

West Port, CT – World’s Large Hedge Fund Manager Says ‘Near-recession-level Growth’ In 2019

December 20, 2018 at 09:34 PM
West Port, CT - Greg Jensen, co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world, is forecasting "significantly weaker, near-recession-level growth" next year. In a telephone interview on Thursday, Jensen said financial markets are "not pricing in" 2019 U.S. growth close to 1 percent and gross domestic product a "little bit lower" for the rest of the...

California – Los Angeles-area Freeway Named For Barack Obama

December 20, 2018 at 09:15 PM
California - Signs have gone up naming a section of a Los Angeles-area freeway as the President Barack H. Obama Highway. The signs posted Thursday on State Route 134 apply to a stretch running from State Route 2 in Glendale, through the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles to Interstate 210 in Pasadena. The former president attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 to 1981 and lived...

Jerusalem – Mystery Disconnects And Loop Recordings Plaguing Israeli-US Phone Calls

December 20, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Is it a spy system gone wrong, a way to snatch some extra profits or just a telecom glitch? Whatever is happening with international calls from Israel has people wondering and speculating in a new world of technology that is used constantly, but few even remotely understand. In recent days, a growing number of people have been noticing a loop phenomenon where, during...

Albany, NY – Census: NY Lost More Population Than Any Other State

December 20, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Albany, NY - New York state's population declined more than any other state in a recent 12-month period. New numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week show the state's population declined by 48,510 between July 1, 2017, and July 1 of this year. That's the largest decline of the nine states that lost population during that time. New York's population is 19.75 million. Nevada and...

Washington – U.S. Government Shutdown Looms As House Passes Wall Funds For Trump

December 20, 2018 at 08:28 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funds hurled the federal government closer to a shutdown as the Republican-led House approved a package Thursday with his $5.7 billion request that is almost certain to be rejected by the Senate. The White House said Trump will not travel to Florida on Friday for the Christmas holiday if the government is shutting down. More than...

Pittsburgh – The Pittsburgh Shooting Caught The US Jewish Community Off Guard. Can They Catch Up?

December 20, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Pittsburgh - Eliot Engel, a Democrat who reviles President Donald Trump, and Lee Zeldin, a Republican who eagerly embraces the president, happen to have plenty in common. They are Jewish congressman from New York known for their pro-Israel leadership, and they share a distant relative. They were also both blindsided by the recent season of anti-Semitic invective, culminating in the...

New York – NY Mayor Supports Legalizing Marijuana, If It’s Done Right

December 20, 2018 at 07:27 PM
New York - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says he's in favor of legalizing marijuana, but only if it's done right. The mayor spoke Thursday at a Dominican cultural center in upper Manhattan. De Blasio follows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in jumping aboard a marijuana legalization train that is gaining momentum. The Democratic mayor says legalization should include the...

New York – ETFs, Major Supporter Of U.S. Stock Market, Stop Buying The Dip

December 20, 2018 at 07:00 PM
New York - There is no more mistletoe hanging above the markets. The romance U.S. fund investors once had with the stock market was put to rest in 2018 when buy the dip turned into sell the rip. For evidence, look no further than exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which hold baskets of stocks across the market and have been a primary buyer throughout this bull market. In 2017, investors often...

San Antonio – ‘Fake News’ Sign Planted With Arrow Pointing To San Antonio Holocaust Museum

December 20, 2018 at 06:36 PM
San Antonio - A sign reading “Fake News” and “#MAGA” was planted with an arrow pointing at the marquee of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio. The sign discovered on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community was removed on Tuesday morning, the news website MySanAntonio reported. It was discovered early Tuesday morning by the campus...

Washington – House Panel To Give Trump Ally Stone’s Transcript To Russia Probe

December 20, 2018 at 06:03 PM
Washington - A U.S. congressional panel will send a transcript of its interview with Roger Stone, a close political ally of President Donald Trump, to prosecutors investigating possible coordination between Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia, a committee source said on Thursday. Democrats who take control of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee next month have...

Washington – Pentagon Chief Mattis Quits, Citing Policy Differences With Trump

December 20, 2018 at 05:29 PM
Washington - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general who was known as a stabilizing force in President Donald Trump's Cabinet, will leave his job at the end of February, Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. His departure had been anticipated since Trump announced on Wednesday that he was withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria despite opposition from U.S. allies and top...

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