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London – Catch Me If You Can: London Drone Attack Lays Bare Airport Vulnerabilities

December 21, 2018 at 03:33 PM
London - A mystery drone operator's success in shutting down Britain's second busiest airport for more than 36 hours has exposed the vulnerability of others across the world to saboteurs armed with such cheap and easily available devices. The incursion at London Gatwick, a brazen game of cat and mouse that those responsible played with Europe's top military power, underlined how many airports...

New York – Amazon’s Fleet Of Jets Is Growing

December 21, 2018 at 03:00 PM
New York - Amazon is expanding its airplane fleet, diminishing further its reliance on major delivery services like UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service. The company said Friday it will lease 10 Boeing 767s planes, bringing its total fleet to 50 with the goal of getting orders to people faster and more reliably. Amazon's fleet of planes is far smaller than those at UPS and FedEx, which...

Washington – Trump Signs Sweeping Criminal Justice Bill

December 21, 2018 at 02:49 PM
Washington - With a government shutdown just hours away, President Donald Trump on Friday signed rare bipartisan legislation addressing concerns with the criminal justice system. Trump called the bill "an incredible success for our country" and "beyond bipartisan" during an Oval Office signing ceremony. Lawmakers and advocates also hailed it as a hugely influential package and thanked the...

Washington – Justice Ginsburg Has Surgery To Remove Cancerous Growths

December 21, 2018 at 02:30 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery to remove two malignant growths from her left lung. It's Ginsburg's third bout with cancer since she joined the court in 1993. The court says the 85-year-old Ginsburg had the surgery Friday in New York and will remain in the hospital for a few days. The court says doctors found "no evidence of disease elsewhere...

France – Paris Duty Free Store Sorry For Invoice Calling Tel Aviv Airport ‘occupied Palestine’

December 21, 2018 at 02:06 PM
Paris - A jewelry store at Paris Orly airport apologized for describing Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport as being located in “Occupied Palestine Territories.” In October, a receipt given to an Israeli couple who purchased an item at the Royal Quartz/Galeries Lafayette store said Ben Gurion was in occupied “Palestine.” The airport is not located in disputed territories. Arthur Lemoine...

New York – Digital Detox: Resorts Offer Perks For Handing Over Phones

December 21, 2018 at 02:00 PM
New York - Can you take a vacation from your cellphone? A growing number of hotels will help you find out. Some resorts are offering perks, like snorkeling tours and s'mores, to guests who manage to give up their phones for a few hours. Some have phone-free hours at their pools; others are banning distracting devices from public places altogether. Hotels that limit cellphone use risk losing...

New York – As FAANG Stocks Falter, Fund Managers Make Bets On Survivors

December 21, 2018 at 01:30 PM
New York - A bear market in the so-called FAANG stocks - Wall Street's most popular trade going into the year - is pushing fund managers into searching for the next big growth companies that can lead the overall market higher. Shares of Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Netflix Inc, and Google-parent Alphabet Inc reached record highs in July. Since then, problems ranging from...

United Kingdom – London’s Gatwick Airport Halts Flights Again After New Report Of Drone

December 21, 2018 at 01:05 PM
United Kingdom - London's Gatwick Airport suspended flights on Friday just hours after reopening following a 36-hour closure which stranded more than 100,000 Christmas travelers when a mystery saboteur used drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers. Services had resumed at Britain's second busiest airport early on Friday after suffering its worst disruption since a volcanic ash cloud...

Washington – Anti-Semitism Allegations Are Splitting The Women’s March

December 21, 2018 at 01:00 PM
Washington - When the Women’s March galvanized millions of women in 2017 as a response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, Jewish participants were loud and proud. Synagogues and Jewish activist organizations sent large contingents to the main march in Washington and satellites around the country. Groups ranging from the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center to Chabad...

Washington – US Aircraft Carrier Enters Persian Gulf After Long Absence

December 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Washington - A U.S. aircraft carrier has sailed into the Persian Gulf, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The arrival Friday of the USS John C. Stennis comes as Iranian officials have returned to repeatedly threatening to close off the Strait of...

Washington – Officials: Trump Call With Turkish Leader Led To US Pullout From Syria

December 21, 2018 at 12:02 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was made hastily, without consulting his national security team or allies, and over strong objections from virtually everyone involved in the fight against the Islamic State, according to U.S. and Turkish officials. Trump stunned his Cabinet, lawmakers and much of the world with the move by rejecting the...

Berlin – German Court Decides Against Trying Alleged Nazi Camp Guard

December 21, 2018 at 11:25 AM
Berlin - A German court has declined to put on trial a 95-year-old man alleged to have served as a guard at the Nazis' Mauthausen concentration camp, saying Friday that it doesn't see enough evidence to support charges of accessory to murder. The Berlin state court said prosecutors have appealed against its decision, which was made Thursday. Charges against the suspect, who has been...

Paris – Four Years After Charlie Hebdo Attack, Suspect Arrested

December 21, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Paris - French authorities have confirmed the arrest of a suspected extremist linked to the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine. Speaking to RTL radio, the minister for the armed forces, Florence Parly, said Friday: "This is a very good news because this terrorist played an important role in organizing the Charlie Hebdo attack." The Paris prosecutor's office confirmed the arrest...

Jersey City, NJ – Polish Statue, Subject Of International Flap, Won’t Be Moved

December 21, 2018 at 10:23 AM
Jersey City, NJ - A Polish memorial statue that was at the center of a trans-Atlantic debate when a New Jersey mayor proposed moving it from its waterfront location will stay put. Jersey City's council voted early Thursday to keep the Katyn memorial where it has stood for more than 25 years. The Jersey Journal reported the vote. The council's vote ended a nine-month saga that featured...

London – Lockerbie Bombing Victims Remembered On 30th Anniversary

December 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM
London - Memorial services are being held in Scotland and the United States to remember the 270 people killed when a Pan Am passenger plane exploded over the town of Lockerbie 30 years ago. Wreaths will be placed in their memory on Friday. On Dec. 21, 1988, 259 people on board Pan Am Flight 103 from London Heathrow Airport to New York were killed, and 11 more died on the ground, after the...

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