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Yerevan – Armenia’s Capital Honors Holocaust Survivor Who Coined The Term ‘Genocide’

December 31, 2018 at 11:25 PM
Yerevan, Armenia - Armenia’s capital named a street for Raphael Lemkin, the Jewish lawyer who coined the term genocide. The deputy mayor of Yerevan, Sergey Harutunyan, said during the ceremony earlier this month that Lemkin’s legacy had a “serious impact” on world history, the Armenrpess agency reported from the Dec. 11 ceremony. Lemkin was born in what is today Belarus to a...

New York – Oil Posts First Year Of Losses Since 2015

December 31, 2018 at 11:00 PM
New York - Oil prices ended with full-year losses for the first time since 2015, after a desultory fourth quarter that saw buyers flee the market over growing worries about a supply glut and mixed signals related to renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran. For the year, U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI)futures slumped nearly 25 percent, while Brent tumbled more than 19.5 percent. The market...

Omaha, NE – U.S. Strategic Command Apologizes For Tweet About Dropping Bombs

December 31, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Omaha, NE - U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the country's nuclear arsenal, apologized for a Twitter message saying it was ready if necessary to drop something "much, much bigger" than the New Year's Eve ball in New York and showing a clip of an aircraft releasing bombs. "#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball...if ever needed, we are #ready to drop...

Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh Steelers Donate $70,000 To Jewish Community

December 31, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Pennsylvania - The Pittsburgh Steelers handed a check for $70,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Fund for Victims of Terror on Sunday. The money was raised by the team and its partners from the sale of merchandise branded with the "Stronger Than Hate" logo. The logo, which was created by Tim Hindes after the antisemitic massacre of 11 Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh in...

Paris – France’s Arab World Institute Takes Down Photo Of A Blood-stained Netanyahu

December 31, 2018 at 09:35 PM
Paris - Following protests, a French government institute devoted to promoting Arab culture removed from its website a picture depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holding up bloody hands. The picture, showing protesters wearing Netanyahu masks at a rally while holding up their red painted palms, was featured this month on the Arab World Institute’s website. It advertised a...

Staten Island, NY – Moms And Babies Safe On Maternity Ward Despite Mold That Has Sickened Nursing Staff, Says SI Hospital

December 31, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Staten Island, NY - Mold that sickened over four dozen employees on the maternity floor of a Staten Island hospital over the past few months has not affected any patients, according to facility officials. Staten Island University Hospital executive director Dr. Brahim Ardolic confirmed that babies were removed to a backup nursery earlier in the fall after an odor was reported at the...

Manchester, England – UK Counter-terrorism Police Investigate Stabbings In Manchester

December 31, 2018 at 08:48 PM
Manchester, England - British counter-terrorism police are investigating stabbings at Manchester Victoria train station that left three people injured, including a police officer, on New Year's Eve, the Greater Manchester Police said. Police were, however, keeping an open mind as there was no intelligence suggesting a wider threat, the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement posted on...

Washington – Ivanka Trump Plans Global Women’s Economic Development Push

December 31, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Washington - Ivanka Trump is set to launch a White House effort aimed at women's global economic empowerment in early 2019. A formal launch for the initiative was planned for next week but has been postponed amid uncertainty about the government shutdown, the White House said Monday. The original plan for the event included remarks from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security...

Washington – U.S. Mint American Eagle 2018 Gold, Silver Coin Sales At 11-year Lows

December 31, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Washington - U.S. Mint sales of American Eagle gold and silver coins dropped to their lowest in 11 years during 2018, U.S. Mint data showed on Monday, as investors favored higher-yielding assets, despite global stock and bond market volatility late in the year. Total 2018 sales of American Eagle gold coins sold by the U.S. Mint reached 245,500 ounces, the lowest on a year-over-year basis since...

New York – NYC Pharmacies Can’t Sell Cigarettes Starting Jan. 1

December 31, 2018 at 07:25 PM
New York - New York City pharmacies won't be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores. The city's health department says the change will affect about 500 pharmacies currently selling tobacco products. The new rules follow a ban on...

Washington – Low-key Days At Supreme Court May Be Ending Soon

December 31, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been unusually solicitous of each other in the courtroom since Kavanaugh's confirmation, and several have voiced concern...

New York – NYPD Won’t Fly Drone In Times Square On Rainy New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018 at 06:22 PM
New York - A rainy New Year's Eve in New York has some Times Square revelers ponying up to keep dry, while police are scrapping plans to deploy a drone to keep watch over the crowd for the first time. Monday's damp, but mild weather saw people paying up to $10 for the kind of plastic ponchos that sell for less than $2 at Walmart. Larissa Duke, of Ontario, Canada, went for a more frugal...

Washington – Trump’s Pick For AG Once Questioned Value Of Border Wall

December 31, 2018 at 06:03 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, once questioned the value of a wall along the Mexican border similar to the one the president has advocated, describing the idea as "overkill." Barr was attorney general under President George H.W. Bush when he was asked in a Feb. 24, 1992, interview whether he supported a proposal from Republican presidential...

Brussels – Law Banning Kosher Slaughter Of Animals To Become Effective In Belgium

December 31, 2018 at 05:28 PM
Brussels - A ban in Belgium on the Jewish and Muslim methods of ritual slaughter of animals will go into effect on New Year’s Day. The Flemish Region, whose capital is Antwerp, passed the measure in July 2017 over vociferous objections by faith community leaders. It becomes effective on Jan. 1. A similar ban in the Walloon Region, another of the three parts that make up the federal...

Washington – Outgoing Defense Secretary Urges Employees To Stay Focused

December 31, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Washington - Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is quoting President Abraham Lincoln in a farewell message to defense employees, urging them to stay focused on their mission. Mattis quoted from a letter Lincoln wrote in 1865 to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. It said: "Let nothing which is transpiring, change, hinder, or delay your military movements, or plans." It seemed a veiled reference to...

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