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Washington – Bob Dole Gives George H.W. Bush Standing Salute, Rising From Wheelchair In Dramatic Moment

December 4, 2018 at 04:30 PM
Washington - Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has saluted President George H.W. Bush at the casket of the late president. Like Bush, Dole is a World War II veteran. He arrived in the Capitol rotunda in a wheelchair pushed by an aide. At the casket's side, the aide lifted Dole, 95, into a standing position. Once steadied, Dole saluted. Bush achieved the office that Dole sought in 1996...

New York – U.S. Stocks Plunge, Dow Down Nearly 800 Points

December 4, 2018 at 04:04 PM
New York - Stocks are falling sharply on Wall Street Tuesday as traders worry that the U.S. and China made less progress than originally thought on defusing their dispute over trade. Bond prices rose and yields are dropping as investors turn to lower-risk assets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 799 points and the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note has fallen to its...

New York – NYC Taxi Board Sets Minimum Pay For App-based Drivers

December 4, 2018 at 04:00 PM
New York - New York City taxi regulators have approved new pay standards for app-based car services that they say will raise drivers' annual earnings by $10,000 a year. The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Tuesday on new rules that will establish a per-minute and per-mile payment formula for Uber, Lyft, Via and Gett. The formula is supposed to result in drivers earning $17.22 an...

Washington – Republican Senators, After CIA Briefing, Say Clear Saudi Crown Prince Culpable In Khashoggi’s Death

December 4, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Washington - Leading U.S. senators said on Tuesday they were more certain than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was culpable in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter. "The views that I had before have only solidified," said Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has called for a...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu: Anti-Tunnel Operation To Continue ‘Until All Goals Achieved

December 4, 2018 at 03:23 PM
Jerusalem - The operation to expose and destroy Hezbollah tunnels crossing over into Israeli territory is “ongoing and will not stop until it has achieved all its goals,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday evening at a joint press conference with Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. Speaking after a Cabinet meeting called after the launch of...

Berlin – Holocaust Survivors Gathering For Global Chanukkah Ceremonies

December 4, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Berlin - Hundreds of Holocaust survivors around the world marked the third night of Hanukkah on Tuesday, with menorah-lighting ceremonies paying tribute to them and the 6 million other Jews who were killed by the Nazis. Initiated last year by the New York-based organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews persecuted by the Nazis, International Holocaust Survivors Night was expanded this...

Israel – Jerusalem Welcomes Its New Mayor

December 4, 2018 at 02:30 PM
Israel - An emotional new Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion formally received the gavel and the key to the city from outgoing mayor Nir Barkat Tuesday in a ceremony at City Hall in the capital’s Safra Square. Struggling to hold back tears, Lion told the story of his family making aliyah in 1935 from Thessaloniki, Greece and settling in Jerusalem. Although the family later moved to Tel Aviv and...

Washington – Good Boy: Sully The Service Dog Visits Bush’s Casket

December 4, 2018 at 02:15 PM
Washington - It's often said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. At the end of his life, Sully the service dog was President George H.W. Bush's. The yellow Labrador Retriever visited the president's remains in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday alongside other people in wheelchairs that benefited from the Americans With Disabilities Act that Bush signed in 1990. John Miller, the...

New York – Many Couples Say ‘I Do’ To Zero-Waste Weddings

December 4, 2018 at 02:00 PM
New York - To protect the environment, many couples are saying "I do" to Zero-Waste weddings, focusing on sustainability for everything from floral design and dresses to invitations and food. The goal is to recycle, reuse, compost and otherwise keep anything from becoming trash in a landfill. Whether or not couples succeed in reaching the Zero-Waste goal, "they're certainly more conscious of...

New Jersey – Morris County Man Charged With Making Bomb Threat To Religious Institution

December 4, 2018 at 01:43 PM
New Jersey - A Pompton Plains, New Jersey, man was charged today with maliciously calling in a bomb threat to a religious institution, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. James Triano, 36, is charged by federal criminal indictment with one count of maliciously conveying false information about an explosive. The defendant is scheduled to appear later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge...

Tehran – Iran Vows To Close Key Strait If US Cuts Off Oil Exports

December 4, 2018 at 01:30 PM
Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday repeated his threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea, if the U.S. shuts off Iran's oil exports. State TV quoted Rouhani as saying that "if someday, the United States decides to block Iran's oil (exports), no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf." The strait at the mouth of the...

New York – NYC Police Unveil New Unmanned Aircraft System Program

December 4, 2018 at 12:30 PM
New York - Today the NYPD announced its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program, which will be comprised of newly acquired Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, and the licensed NYPD officers of the Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) who will operate them. Whether it's a search and rescue mission, an inaccessible crime scene, a hostage situation, or a hazardous material incident, this...

New York – Should Social Media Check Be Required To Get A Gun License?

December 4, 2018 at 12:01 PM
New York - Should hateful tweets keep you from getting a gun? That's a question many have asked after suspects in several horrific mass shootings were found only later to have left social media hints of violence that went unheeded for years. Now a New York lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require police to scrutinize the social media and online searches of handgun license applicants...

Washington – Trump Renews Tariffs Threat In China Trade Talks

December 4, 2018 at 11:13 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump is signaling caution on his trade truce with China, saying his team is working to see whether a "REAL deal" is doable and stressing "I am a Tariff Man." Trump tweeted Tuesday that the negotiations with China have begun. He says the talks will end in 90 days, "unless extended," suggesting there is flexibility to that deadline. Trump adds: "President Xi and...

Jerusalem – Israelis Protest Violence Against Women, Demanding Response

December 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Jerusalem - Israelis across the country are protesting what they see as the government's inadequate response to violence against women. Protesters blocked main intersections and staged graphic demonstrations drawing attention to their cause. In Jerusalem, protesters splattered red paint on a street littered with signs bearing the names of dozens of women killed. Activists filled a Tel Aviv...

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