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New York – Reuters: Clues In Marriott Hack Implicate China

December 5, 2018 at 11:31 PM
New York - Hackers behind a massive breach at hotel group Marriott International Inc left clues suggesting they were working for a Chinese government intelligence gathering operation, according to sources familiar with the matter. Marriott said last week that a hack that began four years ago had exposed the records of up to 500 million customers in its Starwood hotels reservation...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Is Mired In Multiple Scandals. So Why Is He So Popular?

December 5, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Jerusalem - “There will be nothing, because there is nothing,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken to repeating of late, telling his supporters that despite allegations of corruption and multiple police investigations into his conduct, he is absolutely blameless. Following opposition lawmakers’ calls for his resignation in response to this week’s police recommendation that he...

Washington – Climate Reality Check: Global Carbon Pollution Up In 2018

December 5, 2018 at 10:01 PM
Washington - After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Project , an international scientific collaboration of academics...

Jerusalem – Report: Special Israeli Forces Team Spent Weeks Embedded In Gaza

December 5, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Jerusalem - The IDF special forces unit involved in November’s botched operation in Gaza had soldiers embedded within a humanitarian aid organization operating within the strip for weeks before the incident, Israel’s Channel 2 News quoted a Palestinian source as saying Wednesday. According to the report, the undercover soldiers had rented an apartment a few weeks prior to the operation...

San Francisco – Facebook Board Backs Sandberg’s Request To Initiate Research Into Soros

December 5, 2018 at 09:03 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc's board backed Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's request to probe whether George Soros had shorted the company's stock after the billionaire investor called the social network a "menace to society." "To be clear, Sandberg's question was entirely appropriate given her role as COO," Facebook's board said in a letter on Wednesday. "When a well-known and...

Baraboo, WI – Wisconsin District Unveils Plan After Nazi Salute Photo

December 5, 2018 at 08:02 PM
Baraboo, WI - Wisconsin school district officials have unveiled a plan that they hope will instill more empathy and understanding in students after a photo recently surfaced showing several dozen high schoolers giving what appears to be a Nazi salute. In a letter to parents Tuesday, the Baraboo School District listed 13 "educational steps " it will take in response to the photo, which was...

Warsaw, Poland – Israeli Official Light Hanukkah Candles In Polish Parliament

December 5, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Warsaw, Poland - Hanukkah candles were lit in the Polish Sejm (parliament) today, Wednesday, the fourth eve of Hanukkah. In attendance were senior government officials including Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński; Chairman of Law and Justice Party Jarosław Kaczyński; and Parliament Chairman Amar Shalk. Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi David Lau lit the menorah beside Chabad Rabbi of Warsaw...

Washington – Trump Panel Wants To Give USPS Right To Hike Prices For Amazon, Others

December 5, 2018 at 07:29 PM
Washington - The United States Postal Service should have more flexibility to raise rates for packages, according to recommendations from a task force set up by President Donald Trump, a move that could hurt profits of Amazon.com Inc and other large online retailers. The task force was announced in April to find ways to stem financial losses by the service, an independent agency within the...

Detroit – Toyota US Chief Says Car Sales Are Close To Bottoming Out

December 5, 2018 at 05:57 PM
Detroit - Toyota's top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 percent of sales last month, and he thinks that's close to the bottom. While Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are canceling...

Washington – Prosecutors Ramp Up Foreign Lobbying Probe In New York

December 5, 2018 at 05:28 PM
Washington - Spinning off from the special counsel's Russia probe, prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into foreign lobbying by two major Washington firms that did work for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation had been quiet for months since special counsel Robert Mueller referred it to authorities in Manhattan...

Queens, NY – Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Amazon Campus In Queens

December 5, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Queens, NY - New Yorkers by a wide margin approve of plans for Amazon.com Inc to build a massive new campus in the city, although they are divided over terms of a multibillion-dollar incentive package used to lure the largest U.S. online retailer, according to poll results released on Wednesday. Fifty-seven percent of New York City residents who responded to the poll approved of Amazon...

Paris – Macron Scraps French Fuel Tax Hike Amid Violent Protests

December 5, 2018 at 04:31 PM
Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped a fuel tax rise Wednesday amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades. Protesters celebrated the victory, but some said Macron's surrender came too late and is no longer enough to quell the mounting anger at their president, whom they consider out-of-touch with the problems of...

Washington – Trump On The Fringes Of Presidents’ Group At Bush’s Service

December 5, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Washington - The nation's most exclusive fraternity — the presidents club — assembled Wednesday to mourn George H.W. Bush, putting on public display its uneasy relationship with the current occupant of the Oval Office. The uncomfortable reunion brought President Donald Trump together in the same pew with past White House residents who have given him decidedly critical reviews. The late...

Spain – Portugal Sets Aside A Day To Remember Inquisition Victims

December 5, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Spain - A Portugal government committee has approved the creation of a Memorial Day for the Victims of the Inquisition. The Inquisition was formally established in Portugal in 1536 after starting in Spain decades earlier. The date of the memorial day will be held on or around March 31, the official end of the campaign in 1821. Reconectar, the movement to reconnect the descendants of Spanish...

San Francisco – Google’s Robotic Spinoff Launches Ride-hailing Service

December 5, 2018 at 03:00 PM
San Francisco - Google's self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology. Waymo is introducing a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area that will include a human behind the wheel in case the robotic vehicles malfunction. The service debuting Wednesday marks a significant milestone for Waymo, a company that began as a secretive...

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