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Washington – It May Be Time To Stop Itemizing Your Taxes

December 6, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Around this time of year, many taxpayers begin the annual ritual of pondering The Big Question: Do I take the standard deduction or spend time hunting for receipts and filling out extra forms to itemize? The decision largely boils down to whether itemizing will reduce your taxable income more than the flat, no-questions-asked standard deduction will, thus saving you money. But a...

Mexico City – Mexico City’s New Mayor Distances Herself From Her Jewishness — But One Political Rival Doesn’t

December 6, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Mexico City - It was during her ultimately successful campaign for Mexico City mayor that Claudia Sheinbaum made a reference to her Jewish heritage. Speaking before a group of Jewish women, she said she was proud of those origins. “We celebrated all the holidays at my grandparents’ house,” she recalled. For Sheinbaum, the capital city’s first elected Jewish and female mayor, the...

New York – EKG, Other Heart Health Features Come To Apple Watch

December 6, 2018 at 10:02 PM
New York - Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them of any irregular heartbeat. Apple announced the heart features in September, but didn't make them available until Thursday. The new features have been given clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are for U.S. customers only. The watch can intermittently check the...

College Station, TX – Thousands Salute Bush Funeral Train 4141 On Final Texas Ride

December 6, 2018 at 09:30 PM
College Station, TX - Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush's remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal feel in an emotional home state farewell. Some people laid coins along the tracks that wound through small town...

London – Photos: Final Design Unveiled For UK Holocaust Memorial

December 6, 2018 at 09:05 PM
London - The final designs for the new Holocaust memorial next to the Palace of Westminster were unveiled Tuesday as its backers said it would “stand as a national place of remembrance”. The building, in Victoria Tower Gardens, is the creation of award-winning architect Sir David Adjaye with Israeli designer Ron Arad and landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman. Former cabinet...

New York – Special Report: After A Child’s Dire Diagnosis, Hope And Uncertainty At The Frontiers Of Medicine

December 6, 2018 at 08:00 PM
New York - “I wish I didn’t have this hand anymore,” my 4-year-old son said as he woke one winter morning. “Why, my love?” “Because it’s no good,” he said, pulling at the nearly lifeless fingers of his left hand with its stronger partner. Already weary from fear and worry over Natan’s cascade of symptoms, I was pained to hear him describe how his body was betraying...

Washington – Pelosi Takes Hard Line On Trump’s Wall Ahead Of Meeting

December 6, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Washington - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday rejected the idea of paying for President Donald Trump's border wall in exchange for helping hundreds of thousands of young immigrants avoid deportation. Funding for the wall — a top Trump priority — and legal protections for so-called Dreamers, a key Democratic goal, should not be linked, Pelosi said. "They're two different...

New York – Former NYC Official: Taxes From Pot Could Fund Subway Fixes

December 6, 2018 at 06:00 PM
New York - Constant delays make it seem as if the New York City subway system has gone to pot. Now former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants to use taxes from legal pot to pay for system repairs. Mark-Viverito announced her "Weed for Rails" plan outside the City Hall subway station Thursday. The Democrat and candidate for city public advocate says legalizing marijuana could...

Jerusalem – Brooklyn Judge Freier Founder Of ‘Ezras Nashim’ Visits Women’s United Hatzalah Unit In Israel

December 6, 2018 at 05:30 PM
Jerusalem - As she walks into the headquarters of United Hatzalah of Israel in Jerusalem, Rachel Frier is stopped time after time by Orthodox women who tell her how they gain inspiration from her story. Jerusalem - A 53-year-old Hasidic Jewish mother of six, grandmother and civil court judge Frier arrived in Israel this week for the premiere of “93Queen,” a documentary that follows her as...

Washington – VIDEO Replay: Trump Celebrates Hanukkah With 8 Holocaust Survivors

December 6, 2018 at 05:21 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is celebrating Hanukkah in the company of eight Holocaust survivors, telling each they had endured "evil beyond description" The president also referenced the fatal October shooting of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue. He says in the aftermath of that "sinister" killing, "we reaffirmed our solemn duty to confront anti-Semitism everywhere. Trump added that...

United Nations – US Fails To Win UN Condemnation Of Hamas Militants In Gaza

December 6, 2018 at 04:59 PM
United Nations - A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly. Before Thursday's vote, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority which Arab nations pressed for rather than a simple majority which...

Washington – Poland’s Lech Walesa Wears Protest T-shirt To Bush Funeral

December 6, 2018 at 04:30 PM
Washington - Lech Walesa is still fighting. The founder of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity movement attended President George H.W. Bush's state funeral in Washington wearing a T-shirt bearing the word "Konstytucja" (Constitution), a symbol of a political struggle in his homeland against the populist government. He and other critics accuse the national-conservative ruling party, in power...

Los Angeles, CA – Steven Spielberg Warns: Genocide As Possible Today As It Was During Holocaust

December 6, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director of the Holocaust film “Schindler’s List,” has a warning: The possibility of hate leading to genocide is as possible today as it was during the Holocaust. Spielberg in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt specifically identified the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue building in Pittsburgh as a signal of the rise in...

Jerusalem – Israel Tells Lebanon And U.N. Peacekeepers To Destroy Attack Tunnel

December 6, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel told Lebanon's army and U.N. peacekeepers on Thursday to destroy an attack tunnel it said had been dug by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement across the border into Israeli territory, ramping up pressure on its neighbor. Israel's military said this week it had identified a number of passages and sent diggers and troops close the frontier to block them. It said its...

London – Sails Make A Comeback As Shipping Tries To Go Green

December 6, 2018 at 03:01 PM
London - As the shipping industry faces pressure to cut climate-altering greenhouse gases, one answer is blowing in the wind. European and U.S. tech companies, including one backed by airplane maker Airbus, are pitching futuristic sails to help cargo ships harness the free and endless supply of wind power. While they sometimes don't even look like sails — some are shaped like spinning...

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