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New York – NYC Extends Uber, Lyft Limits To Combat Congestion

June 12, 2019 at 04:56 PM
New York - New York City is putting more regulations on for-hire vehicles, including extending a moratorium on most new licenses and creating a limit on how much time drivers can cruise in Manhattan's busiest areas without a passenger. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new regulations on Wednesday. The city had instituted a one-year ban on most new licenses last year, which was set to...

Jerusalem – Israel Closes Gaza’s Waters To Palestinian Fishermen

June 12, 2019 at 04:24 PM
Jerusalem- The Israeli military says it is taking the rare step of closing the Gaza Strip's offshore waters to Palestinian fishermen until further notice in response to incendiaries launched into Israel in recent days. COGAT, the Israeli Defense Ministry body controlling the crossings with the coastal enclave, announced Wednesday that "due to the continuous launching of incendiary balloons...

Tel Aviv – Ford Motor Opens Research Center In Tel Aviv

June 12, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Tel Aviv - Ford Motor Co on Wednesday opened a research center in Tel Aviv, joining a growing number of major automakers and suppliers setting up shop in the Israeli tech hub as they race to develop self-driving cars. With spiraling development costs for autonomous and connected cars in recent years, Ford and other carmakers have sought alliances and outside investors. "No company can do it...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Remarks On Pre-emptive Strikes Appear To Acknowledge Attack On Syria Border

June 12, 2019 at 03:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is dealing with outside threats by striking back and also preemptively, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday hours after Israel apparently fired at an Iran-backed Hezbollah facility on the Syria border. Syrian state media reported that Israel fired several missiles at a town on the Golan Heights border and said its air defenses had intercepted several of...

Columbus, Ohio – Judge Awards $4.1 Million In Neo-Nazi Website Lawsuit

June 12, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Columbus, Ohio - A federal judge awarded a Muslim-American radio host $4.1 million in monetary damages Wednesday after he successfully sued a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism. SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah (oh-bee-DAHL'-ah) filed the civil complaint against The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, who hasn't responded to Obeidallah's libel lawsuit...

Washington – Watchdog: Abuse And Neglect In Nursing Facilities Unreported

June 12, 2019 at 02:33 PM
Washington - Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the federal government requires such reporting, says a watchdog report due out Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients. Auditors with the Health and Human Services inspector general's office drilled down on episodes...

Amsterdam – On Anne Frank’s 90th Birthday, Her Friends Meet Students

June 12, 2019 at 02:08 PM
Amsterdam - For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank's 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II. Enjoying movies and cookies at Anne's apartment meant "we didn't think about it at that moment," the 90-year-old Van Maarsen said Wednesday as she and another of Anne's friends met students from...

Albany, NY – Cuomo: Deal On NYC Tenant Protections Will Be Signed

June 12, 2019 at 01:33 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he will sign a deal negotiated by legislative leaders that would strengthen rent stabilization rules covering more than a million tenants in and around New York City. The proposal, which lawmakers plan to pass Friday, would permanently extend the current rules governing rent increases for rent-stabilized units. It would also restrict the...

Washington – Uber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches New Autonomous SUV

June 12, 2019 at 01:27 PM
Washington - Uber is testing restaurant food deliveries by drone. The company's Uber Eats unit began the tests in San Diego with McDonald's and plans to expand to other restaurants later this year. Uber says the service should decrease food delivery times. It works this way: Workers at a restaurant load the meal into a drone and it takes off, tracked and guided by a new aerospace...

Washington – Trump’s Son, 2 Former FBI Leaders Testify On Capitol Hill

June 12, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Washington - Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election bore some of the textbook tricks of the trade of Kremlin spycraft, including the volume and breadth of contacts with Trump associates, former FBI officials told lawmakers Wednesday in the latest congressional hearing dedicated to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report . The two officials, Robert Anderson...

Washington – Confusion Abounds As Trump’s July 4 Plans Remain A Mystery

June 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM
Washington - With just over three weeks to go, exactly what's going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion. Will the nation's premier Independence Day celebration be centered around the Washington Monument or shift to the Lincoln Memorial, as the White House has reportedly requested? Will President Donald Trump follow through on his plans to give a...

Washington – As President, Harris Would Pursue Trump Obstruction Case

June 12, 2019 at 11:54 AM
Washington - Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that if she wins the White House, her Justice Department "would have no choice" but to pursue an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump after he leaves office. The California senator and some other Democrats in the 2020 race are pushing their party to initiate the impeachment process in the wake of...

Ramallah – Palestinians Urge Egypt, Jordan To Reconsider Going To U.S.-led Conference

June 12, 2019 at 11:28 AM
Ramallah - Palestinians urged Egypt and Jordan on Wednesday to reconsider their attendance at a U.S.-led conference on June 25-26 in Bahrain, voicing concern it would weaken any Arab opposition to Washington's coming peace plan. The United States has billed the gathering as a workshop to boost the Palestinian economy as part of a broader diplomatic effort widely referred to as President Donald...

Jerusalem – Israel Upgrades Its Air-raid Warning System

June 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Jerusalem - The Israeli military says it has overhauled its air-raid warning system in order to minimize disruptions to the general population. The army said on Wednesday that it is has divided the country into 1,700 alarm zones, up from the current 255 zones. Ariel Blitz, head of public preparedness at the military's home front command, says the system will more accurately pinpoint where...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM’s Wife Accepts Plea Deal In Case Of Catered Meals

June 12, 2019 at 10:40 AM
Jerusalem - Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister, struck a guilty plea bargain Wednesday settling allegations that she overspent some $100,000 of state money on lavish meals, state prosecutors said. Mrs. Netanyahu will pay around $15,000 in fines to quietly close the case, which accused her of running up large tabs at luxury restaurants for friends and family while the official...

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