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Tehran – Iran’s IRGC Shoots Down U.S. ‘spy’ Drone In Hormozgan Province

June 19, 2019 at 11:47 PM
Tehran - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have shot down a U.S. "spy" drone in the southern province of Hormozgan, the Guards' news website, Sepah News, said on Thursday. "It was shot down when it entered Iran's airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in the south," the report added. Tension between Iran and the United States has spiked since last year, when President Donald Trump exited a...

New York – FBI Eyes Deutsche Bank After Money-laundering Report

June 19, 2019 at 11:02 PM
New York - The FBI has reached out to a lawyer for a former Deutsche Bank employee who complained that the bank was ignoring suspicious transactions, including some involving Jared Kushner's family real estate company. The former Deutsche Bank anti-money laundering specialist, Tammy McFadden, told The New York Times in May that she had recommended that the bank alert the Treasury Department to...

Berlin – How The Berlin Jewish Museum Became A Political Lightning Rod

June 19, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Berlin - The Berlin Jewish Museum, in the center of Germany’s capital, catches the eye with a zinc-plated, jagged facade that invokes a shattered Star of David. Now it is drawing attention for another reason: Its director, Judaic scholar Peter Schafer, stepped down last week – a year earlier than planned – after a tweet went badly wrong. The staff person who sent the tweet was summarily...

Pennsylvania – 72 Philadelphia Officers Off Streets Amid Probe Into Racists Social Media Posts

June 19, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Philadelphia, PA - Police Commissioner Richard Ross says 72 Philadelphia police officers have been placed on administrative duty amid an initial investigation into a national group's accusation of officers in at least five states posting racist and anti-Muslim comments on social media. Ross said he believed at least "several dozen" people would be disciplined and he expects some to be fired...

Anchorage, AL – Scientists Record Singing By Rare Right Whale For First Time

June 19, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Anchorage, AL - It's not America's Top 40, but it's a cutting edge song. Federal marine biologists for the first time have recorded singing by one of the rarest whales on the planet, the North Pacific right whale. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers used moored acoustic recorders to capture repeated patterns of calls made by male North Pacific right whales. It's...

New York – Staggering Drug $1B Bust Shows Traffickers Turning To East Coast

June 19, 2019 at 08:15 PM
New York - If drug interdiction can be compared to a giant game of whack-a-mole, federal law enforcement officials delivered one mighty wallop this week when they raided a container ship at Philadelphia's port and discovered a staggering amount of cocaine. Hidden inside seven shipping containers were 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of the illicit drug, one of the largest caches ever...

New York – Delta Air Facing Technical Issue With Flight Bookings, Check-ins

June 19, 2019 at 07:43 PM
New York - Delta Air Lines Inc on Wednesday said it was addressing a technical problem that has affected travelers' ability to book, check-in and board planes, resulting in delays. "Delta is working quickly to address a technical issue impacting some of our applications ... We apologize to customers for any inconvenience," the U.S. airline said in a statement. ...

New York – NY Times Surveys 21 Democratic Presidential Candidates On Israel’s Human Rights Record

June 19, 2019 at 07:30 PM
New York - The New York Times surveyed almost all of the Democratic presidential candidates on a range of issues between March and June, and released the results on Wednesday. One of the questions: “Do you think Israel meets international standards of human rights?” Some candidates directly answered the question, but most used it as an opportunity to affirm their support of a two-state...

Berlin – American Tourist Attacked In Berlin After Saying He Was Jewish

June 19, 2019 at 07:04 PM
Berlin - A 23-year-old American said he was hit in the face in Berlin after telling a group harassing him that he was Jewish. The man, described as a tourist, suffered a black eye in the incident, which he reported via a police website, according to news reports. Police are investigating the Tuesday night attack as an anti-Semitic crime. The episode occurred in a park in the Steglitz...

Washington – Trump’s Big Show On July 4: Patriotic Speech Or Campaign Rally?

June 19, 2019 at 06:33 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump plans a speech at the Lincoln Memorial and a possible Air Force One flyover for an amped-up Independence Day celebration in Washington, drawing criticism that he wants to transform a traditionally nonpartisan, national event into a political rally. The Trump administration said on Wednesday that this year's July 4 production will have military demonstrations...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida City Pays $600,000 Ransom To Save Computer Records

June 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers' demands, believing the Palm Beach suburb had no choice if it wanted to retrieve its records, which...

San Francisco – Report: Apple Explores Moving 15-30% Of Production Capacity From China

June 19, 2019 at 05:30 PM
San Francisco - Apple Inc has asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15%-30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, according to a Nikkei Asian Review report on Wednesday. Apple's request was a result of the extended Sino-U.S. trade dispute, but a trade resolution will not lead to a change...

Seattle – Voters In Seattle Getting $100 Each To Donate To Candidates

June 19, 2019 at 05:06 PM
Seattle - On a muggy spring morning, Seattle City Council candidate Pat Murakami weaves through front yards and porches, knocking on doors in a gritty but gentrifying neighborhood. It's a tradition for political hopefuls. And for Murakami, a two-time council contender, it's her main fundraising strategy, thanks to a first-of-its-kind program allowing Seattle voters to give candidates taxpayer...

Washington – Pilots Criticize Boeing For Mistakes On Its Grounded 737 Jet

June 19, 2019 at 04:39 PM
Washington - Airline union leaders and a famed former airline pilot said Wednesday that Boeing made mistakes while developing the 737 Max, and the biggest was not telling anybody about new flight-control software so that pilots could train for it. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed a crippled airliner safely on the Hudson River in 2009, said he doubted that any U.S. pilots practiced...

Caracas – Is Venezuela’s Maduro Trafficking Nazi Gold Stolen From Holocaust Victims?

June 19, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Caracas - The Simon Wiesenthal Center is looking into whether or not Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has been trafficking Nazi gold that includes ingots made from fillings taken from Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The Center said in a statement on Wednesday that it’s studying information exposed by the Wall Street Journal indicating that Maduro has managed to hold onto his regime...

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