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Honolulu, HI – Air Canada Passengers Describe Violent Turbulence Mid Flight, Cabin Bloody

July 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Honolulu, HI - Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia on Thursday and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered "un-forecasted and sudden turbulence," about two hours past Hawaii when the plane diverted to Honolulu, Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said in a statement. "The...

San Francisco – Human Workers Can Listen To Google Assistant Recordings

July 11, 2019 at 11:32 PM
San Francisco - Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home. The company acknowledged that humans can access those recordings after some of its Dutch language audio snippets were leaked. Google product manager David Monsees acknowledged...

Poway, CA – VP Pence Makes Unannounced Stop At Chabad Synagogue Months After Shooting

July 11, 2019 at 11:27 PM
Poway, CA -Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, visited the San Diego-area synagogue where a far-right shooter killed one congregant and wounded three others in April. “We had to come,” Pence told Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was among those injured in the attack. Before putting on a kippah and entering the Poway synagogue, Pence hugged the rabbi. Goldstein blessed the...

Bretton Woods, NH – Photo Shows Black Bear Relaxing At New Hampshire Hotel

July 11, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Bretton Woods, NH - It seems bears enjoy a good view just like any other visitor to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. A photo snapped June 29 by an employee at the Omni Mount Washington Resort shows a black bear holding onto a rail on the veranda and looking out. The photo was taken around 5 a.m. and the employee, Sam Geesaman, said he had only wanted to get a photo of the...

Washington – Trump Applauds Far-right Social Media Provocateurs

July 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a "social media summit" of like-minded critics of Big Tech, excluding representatives from the very platforms he...

Washington – Jerry Nadler’s Committee Votes To Subpoena Jared Kushner And Others As Trump Probe Widens

July 11, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., approved a dozen new subpoenas, including one for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in its bid to examine Russian interference into he 2016 election and other scandals. Kushner, a top aide to Trump, is among 12 subpoenas approved Thursday in a party-line vote. It is now up...

New York – Biden Says He Would Keep US-Israel Relationship ‘ironclad’ And Rejoin The Iran Deal As President

July 11, 2019 at 09:05 PM
New York - In a talk laying out the foreign policy principles he would hew to as president, Joe Biden said the United States’ relationship with Israel must be “ironclad,” whatever one’s feelings about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Sustaining our ironclad commitments to Israel’s security regardless of how much you may disagree with its current leader,” the former vice...

Chicago – Early 1900s Safe Excavated From Chicago Synagogue Parking Lot

July 11, 2019 at 08:32 PM
Chicago - An item found during an expansion project at a Jewish school in Chicago may give a whole new meaning to the phrase “buried treasure.” The Chicago Tribune (http://bit.ly/2Gb0G1r) reported that construction workers who were excavating a portion of the Anshe Emet Synagogue’s parking lot as part of the construction of a 25,000 square foot building for the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet...

Mexico City – Largest Jewish Sporting Event Of The Americas On Now In Mexico

July 11, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Mexico City - The largest Jewish sporting event of the Americas is taking place in Mexico. The 14th edition of the Pan-American Maccabi Games is taking place through July 15 in Mexico City, where 3,800 athletes from 19 countries compete in 24 sports. The continental event is held every four years in a cycle two years apart from the international Maccabiah Games held in Israel. The Pan...

New York – As Fed’s Powell Affirms Rate Cut View, Others See U.S. Economy Humming

July 11, 2019 at 07:30 PM
New York - As Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell kept the focus Thursday on global risks that could trigger a Fed rate cut in coming weeks, his colleagues from regional Fed districts painted a rosier picture of continued U.S. economic growth and a solid business outlook. The contrasting remarks show the dilemma the Fed faces as it heads toward an end-of-month monetary policy meeting now...

West Milford, NJ – Video: Fearless Dog Chases Bear From Neighbor’s Yard

July 11, 2019 at 07:00 PM
West Milford, NJ - A New Jersey man is promising to give his neighbor's dog a steak for chasing a black bear from his backyard. Mark Stinziano tells WABC-TV his home security camera captured what happened Tuesday night when the bruin decided to snack on the bird feeder behind his West Milford home. The video shows the bear pulling down the bird feeder when the neighbor's dog, Riley, races...

Washington – Trump Abandons Bid To Include Citizenship Question On Census

July 11, 2019 at 06:41 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to demand citizenship details from all respondents in next year's census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. "It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the United States population," Trump said at a...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Former Astronaut Helps Break Flight Record Over Poles

July 11, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - A former astronaut is back at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after helping to shatter a pair of records for a round-the-world airplane flight over the North and South poles. Terry Virts was part of the team whose 46-hour, 39-minute and 38-second polar circumnavigation flight ended Thursday where it began. They set the duration and speed records in a Qatar Executive...

Washington – Trump Rips Tech Firms At ‘Free Speech’ Summit

July 11, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump told prominent conservative social media figures on Thursday at a White House forum that he is being treated unfairly by big tech firms which he says suppress conservative voices. "We're not going to be silenced," Trump said, without offering evidence. "Big tech must not censor the voices." Dozens of pro-Trump online personalities convened at what the...

New York – Biden Promises To End ‘forever Wars’ As President

July 11, 2019 at 05:30 PM
New York - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised on Thursday to end "forever wars" and reassert American leadership to combat authoritarianism and global instability he says are proliferating under President Donald Trump. Biden outlined his foreign policy vision in a speech in New York, indicting Trump's "America first" approach as belligerent, short-sighted, incompetent and...

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