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Washington – GOP Confronts Anxiety About Trump Primary Challenge

January 2, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Donald Trump declared himself "the most popular president in the history of the Republican Party" on Wednesday. Yet his allies fear a primary challenge from a high-profile Republican could doom his re-election. The concern was outlined in a private email shared among Republican National Committee members hours after the GOP's last failed presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, lashed...

Washington – Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Trainer Shares Secrets Of A Healthy Supreme Court

January 2, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Bryant Johnson says pressure creates diamonds, and I think I just upped the carat level. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer did not know that his two other clients on the Supreme Court — Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan — are Jewish, too. Until I told him. “I never thought about it that way,” he says when I tell him that he’s responsible in part for the health of...

London – Nelly Ben-Or Risked All To Play The Piano. It Helped Her Survive The Holocaust

January 2, 2019 at 10:29 PM
London — Like countless world-class pianists, Nelly Ben-Or began playing piano at the age of 5 and never stopped. That discipline helped Ben-Or, 86, became an international concert pianist and the person most widely recognized for adapting the Alexander technique for posture and movement improvement for musicians. But unlike most of her peers, much of Ben-Or’s musical training in her...

Washington – Elizabeth Warren Makes Key 2020 Hires Ahead Of 1st Iowa Trip

January 2, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Sen. Elizabeth Warren made key political hires in Iowa on Wednesday, signaling her intention to mount a strong campaign in the leadoff caucus state ahead of her first trip there as a likely presidential candidate. The Massachusetts Democrat hired Brendan Summers, who managed the 2016 Iowa caucus campaign for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Emily Parcell, whose past campaign roles...

Orange County, NY – Facebook Posts Disparaging Chasidim Has Deputy Fire Chief, EMT Facing Possible Disciplinary Action

January 2, 2019 at 09:38 PM
New York - An Orange county firefighter has found himself in the hot seat for allegedly making discriminatory remarks on social media, two of which targeted members of the Chasidic community. News 12 (http://bit.ly/2QkJ8Cn) reported that Tommy Starro, a volunteer with both the Maybrook Fire Department and the Town of Montgomery Ambulance Corps, was already being scrutinized for disparaging...

California – Los Angeles Unveils Earthquake Warning App

January 2, 2019 at 09:30 PM
California - Los Angeles has released an earthquake warning app that could give LA County residents precious seconds to drop, cover and hold on in the event of a quake. The city announced Wednesday that ShakeAlertLA is available for download on Android and Apple phones. Based on a warning system developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the app will alert when there's a quake of magnitude...

Brasília – Brazil Applauds Netanyahu-Bolsonaro Bromance, New Ties With Jewish State

January 2, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Brasília - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gained pop star status among Brazilians during a five-day visit to their country to attend the inauguration of the new president, Jair Bolsonaro. Brazil’s most influential primetime newscasts, Jornal Nacional and Fantastico, dedicated several minutes to coverage of the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil. The warm...

Houston – Texas Teen Charged In Death Stemming From Egg-throwing Prank

January 2, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Houston - Texas authorities on Wednesday charged a teenager with murder after a prank that began when he and passengers in the car he was driving threw eggs at other vehicles ended in a crash that killed a 45-year-old woman, authorities said. The 14-year-old boy, who was not identified, and two teenage passengers in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) he was driving "were reportedly throwing eggs...

Jerusalem – Food Project Competition : Israeli Algae Falafel Wins Prize

January 2, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - It's traditionally made with chickpeas. But Israel's signature street food recently got a makeover from a group of Techion students looking to develop new sources of protein. The invention, titled “Algafalafel,” was created by a team of graduate students from the Biotechnology and Food Engineering Faculty at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. And last month, the dish...

New York – Lord & Taylor Flagship Store Locks Its Doors Forever

January 2, 2019 at 07:32 PM
New York - After 104 years, Lord & Taylor's flagship store on Fifth Avenue locked its doors forever. The venerable department store famed for its animated holiday windows closed down Wednesday afternoon, ending a blowout sale that left whole floors empty. By the end, clothes that once sold for as much as $100 were going for $5.99. The 11-story building has been sold to the WeWork...

Washington – No Deal To End Shutdown; Trump Says ‘Could Be A Long Time’

January 2, 2019 at 07:02 PM
Washington - No one budged at President Donald Trump's White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through a 12th day over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They'll try again Friday. In one big change, the new Congress convenes Thursday with Democrats taking majority control of the...

Moscow – U.S. Demands Immediate Return Of Ex-Marine Detained In Russia On Spy Charges

January 2, 2019 at 06:32 PM
Moscow - The United States is demanding the immediate return of a retired U.S. Marine detained by Russia on spying charges, and wants an explanation of why he was arrested, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. Pompeo, in Brasilia for the inauguration of Brazil's new president, said the U.S. government hoped to gain consular access to Paul Whelan within hours. "We've made...

Brooklyn, NY – Surrendering To Police, Local Man Arrested For Williamsburg Attempted Rape

January 2, 2019 at 05:43 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Less than 24 hours after a woman was assaulted and sexually attacked in a Williamsburg apartment building, a local man is under arrest and has been charged on multiple counts. 30 year old Manuel Almonte was arrested by police on Wednesday afternoon and charged with attempted rape, burglary, sex abuse, forcible touching, assault and harassment. Police said that the attack...

Cleveland – Sick Plane Passengers May Have Used Airport Water Fountains

January 2, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Cleveland - Officials investigating what sickened six passengers on a Frontier Airlines flight to Florida have shut down several drinking fountains at Cleveland's airport. The city says while it's not known yet what caused the illnesses, Frontier Airlines reported that each of the sick passengers might have used a public drinking fountain before the flight. Health officials removed the six...

New Orleans – New Orleans Cancels Women’s March, Cites Anti-Semitism Controversy Involving National Leadership

January 2, 2019 at 05:00 PM
New Orleans - At least two more Women’s Marches have been canceled, including in New Orleans, where its chapter cited “several issues.” “Many of the sister marches have asked the leaders of Women’s March, Inc. to resign but as of today, they have yet to do so,” the New Orleans chapter said in its announcement Saturday. Top leaders of the main organization have been accused of...

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