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New York – Double Tap: Investors Face Taxes For Funds That Fell In 2018

February 14, 2019 at 11:14 PM
New York - As if the worst year for stocks in nearly a decade weren't bad enough, many investors now have to pay a tax bill on top of it. The headache for investors is a result of how mutual funds are structured and how many times the funds' managers bought and sold shares through 2018. Because of the way tax laws work, the majority of investors with a U.S. stock mutual fund or ETF received...

Washington – Ilhan Omar — And Her Opponents — Are Raising Money Off Her AIPAC Tweet Scandal

February 14, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - What do Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, the Forward and the ZOA have in common? They’re all using the same controversy to ask for your money. For those who haven’t been on the internet this week, here’s a recap: Omar, a Minnesota Democratic congresswoman, tweeted that politicians were being paid to be pro-Israel. Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor at the Forward, wondered who...

Queens, NY – As Amazon Drops New York City Project, Progressives Claim A Major Coup

February 14, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Queens, NY - U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time on Thursday in calling Amazon's decision to scrap plans to build a major New York outpost with nearly $3 billion in city and state incentives a big victory for progressive politicians. The democratic socialist congresswoman has become the face of the Democratic Party's ascendant left wing, thanks in part to her upset...

Washington – Medicare Ambulance Rides May No Longer End Up At ER

February 14, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Medicare wants to change how it pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department, officials said Thursday. Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor's office, or even treatment at home under supervision of a doctor via telehealth links. It's just a pilot project for now, but if adopted...

Washington – AP FACT CHECK: Declaring Emergency For Wall Not So Ordinary

February 14, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's plan to declare a national emergency to free up money for his border wall would be an extraordinary step, despite his statement that predecessors liberally used such power. The White House said Thursday that Trump plans to go ahead with the declaration as part of his effort to direct money unilaterally to wall construction, because Congress agreed to give...

New York – NYC Officer Wounded In Friendly Fire Shooting Returns Home

February 14, 2019 at 09:19 PM
New York - The police officer who was wounded in a shooting that led to the friendly fire death of a New York Police Department detective has returned to his Long Island home. Sgt. Matthew Gorman emerged from a black van outside his home in Seaford Thursday afternoon. He used crutches and was accompanied by several unidentified people. Gorman was struck in the leg as he and six other...

Warsaw, Poland – Israel’s Netanyahu Denies Agreeing To Holocaust Distortion

February 14, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Warsaw, Poland - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denied suggestions of going along with Holocaust historical revisionism in Poland. Netanyahu was asked Thursday in Warsaw about the issue by a reporter and replied: "Here I am saying Poles cooperated with the Nazis. I know the history and I don't whitewash it. I bring it up." Last year, Poland and Israel were embroiled...

Washington – Democratic Debates Could Feature As Many As 20 Candidates

February 14, 2019 at 08:25 PM
Washington - Democrats, anticipating a sprawling 2020 presidential field, are planning to hold prime-time debates in June and July on back-to-back evenings to make room for as many as 20 candidates. The dates and locations of the debates have yet to be determined, Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials said during a conference call on Thursday. The DNC has instituted a series of...

New York – Flu Vaccine Doing A Relatively Good Job This Season

February 14, 2019 at 08:05 PM
New York - The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor's office. Health officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60 percent of...

Sponsored: Top 4 Reasons Companies Hire The Wrong Candidates (And One Smart Solution)

February 14, 2019 at 08:00 PM
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Washington – Trump Has Gained Weight, Now Considered Obese, Still In ‘good Health,’ Doctor Says

February 14, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese. The White House on Thursday released results of his annual physical, revealing that his Body Mass Index is now 30.4. That's based on the fact that he's now carrying 243 pounds on his 6-foot, 3-inch frame. People with an index rating above 30 are considered obese. Trump's doctor says the...

Washington – Average Tax Refunds Fall, Creating Political Flashpoint

February 14, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The average tax refund and the total amount of refunds issued declined for the second straight week, potentially intensifying a political flashpoint seized by Democrats as proof that the Republican-written tax law hurts the middle class. The average refund in the second week of the filing season ended Feb. 8 was $1,949, down 8.7 percent from $2,135 a year earlier, according to IRS...

Tel Aviv – Representatives From 16 Countries In Israel To Learn About The Future Of Tourism

February 14, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Tel Aviv - Some 80 representatives of the largest travel agencies and tourism wholesalers from 16 countries are visiting Israel this week as guests of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, part of the ministry’s six-day annual Israel Conference. The participants visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Christian tourist sites, Caesarea and other attractions the Holy Land has to...

Columbia, SC – Unclaimed $1.5B Prize: South Carolina Could Be Big Loser Too

February 14, 2019 at 06:02 PM
Columbia, SC - The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too. Economic officials on Thursday removed the estimated $61 million windfall the winner was expected to pay in state income taxes from tax and other estimates. That extra money had been included as the governor and lawmakers...

Los Angeles – Jewish School In LA Goes On Lockdown After Security Guard Shoots Man In Leg

February 14, 2019 at 05:39 PM
Los Angeles - A security guard at a Jewish high school for girls in Los Angeles shot a man in the leg after he “became belligerent,” and the school went on lockdown. Students are not in any danger, according to the school. At around 1 p.m. Thursday, a man was “canvassing” around Ohel Chana High School, according to an email sent to parents. The school security guard confronted him...

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