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Ceder Rapids, IA – Gillibrand Says Amazon Deal Was ‘Outrageous’

February 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Ceder Rapids, IA - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is stopping short of agreeing with fellow New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's comments celebrating Amazon's plans to cancel building a second headquarters in the state. A freshman House member, Ocasio-Cortez hailed the cancellation as a day "dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed." Campaigning...

Miami – Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo post

February 18, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Miami - President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone apologized on Monday after posting on Instagram a photo of the judge overseeing his trial for allegedly making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. The photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, which included a symbol that appeared to represent crosshairs, was later taken down. An attorney for...

Caracas, Venezuela – Maduro Says Trump Sounds Almost Nazi-like

February 18, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuela's embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, is rejecting President Donald Trump's call for a new day in Venezuela and comparing the tone of the American president's speech in Miami to that of a Nazi. Trump said Monday that the U.S. stands behind opposition leader Juan Guaido and condemns Maduro and his government's socialist policies. Trump pleaded with Venezuela's...

London – Orthodox Jewish Nursery That Fired Teacher For Living With Boyfriend Wins Appeal Of Lawsuit

February 18, 2019 at 10:31 PM
London - An Orthodox Jewish nursery in suburban London won its appeal of a ruling that said it had practiced religious discrimination when it fired a teacher because she lived with her boyfriend. The Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld its previous ruling that Zelda De Groen had been the victim of discrimination and harassment by the kindergarten because she was a woman. Zelda de Groen sued...

New York – Scientist Who Popularized Term “global Warming” Dies At 87

February 18, 2019 at 10:00 PM
New York - A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. The longtime Columbia University professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital, according to a spokesman for the university's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Kevin Krajick said Broecker had been ailing in recent...

Warsaw – Another Fight Over Holocaust Memory Threatens Warming Ties Between Israel And Poland

February 18, 2019 at 09:34 PM
Warsaw - It was meant to be a diplomatic triumph for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: a much-touted diplomatic summit in Jerusalem on Monday with four Central European states. Instead, harsh words from Israel’s acting foreign minister opened a diplomatic rift threatening to severely damage Israeli-Polish relations, and the summit was cancelled. Warsaw decided to pull out of the...

Miami – Trump Warns Venezuela Military They Are Risking Their Lives And Future

February 18, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Miami - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela's military who remain loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country. Speaking to a cheering crowd mostly of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants in Miami, Trump said if the Venezuelan military continues supporting...

Culver City, CA – First-ever ‘Jeopardy!” Team Contest Draws Top Champions

February 18, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Culver City, CA - Glance around the "Jeopardy!" set during rehearsals for its first-ever team championship and it's easy to be intimidated by the assembled brain power. There's Brad Rutter, whose overall "Jeopardy!" haul, $4.3 million, is the most won on any game show. And Ken Jennings, a 74-game winner and top moneymaker, with $2.5 million, in non-tournament "Jeopardy!" competition. And Buzzy...

Charleston, SC – Pollster Who Foresaw And Helped Shape Trump’s Victory Dies At 68

February 18, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Charleston, SC - Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency and later distanced himself from Democrats, has died, a colleague said. He was 68. Caddell died Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, after suffering a stroke. That's according to Professor Kendra Stewart of the College of Charleston, who confirmed the death to The...

Newark, NJ – Lipa And Prominent New Square Rabbi Reconcile In Heartfelt Airplane Encounter

February 18, 2019 at 07:09 PM
Newark, NJ - Nearly 11 years after he was publicly censured by a group of rabbis who also cancelled what would have likely been a groundbreaking Madison Square Garden concert, entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer made peace with one of the leaders of the movement to denounce him after an encounter on a flight to Israel. Schmeltzer was waiting at Newark Liberty Airport to check in for his El Al flight...

Kiev – Ukrainian Shopping Mall Features Huge Swastika On Staircase

February 18, 2019 at 07:01 PM
Kiev - A shopping mall in Ukraine that is located on a street named for a collaborator with the Nazis decorated a staircase with a large swastika. Images and footage from inside the Horodok shopping mall on Kiev’s Bandera Avenue surfaced Monday on Facebook. They show shoppers climbing up and down the staircase, whose middle-section stairs feature a large swastika locked in a white rhombus...

New York – Hot Market For Businesses Looks To Cool, Survey Finds

February 18, 2019 at 06:00 PM
New York - The years-long hot market for businesses may start to cool, perhaps as soon as this year. That's the finding of a survey of brokers and advisers who help owners and buyers complete sales of small and mid-size businesses. The survey conducted by researchers at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and two industry groups, the International Business Brokers Association...

Chicago – Presidents Day Protests Decry Trump’s Emergency Declaration

February 18, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Chicago - Activists in Washington, Chicago and dozens of other U.S. cities protested on Monday's Presidents Day holiday against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Calling Trump's declaration an abuse of power and usurpation of Congress, organizers with the nonprofit advocacy group MoveOn.org and other participants said...

Washington – Trump The Pundit Handicaps 2020 Democratic Contenders

February 18, 2019 at 04:15 PM
Washington - Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar's snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren's opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump. In tweets, public remarks and private conversations, Trump is making clear he is closely following the campaign to challenge him on the...

Paris – 14 Political Parties In France Call For Protests Against Anti-Semitism

February 18, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Paris - Following a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in France, 14 political parties endorsed a protest rally that is being organized by local Jews against this form of hatred. The parties include President Emmanuel Macron’s “La République En Marche!” as well as the Socialist Party and the Republicans. Three Green parties also signed on as well as one far-left party. The parties and the...

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