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Washington – U.S., China Haggle Over Toughest Issues In Trade War Talks

February 21, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Top U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators haggled on Thursday over the details of a set of agreements aimed at ending their trade war, just one week before a Washington-imposed deadline for a deal expires and triggers higher U.S. tariffs. Reuters reported exclusively on Wednesday that the two sides are starting to sketch out an agreement on structural issues, drafting language for...

Houston – Ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling Released From Federal Custody

February 21, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Houston - Former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling has been released from federal custody. Skilling was discharged Thursday after serving 12 years in prison and six months in a halfway house after being convicted for his actions that led to one of the worst corporate meltdowns in history. The 65-year-old was initially sentenced in 2006 to 24 years in prison and fined $45 million for multiple...

Belarus – Hundreds Of Bodies Discovered At Former Jewish Ghetto Of Brest

February 21, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Brest, Belarus - A mass grave containing bones from hundreds of bodies was discovered during construction atop what used to be the ghetto of the Belorussian city of Brest. Human remains belonging to men, women and children as well as clothes, shoes and other personal items were encountered last month on the construction site managed by the contractor Pribuzhsky Kwartia, according to a report...

Washington – Trump’s Anti-Semitism Envoy Assures American Jewish Leaders That President Is Committed To Protecting Jews

February 21, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The State Department’s new envoy on anti-Semitism addressed American Jewish leaders gathered for a conference here, and praised President Donald Trump for his commitment to fighting that bias. Elan Carr appeared to charm delegates of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, who hosted the envoy Thursday toward the end of their annual four-day trip...

Cape Canaveral, FL – SpaceX Rocket Launched Carrying Israel’s First Lunar Lander

February 21, 2019 at 09:26 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to ever to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface. The unmanned robotic lander dubbed Beresheet - Hebrew for the biblical phrase "in the beginning" - soared into space from...

Washington – Democratic Group To Spend $100M Targeting 2020 Battlegrounds

February 21, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Washington - A major Democratic group on Thursday announced plans to spend at least $100 million in battleground states during the 2020 election in hopes of denying President Donald Trump a second term. Surveys conducted by Priorities USA suggest Trump is vulnerable in many of the same Rust Belt states that sealed his victory in 2016, such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as...

Sydney – Property Bust Rattles Australia’s Record-breaking Economy

February 21, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Sydney - As property prices rocketed toward the heady peak of Sydney's real-estate boom in 2017, the bulldozers came to Epping. Eucalypt-lined streets of red-brick bungalows in the middle-class suburb were snapped up at hefty premiums by developers, razed, and quickly remade as apartment blocks. Many units were sold off-the-plan - where buyers enter into contracts and pay deposits before...

Chicago – A Look At Why Brothers In Alleged Hoax Appear Off The Hook

February 21, 2019 at 08:15 PM
Chicago - Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the "Empire" actor, so far walking away legally unscathed. Police outlined their case against the 36-year-old actor at a news conference Thursday, saying he paid the brothers $3,500 to help stage a bigoted attack against him early on Jan. 29...

Washington – Senator Elizabeth Warren Backs Reparations For Black Americans

February 21, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Washington - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, supports the federal government issuing reparations to black Americans who were economically affected by slavery, she said on Thursday. "We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences including undermining...

Sponsored: How To Respond To Someone Who Praises The Use Of Marijuana?

February 21, 2019 at 07:59 PM
Sponsored Content Founder of "The Living Room" and Author of Stepping out of the Abyss, Menachem Poznanski will be speaking at the 8th Annual JRC Retreat & Shabbaton which will take place March 15-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach – Boca Raton in Florida. It is organized by the Jewish Recovery Center, a key resource for Jewish addicts in recovery, their families and the...

Detroit – Ford Investigating Possible Problems With Fuel Economy, Emissions Tests

February 21, 2019 at 07:03 PM
Detroit - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had hired outside experts to investigate its vehicle fuel economy and testing procedures after employees raised concerns, and did not know whether it would have to correct data given to regulators or consumers. The investigation and concerns involving Ford's testing processes do not involve the use of so-called defeat devices - hardware and software...

San Francisco – IRS Agent Charged In Leak Of Trump Attorney Records

February 21, 2019 at 06:30 PM
San Francisco - Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged an IRS agent with leaking bank records of President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. A criminal complaint unsealed Thursday charges John C. Fry with one count of unlawful disclosure of suspicious activity reports. An affidavit says Fry acknowledged releasing the information while working at the IRS office...

Brussels – Swedish Student Leader Wins EU Pledge To Spend Billions On Climate

February 21, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Brussels - The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive said on Thursday, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming. In a speech alongside 16-year-old Greta Thunberg in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also criticized U.S...

Moscow – Snowman Builders Aim For Big Money In Video Contest

February 21, 2019 at 05:33 PM
Moscow - Building a snowman isn't always just a way to while away a long winter. For some people in Russia and Ukraine, it's a way to possibly earn some significant money. The YouTube channel SlivkiShow, popular among Russian-speakers with more than 12 million subscribers, launched some elaborate construction efforts last month by announcing a prize of 100,000 rubles ($1,500) for the tallest...

Washington – US Says Airfares Hit New Lows After Factoring Inflation

February 21, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Washington - The average fare for airline travel within the United States has hit the lowest level since the government started keeping track in 1995, after adjusting for inflation. However, that doesn't count fees that airlines add for things like checking a bag, getting a better seat, or moving up in the boarding line. Airlines get an increasing share of their revenue from those fees and...

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