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Seoul – Official: U.S., North Korea Could Agree To End Korean War At Vietnam Summi

February 24, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Seoul - South Korea's presidential office said on Monday the United States and North Korea could agree to declare the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War in a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Yonhap news agency reported. "The possibility is there," presidential office spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing in Seoul when asked if an...

Washington – U.S. Democrats Seek Ways To Counter Trump’s Economic Message

February 24, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Democratic state governors say their party needs to challenge President Donald Trump's record on the economy as he seeks re-election next year, by focusing on middle-class Americans who have not seen the benefits of economic growth. Trump believes he has a winning hand with the economy and frequently touts a low unemployment rate, strong growth and stock market gains since his...

Jiaxing, China – Chinese Firm Behind The ‘Amazon Coat’ Hits Jackpot In U.S., Eschews China

February 24, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Jiaxing, China - When Kevin Chiu left his job in 2012 to try his luck at starting an online apparel business in a rural Chinese city, his main goal was to carve out more time to spend with his wife and newborn child. It never entered his mind that his Orolay puffer jacket would become a huge hit, celebrated as the 'Amazon Coat' in U.S. social and traditional media - and held up as a budding...

Albany – Lawmaker Proposes Study Of NY Splitting Into 2 States

February 24, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Albany - In New York state government news, the topic of splitting the state into separate upstate and downstate entities has popped up again at the Capitol. A lawmaker representing a suburban-rural district in eastern New York this week proposed legislation that would authorize a study into the up-front and long-term costs of separating the upstate and downstate regions into two states, along...

Jerusalem – Israeli Lunar Lander Handles First Space Maneuver Successfully

February 24, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet made its first maneuver since launching Thursday night. On Sunday afternoon, Beresheet’s main engine was fired for the first time at a distance of 69,400 kilometers from Earth. The planned maneuver by SpaceIL and the Israel Aeronautics Industry engineering team took into account the problems that were identified in the star trackers after launch...

Seoul – LG Unveils Dual-screen 5G Smartphone And Touts Biometric Breakthrough

February 24, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Seoul - South Korea’s LG Electronics unveiled a 5G smartphone on Sunday with a dual screen, the latest handset maker to pitch a new design feature in an effort to revive flagging sales. The two screens on the new V50ThinQ work independently, so a user can watch a film on one screen while browsing the Internet on the other. LG, the world's No.7 smartphone maker, saw its sales decline by a...

Washington – Trump Extends China Tariff Deadline, Cites Progress In Talks

February 24, 2019 at 06:03 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump says he will extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports, citing "substantial progress" in weekend talks between the two countries. Trump tweeted Sunday that there had been "productive talks," adding that "I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1." Trump says that if negotiations progress, he will meet with...

Washington – Trump Books Lincoln Memorial For July 4th Gala He’ll Host

February 24, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump says he'll host a July Fourth celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. And though the event he's calling "A Salute to America" is months away, he's boasting it'll be one of the city's biggest Independence Day gatherings--ever. Trump tweeted Sunday: "HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th...

Simpsonville, SC – Unclaimed $1.5B Jackpot Mystery: Winner Died? Ticket Lost?

February 24, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Simpsonville, SC - Nearly everyone in this small South Carolina town has a theory for the city's billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last October? Maybe the winner was so overwhelmed upon seeing the winning numbers that she or he died on the spot? Maybe the winner is on the run from police and fears a background check? Maybe that winning ticket fell...

Miami – US Won’t Criticize Netanyahu Over Otzma Yehudit Party’s Inclusion, Pompeo Says

February 24, 2019 at 03:30 PM
Miami - The United States is not going to get involved in Israel’s elections after the sitting prime minister brought an extremist right-wing party into an alliance with a more mainstream right-wing party, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “We’re not about to get involved in, to interfere in the election of a democracy. Elections campaigns are tough. We’ll allow the Israeli...

New York – Your Money: Unhappy With Your Tax Refund? Make Your Own!

February 24, 2019 at 03:00 PM
New York - One thing we have learned in the United States this tax season: Refunds make Americans happy - and not getting one, or getting a smaller one, makes them mad. The number of refunds for 2018 returns is down 26.5 percent, and the dollar amount is down 16.7 percent. That is according to the latest numbers released late Friday from the Internal Revenue Service comparing the first three...

New York – Smile: Some Airliners Have Cameras On Seat-back Screens

February 24, 2019 at 02:08 PM
New York - Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it's likely they are also on planes used by other carriers. All four airlines said that they have never activated the cameras and...

Jerusalem – Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Visits Memorial In Israel For Victims Of Tree Of Life Shooting

February 24, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Jerusalem - The mayor of Pittsburgh visited the site of a memorial to the victims of the attack on the city’s Tree of Life synagogue building and planted an olive tree next to the plaque. The memorial plaque was placed at the Keren Kayemet L’Israel-Jewish National Fund 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem several weeks after the shooting. The olive tree planted on Sunday by Mayor Bill...

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Hijacking Foiled On Bangladesh-Dubai Flight, Suspect Killed

February 24, 2019 at 12:35 PM
Dhaka, Bangladesh - A flight bound for Dubai from Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, made an emergency landing Sunday in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man attempted to hijack the plane, officials said. The suspect, a Bangladeshi, asked to speak to the country's prime minister before dying from injuries in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, officials said. The flight, operated by...

New York – Malcolm Hoenlein: Netanyahu Election Move Concerns US Jews

February 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM
New York - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's alliance with an ultranationalist political party has raised significant concerns among U.S. Jews, a top leader in the Jewish American community said Sunday. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the alliance is "very disturbing" to many American Jews. He said there...

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