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Warsaw – Poland Institute Files Lawsuit Against NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Over Report Conflating Poland With Nazis

February 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Warsaw - Polish Institute of National Remembrance has filed a lawsuit against NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell, who, reporting on the recent Middle East summit in Warsaw, who said that the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was against “the Polish and Nazi regime.” Mitchell in Warsaw interviewed, among others, U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence, who visited the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the...

New York – Amazon, Wrestling With Counterfeits, Seeks To Crack Down

February 28, 2019 at 11:33 PM
New York - The Carhartt hoodie that Laura Serghe bought two years ago looked phony. And then, what was supposed to be an Eastpak backpack, arrived recently with messy stitching and a label inside that peeled off easily. Both were bought from one place: Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, whose rapid growth, particularly among third-party sellers, has led to a counterfeit...

Detroit – Study: US Pedestrian Deaths Hit Highest Number Since 1990

February 28, 2019 at 11:08 PM
Detroit - The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years, according to a report from a safety organization. Using data reported by states, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed last year. That's up 4 percent from 2017 and 35 percent since 2008. The association blames the increase on factors that include...

Washignton – Republican Party Chair Says Primary Challenge To Trump Would Be Futile

February 28, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Washington - The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee said on Thursday that any Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump in next year's presidential election is doomed to fail. “They have the right to jump in and lose, that’s fine,” Ronna McDaniel said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual political gathering of Republicans near Washington...

Washington – US Offers $1 Million Reward In Hunt For Bin Laden’s Son

February 28, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. government is offering $1 million for help tracking down the son of the late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. A State Department notice Thursday says the reward will be paid for help locating Hamza bin Laden in any country as part its "rewards for justice" program. The announcement says bin Laden's son has emerged as a leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group. His...

Jerusalem – Bnei Brak Bride Drums Up A Storm With Bandstand Performance

February 28, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli bride who decided to surprise her new husband by playing a 15 minute drum set at the end of their wedding found herself the subject of controversy after rabbis in Bnei Brak deemed her short stint on the bandstand an unacceptable violation of the laws of modesty. Ynet (https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5470813,00.html) reported that 19 year old Shifra Hershkowitz...

Washington – Biden Blames NK Failed Deal On Trump’s Lack Of Understanding Of Diplomacy

February 28, 2019 at 09:15 PM
Washington - Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is blaming the failure of American-North Korean talks on President Donald Trump's failure to invest time in the work of diplomacy ahead of time. Biden says, "I hope the president has learned a really important lesson: Diplomacy matters." Biden made the comments Thursday while headlining a forum on global leadership with former U.S. Secretary...

New York – Lawyer: Sheldon Adelson In Dire Health

February 28, 2019 at 08:58 PM
New York - Casino magnate and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson has cancer and has not been at his company's offices in Las Vegas since around Christmas Day. Adelson's poor health was revealed earlier this week by one of his company's attorneys during a court hearing in a years-old case brought by a Hong Kong businessman. The founder and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. did not participate in the casino...

Buenos Aires – Former Argentine President Cleared Of Meddling In Bombing Attack On Jewish Center

February 28, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Buenos Aires - A court absolved former President Carlos Menem on Thursday of charges he tried to interfere with the investigation into Argentina's deadliest terrorist incident — the bombing of a Jewish center in 1994 that killed 85 people. A dozen other people also were acquitted of that charge. The ruling by the three-judge panel came in a trial ordered in August 2015 on allegations...

Washington – New Sensors Monitor Sick Babies Without Wires Blocking Hugs

February 28, 2019 at 07:31 PM
Washington - Peek into any U.S. hospital's baby ICU, and you'll see sick and premature newborns covered in wired monitors that tear at fragile skin and make it hard for parents to cuddle their kids. Now researchers have created tiny skin-like wireless sensors that may finally cut those cords. "This need was so compelling," said John Rogers, a Northwestern University bioengineer who led the...

New York – YouTube Suspends Comments On Videos Of Kids

February 28, 2019 at 07:02 PM
New York - YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids — potentially affecting millions of posts on the site — after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children. The change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform as concerns about hate speech, violence and...

Long Island City – NYT: NY Gov Speaks To Bezos To Bring Amazon HQ2 Back To New York

February 28, 2019 at 06:58 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to win back Amazon by making calls to executives, including Jeff Bezos, according to The New York Times. Cuomo is upset with local politicians who had opposed the deal with Amazon. Amazon abandoned its plans to build half of its new headquarters in New York City earlier this month. Several local New York leaders will publish an open letter in...

Brooklyn, NY – Measles Outbreak In Orthodox Jewish Community Continues To Grow, NYC DOH Urges Vaccination

February 28, 2019 at 06:30 PM
New York - The Health Department today announced the measles outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish community is now at 121 cases since the outbreak began in October. The vast majority of cases are children under 18 years of age (108 cases), and 13 cases are adults. There are no deaths associated with this outbreak, although there have been complications, including eight hospitalizations and one...

Washington – NYT: Trump Ordered Aide To Give Jared Kushner Security Clearance

February 28, 2019 at 05:52 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his chief of staff in May to grant his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance, the New York Times reported on Thursday. It said senior administration officials were troubled by the decision, which prompted then White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to write an internal memo about how he had been ordered to give...

North Woodstock, NH – Ice Castles Turn Farmland Into Winter Wonderland (photos)

February 28, 2019 at 05:33 PM
North Woodstock, NH - On a clear, frigid night in a courtyard made of walls of ice, Bruce McCafferty and his young son stand mesmerized, bathed in the pulsating rainbow light emanating from a series of stout ice formations. McCafferty and his son Dougie have come out to Ice Castles in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, a collection of ice tunnels, caverns and a 97-foot (30-meter) ice slide that...

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