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Richmond, VA – Blackface Scandal Spotlights Deeply Embedded Racism In US

February 3, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Richmond, VA - When Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign last week, he did so in the shadow of a Capitol built by a founding father and a slave owner, in the former seat of the Confederacy still wrestling with what to do about statues that honor those who fought to preserve slavery. The 35-year-old photo on his yearbook page of a person in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux...

Washington – Fed’s Kashkari: Rate Hike Pause Keeps U.S. Growth On Track

February 3, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The Federal Reserve's decision to stop raising interest rates puts a "fundamentally healthy" U.S. economy on track to further growth, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari suggested on Sunday. "I think we still have room to run in the U.S. economy," Kashkari said at a town hall at a church in Long Lake, Minnesota. "The U.S. economy is fundamentally healthy,"...

Atlanta – Patriots Defeat Rams In Lowest-scoring SB Ever

February 3, 2019 at 10:18 PM
Atlanta - For those who may have dozed off ... the Patriots have won the Super Bowl. New England topped the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a game that dragged the high-def NFL back to the days of black-and-white TV. It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in the 53-year history of the game. Tom Brady captured his record sixth NFL title by throwing for 262 yards, without a touchdown. The Patriots...

Jerusalem – Can Gantz Unseat Netanyahu?

February 3, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Jerusalem - Political parties in Israel have recently kicked off their campaigns ahead of the April 2019 elections, a time in which public tension is rising rapidly and which appears to be becoming increasingly contentious. Benny Gantz on Tuesday launched his Hosen LeYisrael (Israel Resilience) party’s campaign with great fanfare, eliciting condemnation from the right which said that the...

Israel – Women Of The Wall Set Up Tefillin Booth In Jerusalem

February 3, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - The Women of the Wall prayer rights group set up a tefillin-laying booth on King George Street in downtown Jerusalem on Sunday, with several dozen women putting on the ritual prayer articles throughout the morning, generating interest as well as some argument. The “World Wide Wrap,” as it has been dubbed, is the brainchild of the US Conservative movement’s Federation of...

Madrid – Spanish Priest Says ‘Powerful Jews’ Cancelled His Anti-Israel Film Event

February 3, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Madrid - Spanish priests whose church cancelled a planned projection of an anti-Israel film blamed the cancellation on threats and how “dying Negroes are less important than the powerful Jews.” Pastor Javier Baeza’s comments about blacks in a newspaper interview Friday were decried by the pro-Israel ACOM group as part of a “fundamentally anti-Semitic narrative” involving both Jews...

Brooklyn, NY – Officials Say Power Restored To Federal Jail

February 3, 2019 at 07:57 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Officials say power has been restored at a federal detention center in New York City where inmates had been reportedly living without heat and electricity for the past week. The Bureau of Prisons said Sunday night that power at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn was restored and that staff were working to restore the facility to normal operations. Earlier Sunday...

Yorba Lina, CA – Small Plane Crashes In California Neighborhood, 2 Dead

February 3, 2019 at 07:10 PM
Yorba Lina, CA - Authorities say two people died and two were injured after a small plane crashed into a Southern California house. The Orange County Fire Authority said the crash in a Yorba Linda neighborhood ignited the house Sunday afternoon. There was no immediate information on the extent of the injuries, and whether the people killed were on board the plane or on the ground. The...

Tallahassee, FL – Former Florida Elections Chief Apologizes For Blackface

February 3, 2019 at 06:32 PM
Tallahassee, FL - Florida's former top elections official on Sunday apologized for dressing in blackface as a Hurricane Katrina victim, more than a week after he resigned when photos of his Halloween costume were made public. Michael Ertel, who was Florida's secretary of state for less than three weeks, said in a personal Facebook post that what he did in 2005 was stupid and he is a better...

Jerusalem – Israel Releases Report On Links Between BDS And Militants

February 3, 2019 at 06:15 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli government released a report Sunday claiming to reveal close links between the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel and militant groups. Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry, which leads the country's efforts against the boycott movement, said it uncovered extensive connections between pro-boycott groups and activists affiliated with Hamas and the Popular...

Paid Advertisement: Mother Of 6 ‘Imprisoned’ Inside Her Own Body

February 3, 2019 at 06:00 PM
PAID ADVERTISEMENT Eight years ago, Gittel Adler of Ashdod gave birth to her sixth child, a daughter named Fraidy. Shortly afterward, however, she began to complain of migraines. Her family had no idea of the extent to which their lives were about to change. Gittel was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and promptly operated upon. Husband Yisrael struggled to raise his children single-handedly...

Jerusalem – S&P Upgrades Israel’s Credit, Netanyahu Says Shows Strong Expression Of Confidence

February 3, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Standard & Poor’s confirmation of Israel’s high credit rating, saying it was a “very strong expression of confidence” in the country’s economic policy. Speaking at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said that “you have certainly noticed another achievement for the Israeli economy. Standard & Poor’s...

New York – Cuomo Calls For Investigation Of Brooklyn Federal Jail

February 3, 2019 at 04:15 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the federal Department of Justice to investigate the circumstances around inmates going without heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City. Cuomo, a Democrat, says "these allegations are a violation of human decency and dignity" and "raise questions of potential violations of law." Inmates at the Metropolitan...

Jerusalem – Israel Starts Building Massive Fence On Gaza Border

February 3, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel says it has started reinforcing its border fence with the Gaza Strip, erecting a galvanized steel barrier six meters (20 feet) high that will run the length of territory. Israel's Defense Ministry issued a statement Sunday saying it had commenced construction of an above-ground barrier that complements a subterranean wall aimed at thwarting Hamas attack tunnels beneath the...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu To Attend Mideast Conference In Poland

February 3, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend an international summit on the Middle East next week in Poland. The U.S. and Poland are sponsoring the Feb. 13-14 conference, which they say is aimed at promoting peace and security in the region. The Israeli official who confirmed Netanyahu's participation on Sunday spoke on condition of anonymity because a...

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