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Atlanta – Super Bowl Audience Down Five Percent From Last Year, Early Data Show

February 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Atlanta - Sunday's Super Bowl victory by the New England Patriots drew 98.2 million viewers on CBS Corp's U.S. television network, a 5 percent drop from last year's game, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings data released on Monday. The humdrum 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams, the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever, marked the second year in a row of ratings declines and the lowest...

Rotterdam – U.S. D-Day Flag To Return Home 75 Years After Normandy Landing

February 4, 2019 at 11:32 PM
Rotterdam - A rare D-Day flag that flew on a U.S. Navy ship leading the allied advance at the beaches of Normandy nearly 75 years ago will be returned to America after going on display in the Netherlands on Monday. The 48-star "Normandy" flag was on the U.S. Navy's LCC 60, one of just three advanced fleet vessels directing troops onto Utah Beach in German-occupied France on June 6...

Pittsburgh – 5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren’t Coming Anytime Soon

February 4, 2019 at 11:06 PM
Pittsburgh - In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you'll get an almost universal answer: Not anytime soon. An optimistic assessment is 10 years. Many others say decades as researchers try to conquer a...

Washington – Check Your Compass: The Magnetic North Pole Is On The Move

February 4, 2019 at 10:21 PM
Washington - True north isn't quite where it used to be. Earth's north magnetic pole has been drifting so fast in the last few decades that scientists that past estimates are no longer accurate enough for precise navigation. On Monday, they released an update of where true north really was, nearly a year ahead of schedule. The magnetic north pole is wandering about 34 miles (55 kilometers...

Richmond, VA – Person Upset By Abortion Stance Tipped Site To Racist Photo

February 4, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Richmond, VA - A "concerned citizen" upset by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's recent comments on abortion legislation tipped off a conservative news site about a racist yearbook photo now threatening the governor's career, the site's editor said Monday. The photo of someone in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe that appeared on Northam's page in a 1984 medical school...

Albany, NY – Amazon Critic Nominated For Panel That Can Veto NYC Project

February 4, 2019 at 09:31 PM
Albany, NY - A leading critic of New York subsidies for Amazon's plan to build a second headquarters in Queens was nominated Monday to serve on a state board with the power to reject the project, driving a wedge between opponents of the state's financial backing and supporters like Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens has called the plan to award Amazon billions of dollars in tax...

New York – WSJ: Prosecutors Subpoena Trump Inaugural Committee For Documents

February 4, 2019 at 09:30 PM
New York - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's inaugural committee on Monday received a subpoena for documents from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office, which is investigating the committee, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The subpoena requests documents related to the committee's donors and spending, according to the Journal, which said it had...

Washington – Trump To Host Tree Of Life Survivor For State Of The Union Address

February 4, 2019 at 09:01 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump has invited a survivor of the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue massacre to attend his State of the Union address. According to a statement released by the White House, Judah Samet, who survived the October 27, 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, will be among the president’s honored guest at the 2019 State of the Union Address, which is scheduled for...

Washington – Senator Sanders Asks Why Drug, Once Free, Now Costs $375k

February 4, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Washington - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals on Monday asking it to justify its decision to charge $375,000 annually for a medication that for years has been available to patients for free. The drug, Firdapse, is used to treat Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS), a rare neuromuscular disorder, according to the letter, made available to Reuters by the...

West Bank – Palestinians Mock Greenblatt Broker For Using Twitter Diplomacy

February 4, 2019 at 08:30 PM
West Bank - Jason Greenblatt says he is still ready for face-to-face diplomacy after touting the virtual kind on Twitter. “We continue to meet ordinary Palestinians and are always available to meet their leadership,” President Donald Trump’s top Middle East peace negotiator said Monday on Twitter after a Palestinian official, Hanan Ashrawi, mocked him for touting Twitter as a means for...

New York – NY Launches New Online Tool To Help Tenants In Rent Regulated Apartments Quickly Access Necessary Information

February 4, 2019 at 08:14 PM
New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of NYS Rent Connect, a new online service that modernizes and simplifies New Yorkers' interaction with the rent regulation system. NYS Rent Connect provides quick access to forms and information for tenants and building owners of rent-stabilized and rent-controlled apartments and buildings in New York City, Nassau, Westchester and...

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Jews, Evangelicals Reach Out To Sunni Gulf Arab Leaders

February 4, 2019 at 08:01 PM
Abu Dhabi, UAE - Against the backdrop of the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula is an interfaith conference that includes prominent U.S. rabbis and Christian evangelicals, who are seeking stronger recognition of Israel through closer ties with Muslim figures and Arab leaders. These merged interests come as Arab leaders look to strengthen ties with the Trump administration through his...

Washington – Pelosi Over His Shoulder: Trump Faces Heartened Dems At SOTU

February 4, 2019 at 07:24 PM
Washington - Democrats now own a stake in the state of the union. Members of the new House majority get to show off their new clout Tuesday night when President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address under divided government. Evidence of the changes afoot will be firmly in the television frame, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sitting above and behind Trump, her status...

Jerusalem – 100 Years Of Haaretz To Be Digitized And Available To Public

February 4, 2019 at 07:02 PM
Jerusalem - For its 100th birthday, Israel’s venerated Haaretz daily newspaper will be digitized and made available to the public. Haaretz and the National Library of Israel signed an agreement to open digital access to all the issues of the newspaper since its founding in 1919. The newspaper will become part of the JPress-Historic Jewish Press website, a collaboration between the...

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February 4, 2019 at 07:00 PM
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