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New York – Lyft Offers Electric Vehicle Options For Riders, Drivers

February 6, 2019 at 05:00 PM
New York - Lyft passengers will soon be able to request a ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle when they're planning a trip. The ride-hailing company is launching the feature first in Seattle and then in other cities. The option will show up when passengers are choosing between available Lyft vehicles and it will not cost more for riders than traveling in a car with an internal combustion...

New York – New York Bill Targets Workplace Immigration Discrimination

February 6, 2019 at 04:30 PM
New York - For people in the U.S. illegally, speaking up about missing wages can come at a big cost: deportation. Authorities and activists say that since President Donald Trump's 2016 election they've seen an increase in reports of dodgy bosses threatening to call federal immigration agents on workers. In New York, where the labor department says it has investigated at least 30 cases in the...

Washington – Lawmakers: U.S. Border Officials Don’t Share Trump’s Zeal For Border Wall

February 6, 2019 at 04:04 PM
Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Wednesday described a multi-pronged strategy for tightening the southern border with Mexico that did not focus mainly on a massive wall President Donald Trump demands, according to lawmakers who attended a classified briefing. A group of 17 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House of Representatives are trying to...

Chicago – United To Add Premium Seats On Regional And Mainline Jets

February 6, 2019 at 03:30 PM
Chicago - United Airlines said on Wednesday it was adding 1,600 premium seats to nearly 250 international and domestic aircraft, including the introduction of a first-class cabin on 50 Bombardier Inc regional jets. The move is part of a push by large U.S. airlines to attract more lucrative premium travelers. Rivals Delta Air Lines Inc and American Airlines Group Inc have also added premium...

Salt Lake City – Utah Chabad Rabbi Tells Court That Nanny Sexually Abused Him As A Child

February 6, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Salt Lake City - An Orthodox rabbi testified in a Utah court that his family’s former nanny sexually abused him for about 10 years beginning at age 8. Rabbi Avrohom Zippel, 27, at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Salt Lake City identified Alavina Florreich, 69, in court as his abuser. He may be the first Orthodox rabbi to come forward during the #MeToo movement as a survivor of sexual abuse...

Jerusalem – Yechiel Eckstein, Noted Rabbi Who Built Ties With Christians, Dies Suddenly

February 6, 2019 at 02:26 PM
Jerusalem - Yechiel Eckstein, an Israeli-American rabbi who raised hundreds of millions of dollars for Israel by promoting closer ties with evangelical Christians around the world, has died. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the charity he founded over 35 years ago, said Eckstein, 67, died at his home in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Local media said he died of heart...

New York – American Airlines, British Airways To Invest $344 Million Into JFK Airport

February 6, 2019 at 02:00 PM
New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million in John F. Kennedy International Airport to expand and improve the customer experience at Terminal 8 as part of the Governor's comprehensive plan to make the airport a modern, 21st century gateway to the nation. "Only four months ago, we announced plans to transform JFK...

West Bank – Abbas Pledges To Continue Security Cooperation With Israel

February 6, 2019 at 01:32 PM
West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to continue security coordination with Israel, despite recent U.S. funding cuts to Palestinian security forces and years of impasse in the peace process. Abbas told a gathering of Palestinian and Israeli activists on Wednesday that his government has counter-terrorism agreements with nearly 100 countries, including Israel. He says...

Washington – From Chanukkah In Saddam’s Palace To Prosecuting Gangs, New Anti-Semitism Monitor Comes With Diverse Skills

February 6, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Washington - Elan Carr’s career until now has been equal parts prosecutor, policy wonk, politico and performance artist. That makes him perfect for his new job as the State Department’s special envoy to monitor anti-Semitism, according to people most familiar with his appointment, which was made public on Monday. Ira Forman, Carr’s predecessor, who has been leading calls for President...

Beirut – Lebanon’s Berri: Israel Violating Water Borders In Oil Exploration

February 6, 2019 at 12:30 PM
Beirut - Israel has breached Lebanon's waters by licensing a company to "exploit an area" for oil and gas near disputed borders, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday. The two countries have an unresolved maritime border dispute over a sea zone of about 860 sq km (330 square miles) which extends along the edge of three of Lebanon's energy blocks. U.S. diplomats mediated...

Washington – A Special Kind Of Shade: Pelosi’s Reacts To Trump, Sets Tone

February 6, 2019 at 12:30 PM
Washington - So President Donald Trump blew through House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's customary introduction before his State of the Union speech. Who cares? Not Pelosi, who was the white-clad backdrop to every Trump word uttered during his first address to a joint session of Congress under divided government. With a smirk and an eye-roll , she set the tone for the new lawmakers who flipped the...

Richmond, VA – Virginia AG Says He Wore Blackface At College Party

February 6, 2019 at 11:54 AM
Richmond, VA - Another top Virginia Democrat — Attorney General Mark Herring — admitted Wednesday to putting on blackface in the 1980s, when he was a college student. Herring issued a statement saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as a 19-year-old undergraduate at the University of Virginia. The revelation further roils the top levels...

Washington – House Panel Votes To Send Russia Transcripts To Mueller

February 6, 2019 at 11:28 AM
Washington - In the panel's first act since Democrats took the majority, the House intelligence committee voted Wednesday to send more than 50 interview transcripts from its now-closed Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller. Two Republican members of the panel, Republican Reps. Michael Conaway of Texas and Chris Stewart of Utah, confirmed the outcome of the vote, which took...

Jerusalem – Israel Dismisses Settler Demand For Probe Of Ex-soldiers

February 6, 2019 at 11:13 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli authorities say there're no grounds to investigate a group of former soldiers critical of the country's occupation of Palestinian-claimed territories. The state attorney's office says no evidence was found to substantiate the accusations by a settler group that members of Breaking the Silence collected and published classified information or encouraged soldiers to commit...

Washington – 5 Jewish Takeaways From Trump’s State Of The Union Speech

February 6, 2019 at 10:57 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump linked his actions on Iran to the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, pivoting during his State of the Union address from his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal to a declaration that anti-Semitism must be confronted “anywhere and everywhere it occurs.” Trump also bookended his speech with references to D-Day, including salutes to troops, among them...

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