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Jerusalem – Israelis Are Top Users Of Social Media In The World

February 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Jerusalem - When it comes to social media, Israelis rule the world. Some 77 percent of adults in Israel use social media, putting the country 1 percentage point ahead of South Korea, according to a Pew Research Center survey released this week. The United States was sixth at 70 percent. At the same time, Israel ranks second in smartphone ownership, with 88 percent of its adults owning...

Detroit – AAA: Cold Weather Can Cut Electric Car Range Over 40 Percent

February 7, 2019 at 11:36 PM
Detroit - Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found. The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also found that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures. Many owners...

Washington – $30 Million More Allotted To Survivors Of French Train Deportations And Families

February 7, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. State Department is ready to allot the second half of the $60 million in compensation for survivors deported to Nazi camps via the French rail system, and their spouses and descendants. Claimants will receive virtually double the amount they were allotted after the governments of the United States and France reached agreement on the $60 million in 2014. The agreement...

Chicago, IL – Sears To Stay Open After Edward Lampert Prevails In Bankruptcy Auction

February 7, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Chicago, IL - A bankruptcy judge on Thursday blessed a $5.2 billion plan by Sears chairman and biggest shareholder to keep the iconic business going. The approval means roughly 425 stores and 45,000 jobs will be preserved. Eddie Lampert's bid through an affiliate of his ESL hedge fund overcame opposition from a group of unsecured creditors, including mall owners and suppliers, that tried to...

West Lafayette, IN – Former Starbucks CEO Schultz Blasts Trump In Speech

February 7, 2019 at 10:00 PM
West Lafayette, IN - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is blasting President Donald Trump as he considers an independent bid to replace him, telling students Thursday at Purdue University that Trump "must not serve a second term." Schultz said Trump's presidency is "one of the most significant security threats America faces in the post-World War II era." He blamed Trump for walking away from...

Manhattan, NY – New York Grand Hyatt, Trump’s First Big Project, Faces Demolition

February 7, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Manhattan, NY - A New York developer and a partner plan to demolish the Grand Hyatt New York, the hotel that launched U.S. President Donald Trump's real estate career in Manhattan decades ago, the two companies said on Thursday. Developer TF Cornerstone and MSD Partners, which manages the assets of Dell Technologies founder Michael Dell and his family, said they would develop 2 million square...

Washington – John Dingell, Longest-serving Member Of U.S. Congress, Dead At 92

February 7, 2019 at 09:28 PM
Washington - John Dingell, a gruff Michigan Democrat who entered the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 to finish his late father's term and became a legislative heavyweight and longest-serving member of Congress, died on Thursday, Michigan lawmakers said. He was 92. Dingell served 59 years in the House before retiring in 2015 because, as he said to a Michigan business group at the time, he...

Seattle, WA – Amazon CEO Says National Enquirer Tried To Blackmail Him

February 7, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Seattle, WA - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday he was the target of "extortion and blackmail" by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threated to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how other private photos and messages were obtained by the tabloid. Bezos, who is also owner of The Washington Post, detailed his interactions with American...

Washington – Ivanka Trump Project Seeks To Help Women In Developing World

February 7, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump threw his weight behind his daughter's latest White House effort Thursday, backing her initiative to provide an economic boost to women in the developing world. The president on Thursday launched the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a governmentwide project led by senior adviser Ivanka Trump. The initiative involves the State Department...

Oakland, CA – Tests Suggest Scientists Achieved 1st ‘In Body’ Gene Editing

February 7, 2019 at 08:01 PM
Oakland, CA - Scientists think they have achieved the first gene editing inside the body, altering DNA in adults to try to treat a disease, although it's too soon to know if this will help. Preliminary results suggest that two men with a rare disorder now have a corrective gene at very low levels, which may not be enough to make the therapy a success. Still, it's a scientific milestone...

Washington – Orthodox Union (OU) Criticize Senate Committee For Questioning Nominees About Their Faith

February 7, 2019 at 07:33 PM
Washington - Nominees for federal judgeships should not be questioned about their religious faith or membership in a religious organization, the Orthodox Union said. The line of questioning has come up during Senate Judiciary hearings several times in at least the last year and amounts to religious intolerance, the O.U. said in a letter sent Monday to the committee’s chairman and ranking...

Tehran – Iran Reveals Missile, Shows Off Underground Factory

February 7, 2019 at 07:02 PM
Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 km (621 miles), the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, ignoring demands Western demands that Tehran halt its missile program. Fars published pictures of an underground missile factory called "underground city", saying the "Dezful" missile was a version of the...

Lakewood, NJ – Arrest Made In Lakewood Stabbing Of Jewish Man, Currently Being Considered A “Random” Attack

February 7, 2019 at 06:36 PM
Lakewood, NJ - A 47 year old Lakewood man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after stabbing an Orthodox Jewish resident repeatedly in the township’s municipal building this morning. Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said that Reginald Patillo stabbed his victim multiple times in the head and neck as he entered an elevator on the second floor of the Lakewood Township...

New York – Johnson & Johnson Will List Drug Prices In TV Commercials

February 7, 2019 at 06:30 PM
New York - Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will start giving the list price of its prescription drugs in television ads. The company would be the first drugmaker to take that step. The health care giant will begin with its popular blood thinner, Xarelto, said Scott White, head of J&J's North American pharmaceutical marketing. By late March, commercials will give the pill's list price...

Washington – Kushner Traveling To Middle East To Brief On Economic Part Of Peace Plan

February 7, 2019 at 06:03 PM
Washington - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will travel to at least five Arab countries in late February to brief diplomats on the economic portion of a long-awaited U.S. peace proposal for the Middle East and seek their support, officials said on Thursday. Kushner, who is President Donald Trump's influential son-in-law, and Trump's Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, plan stops in...

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