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Washington – Former VP Cheney Criticized Trump Foreign Policy In Closed-door Event

March 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been criticizing President Donald Trump's foreign policy, even comparing it with that of former President Barack Obama. Speaking with Vice President Mike Pence this weekend, Cheney warned that Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria and complaints about NATO were making American allies question the dependability of the U.S. as a...

Addis Ababa – Ethiopian Crash Victims Were Aid Workers, Doctors, Academics

March 11, 2019 at 11:29 PM
Addis Ababa - They worked to bring food to the hungry, medicine to the sick and clean water to people living in areas without it. Among the 157 people who died in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner Sunday were dozens of international aid workers hailing from several countries in Africa and around the globe. Described as dedicated and impassioned employees of nonprofit environmental...

Seattle – Amazon Lifts Restriction On Sellers Criticized As Anti-competitive

March 11, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Seattle - Amazon.com has decided to stop telling third-party sellers on its platform that they cannot offer lower prices on competing websites, a source said on Monday. The source gave no details on the decision. The decision comes in the wake of a letter from Senator Richard Blumenthal arguing that the practice would "stifle market competition and artificially inflate prices." The letter...

Washington – U.S. To Mandate Design Changes On Boeing 737 MAX 8 After Crashes

March 11, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Washington - The United States will mandate that Boeing Co implement design changes by April that have been in the works for months for the 737 MAX 8 fleet after a fatal crash in October but said the plane was airworthy and did not need to be grounded after a second crash on Sunday. An Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157...

Phoenix – Woman Says She Distracted Jaguar After Attack At Arizona Zoo

March 11, 2019 at 10:03 PM
Phoenix - A woman on a trip to an Arizona zoo with her son and grandchildren reacted swiftly when a jaguar attacked another visitor who had crossed a barrier to take a selfie with the wild animal. Michele Flores said Monday she grabbed a water bottle from a stroller and put it through an enclosure, distracting the jaguar. The cat took one paw from the woman in the enclosure, but the other...

Geneva – WWWorries? Inventor Of Web Laments Coming-of-age Woes

March 11, 2019 at 09:38 PM
Geneva - The inventor of the World Wide Web knows his revolutionary innovation is coming of age, and doesn't always like what he sees: state-sponsored hacking, online harassment, hate speech and misinformation among the ills of its "digital adolescence." Tim Berners-Lee issued a cri-de-coeur letter and spoke to a few reporters Monday on the eve of the 30-year anniversary of his first paper...

New York – Meet The Orthodox Millennial Who Convenes Jewish Artists, Protests Trump And Talks With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

March 11, 2019 at 09:06 PM
New York - Since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burst onto the national scene, Jewish leaders have talked about her and what she means for Israel and Jewish concerns. But Elad Nehorai, a 34-year-old former Hasid in Brooklyn, managed to talk to her about Israel and anti-Semitism — through Twitter, of course. Ocasio-Cortez, the most talked about freshman Democratic members of the House, tweeted...

Addis Ababa – Insurers Face Large Claims After Second Boeing 737 MAX Crash

March 11, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Addis Ababa - Boeing Co's insurers face big claims from families of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, coming less than six months after the crash of the same type of Boeing aircraft in Indonesia, insurance and aviation sources said. An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, raising questions about...

New York – Hero Or Villain, Ocasio-Cortez Remains A Media Fixation

March 11, 2019 at 08:00 PM
New York - Believe it or not, there are other members of Congress besides Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. You wouldn't know that by how the freshman Democrat from New York has become a media fixation like no other politician since President Donald Trump. She's been a cover subject in both New York tabloids, a punchline on "Saturday Night Live," the target of a Washington Post investigation and...

Skopje, North Macedonia – N. Macedonia Marks Destruction Of Its Jewish Community

March 11, 2019 at 07:31 PM
Skopje, North Macedonia - North Macedonia is commemorating the deportation of almost the country's entire Jewish community to the Nazi death camp of Treblinka with a ceremony in the capital, Skopje. The Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje unveiled its permanent exhibit Monday, 76 years since 98 percent of the Jewish population of what was then a province of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was...

New York – Feel Like Climbing 2,500 Steps? Head To New NYC Sculpture

March 11, 2019 at 07:01 PM
New York - A colossal sculpture that will give people more than 150 interconnected stairways to climb is opening to the public as part of New York City's Hudson Yards development. Vessel is a metal structure shaped like the bowl of a wine glass that will open Friday as part of the first phase of the project on Manhattan's west side. Vessel was created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick...

Detroit – Tesla Walks Back Its Plan To Close Most Showrooms

March 11, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Detroit - Tesla is walking back its plan to close most retail stores worldwide in a move the company says will force it to raise prices on most of its electric vehicles. The company still will move to online-only sales, but now says it won't close as many stores as originally thought. Tesla announced last month that it would shutter most of its stores to cut costs so it could sell its...

Washington – White House Mum On If Trump Really Thinks Dems ‘Hate’ Jews

March 11, 2019 at 05:55 PM
Washington - White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday repeatedly refused to say whether President Donald Trump really thinks Democrats "hate" Jewish people. Before Trump left the White House on Friday for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, he said: "The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They've become an anti-Jewish party, and that's too bad." Later in the day, Trump told...

Washington – U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar Thanks Fox For Condemning Jeanine Pirro

March 11, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Washington - U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning comments made on the network by weekend host Jeanine Pirro centering on the freshman Democrat's wearing of a traditional Muslim head covering. Fox said it "strongly condemned" Pirro's Saturday night commentary and said it had addressed the matter with her. Pirro did not apologize. On her show, Pirro noted that the...

Washington – Pelosi: ‘I’m Not For Impeachment’

March 11, 2019 at 04:58 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump should not be impeached unless the reasons are overwhelming and bipartisan, given how divisive it would be for the country, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Washington Post interview published on Monday. "I’m not for impeachment," Pelosi, the top U.S. Democrat, said in the interview, which was conducted last week. "Impeachment is so divisive to...

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