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Miami – Howard Schultz Offers Vision For An Independent Presidency

March 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Miami - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Wednesday offered his vision for what an independent presidency could look like, even though he still hasn't decided whether to enter the White House race himself. In a speech at Miami Dade College, Schultz laid out his plans for protecting democracy and free enterprise and sought to show how a president elected outside the two-party system could...

Washington – U.S. Says China’s Treatment Of Muslim Minority Worst Abuses ‘since The 1930s’

March 13, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday slammed human rights violations in China, saying the sort of abuses it had inflicted on its Muslim minorities had not been seen "since the 1930s." U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted abuses in Iran, South Sudan, Nicaragua and China in the department's annual "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices," but told reporters that...

Jerusalem – Exxon Eyes Israel Gas Bid In Major Middle East Shift

March 13, 2019 at 11:02 PM
Jerusalem - Exxon Mobil Corp is considering exploring for oil and gas in Israel, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter, in what would make Exxon the first oil major to operate in the country still technically at war with Gulf Arab states. A number of large gas discoveries offshore Israel and in nearby eastern Mediterranean waters in the last decade have made Israel a potentially...

Warsaw – Lawmaker Protests Anti-Semitic Paper On Parliament Grounds

March 13, 2019 at 10:24 PM
Warsaw - An opposition lawmaker in Poland is demanding explanations from the parliament speaker about why a right-wing weekly with an anti-Semitic headline was available at the parliament's hotel. Michal Kaminski said Wednesday he spotted the "Tylko Polska" paper with a front-page headline reading "How to Recognize a Jew" in the kiosk at the hotel, where lawmakers from outside Warsaw stay...

California – Guard Won’t Be Charged In Shooting Outside LA Synagogue

March 13, 2019 at 10:15 PM
California - Los Angeles prosecutors say they won't charge a synagogue security guard accused of shooting a person who was recording video of the building. The Los Angeles Times reports the announcement Thursday came as the woman who was shot filed a civil lawsuit against the guard and his employer. Edduin Zelayagrunfeld was arrested last month after the shooting outside the Etz Jacob...

Washington – Gluten, Lactose In Drugs? Study Raises Questions About Risk

March 13, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - A man with celiac disease felt sicker after starting a new drug, but it wasn't a typical side effect. It turns out the pills were mixed with gluten the patient knew to avoid in food — but was surprised to find hiding in medicine. A new report says pills often contain so-called "inactive" ingredients capable of causing allergic or gastrointestinal reactions in small numbers of...

Washington – US Grounding Of Boeing Jet Shows Limits Of Company’s Clout

March 13, 2019 at 09:37 PM
Washington - Aerospace giant Boeing is a juggernaut in Washington, employing a team of in-house lobbyists and blue chip firms as part of a multimillion dollar influence operation built to shape policy on Capitol Hill and inside the Trump administration. But the company's clout goes only so far. Bowing to international pressure, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Boeing 737 Max...

Brooklyn, NY – Lamb Found Trotting Through New York City Bridge Traffic

March 13, 2019 at 09:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A wayward lamb running around a New York City bridge briefly held up traffic before its rescue. The animal was first seen trotting eastbound along the shoulder of Gowanus Expressway around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. New York City Police Officer Dominick Gatto says he was on-duty when a motorist informed him about the lamb on the lam. Gatto and other police officers chased down and...

New York – J Street Launches Birthright-style Trip To Israel That Will Include Palestinians

March 13, 2019 at 09:03 PM
New York - JStreet, the liberal Israel policy group, will compete with Birthright by launching its own free trip to Israel for college students. The trip will aim to introduce students firsthand to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. Organized by J Street U, the group’s college arm, it will take 40 students to Israel and the West Bank for 10 days in...

New York – New York Inaugurates Its $25 Billion Mini-city, Hudson Yards

March 13, 2019 at 08:31 PM
New York - A towering, climbable sculpture called Vessel is scheduled to open Friday as the visual centerpiece of a $25 billion New York City complex called Hudson Yards. The project is the city's most ambitious development since the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. It's also among the most expensive private real estate projects in U.S. history. When complete, the 28-acre...

Brooklyn, NY – Justice Ginsburg Poster In Brooklyn Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

March 13, 2019 at 07:57 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A poster in Brooklyn featuring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s face was vandalized with the words “Die, Jew bitch!” and a swastika. The vandalized poster at a subway stop in the Greenpoint neighborhood made the rounds Wednesday on social media. The phrase and symbol were written in what appeared to be black marker over the Jewish jurist’s face. The poster...

Washington – US Plans Tests This Year Of Long-banned Types Of Missiles

March 13, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Washington - The Pentagon plans to begin flight tests this year of two types of missiles that have been banned for more than 30 years by a treaty from which both the United States and Russia are expected to withdraw in August, defense officials said Wednesday. By moving forward with these missile projects, the Pentagon is not excluding the possibility that the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces...

Washington – Dem Chairman Satisfied, For Now, With Cohen Answer On Pardon

March 13, 2019 at 07:15 PM
Washington - The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee says he does "not see the need for further action" against Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen after he clarified his testimony under oath about never seeking a pardon from Trump. In a letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, lawyer Michael Monico clarified that Cohen had asked one of his lawyers to explore the possibility of a...

London – Charged With Spreading Hate, Brooklyn’s Rabbi Mizrachi Banned From Entering UK

March 13, 2019 at 06:52 PM
London - A hugely popular Brooklyn rabbi whose sometimes controversial statements have found him subjected to torrents of criticism found himself banned from a flight to London today by the United Kingdom’s Home Office. Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi has raised public ire on several occasions with contentious statements including saying that children who are born with Down Syndrome and autism are...

West Palm Beach, FL – Birthday Billboard Blows Up NJ Man’s Phone With Well Wishers

March 13, 2019 at 06:35 PM
West Palm Beach, FL - A New Jersey man had to get a new phone number after he was overwhelmed with birthday wishes when his sons put up a billboard asking people to call him. The SunSentinel reports Chris Ferry doesn't turn 62 until Saturday. But already he's received some 15,000 Facebook messages and phone calls from people who saw the sign along a highway in Linwood, New Jersey. The sign...

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