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Washington – Trump Rose On Forbes Richest List As Other Billionaires Slipped

March 6, 2019 at 11:31 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump's personal fortune held steady over the past year, but he vaulted higher on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world as dozens of his fellow tycoons suffered financial setbacks. Trump's $3.1 billion net worth is unchanged from last year, Forbes said. Still, his real estate holdings held their value better than assets that make up the...

San Francisco – iPhone Sales Are Falling, And Apple’s App Fees Might Be Next

March 6, 2019 at 10:31 PM
San Francisco - As iPhone sales slip , Apple has been positioning its booming digital-services business as its new profit engine. But there could be a snag in that plan. A brewing backlash against the rich commissions Apple earns from all purchases and subscriptions made via iPhone apps could undercut the app store, which generates about a third of the company's services revenue. Late last...

Washington – New Justice Pick Opens Key Job For Post-Mueller Probes

March 6, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's nomination of Jessie Liu for the third-highest spot in the Justice Department creates a vacancy that could allow Trump to name the person who will oversee the most politically charged cases in Washington, including those stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. As Mueller winds down his Russia investigation, lawyers from the U.S. attorney's...

Aalst, Belgium – I Spoke To The Creators Of Belgium’s Anti-Semitic Carnival Float. They’re Not Sorry

March 6, 2019 at 09:15 PM
Aalst, Belgium - I initially had some sympathy for the creators of an anti-Semitic carnival float in Belgium. Studying their CVs and past creations for the annual carnival of Aalst, I saw that they were a group of some 20 upstanding citizens — a fireman, a technician, an Education Ministry official and a police department employee, to name a few. They had invested countless unpaid hours to...

Jerusalem – Israel’s National Library Joins Google’s Virtual Exhibit Showcasing Humanity’s Best Inventions

March 6, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Google Arts & Culture recently launched the “Once Upon a Try” exhibit, the largest online display about inventions and discoveries ever curated. Collections from over 110 cultural institutions and museums from 23 countries have joined the project, including The National Library of Israel (NLI), the first Israeli organization to participate in this broad and encompassing...

New York – Disability Rights Advocates Win Ruling Over Lack Of NYC Subway Elevators

March 6, 2019 at 08:30 PM
New York - New York City's transit authority violated federal disability law when it replaced a subway station's stairs without installing an elevator, a federal judge has ruled, a decision that could require new elevators in future station renovations. The ruling, issued on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan, came as part of a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transit...

San Francisco – Archeologists Find Hidden Tunnels Below Alcatraz Prison

March 6, 2019 at 08:02 PM
San Francisco - Archaeologists have confirmed a long-time suspicion of historians and say that famed Alcatraz prison was built over a Civil War-era military fortification. SFGate reports researchers have found a series of buildings and tunnels under the prison yard of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which once held Al Capone. A study published in "Near Surface Geophysics" says archaeologists...

Jerusalem – Gallup: Americans’ Attitude Toward Israel At Lowest Level Since 2009

March 6, 2019 at 07:59 PM
Jerusalem - US public support for Israel is at its lowest point in a decade, according to a recent poll. Gallup – which surveys Americans each year on their sympathies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – this year found a substantial decline in support across party lines, with a surprising 13% drop among Republicans. Overall, 59% of Americans say they side with Israel in its conflict...

Washington – Foreign Leaders Lavish Trump With Diplomatic Gifts

March 6, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Washington - Foreign leaders showered President Donald Trump and his family with more than $140,000 in gifts during their first year in the White House, with China and Saudi Arabia among the most lavish givers. According to the State Department's annual accounting of such gifts, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave Trump and first lady Melania Trump the two most expensive presents in 2017: an...

Washington – Trump: Civilians Killed In Intelligence Ops To Go Unreported

March 6, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked an Obama-era requirement for reporting civilian casualties that resulted from U.S. intelligence operations in non-combat areas across the globe. Trump struck a section of an executive order issued by former President Barack Obama, which required both the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies to report on civilian casualties that...

Washington – Why Mueller’s Report Might Be A Letdown For Trump Critics

March 6, 2019 at 06:32 PM
Washington - A lavishly detailed 445-page report by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr released by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 concluded that President Bill Clinton "committed acts that may constitute grounds for an impeachment" and paved the way for an unsuccessful attempt in Congress to remove him from office. But Special Counsel Robert Mueller's impending report on the findings...

Salt Lake City – Obama Says He Based Decisions On ‘Facts, Reason And Logic’

March 6, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Salt Lake City - Former President Barack Obama says he tried to build a culture centered around problem-solving and not personal gain while in the White House. He said on Wednesday it was an effective strategy for any organization that also prevents "big scandals and indictments." Obama's comments drew applause from a crowd of about 9,000 people at a business conference in Salt Lake...

Washington – Trump Says Would Be ‘disappointed’ If North Korea Rebuilding Missile Launch Facility

March 6, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be very disappointed in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if reports about rebuilding at a rocket launch site in North Korea were true. Two U.S. think tanks and South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday that work was underway to restore part of North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station even as Trump met with...

New York – NYPD Finishes Equipping Patrol Officers With Body Cameras

March 6, 2019 at 05:03 PM
New York - The New York Police Department says it has finished equipping all uniformed patrol officers with body cameras, completing a rollout pushed back two months after one exploded last fall. The NYPD said Wednesday that it has handed out about 20,000 cameras and will give about 4,000 to specialized units like emergency services by August. The department says it is the largest body...

Jerusalem – Israeli Panel Won’t Bar Jewish Radicals From Election

March 6, 2019 at 04:32 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's central elections committee on Wednesday paved the way for a Jewish ultranationalist party to participate in April's parliamentary vote, narrowly rejecting an attempt to disqualify its leaders on the grounds that they incite racism against Arabs. The committee, made up of representatives from parties in the current Parliament, voted 16-15 against motions to disqualify...

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