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Albany, NY – Last Section Of Old Tappan Zee Bridge Removed

May 13, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Albany, NY - The last section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge has been hauled away for disassembly. Crews began lowering the 600-foot (185-meter), 5,500-ton (5,590-metric ton) section on Thursday. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says Monday that barges were used to transport the final piece of the bridge offsite where it will be broken down. Meanwhile, crews are working to raise and...

Los Angeles – Lawyers Say Navy SEAL Prosecutors Spied On Them

May 13, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Los Angeles - Military prosecutors in the case of a Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 installed tracking software in emails sent to defense lawyers and a reporter in an apparent attempt to discover who was leaking information to the news media, according to lawyers who told The Associated Press that they received the corrupted messages. The defense...

Hampton, NH – 2020 Hopeful Biden Says He’s Open To Breaking Up Facebook

May 13, 2019 at 10:31 PM
Hampton, NH - Joe Biden said Monday that he would be open to breaking up Facebook, a sign of the deep skepticism among many Democratic presidential contenders about the power of massive technology firms. In an interview with The Associated Press, the former vice president, who is now running for the White House, said that dismantling large technology companies is "something we should take a...

Toronto, Canada – Canadian Jewish Billionaire Schwartz Makes $2.6 Billion Bet On Canada’s WestJet Airlines

May 13, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Toronto, Canada - Billionaire Gerry Schwartz pounced on Canada's WestJet Airlines on Monday as his private equity firm Onex Corp offered to buy the struggling airline for C$3.5 billion ($2.6 billion), betting it can turn around its recent decline by taking the company private. The surprise offer for C$31 a share, a 67% premium to their closing price on Friday, sparked a surge in WestJet...

Washington – AP: Barr Appoints US Attorney To Examine Russia Probe Origins, Determine If Intelligence Collection Was Lawful

May 13, 2019 at 09:21 PM
Washington - Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday. Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry, the person...

Commerce Township, MI – Holocaust Survivor, Former Soldier Have Emotional Meeting (Video)

May 13, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Commerce Township, MI - A Holocaust survivor welcomed a U.S. Army veteran to her suburban Detroit home on Monday and thanked him for taking part in the 1945 liberation of the German concentration camp where she was being held. Sophie Tajch Klisman greeted Doug Harvey with a hug and thanked the 95-year-old for taking part in the liberation of the Salzwedel camp, telling him: "You gave me my...

Tel Aviv – Israeli Drug Manufacturer Teva At Center Of Anti-trust Lawsuit Brought By 44 States

May 13, 2019 at 08:33 PM
Tel Aviv - The Israeli company Teva is a key target in a lawsuit brought by 44 states claiming that 20 drugmakers colluded to divide up the market in an effort to avoid competition and raise prices. Teva’s U.S. branch was named in the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Connecticut. Prosecutors allege that Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. was able to raise prices by more than 1,000...

Washington – Trump Says He Won’t Use Info Stolen By Adversaries In 2020

May 13, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is pledging not to use information stolen by foreign adversaries in his 2020 reelection campaign. And he's insisting he didn't use any in 2016, even though he did. Trump told reporters Monday as he met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that he "would certainly agree to that." He says: "I don't need it. All I need is the opponents that I'm...

New York – Bitcoin Tops $8,000 As It Hits Highest Since July 2018

May 13, 2019 at 07:45 PM
New York- Bitcoin surged to more than $8,000 late on Monday, its highest level since July last year, as the cryptocurrency's rally gained further momentum. There is no real fundamental explanation as to why bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, hit a 10-month high on Monday. But there is an ongoing blockchain and cryptocurrency conference in New York called Consensus, with big investors and...

Seattle – Amazon Rolls Out Machines That Pack Orders And Replace Jobs

May 13, 2019 at 07:24 PM
Seattle - Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders. The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years, which scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelopes them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item, two people who worked on the project told Reuters. Amazon has...

Jerusalem – Water Not Kosher Because Of Eurovision Special Edition, Rabbis Say

May 13, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Jerusalem - A Special edition Neviot water six-packs in honor of the Eurovision did not receive the ultra-Orthodox Badatz kashrus stamp, ynet reported on Monday. The discovery came to light after customers went into a Yesh Chesed supermarket branch of Shufersal in Bnei Brak and photographed a sign by the store, which warned of the lack of the certification. "The six-packs of Neviot are...

Washington – Official: Initial US Assessment Blames Iran For Ship Attacks

May 13, 2019 at 06:42 PM
Washington - An American military team's initial assessment is that Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies used explosives Sunday to blow large holes in four ships anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. official said Monday. The official said each ship has a 5- to 10-foot hole in it, near or just below the water line, and the team's early belief is that the holes were caused by...

New Haven, CT – Fire Chief: Connecticut Mosque Fire Appears To Be Arson

May 13, 2019 at 06:29 PM
New Haven, CT - A top fire official says a fire at a Connecticut mosque appears to be arson. New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said Monday investigators had found evidence the Sunday afternoon blaze at the Diyanet Mosque was "intentionally set" and a criminal investigation is underway. He didn't disclose the nature of the evidence. Alston says the one person inside when flames broke out...

Washington – ‘Like Me, A Little Controversial’: Trump Praises Hungary’s Anti-immigration PM Orban

May 13, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday, describing him as "like me, a little controversial," and brushing off concerns about threats to democratic norms in Hungary during Orban's tenure. Welcoming the right-wing Hungarian leader for a meeting in the Oval Office, Trump lauded him for being tough on immigration, a policy area in which the...

Atlanta – Former US President Jimmy Carter Has Surgery For Broken Hip

May 13, 2019 at 05:28 PM
Atlanta - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter broke his hip Monday at his Georgia home, underwent successful surgery and was recovering comfortably, a spokeswoman for the Carter Center said. Carter was on his way to go turkey hunting, the spokeswoman, Deanna Congileo, said in a statement. She said that he was treated in Americus, Georgia, near his home in Plains, and that his wife, Rosalynn...

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