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Washington – How Trump’s ‘religious Freedom’ Changes Are Heartening Some Jews And Rattling Others

May 7, 2019 at 11:38 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump’s definition of religious freedom is being welcomed by many Orthodox leaders and rattling more liberal Jewish leaders. Some of the administration’s proposed new rules aim to protect health care providers who say certain procedures violate their religious conscience, including abortion, assisted suicide and end-of-life issues. The changes would reverse...

Washington – US Pregnancy Deaths Up, And Report Says Most Are Preventable

May 7, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - More U.S. women are dying from pregnancy-related causes, and more than half of those deaths are preventable, government health officials said in a report Tuesday. Although these deaths are rare — about 700 a year — they have been rising for decades, especially among black women. "An American mom today is 50% more likely to die in childbirth than her own mother was," said...

Philadelphia – Israeli Restaurant Zahav Named Best In The US By James Beard Awards

May 7, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Philadelphia - Zahav, an Israeli eatery in Philadelphia, won the James Beard Foundation award for outstanding restaurant. The 2019 winners of the prestigious award were announced Monday during a ceremony in Chicago. Jewish chefs Michael Solomonov, a native of Israel, and Steve Cook founded the restaurant, whose name means “gold” in Hebrew, in 2008. Zahav’s website describes it as “a...

Washington – NY Times: Trump Lost More Than $1 Billion From 1985 To 1994

May 7, 2019 at 10:27 PM
New York - The New York Times reported Tuesday that Donald Trump's businesses lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994, based on tax information the newspaper acquired. The Times said it has acquired printouts from the future president's official IRS tax transcripts, including figures from his federal tax form. The newspaper said Trump reported business losses of $46.1 million in 1985...

Washington – Real Spies Take Spotlight At New Spy Museum

May 7, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - James Bond's shiny silver sports car — with its JB007 rotating license plate — is the first thing visitors see when they step into the new and improved International Spy Museum that opens Sunday in Washington. After that, it's as if the history of Hollywood's famous private eye vanishes in invisible ink, while the stories of real-life spies and modern-day espionage take center...

Washington – Military: B-52 Bombers To Be Part Of U.S. Forces Sent To Middle East Over Iran Concerns

May 7, 2019 at 09:28 PM
Washington - The U.S. military said on Tuesday that B-52 bombers will be part of additional forces being sent to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration says are "clear indications" of threats from Iran to U.S. forces there. White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that the United States was deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to...

Tel Aviv – 700 Rockets, 240 Intercepts, 4 Dead Israelis: Is The Iron Dome Getting Worse?

May 7, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Tel Aviv - After the weekend’s fighting between Hamas and the Israeli army, some Israelis have raised questions about the strength of their country’s missile defenses. Over the course of the weekend, Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched nearly 700 rockets from Gaza at Israel, killing four people and injuring more than 200. According to Haaretz, of the 690 rockets launched from Gaza, Israel’s...

Washington – Debt Collectors To Use Email, Texts Under New Trump Rules

May 7, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Washington - Debt collectors will be able to start contacting borrowers via text and email under new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rules released Tuesday are an update to debt collection regulations enacted in the 1970s, which never took into account changes in technology, like the use of cellphones, email or the internet. Under the new rules...

Mountain View, CA – Google Demos Car Bookings By Voice Assistant (Video)

May 7, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Mountain View, CA - Alphabet Inc's Google business on Tuesday offered a preview of voice technology that lets users make rental car bookings with just a simple ask of the company's virtual assistant tool. The capability, which Google demonstrated with National Car Rental's website, builds on the company's push over the last two years to integrate more artificial intelligence-fueled features...

Wall, NJ – Yearbook Adviser Sues In Dispute Over Pro-Trump Photos

May 7, 2019 at 07:28 PM
Wall, NJ - A high school yearbook adviser who was suspended after photos of two students were altered to remove President Donald Trump's name from their clothing is suing the district, saying she was made a scapegoat. Teacher Susan Parsons says in her lawsuit, filed Monday, that officials in New Jersey's Wall Township School District requested the changes in 2017 but then set her up to "take...

New York, NY – Councilman Deutsch Leads City Hall Rally Calling For City Funding For Security At Houses Of Worship

May 7, 2019 at 07:10 PM
New York, NY - In a show of interfaith unity, faith leaders from across the city gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday afternoon to call for security funding for houses of worship. Organized by Councilman Chaim Deutsch, the rally was attended by dozens of community members and activists representing a variety of ethnicities and religious backgrounds. “In the wake of tragedies in Poway...

New York – Poll: 77% Of Americans Say Kids Should Get Measles Shot Even If Parents Object

May 7, 2019 at 07:01 PM
New York - Three out of four Americans believe children should be vaccinated against measles even if their parents object, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found, showing little sympathy for the anti-vaccination movement that U.S. officials blame for the ongoing outbreak. Some 764 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the United States so far this year, the most seen in 25 years, in an outbreak that...

New York – Debt Collectors To Use Email, Texts Under New Trump Rules

May 7, 2019 at 06:25 PM
New York - Debt collectors are going to be able to start contacting borrowers via text and email under new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rules are an update to debt collection regulations passed in the 1970s, which never took into account changes in technology, like the use of cellphones, email or the internet. Under the new rules, banks and other...

Washington – US Official: Intel Indicates Iran Moved Missiles By Boat

May 7, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Washington - A U.S. official says intelligence information that prompted the Pentagon to send an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers to the Middle East included indications that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in or near the Persian Gulf. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive information. The official says the movement of...

Washington – Trump Has Signed Off On Kushner’s Immigration Plan

May 7, 2019 at 05:32 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has signed off on a new immigration plan being spearheaded by senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner that appeared to receive a positive reception from Republican senators briefed on it Tuesday. A senior administration official told reporters after the meeting that the president had approved the effort to overhaul America's immigration...

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