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New York – Ex-NYPD Sergeant Praised For Aiding Gun Probe Gets Jail Time

June 12, 2019 at 11:24 PM
New York - A former sergeant on the nation's largest police force who helped prosecutors build cases against his former colleagues in the biggest scandal to hit the New York Police Department in decades was sentenced to four months in prison Wednesday by a judge who said cooperation was not a get-out-of-jail-free card. U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein did not spare David Villanueva from...

Lodz, Poland – Polish City Of Lodz Has 1st Jewish Festival In Decades

June 12, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Lodz, Poland - The city of Lodz, once a major Jewish hub in Poland, hosted its first Jewish festival in decades. Hundreds attended the Festival of Tranquility last week in the central city over the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Drawing on similar events in Krakow, Warsaw, Budapest and other cities throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the Lodz festival featured films, Torah study sessions...

Davenport, IA – Obama Plays Starring Role In Biden’s Presidential Campaign

June 12, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Davenport, IA - During a campaign swing through Iowa this week, Joe Biden mentioned that his family recently dined with former President Barack Obama's family. At a Houston fundraiser, Biden joked about the infamous expletive he deployed in congratulating Obama's health care victory. And Biden recently tweeted an image of Joe and Barack friendship bracelets. The message is clear: Biden really...

New York – New Gene Tests For Germs Quickly Reveal Source Of Infections

June 12, 2019 at 10:03 PM
New York - Brian Jetter was on life support, a healthy 40-year-old suddenly battling pneumonia and sepsis, and a slew of tests had failed to find the cause. Mystery illnesses like this kill thousands of people each year when germs can't be identified fast enough to reveal the right treatment. Now genetic tests are helping to solve these cases. One finally was used to search Jetter's blood...

Massachusetts – Boston Museum Pays $500K For Rare Torah Ornaments

June 12, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Boston, MA - The Museum of Fine Arts bought two pairs of rare Torah finials, bidding $500,000 for the 17th-century German silver set. The set is considered among the earliest surviving examples of the ritual Torah ornaments. The final sale price exceeded the pre-auction estimate of between $300,000 and $400,000. A second pair, 18th-century English parcel-gilt silver, sold for $187,500...

Washington – Trump Says He’d ‘want To Hear’ Foreign Dirt On 2020 Rivals

June 12, 2019 at 09:21 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent, he'd be open to accepting it and that he'd have no obligation to call in the FBI. "I think I'd want to hear it," Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding, "There's nothing wrong with listening." The role of Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in organizing a 2016 meeting...

New York – Chopper Crash Renews 9/11 Worry About Rogue Aircraft In NYC

June 12, 2019 at 09:00 PM
New York - It was an accident, not terrorism, but this week's helicopter crash on the roof of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper has raised serious security concerns because of the ease with which the chopper ventured into one of the nation's most tightly restricted no-fly zones. Some of the questions being posed are the same ones that bedeviled authorities after 9/11 nearly two decades ago: Are...

Queens, NY – Craving Gefilte Fish And Sushi? A New Kosher Restaurant Combines Them In A Roll

June 12, 2019 at 08:32 PM
Queens, NY - More than a dozen kosher eateries — selling pizza, bagels, falafel and schnitzel — dot Main Street in the Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood of Queens. But a newcomer on the block is sure to turn some heads, and maybe stomachs, too. Sushi Kingdom & Asian Fusion may look like a typical kosher Japanese joint, but in addition to classic dishes such as salmon avocado and spicy tuna...

New York – Facebook’s Zuckerberg Is The Focus Of Latest Doctored Video

June 12, 2019 at 08:00 PM
New York -Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It's the latest flap over deviously altered "deepfake" videos as Facebook and other social media services struggle to stop the spread of...

Washington – Number Of Mexican Immigrants In The US Illegally Declines

June 12, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Washington - The number of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally has declined so sharply over the past decade that for the first time, they no longer make up the majority of that category, according to an estimate by the Pew Research Center Wednesday. But the number of Central Americans in the country illegally is increasing — from 1.5 million in 2007 to 1.9 million in 2017, the study...

Buenos Aires – Officials Alarmed By Anti-Semitic Assaults In Argentina

June 12, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Buenos Aires - Argentinean and international Jewish organizations are demanding action from local and regional authorities amid recent violent anti-Semitic attacks in the country. The Argentinean Jewish political umbrella DAIA labeled Sunday’s attack on Rabbi Shlomo Tawil in Rosario as “brutal anti-Semitic aggression” and demanded an investigation into the climate that may have spawned...

Washington – In Trump Probes, Congress Wary Of Power To Arrest, Fine

June 12, 2019 at 06:31 PM
Washington - A power that the U.S. Congress has not wielded since the 1930s may remain unused for a while longer as Democrats turn to the courts -- not long-dormant rules -- to press home investigations of President Donald Trump and his administration. Democratic leaders are reluctant to use the "inherent contempt" power, under which Congress can jail or fine people who defy its subpoenas, to...

Washington – Former Starbucks CEO Cuts Staff, Takes ‘Detour’ From White House Run

June 12, 2019 at 06:04 PM
Washington - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he's taking a "detour" from a possible independent presidential bid. The billionaire businessman cites health concerns in a message to supporters, and says he's taking the summer to rest and will revisit his presidential ambitions after Labor Day. Two aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions are...

Charlotte, NC – Cadet To Be Removed From Army ROTC For ‘Pro-Nazism’ Tweets

June 12, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Charlotte, NC - A cadet will be removed from the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps for posting racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and "pro-Nazism" messages on social media, an Army official said Wednesday. Martha Gerdes is on a "leave of absence" from the program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte pending her disenrollment from the ROTC, according to U.S. Army Cadet Command...

Washington – House Panel Approves Contempt Citations Against Barr, Ross

June 12, 2019 at 05:04 PM
Washington - A Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives committee voted on Wednesday in favor of holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas related to adding a citizenship question to the U.S. census. By a 24-15 vote, the House Oversight Committee recommended that the full House find Barr and Ross in...

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