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Washington – Trump Says ‘not Enough’ Progress Made In High-stakes U.S.-Mexico Talks

June 5, 2019 at 10:38 PM
Washington - Mexican and U.S. officials are set to resume talks in Washington on Thursday aimed at averting an imposition of tariffs on Mexican goods, with President Donald Trump saying "not enough" progress on ways to curb migration was made when the two sides met on Wednesday. Frustrated by the lack of progress on a signature issue from his 2016 election campaign, Trump unexpectedly told...

New York – Is There Finally More Help In The Fight Against Robocalls?

June 5, 2019 at 10:30 PM
New York - New tools are coming to fight robocalls, but don't expect unwanted calls to disappear. Political gridlock could derail bills aimed at beefing up enforcement and forcing phone companies to do more. The companies have been slow to act against such automated calls on their own. And even if companies do implement better technology, scammers and telemarketers will somehow get through in...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Legal Experts Question Deputy’s Arrest Over Parkland Tragedy

June 5, 2019 at 10:02 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - The arrest of a Florida sheriff's deputy for not confronting the gunman in the Parkland school massacre represents a highly unusual use of the law — and a legally dubious one, in the opinion of some experts. Scot Peterson, 56, appeared in court Wednesday on 11 charges, including negligence and child neglect for not entering the building during the rampage last year at...

San Francisco – YouTube Bans Holocaust Denial Videos In Policy Reversal

June 5, 2019 at 09:27 PM
San Francisco - YouTube said on Wednesday it would remove videos that deny the Holocaust, school shootings and other "well-documented violent events," a major reversal in policy as it fights criticism that it provides a platform for hate speech and harassment. The streaming service, owned by Alphabet Inc's Google, also said it would remove videos that glorify Nazi ideology or promote groups...

Berlin – Volkswagen, Once A Nazi Symbol, Is Now Empowering The ADL To Fight European Anti-Semitism

June 5, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Berlin - Herbert Diess believes he has a special obligation to combat the rise of the far right in Europe because the company he leads was once quite literally its engine. “Volkswagen has because of its history, and our history in the Second World War, we have an obligation to care about anti-Semitism and racism,” the Volkswagen CEO told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a rare interview...

Seattle, WA – Amazon Introduces ‘StyleSnap’ Shopping Recommendation Feature

June 5, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Seattle, WA - Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday introduced "StyleSnap", a feature on its app that allows users to upload a picture of a look or style they like and get recommendations for similar items on the platform. When providing recommendations, StyleSnap considers a variety of factors such as brand, price range, and customer reviews, the company said in a blog post. Shoppers "struggle to...

Washington – Government To Start Posting List Of Troubled Nursing Homes

June 5, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Washington - In a turnabout, the government said Wednesday it will start posting a list of some 400 troubled nursing homes , days after senators released the "secret" document along with a report questioning oversight of poor-quality facilities. Dr. Kate Goodrich, chief medical officer with the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, said the agency soon will post the list and update it...

Miami – Cuba Restrictions Hit Cruise Lines At The Start Of Summer

June 5, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Miami - The Trump administration's new restrictions on travel to Cuba will hit hardest at the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical summer vacation season. Major cruise lines immediately dropped stops in Cuba from their itineraries and hastily rerouted ships to other destinations including Mexico. Nearly 800,000 passengers...

New York – de Blasio Says Anti-Semitism Threat Comes From Right Wing

June 5, 2019 at 06:28 PM
New York - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democratic presidential candidate, said he sees threats of anti-Semitism as coming from the right wing. At a news conference Tuesday in Brooklyn about the rise of hate crimes in the city, de Blasio was asked about a supposed rise in anti-Semitism on the left. “I think the ideological movement that is anti-Semitic is the right-wing movement,”...

Brooklyn, NY – Orthodox Jewish Man Recognized By BP Adams In “Heroes Of The Month”

June 5, 2019 at 05:45 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams honored Brooklyn’s latest “Heroes of the Month” at a ceremony in the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall. He recognized two men – one a civilian, the other a state trooper - who saved a suicidal man from jumping off the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, an MTA Conductor who rescued a 13-year old autistic child from the tracks, and a...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Taps Likud Ally And First Gay Politician As Israel’s Justice Minister

June 5, 2019 at 05:33 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed a close Likud party ally as justice minister. Amir Ohana's appointment on Wednesday came as Netanyahu heads an interim government following the dissolution of parliament last week. The prime minister also faces a hearing before the attorney general over corruption allegations and possible indictment. Ohana is an ardent...

Brooklyn, NY – Orthodox Conspiracy Anti Vaccination Rally Led By A Hollywood Producer, And A Rabbi Who Quotes Gospel Of Luke

June 5, 2019 at 05:11 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The weirdest part of an Orthodox anti-vaccine conference here was probably when the emcee, a rabbi wearing a black hat and white beard, quoted the Gospel of Luke. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” he cried, reciting the Gospels nearly verbatim in referring to advocates of vaccination. The rabbi might have been talking about the 200 people gathered in...

Jerusalem – Wedding Invitation Of Lubavitcher Rebbe Discovered At National Library Of Israe

June 5, 2019 at 05:02 PM
Jerusalem - An invitation to the 1928 wedding of the seventh and last Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was discovered at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Schneerson popularized the Chabad-Lubavitch hasidic movement and through aggressive outreach to non-affiliated Jews became of one of the most influential forces in the Jewish world. The discovery of the...

El Paso, TX – U.S. Border Arrests Of Families Hit Another Record, Amid Mexico Tariff Threat

June 5, 2019 at 04:31 PM
El Paso, TX - U.S. border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing the U.S. southern border in May, the government said on Wednesday, an increase over the previous month and the most in more than a decade, reaching what officials said were "crisis" levels. U.S. President Donald Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with the rising number of mostly Central American migrants...

Shannon, Ireland – Trump Casts Doubt On Reports Of North Korean Executions

June 5, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Shannon, Ireland - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to cast doubt on news reports of North Korean executions as part of a purge in the aftermath of a failed Hanoi summit and lamented that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was blamed too quickly. Asked about South Korean reports that North Korea had executed a top diplomat, Trump said, "I don't know if the reports are...

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