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New York – Pricier Grills But Cheaper Meat: How Trump’s Trade Policy Plays On July 4

July 3, 2019 at 11:59 PM
New York - U.S. consumers likely paid more for grills to cook their Independence Day hot dogs and burgers this year because of the U.S.-China trade war, but they will find some consolation in less costly meat for cookouts as tariffs curb U.S. exports. The tit-for-tat tariff fight between the world's two largest economies started by U.S. President Donald Trump a year ago has U.S. companies...

Berlin – Germany Returns Painting Looted By Nazis To Jewish Heirs

July 3, 2019 at 11:33 PM
Berlin - German authorities say they've returned a painting looted by the Nazis, which surfaced in the collection of a reclusive Bavarian collector, to the heirs of its Jewish owner. Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said Wednesday's return of "Quai de Clichy," by French neo-impressionist Paul Signac, contributes "at least a degree toward historical justice" for Gaston Prosper Levy's...

Jerusalem – Scholars Say Philistine Genes Help Solve Biblical Mystery

July 3, 2019 at 11:01 PM
Jerusalem - Goliath the Greek? Human remains from an ancient cemetery in southern Israel have yielded precious bits of DNA that a new study says help prove the European origin of the Philistines — the enigmatic nemeses of the biblical Israelites. The Philistines mostly resided in five cities along the southern coast of what is today Israel and the Gaza Strip during the early Iron Age, around...

Germany – Arctic Mission Will Trap Scientists In Ice To Study Climate

July 3, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Germany - Cranes hoist cargo onto the deck, power tools scream out and workers bustle through the maze of passageways inside the German icebreaker RV Polarstern, preparations for a yearlong voyage that organizers say is unprecedented in scale and ambition. In a couple of months, the hulking ship will set out for the Arctic packed with supplies and scientific equipment for a mission to explore...

Washington – Appeals Court: Trump Can’t Use Pentagon Cash For Border Wall

July 3, 2019 at 10:15 PM
Washington - An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed with a lower court ruling that prevented the government from tapping...

Washington – Trump Insists He’s Not Dropping Citizenship Question Effort

July 3, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he is not dropping efforts to include a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 census, even as the U.S. Census Bureau has started the process of printing the questionnaire without it. "News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it...

Clearwater, FL – $5,000 Tip On $55 Bill Leads To Woman’s Arrest In Florida

July 3, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Clearwater, FL - Police say a $5,000 tip a woman left on a $55 cafe bill wasn't a case of generosity or charity. The woman is accused of using her boyfriend's credit card to leave the tip as revenge, and she's charged with theft in the incident. Clearwater police say Serina Wolfe was upset her boyfriend wouldn't buy her a plane ticket home to Buffalo, New York. A police report says the...

Washington – Trump Says Immigrants ‘unhappy’ With Detention Centers Should Stay Home

July 3, 2019 at 09:06 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump, facing renewed criticism from Democrats and activists over his handling of a migrant crisis on the U.S.- Mexico border, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that immigrants unhappy with conditions at detention centers should be told "not to come." Democratic lawmakers and civil rights activists who have visited migrant detention centers along the border in...

Jerusalem – U Of North Carolina Students Discover 1,600-year-old Mosaic In Northern Israel

July 3, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - A 1,600-year-old mosaic depicting a scene from the book of Exodus was uncovered by researchers and students in northern Israel. It was uncovered recently by a team of research specialists and students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, overseen by Professor Jodi Magness, at the site of a fifth-century synagogue in the ancient village of Huqoq in the lower...

Pyongyang – North Korea Says U.S. ‘hell-bent On Hostile Acts’ Despite Wanting To Talk

July 3, 2019 at 08:35 PM
Pyongyang - North Korea's mission to the United Nations accused the United States on Wednesday of being "more and more hell-bent on hostile acts" against Pyongyang, despite President Donald Trump wanting talks between the two countries. In a statement the mission said it was responding to a U.S. accusation that Pyongyang breached a cap on refined petroleum imports and a June 29 letter that it...

New York – Clickety Clack, Let’s Look Back: Typewriters Return

July 3, 2019 at 08:00 PM
New York - For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, if we've heard them at all. But at the few remaining typewriter repair shops in the country, business is booming as a younger generation discovers the joy of the feel and sound of the typewriter — and older generations admit they never fell out of love...

Seattle – Appeals Court: Amazon Can Be Held Liable For Third-party Seller Products

July 3, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Seattle - A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled against Amazon.com Inc in a case that could expose the online retailer to lawsuits from customers who buy defective products from third-party vendors through its website. Numerous other courts, including two federal appeals courts, have held that Amazon cannot be held liable as a seller of products from third-party vendors. The new ruling...

Prague – New Report Finds Anti-Semitism On The Rise In Czech Republic

July 3, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Prague - The Jewish community in the Czech Republic says there was an increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the country last year. In a report Wednesday, the Federation of the Jewish Communities said there were 347 anti-Semitic attacks in 2018, up by 221 from 2015 when the last equivalent report was published. Most of the attacks — 93% — appeared on the internet, often on...

Washington – Military Hardware At Lincoln Memorial For Trump’s Big July 4

July 3, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Washington - The military hardware is moving into place. So are the protesters. And, ever the showman, President Donald Trump is promising the "show of a lifetime" on the National Mall for the Fourth of July. Trump is marshalling tanks, bombers and other machinery of war for this year's Independence Day celebration. It's an event that is traditionally light on military might, and critics have...

Camden, NJ – Man Found Dead After Kidnappers Demanded Pot From His Family

July 3, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Camden, NJ - The grandson of a New Jersey city councilman has been found dead shortly after a photo showing him blindfolded and bound was sent to his family by someone demanding 10 to 15 pounds of marijuana. Officials say the body of 20-year-old Curtis Jenkins III was found in a Camden home late Tuesday. Prosecutors say he had been asphyxiated. The discovery came a few hours after...

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