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Nashville – Hoverboard Fire Lawsuit Against Amazon Can Move Forward

July 9, 2019 at 11:29 PM
Nashville - A Tennessee family can press its lawsuit against online retailer Amazon over a hoverboard fire that destroyed their home, an appeals court has ruled, saying the company was aware of complaints about the devices catching fire and exploding. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' Friday ruling also noted that the Seattle-based company had even launched an investigation that led to...

Kansas City, MO – Police: Woman Fired Gun After Calling DMV Wait ‘Ridiculous’

July 9, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Kansas City, MO - Police say a woman upset about the line at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Kansas City went outside and fired a gun after being asked to leave. Officer Darin Snapp says no one was injured. He says around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday the woman announced that the "wait time is ridiculous." Snapp says staff asked her to leave because she was being "loud and obnoxious." He says...

Washington – Marriott Sued By District Of Columbia Over Mandatory Resort Fees

July 9, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Washington - The District of Columbia sued Marriott International Inc on Tuesday, claiming that mandatory resort fees at its hotels are illegal and deceptive, the attorney general's office said. “Marriott reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in profit by deceiving consumers about the true price of its hotel rooms,” said District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine...

Washington – Orthodox Rabbi And The Daughter Of Tom Lantos To Serve On New US Human Rights Commission

July 9, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Washington - An Orthodox rabbi and the daughter of the late Sen. Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor elected to Congress, will serve on a new human rights commission in the United States whose funding was prohibited by the House of Representatives. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced the creation of the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights, to define and set...

New York – Louis Farrakhan’s 2018 Tweet Comparing Jews To Termites Is Gone After Twitter Policy Change

July 9, 2019 at 09:03 PM
New York - A 2018 tweet in which Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan compared Jews to termites was no longer available on Twitter. On Tuesday, the social media platform introduced new rules prohibiting “language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion.” Twitter said accounts that had posted such tweets prior to the policy change would have to delete offending tweets before...

Jerusalem – After 50 Years On A Dusty Shelf In Germany, Hebrew Scrolls Return To Israel

July 9, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Jerusalem - When Leor Jacobi visited a Catholic library in the German city of Mainz to examine its Judaica collection, he was surprised when library officials showed him three centuries-old Hebrew scrolls that had been sitting on a dusty shelf for some 50 years. Jacobi, a doctoral candidate in Jewish art at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, visited Mainz in March. He was there as a guest of the...

Erie County, NY – County Clerk Files Suit Over New York Immigrant License Law

July 9, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Erie County, NY - A county clerk in western New York filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a new state law authorizing driver's licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally. Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns' challenge, filed in federal court, seeks an injunction blocking the law while its constitutionality is reviewed. Clerks in many other upstate counties have expressed similar...

Washington – Disclosure: Biden Earned Millions After Leaving White House

July 9, 2019 at 07:34 PM
Washington - Joe Biden released federal tax returns and a financial disclosure Tuesday showing that he and his wife, Jill, took in more than $15 million since leaving the Obama White House — newfound affluence that catapulted the Democratic presidential candidate into millionaire status and outdated the humble nickname he has used throughout his political career. Long fond of describing...

New York – Uber Offers Riders More Legroom, Less Chatting At A Price

July 9, 2019 at 07:04 PM
New York - Uber passengers can now get a more spacious ride and a less talkative driver — if they're willing to shell out a few extra dollars. The ride-hailing giant launched "comfort" rides in dozens of cities Tuesday. Riders are guaranteed 36 inches of legroom in "newer" cars — meaning those that are under five years old — and they can request a preferred air temperature. Riders can...

Albany, NY – After 50 Years Of Delay, Governor Cuomo Announces New Exit 3 To Improve Accessibility At Albany International Airport

July 9, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Albany, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced plans for a new Exit 3 that will provide more direct access to Albany International Airport and alleviate traffic along the Northway, both northbound and southbound. The new exit, which had been talked about for 50 years without coming to fruition, is a key aspect in the airport's $104.6 million modernization which includes construction of a...

London – 3 Lawmakers Leave British Labour Party Over Anti-Semitism

July 9, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Three lawmakers in the upper house of the British parliament left the Labour party over its spiraling anti-Semitism problem. David Triesman and Leslie Arnold Turnberg, who are Jewish, and Ara Darzi, who is not, announced their resignation on Tuesday. They will stay on as independents in the House of Lords. The party was no longer “a safe environment” for Jewish people, Triesman wrote...

Paris – France To Slap New ‘Ecotax’ On Plane Tickets From 2020

July 9, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Paris - France will introduce a new charge on plane tickets from next year, with revenue used to fund environment-friendly alternatives, the country's transport minister said Tuesday. The "ecotax" costing between 1.50 euros ($1.7) and 18 euros ($20) will apply to most flights departing in France, Elisabeth Borne said. The only exceptions will be for domestic flights to Corsica and France's...

Virginia Beach, Virginia – Jumping Into Water To Rescue Struggling Student, Norfolk Rebbe The Subject Of Desperate Search

July 9, 2019 at 04:39 PM
Virginia Beach, Virginia - A popular teacher at a Norfolk yeshiva has gone missing in the waters off Virginia Beach after attempting to rescue a child who was struggling in the water. The incident took place at approximately 12:30 this afternoon at the 4000 block of Sandpiper Road at False Cape State Park. According to Coast Guard Sector Unit public affairs officer Lieutenant Steve...

Jerusalem – Israeli Minister Likens Jewish Intermarriage To ‘Holocaust’

July 9, 2019 at 04:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's new education minister has likened intermarriage among North American Jews to the Holocaust in a recent Cabinet meeting. A spokesman for Education Minister Rafi Peretz confirmed Tuesday that Peretz said that "assimilation is like the Holocaust" in a July 1 session. Peretz is leader of a religious nationalist political party and former chief rabbi of the Israeli...

Emeryville, CA – Under A Microscope: Startups Grow Meat In Lab, Face Scrutiny

July 9, 2019 at 04:04 PM
Emeryville, CA - Uma Valeti slices into a pan-fried chicken cutlet in the kitchen of his startup, Memphis Meats. He sniffs the tender morsel on his fork before taking a bite. He chews slowly, absorbing the taste. "Our chicken is chicken ... you've got to taste it to believe it," Valeti says. This is no ordinary piece of poultry. No chicken was raised or slaughtered to harvest the meat. It...

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