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Washington – Trump Says He’s Considering Commutation For Former Illinois Gov Blagojevich

August 8, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the White House is continuing to review the possibility of commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving time on multiple federal corruption convictions. Trump suggested more than a year ago that he was considering a commutation for the Democratic ex-governor. Blagojevich then filed paperwork formally...

New York – Uber Posts Biggest Quarterly Loss Ever

August 8, 2019 at 11:00 PM
New York - Uber lost $5.24 billion in the second quarter — its largest quarterly loss ever — after making huge stock-based payouts in the months following its initial public offering. The ride-hailing giant said Wednesday it paid $3.9 billion in stock-based compensation and expenses during the quarter. It also paid $298 million in stock and cash to drivers to show appreciation in...

Argentina – Historic Synagogue Overrun By Squatters Returned To Buenos Aires Jewish Community

August 8, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Argentina - A Buenos Aires synagogue inaugurated in 1907, one of the first in Argentina, was recovered after 20 years of being overrun with squatters. The synagogue is located in the La Boca area, the city’s original port, where the first Jewish immigrants from Europe originally settled. After the death of the rabbi that cared for the building, the property was taken over by a group known...

Caracas, Valenzuela – Shootings Prompt Other Countries To Warn About Travel To US

August 8, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Caracas, Valenzuela - The United States often takes a leading role in calling out the world's most dangerous places, warning its people about the risks of traveling to countries that are at war, under terrorist threats, experiencing civil unrest or displaying significant anti-American sentiment. The latest mass shootings have triggered a sharp role reversal, with three countries warning their...

New York – White Supremacists Have Committed At Least 73 Murders Since Charlottesville Rally, ADL Says

August 8, 2019 at 09:30 PM
New York - White supremacists have committed at least 73 murders since the far-right rally two summers ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. That comes from a report released Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League that says 39 of the killings were “clearly motivated by hateful, racist ideology.” The violence of the Unite the Right rally has led to an increase in white supremacist activity...

New York – Bill De Blasio Is Campaigning In Yiddish To Save His Faltering Presidential Bid

August 8, 2019 at 09:00 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is marshaling his supporters in the Hasidic community to solicit donations in Yiddish for his presidential campaign. Leaders in the Satmar movement who are close to de Blasio have sent out an appeal online and over the messaging app WhatsApp urging Hasidim to donate at least $1 to his campaign, according to Politico. The message says de Blasio...

Austin, TX – Texas Relaxed Gun Laws After Recent Mass Shootings

August 8, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Austin, TX - After dozens of people, including toddlers and teenagers, were gunned down in separate mass shootings at a church Sutherland Springs and a high school in suburban Houston, Texas Republicans came to the Capitol this year with their eyes on new gun laws. The goal was not to limit access to weapons or ban assault-style rifles, but to expand gun rights. After a pro-gun legislative...

Jerusalem – Photos: Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Israeli Soldier Stabbed To Death

August 8, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - Hundreds of people attended Thursday's funeral of an 18-year-old Israeli soldier who was found dead hours earlier with stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the killing as a terror attack and vowed the killers would be brought to justice. Israeli troops raided a nearby Palestinian village and the military said it was...

Louisville, KY – GOP Freezes Twitter Spending After McConnell Account Locked

August 8, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Louisville, KY - The Republican Party, the Trump campaign and other GOP organizations said Thursday that they are freezing their spending on Twitter to protest the platform's treatment of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Twitter temporarily locked McConnell's campaign account Wednesday after it shared a video in which some protesters spoke of violence outside his Kentucky home, where he...

Oaklahoma City – City: Police Killing Of Naked, Unarmed Teen Was Justified

August 8, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Oaklahoma City - Police in an Oklahoma City suburb were justified when they fatally shot a black teenager who was naked and unarmed, an attorney for the city argues in a response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by the teen's parents. The parents of Isaiah Mark Lewis contend in their federal lawsuit that Sgt. Milo Box and Officer Denton Scherman used excessive force and acted "unnecessarily and...

Washnigton – Border Numbers Dip Below 100k For 1st Time In Months

August 8, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Washington - The number of migrants encountered by U.S. authorities at the southern border has dropped below 100,000 for the first time in five months amid increased collaboration with Mexico and Guatemala to crack down on the flow, according to government data released Thursday. In July, there were 82,049 people encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, down 21% from June when there...

New York – Billionaire Jewish Philanthropist Says Jeffrey Epstein ‘Misappropriated Vast Sums Of Money’ From Him

August 8, 2019 at 06:00 PM
New York - Billionaire businessman Leslie Wexner, a major philanthropist to Jewish causes, said that alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein “misappropriated vast sums of money” from him. Wexner, the founder of Victoria’s Secret and The Limited, made the accusation in a brief letter to his Wexner Foundation, The New York Times reported. The letter said the misappropriation was first...

Wall Street – Stocks Move Higher As Investors Push Through Trade Anxiety

August 8, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Wall Street - Stocks marched broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday afternoon as investors at least temporarily set aside concerns about the heated trade war between the U.S. and China that roiled the market earlier in the week. The rally pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up by more than 300 points as the market headed for its third straight gain, erasing the S&P 500's losses for the...

Los Angeles – Child Victim Of Los Angeles JCC Shooting Attack, Now 25, Visits Hospital That Saved His Life

August 8, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Los Angeles - Ben Kadish, who was 5 years old when he was shot and nearly killed by a white supremacist at a Los Angeles JCC, visited the hospital that saved him to mark the 20th anniversary of the attack. “Ben was a kindergartner when he came to us 20 years ago. No pulse, no blood pressure — a 5-year-old clinging to life,” trauma surgeon Dr. Richard More of Providence Holy Cross Medical...

Washington – US Long-Term Mortgage Rates Fall Sharply: 30-Year At 3.60%

August 8, 2019 at 04:30 PM
Washington - U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell sharply this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan touching its lowest level since November 2016. Financial markets around the globe have been whipsawed by anxiety over the U.S.-China trade war, sending investors fleeing from stocks to the safety of bonds and pushing bond interest-rates to record lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday...

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