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NYC Transit Speeds Up Some Of Its Trains

New York City is changing rules and speeding up some of its trains in an effort to improve subway service.

The New York Times reports that New York City Transit increased train speeds on two lines in Brooklyn from 15 mph to as much as 30 mph over the weekend. The agency’s president, Andy Byford, plans to speed up other lines in the coming months.…

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Amazon Touted as Big Win For New York, But Math is More Complex

New York officials tout their deal to land a new Amazon headquarters as can’t-miss math. The city and state put up $2.8 billion in tax breaks and grants. In return, they get an economic engine expected to generate $27 billion in new tax money over a quarter-century.

“This is a big moneymaker for us. Costs us nothing,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said when the agreement was announced.…

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Republicans Beginning To Worry About Trump Re-Election

President Donald Trump’s intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election.

Trump, ever confident of his ability to bend story lines to his will, mocks the investigations into his conduct as candidate and president as a “witch hunt” and insists he will survive the threats.…

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Two Women Mugged on Ave M in Flatbush; NYPD Has One Suspect in Custody

Two woman were mugged in the heart of the Flatbush Orthodox Jewish Community on Monday evening.

Sources tell YWN that the women were mugged in two separate incidents, taking place just minutes apart.

At approximately 6:30PM on Avenue N and East 18th Street, three suspects assaulted and mugged a woman. Her pocketbook was taken, and the suspects fled the scene. Just minutes later, the same suspects assaulted and mugged a woman on East 17 Street between Avenue’s M-N.…

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Judge Sets Court Date For Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Manafort

A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel’s office detailed lies they say he told them.

The scheduling conference will take place Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. It’s unclear if Manafort will attend.

In a court filing Friday night, special counsel Robert Mueller said Manafort had lied about contacts with Trump administration officials and with an associate who U.S.…

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Reports: UK Prime Minister To Delay Brexit Vote; Pound Sinks

British Prime Minister Theresa May looked set Monday to postpone Parliament’s vote on her European Union divorce deal to avoid a shattering defeat, throwing Brexit plans into chaos just weeks after Britain and the bloc finally reached an agreement on the U.K.’s departure.

The pound sank amid the political uncertainty, hitting an 18-month low against the U.S. dollar of $1.2660.

The House of Commons Speaker’s office said May would make a previously unscheduled statement to lawmakers about Brexit at about 3:30 p.m.…

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Will Israel Be Able To Shoot Down Rockets With Lasers?

According to the head of Israel’s Space Agency, Reserve General and Professor Yitzchak Ben Yisroel, Israel will have the ability to shoot down rockets by utilizing a laser in less than a year’s time should it be given the proper budgets for such an endeavor.

Ben Yisroel made his comments on Facebook in a post on Wednesday, and on Thursday morning was interviewed by FM-103 radio regarding the topic.…

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HOW NYS BLATANTLY LIED: New York State Promised Yeshivas STEM Funding, Instead They Gave Them Regulations

In April 2016, New York State promised yeshivas and other private schools millions of dollars in funding for teaching science, technology and math.

A Yeshiva World News investigation has uncovered that more than two-and-a-half years later, the State has still not distributed the first dollar to a single institution.

But this is worse than merely taking credit for something and failing to follow through. …

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France Fears More Riots; Museums, Eiffel Tower To Close

Authorities across France braced Thursday for the possibility of more riots and violence at anti-government protests this weekend, holding emergency meetings and deploying tens of thousands of police and security forces. Museums, theaters and shops in Paris announced they would close Saturday as a precaution — including the city’s famed Eiffel Tower.

Police unions and city authorities met to strategize on how to handle the protests on Saturday, which are being held even though French President Emmanuel Macron surrendered Wednesday night and cancelled a fuel tax hike that had unleashed weeks of unrest.…

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NYPD Officer Faces May Trial In Eric Garner Chokehold Death

A New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face an NYPD disciplinary trial next May — nearly five years after the man’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality, an administrative judge said Thursday.

The judge rejected demands from Daniel Pantaleo’s lawyer to delay the officer’s department trial in the death of Eric Garner until July, when time runs out for federal prosecutors to file civil rights charges against him.…

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Palestinian Court Extends Detention Of Palestinian-American

A Palestinian court has extended the detention of a hunger-striking Palestinian-American activist who claims she was tortured in captivity.

The Jericho court on Thursday ordered that Suha Jbara, a U.S. citizen born in Panama, remain in custody 15 more days on suspicions she funded “illegal organizations.”

Jbara started a hunger strike two weeks ago to protest what she says is unjust treatment by Palestinian authorities.…

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Israel Calls For International Response To Hezbollah Tunnels

Israel’s prime minister is asking the international community to impose additional sanctions on the Lebanese Hezbollah and condemn the militant group in response to the discovery of tunnels stretching from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.

Israel this week launched an open-ended operation meant to expose and thwart what it says are tunnels built by Hezbollah aimed at infiltrating Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu toured the operation’s area with a group of ambassadors Thursday.…

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THROWBACK: When The ‘Fake News’ Reported Bush Was ‘Amazed’ By Supermarket Barcode Scanner Technology

One last time, for the record: It was not an ordinary supermarket scanner.

A February 1992 newspaper story reporting that President George H.W. Bush was baffled by a supermarket barcode scanner when he visited a grocers’ convention in Florida fed into impressions that the president was out of touch, just as he was dealing with a reeling economy and fending off a primary election challenge at the outset of his re-election campaign.…

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Israeli Citizen Among Six Sentenced To Death By Hamas In Gaza

Six persons have been sentenced to death by a Gaza military court after they were convicted of collaborating with Israel by providing intelligence information. Five of the six will be hanged and the sixth stood in front of a firing squad.

One of those sentenced is an Israeli Arab woman, 45-year-old Amal Mahmud, who reportedly spoke with a relative in Gaza and this is how the information was passed to Israel.…

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Amazon Workers Treated After Bear Repellant Releases Fumes

Authorities say 24 workers at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey have been taken to the hospital, at least one of them in critical condition, after bear repellant fell off a shelf and released fumes.

About 30 other workers were treated at the warehouse in Robbinsville on Wednesday morning. Most people were reporting difficulty breathing or burning in their throats.

Robbinsville spokesman John Nalbone told that the fumes from the bear repellant were contained in one area of the building’s third floor.…

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SHOCK: Ashdod Councilman Calls On The Jews To Participate In Xmas Celebration

It was a stormy first meeting of the Ashdod City Council on Monday, 25 Kislev, as Councilman Eli Nacht, who got up to speak, called on the community to take part in a Xmas celebration, a call that was met with shouts of disapproval, compelling him to step down from the podium.

During a council meeting in which the mayor presented the new members of the council who addressed the forum, a new councilman, Eli Nacht, got up to address the meeting.…

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After Briefing From CIA Director, Senators Blame Khashoggi Murder on Saudi Prince

Breaking with President Donald Trump, senators leaving a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday said they are even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in “about 30 minutes.”


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Diamond Smuggling Scandal Spotlights Shadowy Israeli Tycoon

A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv office building.

Lev Leviev, known in Israel as the “king of diamonds,” has enjoyed close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and has a reputation for generous philanthropy to Jewish causes.…

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US Takes Aim At China, Iran, Russia Over Treaty Violations

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at China, Iran, Russia and others on Tuesday for violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements, and he questioned whether many pillars of international trade and diplomacy are still relevant.

Pompeo said the Trump administration is no longer willing to accept such transgressions and is acting to reform institutions that have formed the basis of the post-World War II global order.…

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Case Accusing Trump Of Profiting From His Office Moves Ahead

The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland said they are moving forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.

U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved the legal discovery schedule in an order Monday. Such information would likely provide the first clear picture of the finances of Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel.…

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