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Former Nazi Guard Claims He “Wasn’t Involved In Killings”

A former Nazi concentration camp guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder has testified he was aware that inmates were dying but says he didn’t know they were being killed.

Johann Rehbogen told the Muenster state court Thursday he knew the conditions of the Stutthof camp were “miserable” and had attributed the deaths primarily to “diseases and epidemics.”

More than 60,000 people were killed in Stutthof in a gas chamber, by lethal injection, shootings and other methods.…

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SCAM: Couple, Homeless ‘Good Samaritan’ Raised $400K With Viral Fake Story

A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina announced criminal charges against the couple who told the story to newspapers and television stations along with the homeless man who conspired with them to tell the story.…

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Postal Service’s Red Ink For 12th Year As Letter Mail Drops

The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday reported a financial loss for the 12th straight year, citing declines in mail volume and the costs of its pension and health care obligations, as the agency braces for an upcoming report ordered by President Donald Trump to address its “unsustainable financial path.”

Postal officials said they expected next year’s finances to be helped by a strong holiday season of package deliveries and a just-approved increase to the price of its first-class stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents.…

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WEATHER ALERT – Winter Storm Headed To Tri-State Area On Thursday

The first snow of the season will be a nuisance for some before changing to rain, but the snow could accumulate several inches north and west of the city, especially in higher elevations.

Winter weather advisories have been issued for some parts of the Tri-State area ahead of the storm.

Temps drop into the 30s on Thursday, though the wind chill will make you want to keep your hands in your pockets most of the day.…

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B&H Photo Slams NY Post For “False Article” Alleging Gifts Only To Jewish Employees Who Have Babies

The NY Post published an article on Wednesday, that B&H Photo is calling outright lies, and defamation.

The article claims that B&H is being sued for giving Jewish workers a $2,000 bonus when having a baby, but gives nothing to non-Jewish/Mexican workers.

The article made sure to stress that the owner of B&H, Mr. Herman Schreiber, is a Satmar Chosid, and employees many Satmar Chassidim.…

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WHITE HOUSE DRAMA: President Trump Mulls Wide-Ranging Cabinet Shake-Up

President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue, but she is now likely to remain in the post for a longer period because there is no obvious successor in place.…

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Amazon’s NYC Home In ‘Opportunity Zone’ For Trump Tax Break

Much of the New York City neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal “opportunity zone,” a designation created by President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul that offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas.

Critics question whether Long Island City, the fast-gentrifying Queens neighborhood across the East River from the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan, needs such breaks.…

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FBI Report Shows 17 Percent Spike In Hate Crimes In 2017

Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 – marking a rise for the third straight year – with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday.

There were 7,175 reported hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in 2016. The FBI’s annual hate crimes report defines hate crimes as those motivated by bias based on a person’s race, religion or sexual orientation, among other categories.…

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Lieberman Resigns From Defense Minister Post, Party Leaves Coalition; Calling for Elections; Bayit Yehudi May be Following Suit

The rumors have been floating all day as Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called a meeting of his party’s faction in Knesset, followed by the announcement that he is convening a press conference in Knesset at 1:00PM. As expected, Mr. Lieberman has announced his resignation from his senior cabinet post in response to the handling of the last round of Hamas warfare, as well as citing additional factors that entered into his decision, to follow in subsequent reports.…

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Trump Calls on Florida Democrat to Concede, Implies Fraud

President Donald Trump again weighed in on Florida’s election recount Tuesday, calling for the state’s Democratic senator to admit he lost and again implied two counties’ election officials are trying to steal the election from the Republicans without offering any proof.

Trump tweeted out Tuesday morning, “When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida? The characters running Broward and Palm Beach voting will not be able to ‘find’ enough votes, too much spotlight on them now!” Nelson is narrowly losing his re-election bid to Republican Gov.…

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Amazon Splits Second HQ Between New York, Virginia

Amazon, which has grown too big for its Seattle hometown, said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia.

Each will get 25,000 jobs. In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.

Its New York location will be in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, while its Virginia offices will be in a part of Arlington that Amazon is calling National Landing, a made-up moniker for an area around Reagan National Airport that encompasses Crystal City and Potomac Yard.…

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SHOCK: Wisconsin High School Students Appear to Make Nazi Salute in Photo

A Wisconsin school district is investigating a photo of a group of high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute, drawing a strong rebuke on social media.

Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said she became aware of the photo Monday after it was posted on social media. The photo of more than 60 male students dressed in suits shows many with their right arm extended upward while posed on the steps of the Sauk County Courthouse.…

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DEADLIEST IN HISTORY: Northern California Fire Toll At 42; Dead Found In Cars & Homes

The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner’s investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them.

At least 42 people were confirmed dead in the wildfire that turned the Northern California town of Paradise and outlying areas into hell on earth, making it the deadliest blaze in state history.…

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Meet The House Democrats Who Will Be Running The Show

Now that Democrats have captured control of the House for the next two years, the party’s most senior members are poised to regain the wide-ranging power of committee chairmanships.

While some of the Democrats have gained fame in feuds with President Donald Trump, others are relatively little-known outside of Capitol Hill.

A look at the Democratic lawmakers expected to wield the gavels and shape the party’s top priorities:

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NITA LOWEY

Appropriations Committee

Lowey, 81, would be the first woman to oversee the committee that determines where the federal government spends its money.…

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North Korea Possibly Hiding Secret Missile Bases Despite Denuclearization Pledge

U.S. analysts said Monday they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites, highlighting the challenge the Trump administration faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement to end its nuclear and missile programs.

The findings, which were released amid signs the administration’s negotiations with the North have stalled, draw on commercial satellite imagery and identify 13 secret facilities used to produce missiles and related technology.…

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Miriam Adelson Among 7 To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Medals are going to Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor; Utah Sen.…

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Trump Joins World Leaders To Mark 100 Years Since End Of WWI

For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone.

At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a “nationalist” stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.

He began his visit with a tweet slamming the French president’s call for a European defense force, arrived at events alone and spent much of his trip out of sight in the American ambassadors’ residence in central Paris.…

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Michelle Obama Rips Trump In New Book

Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, writing how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.”

She also denounces Trump’s “birther” campaign questioning her husband’s citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous, “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”

In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, Obama writes openly about everything from growing up in Chicago to confronting racism in public life to her amazement at becoming the country’s first black first lady.…

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Dutch Man, 69, ‘Identifys’ As 49; Wants It Legally Recognized

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed.

The 69-year-old television personality has asked a court in the Netherlands to approve his request for a new birthday that officially would make him 49.

Ratelband says his legal appeal is consistent with other forms of personal transformation that are gaining acceptance and government recognition in the Netherlands and around the world.…

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Report: Google Planning Big New York City Expansion

Google is planning a major expansion in New York City, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal .

The newspaper reported Wednesday that the company plans to add space for more than 12,000 additional New York workers. The Journal cited anonymous people familiar with the plans.

The paper said Google has New York real estate deals in the works that would give it room for nearly 20,000 workers.…

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