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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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MASS SHOOTING: 12 Dead Including Cop in Shooting at California Bar

A hooded gunman dressed entirely in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly “college night” in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead at the scene.

The dead from the shooting Wednesday night also included 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.…

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Smartphone Makers Bet On Foldable Screens As Next Big Thing

For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst is on the horizon in the form of flexible screens that can be folded in half without breaking.

Samsung and several rivals are preparing to roll out such screens to make devices more versatile for work and pleasure.…

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HE’S OUT: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Forced to RESIGN – Effective Immediately

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country’s chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Sessions told the president in a one-page letter that he was submitting his resignation “at your request.”

Trump announced in a tweet that he was naming Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general.…

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‘Reprehensible’ Anti-semitic Flyers Found At University

Officials at the University of Rochester say dozens of anti-Semitic flyers have been found on campus.

WHAM-TV reports the flyers were found Monday morning on a printer at the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies on the university’s River Campus.

University spokeswoman Sara Miller says the messages are “reprehensible and cowardly, and they are contrary to the university’s values.”

Miller says the university’s Department of Public Safety is working with law enforcement to investigate.…

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BREAKING IN FLORIDA: Nelson, Scott Race Headed To Recount

Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign announced Wednesday morning that his race against Gov. Rick Scott is headed to a recount.

Of the 8.1 million votes cast, Scott leads by just 34,537 votes, which is less than one-half point, the threshold for a state-mandated recount.

“We are proceeding to a recount,” Nelson said Wednesday in a statement.

The three-term Democratic senator released a statement at 1 a.m.…

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New Chinese Tech IDs People By How They Walk, Even If Face Is Hidden

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a push across China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.…

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