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Illegal Immigrant With Violent History Charged In Murder Spree

A man with a violent criminal history who was deported six times had no outstanding warrants when questioned last month about the disappearance of his aunt and so he was released, Houston police said Wednesday, when the man was charged in Los Angeles with the beating deaths of three men.

Immigration records are generally not public, so it remained a mystery how Ramon Escobar, 47, won an appeal in immigration court in 2016 and why he remained free after a subsequent arrest for assault.…

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US Mortgage Rates Up; 30-Year At 7-Year High 4.72 Percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up for the fifth straight week, with the key 30-year rate reaching its highest level in more than seven years.

Costs for would-be homebuyers continue to climb. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages jumped to 4.72 percent from 4.65 percent last week. The average benchmark rate has risen from 3.83 percent a year ago.…

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Apple Computer Built In 1970s Sold For $375,000 At Auction

A computer built in the 1970s that helped launch the personal computer age as well as a trillion-dollar company has sold for $375,000.

The fully functioning Apple-1 auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction was sold at a live sale Tuesday.

RR says the winning bid came from a U.S.-based businessman who wishes to remain anonymous.

The computer is one of 60 or so remaining of the original 200 designed and built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and 1977, and one of 16 that still works.…

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Drug Prices Going Up Despite Trump Promise

President Donald Trump made reducing drug prices a key promise during his election campaign, repeatedly accusing drugmakers of “getting away with murder.” At the end of May, he promised that drug companies would be announcing “massive” voluntary drug price cuts within two weeks.

That hasn’t happened, and an Associated Press analysis of brand-name prescription drug prices shows it’s been business as usual for drugmakers, with far more price hikes than cuts.…

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Jerusalem: Hit & Run Victim Identified as Pianist Chaim Tukachinsky Z”L; Driver to Remain Incarcerated

The Jerusalem District Court on the first day of Chol Hamoed Sukkos accepted an appeal filed by Israel Police. As a result, Spanish journalist visiting in Israel, Julio De LaGuardia, will remain incarcerated and will not be released to house arrest. The lower Jerusalem court ruled that De LaGuardia may remain under house arrest in the Spanish Consulate, but the District Court overturned that ruling at the behest of police.…

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Bed Bug Scare Knocks Out Several NYC Buses

At least half a dozen New York City buses have been taken out of service due to concerns about bed bugs.

WABC-TV reports the buses were quarantined outside the Kingsbridge Bus Depot after drivers believed the little creatures were crawling on the seats of at least six buses in the past three weeks.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday the presence of bed bugs has not been confirmed.…

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$18M Worth Of Cocaine Found In Bananas Given To Texas Prison

Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says in a Facebook post that the drugs were found in two pallets of bananas that were donated because they were already ripe. The donation arrived Friday.

The department says sergeants who picked up the boxes found a bundle of a white powdery substance under the bananas.…

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Your invite to Los Angeles this October!

We’re delighted to invite you to an exclusive event on October 5th, 9.30am – 11.00am in Los Angeles, to meet Israel’s leading VC and investment platform, iAngels.

Based in Tel Aviv, iAngels sits at the heart of the world’s most dynamic startup ecosystem. Experts in Israel’s early-stage tech environment, iAngels was launched 5 years ago by two highly talented women with over $150M AUM and 7 exits to date.…

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Report: 67 Million Americans Don’t Speak English at Home; Nearly Half of NYC

The following eye-opening data comes from the Washington Examiner, citing a just-released analysis of Census data by the Center for Immigration Studies.

In 2017, a record 66.6 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) ages five and older spoke a language other than English at home. The number has more than doubled since 1990, and almost tripled since 1980.…

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Florida Student Pilot Charged With Attempt To Steal Plane

A 22-year-old student pilot suspected of boarding a vacant passenger plane at a central Florida airport early Thursday has been charged with criminal attempt to steal an airplane, officials said.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating and trying to determine a motive in the case, according to Orlando-Melbourne International Airport spokeswoman Lori Booker. She told news outlets the student pilot, identified as Florida Institute of Technology student Nishal Sankat, also faces a visa violation and criminal trespassing charges.…

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Federal Agency Says It Lost Track Of 1,488 Illegal Immigrant Children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged.

The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety from April through June.…

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MAZEL TOV! Over 200 Births Reported Over Yom Kippur In Eretz Yisroel

YWN-Israel reported that MDA transported 174 pregnant women in labor to hospitals nationwide on Yom Kippur.

There are usually a large number of births on Yom Kippur, as fasting can cause women to go into labor.

Below are some of the numbers of births reported by hospitals around the country:

60 babies were born at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

42 babies were born at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.…

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WATCH THIS: Shulem Lemmer Performs G-D Bless America at Red Sox / Mets Game at Fenway Park

Shulem Lemmer performed “G-d Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch at the Red Sox / NY Mets game at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday afternoon.

Lemmer made historic headlines a few months ago, when he became the first Hasidic singer to sign a record deal with the prestigious Universal Music Group.

Lemmer also performed the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants two weeks ago.…

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Russia: Missile That Shot Down Flight MH17 Was Ukrainian

The Russian military said on Monday that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board, came from the arsenals of the Ukrainian army, not from Russia.

The jet was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July 2014, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border, where fighting had been raging for months between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.…

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Manafort To Plead Guilty As Part Of Plea Deal With Special Counsel

Paul Manafort signaled Friday that he intends to plead guilty ahead of a second trial as prosecutors filed new charging documents against the former Trump campaign chairman.

The charges in Friday’s filing were contained a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant’s consent and typically signals a deal has been reached. The charges include conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.…

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