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Trump, Cruz Face Early Test at California GOP Conclave

Trump, Cruz Face Early Test at California GOP Conclave
California's Republican Party convention will be an early test for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in a state whose June election could hold the decisive delegates in the fight for the party's presidential nomination. Trump, who has seized front-runner status as a political outsider, will be speaking Friday outside San Francisco to hundreds of longtime GOP insiders — the activists, grassroots organizers and elected officials who make up the core of the state party. Kasich also speaks Friday, while Cruz and his choice for running ...

US Beefs up Surveillance Over ISIS in Libya

US Beefs up Surveillance Over ISIS in LibyaThe U.S. has moved surveillance drones into the skies over Libya to gather intelligence and get a better picture of what's going on in case additional military strikes against Islamic State militants are authorized. The top U.S. military officer told a Senate committee on Thursday that the Pentagon has shifted assets to Libya, based on recommendations from the U.S. commander for ...    Full Story »

23 Families Left Homeless from Devastating Fire

US Beefs up Surveillance Over ISIS in Libya[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] After a fire tore through their homes two weeks ago, leaving them penniless, 23 families found themselves in the streets, searching for help. Their children — 83 in total — are homeless. Some were placed in temporary foster families, some were taken in by friends, but all they want to do is be with their parents for Yom Tov. So please, at the ...    Full Story »

Bridge Case Defendant Wants Gov. Chris Christie's Cellphone

Bridge Case Defendant Wants Gov. Chris Christie's CellphoneA lawyer for one of the former allies of Gov. Chris Christie accused in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case says he wants access to the governor's cellphone. Attorney Michael Baldassare said Thursday that he will pursue emails, documents and Christie's phone as he fights to have charges against former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey deputy executive director Bill ...    Full Story »

Southwest, Delta Tangle Over Whether to Cut or Raise Fares

Southwest, Delta Tangle Over Whether to Cut or Raise FaresNo one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares — even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times. Southwest Airlines caught rivals and Wall Street by surprise when it cut many U.S. fares by $5 each way. The reduction this week applied to tickets bought within seven days of departure, which are usually favored more by last-minute business travelers than ...    Full Story »

American State Senator Meets With Syrian President Assad

American State Senator Meets With Syrian President AssadSyrian President Bashar Assad scored a minor, if bizarre, publicity victory Thursday, receiving a part-time state senator from America at a time when U.S. officials have repeatedly asserted Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule the war-torn country. Outspoken Virginia state Sen. Dick Black — who resigned as co-chairman of Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign in Virginia just ...    Full Story »

Miami-Dade Police Deploying 1,000 Body Cameras

Miami-Dade Police Deploying 1,000 Body CamerasThe largest police agency in Florida is outfitting 1,000 of its officers with pager-sized body cameras over the next few months in the state's biggest such deployment to date, officials announced Thursday. The Miami-Dade Police Department detailed a $5.5 million plan to begin using the cameras next week, with a goal of 1,000 in the field by the end of September. About $1 million of ...    Full Story »

FBI Arrests 3 In San Bernardino Terror Attack Probe

FBI Arrests 3 In San Bernardino Terror Attack ProbeAuthorities in California arrested three people on Thursday who are tied to one of the San Bernardino attackers, charging them with lying under oath and participating in a fraudulent marriage. None of the charges directly relate to the terrorist attack last December, but the FBI says these counts directly stem from the investigation into the shooting. The three people arrested are ...    Full Story »

Volkswagen CEO Apologized In Person To Obama Over Scandal

Volkswagen CEO Apologized In Person To Obama Over ScandalVolkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests. CEO Matthias Mueller said he held a "two minute" conversation with the president during his visit to Hannover, Germany, this week. "I took the opportunity to apologize to him personally for this ...    Full Story »

3 Months Later, Blizzard Sets 1 Record, Another Deleted

3 Months Later, Blizzard Sets 1 Record, Another DeletedLast winter's East Coast blizzard has set another record, in New York City, while a record in Newark, New Jersey, was deleted, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in a report prompted by questions about the accuracy of snowfall measurements. The review also found that widely reported suspicions about a 17.8-inch measurement at Reagan National Airport ...    Full Story »

Carter Defends US Strategy For Defeating ISIS

Carter Defends US Strategy For Defeating ISISDefense Secretary Ash Carter is defending the U.S. strategy for defeating ISIS. He tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S.-backed local forces in Iraq and Syria are making substantive gains toward retaking Islamic State strongholds. Carter is also advising against an American-led "foreign ground force" to battle the Islamic State. He says that would play into the hands ...    Full Story »

London Ex-Mayor Suspended By Labour Over Hitler Remarks

London Ex-Mayor Suspended By Labour Over Hitler RemarksFormer London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from Britain's main opposition Labour Party after he defended a lawmaker whose membership was put on hold over anti-Semitic postings on social media. Livingstone described Hitler as a supporter of Zionism as part of his defense of lawmaker Naz Shah, who was thrown out of the party in the House of Commons on Wednesday for posts ...    Full Story »

Op-Ed: Fact Checker: Trump's Eight Repeated Falsehoods In 16 Hours (4 opinions)

Op-Ed: Fact Checker: Trump's Eight Repeated Falsehoods In 16 HoursDonald Trump is now closer than ever to clinching the Republican nomination on the first ballot. But what hasn't changed since he entered the presidential race is his propensity for falsehoods. We know politicians repeat falsehoods -- on purpose or by mistake. So last year, we launched a feature to track politicians who repeat claims that we previously found to be incorrect. The Fact ...    Full Story »

Appeals Court Upholds Conviction Of Ex-NYC Councilman

Appeals Court Upholds Conviction Of Ex-NYC CouncilmanA federal appeals court has upheld the public corruption conviction and 10-year prison term for a former New York City councilman. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the appeal brought by Daniel Halloran. The Queens Republican was convicted of bribery and fraud in 2014. Prosecutors said he helped another politician try to buy a spot on the 2013 mayoral ...    Full Story »

JOHANNESBURG COURT: Rabbi Berland Is Flight Risk; Denies Bail; To Remain In Custody Until Decision Is Made To Extradite Him To Israel (8 opinions)

JOHANNESBURG COURT: Rabbi Berland Is Flight Risk; Denies Bail; To Remain In Custody Until Decision Is Made To Extradite Him To Israel[VIDEOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The Johannesburg Magistrate Court denied bail for Rabbi Eliezer Berland, head of the Breslov Shuvu Banim Kehilla, and ordered him to remain in custody. The court said that Rabbi Berland was a flight risk and he was therefore denied bail. In court, the rabbi was described as an elderly man in poor health. His defense assured the court he has ties to ...    Full Story »

Average US Rate On 30-Year Mortgage Rises To 3.66 Percent

Average US Rate On 30-Year Mortgage Rises To 3.66 PercentLong-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, lifting from their 2016 lows but remaining historically low during the spring home-buying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.66 percent from 3.59 percent last week. That brought it close to its level a year ago of 3.68 percent. The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages ...    Full Story »

Republican Donors Deny Cruz, Kasich Needed Funds, Data Show

Republican Donors Deny Cruz, Kasich Needed Funds, Data ShowIt seems like a logical pairing: Republican donors who despise Donald Trump, and two GOP presidential hopefuls sticking it out to keep him from the nomination. Yet such a financial cavalry never arrived for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, ignoring their impassioned pleas for financial help. Donors who gave as much as allowed by law to establishment darlings Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio have ...    Full Story »

Top De Blasio Aides Hit With Subpoenas In Campaign Fundraising Probe

Top De Blasio Aides Hit With Subpoenas In Campaign Fundraising ProbeAides to Mayor Bill de Blasio have been subpoenaed by state and federal prosecutors amid investigations into his campaign fundraising operation, his administration said. City Hall received subpoenas from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and from the Manhattan district attorney's office, mayoral counsel Maya Wiley said Wednesday. A statement issued by Wiley said de Blasio ...    Full Story »

Airstrikes, Shelling Kill At Least 60 In Syria's Aleppo City

Airstrikes, Shelling Kill At Least 60 In Syria's Aleppo CityA wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled. At least 27 people died as a hospital supported by Doctors ...    Full Story »

Russia Launches 1st Rocket From New Space Facility

Russia Launches 1st Rocket From New Space FacilityRussia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before. The Soyuz 2.1a booster blasted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East in the early hours. The Roscosmos space agency said in a statement that the three satellites the rocket was carrying orbited several hours later. The launch was ...    Full Story »

Biden Arrives In Iraq To Try To Help Settle Political Crisis

Biden Arrives In Iraq To Try To Help Settle Political CrisisVice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on Thursday on a visit intended to help Iraqi leaders resolve a political crisis that has hindered efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. Biden landed at midday after an overnight flight from Washington. He was expected to meet with government officials and stress the need for unity, although the White House did not disclose his ...    Full Story »

Fiorina: Trump Would Be 'Shellacked' By Clinton

Fiorina: Trump Would Be 'Shellacked' By ClintonCarly Fiorina is explaining the rules of the Republican Party to rival Donald Trump as she looks to assert why the race for the Republican nomination could go to a contested convention. In an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, a day after Ted Cruz named her as his running mate, Fiorina said Trump will get "shellacked by Hillary Clinton" if he is the nominee for the ...    Full Story »

Messing Up on Tonight’s Kiddush

Messing Up on Tonight’s KiddushBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times It happens pretty much every year on tonight’s Kiddush. Someone, somewhere, mistakenly makes the Shehecheyanu during Kiddush. The halacha is that on Shvi’I shel Pesach no shehecheyanu is recited, neither by the wife when she lights her Yom Tov candles, nor by the husband when he recites the Kiddush. ERRONEOUSLY RECITING ...    Full Story »

Far Rockaway: RNSP (Shomrim) Nab Suspect Who Smashed More Than 30 Car Windows; Cops Find Gun On Him (3 opinions)

Far Rockaway: RNSP (Shomrim) Nab Suspect Who Smashed More Than 30 Car Windows; Cops Find Gun On HimAs YWN had reported, dozens of car windows were being randomly smashed in far Rockaway over the past few days. RNSP units geared up and went on special patrol to try to catch the perpetrator responsible for smashing more ...    Full Story »
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'76 A Window Into Ugliness Of A GOP Contested Convention

'76 A Window Into Ugliness Of A GOP Contested ConventionClarke Reed and Billy Mounger still sound like they want to spit when they talk about each other — 40 years after the contested Republican National Convention where the Mississippi delegation split between President Gerald Ford and smooth-talking Ronald Reagan. As the GOP stares down the possibility of a contested convention this summer if neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz wins ...    Full Story »

Smartphone Health: Apple Releases Software For Medical Apps

Smartphone Health: Apple Releases Software For Medical AppsApple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its stamp on a new ecosystem of treatment programs. Rather than build the apps itself, the tech ...    Full Story »

South Korea: Suspected Midrange North Korean Missile Crashes

South Korea: Suspected Midrange North Korean Missile CrashesA suspected powerful intermediate-range North Korean missile crashed moments after liftoff Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, in what would be the second such embarrassing failure in recent weeks. The report of the North Korean launch failure is particularly humiliating as it comes ahead of a major North Korean ruling party meeting next week at which leader Kim Jong Un is ...    Full Story »

Trump Goes For 'Presidential' Policy Tone In Big Speech (2 opinions)

Trump Goes For 'Presidential' Policy Tone In Big SpeechWith the general election in his sights, Republican Donald Trump delivered a sober foreign policy address Wednesday aimed at easing fears about his temperament and readiness to be commander in chief. Rival Ted Cruz made a desperate attempt to jolt the GOP race by tapping Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Both moves underscored Trump's commanding position in the GOP race. Though the ...    Full Story »

WATCH: New Chassidish Community In Jersey City Neighborhood, Raising Hopes and Fears (8 opinions)

More Orthodox Jews have been moving to Jersey City to take advantage of the real estate market there. But not everyone is happy with the new members of the community.

FBI Says It Won't Disclose How It Accessed Locked IPhone

FBI Says It Won't Disclose How It Accessed Locked IPhoneThe FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to break into a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, noting the agency lacks enough "technical information" about the software vulnerability that was exploited. The decision resolves one of the thorniest questions that had confronted the federal government since it revealed last ...    Full Story »

Paris Attacks Suspect Abdeslam Extradited, Charged In France (1 opinions)

Paris Attacks Suspect Abdeslam Extradited, Charged In FranceThe lone known surviving suspect in the Paris attacks was returned Wednesday to the city where Islamic State extremists unleashed a night of mayhem and charged with a host of terrorism offenses, raising hopes that he may be able to help French investigators trace the pathways of IS fighters thought to be hiding out in Europe. Salah Abdeslam was whisked in secretly by helicopter after ...    Full Story »

Sanders' Bid Reaches Turning Point After Northeast Losses (1 opinions)

Sanders' Bid Reaches Turning Point After Northeast LossesBernie Sanders' movement for a political revolution is reaching a crossroads even as he promises to campaign against Hillary Clinton through the June primaries and into the Philadelphia convention. The Vermont senator said in an interview with The Associated Press after losses to Clinton in Tuesday's primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut that he would now seek ...    Full Story »

Trump Struggles To Explain 'America First' Foreign Policy (2 opinions)

Trump Struggles To Explain 'America First' Foreign PolicyDonald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his "America first" foreign policy on Wednesday, vowing to substitute hard-headed realism for what he called a post-Cold War era replete with U.S. national security failures. Yet the Republican presidential front-runner outlined no strategy for how he'd make the United States at the same time a "consistent" and "unpredictable" force ...    Full Story »

Committee Chairman Talking To Colleagues About Censure For IRS Chief

Committee Chairman Talking To Colleagues About Censure For IRS ChiefJason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been on a campaign since last October to impeach -- literally -- the tax collector. But the Utah Republican has found little appetite among House leaders to call for a hearing, much less a vote to remove John Koskinen as head of the beleaguered Internal Revenue Service. Instead, Chaffetz says he is ...    Full Story »


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