LONDON (AP) — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments to spy on their citizens. The Associated Press has now learned of similar undercover efforts targeting at least four other individuals who have raised questions about the use of the Israeli firm’s spyware. The four others targeted by operatives include three lawyers involved in related lawsuits in Israel and Cyprus alleging that the company, the NSO Group, sold its spyware to governments with questionable human rights records. The fourth is a London-based journalist who has covered the litigation. Two of the...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Waving Iranian flags, chanting "Death to America" and burning U.S. and Israeli flags, hundreds of thousands of people poured out onto the streets across Iran on Monday, marking the date that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution. On Feb. 11 that year, Iran's military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolutionaries to sweep across the country while the government of U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned and the Islamic Republic was born. In Tehran, crowds streamed in the rain from a dozen of the capital's far-flung neighborhoods to mass in central Tehran Azadi, or Freedom Square, on Monday, waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America" — a chant that has been standard far...
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation that would fine some parents $1,000 for a misbehaving school-aged child. The bill is designed to hold adults accountable for the behavior of their children. The assault of a Loch Raven High School teacher by a student 10 days ago is adding urgency to pass legislation holding parents more accountable for their child's behavior. "We hear time after time about school bullying and just bad conduct in some of our schools, and we need to take the bull by the horn to do something about it," said Delegate Robert Long, R-Baltimore County. Long is pushing a bill that would place the $1,000 fine on a parent or guardian of a child who gets into trouble at school four times. "You would go before a judge, he would have ...
BALTIMORE (AP) — Universities in Maryland are now grappling with racist images in yearbooks from the 1960s and 1970s. The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that a fraternity page from a 1970 University of Maryland yearbook shows members imitating a lynching. Yearbook pages from another fraternity in the 1960s include references to minstrel shows as well as photos of men in blackface. A 1965 yearbook photo shows a man in black paint at a football celebration. The Johns Hopkins University also unearthed racist photos. They include a student in blackface in 1981 and people in robes and hoods in 1961. The images are re-emerging in the wake of the scandal plaguing Virginia . A racist photo surfaced last week from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page...
New leadership starts at the Baltimore City Police today, as Michael Harrison becomes the city's new acting police commissioner.  Mayor Catherine Pugh is also formally sending Harrison's nomination to the City Council for confirmation. Harrison is the former New Orleans Police Superintendent and told WDSU in New Orleans he wants to hear from both residents and police officers. Harrison says he wants to hear the needs of both groups and then he says he can work to help restore trust between the public and police and between officers and department leadership.  And for the next two weeks, Harrison will appear at town hall meetings in each of the nine police districts.  Tonight's meeting is set for 7 P.M. At Forest Park High School. Harrison will also appear...
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 10, 2019 - On Sunday, January 27,  Bais Hamedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore marked the first yahrzeit  of the Rosh Hayeshiva, Harav Zvi Dov Slanger, zt"l,  with a Kinnus Zikaron, which took place in its beautiful new Bais Hamedrash.    Local Rabbonim and members of the Baltimore community joined the Hanhalah and talmidim of the yeshiva as over 500 people gathered to hear divrei zikaron about Rav Slanger, zt'l who passed away suddenly one year ago. Speakers included Harav Aaron Feldman, shlit"a, Rosh Yeshiva, Ner Yisroel of Baltimore; Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlit'a, Rosh Yeshiva, Philadelphia Yeshiva; Harav Moshe Heinemann, Rav , Agudas Yisroel of Baltimore; Harav Elyasaf Slanger, Shlit"a, Menahel, Bais Hamedrash and Mesivta of Balti...
A wintry mix will come to Maryland late Sunday night into Tuesday in two rounds. Snow is expected to approach as temperatures drop closer to freezing late Sunday night. A winter weather advisory takes effect Sunday night and lasts through Monday morning. A winter storm watch is in effect Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning. The first part of the storm will bring snow, sleet and freezing rain. There will be light snow late Sunday night into Monday morning. Depending on the temperature where you are, there could also be freezing rain or sleet. There will be a break in the storm during the middle of the day Monday with temperatures climbing above freezing. Then, it all starts over again Monday night into Tuesday morning. Cold air sinks back down and heavier snow and sleet could fall ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. fears about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe will top Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's agenda as he heads to the region this week, Trump administration officials say. Pompeo leaves Sunday on a five-nation tour of Europe that will begin in Hungary and Slovakia where he will raise those concerns and the importance of promoting democracy and the rule of law to counter Beijing and Moscow's efforts to pull the countries away from the West and sow divisions in the European Union and NATO. The centerpiece of the trip will be a conference on the future of the Middle East in Poland on Wednesday and Thursday that is expected to focus on Iran and will also be attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike ...
Seattle, WA - First it was a heart-wrenching tweet that he and his wife were getting a divorce after 25 years. Then a tabloid revealed that he’d been having an affair, releasing texts and photos of him and his mistress. As if either of those weren’t distracting enough, now Jeff Bezos — the world’s richest man and CEO of Amazon — is accusing The National Enquirer in a blog post of trying to blackmail him by threatening to release more intimate photos of him unless he calls off an investigation into how that information was obtained in the first place. But despite the all-consuming personal drama, analysts and experts don’t expect it to make much difference to Amazon itself, the company Bezos has steered from an online bookstore two decades ago to a worl...
Budapest - Hungary’s anti-immigration prime minister says the government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children. The measures announced Sunday by Prime Minister Viktor Orban during his “state of the nation” speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and to reverse Hungary’s population decline. They include a lifetime income tax exemption for women who give birth to at least four children. Orban said such policies are “Hungary’s answer” to downward demographic trends, “not immigration.” Orban repeated his assertion that European Union leaders in Brussels want to fill Europe with migrants from other continents. With European Parliament elections set for May, he said that un...
President Trump on Sunday mocked Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for launching her presidential campaign in wintry conditions in Minnesota, tweeting that she "looked like a Snowman." "Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures," Trump tweeted. "Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!" Klobuchar announced her candidacy on Sunday in Minneapolis, where scores of supporters stood out in steady snowfall and frigid temperatures. The three-term senator laid out her vision for the country, which included tackling environmental issues. She vowed to "put forth sweeping legislation to invest i...
Tel Aviv - Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign. A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv’s Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis to recycle plastic bottles. Above Nasrallah’s head reads the caption: “I don’t recycle bottles.” Beneath him, the poster says: “Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?” ELA, Israel’s recycling company, was not immediately available for comment. Nasrallah has remained in hiding underground, making rare public appearances, since a 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. The U.S., EU and Israel consider Hezbollah a terr...
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that officials would announce next week that “100 percent” of the ISIS caliphate had been liberated. “The United States military, our coalition partners and the Syrian Democratic forces have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” the president said during a speech to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. “It should be formally announced sometime probably next week that we will have 100 percent of the caliphate.” “But I want to wait for the official word,” he quickly added. “I don’t want to say too early.” ISIS currently holds only about 1 percent of land in Iraq and Syria, the global coalition to counter ISIS announced late...
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Trump will not sign a bill that includes less bed space for ICE detention facilities for violent offenders.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel weighs in on the ongoing border security negotiations.
An Iranian nuclear scientist in possession of information about the Revolutionary Guards’ nuclear program was smuggled from Tehran to Britain in a combined operation that involved intelligence agents from Britain, the United States, and Israel. British media reported that British intelligence agents used the immigrant crisis and smuggled the scientist in a dinghy. The Sunday Express newspaper implies he has been a western asset for years, who helped plan the assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a nuclear scientist who died in a 2012 Tehran car explosion. The 47-year-old scientist hid among Iranian immigrants in a boat that crossed the Channel. The engineer arrived in Kent, England, along with 12 other immigrants. The MI6, Mossad, and the CIA were involved in the operation. Read...
BERLIN (AP) — Five watercolors attributed to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler from his early days as a struggling artist have failed to sell at auction in the southern German city of Nuremberg, possibly over fears they could be fakes. The Nuremberger Nachrichten newspaper reported Sunday that no bids were received on the paintings, which had starting prices of between 19,000 euros ($21,500) and 45,000 euros ($50,900). Three days before Saturday's auction, prosecutors seized 63 other paintings attributed to Hitler from the auction house to investigate allegations they were fakes. In Berlin last month, prosecutors seized three other Hitler watercolors after receiving a complaint questioning their authenticity. As a young man, Hitler unsuccessfully struggled to succeed as an artist i...
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 10, 2019 - Yitzy Kaplowitz is a singer/songwriter/ guitarist on a mission to share heartfelt and inspiring Jewish music. Yitzy has been composing and performing since he was a young boy, but he put his musical pursuits on hold for a number of years to train to be a physician. After completing his medical training Yitzy returned to his music with a renewed passion and energy. Yitzy is a sought after performer and together with his band Ohr Haganuz performs throughout the greater Baltimore area. Yitzy does not typically sit down to compose music; most of his compositions were gifts from above that came to him during times of deep hergesh. Musically, his compositions cover a range of styles, from folk to funk, Americana t...
בס”ד                                                                                                          מוצ”ש ועשו לי מקדש חיל ורעדה יאחזון בשמועה הנוראה שבאו שבאו פריצים בעיצומו של יום ...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. (all times local): 3 p.m. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar says if elected president she will seek to immediately address the problem of climate change. She tells a Minneapolis crowd that on Day One of her administration, the U.S. would rejoin the Paris climate accord, the landmark agreement on curbing global warming. President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord in 2017, describing it as too costly for American businesses and taxpayers. Klobuchar also says in her first 100 days as president she would reinstate clean power rules and gas mileage standards. And, she's pledging to put forth "sweeping legislation" to invest in green jobs and infrastructure. Klobuchar announced Sunday she was running for presid...
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