Though President Trump is not officially launching his re-election campaign until Tuesday at 8 p.m., supporters have already started lining up in hopes of scoring entry to the Orlando, Fla. rally.
Lines began forming at the Amway Center in the wee hours of Monday morning, according to News6 in Orlando, with eight people camping out as early as 2:30 a.m—more than 40 hours before the rally.
Trump said he was expecting record crowds for the event in a tweet earlier Monday.
“Big Rally tomorrow night in Orlando, Florida, looks to be setting records. We are building large movie screens outside to take care of everybody,” Trump tweeted. “Over 100,000 requests. Our Country is doing great, far beyond what the haters & losers thought possible – and it will only g...
Palo Alto, CA - Elon Musk says he’s deleting his Twitter account 10 months after his use of the social media site landed him in trouble with U.S. regulators.
The Tesla CEO changed his Twitter display name to Daddy DotCom on Father’s Day. Daddy.com is an existing website that provides parenting information to new and expecting fathers.
Musk got in trouble with the Securities & Exchange Commission in August for tweets about taking the company private and saying he had secured funding to do so with no evidence to back that up. Musk and Tesla each paid $20 million in to settle with the SEC.
As part of a court settlement, Musk is required to have Twitter posts approved by a company lawyer if they have the potential to affect the company’s stock.
Rawabi, West Bank - Palestinian engineers working for Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies are poised to share a $3.5 million payout when the company’s takeover by U.S. chip supplier Nvidia Corp is completed.
Mellanox is one of a handful of Israeli firms that have begun to collaborate with the emerging Palestinian tech scene, bypassing the political conflict to tap a growing pool of engineers at costs they say are comparable to hiring from engineering expertise in India or Ukraine.
The chip maker offered stock options to more than 100 Palestinian engineers in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip when it hired them as contractors, even though they are not permanent staff, as a shortage of engineers in Israel makes their skills highly sought after by multinationals.
New York - Billionaire entrepreneur and art collector Patrick Drahi is taking auction house Sotheby’s private in a deal valued at $3.7 billion.
Drahi, through his BidFair USA company, will pay $57 per share, which is a 61% premium to the company’s Friday closing stock price.
“This acquisition will provide Sotheby’s with the opportunity to accelerate the successful program of growth initiatives of the past several years in a more flexible private environment,” Sotheby’s CEO Tad Smith said in a written statement.
Sotheby’s, founded in London in 1744, is the oldest company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, where it has been listed for 31 years.
The New York company presents auctions in 10 salesrooms worldwide. Last year the company’s ne...
Ridgefield, NJ - An explosion leveled a home in northern New Jersey on Monday, injuring the lone person inside who was pulled from the burning rubble by an off-duty police officer.
Heavy flames and a large plume of smoke were visible as the two-story home quickly crumbled to the ground after the morning explosion in Ridgefield.
Town officials initially said the person in the home wasn’t injured. But authorities later said that person suffered undisclosed injuries and was taken to a hospital. The person is in stable condition.
While it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the explosion, neighbors said the blast “sounded like a plane crash” and rattled their homes while spreading debris across a wide area. The debris damaged some nearby homes, and rattled residen...
San Diego - The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant.
John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff’s detective that that he was inspired by Adolf Hitler and the suspected gunman in the New Zealand mosque shooting last March.
The search warrant, which as unsealed in a hate crimes case against Earnest, offered a few new details about the attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Passover, including when Earnest became drawn to anti-Semitism and hated of Islam.
San Diego police found a helmet with a video camera on it in Earnest’s car when the San Diego man was a...
At least two people were injured and two were in custody Monday after police said shots rang out near the Toronto Raptors' victory rally and parade, as videos from the scene showed many in the crowd running.
Raptors fans had packed the streets of downtown Toronto to celebrate the newly crowned NBA champions.
Yisrael Beyteinu chairman Avigdor Leiberman demanded Monday that the Arab man suspected of abducting a seven-year-old girl from her school and attacking her be put to death.
“It caused me a deep shock: (…) it’s pure terror – one of the worst I’ve ever heard of,” Leiberman said.
“This is precisely one of the cases in which I would not hesitate and demand that the court sentence the despicable terrorist to death,” he added.
“It is a pity that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to torpedo the death penalty for the terrorists, despite his written and public commitment,” Leiberman said.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Dallas - A masked gunman opened fire Monday on a federal courthouse in downtown Dallas before being fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with federal officers, witnesses and authorities said.
Brian Isaack Clyde, 22, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the shooting outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building. Officials had nothing to indicate the presence of any other shooters or threats to the city, FBI agent Matthew DeSarno said.
Clyde opened fire on the building at about 8:40 a.m., and law enforcement immediately responded, including officers from the Federal Protective Service.
A bomb squad later examined a vehicle associated with the gunman as a precaution and performed controlled explosions, authorities said. Two loud blasts could be heard.
The Dallas Morning News reported...
Washington - Jerome Powell has tantalized the financial world with the prospect that the Federal Reserve he leads may soon cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade.
Probably not quite yet, though.
When the Fed issues a policy statement Wednesday and Powell holds a news conference, the message will likely echo the theme the chairman struck in a speech early this month: That the Fed will act if it thinks the Trump administration’s trade conflicts are threatening the U.S. economy.
Powell’s remarks were seen as a signal that the Fed will likely cut rates later this year, and the stock market surged in response.
Yet economists say when — or even whether — the Fed eases credit this year will depend on a host of factors that are hard to predict. Will Trum...
Washington - The White House will not invite Israeli government officials to a Bahrain conference devoted to gaining support for a Palestinian economic plan in order to keep the event apolitical, a senior administration official said on Monday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Palestinian business representatives are expected to attend the event in Manama on June 25-26, but not Palestinian government officials, who have boycotted a peace initiative led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
As a result, the administration decided not to extend an invitation to Israeli government officials to a conference expected to be attended by envoys from Arab governments as well as European nations.
“We’re inviting the Israeli business people and Palestinian ...
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, after Trump blasted the three countries because thousands of their citizens had sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico.
The plan will likely encounter stiff opposition in Congress.
Lawmakers, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have chafed against the president’s repeated decisions to disregard spending bills passed by Congress, some of which he has signed into law himself.
Lawmakers who opposed the plan said it was cruel to cut off aid to countries grappling with hunger and crime and that the move would be counterproductive because it would more likely increase the number of migrants...
Huawei. founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei estimates the tech company’s revenue will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years due to the U.S. government’s ban and ongoing trade dispute with China
"We never thought that the U.S.'s determination to attack Huawei would be so strong, so firm," Ren said Monday during a panel discussion at company headquarters in Shenzhen. “…We cannot get components supply, cannot participate in many international organizations, cannot work closely with many universities, cannot use anything with U.S. components, and cannot even establish connection with networks that use such components.”
Ren said Huawei’s sales revenue for the next two years will be about $100 billion — down ...
On Monday, June 17 / 14 Sivan, an annual state memorial ceremony was held at Beit Hanasi, in Jerusalem, Israel, with the current Israeli President and Prime Minister remembering deceased former Presidents and Prime Ministers.
This year, the ceremony was dedicated to the memories of President Shimon Peres ז"ל, President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi ז"ל, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol ז"ל, and Prime Minister Golda Meir ז"ל. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President of the Supreme Court Esther Hayut, acting Speaker of the Knesset Meir Cohen, led dignitaries attending with President Reuven Rivlin. Large photographs of the past Israeli leaders were posted outside the entrance of Beit Hanasi.
Also at the ceremony awards were presented by the President and by ...
The Vizhnitz development on Route 70 in Lakewood is one step closer to reality now that the permit has been approved, Asbury Park Press reports.
Environmental regulators announced they intend to issue a permit for construction at the site of Route 70 Auction & Flea Market, ending a nearly four-year holdup prompted by concerns the township water supply couldn’t support development there.
A New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection notice says the project will include 166 townhouses with basement apartments, for a total of 332 housing units, a nearly 12,000-square-foot retail building and a 10,000-square-foot community building.
Read more at Asbury Park Press.
The ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was piloted by a "lonely and sad" captain who experimented with a flight profile almost identical to the aircraft's final doomed path -- one that left a slim chance of finding remains or clues to what really happened in the skies that calamitous evening, a new report reveals.
In the July issue of The Atlantic, writer and aviation specialist William Langewiesche delves into what happened to the missing aircraft, including the disclosure that Malaysian officials knew far more about where the aircraft was the night it went missing and that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had "indications of trouble."
The Boeing 777 carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished March 8, 2014, an...
After leaving a Yerushalayim restaurant, a woman recalled that she had taken off her diamond engagement ring before netillas yodayim and forgotten it on the table. By the time she got back, the table refuse and ring had just been picked up by a garbage truck.
Racing after the vehicle, she begged the driver to wait. At a collecting point in Givat Shaul, the truck disgorged 15 tons of garbage and the search commenced.
Miraculously, she and three sanitation workers, with the help of a tractor, found the ring within 15 minutes.
Cairo - Egypt says it has struck a deal with the state-owned Israel Electric Corp to settle a fine for halting deliveries of natural gas.
A statement from Egypt’s Petroleum Ministry said the settlement deal, which was signed Sunday, would reduce the $1.7 billion fine to $500 million.
It says Egypt will pay the amount over eight and a half years.
In return, the Israeli company would drop other claims resulting from a 2015 arbitration decision.
Israel Electric had sued the state-owned Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Egyptian Natural Gas after a 2005 deal to export natural gas to Israel collapsed in 2012 amid militant attacks on a pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt has been battling insurgency for years.
Israel relied on the pipeline to meet its energy needs.
Washington - President Donald Trump’s latest anointment of an acting head of a major federal agency has prompted muttering, but no more than that, from Republican senators whose job description includes confirming top administration aides.
Their reluctance to confront Trump comes as veterans of the confirmation process and analysts say he’s placed acting officials in key posts in significantly higher numbers than his recent predecessors. The practice lets him quickly, if temporarily, install allies in important positions while circumventing the Senate confirmation process, which can be risky with Republicans running the chamber by a slim 53-47 margin.
The latest example is Ken Cuccinelli, who last week was named acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He...
President Donald Trump’s campaign is cutting ties with three members of his polling team after grim numbers showing him trailing former vice president Joe Biden in several battleground states were leaked to the media last week, according to several officials with knowledge of the matter.
Days ahead of Trump’s official launch of his reelection bid on Tuesday, the campaign is severing its relationship with Brett Loyd, Mike Baselice and Adam Geller while keeping pollsters Tony Fabrizio and John McLaughlin.
The officials, like others interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss internal moves. The Trump campaign declined to comment. NBC first reported on the campaign’s actions.
The news follows reports – first by Politico and later by the New Yo...