As many as 25 million Android phones have been hit with malware that replaces installed apps like WhatsApp with evil versions that serve up adverts, cybersecurity researchers warned Wednesday. Dubbed Agent Smith, the malware abuses previously-known weaknesses in the Android operating system, making updating to the latest, patched version of Google's operating system a priority, Israeli security company Check Point said. Most victims are based in India, where as many as 15 million were infected. But there are more than 300,000 in the U.S., with another 137,000 in the U.K., making this one of the more severe threats to have hit Google's operating system in recent memory. The malware has spread via a third party app store 9apps.com, which is owned by China’s Alibaba, r...
Washington - President Donald Trump’s July Fourth event has bankrupted a special fund used to provide security and protect the nation’s capital from terrorist threats. The Washington Post reports the celebration cost the District of Columbia about $1.7 million, not including police expenses for related demonstrations. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser wrote Trump on Tuesday warning that the fund will have a $6 million deficit by September, reminding the president that the account was never reimbursed for $7.3 million in expenses from Trump’s 2017 inauguration. Bowser wants the White House to fully reimburse the fund. She said on CNN Thursday that D.C. taxpayers shouldn’t “be left holding the bag for federal events.” White House spokesman Judd Deere says officia...
Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down at a ceremony to welcome Denmark’s prime minister on Thursday, a day after she shook visibly when standing to receive Finland’s premier - her third bout of shaking in three weeks. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sat next to Merkel at the welcoming with military honours on a warm day in Berlin before the two women walked to the chancellery. Merkel, showing no sign of shaking, smiled broadly. After meeting Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne on Wednesday, Merkel said she was “working through” a bout of shaking that first occurred in mid-June, but insisted she was fine and that “just as it happened one day, so it will disappear”. The chancellor, 64 and in office since 2005, has no history of seriou...
Six people, including Puerto Rico's former education secretary, were arrested in a sweeping corruption probe in which it's alleged that they steered federal funds to unqualified, politically connected contractors, federal officials said Wednesday. The FBI arrested former education secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero; businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters, on fraud and related charges. “It was alleged that the defendants engaged in a public corruption campaign and profited at the expense of the Puerto Rican citizens and students," Ne...
BALTIMORE — A sinkhole on Wednesday has swallowed part of a Light Rail platform next to the Convention Center near Camden Yards. It's making an already massive water main break and infrastructure failure in downtown Baltimore even worse. The portion of the platform that was swallowed into the sinkhole gives wheelchair users access to trains. The disruption has downtown workers wondering when it will end. "It hurts us more because we've been thrown in like a trick box because you don't know what you are going to get from one day to the next," said a downtown worker named Sheldon Arrington. The sinkhole is another consequence of a massive water main break that happened Monday near Howard and Pratt streets. The water main break, combined with a torrent...
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WASHINGTON — Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby testified Wednesday morning before a congressional panel to support federal decriminalization and legalization of marijuana possession. Mosby announced in January that a new policy has been set so that marijuana possession cases will no longer be prosecuted in Baltimore. She testified Wednesday before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security at what's being called the first hearing on ending the federal prohibition of marijuana. "The reason I'm here today is because there is no better illumination of this country's failed war on drugs than the city of Baltimore, Maryland," Mosby said. A significant takeaway from the House hearing was that the debat...
Dallas County Judge Lela Mays on Wednesday approved an Oct. 10 death date for Randy Halprin, a Jewish prisoner sent to death row for his role in a 2000 prison escape and crime spree that left dead Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins. Now 41, Halprin and six other men took hostages in December of 2000 and broke out of the Connally Unit south of San Antonio, fleeing  to Houston in a getaway van where they pulled off two robberies to stock up on supplies, guns and money. On Christmas Eve, the escapees held up an Oshman’s sporting goods store in Irving – and Hawkins, who was the first officer who responded to the call was shot 11 times and dragged 10 feet by an SUV as the panicked prisoners fled with $70,000 and 44 guns. Aside from Halprin, only one other Texas 7 pris...
Baltimore County, MD - July 11, 2019 - Although the new school year is still about two months away, I am pleased to share that the Baltimore County Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning Department plans to complete three school safety projects within the next week. The projects include speed bumps on High Falcon Road in Reisterstown and a raised crosswalk on Scotts Level Road in front of Winand Elementary and a raised school crosswalk in front of Sudbrook Magnet Middle in Pikesville. Many thanks to the Department of Public Works, the crews and everyone involved for getting these projects completed so quickly. We appreciate all your hard work and efforts.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sent out a pair of tweets Wednesday and earlier this month with photos of migrants sleeping on a detention center floor to publicize an immigration hearing in Capitol Hill. Just one problem — the pics were snapped in 2014, during the Obama Administration. The Dems deleted the two messages, and claimed it was an “error.” Democrats on the panel sent one of the tweets soon after 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Fox News reported, citing a screenshot of the tweet captured by the Trump 2020 campaign. “Last week, members of our committee visited a detention center at the souther border and discovered grotesque treatment of children,” they wrote in the message. “This week, we are examining the inhumane treatment of ...
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is running for president in 2020, responded affirmatively on Monday to the anti-Israel group IfNotNow calling on her to pressure “the Israeli government to end occupation,” defined as “stealing Palestinian land.” Two IfNotNow activists approached Warren, who was campaigning in New Hampshire, with one of them, University of Michigan student Becca Lubow, telling her, “We really love the way you’re fighting corruption. We’d really love it if you also pushed the Israeli government to end occupation.” “Yes, yes. So I’m there,” responded Warren swiftly, followed by taking a picture with the activists. “Our members in New Hampshire just asked @ewarren if she woul...
And then there were five … That’s the number of Jews known to currently live in Cairo following the death of the mother of the president of the Jewish community there. The death of Marcelle Haroun at the age of 93, announced on Saturday, leaves her daughter, Magda, and four granddaughters as the only Jewish residents of the Egyptian capital, reported Watani International. As of 2017, there are an additional 12 Jews residing in Alexandria, according to AFP. Haroun was married to anti-Zionist lawyer and politician Shehata Haroun, who was part of Egypt’s Communist Party. He died in 2001 at the age of 82. Egypt was home to around 100,000 Jews in 1948, when modern-day Israel was established. But an exodus of Jews from Egypt occurred during the Suez Crisis in 1956, leavin...
Baltimore, MD – July 9, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of  Mrs. Bella Topas, a’h, wife of Mr. George Topas, mother of Avraham (Henry)   (Esther) Topas, Rabbi Mahti (Yehudis) Topas (410-608-8670), Meyer (Bracha) Topas, Reuel (Leah) Topas and Miriam (Dr. Aaron) Cann Shiva is being observed at 624 Vine Ave, Lakewood, NJ, 08701.Minyanim:Shachris: 7:05 am Mincha: 8:10 pm Maariv: 8:50 pmMahti Topas plans to continue the shiva in Baltimore sometime over the weekend. Check back for updates. Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
Baltimore, Md - July 11, 2019 - BJL received this via e-mail early this morning: Update Wednesday night:  We are continuing to search with many volunteers on land at sea and by drone. They will resume at 4:30 Thursday morning and continue throughout Thursday and Friday, possibly longer if necessary.   No official announcements have been made regarding shiva. Please continue to daven for Reuven Tzvi ben Esther Baila. Rabbi Sender Haber Rabbi Haber is the Rav of B'nai Israel Congregation, Norfolk, VA
NORFOLK, Va.. - The Jewish community is praying for the safe return of their own Rabbi Reuven Bauman.                                                                                  “No one has given up hope. Everyone is still praying, and that’s one of the reasons why the effort is still going on,” said Rabbi Gavriel Rudin. Rabbi Reuven Bauman (Photo from the school websi...
Attempts to assassinate members of Hamas’ military wing by Israel were thwarted multiple times over recent months, Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar reported on Wednesday. The reported attempts came in earnest following a botched operation last November in the Gaza Strip that left one IDF special forces soldier dead, according to Hamas security sources who spoke with the publication. The Gaza-based security sources also noted that unlike previous attempts to kill senior Hamas militants, Israel employed a “silent method” to take out their targets meant to minimize their footprint on the operations. One alleged perpetrator is accused of trying to poison at least one senior member of the group’s military wing, adding that if the operation had succeeded, it would have bee...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Wednesday not to “uproot a single settlement” located in the disputed West Bank under any peace plan with the Palestinians. While delivering remarks at an event held in the settlement of Revava, Netanyahu promised that his government would not disrupt the lives of Israeli citizens living in the “biblical heartland” of the Shomron in a message to settlers ahead of September’s general election. “Here’s a commitment, write it down,” he said at the event marking 40 years since the founding of the Samaria Regional Council. “It is impossible to uproot any settlement in the Land of Israel, neither of Jews nor of Arabs, we do not uproot people… we are finished making the same mistakes ...
A man has been arrested after climbing over Buckingham Palace’s front gates in the middle of the night, police have said. The 22-year-old was held on suspicion of trespass at around on Wednesday by specialist royal officers, the Metropolitan Police Service said. The intruder was not carrying a weapon and the incident is not being treated as terror-related, the force said. The man remains in custody at a nearby police station in central London. Read more at BBC.
The White House is pushing congressional leaders to strike a spending deal and increase the debt limit in the next two or three weeks, jolted by a recent report that found the Treasury Department was running out of cash much faster than previously forecasted. But the talks have bogged down amid acrimony between Democrats and the White House, and now Washington’s leaders run the risk of a fiscal pileup that could also imperil President Donald Trump’s effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement. White House officials have said the debt ceiling must be raised by early September to ensure the government can pay its bills. And spending on many federal programs expires at the end of September, requiring a separate deal to prevent a government shutdown. Treasury Secret...
A second federal judge has denied the Justice Department’s bid to withdraw its attorneys from the legal battle over adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, though he signaled Wednesday that he might ultimately allow the move if the new lawyers were prepared to address discrepancies between what the previous team had told the court and the Trump administration’s current posture. U.S. District Judge George Hazel wrote in a six-page order that he shared the concerns of a federal judge in New York who similarly blocked the Justice Department maneuver this week, but noted that in his district, unlike the other judge’s, attorneys do not have to provide “satisfactory reasons for withdrawal.” He wrote he was concerned “a shift in counsel at this late ...
Los Angeles - A California couple has sued a fertility clinic, claiming their embryo was mistakenly implanted in a New York woman, who gave birth to their son as well as a second boy belonging to another couple. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Anni and Ashot Manukyan describes an in vitro fertilization mix-up by CHA Fertility Center in Los Angeles that involves three separate couples. The birth mother believed she was carrying twins made from her and her husband’s genetic material. She and her husband have also sued. The Manukyans say they endured a court fight before being granted custody of their son. They are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. CHA officials did not respond to emails seeking comment. It’s unclear from the lawsuits what happened to the other son.
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