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February 17

Palm Sunday bombs rock Egyptian churches; state of emergency is declared

TANTA, Egypt — Moments after the explosion rocked her church Sunday morning, Mona Faiez’s phone rang. It was her sister, checking to see if she was alive.<p>She was unhurt; she wasn’t at the church, where 27 now lay dead and scores more were injured. But alerted by the call, she rushed toward it. …

Terrorism

Paris investigates Arab suspected of pushing Jewish woman to her death

Police in Paris are investigating a 27-year-old Arab man on suspicion that he murdered his neighbor Lucy Halimi, a 66-year-old Jewish Haredi woman, …

Aviation

Holocaust memorial vandalized in western Ukraine

(JTA) — Nazi symbols were spray-painted on a monument to Holocaust victims in Ukraine that was erected near their mass graves.The letter X was …

Ukraine

Gunmen fire inside Cincinnati nightclub, killing 1 and injuring 15, police say

The Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati was filled with at least a couple hundred patrons when a rapid succession of gunfire sparked chaos inside.<p>A young man was killed, authorities said. Fifteen others were wounded, one of whom remains in extremely critical condition.<p>Chief Eliot Isaac of the Cincinnati …

Policing

Russian police arrest anti-corruption leader Navalny, hundreds more in nationwide rallies

MOSCOW — A wave of unsanctioned rallies swept across Russia on Sunday to protest corruption in the government of President Vladi­mir Putin, in a nationwide show of defiance not seen in years, one the Kremlin had tried in vain to prevent with bans and warnings.<p>Too angry to be cowed, they poured into …

Russia

Google apologizes to ad clients for YouTube content fiasco

(Reuters) - Google apologized on Monday for allowing ads to appear alongside offensive videos on YouTube as more high-profile firms such as Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) and HSBC (HSBA.L) pulled advertising for British markets from Google sites.<p>The British government has suspended its advertising on …

Uber's president just quit after six months. His reason why is damning

Ride services company Uber has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help …

This is now what happens when you try to post fake news on Facebook

Facebook has started deploying new weapons in its battle against fake news.<p>The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States has led to a lot of soul-searching, not least of which by the world’s largest social network. Facebook has been repeatedly accused of facilitating and …

Artist behind 'beware of Jews' sign apologises for causing offence

Franck Allais says London sign reported to police as a hate crime was not meant to be an antisemitic statement<p>A photographer and artist behind a red-triangle warning sign depicting the silhouette of an Orthodox Jewish man has apologised for causing offence after a Jewish neighbourhood watch group …

Following JCC threats, Jewish preschools report decline in enrollment

Following waves of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers across the country, more than a quarter of JCC preschools have reported a decline …

For Donald Trump, a Terror Attack Will Be an Opportunity Not a Curse

Can we breathe a sigh of relief after federal judges blocked President Donald Trump’s discriminatory executive orders? For a moment we can, but we …

Anti-Semitic fliers at UIC evoke old Nazi tactic

Let me be clear at the outset: I am loath to make Holocaust comparisons. Comparing daily life events — even hateful ones — to the Holocaust runs the risk of minimizing the genocide and mass murders by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.<p>But it is hard not to reference the Holocaust when you examine the …

European History

News and Articles on Science and Technology

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Science
Health Care

Air defense expert: I hoped Israel would never need to use Arrow system

The former head of the Arrow anti-ballistic missile project, Uzi Rubin, said on Sunday that he was certain the Air Force made the right decision in …

Chrome quietly received a big 3D graphics boost

Did you recently notice a boost to 3D web graphics while using Chrome? It's not just you. Google has revealed that Chrome 56 and later releases support the WebGL 2.0 standard. You should see faster performance, new texture types and visual effects (such as volume-based effects and tone mapping). …

3D Graphics

Senators question whether Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka has ties to a Nazi-linked group

Normally, second-tier <b></b>White House foreign policy advisers are rarely seen and even more rarely heard. But these are not normal times, and Sebastian …

Federal court permanently blocks law; Mississippi's abortion clinic to remain open

A federal district court permanently blocked Mississippi's Texas-style clinic shutdown law today, ensuring the last abortion clinic in the state will …

Texas Is Considering A Bill That Could Let Science Instructors Teach Creationism

The legislation would expand "academic freedom" for teachers.<p>Legislators in Texas are considering a bill that could make it easier for science teachers to present religious concepts alongside scientific theories like evolution.<p>The proposed legislation, introduced in February by Republican state …

Education

Negotiating the Arab-Israeli conflict in Rabin Square

A day after US President Donald Trump’s special representative for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt completed his tour around Israel, the …

OK, Google: Don't put ads in the Google Assistant

Given how genuinely useful so many of its products are, I sometimes forget that Google is, above all else, an advertising company. The vast majority of Google's money comes from ads, and it has made a business out of finding ways to integrate them into its services. Search, Maps and Gmail are just …

Google

Trump falling far behind in nominating State officials

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As President Donald Trump proposes to slash nearly a third from the State Department's budget, the nation's diplomatic agency grapples with a more immediate problem: a lack of top officials.<p>Not only have no deputies been confirmed to join Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but …

World Leaders

Paris airport attacker previously suspected of ‘Islamist radicalism’

PARIS — A manpreviously known to French anti-terror authoritieswas fatally shot early Saturday at Orly Airport after struggling to steal a soldier’s gun and earlier assaulting a police officer at a traffic stop in a northeastern Paris suburb, the Paris prosecutor said.<p>The suspect, whom authorities …

Terrorism

Betsy DeVos’s Hiring of For-Profit College Official Raises Impartiality Issues

As chief compliance officer for a corporate owner of for-profit colleges, Robert S. Eitel spent the past 18 months as a top lawyer for a company facing multiple government investigations, including one that ended with a settlement of more than $30 million over deceptive student lending.<p>Today, Mr. …

Higher Education

Meals on Wheels could take funding hit in Trump budget

<b>(CNN) —</b> The preliminary outline for President Donald Trump's 2018 budget could slash some funding for a program that provides meals for older, impoverished Americans.<p>The budget blueprint suggests cutting funds for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by about $6.2 billion, a 13.2% …

Meals on Wheels

McDonald's Tweet Blasts President Trump, And Is Quickly Deleted

<b>Updated at 6:55 p.m. ET</b><p>A post on McDonald's corporate Twitter account caused a stir Thursday morning, denigrating President Trump and calling for Barack Obama's return. The tweet was up for about 20 minutes only — but in that time, it was liked and retweeted more than 1,000 times.<p>"You are actually …

President Trump

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews protest arrest of draft-dodger

Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem and in other locations around the country on Wednesday against the arrest of a yeshiva student …

Gaza rocket explodes in open area; no injuries reported

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded on Wednesday evening in open area near the border. No casualties or damage were reported.<p>The Israeli army …