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New York – Experts Say U.S. Could Still Lose AAA Debt Rating

August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM
New York - Even if Congress approves a deal to raise the federal government's debt ceiling, the U.S. could still lose its coveted AAA debt rating sometime in the next six months, largely because the proposed agreement does not cut enough spending. The three main ratings agencies declined to comment Monday on the prospect of future downgrades. But the agencies, along with economists and...

New York – Federal Court Upholds Patenting on Human Genes

August 1, 2011 at 09:30 PM
New York - A federal court said that human genes can be patented, reversing a lower court's ruling that involved a test for breast cancer but which could have hurt research and profits for drugmakers and agriculture companies. Judge Alan Lourie's ruling says the genes can be patented because the isolated DNA has a "markedly different chemical structure" from DNA within the body. The U.S...

Manhattan, NY – Report Recommends Steps for NYC Diamond District

August 1, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Manhattan, NY - New York City's Diamond District should consider improving the appearance of the area's buildings and marketing itself as a tourist destination as part of efforts to safeguard its future, a report released Monday said. The report also recommended the bustling one-block stretch work with area schools to bring in the next generation of workers and consider creating its own...

Caracas, Venezuela – Chavez, Undergoing Chemotherapy, Cuts Hair Short

August 1, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared with his head almost shaved on Monday, saying his hair has begun to fall out because of his cancer treatment. Chavez said his chemotherapy has been going well, and he joked about his appearance as he presided over a televised ceremony with Cabinet ministers. "It's a new look," the president said, switching briefly into English...

Washington – Rep. Giffords in House For First time Since Shooting

August 1, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Washington - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House for the first time since she was shot last January, making a dramatic entrance Monday night during a crucial debt vote and drawing loud applause and cheers from surprised colleagues. As lawmakers stood on the floor, staring up at the vote board, Giffords slowly made her way through an entrance on the Democratic side of the chamber...

Washington – House Votes To Raise Debt limit, Cut Spending

August 1, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Washington - The House has passed legislation designed to keep the government from defaulting on its debts. The measure also sets a course for reducing the federal deficit in the future. The Senate, where support is stronger, is expected to take up the bill on Tuesday, the deadline for Congress to act before the government loses its ability to pay all its bills. The 269-161 vote in the...

Washngton – U.S. Officials: Admitted Norwegian Killer Traveled To New Jersey In 2004

August 1, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Washington - The admitted Norway killer traveled in and out of New Jersey for a week in 2004, a U.S. government official said Monday. Anders Behring Breivik went to Newark, N.J., which is near New York City, at the end of July 2004 as a tourist, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Breivik's travel history. It is not known whether he stayed in Newark the entire...

Washington – FDA: Melatonin-Laced Brownies Are Unsafe

August 1, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration is warning the makers of melatonin-laced brownies called "Lazy Larry" that it considers them unsafe and could seize the snacks from store shelves. "Lazy Larry" was until July known as "Lazy Cakes," but the Memphis-based company that makes them, HBB LLC, changed the name after some public officials expressed concern about the brownies. They are sold...

London – Van Mounts Curb Injuring 2 in Alleged Anti Semitic Attack

August 1, 2011 at 05:03 PM
London - A man and woman were injured this afternoon after a white van mounted the pavement at a bus stop on Upper Clapton Road. Both were taken to hospital by Hatzolah and are  not suffering life changing  or threatening injuries. A 29 year old man was arrested and is in custody at a North London police station. While police can not confirm it was a hate crime, they say it was...

Pomona, NY – First West Nile Virus Found in Rockland Mosquitoes

August 1, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Pomona, NY - The fist pools of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus this year in Rockland County have been confirmed by the State Health Department, County Health Commissioner Dr. Joan Facelle said Monday. Four pools of adult mosquito samples tested positive for the virus – one in the Town of Ramapo, one in the Town of Haverstraw and two in the Town of Clarkstown. The...

Jerusalem – TV: Israel Agrees To Negotiate Over Pre-’67 Lines

August 1, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Jerusalem - In a dramatic policy shift, Israel's prime minister has agreed to negotiate the borders of a Palestinian state based on the cease-fire line that marks off the West Bank, a TV station reported Monday. Up to now, Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to spell out his plan for negotiating the border. A senior Israeli official would not confirm outright that the prime minister was now willing...

India – New Details: Getting Bin Laden, What Happened That Night in Abbottabad

August 1, 2011 at 03:13 PM
India - Shortly after eleven o’clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden. Inside the aircraft were twenty-three Navy SEALs from Team Six, which is officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU. A Pakistani-American...

Rockland County, NY – Police Ask Other Victims To Come Forward In Child Abuse Case In Monsey

August 1, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Rockland County, NY - A Monsey man was arrested last Friday and charged with sexually abusing at least one child. Ramapo police say 31-year-old Shmuel Dum is facing two counts each of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree course of sexual conduct for contact with an individual less than 11 years old, both felonies. Dym was arraigned and released on $30,000 cash bail. He surrendered...

West Africa – Orthodox Brooklyn Man Dies in Sierra Leone After Insurance Company Allegedly Dawdles

August 1, 2011 at 02:15 PM
West Africa - A 59 year old Brooklyn man who was in West Africa on business died this past Shabbos following a minor car accident that took place on Thursday deep in the heart of the Kenema District’s mining country located in Sierra Leone. Avraham Levy of Kensington, who was in the tile and granite business, had been in Africa on business for several weeks and was hospitalized for...

Brooklyn, NY – Ami Magazine: An Exclusive Interview With The Lawyer Who Quit The Levi Aron Case

August 1, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - When my eyes meet Gerard Marrone’s gentle gaze as he walks this July morning into Ami offices with the aid of a cane, I know almost instantaneously that before me is someone who did not do only one admirable deed. Marrone’s eyes reflect a refinement and empathy that are refreshing as they are so out of the ordinary. His gait is unsteady, yet there is an unmistakable air of...

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