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New York – NY Assemblyman: Bloomberg A Colossal Failure; He Should Resign

November 9, 2012 at 03:28 PM
New York - Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind today blasted Mayor Bloomberg for his mishandling of the city's woes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, saying the mayor has proven he is totally out of touch with the needs of his constituents and should resign. "He has mishandled this entire crisis," Hikind told Shimon Gifter in a video interview for VIN News. "People feel unsafe in their own homes...

Washington – CIA Director Resigns

November 9, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Washington - David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign, and on Friday the president accepted. Petraeus said in a statement that he had shown "extremely poor judgment" in having an affair...

Washington – WH: Obama To Travel To New York On Thursday To View Sandy Recovery

November 9, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Washington - The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to New York on Thursday to view recovery efforts from the massive East Coast storm Sandy. White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama will meet with affected families, local officials and first responders who have been dealing with the major storm. New York officials estimate damage from Sandy could total $33 billion in...

Washington – Obama: Americans Agree With My Approach On Deficit

November 9, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama, laying down his marker for grueling "fiscal cliff" negotiations, said Friday he won't accept any approach to federal deficit reduction that doesn't ask the wealthy to pay more in taxes. "This was a central question during the election," Obama said in his first postelection comments on the economy. "The majority of Americans agree with my approach." The...

New York – Feds Release Over $300 Million To Purchase Temporary Rentals, Blankets, Generators To Sandy Affected Areas

November 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM
New York - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will immediately release $339,000,000 from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to New York State. LIHEAP is the federally funded program that helps low-income households and seniors with energy bills. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, these funds will help New Yorkers...

France – Hollande Makes ‘Friendly’ Mistake in Note to Obama

November 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Paris - French President Francois Hollande's attempt to sign a note congratulating Barack Obama for getting re-elected wound up lost in translation - and all over Twitter. In the great Gallic tradition of murdering the English language, Hollande ended the letter to the U.S. president in his own hand, writing: "Friendly, Francois Hollande." The mistake was a literal translation of the French...

United Nations – UN: Sandy Shows Need For Action On Climate Change

November 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM
United Nations - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says one of the lessons from Superstorm Sandy is the need for global action to deal with future climate shocks. A new round of global climate talks starts in Doha, Qatar on Nov. 27, and Ban urged nations to reach a binding agreement by 2015 to curtail emissions of heat-trapping gases in order to stop the planet from overheating. He told the...

Israel – Torrential Rains Cause Widespread Flooding in Eilat

November 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Israel - Large swaths of Eilat were flooded Friday as torrential rains hit Israel's southernmost city. An estimated 16.5 inches of rain fell in Eilat, half the average annual amount, closing the airport and blocking entrance into the city via highway 90. Rains were expected to continue intermittently into Monday. Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post...

Amarillo, TX – JetBlue Pilot Who Disrupted Flight To Be Freed

November 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Amarillo, TX - A Texas judge ordered Friday that a JetBlue Airways pilot who disrupted a cross-country flight by leaving the cockpit and yelling about religion and terrorists should be freed rather than committed to a mental health facility. Clayton Osbon was charged with interference with a flight crew for the March incident, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity in July. A forensic...

Tehran – Iran Says US Drone Violated Iranian Airspace

November 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Tehran - Iran's defense minister said Friday that a U.S. drone violated Iranian airspace a week ago when Pentagon says the pilotless aircraft came under fire. The U.S. maintains the drone was over international waters. "Last week, an unknown aircraft entered Iran's airspace in the Persian Gulf," said Gen. Ahmad Vahidi. "It was forced to leave on time by a wise and strong reaction on the part...

New York – Shorter Lines at Many Gas Stations

November 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM
New York - The gas station lines are considerably shorter on Long Island as rationing gets under way. A driver passing about 20 stations on Friday morning found about half were open. A couple of stations had lines of about 30 to 40 cars. But the system was working smoothly. In other places, there were only a few cars in line. Drivers who got really lucky only had to wait about five...

New York, NY – Bloomberg: Public Housing Heat Back by Next Week

November 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says most of New York City's public housing residents should have electricity by Friday night or Saturday. He said their heat should be back early next week. Bloomberg spoke Friday on his weekly WOR Radio show...

Brooklyn, NY – Taxi Drivers Have Gas Cans In Back Seats

November 9, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Buses, taxes and limousines are among the vehicles that are exempt from New York City's gas rationing plan. A Brooklyn car service owner says that helps his business. But that did nothing to ease the gas angst among the commercial drivers on Friday. Taxi drivers and car services were hoarding gas. The vehicles reeked of gasoline from the extra cans sloshing around in the back...

Israel – Minister: Iran Slowed Down Enrichment Push

November 9, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Israel - Israel's defense minister has said that Iran has slowed the timetable for enriching enough uranium to build nuclear weapons, implying that Israel would have more time to decide whether to strike Iran's enrichment facilities. "They essentially delayed their arrival at the red line by eight months," Barak said. Ehud Barak said it was not clear why Iran stepped back. Barak's time...

Washington – Condoleezza Rice: GOP Sent ‘Mixed Messages’

November 9, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Washington - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Republican Party must adapt better to rapidly changing demographics in the United States, saying the GOP sent "mixed messages" in the election campaign on immigration and women's issues. Rice tells "CBS This Morning" the changing face of America "really necessitates" new thinking. She says, quote, "When you send mixed messages...
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