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New York – New Law Will End Loud TV Commercials

December 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
New York - TV viewing could soon sound a little calmer. The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect on Thursday. CALM stands for Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation. The act is designed to prevent TV commercials from blaring at louder volumes than the program content they accompany. The rules govern broadcasters as well as cable and satellite...

Washington – Ex-Democrat Lieberman to Leave Senate, Calls for Bipartisanship

December 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Washington - Former Democrat Joe Lieberman used his last speech on the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday to call for bipartisanship and get in a last dig over the controversial result of the 2000 election, when he was the Democratic vice presidential nominee. Lieberman, 70, announced in January 2011 that he would retire when his fourth term ends next month rather than seek re-election. He...

San Francisco – Facebook Unveils New Privacy Controls

December 12, 2012 at 09:27 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc began rolling out a variety of new privacy controls on Wednesday, the company's latest effort to address user concerns about who can see their personal information on the world's largest social network. New tools introduced on Wednesday will make it easier for Facebook's members to quickly determine who can view the photos, comments and other information about them...

Vienna – New UN, International Efforts To Engage Iran

December 12, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Vienna - International officials engaged in a two-pronged effort Wednesday to engage Iran over concerns the country may have worked on nuclear weapons, with a U.N. team seeking access to a site linked to such suspected activity and European Union negotiators looking to restart talks with Tehran meant to ease such fears. Preparing to depart Vienna for Tehran, Herman Nackaerts of the...

New York, NY – After Sandy, City Eyes Moving Power Gear Higher

December 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
New York, NY - A major push is on to move New York City's electrical infrastructure to higher ground or upper floors after Superstorm Sandy sent seawater pouring into low-lying substations and skyscraper basements and plunged half of Manhattan into darkness for four days. The effort, likely to be enormously costly, will center partly on two old weaknesses brought into sharp relief by the...

Gaza – Sales Soaring of ‘M-75 Rocket’ Perfume

December 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Gaza - Sales of a citrus-scented perfume marketed in Gaza have soared since it was named in honor of the rockets that Palestinians shot at Israel during a war last month, the manufacturer said. "M-75" perfume, which comes in men's and women's fragrances, is named for the missiles Hamas shot at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in an eight-day conflict that killed more than 170 Palestinians and six...

Denmark – Danish Jews On High Alert Following Attack On Israeli Embassy In Copenhagen

December 12, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Denmark - If you are a Jew living in or visiting Denmark, you may want to think twice about wearing a yarmulke or speaking Hebrew in public according to Denmark’s Jewish Religious Community organization and the Israeli ambassador to Denmark. “We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear...

Washington – Senate Dems Offer $60.4 Billion Sandy Disaster Aid Package for NY, NJ

December 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Washington - Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Working from the emergency spending request President Barack Obama made five days ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released draft of the legislation. While the bill calls for $60.4 billion...

New Jersey – Gov. Christie: My Weight No Bar to Presidency

December 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Trenton,NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is "more than a little" overweight — but fit enough to be in the White House. The Republican governor was asked about his weight problem during an interview with Barbara Walters for her "10 Most Fascinating People" special Wednesday night on ABC. Walters told the governor some people say he is too heavy to be president one...

Miami – Judge Orders 9/11 Suspects’ CIA Experience Kept Secret

December 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Miami - The U.S. military judge overseeing the Guantanamo prosecution of five alleged conspirators in the September 11 attacks has issued an order maintaining secrecy over the defendants' experiences in clandestine CIA prisons. The protective order safeguarding classified information in the case was signed on December 6 by the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, and unsealed on Wednesday. It is...

La Paz, Bolivia – High-Profile Actor Continues His Crusade to Free Jacob Ostreicher

December 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
La Paz, Bolivia - Two-time Oscar winning actor and social activist Sean Penn is continuing his crusade to see fellow American Jacob Ostreicher released from Bolivia where he has been held in prison for 19 months on suspicion of money-laundering without being charged. At a press conference today in Santa Cruz, Penn said, “There is a cancer that is attacking the heart of Bolivia,” and...

Hebron – Israeli Police: Palestinian Shot Dead After Attack

December 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Hebron - An Israeli police spokesman says a Palestinian was killed after he threatened officers near a holy site in the West Bank. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a group of police officers were on guard near the site in Hebron when a Palestinian approached, pulled out a handgun and aimed it at them in a threatening way. Rosenfeld says the officers opened fire, killing the man. He says the...

Jerusalem – Israel to Withhold Palestinian Funds Until March

December 12, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Jerusalem - Israel will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel's foreign minister said. Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a month in duties on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank -- money that is badly needed...

Brooklyn, NY – Greenfield To State: Don’t Jail Drivers Over Unpaid Traffic Summonses

December 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Councilman David G. Greenfield introduced a resolution in the City Council this week calling on the state legislature to no longer incarcerate drivers for not responding to traffic summonses such as tickets for moving violations. Under Councilman Greenfield’s proposal, drivers whose license was suspended solely due to failing to pay traffic summonses would face a fine, instead of...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Hits Brakes on Pedicab Rate Decision

December 12, 2012 at 01:05 PM
New York, NY - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll decide by Friday whether to sign a proposal to keep pedicabs from charging confusing, sometimes exorbitant rates. The proposal was up for Bloomberg to consider signing Wednesday. After a pedicab driver complained that the city was unfair to the bicycle taxis, Bloomberg said he wanted "to find out a little more" about the...
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