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Wshington – Tearful Obama: “Our Hearts Are Broken” (video)

December 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Washington - A tearful President Barack Obama says the country's leaders must "take meaningful action" regardless of politics in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The president teared up, at times using an index finger to wipe at the corner of his eyes, as he addressed the nation from the White House. He also paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his...

Washington – Boehner Orders Flags Lowered For CT Shootings

December 14, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner has ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol lowered because of the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school that claimed 26 victims, including 18 children. In a tweet, the Ohio Republican said he issued the order "in tribute to families and victims" at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The killings appeared to be the second deadliest...

Washington – White House Says Obama Informed Of “Tragic” Connecticut Shooting

December 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama has been notified about the "tragic" shooting incident at an elementary school in Connecticut and will receive regular updates throughout the day, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday. "We're still waiting for more information about the incident in Connecticut," Carney said when asked about the president's reaction to it. Carney called the...

Newtown, CT – 20 Children Dead In Mass Grade School Shooting; One Suspect In Custody

December 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Newtown, CT - A heavily armed gunman opened fire on school children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing at least 26 people, including 20 children, in the latest in a series of shooting rampages that have tormented the United States this year. The gunman was dead inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, state police Lieutenant Paul Vance told a...

Live Video: Shooting At Connecticut Elementary School

December 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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West Bank – Hamas Stages New Marches In Rivals Terrritory

December 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM
West Bank - Hamas has staged new rallies in the West Bank, one day after thousands of its activists turned out for the first marches there by the militant group there in five years. Friday's marches in several cities appeared larger than Thursday's demonstrations, the first in the Palestinian territory since the 2007 split in which Hamas seized Gaza and the secular-leaning Fatah was left in...

London – Hebrew Excluded From List Of Approved Foreign Languages In UK Primary Schools

December 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM
London - Beginning in September 2014, the UK will require primary schools to offer and teach at least one of seven approved languages to students between the ages of seven and 11, with the exclusion of the Hebrew language. The Board of Deputies has said such a move could have a negative impact on Jewish education in the UK. The Jewish Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/UFZ1kg) that this...

Jerusalem – Israeli Foreign Minister Quits After Indictment

December 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's powerful foreign minister announced his resignation from government Friday, a day after an indictment for breach of trust was filed against him by the country's attorney general, in a move that shakes up the election campaign and affects Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's votes. Avigdor Lieberman continued to maintain his innocence in a statement and indicated that he...

New York, NY – City Criticized over 911 System Report

December 14, 2012 at 09:59 AM
New York, NY - New York City's firefighter unions say the city continues to "flout judicial authority" by withholding drafts of a highly critical report of its 911 emergency system. The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/WaYzvq ) says the unions criticized the city in a court filing Thursday for its most recent effort to withhold earlier drafts of the report. Last week, the mayor's...

New York, NY – Group Plans More Inflammatory Ads in Subways

December 14, 2012 at 09:33 AM
New York, NY - The group that posted inflammatory ads in New York City's subway system earlier this year plans to put up more ads. The American Freedom Defense Initiative told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/12cc4PP ) it has purchased space beside the roughly 220 clocks that hang above subway platforms in stations throughout the city. The ads depict the twin towers engulfed in flames and...

Tehran – Iran: Not Optimistic On Nuclear Talks With West

December 14, 2012 at 09:12 AM
Iran - A member of Iran's nuclear negotiation team said talks between Iran and big Western powers were unlikely to yield results and it doesn't make sense for Tehran to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent fissile purity. "Personally speaking, I am not optimistic," Mostafa Dolatyar told reporters at the Iranian embassy in New Delhi on Friday. "They have made certain connections with purely...

Washington – Kerry, Hagel Tops Obama’s List To Lead State, Defense

December 14, 2012 at 08:57 AM
Washington - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans. The exit of Rice and elevation...

Moscow – Russia Denies Its Offical Talked About Assad’s Fall

December 14, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Moscow - Russia issued a clumsy denial Friday of a statement from its point man on Syria, who said a day earlier that Syrian President Bashad Assad is losing control of the country. The Foreign Ministry insisted it is not changing its stance on the embattled Syrian regime. Russia's explanation - that the official was characterizing the opinion of the Syrian opposition rather than stating...

Hebron – Press Group Blasts Israeli Attack on Photographers

December 14, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Hebron - The Foreign Press Association in Israel is condemning an assault by Israeli soldiers on two cameramen in the West Bank. The Reuters news agency reported its Palestinian cameramen were on their way to cover the Israeli army shooting of a Palestinian teenager in Hebron Wednesday when soldiers forced them out of their car, punched them, then made them strip and kneel on the...

Mexico City – Large Earthquake Strikes Off California Coast

December 14, 2012 at 08:03 AM
Mexico City - The U.S. Geological Survey says a large earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California and Mexico. The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, was recorded at 2:36 a.m. (1036 GMT) Friday, 163 miles (262 kilometers) south southwest of the California city of Avalon and 167 miles west southwest of Rosarito, Mexico. It was at the relatively...
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