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New York – Knee Replacement Linked to Weight Gain

December 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM
New York - Being overweight is known to increase the risk of needing a knee replacement, but a new study finds that knee replacement surgery may also raise a person's risk of gaining weight. Analyzing the medical records of nearly 1,000 knee-replacement surgery patients, researchers found that 30 percent of them gained five percent or more of their body weight in the five years following...

New York – Bloomberg Weighs Buying Financial Times

December 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is weighing up whether to make a bid for The Financial Times Group, which includes the namesake paper and a half interest in The Economist magazine, the New York Times reported, citing three people close to the mayor. Pearson Plc, the publisher of FT, is about to lose two of its top executives, raising speculation the paper could be up for...

Tel Aviv – PM Netanyahu Lights Hanukkah Menorah at Former Garbage Dump

December 9, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Tel Aviv - Sparkling fireworks and a giant neon green hanukkia illuminated the valley that connects a former garbage dump mountaintop and the city of Tel Aviv on Sunday night – the second night of Hanukka. There, at the enormous Ariel Sharon Park, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan arrived to celebrate and light candles, as well as honor the...

Washington – U.S. Seeks to Require Black Boxes in All Cars

December 9, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Washington - Devices that record crash-related data would be required in all new cars and light trucks under a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal made on Friday to broaden their growing use in the United States. The proposed rule, which may stir consumer privacy concerns, would require automakers to put "event data recorders" in light passenger vehicles weighing less than 8,500 pounds...

Washington – Report: ‘Iran Not on Track to Make Long-Range Missile’

December 9, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Washington - An internal report for the U.S. Congress has concluded that Iran probably is no longer on track, if it ever was, to having an ocean-crossing missile as soon as 2015. The study casts doubt on a view long held by U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran could be able to test-fly by 2015 an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, if it receives "sufficient foreign...

Jerusalem – Israel Grows Jittery Of New Palestinian Uprising

December 9, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Jerusalem - The rising confidence and bellicosity of Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, combined with rapidly deteriorating relations with Israel's would-be peace partner in the West Bank, are raising jitters in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could be near. A number of prominent voices urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to take steps to ease the tensions and bolster the...

Washington – Obama Praises Special Ops Forces After Rescue

December 9, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Washington - A member of a U.S. special operations team was killed during a weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor abducted by the Taliban outside of Kabul five days ago. President Barack Obama praised the special forces on Sunday, saying the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops' "extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism." A spokesman for U.S. forces in...

Doha – Arabs Offer Palestinians $100 Million a Month Financial Safety Net

December 9, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Doha - Arab states agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a $100 million monthly "financial safety net" to help President Mahmoud Abbas's government cope with an economic crisis after the United Nations granted de facto statehood to Palestine. Israel has responded to the Nov. 29 U.N. vote by ordering 3,000 Jewish settler homes be built in the occupied West Bank and announced it would...

Washington – Obama Met with Boehner on Sunday over Fiscal Cliff: Aides

December 9, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama met with Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner on Sunday at the White House to negotiate ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff," according to White House officials and a congressional aide. The two sides declined to provide further details about the unannounced meeting. Obama and Boehner aides used the same language to describe...

Borough Park, NY – Hundreds Attend Raoul Wallenberg Street Co-Naming

December 9, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Borough Park, NY - Hundreds attended a street co-naming ceremony today, at noon on 13th Avenue in Borough Park in honor of great humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, who saved more than 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during World War II. The City Council approved the co-naming of 13th Avenue between 36th Street and 60th Street earlier this year at the urging of Councilman David Greenfield...

Newark, NJ – Mayor Cory Booker Weighing Runs For Governor Or U.S. Senate

December 9, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Newark, NJ - Newark Mayor Cory Booker is giving serious thought to challenging Chris Christie when the New Jersey governor runs for re-election next year and will announce his plans within two weeks, Booker said on Sunday. "I am absolutely considering running for governor, as well as giving other options some consideration," said Booker, one of the state's leading Democrats and an early...

New Yotk – Federal Tax Breaks Proposed for Sandy Victims

December 9, 2012 at 03:24 PM
New York - Two Democratic senators are proposing federal tax breaks to help victims recover faster from Superstorm Sandy. Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey want to make all repair expenses fully tax deductible, reducing the tax bite of victims in their returns covering the current year. The breaks would also include credits to subsidize home and business...

Washington – Senator: GOP Could Accept Tax Hikes on Very Rich

December 9, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Washington - Senate Republicans would probably agree to higher tax rates on the wealthiest Americans if it meant getting a chance to overhaul costly government entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, a GOP senator predicted Sunday. The comments by Bob Corker of Tennessee — a fiscal conservative who has been gaining stature in the Senate as a pragmatic deal broker — puts new...

New Haven, CT – Romney’s ’47 Percent’ Chosen As Year’s Best Quote

December 9, 2012 at 01:42 PM
New Haven, CT - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and "binders full of women" topped this year's best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. "Debate remarks...

Qatar – Palestinian President Appeals for Urgent Arab Aid

December 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Qatar - The Palestinian president is urging Arab nations to provide major financial assistance to cover a new monthly $100 million budgetary shortfall after U.N. recognition of Palestinian claims to statehood - the result of a punitive Israeli measure. The appeal by Mahmoud Abbas reflects the severe financial fallout from last month's landmark vote in the U.N. and a fresh push by Palestinians...

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