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Washington – Obama: Koch ‘Was An Extraordinary Mayor’

February 1, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says Ed Koch was an "extraordinary mayor" and an "irrepressible character." The president and Michelle Obama offered thoughts and prayers Friday to Koch's loved ones, and to all of New York City. In a statement, Obama praised Koch's role in overseeing New York's economic renewal. The president says Koch expanded affordable housing and extended...

New York – Dell Nears Buyout That Could Top $24 Billion

February 1, 2013 at 03:36 PM
New York - Dell Inc is edging closer to an agreement to sell itself to a buyout consortium led by Michael Dell, its founder and chief executive, and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners in a deal that could top $24 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The buyout consortium is negotiating taking Dell private at $13 to $14 per share, two of the people said. This...

Cairo – Outside Presidential Palace, Egypt Protesters, Police Clash

February 1, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Cairo - Protesters denouncing Egypt's Islamist president hurled stones and firebombs through the gates of his palace gates on Friday, clashing with security forces who fired tear gas and water cannons, as more than a week of political violence came to Mohammed Morsi's symbolic doorstep for the first time. The march on the palace in an upscale district of the capital was part of a wave of...

Washington – Clinton Formally Resigns As Secretary Of State

February 1, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America's 67th secretary of state, capping a 4-year tenure in the office that saw her shatter previous records for the number of countries visited. In a letter sent to President Barack Obama shortly before she was to leave the State Department for the last time in her official capacity, Clinton thanked her former foe for the 2008...

Washington – White House: Hagel Will Win Senate Confirmation

February 1, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Washington - The White House on Friday dismissed criticism of Chuck Hagel's hesitant congressional testimony and insisted that it expects the Senate to confirm him as defense secretary. One day after Hagel was roughed up in a grueling confirmation hearing, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Hagel did a "fine job" and the Obama administration would be stunned if Republicans tried to block...

Midland City, AL – Alabama Hostage Standoff Enters 3rd Full Day

February 1, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Midland City, AL - More than three days after authorities said a gunman shot a school bus driver dead, grabbed a kindergartner and slipped into an underground bunker, the man showed no signs Friday of turning himself over to police. Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe leading to the bunker, hostage negotiators have tried to talk the gunman, identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes...

Geneva – UN Says 210K Kids Need Help In Syria’s Homs

February 1, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Geneva - The U.N. children's agency says 420,000 people — half of them children — need immediate help in Syria's western governorate of Homs. UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado says the agency will now try to reach as many of those people as possible. She told reporters Friday in Geneva that 200 of 1,500 schools in Homs were damaged by Syria's 22-month-old civil war, while another 65...

London – Charedi Leadership Challenges Credibility Of Child Abuse Cover-up Story On British TV

February 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM
London - In response to recent claims made by a British television documentary that the Ultra-Orthodox community routinely attempts to cover-up cases of child sex abuse, London's Haredi leadership now questions whether the story has done more harm than good. The Times of Israel (http://bit.ly/11olPak) is reporting that a spokesman for the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations has challenged...

Jeusalem – Analysis: Israeli Silence On Syria Strategic

February 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Jerusalem - Military secrets are not readily divulged anywhere. But in Israel the blanket silence that envelops officials after an event like Wednesday's mysterious air strike on Syria reflects a deeper strategy involving both deterrence and outreach. Beyond customary concern to safeguard spies and tactics for a government currently engaged in a graver confrontation with Iran, Israelis see...

New York – Dow Hits 14,000 For 1st Time Since October 2007

February 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM
New Yok - The Dow rose higher and briefly topped 14,000 Friday, hitting a milestone not seen since before the financial crisis rocked the world economy. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 135 points to 13,996 shortly before noon EST. Earlier it crossed above 14,000 for the first time since Oct. 17, 2007. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 13 to 1,511. The Nasdaq composite index was up 26 to...

Owings Mills, MD – San Francisco Police Honor Baltimore Dispatcher For Cross Country Rescue

February 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Owings Mills, MD - A Baltimore Shomrim member received special recognition from the San Francisco Police Department for his efforts last month in the rescue of a California woman who became locked in a storage facility with her children after hours. As previously reported on VIN News, the woman mistakenly dialed the number of Baltimore Shomrim and dispatcher Yitzy Shleifer, who took the call...

New York – Famous Lines From Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch

February 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM
New York - A look at some of the famous lines over the years from former New York City Mayor Ed Koch: —"How'm I doing?" —"I'm not the type to get ulcers. I give them." —"You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag." —"If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see...

Rishon Lezion – Court: Rabbi Must Explain Referrals Of Marrying Couples To Private Firm

February 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Rishon Lezion - The High Court of Justice demanded on Thursday that Rishon Lezion Chief Rabbi Yehuda David Wolpe explain why he sends couples seeking to register for marriage to a private company for clarifications about their Jewish ancestry. ITIM, a religious rights lobbying group, filed a petition with the court against Wolpe and the Am Levadad company earlier this week. They have till...

Washington – White House: Jobs Report Shows Signs Of Economic Growth

February 1, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Washington - Friday's jobs report shows the U.S. economy is improving, but Congress needs to act on policies that promote growth and avoid deep cuts slated to take effect next month, said Alan Krueger, a White House economist. "The administration continues to urge Congress to move toward a sustainable federal budget in a responsible way that balances revenue and spending, and replaces the...

New York – Ed Koch Passes Away On The Same Date As Daniel Pearl

February 1, 2013 at 09:22 AM
New York - Former New York City mayor Ed Koch who died Friday morning at the age of 88 said in 2008 he has engraved on his tombstone the final statement of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. Koch told the Associated Press in 2008: The marker will bear the Star of David and a Hebrew prayer, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” It also will be inscribed with the last words...

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