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Cairo – Egypt Presidency Says Mursi Spoke By Phone To Obama

July 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Cairo - US President Barack Obama called embattled Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to urge him to respond to mass opposition demonstrations and said the political crisis could only be resolved by talks, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama also called on both sides to ensure rallies stayed peaceful, after the death toll in clashes between rival protesters since Sunday reached at least 16...

Prescott, AZ – More Than 1,000 Mourn 19 Ariz. Firefighters

July 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Prescott, AZ - More than 1,000 people turned out Monday to a Prescott gymnasium to honor the bravery and sacrifice of 19 Hotshot firefighters who died battling a wildfire in Arizona. Those in the crowd rocked children in their arms, wiped away tears and applauded robustly after each set of remarks, often rising to their feet. Speakers at the memorial quoted heavily from scripture and described...

Israel – Yair Lapid Shrinks Charedi Housing Benefits

July 1, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Israel - The housing cabinet led by Finance Minister Yair Lapid approved a new set of criteria for public housing on Monday, scaling back many provisions that primarily aided the ultra-Orthodox community. “We’re keeping our promises and fixing distortions that have been present for years,” Lapid said. “The distortions created advantages for those who did not serve in the army and those...

Washington – Changes Urged After 5 Near Airline Collisions

July 1, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Washington - Federal accident investigators are urging the adoption of new air traffic control procedures for handling aborted landings after five near collisions involving airliners. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a letter Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration that current procedures should be modified so that in cases where two planes are departing at once...

Shelter Island, NY – At 90, Ben Jones Remains Shelter Island’s Only Certified Paramedic

July 1, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Shelter Island, NY - At 90 years-old, Ben Jones remains Shelter Island's only certified paramedic, handling over 300 calls per year, and with no foreseeable plans for slowing down. In a NEW YORK TIMES (http://nyti.ms/16K111p) profile of the nonagenarian, Jones refers to his continued service to fellow island residents as something he does not because he's a "nice guy," but as an "obligation"...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Undergoes Major Back Surgery

July 1, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Jerusalem - Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef awakened on Monday evening from major orthopedic surgery at Hadassah University Medical Center to repair damage do his spine, the hospital said. The 93-year-old rabbi had been in much pain in recent weeks follow a fall in his home. The surgery was successful. He will be transferred out of an intensive care department to a regular department...

New York – Weather Causes Huge Delays At NYC Area Airports

July 1, 2013 at 06:02 PM
New York - Thunderstorms in the New York City area have caused flight delays of up to three hours at local airports. The Federal Aviation Administration says the biggest delays are at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport reported delays of up to 90 minutes. The National Weather Service says the severe weather also is causing flash...

Moscow – Edward Snowden Breaks Silence To Threaten New U.S. Leaks

July 1, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Moscow - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity. In a letter to Ecuador, Snowden said the United States was illegally persecuting him for revealing its electronic surveillance program, PRISM. He also thanked Ecuador for helping him...

Tehran – Iran Media: US Treasury Counter-Terror Office Run By ‘Ashkenazi Jew’

July 1, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Tehran - Iranian Press TV stated on Saturday on its website that it has “learned that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – an agency of the US Treasury Department” is headed by “an Ashkenazi Jew called Adam Szubin.” The article claims that Szubin is behind the pressure on Intelsat, which carries Iran’s Press TV. Intelsat is a provider of satellite services worldwide for...

Albany, NY – Cuomo Signs Into Law Tougher Texting Ban For Junior Drivers

July 1, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Albany, NY - New York's young drivers now face a 60-day suspension when caught texting or using a hand-held cellphone on the road under a law Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Monday. Those traffic violations already carried fines. "We want young drivers to know this is not OK," Cuomo said. "Inattention and inexperience can be a death sentence." The legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly...

Yarnell, AZ – Bodies Of Firefighters Killed In Ariz. Recovered

July 1, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Yarnell, AZ - The bodies of 19 members of an elite firefighting crew killed after being overrun by an Arizona wildfire have been retrieved from the mountain where they died. Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo now says all 19 were from the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots. Authorities earlier said one of the men wasn't a crew member. One man who belonged to the 20-person team survived...

New York – YU Rabbi Steps Down Says He Mishandled School Abuse Claims

July 1, 2013 at 01:45 PM
New York - The chancellor of a Jewish university in New York City said Monday that he mishandled allegations of sexual abuse at the university's high school decades ago. In a letter announcing his retirement from Yeshiva University, Rabbi Norman Lamm said his response to the allegations was "ill-conceived." Lamm is stepping down amid an ongoing investigation into accusations of abuse by alumni...

Washington – Pentagon Says It Won’t Speculate On Egypt’s Next 48 Hours

July 1, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Washington - The U.S. Defense Department on Monday declined to speculate on what might happen in Egypt during the next 48 hours, saying it was still reviewing the statement by the Egyptian army giving the nation's feuding politicians a deadline to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country's future. "We're in the process of reviewing that statement. We're not entirely sure what's going to...

Jerusalem – Israeli Who Murdered His Parents Used Tips He Found Online

July 1, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli who stabbed his mother and father to death was convicted of murder on Monday partly because he searched online for tips including "how to kill your parents and get away with it". Daniel Maoz, 29, wanted money from his inheritance in order to pay heavy gambling debts, the Jerusalem District Court found. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murders. The...

Manhattan, NY – Hero Pilot Remained Calm While Landing Chopper On Hudson River

July 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Manhattan, NY - The pilot of a sightseeing helicopter that made an emergency landing on New York's Hudson River says he was just doing his job. Michael Campbell tells the New York Post ( HTTP://BIT.LY/12XUUQJ ) everything was going smoothly Sunday when suddenly he heard "a big boom." The charter helicopter was carrying a family of four Swedes when it lost power shortly after takeoff. It...

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