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Houston – Cruise Line Cites Fog, Not Illness, For Return

February 1, 2014 at 11:54 PM
Houston - A cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday. But passengers whose seven-day vacation was cut short, missing their last stop in Belize, questioned that version of...

Wellington, FL – Jewish Philanthropist Anne Heyman Dies After Fall From Horse In Florida

February 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Wellington, FL - A former New York City assistant district attorney and philanthropist died after falling in a Florida horse jumping competition. Anne Heyman, 52, died in Wellington, Fla., on Friday after a fall at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at about 10:30 a.m. She was flown to Delray Medical Center, where she died three hours later, the Palm Beach Post reported...

New York, NY – Feds: Indian Diplomat Not Immune From N.Y. Charges

February 1, 2014 at 11:13 PM
New York, NY - Federal prosecutors say an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched when arrested on charges she fraudulently obtained a work visa for her housekeeper and lied about the housekeeper’s pay isn’t covered by diplomatic immunity. Prosecutors say in papers filed Friday in Manhattan federal court that since Devyani Khobragade is no longer in the U.S., she’s not immune from...

Mount Sinabung, Indonesia – Indonesia Volcano Kills 16

February 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Mount Sinabung, Indonesia - The death toll from an Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months rose to 16 Sunday after rescuers found another charred corpse and a critically injured college student died in a hospital, officials said. Mount Sinabung erupted again Saturday just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying...

New York – Bratton: Letter With Powder Sent To NYC Mayor Harmless

February 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM
New York - A letter with suspicious powder was sent to New York City's mayor on the same day that suspicious powder was sent to at least five hotels near the site of the Super Bowl. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told the Daily News (http://nydn.us/1fyjUcN) Saturday the letter sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) Friday was harmless. It wasn't immediately clear where the letter...

Washington – Search Begins For Obama Presidential Library Site

February 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Washington - The search for a home for President Barack Obama's presidential library is officially underway. With Obama's blessing, top supporters are launching a foundation that will develop and build the library, which will both house his presidential records and serve as a monument to his legacy. The nonprofit Barack H. Obama Foundation will be led by Marty Nesbitt, a close Obama friend...

Bayonne, NJ – CDC: Norovirus Caused Cruise Ship Outbreak

February 1, 2014 at 10:11 PM
Bayonne, NJ - Highly contagious norovirus was to blame for an outbreak on a cruise ship that sickened nearly 700 in one of the worst such incidents in 20 years, federal health investigators said Friday. The Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas returned to New Jersey on Wednesday after cutting a 10-day Caribbean voyage short because so many people were ill. It was set to sail again late...

New York – Super Bowl Fever Consumes Big Apple

February 1, 2014 at 09:33 PM
New York - The first Super Bowl in the New York metropolitan area is days away and now everybody wants in on the action. Even Mother Nature has come to the Big Apple's party. The National Football League (NFL) took a gamble when it went against convention and decided to stage the game at an outdoor stadium in nearby New Jersey during the winter. Naysayers warned that the biggest sports...

Israel – Finance Minister Yair Lapid Halts Funds To West Bank Settlements

February 1, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Israel - Israel's finance minister halted the transfer of government funds to West Bank Jewish settlements on Saturday and ordered a probe into allegations that money meant to support municipalities had been funneled to a pro-settler political group. The money in question had been earmarked to cover security and building maintenance fees that were incurred when Israel froze settlement building...

Trenton, NJ – GOP Ponders Scandal’s Toll On Christie’s Future

February 1, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Trenton, NJ - Fellow Republicans are assessing the damage of new allegations that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about a traffic-blocking operation orchestrated by top aides earlier than he has acknowledged. Some say any presidential aspirations will be hurt if the scandal lingers. Others were quick to discredit Christie's accuser as a disgruntled former loyalist. Former Port Authority...

Trenton, NJ – NJ Gov. Christie Playing Offense Over Accusation

February 1, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Trenton, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie is going on the offensive over suggestions he knew more than he has said about apparently politically motivated traffic jams ordered by one of his staffers. In a letter Saturday to donors obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by Christie's office, Christie's political team bashed a former loyalist at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who...

New York – A Few Boos For Christie At NYC Super Bowl Event

February 1, 2014 at 07:45 PM
New York - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been greeted with a scattering of boos and some cheers during a Super Bowl ceremony in New York City. Christie didn't appear affected by the crowd's reaction during Saturday's ceremony in Times Square handing off the Super Bowl to next year's hosts in Glendale, Ariz. The governor has been under fire after his top aides orchestrated traffic...

Ulster County, NY – Man Who Sold Identities Of ‘Satmar’ Summer Campers Arrested By Sheriff’s Office

February 1, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Ulster County, NY - An Upstate New York man was arrested Friday for selling fake IDs in a sting operation conducted by the Ulster County Sheriff’s department. Victor H. Schneider of Rosendale sold information about campers and parents of Camp Rov Tov on three separate occasions. Members of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team bought the personal information of more than fifty...

Rome – Man Who Sent Pig Heads To Italian Synagogue ‘Found’

February 1, 2014 at 06:56 PM
Rome - Italian police have identified a far-right radical they suspect of sending pigs heads last week to Rome's Grand Synagogue, Israeli embassy and a museum with a Holocaust exhibition, authorities said on Friday. Police said the 29-year-old Roman, whom they did not name, had links to far-right political groups and planned to found a new one. Anti-terrorism police were investigating him and...

Munich – Kerry Hopeful, Says U.S. Bid For Mideast Peace Not ‘Quixotic’

February 1, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Munich - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that he remains hopeful that the Obama administration's effort to broker a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians can succeed. The United States hopes to complete a "framework" accord in coming weeks and will then try to negotiate a final peace deal by the end of 2014, a U.S. official said this week, according to a participant...

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