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New York – Judge: Man Who Sued Facebook’s Zuckerberg Must Face Fraud Charges

March 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM
New York - A businessman must face criminal fraud charges for trying to claim a billion-dollar stake in social media company Facebook Inc, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Paul Ceglia, 40, is accused of forging a 2003 contract with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that supposedly entitled him to part ownership of the company. After an hour-long hearing in New York, U.S. District Judge Andrew...

New York – Study Ties Troubled Sleep To Lower Brain Volume

March 9, 2014 at 10:56 PM
New York - People who have trouble sleeping tend to have less volume in certain regions of the brain than those without sleep problems, a new study of Persian Gulf War veterans suggests. "People discount the importance of sleep. So many things seem so much more important than a few extra hours of sleep a night," lead author Linda L. Chao told Reuters Health. "The study suggests we shouldn't...

New York – ACLU Asks Appeals Court To Outlaw NSA’s Mass Collection Of Phone Records

March 9, 2014 at 10:25 PM
New York - Civil rights lawyers are urging a federal appeals court to strike down a judge's ruling upholding the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' telephone records. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union submitted papers to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan late Thursday. They said Judge William...

Washington – Gen. Dempsey: NSA Leaks Will Cost Billions

March 9, 2014 at 09:50 PM
Washington - The top U.S. military officer says it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to military operations and tactics that were revealed in the massive stash of documents taken by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey tells the House Armed Services Committee the Pentagon set up...

San Francisco – Groups Ask Regulators To Halt Facebook’s WhatsApp Deal

March 9, 2014 at 09:27 PM
San Francisco - Privacy advocates have asked U.S. regulators to halt Facebook Inc's $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp's 450 million users. WhatsApp, a service that allows mobile phone users to send each other messages, has had a longstanding commitment to not collect user...

New York, NY – Pre-K Plan In Jeopardy, de Blasio Pushes Forward

March 9, 2014 at 08:54 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature proposal, a tax increase on the wealthy to pay for universal prekindergarten, appears to be on life support, blocked by a governor and state lawmakers who stubbornly oppose such a tax in an election year. That hasn’t stopped de Blasio from doggedly forging ahead anyway. He flatly rejected Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to pay for pre-K out of...

New York – In Radio Interview Lipman Dispels Notions About Draft

March 9, 2014 at 08:20 PM
New York - In an interview that aired on Zev Brenner’s Talkline radio program last night, MK Rabbi Dov Lipman discussed his views on last week’s Million Man March in Israel, what he views as misconceptions about the Chareidi draft and offered a special request for today’s Atzeres Tefillah in Manhattan. Lipman scoffed at the notion that the new draft law was designed to take away from...

Tehran – Iran To Get Second Tranche Of Payment Under Nuclear Deal

March 9, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Tehran - Iran will soon receive a second installment of previously frozen assets which are being returned to it under an interim nuclear agreement with world powers, the official IRNA news agency quoted its central bank chief as saying. The official, Valiollah Seif, said on Wednesday that the new funds would be transferred to Iran's account "in the next three days", but did not state the...

Manhattan, NY – IN PHOTOS-VIDEO: Orthodox NYC Jews Protest Proposed Israeli Draft

March 9, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Manhattan, NY - Lower Manhattan turned into a human river of black-garbed people on Sunday as tens of thousands ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets, their anguished prayers booming through loudspeakers in protest of Israel's proposal to draft strictly religious citizens into its military. Amid tight security, they stood behind police barricades stretching across 10 blocks. Video below...

Toronto – Mayor Rob Ford Tweets: Don’t Forget To Turn Your Clock ‘Back’

March 9, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Toronto - Mayor Rob Ford is being roundly mocked on Twitter for a tweet that went out under his name that mistakenly advised people to set their clocks back an hour back instead of forward for daylight savings time. "Rob Ford: the mayor who won't even follow the dimensional rules of time," Toronto sports writer Bruce Arthur tweeted in one response to the gaffe. Ford, who last year...

Israel – AG: Family Court, Not Rabbinical Court, Should Decide On Circumcision

March 9, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Israel - Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Thursday wrote to the High Court of Justice that the family courts, and not the rabbinical courts, should decide whether a baby gets a circumcision where the parents disagree on the issue and are in divorce proceedings. He explained that the issue of circumcision did not fall under the heading of "divorce issues" in the rabbinical courts'...

Paris – Lack Of Passport Checks Expose Air Security Flaw

March 9, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Paris - When you travel, airport security agents may pat you down, inspect your deodorant and scan your body from head to toe. But there's a good chance that no one's checking whether you're using someone's lost or stolen passport. A gaping, if little-known, loophole in international aviation security came into broader view Sunday when the international police agency Interpol said its...

Brussels – Snowden: Germany Changed Spying Law Under US Pressure

March 9, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Brussels - Germany changed an intelligence-gathering law under pressure from the United States in a move that "eroded the rights of German citizens," whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged in written testimony made public Friday. "Germany was pressured to modify its G-10 law to appease the NSA, and it eroded the rights of German citizens under their constitution," Snowden wrote, referring to the...

Russia – Putin’s Body Language Studied For Clues To Decision-making: Pentagon

March 9, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Russia - It turns out all those years Russian leader Vladimir Putin was cavorting bare-chested outdoors, demonstrating his judo skills and darting whales, a Pentagon researcher may have been studying him for clues to his behavior. The Office of Net Assessments, a sort of internal think tank for the U.S. secretary of defense, has spent $300,000 annually since 2009 for research to study the body...

West Bank – Scarlett Johansson Defending Her Role For SodaStream, Says Company Will Change The World

March 9, 2014 at 03:45 PM
West Bank - Scarlett Johansson is defending her role as spokeswoman for the the Israeli company SodaStream, but admits she is not an expert on the Middle East conflict. In an interview with the Telegraph published on Friday, she spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, professing that she is no political expert. "I’m not an expert on the history of this conflict, and I’ve never...