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Washington – Obama Signs Law To Bar Iran Diplomat From Serving In U.N. Post

April 18, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering the United States who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist...

Washingtonville, NY – Plans For Casino Near Kiryas Joel Moving Forward

April 18, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Washingtonville, NY - Concepts for a casino and hotel resort in Orange County received approval by the Blooming Grove and South Blooming Grove boards Thursday night. Record Online (http://bit.ly/1i23s2d) reports two developers pitched their ideas for the casino/hotel Thursday night in a presentation given to approximately 200 residents at the Washingtonville High School. Cordish Cos. and...

Islamabad – Pakistan Library Named ‘bin Laden’ As Memory Fades

April 18, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Islamabad - Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr." Cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, a radical preacher who runs the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, wanted to honor the memory of the al-Qaida leader, killed in a May 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on...

South Korea – Captain In Ferry Disaster Criminally Charged And In Custody

April 18, 2014 at 04:33 PM
South Korea - South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested. Yonhap says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok was detained early Saturday. The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead. The investigation into the disaster has focused on the ferry's sharp turn before it started listing, and...

Washington – White House Updating Online Privacy Policy

April 18, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Washington - A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated...

Marionville, MO – Missouri Alderwoman Resigns After Mayor’s Comments Regarding KC Shooter

April 18, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Marionville, MO - A Marionville woman on the city municipal council resigned after the mayor made comments that he “agreed” with the beliefs of Kansas City shooter Frazier Glenn Miller. KSDK Channel 5 news (http://on.ksdk.com/1tiN1rG) reports Jessica Wilson gave her resignation notice Wednesday after Mayor Daniel Clevenger stated he supported Miller’s beliefs. She said those comment...

Washington – Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook For Obama Health Law

April 18, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Washington - A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults. Nonetheless, Obama's announcement Thursday that 8 million have signed up for subsidized private insurance, and that 35 percent of them are younger than 35, is just a peek at what...

Salt Lake City – Utah Man Pleads Guilty To 2012 Shooting At Reform Synagogue

April 18, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Salt Lake City - A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty to firing a gun at a Salt Lake City synagogue in 2012. The Salt Lake City Tribune (http://bit.ly/1h9RqUC) reports Macon Michael Openshaw pled guilty to a federal civil rights violation for the shooting at the unoccupied Kol Ami Reform synagogue. Openshaw fired three shots that broke windows and damaged other parts of the building. His...

Cambridge, MA – Thousands Attend Memorial For Policeman Slain After Boston Marathon Bombing

April 18, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Cambridge, MA - Thousands of people gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday for a memorial service for a popular campus police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot multiple times in his car in an apparent confrontation with the bombing suspects days after the blast, which left...

Tehran – Victim’s Parents Remove Noose From Convicted Iranian Murderer’s Neck At Last Minute

April 18, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Tehran - In an emotionally charged moment on Tuesday, the parents of a 17 year-old murder victim granted his killer a last minute reprieve by removing the noose from his neck and sparing his life during a public execution. INDEPENDENT.co.uk (http://ind.pn/1lfJtkw) reports that in line with "qisas"---a sharia law of retribution that prescribes "an eye for an eye," the parents of Abdollah...

Washington – Rice: Obama Disgusted By Ukrainian Anti-Semitic Leaflets

April 18, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's national security adviser says anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were "utterly sickening" and that Obama has bluntly expressed his disgust. Susan Rice is referring to leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. She says the leaflets have no place in the 21st...

Damietta – Egypt Stops Attempt To Smuggle Jewish Artifacts

April 18, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Damietta, Egypt - Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country's main ports. Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said in a statement Friday that officials found the artifacts while searching cargo Thursday at the coastal city of Damietta. Among the artifacts are a cylindrical wooden box...

Winston-Salem, NC – Smuggled Cellphone Use A Growing Concern For U.S. Prisons

April 18, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Winston-salem, NC - Cellphones smuggled into prisons by corrupt guards, concealed in food containers or hurled over security fences are an increasing worry for law enforcement as prisoners use them to intimidate witnesses, direct drug deals and plan escapes. The concerns about these contraband devices came into the national spotlight this month when U.S. officials accused a member of the...

Portland, OR – 38 Million Gallons Water Reservoir To Be Flushed Because Of Urinating Teen

April 18, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Portland, OR - The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland after a man urinated in the...

Bangkok, Thailand – Thai Terror Suspect Admits To Plot To Kill Israeli Tourists

April 18, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Bangkok, Thailand - One of the two Lebanese terror suspects taken into custody earlier this week has confessed to Thai investigators that he was in the country as part of a plot to kill Israeli tourists in the popular Khao San Road location. BANGKOKPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1jcMkti) reports that Youssef Ayad, a Lebanese-Filipino national who entered Thailand on a Philippines passport, was picked...
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