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San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Sues Landlords Who Evicted Tenants For Airbnb

April 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM
San Francisco, CA - The city of San Francisco sued two landlords on Wednesday for allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular home-rental services. In separate lawsuits filed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the city named two groups of defendants that it called the "most egregious" offenders because...

Israel – SodaStream Shares Spike On Report Of Starbucks Talks

April 23, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Israel - Shares in SodaStream International Ltdrose as much as 17 percent on Wednesday after the Israeli business newspaper Globes said Starbucks Corpwas in advanced talks to buy 10 percent of the home soft drink maker, citing sources. Representatives for both SodaStream and Starbucks declined to comment. In February, Coca Cola Cotook a $1.3 billion stake in Keurig Green Mountain Inc, maker...

Washington – FCC To Propose Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards

April 23, 2014 at 09:13 PM
Washington - The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes. The proposed rules also call for enhanced scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech. That's according to a senior FCC official familiar with the...

Washington – US Weighs Clemency For Inmates Jailed For 10 Years

April 23, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Washington - The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday. The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to trim the nation's prison population, ease sentencing disparities arising from...

Brooklyn, NY – Caught On Video: Man Throwing Molotov Cocktail Into Fort Hamilton Parkway Store

April 23, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A man who threw a Molotov cocktail into a Borough Park bodega Wednesday was caught on surveillance. The man walked into the 24 Hour Minimart at 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway in the early morning Wednesday and started an argument with the worker, an hour later he came back and threw the explosive device into the store, miraculously the employee suffered only minor...

Albany, NY – Texas Gov. Perry Challenges Cuomo On Business

April 23, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Albany, NY - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is countering Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest initiative to lure businesses from out of state with a renewed bid to snag jobs from New York, a tactic he has tried from coast to coast. Perry, a Republican, is slated to be in New York City on Wednesday to meet business owners and try to convince them to move their operations to Texas, where he says the business...

Phoenix, AZ – TSA To Pay $75,000 To Mom After Agents Insist On X-raying Breast Milk

April 23, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Phoenix, AZ - A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. Stacey Armato, who filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, said TSA officials have tentatively offered her $75,000, along with promises to...

Mountain View, CA – Google Maps Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

April 23, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Mountain View, CA - Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps. The new twist on time travel is debuting Wednesday as part of the "Street View" feature in Google's maps, a navigational tool that attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an option to see what neighborhoods and landmarks looked like at different periods in...

West Bank – As Peace Deadline Nears, Abbas Says He Has Options

April 23, 2014 at 05:54 PM
West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension. In recent days, Abbas has revived attempts to reconcile with Hamas, the Islamic militant group that seized Gaza from him in 2007. He has also hinted he might dismantle his self-rule government and...

New York – Brooklyn DA Said To Pass On Prosecution For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

April 23, 2014 at 05:29 PM
New York -  Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson stated in a memo that criminal prosecution of misdemeanor marijuana charges should not be applied to those who don’t have criminal records. The New York Post (http://bit.ly/1iL7ReO) reports a memo sent to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton states that prosecution of small amounts of marijuana on those who have no prior criminal record wastes precious...

San Jose, CA – Stowaway Slept In Wheel Well Of Plane At California Airport, FBI Says

April 23, 2014 at 05:15 PM
San Jose, CA - A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet's cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said. The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city of Santa Clara, whose name has not been released, is one of a fraction of stowaways...

San Francisco – Apple Expands Buybacks By $30 Billion, OKs Seven-For-One Stock Split

April 23, 2014 at 04:44 PM
San Francisco - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. On Wednesday, Apple reported a 4.6 percent rise in March-quarter revenue to $45.6 billion, beating Wall Street's projections after...

Havana – Lawer: Alan Gross Says He Will Leave Cuba This Year Dead Or Alive

April 23, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Havana - The lawyer for a U.S. man jailed for nearly five years in Cuba says he is determined to go home in the next year, be it alive or dead. Scott Gilbert is the attorney for Alan Gross. He says Gross is suffering a number of ailments. On May 2, Gross will turn 65 years old. Gilbert says Gross is hopeful his case can be resolved by his 66th birthday, but if not, "he will come home...

Brooklyn, NY – 5 Hasidic Men Indicted, Charged With Gang Assault, Face Up To 25 Years In Prison

April 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson today announced the indictment of five defendants for their participation last year in the brutal gang assault of Taj Patterson, a 23-year-old Fort Greene resident. The defendants, who some are associated with the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit, a civilian neighborhood watch group, face multiple charges for allegedly beating...

Tunis – Tunisia Divided Over Jews’ Use Of Israel Passports

April 23, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Tunis - Tunisia's elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. While Israelis and Jews long have traveled to Tunisia for an annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, this is the first year that Israelis have been allowed...
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