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New York – NY Jury Awards $185,000 To Four Arrested During 2004 GOP Convention

July 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM
New York - A federal jury in New York awarded $185,000 on Tuesday to four men wrongfully arrested at a protest during the 2004 Republican National Convention in the first trial to emerge from a decade of civil litigation over the mass arrests. New York City will pay the damages on behalf of two police officers who ordered that 227 people be rounded up and arrested during a march in downtown...

Chicago – U.S. CDC Tests Suggest Anthrax Exposures ‘Highly Unlikely’

July 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Chicago - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising some employees to stop taking antibiotics to ward off a possible anthrax infection after preliminary tests suggest it is "highly unlikely" they were inadvertently exposed to live anthrax bacteria earlier this month, a spokesman said on Monday. The CDC conducted the tests after an incident in the agency's high-security...

Jerusalem – Pfizer Med For Gaucher Disease Receives Kosher Label

July 1, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Jerusalem – A Pfizer medication produced in an Israeli manufacturing facility has received certification from the Orthodox Union, an American Jewish organization that assigns the circled-U "Ⓤ" symbol to food. On its web site Pfizer says Elelyso, used for Type 1 Gaucher disease and produced in Israel, received the label. The kosher label was applied because Protalix Biotherapeutics, the...

Washington – 9/11 Victims’ Lawsuit Against Banks Helping Islamic Militants Rejected By Supreme Court

July 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a lower court ruling that barred victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York from pursuing claims against banks they accused of indirectly helping Islamic militants. The high court rejected an appeal filed by the victims following an April 2013 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that complaints against banks and...

Washington – Officials: Benghazi Attack Suspect Has Been Talking To U.S. Interrogators

July 1, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Washington - A Libyan militant accused of involvement in the 2012 attacks on U.S. government installations in Benghazi, Libya, has been talking to U.S. interrogators, U.S. officials familiar with the matter said. Ahmed Abu Khatallah, captured in Libya on June 15 by a U.S. military and FBI team, has been interrogated both before and after he was advised of his right under U.S. law to remain...

San Francisco – Google Adds More Musical Chops With Songza Deal

July 1, 2014 at 09:50 PM
San Francisco - Google is fine tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods. Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday aren't being disclosed. That means the price is considered to be too small to affect Google Inc., which ended March with $59 billion in cash. The acquisition highlights the...

California – Buses With Undocumented Migrants Rerouted After Protesters Block Them From Processing Center

July 1, 2014 at 09:32 PM
California - Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center. The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California...

Washington – Peres Gold Medal An Affirmation Of US-Israel Relationship

July 1, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Washington - The presentation of a Congressional Gold Medal to outgoing Israeli president Shimon Peres last week was more than just an opportunity to honor Peres for his many contributions over his nearly seven decades of leadership, it was also a public pronouncement of the solidarity that exists between the United States and Israel. Seeing Peres accorded the highest civilian honor in the...

Chicago – Flood Strands Motorists Headed To O’Hare Airport

July 1, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Chicago - A massive traffic backup caused by standing water on the expressway into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport prompted desperate travelers to get out of cars and walk along the roadway, with their luggage in tow. Flooding closed Interstate 190 to one lane about a mile from the domestic terminals on Tuesday after heavy rains hit the area overnight. O'Hare is the nation's...

Queens, NY – Thousands Descend To The Mausoleum Of Lubavitcher Rebbe On 20th Yahrzeit (photos)

July 1, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Queens, NY - Tens of thousands of visitors made their way to the holy Hasidic site in eastern Queens Monday night to visit the grave of the seventh grand rebbe of the Lubavitcher group of Hasidic Jews. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s resting place is Cambria Heights, where he was buried after his death on June 12, 1994. He is considered one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the...

Washington – Unapproved Device Buys Time For New Pair Of Lungs

July 1, 2014 at 07:28 PM
Washington - Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs. But the device has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and there were none in the country. It would take an overnight race into Canada to retrieve a...

New York, NY – New York City Police To Subway Acrobats: Sit Down

July 1, 2014 at 06:42 PM
New York, NY - The underground acrobats who flip, somersault and pole-dance among New York City subway riders as trains roll are drawing a new audience — police officers. The New York Police Department is cracking down on the subway showmen who use the tight quarters of the nation's busiest transit system as moving stages for impromptu — and illegal — pass-the-hat performances. More than...

Washington – NTSB Says Parasailing Is Risky, Urges Regulation

July 1, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Washington - The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday declared parasailing to be risky and urged the U.S. Coast Guard to require that operators be licensed. "Passengers seeking to enjoy the thrill, adventure and panoramic views of parasailing risk becoming accident victims," the NTSB report issued in Washington stated. "Due to the nature of parasailing, accidents usually result in...

Gaza City – Hamas Calls Kidnapping, Murder Of Three Israeli Teens ‘An Activity That Failed’

July 1, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Gaza City - After the funeral of the three murdered Israeli teens on Tuesday, a Hamas spokesperson released a statement about the abduction and killings. Mushir al-Masri called the abduction "an activity that failed," but did not take responsibility reports  Israeli Ch. 10 News. He also stated that Hamas will take steps against Israel to "balance" the suppression the IDF has put on...

Washington – US Says Hamas Involved, If Not Responsible, For Fate Of Israel’s Lost Boys

July 1, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Washington - The United States confirmed on Tuesday it has strong evidence that Hamas is culpable, if not directly responsible, for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths. Encouraging restraint from both the Israeli government— livid over the finding of the bodies of the missing on Monday, vowing to exact justice on the perpetrators— and from the Palestinian leadership, some of...

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