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Washington – House Republicans Vote To Sue Obama Over Healthcare Law

July 30, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Washington - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law. The 225-201 vote, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday. The...

Ottawa, Canada – Canadian PM: Hamas Solely To Blame For Palestinian Casualties

July 30, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Ottawa, Canada - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reiterating his government’s hard line against Hamas, saying it is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza. Harper said that while no one likes to see the suffering and loss that is occurring in the Middle East, Hamas is to blame. The prime minister said Hamas started the war because the terrorist organization wants to...

Washington – U.S. Takes Tougher Line Against Gaza Casualties, State Dept. Calls Reports Of Harsh Obama-Netanyahu Phone Call “Complete Crap”

July 30, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Washington - The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas. The U.S. frustrations were compounded by a flurry of Israeli media reports this week that...

Cleveland Heights, OH – Cleveland Delivery Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Death Of Rabbi

July 30, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Cleveland Heights, OH - Vehicular homicide charges have been filed against a Kosher market delivery driver from Cleveland after he killed an 83 year-old rabbi who was walking home from religious studies classes. WKYC.com (http://on.wkyc.com/1zvZgDC) reports that Cesar Ubaldo has been charged in the incident that left Rabbi Yehuda Cohen, a Ph. D. from Cleveland Heights dead on May...

La Paz, Bolivia – Bolivia To Require Visas For Israeli Travelers

July 30, 2014 at 05:29 PM
La Paz, Bolivia - Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation. President Evo Morales already broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 2009, calling Israel's treatment of Palestinians "a genocide." The action...

Washington – White House Threatens To Veto House Border Bill

July 30, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Washington - A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer. Senators voted 63-33 to advance the $3.5 billion emergency spending bill over an initial procedural hurdle. But with Republicans and a few Democrats opposed, there was...

Isarel – Security Cabinet Directs IDF To Continue Operation

July 30, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Israel - The security cabinet directed the IDF on Wednesday to continue to forcefully hit Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and to complete the job of neutralizing the terror tunnels, a senior diplomatic official said Wednesday. According to the official, speaking after a four-hour security cabinet meeting, the IDF operation has led to “significant achievements on the ground” and is hitting at the...

Washington – Ex-IRS Official Called Conservatives ‘Crazies’

July 30, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Washington - A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about some members of the GOP, including one...

Gaza Strip – Israeli Troops, Using Sniffer Dogs And Robots, Hunt For Gaza Tunnels

July 30, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Gaza Strip - Israeli Colonel Tomer was literally tipped off to the tunnel snaking under a Palestinian village when the tank-churned earth gave way under the weight of one of his behemoth bulldozers. Twenty-four hours later, on Wednesday, his forces cleared a greenhouse that had provided cover and dug a 3 meter-deep (10 foot) crater exposing the concrete-reinforced passage wide enough for a man...

United Nations – UN Chief Calls Attack On Gaza School ‘Shameful’

July 30, 2014 at 03:12 PM
United Nations - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas. "Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children," Ban said on his arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica. "I condemn this attack...

Brooklyn, NY – Security Video Shows Flatbush Beating, Police Turning To Public For Assistance

July 30, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The NYPD is asking the public for help as it attempts to locate two men who assaulted and robbed an 18 year old woman in Midwood this past week. The incident took place in an apartment building in the vicinity of Avenue M and E 18th Street this past Sunday night. Video surveillance shows the unidentified young woman entering the building at 9:34 PM with her pocketbook slung...

Kansas City, MO – Obama To GOP: ‘Stop Just Hating All The Time’

July 30, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Kansas City, MO - Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class. "Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on," the president said in a boisterous...

Zhitomer, Ukraine – Chabad-Lubavich Opens First Jewish Refugee Camp In Ukraine

July 30, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Zhitomer, Ukraine - Following a month of terror in war-torn Lugansk, some 250 Jewish refugees have arrived safely at Ukraine's first Jewish refugee camp located on the grounds of Chabad-Lubavitch of Zhitomer. CHABAD.org (http://bit.ly/1oLtXBh) reports that the camp, organized by Rabbi Sholom Gopin from Chabad-Lubavitch of Lugansk, will serve as a resting spot, albeit a temporary one, for Jews...

London – Historic English Pier Engulfed In Flames

July 30, 2014 at 02:15 PM
London - A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London. The East Sussex fire service responded with roughly 60 firefighters Wednesday as beachgoers watched in horror. Fire officials said people on the pier had been safely evacuated and there did not seem to be any injuries. Damage...

Washington – Defense Officials Say U.S. Re-Supplying Israel With Ammunition

July 30, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Washington - The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local U.S. arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday. The munitions were located inside Israel as part of a program managed by the U.S. military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I), which stores...