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Cambridge, MA – App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding

October 1, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Cambridge, MA - This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games. With ScratchJr, children can snap...

New York – US Student Rallies Support Hong Kong Protesters

October 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM
New York - Students bearing umbrellas as a sign of solidarity gathered at rallies in several U.S. cities on Wednesday to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Altogether, hundreds were expected at Umbrella Revolution rallies in 40 U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, organizers said. In New York, more than 100 students and supporters gathered...

Washington – Artist Creates Huge Dirt Portrait On National Mall

October 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Washington - A giant portrait of a young man's face has emerged in the landscape of the National Mall in the first such public artwork commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery. Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada created the piece as a compilation of American faces after photographing 30 young men on the National Mall this year, he said Wednesday. The piece is entitled "Out of...

Boston – Study: Gluten Timing Does Not Prevent Celiac Disease

October 1, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Boston - Two studies give disappointing news for parents looking for a way to prevent celiac disease in babies at higher risk for it because of family history. Neither breast-feeding nor timing the start of gluten-containing foods makes a difference in whether a child develops the problem, researchers found. There is no early window of opportunity to help sensitize a baby to gluten, and...

New York – UPDATE: Lawsuit Filed After ‘Killing Jews’ Ads Rejected

October 1, 2014 at 09:49 PM
New York - A pro-Israel group sued the city's transit authority on Wednesday, asking a court to force it to accept a bus advertisement including the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" after it was rejected on the grounds its display could incite violence. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization headed by blogger Pamela Geller...

Sofia – Followers, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto Gather For Prayer In Bulgaria

October 1, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Sofia, Bulgaria – Followers of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, prime suspect in a corruption scandal and head of the Shuvu Yisrael Org., gathered with Pinto himself in Bulgaria on Wednesday at the grave of Pele Yoetz to pray for Pinto’s welfare. Pinto discussed the plea bargain he signed with Israel, in which he admitted to bribery and obstruction of justice, reports Israel National News...

Washington – Declassified Records: Kissinger Made Plans To Attack Cuba

October 1, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Washington - U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered contingency plans drawn up nearly 40 years ago to attack Cuba, incensed over the small island's deployment of troops to Angola, according to declassified government documents posted online Wednesday. In several White House meetings, Kissinger advocated for strong action to stop Castro, fearful that his incursion in Africa was making...

Berlin – German Politician Posts Anti-Semitic Video Of ‘Rothschilds Controlling The World’

October 1, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Berlin - The working circle of Jewish Social Democrats blasted on Wednesday a German social democratic politician for posting a crude anti-Semitic conspiracy video about the Rothschild family on her Facebook page. “This morning we became aware that the SPD regional politician Sabine Wölfle posted an anti-Semitic and conspiratorial video on her Facebook page. We are shocked that a regional...

Netherlands – Dutch Teen Claiming To Be Part Of ISIS Threatens To Behead Jews

October 1, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Netherlands - A Dutch high school student was suspended after posting a video in which he said he belonged to ISIS and wanted to decapitate Jews. The De Spindel high school in Hengelo, a city in eastern Netherlands, suspended the 14-year-old in recent days, according to a report Saturday by the De Telegraaf daily. The student, who according to the newspaper is a Muslim boy of Balkan descent...

Dallas, TX – Man With Ebola Virus Flew Roundabout Trip To US

October 1, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Dallas, TX - The first reported case of Ebola in the United States is spooking airline investors and raising the prospect that some frightened travelers might stay home despite repeated reassurances from public-health experts. Details of the man's 28-hour trip from western Africa emerged Wednesday. He flew on two airlines, took three flights, and had lengthy airport layovers before reaching...

Atlanta – Former President Carter Celebrates 90th Birthday

October 1, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Atlanta - Former President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday in Atlanta, blowing out three candles representing the past, present and future and thanking family and friends for their support and love. "It's been a good first 90 years," the 39th president joked before telling the crowd gathered in a chapel on The Carter Center grounds that he is looking forward to much more...

Jerusalem – Israel Eases Gaza Travel Restrictions For Muslim Holiday

October 1, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Jerusalem - In a rare step Israel said on Wednesday it would let 500 Palestinians living in Gaza pray at a Jerusalem holy site during the Eid al-Adha feast at the weekend, and allow Palestinians from the West Bank to enter Israel more freely for the holiday. The measures seen as Israel's most sweeping easing of restrictions on Palestinian movement since 2007 were announced as Washington issued...

New York – Deal Reached To Help NYC Disabled In Disasters

October 1, 2014 at 06:05 PM
New York - Advocates and city officials on Wednesday said they've struck a deal to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities during disasters. The deal resulted from a federal class action lawsuit brought in 2011, a year before Superstorm Sandy left many disabled residents stranded in high-rise buildings and other areas, unsure where to turn for help. It calls for disaster centers to...

New York – NYC Launches Website For Tech Businesses

October 1, 2014 at 05:36 PM
New York - New York City is unveiling a website it hopes will be one-stop-shopping for Internet start-up companies and potential employees. Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the Digital.NYC website Wednesday in Brooklyn. The site was created in a public-private partnership. De Blasio said it will "help turn ideas into business." It will include resources for start-ups to find funding...

New York – US Stocks Drop Sharply; Airlines Sink

October 1, 2014 at 04:59 PM
New York - It was a rough start to October for financial markets Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping more than 200 points as investors reacted to a round of negative economic news in the U.S. and abroad. At first stocks were driven lower by word that German manufacturing had slowed last month. The selling accelerated after a separate survey indicated U.S. manufacturing...

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