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New York – Target Offers Free Shipping On All Holiday Items

October 21, 2014 at 09:33 PM
New York - Target Corp. is offering for the first time free holiday shipping on all items, including even $6 lipsticks, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon. The Minneapolis-based chain said its free shipping offer starts Wednesday and will last through Dec. 20. The move is unusually early for a retailer — coming weeks before the official...

Washington – Jewish Group Shifts View On Nazi Benefit Payments

October 21, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Washington - An influential Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday it no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive Social Security benefits. World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said in a statement to The Associated Press that U.S. law should be changed to stop the payments. Lauder's statement followed an AP investigation that found dozens of Nazi suspects...

Ottawa – Canada Raises Terrorism Threat Level, Cites Islamist Chatter

October 21, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Ottawa - Canada has raised its terrorism threat level to medium from low because of a rise in "general chatter" from radical groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda, a government official said on Tuesday. "This increase is not the result of a specific threat," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. A suspected Canadian militant ran over two...

Washington – Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Editor Who Directed Watergate Coverage, Dies at 93

October 21, 2014 at 08:18 PM
Washington - In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died at home...

West Bank – PA Chief Negotiator Threatens Unilateral Moves If US Vetoes Palestinians’ UN Resolution

October 21, 2014 at 07:41 PM
West Bank - Should the US choose to veto the Palestinian Authority UN Security Council resolution to put a timetable on Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, the PA would apply for membership in 522 international statutes and organizations, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday. In comments carried by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency, Erekat said that the Palestinians...

Jerusalem – Israelis Question Care Of Hamas Leader’s Daughter

October 21, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country for medical care. But following a bloody 50-day war over the summer, a decision to allow the daughter of a top Hamas official to receive care at an Israeli hospital is...

New York – Health Workers Get NY Ebola Education

October 21, 2014 at 06:36 PM
New York - Government officials have urged several thousand New York health care workers to protect themselves and help educate the public about Ebola. Mayor Bill de Blasio also said Tuesday that everyone should get a flu shot. He and Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at a Manhattan educational session for health care workers. Cuomo says New York will be better prepared than Dallas for any Ebola...

Albany, NY – New York State To Settle Landmark Suit Over Public Defenders

October 21, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Albany, NY - New York state has agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is underfunded and violates poor people's rights to counsel a day before the case was set to go to trial. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms, the New...

Syria – IS Fighters Seize Weapons Cache Airdropped By U.S.-Led Coalition For Kurds

October 21, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Syria - Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic...

Brooklyn, NY – Jewish Activist And Abuse Victim Remembered After Accidental Death

October 21, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The death of an outspoken advocate against sexual abuse, who was himself the victim of molestation as a child, has been classified as an accidental overdose by a Manhattan medical examiner, according to VIN News sources. 34 year old Joey Diangello, born Yoel Deutsch, was found dead on October 15th. Diangello, who left the Satmar community at age 17, first began sharing his...

Detroit – Lawyer For Palestinian Activist Seeks To Bar Terrorism Reference At Trial

October 21, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Detroit - Lawyers for a Palestinian activist from Chicago convicted for a fatal bombing in Israel urged a judge Tuesday to bar any reference to terrorism at her upcoming trial on immigration charges. Rasmieh Odeh, associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, is charged with illegally getting U.S. citizenship in 2004 after failing to disclose her convictions for bombings...

Gaza – Palestinians Downbeat On Promised Rebuilding Of Ruined Gaza Strip

October 21, 2014 at 04:26 PM
Gaza - The first torrential downpour of an approaching winter has already soaked the Gaza Strip, compounding the misery of thousands of Palestinians who scrambled to patch homes wrecked by the summer war with Israel. While Palestinian officials rejoiced at $5.4 billion pledged at an international aid conference last week toward reconstruction and shoring up their budget, many in Gaza fear...

New York – CVS Tacks Tobacco Payment To Prescription Network

October 21, 2014 at 04:06 PM
New York - First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that sell smokes. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network that it will offer as a choice to employers and other clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business...

United Nations – U.N. Chief Says Setting Up Investigation Into Shelling At UN Facility

October 21, 2014 at 03:41 PM
United Nations - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of U.N. sites to store weapons. The world body has said that tens of thousands of dwellings were damaged or destroyed in 50 days of fighting between Israel and...

New York – NYC Police Looking Into Arrest Of Subway Performer

October 21, 2014 at 03:17 PM
New York - Fellow musicians are rallying around a subway performer whose arrest in a busy station was captured on video as straphangers jeered the officer. The New York Police Department says it's looking into the arrest. Andrew Kalleen, 30, was performing Friday at the G-train stop in Brooklyn's hipster Williamsburg neighborhood when an officer told him he must leave the station because he...