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New York – Gas Ready To Drop Below $3 For 1st Time In 4 Years

October 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM
New York - The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit $3 a gallon Friday, and should soon drop below the benchmark for the first time since December 2010. The price at the pump fell 33 cents in October, thanks mainly to plunging oil prices, according to AAA. Many exuberant drivers have taken to social media to post pictures of gas station signs with prices of $2.99 or lower. Drivers in...

France – Israel Presents Maritime Version Of ‘Iron Dome’

October 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM
France - Israel's "Iron Dome" is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the system's much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer's Gaza war, hoping to draw navies as buyers for a new maritime version seen as especially useful in protecting national economic resources at sea like...

Trenton, NJ – Experts Say Christie’s Latest Bully-Rant May Be Final Straw In Hopes Of Becoming President

October 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Trenton, NJ - Political insiders and behavioral experts say that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's most recent, and highly publicized, bully rant against a storm victim/heckler at a Hurricane Sandy event on Wednesday may in fact be the final straw in snuffing out any hopes Christie may have of becoming president in 2016. On Wednesday, Christie tore into Sandy victim, 43 year-old Jim Keady---who...

Budapest – Hungary’s PM Puts Internet Tax On Hold After Huge Protests

October 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban froze plans on Friday to impose a tax on Internet traffic, climbing down in the face of massive street protests and warnings from the European Union that the levy was a mistake. Opponents of the tax, who said it would have hurt consumers already struggling with a faltering economy, described the U-turn as a major victory. But Orban's...

Brooklyn, NY – Felder: I’m For Hikind

October 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Senator Simcha Felder came out emphatically in favor of his former boss and ally, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, giving him a resounding endorsement last night on Hikind’s radio program and dismissing Nachman Caller as a viable alternative to the incumbent assemblyman. “An endorsement means there are choices,” said Felder on last night’s radio show. “Sometimes there’s no...

Tehran – Iran Hits Back After Chastises On Rights; West Should Look Into Capital Punishment

October 31, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Tehran - Iran defended its human rights record on Friday, striking back at the West for its criticism about a woman hanged for murder in an alleged rape case. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, was responding to calls from Western powers, including the United States, at a U.N. debate to allow freedoms of expression and religion, as well as their...

Berlin – Germany’s Main Jewish Leader Steps Down

October 31, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Berlin - Germany's main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he's stepping down. Dieter Graumann said Friday he won't seek a second term leading the Central Council of Jews in a vote Nov. 30. The 64-year-old said the job, whose holder works on an honorary basis, "demanded an extraordinary amount of energy and time." The group's...

New York – NYPD Chief Banks Quits Force

October 31, 2014 at 09:38 AM
New York - The New York Police Department's highest ranking black official, Chief Philip Banks III, is quitting the department instead of taking a new post. Banks was supposed to have been named 1st deputy commissioner. That person is second in command at the nation's largest police department. But it's a civilian post and Banks would have become less involved in the department's daily...

New York – U.S. Ambassador To UN To Report Temperature Twice Daily After West Africa Visit

October 31, 2014 at 09:14 AM
New York - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days. Traveling on a U.S. government plane, Power's delegation did not come in contact with any Ebola patients during a visit to Guinea, Sierra Leone...

Blooming Grove, PA – Suspect In Police Ambush Captured By U.S. Marshals In Tannersville

October 31, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Blooming Grove, PA - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September could face the death penalty, prosecutors said, after a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains ended with his arrest on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, had eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the Sept. 12 ambush outside a state police barracks in...

Washington – Kerry: US ‘Extremely Concerned’ With Tensions Across Jerusalem

October 31, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Washington - As fears mount over a third Palestinian uprising, the State Department demanded the reopening of the Aksa Mosque on Thursday, shut after the shooting of prominent right-wing rabbi Yehuda Glick. It is "absolutely critical" the Israeli government and Palestinian authority do everything in their power to quell violence in Jerusalem, the State Department warned on Thursday. State...

Jerusalem – Funeral Held For Shooter Of Rabbi Yehuda Glick

October 31, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Jerusalem - The funeral for Moataz Hejazi, the east Jerusalem resident who shot and seriously injured right-wing activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick in the capital on Wednesday, took place in Abu Tor on Thursday night. Hejazi was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces who tracked him to Abu Tor following the attempt on Glicks's life. Hejazi's body was handed over to the family following...

Jerusalem – Temple Mount Compound Reopens Under Heavy Security For Muslims Over Age 50, Tension High

October 31, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Jerusalem - Israel has reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site and deployed hundreds of security personnel amid rising tensions in the city. Muslim worshippers on Friday made their way through a welter of Israeli checkpoints to the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Police said that Muslim men over the age of 50 and women of all ages could...

Jerusalem – Fatah Calls For ‘Day Of Rage’

October 31, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Jerusalem - Police were set to reopen the Temple Mount to visitors on Friday, despite calls from Fatah to hold a “day of rage” in Jerusalem and the West Bank. In a leaflet issued in Ramallah, Fatah called on Palestinians to express their opposition to “Israeli assaults” on the Aksa Mosque. Fatah also denounced the Israeli move as a “declaration of a religious war” on the...
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