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Buffalo, NY – Firefighters Sue Siren Makers

November 1, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Buffalo, NY - More than 190 Buffalo firefighters have joined thousands of firefighters across the country in suing siren makers over damage to their hearing. About 20 lawsuits filed in state court were moved to federal court in Buffalo a week ago. In the lawsuits, 193 individuals follow in the footsteps of employees of fire departments in at least five other states who have sued siren...

New York, NY – Police Comish Bratton: Departing NYPD Chief To Be Replaced Soon

November 1, 2014 at 11:33 PM
New York, NY - NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says a replacement for high-ranking official who quit abruptly will be announced Wednesday. Chief Philip Banks III was to have been named first deputy commissioner. Instead he announced his retirement Friday. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/10bIrBe ) that Bratton said Saturday Banks' replacement would be announced Wednesday. He said he...

Washington – Report: US To Present Plan For Resumption Of Israeli-Palestinian Talks

November 1, 2014 at 11:11 PM
Washington - The US administration is planning to present a proposal to resume the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians after the mid-term elections for Congress, the Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported over the weekend. The report came as State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that a Palestinian delegation would arrive in Washington for high-level talks on ways to move...

Monsey, NY – Mystery Surrounds Disappearance Of 16th Century Hebrew Bible Sold on eBay

November 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Monsey, NY - Despite postal tracking data showing that it was delivered, a Monsey man is claiming he never received the rare 16th-century Hebrew Bible he purchased from an eBay seller in Virginia. HAARETZ.com (http://bit.ly/1xLbqGO) reports that Monsey's Jacob Gestetner maintains he never received the $7,000 Bible he purchased on eBay from artifact dealer Gene Albert, despite post office...

Washington – Federal Charges Appear Unlikely In Ferguson Police Shooting: Washington Post

November 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Washington - U.S. Justice Department officials probably will not bring civil rights charges against a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager set off rioting in August, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The newspaper, citing law enforcement officials, said investigators had all but concluded there was not a sufficiently strong case to...

New York – New Tougher Rules For NY Drivers Using Hand-held Phones

November 1, 2014 at 09:46 PM
New York - New York state is imposing tougher penalties on motorists who use hand-held mobile phones while driving. Beginning Saturday, young and new drivers caught texting or using a cell phone without a hands-free device face a 120-day license suspension. A second offense will lead to a year-long suspension. More experienced motorists with also face steeper fines for repeat offenses...

New York, NY – Appeals Court Clears Way For N.Y. Police Stop-and-Frisk Reforms

November 1, 2014 at 09:19 PM
New York, NY - New York City can finally begin to implement court-ordered reforms to its controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, after a U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a last-ditch challenge brought by several police unions. The decision from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York came exactly one year after it put the reforms on hold while the city pursued an appeal of a...

Washington – Kerry Phones Netanyahu To Apologize Over ‘Chickens..’ Slur

November 1, 2014 at 08:54 PM
Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to apologize for the quotes attributed to anonymous White House officials referring to the Israeli premier in harsh terms, Channel 10 reported. Kerry sought to convey to the prime minister that the comments reported in The Atlantic "do not reflect the position of the United States." The...

Nigeria – Boko Haram Denies Cease-Fire; Says 219 Kidnapped Girls ‘Married Off’

November 1, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Nigeria - With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom. "If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you ... to die from grief," Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women...

Israel – Chief Rabbi Meets Muslim Cleric In Call To End Violence In Jerusalem

November 1, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Israel - Chief Rabbi David Lau met with Sheikh Muhammad Kiwan, an imam and chairman of the Council of Muslim Leaders in Israel, on Thursday to call for a cessation of violence and calm in Jerusalem following weeks of riots and unrest. Lau invited Kiwan to his home in Modiin where the two religious leaders discussed the need for increasing the values of tolerance in the Israeli education system...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Urges Lawmakers’ Restraint Over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

November 1, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday urged lawmakers to show restraint over Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, which has been at the heart of rising tension with the Palestinians in recent weeks. Daily clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the streets of East Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, have been stoking...

Washington – Kerry, Iran Minister To Meet Ahead Of Deadline For Atom Deal

November 1, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Kerry's talks in Muscat, Oman with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's Catherine Ashton are due to...

Israel – Rocket Fired From The Gaza Hit Israel

November 1, 2014 at 07:07 PM
Israel - A mortar fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel, the Israeli military said on Saturday, the second such incident since a seven-week war in the Palestinian enclave ended in August. Hours after the projectile struck harmlessly, there was no Israeli counter-strike, an apparent sign Israel was looking to avoid any escalation. An Aug. 26 Gaza truce has largely held. The rocket...

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