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London – Tunnel To Silence Traffic Roar At Stonehenge Site

December 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM
London - Visitors to Stonehenge will no longer have to shut out the sound of thundering traffic as they admire the ancient monument. The 1.8-mile (2.9-kilometer) tunnel, part of a 2 billion pound ($3.2 billion) upgrade to the road, will eliminate motorists' view of the stone circle. But Helen Ghosh, director of heritage group the National Trust, said visitors to the site "will once again be...

Boston – FBI Warns Of ‘destructive’ Malware In Wake Of Sony Attack

December 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Boston - The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch a destructive cyberattack in the United States, following a devastating breach last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software described in the alert appeared to describe the one that affected Sony, which would mark first major...

Boston – Marathon Bombing Suspect Asks To Move Trial

December 1, 2014 at 11:20 PM
Boston - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday made a second bid to move his trial outside Massachusetts, arguing that "emotionally charged" media coverage and the widespread impact of the attacks have made it impossible for him to get a fair trial in the state. U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. rejected Tsarnaev's first request in September to move the...

Orlando, FL – Gay Couple Sue DMV Over Driver’s License Names

December 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Orlando, FL - A gay couple sued Florida's motor vehicle agency for revoking drivers' licenses they said they received by showing their marriage license from New York. It's the latest challenge to Florida's ban on same-sex unions. Daniel DeSousa and Scott Wall married in New York last year and legally changed their last names to Wall-DeSousa through the Social Security...

Washington – Jeb Bush Condemns Obama Immigration Order

December 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Washington - Hinting that a decision on his presidential ambitions is coming "in short order," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday condemned President Barack Obama's recent immigration order for going "way beyond" what other presidents have done — including Bush's own father. Bush, the son of one president and brother of another, also reiterated his support for a pathway to legal status...

New York – Cuomo Spent More Than $35M On Re-election Bid

December 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM
New York - New campaign finance records show that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent more than $35 million on his successful bid for a second term. Disclosures filed Monday show the Democratic governor still has more than $9 million in his campaign account — still far more than the entire amount raised throughout the campaign by his Republican opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob...

New York, NY – Tenement Museum Uses Novel Way To Teach English

December 1, 2014 at 09:22 PM
New York, NY - The actress playing a teenage Jewish immigrant in 1916 never stepped out of character as she talked about the hardships of living in three small rooms with nine family members. Her captive audience of 11 — squeezed into her tiny apartment at the historic Tenement Museum in lower Manhattan — were immigrants themselves; some recently arrived in New York City from Venezuela, Mali...

Jonesboro, GA – Boy Behind Wall Used Texts To Help Police Find Him

December 1, 2014 at 08:55 PM
Jonesboro, GA -A 13-year-old boy used text messages and photos to help lead police to the small compartment behind an upstairs linen closet where he was being hidden inside his father's and stepmother's home in the Atlanta suburbs, authorities said Monday. Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter said the boy's biological mother, who lives in Orlando, Florida, called her local 911 and was...

Syria – Nazi Hunter Says Adolf Eichmann’s Top Aide Presumed Dead In Syria

December 1, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Syria - One of the world's most wanted war criminals, the reputed top lieutenant of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, is presumed to have died at least four years ago in Syria, where he lived under government protection, a leading Nazi hunter said on Monday. Alois Brunner, an Austrian SS officer found responsible for the World War Two deportation of 125,500 European Jews to Nazi death camps...

New York – Gift Guide: How To Choose A New Cellphone

December 1, 2014 at 08:19 PM
New York - Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there's likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait? Here are some things to consider before hitting stores. If you're upgrading from an older model, you can skip the first part aimed at first-time smartphone buyers. ___ Do you need a...

Los Angeles, CA – California Braces For Powerful Pacific Storm

December 1, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA - A Pacific storm system fueled by a plume of subtropical moisture headed toward California on Monday, triggering warnings of widespread rain that could unleash mudflows even as it brings much-needed snow to the drought-stricken state. Rain was expected to begin falling Tuesday, although the timing of the heaviest downpours was variable, according to the National Weather...

Washington – U.S. Supreme Court Rejects September 11 Environmental Appeal

December 1, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a New York real estate developer’s lawsuit against the leaseholder of the destroyed World Trade Center and two airlines seeking environmental cleanup costs related to the Sept. 11, 2001 hijacked airliner attacks. The court’s refusal to hear the appeal filed by Cedar & Washington Associates Ltd means an appeals court ruling...

Tracy, CA – Amazon’s New Robot Army Is Ready To Ship

December 1, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Tracy, CA - A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping. Now the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks...

Washington – Pro-Israel Lobby Seeks Tougher Iran Sanctions

December 1, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Washington - The powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC is urging a dramatic escalation in sanctions on Iran in response to a recent seven-month extension of nuclear talks. The group, widely influential in Congress, wants the U.S. to reinstate all economic penalties on Iran suspended during the diplomacy. It also seeks a U.S. ban on Iranian oil exports worldwide and more Iranian industries...

Elad, Israel – Education Ministry Closes Haredi School For Discriminating Against Sephardi Girls

December 1, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Elad, Israel - The director of the Haredi education sector in the Education Ministry Meir Shimoni decided to close a haredi girls school in the haredi city of Elad due to its discrimination against Sephardi pupils. The Zleznik Seminar school in Elad conducted an application process for pupils for the new academic year back in June. 118 girls applied, including 93 Sephardi girls and 25...

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