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Israel – IDF Indicts Alleged Perpetrators Of West Bank Terror Attacks

December 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM
Israel - The IDF West Bank prosecution on Thursday filed indictments against the alleged attackers in the Gush Etzion junction and El Arouj terror incidents of early December and mid-November, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The indictments, both filed in the Judea Military Court, have not been publicly announced. In the Gush Etzion attack, the indictment stated that Amal Ahmad, 20, a...

West Bank – Abbas Forces Senior Palestinian Official Zakout Into Early Retirement

December 18, 2014 at 11:16 PM
West Bank - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has forced into early retirement a senior Palestinian official who previously served as a top adviser to former prime minister Salam Fayyad. The official, Jamal Zakout, who was one of the leaders of the first intifada that erupted in 1987, was also close to PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo. Relations between the PA president...

Boston – Surprise Caller To Radio Talk Show -President Obama

December 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Boston - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind. "Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville," the caller began Thursday. "I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time." The president was...

New York – Health Insurer To Pay Members Who Walk More

December 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM
New York - Oscar Health Insurance, which sells health plans on Obamacare exchanges in New York and New Jersey, said it will pay members up to $240 per year in Amazon.com Inc gift cards for the thousands of steps they take each day. The plan is the latest effort by venture-capital backed Oscar to distinguish itself in the individual insurance market, where it is rare to offer members incentives...

London – Analysis: Global Population Living Six Years Longer

December 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM
London - Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria. In an analysis from the 2013 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, health researchers said, however, that while life expectancy is rising almost everywhere in the...

Albany, NY – NY Electronics Recycling Law Starts Jan. 1

December 18, 2014 at 09:33 PM
New York - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers that as of January 1, old electronic equipment must be recycled, not thrown in the trash. That includes computers, cell phones, televisions, stereos and other devices that plug in or run on batteries. On DEC’s electronics recycling web page, consumers will find the brand of equipment they wish to...

San Francisco, CA – Google Aiming To Go Straight Into Car With Next Android

December 18, 2014 at 09:00 PM
San Francisco, CA - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google's current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires...

Jerusalem – Court: Rabbinical Court Can Annul Conversions Retroactively

December 18, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Jerusalem - The High Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that a rabbinical court was within it’s rights to retroactively annul a conversion because the convert in question had deceived the court when she said she undertook to observe Jewish law. The ruling could re-open the wounds of the conversion crisis in 2008 when the Supreme Rabbinical Court upheld a decision of a lower court that...

Florida – U.S. Banks To Move Cautiously Into Cuba, Trade Groups Say

December 18, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Florida - U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes. Under a series of policy changes announced on Wednesday, U.S. banks will find it easier to process money transfers to and from Cuban banks, and...

Washington – US Regulators Label MetLife As Potential Financial Threat

December 18, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Major insurer MetLife Inc. says U.S. regulators have labeled it as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter government oversight. MetLife said Thursday that the Financial Stability Oversight Council has designated the company as "systemically important." As a result, MetLife must increase its cushion of capital against losses, limit its use of...

Denver – Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes Form

December 18, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Denver - Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the...

Washington – Review: U.S. Secret Service Too Insular, Needs Outside Leader, More Agents

December 18, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Washington - The U.S. Secret Service is in dire need of an overhaul that requires an outside leader, an infusion of agents and more training - not to mention a better fence - to protect the White House, an independent review concluded on Thursday. An executive summary of the highly classified review revealed deep problems at the top of the Secret Service, which is charged with guarding the...

New York – Amazon Launches 1-Hour Shipping In Manhattan

December 18, 2014 at 06:02 PM
New York - Amazon.com launched a service Thursday that promises one-hour delivery of household products to its Prime customers in Manhattan. Thousands of products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries will get delivered within 60 minutes to select areas of Manhattan, the Seattle-based online retail giant said. "There are times when you can't make it to the store and other...

London – European Court Rules Obesity Can Be A Disability

December 18, 2014 at 05:18 PM
London - Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff. The ruling, which is binding across the EU, has such profound implications for employment law that experts expect EU nations to challenge it. The court ruled in...

New York – Dow Jumps 400 Points; Tech Leads

December 18, 2014 at 04:22 PM
New York - The S&P 500 posted its biggest jump since January 2013 on Thursday, extending a Fed-fueled rally from the previous session, as tech shares gained after stronger-than-expected results from Oracle. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 421.28 points, or 2.43 percent, to 17,778.15, the S&P 500 gained 48.34 points, or 2.4 percent, to 2,061.23 and the Nasdaq Composite added 104.08...