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Sacramento, CA – Report: California Is Top Crime Target In US

March 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM
Sacramento, CA - California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report being released Thursday. Along with trafficking in drugs, guns and people, criminals are also turning to cybercrime to target wealthy, innovative businesses and financial institutions in the state, California...

Sydney, Australia – Analysis Of Possible Plane Debris Slowed By Vast Size Of Satellite Data

March 20, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Sydney, Australia - Delays in identifying satellite images that may show debris of a missing Malaysian plane in the southern Indian Ocean were due to the vast amounts of data that needed to be analyzed, Australian authorities and the U.S. company that collected the images said. Australia rushed four international aircraft to an area about 2,500 km (1,500 miles) southwest of Perth on Thursday...

New York – Chew On This: Gum Loses Its Pop

March 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM
New York - Gum seems as appealing as that sticky wad on the bottom of a shoe these days. It's not that Americans still don't ever enjoy a stick of Trident or Orbit, the two most popular brands. They just aren't as crazy about chomping away on the stuff as they once were, with U.S. sales tumbling 11 percent over the past four years. No one in the industry can pinpoint a single factor that's...

Ankara, Turkey – Turkey Blocks Access To Twitter

March 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Ankara, Turkey - Turkey restricted access to Twitter on Friday hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "root out" the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government's reputation ahead key local elections this month. Many users trying to access the network early on Friday were confronted with a notice from Turkey's...

Washington – Foundation Unveils Vision For Future Obama Library

March 20, 2014 at 10:02 PM
Washington - Want your city, university or nonprofit group to be chosen to host President Barack Obama's presidential library? Now's the time to get started. The foundation that will develop and choose the site for Obama's future library asked interested parties Thursday to submit their initial proposals. The "request for qualifications" offers the most detailed look to date at what the...

New York – Spankings Tied To Likelihood Of Child Protective Service Visits

March 20, 2014 at 09:31 PM
New York - Parents who spank their babies are at greater risk of eventually having Child Protective Services called in to protect their kids than parents who do not spank, according to a new study. "A few other studies have shown that parents that spank their children are also more likely to engage in harsh physical punishment and abusive parenting behaviors," said lead author Shawna J. Lee...

New York, NY – Mayor de Blasio Signs Paid Sick Leave As First Bill Into Law

March 20, 2014 at 08:58 PM
New York, NY - Bill de Blasio is signing his first bill into law as New York City mayor. De Blasio, a Democrat who took office in January, approved new paid sick leave legislation on Thursday. The measure expands the right of paid sick leave to approximately a half million New Yorkers. The law mandates that employers whose businesses have five or more employees grant their staff paid...

Washington – Report: Labor In Tub OK But Water Births Unproven

March 20, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Washington - Sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve a mom-to-be's pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations for the nation's obstetricians. There's no count of how many babies in the U.S. are delivered in water, but it is increasingly common for hospitals to offer birthing pools or tubs to help...

New York – Mayor: NYC Inmate’s Death In Hot Cell Is Troubling

March 20, 2014 at 08:15 PM
New York - The mayor called the death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine who was found in a jail cell that had overheated to at least 100 degrees "very troubling" Thursday, while expressing his condolences to the man's family. Bill de Blasio, speaking at an unrelated bill signing, said that the investigation into Jerome Murdough's death last month on Rikers Island was ongoing but that...

New York – Public, Lawmakers Call For NY/NJ Port Authority Chair To Resign

March 20, 2014 at 07:42 PM
New York - Lawmakers and members of the public on Wednesday called for the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to resign in the wake of a traffic scandal and an investigation into his law firm's relationship with the bistate agency that oversees the region's many bridges, tunnels and airports. At a monthly Port Authority board meeting on Wednesday, local residents and...

Jerusalem – Senators See Aid To Israel Staying Firm Despite Cuts

March 20, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Jerusalem - The United States will continue providing Israel with defense aid after a current package worth some $3 billion a year expires in 2017, and the grants are unlikely to wane despite Washington belt-tightening, two U.S. senators said on Thursday. Kelly Ayotte and Joe Donnelly, who are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited Israel to confer on security issues like...

Albany, NY – “Occupy Capitol’ Protesters Clog Hall Outside NY Gov. Cuomo’s Office

March 20, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Albany, NY - A thick crowd of chanting, cheering demonstrators has gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's offices in the state Capitol, announcing at least a temporary resurgence of Albany's Occupy movement and attracting a dozen state troopers who began trying to clear the hallway and arrested several protesters. The doors leading to the governor's offices remained closed, but more than 100...

Tunisia – President Of Tunisia Visits Jewish Purim Exhibition

March 20, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Tunisia – A YouTube video clip released by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) shows Tunisia President Moncef Marzouki visiting a Jewish exhibition about Purim last week Thursday to show his support for the Jewish community. At the exhibition, the Tunisian president said that his country is a “land of coexistence.” Marzouki has previously called on the Jewish population to...

Brooklyn, NY – Mrs. Miriam Lubling: A Pioneer in Chesed, A Giant of a Woman

March 20, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Mrs. Miriam Lubling, co-founder and president of the Rivka Laufer Bikur Cholim, and a legendary patient advocate in New York area hospitals who was a respected and revered personality, both in the Jewish community and in the medical arena, died this morning at NYU Langone Medical Center after a five week long battle with pneumonia. Mrs. Lubling, the mother of three and the...

Jerusalem – Mossad Reveals ’94 Disappearance Of 8 Iranian Jews Were Murdered On Way To Israel (video)

March 20, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Jerusalem - Israel declared dead on Thursday eight Iranian Jews who disappeared while trying to leave Iran in the 1990s, saying its Mossad intelligence service had proof that they had been murdered. The men were among 12 members of the Islamic republic's Jewish minority whose disappearances in 1994 and 1997, and the attendant silence from Tehran, have been cited by the U.S. State Department as...

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