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Washington – 3 Secret Service Agents Benched Before Obama Trip

March 25, 2014 at 11:55 PM
Washington - The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The three agents were benched for "disciplinary reasons," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. Donovan said the incident was prior to Obama's arrival...

Pawtucket, RI – Hasbro Asks Facebook Fans For Their Monopoly Rules

March 25, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Pawtucket, RI - Hasbro knows that Monopoly fans play with their own rules, from negotiating to co-own properties to collecting a pile of cash if you land on 'Free Parking.' So it is letting Facebook fans dictate the 'house rules' in future editions of the game. It's the latest stunt from Hasbro to breathe new life into the 79-year-old game. Last year Hasbro added a cat token and retired the...

Dallas – FCC: Thousands Of Hotels Don’t Offer Direct 911

March 25, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Dallas - Tens of thousands of hotels don't allow guests to directly reach emergency services when they dial 911, according to a national survey taken after a 9-year-old girl couldn't call for help while her mother was being stabbed to death in a Texas motel. The killing of Kari Hunt Dunn spurred a petition that has garnered more than 440,000 signatures demanding hotels and motels be required...

Washington – White House Extends Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

March 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is granting more time for people to apply for health care if they started the process but were unable to complete it before the March 31 deadline. Health and Human Service spokesman Aaron Albright said Tuesday night the administration will be ready to help people -quote- "in line" by the deadline finish their applications, either online or over the...

Moscow – Kremlin: Russia Wants To Continue Contacts With G8 Nations

March 25, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Moscow - Russia is interested in continuing contacts with G8 nations at all levels, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. Leaders of the Group of Seven nations, which does not include Russia, agreed on Monday to suspend their participation in the Group of Eight industrialized nations until Russia changes course on Ukraine. Asked about contacts...

Chicago, IL – U.S. Law Firm Preparing Major Lawsuit In Lost Jet, Seeks Records From Malaysian Airlines, Boeing

March 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Chicago, IL - Malaysian Airlines and Boeing Co are facing a potential lawsuit over the Beijing-bound flight that disappeared more than two weeks ago with 239 people on board, according to a law firm representing passengers' families. A petition for discovery has been filed against Boeing Co, manufacturer of the aircraft, and Malaysian Airlines, operator of the plane, Chicago-based Ribbeck Law...

Washington – Religious Fight Over Contraception Splits Supreme Court

March 25, 2014 at 09:42 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. The case involves family-owned companies that provide health insurance to their employees, but object to covering certain methods of birth control that...

Washington – NBC News: Russia Warned U.S. About Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Tsarnaev

March 25, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Washington - Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out last year's Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him, NBC News reported on Tuesday. Citing a congressional report it said could be released by the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee as soon as Thursday, NBC...

Manhattan, NY – CNN Journalists Arrested Trying To Sneak Into WTC

March 25, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Manhattan, NY - Two CNN journalists were arrested for trying to sneak past security at the World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday in an attempt to report on recent security lapses at the site, police said. Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, first tried to talk their way in through the main gate to the center in lower Manhattan, much of which is still a construction site...

Israel – Peres Speaks Out Against Price Tag Crimess

March 25, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Israel - President Shimon Peres voiced sharp criticism over price tag crimes on Tuesday. At a swearing in ceremony for 26 judges and court registrars at his official residence, Peres lambasted law breakers who violate holy places, cause injury to others, damage property and uproot trees on the basis of nationalist ideology. These phenomena have been called price tag crimes he said, a term that...

New York, NY – NYC Plans Taxi Accessibility Surcharge

March 25, 2014 at 07:00 PM
New York, NY - New York City taxi fares may rise in order to pay for an increase in the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration will propose a 30 cent-surcharge on all yellow taxi and green outer-borough cab rides. That additional money will be allocated for drivers and taxi medallion owners to help them upgrade their cabs into ones that can accommodate...

New Brunswick, NJ – 1 Dead, 4 Hurt In Train Station Accident

March 25, 2014 at 06:41 PM
New Brunswick, NJ - New Jersey Transit says a man was struck and killed by a train at a central New Jersey station, and four other people standing nearby were hit by parts of his body. The accident occurred around 5 p.m. Tuesday in New Brunswick. NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. says witnesses reported that the man was leaning in the path of the oncoming train from the station platform...

Jerusalem – PHOTOS: Charedim Celebrate As Yeshiva Student Who Avoided Draft Released From Prison

March 25, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Jerusalem -  The Haredi community in Jerusalem celebrated the release of a teen from prison who dodged the draft law and was sentenced to 10 days in detention. Yakov Israel Paz was released from jail after a 10-day sentence was completed for ignoring IDF subpoenas. In addition to a procession through the streets of Jerusalem celebrating his release, Paz had a personal meeting with Rabbi...

Trenton, NJ – 5th Man Pleads Guilty In Forced Religious Divorce Gang

March 25, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Trenton, NJ - A New York City man has admitted traveling to New Jersey as part of a plan to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce through threats of violence. New Jersey's U.S. Attorney's office says 30-year-old Simcha Bulmash of Brooklyn pleaded guilty Tuesday to traveling in interstate commerce to commit extortion. Prosecutors say Bulmash and a group of conspirators met...

Rome – Kerry Races Against Deadlines For Mideast Peace

March 25, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Rome - Hoping to salvage foundering Mideast peace negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is interrupting a trip to Europe with President Barack Obama to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders to stick with the talks beyond an April deadline. The meetings come at a critical time in the peace talks and against a looming April 30 deadline for a settlement. But the Palestinians have...

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