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Philadelphia – Dems Still Miffed About Israeli Leader’s Address To Congress

January 30, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Philadelphia - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. Asked if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress...

United Nations – Ukraine To Ask UN States To Call Russia A Terrorism Sponsor

January 30, 2015 at 02:31 PM
United Nations - Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations says his country soon will ask the world body's member states to formally recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. Yuriy Sergeyev told reporters on Friday that Ukraine will submit a draft resolution to the U.N. General Assembly that echoes the declaration by the country's parliament this week. Ukraine's parliament also declared...

Washington – Spokesman: Israel’s Tenders For Settlement Houses Concerns White House

January 30, 2015 at 01:57 PM
Washington - The White House has deep concerns about Israel's decision to issue tenders for the construction of 450 new housing units in occupied Palestinian territory, a spokesman said Friday. The move could undermine efforts to achieve peace in the region, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a daily briefing...

New York – CDC: Flu Hospitalizations Of Elderly Hit Record High

January 30, 2015 at 01:53 PM
New York - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago. About 198 out of every 100,000 people 65 and older have been hospitalized with flu-related illness this flu season. That's roughly 86,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

Washington – Kerry To Visit Ukraine, Germany Next Week

January 30, 2015 at 01:21 PM
Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine next week to show U.S. support for the government amid heightened conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says Kerry will leave for Kiev on Feb. 5. He is then to head to an international security conference in Munich. There had been speculation Kerry might...

Albany, NY – Rochester Legislator Drops Bid To Lead NY Assembly

January 30, 2015 at 12:54 PM
Albany, NY - A third candidate to lead New York's Assembly has dropped out and thrown his support to the Bronx lawmaker who appears to have the job locked up. Majority Leader Joseph Morelle says Friday he's confident Assemblyman Carl Heastie (HAY'-stee) can unite legislators and move the institution forward. He follows Assemblyman Keith Wright of Manhattan and Joseph Lentol of the Bronx in...

Brooklyn, NY – Caught On Cam: Alleged Shoplifter Felled By Felder

January 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - It was an unusual incident involving a state senator, a news photographer and three sanitation workers yesterday in front of an Avenue J Associated supermarket in Midwood, ending with the arrest of an alleged shoplifter. Samir Samedov caught the attention of the store’s manager who noted that the 39 year old resident of Bay 38th Street was acting suspiciously. Police told...

New York, NY – City Health Department Urges Flu Medication Use

January 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM
New York, NY - New York City's Health Department is urging clinicians to prescribe antiviral medications to all high-risk or severely ill patients suspected of having the flu. It's also urging New Yorkers who have flu-like symptoms and are at a higher risk for complications to ask their doctors about the medications. The department has distributed posters and patient flyers to emergency...

Albany – Report: US Attorney Investigating NY Senate Leader Skelos Over Income

January 30, 2015 at 11:50 AM
Albany –State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney over his sources of income. NBC 4 New York (http://bit.ly/1KehCMS) reports U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara is looking into the senator’s ties to real estate, and how he made his money as a lawyer for the law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, who handles real estate...

New York – FAA Investigating After NY Plane Collision Averted

January 30, 2015 at 11:39 AM
New York - The FAA is investigating a near-midair collision between two planes by an airport north of New York City. WABC reports that JetBlue Flight 94 had begun its descent into Westchester County Airport on Sunday afternoon when its collision-warning system alerted pilots that a small plane was coming toward it. JetBlue says its pilots' quick reaction averted a collision. A passenger...

New York – NYC Mayor Fights Leaks, Orders New Gracie Mansion Roof

January 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting a new roof over his head. No, he's not moving again. Rather, the city's official mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion, will be getting a replacement for its leaky roof. City officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the current roof, which is over 30 years old, is frequently overmatched during rain storms. There have...

Washington – Mitt Romney Says He Will Not Run For President In 2016

January 30, 2015 at 10:56 AM
Washington - After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016. The Republican Party's 2012 nominee plans to tell supporters about his plans to pass on another national campaign during a conference call. He first let his staff know in a separate call that he was out of the race. "After putting...

Toronto – Canada To Criminalize Online Terror Threats

January 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM
Toronto - Canada will introduce new anti-terror laws that will make it a crime to promote terrorism against Canadians online. The laws will also allow anyone suspected of being involved in a terror plot to be detained without charge for up to seven days, and empower Canada's spy agency to thwart attacks directly. A senior government official provided details to The Associated Press on...

Beirut – Hezbollah Says Doesn’t Want War With Israel But Not Afraid Of One

January 30, 2015 at 10:12 AM
Beirut - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks at any time and place. "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two and the Israelis must also understand this very well," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said. Nasrallah was speaking...

Manhattan, NY – Prominent U.S. Judge Quits Justice Dept Evidence Commission In Protest

January 30, 2015 at 09:45 AM
Manhattan, NY - A prominent Manhattan federal judge who has frequently butted heads with U.S. authorities over their handling of financial cases has resigned in protest from a commission that advises the Justice Department on how to use forensic evidence at trial. In his resignation letter to the National Commission on Forensic Science, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said he felt he "had no...