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New York – Upstate New York Towns Consider Defection To Pennsylvania

March 1, 2015 at 11:05 PM
New York - Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the Keystone State's border. Even though they don't expect it to happen, members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the specter of...

New York – Transit Agency: NYC Bus Riders, Keep Your Feet Off The Seat

March 1, 2015 at 10:30 PM
New York - New Yorkers, please keep your feet off the seat. That's one friendly reminder New York City bus riders will see in advertisements sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority starting Monday. It's part of a courtesy campaign that began underground on ads throughout city subway cars. The tips include what some might call common sense. Step aside to let others off...

Buenos Aires – Argentine President: Late Prosecutor Had Also Praised Her

March 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Buenos Aires - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said Sunday the prosecutor who had accused her of a criminal cover-up had also praised her, characterizing the late Alberto Nisman's actions as contradictory in a sharply worded speech that included a rebuke of Israel over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. Fernandez said documents had been found in Nisman's safe, one written in...

Sydney – New Plane Tracking To Be Tested After Malaysia Jet Mystery

March 1, 2015 at 09:42 PM
Sydney - Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370, which vanished last year during a flight...

London – ‘Jihadi John’ Part Of Network Linked To Failed London Bombers: Court Papers

March 1, 2015 at 09:03 PM
London - Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi, identified as 'Jihadi John', was a member of a network in contact with one of the men convicted of trying to bomb the British capital's underground railway in 2005, according to the government. The man dubbed by British media "Jihadi John" has fronted Islamic State videos from Syria that showed either the killing or bodies of victims including...

Tehran – Iran’s Zarif Says Netanyahu Trying To Undermine Nuclear Talks

March 1, 2015 at 08:44 PM
Tehran - Iran's foreign minister has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying to undermine Iran's negotiations towards a nuclear deal with world powers in order to distract from the Palestinian question. Netanyahu is due to speak against a potential nuclear deal between Iran and the United States before U.S. Congress on Tuesday. His planned appearance, on invitation from the...

New York – Board To Consider New Casino Bids For Southern Tier

March 1, 2015 at 08:14 PM
New York - The awarding of a casino license in New York's Southern Tier could take another step as the state's casino location board votes on requesting bids from developers who want to build and operate the facility. The Gaming Facility Location Board on Friday will be reviewing the bid documents put together by staff. It's also expected to approve the report with detailed findings on all...

Washington – Palestinian Sources: Kerry Phoned Abbas To Hold Off On Anti-Israel Measures Before Election

March 1, 2015 at 07:52 PM
Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry is exerting pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to take any “fateful decisions” before the upcoming elections in Israel, Palestinian sources said Sunday. The PLO’s Central Council is scheduled to convene in Ramallah this week to discuss the Palestinians’ response to the Israeli government’s decision to...

Gaza City – Gaza Fears Isolation As Egypt Calls Hamas ‘terrorist’ Group

March 1, 2015 at 07:21 PM
Gaza City - Gaza residents said Sunday they fear growing isolation and more hardships after an Egyptian court declared the territory's ruling Hamas a terrorist organization. Some blamed the Islamic militant Hamas while others said Egypt is being unreasonable. Hamas called for protests against the Egyptian government and issued angry statements, but did not offer a way out of the crisis. Salah...

Geneva – Kerry To Defend Israel As Netanyahu Readies Critique Of Iran Talks

March 1, 2015 at 07:01 PM
Geneva - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel at a U.N. human rights body on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran that the top diplomat is leading. Kerry landed in Geneva late on Sunday for up to three days of talks with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on a deal to restrain the Iranian nuclear...

Gaza Strip – Mysterious British Graffiti Artist Banksy Sneaks Into Gaza, Makes War Murals

March 1, 2015 at 06:39 PM
Gaza Strip - The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip. In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to have sneaked into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt. The video combines footage from the Israeli-Hamas war last summer, with political commentary about the coastal strip's misery. Some of Banksy's...

New York – Samsung Ditches Plastic Design, HTC One Improves Camera

March 1, 2015 at 06:09 PM
New York - Samsung has unveiled a stylish new flagship phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass. The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a premium model with a display that curves around the left and right edges so that information can be quickly glanced at on the side. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will both include technology for mobile...

New York – New York City Has An Exploding Manhole Problem

March 1, 2015 at 05:31 PM
New York - Salvatore Grillo was walking his Labrador retriever near Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a cold morning in February when he heard what sounded like a muffled explosion. Minutes later, emergency responders were hovering over the 71-year-old as he lay unconscious on the ground. Police said an underground blast had blown a cast-iron manhole cover skyward and the heavy metallic disk came...

New York – Brrr! February Was The Coldest Month Ever‎ In Northeast

March 1, 2015 at 05:15 PM
New York - Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in seven cities and record snowfall in Boston. "We're the standout globally," said Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. "It's colder in Siberia, but we're the farthest below...

Moscow – Russia Detains Ukrainian Parliament Member Taking Part In March Mourning Slain Opposition Figure

March 1, 2015 at 04:26 PM
Russia - Moscow police have detained a member of Ukraine's parliament as he was taking part in a march mourning a slain Russian opposition figure. Ukraine's parliament has protested the detention. The federal Investigative Committee said Alexei Goncharenko was being questioned Sunday about his alleged involvement in a fire that broke out last year in his home city Odessa between pro-Ukrainian...

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