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New York – Comedy Central: ‘Unfair’ To Judge Noah Based On Tweets Targeting Jews

March 31, 2015 at 09:05 PM
New York - A day after Trevor Noah was declared the new host of "The Daily Show," his graphic tweets targeting women and Jews are causing a social media backlash and Comedy Central is defending its newest late-night star. By Tuesday, Trevor Noah was a trending topic on Twitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful — and unfunny. Roseanne Barr was among those calling out...

Kenilworth, NJ – New Jersey Gov. Spars With Teacher At New Jersey Town Hall

March 31, 2015 at 08:40 PM
Kenilworth, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got into a heated exchange over pensions with a public school teacher at a town hall meeting Tuesday that was marked by frequent outbursts from protesters. Christie, a Republican who is considering a run for president in 2016, has been holding weekly town hall meetings across the state to tout his proposal to further reform New Jersey's public...

Washington – Obama Commutes Sentences Of 22 People In Federal Prison

March 31, 2015 at 08:02 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including some serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama's push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines. The effort could lead Obama to grant clemency more often as his second and...

Israel – Passover Health Warning: Avoid Dangerous Infections From Cleaning Pond Fish

March 31, 2015 at 07:33 PM
Israel - Just before Passover, the Health Ministry has warned the public against cleaning their own pondfish. The ministry said on Tuesday that fish such as St. Peter’s fish (amnoon or musht), buri and sea bream (denis) may be infected with potentially dangerous Vibrio vulnificus bacteria that can cause harmful infections and even death in people with weak immune systems whose skin is...

Brooklyn, NY – NYC Doctors Accused Of Using Free Shoes Offer To Defraud Medicaid

March 31, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Twenty-three New York City doctors and medical workers have been charged with running an insurance fraud scheme in which they persuaded homeless and poor people to get unnecessary medical testing with promises of free shoes, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Nine doctors and other employees of eight city medical clinics are accused of fraudulently billing Medicaid $7 million in...

Turkey – Prosecutor And Hostage Takers In Istanbul Standoff Are Dead

March 31, 2015 at 05:27 PM
Istanbul, Turkey - Two members of a banned leftist group and a prosecutor they held hostage inside a courthouse in Istanbul died Tuesday after a shootout between the hostage takers and police, officials said. Istanbul's police chief, Selami Altinok said police had negotiated with the gunmen for six hours before the violent end of the hostage situation. The prosecutor, identified by the...

Washington – US Releases Military Aid To Egypt, Cites National Security

March 31, 2015 at 05:19 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. The White House said Obama notified Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a phone call Tuesday that the U.S. would be sending 12 F-16 fighter jets, 20 missiles and...

Berlin – Lufthansa Now Says It Knew of Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz’s History of Depression

March 31, 2015 at 04:42 PM
Berlin - Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday. The airline said that as part of its internal research it found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in Bremen when he resumed his training there after an...

Switzerland – Iran Nuke Talks Drag Past Deadline

March 31, 2015 at 04:22 PM
Switzerland - Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will pass the negotiators' self-imposed Tuesday night deadline to produce the outline of an agreement and will be extended by at least a day, the United States said. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said enough progress had been made to warrant an extension, although there still were "several difficult issues" to bridge...

Berlin – Video Shows Final Moments Inside Cabin Before Germanwings Deadly Crash

March 31, 2015 at 03:37 PM
Berlin - Two European publications said Tuesday they have obtained video taken inside the plane in the seconds before Germanwings crashed into the French Alps. The German daily Bild and French magazine Paris Match said their reporters have been shown a video they say was taken by someone inside the cabin of the doomed plane shortly before it crashed. Both periodicals reported that the video...

Paris – Three More Arrested In Connection With Paris Killings

March 31, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Paris - Three men have been arrested as part of an investigation into the Paris attacks in January in which 17 people were killed, the Paris prosecutors' office said on Tuesday. The men are linked to Amedy Coulibaly, one of the three Islamist militant gunmen who perpetrated the attacks, an official in the prosecutor's office said. Coulibaly killed a police officer in the Paris suburb of...

Berlin – Heavy Winds Sweep Europe, Knock People To Their Knees

March 31, 2015 at 02:39 PM
Berlin - Heavy winds swept across Britain, Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, killing one man, knocking other pedestrians to their knees and forcing numerous flight and train delays and cancelations. German railway operator Deutsche Bahn stopped all local trains in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, which includes Cologne and Duesseldorf. It also halted most...

New York – Felder, Hikind Express Disappointment As EITC Is Omitted From Budget

March 31, 2015 at 01:53 PM
New York - As financially strapped parents express outrage at the newly announced state budget’s failure to include any type of tuition relief for private school parents, two local elected officials shared their own indignation at the latest turn of events in Albany. State Senator Simcha Felder, who has been leading the fight for the Education Investment Tax Credit for years, pointed the...

Orlando, FL – Florida Jogger Wearing Headphones Killed By Train

March 31, 2015 at 01:45 PM
Orlando, FL - A Florida jogger wearing headphones was struck and killed by an Amtrak train, apparently unable to hear the conductor sounding the horn, authorities said on Tuesday. Edwardo Salazar, 26, of Frostproof in central Florida, died on Monday afternoon while jogging on the tips of the wood crossbeams outside the track’s metal rails, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office...

Yakum, Israel – For Israeli Teens, Military Is Rite Of Passage

March 31, 2015 at 01:19 PM
Yakum, Israel - Israeli high school seniors have more on their minds than final exams. With a mandatory three-year military service looming after graduation, Jewish teenage boys, and increasingly girls too, are gearing up for the draft, getting into shape and trying to improve their chances of acceptance into elite combat units. Girls serve two years, but very few are placed in combat...