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Taiwan – “Wow, Pulled Back Wrong Throttle”, Said Captain Of Crashed TransAsia Plane Killing 43

July 1, 2015 at 11:58 PM
Taipei, Taiwan - The captain of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people, had switched off the working engine after the other lost power, the Aviation Safety Council (ASC) confirmed on Thursday in its latest report. About three minutes after takeoff, the captain who was piloting the plane was heard to say, "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle"...

New York – Smucker Cuts Folgers Coffee Prices To Woo Customers Back

July 1, 2015 at 11:32 PM
New York - J.M. Smucker Co. cut prices for most of its Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts coffee brands sold in the United States by 6 percent, the biggest U.S. roaster said on Wednesday, partially reversing last year's price hikes to woo back customers. The company is the first U.S. roaster to cut prices after a customer backlash following a 9 percent price hike just over a year ago when arabica...

Tel Aviv – U.S. Real Estate Firms Turn To Israel Bond Market For Funds

July 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Tel Aviv - Foreign real estate developers are expected to issue over $1 billion in bonds in Israel in 2015, as small-to-medium sized firms take advantage of favourable terms provided by Israeli institutions that are limited to investing locally. These real estate firms typically raise around $200 million -- an amount not considered of interest to investors in the United States but seen as...

Baltimore, MD – Man Suspected Of Starting Pharmacy Fire During Baltimore Riots Is Arrested

July 1, 2015 at 10:11 PM
Baltimore, MD - A man suspected of torching a CVS Health Corp pharmacy in Baltimore that became a symbol of the April rioting in the city was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a Twitter post that Raymon Carter, 24, was in custody. Authorities released a wanted poster on Monday of Carter, and the ATF and other...

Israel – Jerusalem Municipality Seeks To Draw Crowds To Capital In Whimsical, Cheery Fashion

July 1, 2015 at 09:57 PM
Israel - The Jerusalem Municipality has lined the streets of Jerusalem with over 1,000 umbrellas, floating magically in the sunny skies above pedestrians flocking cobblestone-lined streets. The installation marks the municipality's latest campaign attempt to boost tourism and draw visitors to the capital in the coming season - in a whimsical, cheery fashion - which is set to run through...

Albany, NY – New Warden, Security Measures After New York Prison Escape

July 1, 2015 at 09:12 PM
Albany, NY - Rigorous new security procedures have been implemented during the past four weeks at the New York prison that is under investigation after two inmates staged a brazen breakout last month, officials said on Wednesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the investigation after convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat fled Clinton Correctional Facility by cutting through cell...

Jerusalem – Family Home Of Har Nof Synagogue Massacre Terrorist Sealed

July 1, 2015 at 08:33 PM
Jerusalem - Eight months after slaughtering four rabbis praying in a Har Nor synagogue, as well as a Border Police officer attempting to save them, the government on Wednesday sealed the home of one of the two terrorists responsible for the Jerusalem attack that shook the nation. During the early morning hours, the family home of Uday Abu Jamal, 22, located in east Jerusalem’s Jabel Mukaber...

Maryland – Baltimore To Put Cameras In Police Vans, Review Riot Gear

July 1, 2015 at 08:02 PM
Maryland - Cameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. She said the cameras were among steps the city was taking after protests and rioting following Gray's death in April. "We're working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in...

Washington – Clinton Set To Raise $45M In Gifts Both Small _ And Large

July 1, 2015 at 07:41 PM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign says it is on track to report that it has raised more than $45 million since its launch in mid-April, with the vast majority of those donating giving less than $100. While Clinton's campaign on Wednesday touted its success with such small-dollar donors, the leading Democrat in the 2016 race also pulled in a large chunk on campaign...

New York – New York City Reviewing Contracts With Donald Trump, Mayor Says

July 1, 2015 at 07:07 PM
New York - New York City is reviewing its contracts with Donald Trump following comments by the developer and U.S. presidential candidate insulting Mexicans, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. "Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers," the mayor said in a statement...

Washington – Hillary Clinton Emails Show Old Jewish Friend Advising on Foreign Policy

July 1, 2015 at 06:49 PM
Washington - A longtime friend of Hillary Clinton gave her detailed advice on issues ranging from British politics to Afghanistan and Iran while she was secretary of state even though he was not employed by the US government, according to emails released on Tuesday. The emails from 2009 show informal adviser Sidney Blumenthal, whose ties to the Clinton family date back to former President Bill...

New York – New York City Officials Say Major Crime Is Down This Year

July 1, 2015 at 06:33 PM
New York - New York City is on pace this year for fewer than 100,000 reported major crimes for the first time in at least two decades, officials said Wednesday. For the first six months of 2015 there were 46,775 reports of rapes, robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto theft, said Dermott Shea, deputy commissioner for operations of the New York Police Department...

Dubai – Billionaire Saudi Prince Vows To Donate $32 Billion Fortune

July 1, 2015 at 06:01 PM
Dubai - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest people, announced Wednesday that he will donate all of his wealth of $32 billion to charity over the coming years. The money will go to the Saudi prince's organization called Alwaleed Philanthropies to work in the fields of "intercultural understanding" and supporting communities in need, he said in a...

New York – NYC Enacts Ban On Plastic Foam Containers; Fines For Violations Begin Next Year

July 1, 2015 at 05:26 PM
New York - New York City's ban on plastic foam is now in effect. The ban applies to single-use food packing products, including takeout containers and coffee cups. It also applies to so-called "packing peanuts." The ban was first passed into law at the end of December 2013, near the end of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's time in office. The current mayor, Bill de Blasio, also supports the...

Washington – White House Lifts 40-year-old Ban On Cameras During Public Tours

July 1, 2015 at 05:10 PM
Washington - The White House lifted a 40-year-old ban on taking photos during public tours of the executive mansion on Wednesday, delighting tourists who immediately began posting pictures on social media. First lady Michelle Obama announced the change in a video on Instagram. "If you've been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign," she said, holding up a placard reading "No...

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