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Cuba – U.S. Navy Investigates Report Of Cancer Cluster At Guantanamo

July 27, 2015 at 09:09 PM
Cuba - The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there. At least seven civilians and military members who worked on detainee trials at Guantanamo Bay have been diagnosed with cancer, according to...

Washington – U.S. Republican House Panel Demands Obama Remove IRS Commissioner

July 27, 2015 at 08:49 PM
Washington - The chairman of a congressional investigative panel on Monday called for the ouster of the head of the Internal Revenue Service over a scandal involving the targeting of conservative political groups starting in 2013. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called on President Barack Obama to...

New York – Parties Call On Schools Chancellor, Superintendents To Investigate Lack Of Secular Education In Ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas

July 27, 2015 at 08:40 PM
New York - “Enough is enough!” That’s the basic message of a letter sent by concerned parents, former teachers, and former yeshiva students to New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and seven district superintendents in Brooklyn and Queens expressing upset over the lack of a substantial secular education in at least 39 yeshivas. Fifty-two unidentified signatories added their...

New York – Mayor de Blasio: 400,000 People Have Obtained Municipal ID Cards

July 27, 2015 at 08:17 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that about 400,000 people have obtained New York City's municipal ID card since the program was rolled out six months ago - including immigrants lacking legal documentation. The card is especially useful for the elderly, homeless and some immigrants who now have free access to many of New York's cultural institutions. "The unmatched...

New York – Opinion: Donald Trump Is A Superhero – But Not In A Good Way

July 27, 2015 at 08:00 PM
New York - Hovering above all the brouhaha about Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential candidacy floats one critical question: Are we an electorate or are we an audience? Trump has bet on the latter, while his competitors, even one like Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has positions close to Trump on many issues, bet on the former. Trump has received a lot of opprobrium for his antics, but it...

Washington – Libertarian Donors Put Up $6 Million For Rand Paul GOP Bid

July 27, 2015 at 07:36 PM
Washington - Deep-pocketed libertarians are giving big to help Rand Paul win the Republican presidential primary. Three super PACS supporting the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator said they raised a combined $6 million through June 30. That's on top of the nearly $7 million that Paul's campaign reported pulling in between his April announcement and the end of last month. "There are some...

Tequesta, FL – ‘Aggressive’ Search Underway For 2 Teens Who Went Missing On Fishing Trip

July 27, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Tequesta, FL - The Coast Guard searched "aggressively" off the Florida coast and friends combed the shoreline Monday for any sign of two teenage fishermen, described as experienced boaters, who went missing three days earlier after setting out for the Bahamas on a stormy afternoon. What began as a teenage summer adventure — a chaperone-free getaway on the high seas — took an ominous turn...

Jerusalem – Mysterious Disappearance Of Iranian Jews Seeking Refuge In Israel Comes To A Tragic Conclusion

July 27, 2015 at 06:32 PM
Jerusalem - A nearly two-decade-old search for three Jews trying to escape from Iran en route to Israel has come to a tragic end, Ynet News reports (http://bit.ly/1I5l6Ax). Israel’s Mossad agency has announced that brothers Cyrus and Abrahim Karamani and Nurallah Ravizada were all captured and killed after leaving Tehran in February 1997. The three men were supposed to meet a smuggler at the...

Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Court: Ten Commandments Monument At Capitol Must Go

July 27, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reaffirmed in a 7-2 decision that a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds must be removed. The state's highest court on Monday denied a rehearing that had been requested by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Chief Justice John Reif wrote in the court's concurring opinion that justices carefully considered the Pruitt's...

Washington – Kerry Heads For Egypt And The Gulf To Discuss Iran Deal, But Skip Israel

July 27, 2015 at 05:32 PM
Washington - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt and the Gulf next week for talks on the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran and the fight against Islamic State militants but will not visit Israel. Kerry will visit Cairo on Aug. 2 for a session of the U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue, a forum that "reaffirms the United States’ longstanding and enduring...

Queens, NY – New York Gov. Cuomo Announces New LaGuardia Airport

July 27, 2015 at 05:05 PM
Queens, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild LaGuardia airport, replacing the cramped, outdated hub with a unified terminal that will have more than double the operational space for airliners. "Welcome to the new LaGuardia Airport," Cuomo said. "This is what New Yorkers deserve and have deserved for a long time. And now we're going to get it." He said...

Washington – Former US Secretary Of Defense Rumsfeld: Releasing Pollard Doesn’t Make Iran Deal Any Less Of A Disaster

July 27, 2015 at 04:25 PM
Washington - Former United States secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld stated on Monday that releasing Jonathan Pollard is a bad idea, following rumors regarding the possibility that the former Israeli spy will be released early from a life sentence. "Releasing Pollard was a bad idea in 1998 and 2001. It is not a better idea today," tweeted Rumsfeld, along with a copy of the letters he sent to...

Washington – As Fed Meets, It Edges Toward Its First Rate Hike Since 2006

July 27, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Washington - The Federal Reserve is getting close to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, perhaps in September. When it meets this week, though, don't expect any timetable for a rate hike to be spelled out in a post-meeting statement. For now, the Fed wants to keep its options open. Yet Chair Janet Yellen has left little doubt that the Fed is preparing to raise...

Dallas – Man Passes Dallas Airport Security, Boards Plane Without Ticket

July 27, 2015 at 03:39 PM
Dallas - U.S. transportation security officials are investigating how a man was able to pass through a security checkpoint without a ticket at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and board a commercial airliner, airport officials said on Monday. The 26-year-old man parked his vehicle at a curbside airport terminal entrance on Sunday night, walked through a Transportation Security...

San Francisco – Researchers Use iPhones To Collect Data On Parkinson’s, Asthma, Other Illnesses

July 27, 2015 at 03:03 PM
San Francisco - Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life. Yet since she enrolled in a clinical study that uses her iPhone to gather information about her condition, Kearns has...

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