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Washington – Lew Gets More Than 1 Million Comments On Currency Redesign

July 29, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Washington - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday he's gotten more than a million responses to his request for comments on how U.S. currency should be redesigned and recommendations for what woman should become the first female on U.S. paper money in more than a century. Lew said it has been a "remarkable outpouring" of everything from tweets and retweets to handwritten letters. He said...

New York – De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Be Careful During Heat Wave

July 29, 2015 at 05:12 PM
New York - Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning New Yorkers to take precautions during the heat wave that has gripped the nation's largest city. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday. De Blasio on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to hydrate and check on vulnerable neighbors like the elderly and those with medical conditions. He said that the city would...

Harare, Zimbabwe – Worldwide Criticism Sends American Into Hiding After Being Accused Of Killing Zimbabwe’s Popular Cecil The Lion

July 29, 2015 at 04:58 PM
Harare, Zimbabwe - A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a "divisive and emotionally charged topic." Walter James Palmer was still secluded in the face of protests at his suburban Minneapolis...

Florida – Gun Store Sued After Declaring Itself ‘Muslim-Free’

July 29, 2015 at 04:29 PM
Florida - A Florida gun store that proclaimed itself a Muslim-free zone was sued on Wednesday in federal court by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on the grounds that the restriction is discriminatory. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale accuses Florida Gun Supply of Inverness of violating the federal public accommodations law and seeks...

Vilnius, Lithuania – Seventy Years Later, Relics From Vilna’s Great Synagogue Rediscovered

July 29, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Vilnius, Lithuania - Remnants of history, of a once thriving Jewish city destroyed during the Holocaust, have been discovered as part of a Ground Penetrating survey in Vilnius, Lithuania, according to a press release issued by Israel’s Antiquities Authority. Evidence of remains from both the Great Synagogue of Vilna and the Shulhof of Vilna were uncovered beneath what is now a school. An...

Buffalo, NY – Feds: Western New York Man Attempted To Support IS Group

July 29, 2015 at 03:32 PM
Buffalo, NY - A western New York man traveled overseas in a bid to join the Islamic State group after buying night-vision goggles, a machete and body armor and pledging his loyalty to the militant organization on Twitter, federal authorities said Wednesday after arresting him on a charge of attempting to provide material support to the group. Arafat Nagi, 44, of Lackawanna, posted multiple...

Paris – Mysterious Debris Found In Indian Ocean Checked For Missing Malaysia Airlines Ties

July 29, 2015 at 02:57 PM
Paris - Debris that is probably from a plane has washed up on Reunion island off the east coast of Africa, but it is premature to suggest that it might be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, a local official told Reuters on Wednesday. "People are getting ahead of themselves over this," Eric Chesneau, an officer in the air transport...

Newark, NJ – Woman Demands Apology From Airline After Ultra-Orthodox Man Refuses To Sit Next To Her (video)

July 29, 2015 at 02:43 PM
Newark, NJ - A flight from Newark to Toronto was delayed early Monday morning after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man refused to sit in his assigned seat because his seatmate was a woman. Now, Christine Flynn, 31, is demanding an apology from Porter Airlines for how the situation was handled. According to Flynn, she had just strapped into her seat when the ultra-Orthodox man came down the aisle and...

Tiberias – Two Israelis Charged In Arson Attack On Church Of Loaves And Fishes

July 29, 2015 at 02:24 PM
Tiberias - Two Israeli men, described by authorities as Jewish extremists, were charged on Wednesday with torching part of a church at the site where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes. The June 18 arson attack followed more than 40 suspected hate crimes committed against churches, mosques and monasteries in Israel and the occupied West Bank and East...

Washington – Fed Holds Steady On Rates, Seeks Further Economic Gains

July 29, 2015 at 02:18 PM
Washington - The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so. A statement from the Fed after its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. Many analysts foresee the first hike in September, though Fed Chair Janet Yellen has stressed that any increase will be...

Dead Sea, Israel – Shrinking Dead Sea Leaves Trail Of Perilous Sinkholes

July 29, 2015 at 02:00 PM
Dead Sea, Israel - A neglected grove of date palms, their leaves long fallen, trunks drooping in the searing heat at the lowest point on earth, is the latest casualty of a dramatic rise in sinkholes wreaking havoc along the coast of the Dead Sea. Workers had stopped tending the date grove, fearing the earth might swallow them up. The Dead Sea is shrinking, and as its waters vanish at a rate...

United Kingdom – High Court Nixes Autopsies In Religious Cases; Rules Coroners Must Opt For Non-Invasive Procedures

July 29, 2015 at 01:32 PM
United Kingdom - In what is being heralded as landmark decision and a major victory for Jews and Muslims, the High Court has ruled that in cases in which the deceased's religion demands that the corpse remain intact, coroners must now forgo autopsies and use only non-invasive procedures in determining cause of death. INDEPENDENT.co.uk (http://ind.pn/1glfjjA) reports that the ruling provides...

Cincinnati, OH – Ohio Cop Indicted On Murder Charge In Traffic-Stop Shooting

July 29, 2015 at 01:28 PM
Cincinnati, OH - A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer." Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand jury indictment at a news conference to discuss...

Washington – Russians Hackers Used Twitter, Photos To Reach U.S. Computers

July 29, 2015 at 01:11 PM
Washington - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign. In a public report Wednesday, researchers at security company FireEye Inc said the group used the unusual tandem as a means of...

New York – Review: Microsoft Launches Windows 10, Ditching Much Of What Made Windows 8 Annoying

July 29, 2015 at 12:30 PM
New York - It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years. With Wednesday's update, Windows no longer feels jarring, as though I'm using two different computers at once. Best part: This update is free. Windows 8 was Microsoft's way of modernizing personal...

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