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New York, NY – Officials: Times Square Bomb Suspect Claims Taliban Support

May 21, 2010 at 07:11 PM
New York, NY - The Times Square bomb suspect claimed during his lengthy interrogation that he received financial support from the Pakistani Taliban for his failed one-man operation, two U.S. law enforcement officials close to the probe said Friday. Investigators believe funding for Faisal Shahzad in the United States was channeled through an underground money transfer network known as...

Waterloo, IA – Former Official: Minors Not Allowed In Plant

May 21, 2010 at 04:23 PM
Waterloo, IA - A former controller at an Iowa kosher meatpacking plant says former manager Sholom Rubashkin didn't want underage workers in the slaughterhouse. Toby Bensasson testified Friday during Rubashkin's trial in Black Hawk County. Rubashkin is charged with 83 counts of child labor violations. Bensasson testified that the company would lose its insurance coverage if underage...

New York – Pac-Man 30th Anniversary: Google Celebrates With Free Online Game

May 21, 2010 at 02:40 PM
New York - It's the Pac-Man 30th anniversary this weekend, and Google is celebrating as only Google can: with a free online game embedded in its homepage logo. The ever-changing Google logos - called Google Doodles - which often celebrate holidays and notable birthdays, was updated Friday to look like a screen classic Pac-Man game. But in a delightful twist - the logo actually is a...

France – Libyan Dictator’s Son In $100 Million Deal With American Jewish Movie Producer

May 21, 2010 at 01:16 PM
France - Here are two names you don’t expect to see together: Moammar Gadhafi. Hollywood. But guess what – they’re in bed, making movies. Hollywood’s latest financial backer is the middle son of the Libyan dictator, Saadi Gadhafi, who is backing a movie production fund called Natural Selection to the tune of $100 milllion. Matt Beckerman, the CEO of Natural Selection, secured...

New York, NY – 5,000 Kids Told: Off The Bus!

May 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM
New York, NY - The free rides are over. The city is booting more than 5,000 seventh- and eighth-graders from its yellow buses come September, hoping to trim $3.4 million from a massive shortfall in next year's budget. The cuts -- hitting at least 65 public and private schools -- will end what was a courtesy for students in schools hard to reach by mass transit. Even though the city has...

New York, NY – Times Square Bomb Suspect Doesn’t Get Why Car Didn’t Blow

May 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM
New York, NY - The man accused of driving a bomb-laden SUV into the heart of the city earlier this month doesn't understand why his homemade death device didn't explode. While sequestered in a New York hotel room, Faisal Shahzad asked investigators why the bomb he built failed to go off, people familiar with the probe said. A person familiar with the case said that during more than two...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Slips Very Close to 50 Percent, in Latest Poll

May 21, 2010 at 11:35 AM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating has fallen to the lowest point in five years, a new poll out Friday shows, as he contemplates painful cuts to balance the city budget. Little more than half, 57%, of those polled in the latest Quinnipiac University poll approve of how Bloomberg is handling the job, down four points from two months ago. In a separate question, 59% said they would...

Potomac, MD – Wife Worried As Jewish Advocate For Democracy Remains Imprisoned In Cuba

May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM
Potomac, MD - It was 6 o'clock on a Friday evening, and Judy Gross knew the drill. She checked the computer and saw that her husband's plane had just landed at Dulles. Alan would be home in Potomac in 45 minutes, bursting in the door with stories from his latest trip to Cuba, she figured. She bustled around her gleaming kitchen, preparing Shabbat dinner. But the clock hit 7, and there was no...

Boston, MA – Did JetBlue Pilot Threaten to Crash Plane?

May 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM
Boston. MA - JetBlue spoke out late Thursday after reports a pilot had told his estranged girlfriend he was going to crash a plane flying out of Boston if they did not get back together, WHDH.com reported. JetBlue said in a statement that said the pilot was removed from duty at Logan Airport on Thursday for health reasons and that no one was in danger of being harmed. “At no point were...

Washington – A Mole In The White House Literally

May 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM
Washington - President Obama's remarks on Wall Street regulations yesterday featured a special guest, though we're not exactly sure who -- or what -- it was. Some kind or rodent -- maybe a rat, maybe a mouse, perhaps a mole -- scurried in front of Obama's podium, drawing chuckles from reporters and rapid clicks from camera people. Members of White House camera crews reported seeing the same...

New York – Report: Ruth Had Active Role In Madoff’s Scam

May 21, 2010 at 10:24 AM
New York - What's the truth, Ruth? A newly revealed 2006 audit of Ponzi king Bernie Madoff's fraudulent investment firm provided tantalizing indications that his wife -- who has long claimed ignorance of her hubby's scam -- knew far more about it than she has claimed. In a highly-detailed report done for the Spanish-owned Banco Santander Securities, which ultimately lost $3.2 billion when...

Prague – 30 Countries Gather To Discuss Rules on Nazi Property Return

May 21, 2010 at 10:15 AM
Prague - Dozens of country are likely to agree soon on international rules for returning property stolen by the Nazis, a U.S. official said. More than 30 countries held talks Thursday in Prague on draft guidelines regarding restitution, said Stuart Eizenstat, a special adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State on Holocaust issues. If agreed to, they would be the first international rules ever...

Washington – Theater Pulls Madoff Play After Objections From Elie Wiesel

May 21, 2010 at 10:02 AM
Washington - Bowing to objections from Elie Wiesel, the author, human rights activist and Holocaust survivor, Theater J has canceled its first production of the coming season -- a play in which Wiesel is a character. "Imagining Madoff" by Deb Margolin was to be a world premiere for the Washington troupe, running from Aug. 28 to Oct. 3, with actor Rick Foucheux portraying convicted Ponzi...

New York – Imam Planning Mosque Near Ground Zero Rips Critics, Tea Party’s ‘Worship A Monkey-God’ Comment

May 21, 2010 at 09:50 AM
New York - The Imam planning an Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero says his critics are bigots and the project will stamp out terrorism - not fan the flames. "We condemn terrorists. We recognize it exists in our faith, but we are committed to eradicate it," said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is leading the charge to build the Cordoba House. "We want to rebuild this...

Jerusalem – Report: Palestinians Offer Wider Concessions on Land

May 21, 2010 at 09:28 AM
Jerusalem - Palestinian negotiators have surprised Washington with a bold opening offer to White House peace envoy George Mitchell that includes concessions on territory beyond those offered in past Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, according to officials briefed on the current negotiations. The Palestinians' unexpected offer has been greeted warily in Israel and by some members of the Obama...

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