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Jerusalem – Israel: Prisoner Swap Have Begun; Palestinian Sources Say Schalit Moved From Gaza to Egypt

October 17, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Jerusalem - Palestinian officials in Gaza said a captured Israeli soldier was moved across the border into Egypt early Tuesday, beginning an elaborate prisoner swap deal in which hundreds of Palestinian inmates are to be freed in return for the captured tank crewman. The officials said an SUV filled with armed men whisked Sgt. Gilad Schalit across the border and quickly returned to Gaza early...

New York – Lawsuit Says MasterCard, Visa ‘Price Fix’ ATM Fees

October 17, 2011 at 09:26 PM
New York - Independent ATM operators are accusing MasterCard and Visa of fixing prices and forcing them to charge consumers set fees. A lawsuit that the ATM operators filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington, D.C. claims MasterCard and Visa require them to agree to contracts that prevent them from charging less when consumers use cards that can access networks other than MasterCard's and...

Millers Creek, NC – Gas Can Discovered On Obama Motorcade Route

October 17, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Millers Creek, NC - Authorities say a bomb squad disposed of a gasoline can at an intersection where President Barack Obama's motorcade passed in northwest North Carolina. WXII-TV reports (http://bit.ly/oJSQZW ) that Wilkes County sheriff's deputies said officers noticed the can on Monday and were told that it had been there for several days. The discovery prompted a call to the...

Brooklyn, NY – An Old Carousel’s New Life in the Shadow of Brooklyn Bridge

October 17, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Brooklyn, NY - In the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, strains of old-fashioned music from an organ float over the river, mingling with the sound of children’s laughter. It’s coming from one of the happiest little spots in New York City: Jane’s Carousel, a twinkling antique jewel that spins in a see-through pavilion on the banks of the East River. One afternoon in early autumn, just about...

Cairo – American Held in Egypt as Israeli Spy To Be Freed in Exchange for 80 Egyptians

October 17, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Egypt - An American law student from Queens who also has Israeli citizenship and was arrested in Egypt in June, charged there with spying for Israel, is expected to be released in the coming days in exchange for scores of Egyptians held in Israel. The exchange for the student, Ilan Grapel, 27, who attends Emory Law School in Atlanta, would follow an Egyptian-brokered exchange between Israel...

Jerusalem – High Court Rejects Petition Against Prisoner Releases

October 17, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Jerusalem - The High Court ruled late Monday night not to accede to requests by terror victims to interfere in the government's agreement to release Palestinian security prisoners in return for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit. Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, Justice Hanan Melcer and Justice Eliezer Rivlin said in their judgement that they had considered acceding to petitioners'...

Jerusalem – East Jerusalem Jewish Housing Plan Clears Hurdle

October 17, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Jerusalem - A plan for settling thousands more Jews in a strategic part of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem has quietly cleared a key bureaucratic hurdle, threatening to cut a link between Jerusalem and the West Bank and endanger already slim peace prospects. The proposed Givat Hamatos development would complete a Jewish band around a part of east Jerusalem, the Palestinians' hoped-for capital...

New York – FBI Charges NYPD Officer With Making False Claims Against African-American man

October 17, 2011 at 03:54 PM
New York - FBI agents arrested a New York City police officer this morning and charged him with gross civil rights violations for deliberately falsifying an arrest against a black man and later referring to the incident on a wiretapped call by saying that he had "fried another n----," officials said. The incident began when Michael Daragjati, an eight-year NYPD veteran, stopped the man in the...

Jerusalem – Prisoner Swap Between Israel, Hamas Moves Ahead

October 17, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Jerusalem - The elaborate machinery of a prisoner swap deal between two bitter enemies swung into motion Monday, as hundreds of Palestinians and one Israeli soldier prepared to return home in one of the most dramatic recent developments in the otherwise deadlocked Israel-Palestinian conflict. The Israel-Hamas deal, to take place Tuesday morning, is going ahead despite criticism and court...

New York – JFK, La Guardia, Newark Airports are the Worst in the Nation

October 17, 2011 at 02:18 PM
New York - The Big Apple’s major airports -- JFK, La Guardia and Newark -- are among the worst in the nation for on-time arrivals. More than one-third of the flights into all three of the airports were late in August, according to the US Department of Transportation’s October Air Travel Consumer Report. Newark was the worst airport in the nation for on-time arrivals, followed by JFK...

Washington – Obama: Martin Luther King Would Have Approved of ‘Occupy Wall Street’

October 17, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Washington - As President Obama spoke Sunday at the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, he sought to link the civil rights leader to the ongoing anti-Wall Street protests. If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there; that the businessman can enter tough...

Tehran – Iran Hints At Cooperation With Plot Inquiry

October 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Tehran - Iran's foreign minister on Monday offered to look into charges that agents of his government were involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, if the U.S. provides enough information. The statement by Ali Akbar Salehi was the first indication that Iran might cooperate with the investigation, though other officials maintained a steady stream of ridicule and...

Washington – F.C.C. and Wireless Carriers Agree to Alerts on Excess Use

October 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Washington - Cellphone companies are pledging to warn subscribers before they go over their monthly limits for calling minutes, text messages and data use. The pledge comes in response to a threat of regulation by the Federal Communications Commission, which wants to curb “bill shock” for wireless subscribers. CTIA — The Wireless Association, a trade group representing the major cellphone...

Jerusalem – Poll: Israelis Widely Support Prisoner Exchange

October 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM
Jerusalem - Israelis overwhelmingly support a lopsided prisoner swap in which 1,027 Palestinian prisoners will be released for a single captured soldier, a poll showed Monday, one day before the exchange between Israel and Hamas was slated to take place. The poll showed that 79 percent of Israelis support the deal under which the soldier, tank crewman Sgt. Gilad Schalit, will be released by...

Toronto, Canada – Making Up: Free Apps For Furious Blackberry Users

October 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Toronto, Canada - Trying to make amends for massive outages last week, Research In Motion announced a free premium apps giveaway for millions of its customers who may still feel jolted, and a month of technical support for some. The Canadian company said Monday that the apps, worth more than $100, will be made available over the coming weeks on BlackBerry(at) App World. They include iSpeech...

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