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New Jersey – Police Layoffs Lead to Rise in Crime, Fewer Arrests

November 20, 2011 at 11:48 PM
New Jersey - Police in five New Jersey cities where departments have had deep layoffs are making fewer arrests for minor offenses — a trend that experts fear could lead to a rise in the most serious crimes. Newark, Trenton, Paterson, Atlantic City and Camden, all densely populated cities with significant crime problems — all faced with precarious tax revenue and declining aid from a state...

New York – No Bail For NYC Bomb-plot Suspect

November 20, 2011 at 11:03 PM
New York - A man accused of plotting to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as U.S. troops returning home has been denied bail. Jose Pimentel of Manhattan was arraigned Sunday after city officials announced his arrest Saturday as police say he was in the act of making a bomb and planning to carry out his scheme. The 27-year-old Pimentel was described by the mayor at a news...

Manhattan, NY – John Zuccotti Himself Worries About Park Bummed by Name’s Ill Fame

November 20, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Manhattan, NY - No New Yorker paid closer attention to the reclaiming of Zuccotti Park than the respected elder city statesman for which it is named. John Zuccotti, 74, is co-chair of global real estate giant Brookfield Properties, the owner of the half-acre slice of pink granite and honey locust trees the Occupy Wall Street movement took over. And even though the NYPD removed the tent city...

Washington – Jack Abramoff Pleads With Dems for His Domain Name

November 20, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Washington - Jack Abramoff wants his name back. But House Democrats own it and they are going to keep it. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee owns the rights to the Web domain name “jackabramoff.com,” having secured it in 2006. But Abramoff, the former GOP lobbyist at the center of one of of Washington’s biggest scandals in recent decades, called the DCCC in a bid to see...

New York – NY Lawmaker Blasts Removal Of Protesters’ Property

November 20, 2011 at 08:39 PM
New YOrk - State Sen. Eric Adams says the New York Police Department violated its own procedures when it removed protesters' property from Zuccotti Park without giving them receipts for their belongings. The police cleared out protesters early Tuesday and arrested more than 200 people. They took protesters' belongings including clothing, sleeping bags and electronic gear to a city garage...

Albany, NY – Group: New York Has 33,000 Millionaires In Or Near NYC

November 20, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Albany, NY - A group advocating an extension of New York's so-called millionaire's tax says state data show New York with almost 33,000 people earning more than $1 million annually statewide, with the plurality living in Manhattan. The Center for Working Families, saying it obtained the 2008 tax return information from the Department of Taxation and Finance, says 93 percent were living in or...

New York, NY – Al-Qaeda Sympathizer Arrested And Charged In Bomb Plot

November 20, 2011 at 06:18 PM
New York NY - An "al-Qaida sympathizer" accused of plotting to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as U.S. troops returning home has been arrested on numerous terrorism-related charges. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced at a news conference Sunday the arrest of Jose Pimentel of Manhattan, "a 27-year-old al-Qaida sympathizer" who the mayor said was motivated by terrorist...

Washington – More Police Departments Look To Tune Public Out

November 20, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Washington - Police departments around the country are working to shield their radio communications from the public as cheap, user-friendly technology has made it easy for anyone to use handheld devices to keep tabs on officers responding to crimes. The practice of encryption has grown more common from Florida to New York and west to California, with law enforcement officials saying they want...

Princeton, NJ – After $75,000, Money Can’t Buy Day-to-Day Happiness

November 20, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Princeton, NJ - People say money doesn't buy happiness. Except, according to a new study from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, it sort of does — up to about $75,000 a year. The lower a person's annual income falls below that benchmark, the unhappier he or she feels. But no matter how much more than $75,000 people make, they don't report any greater degree of happiness. Before...

Riverdale, NY – Orthodox Girl Named Rhodes Scholar Says She Hopes to Inspire Other Jewish Girls

November 20, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Riverdale, NY - In what may be a first, a 22 year old Orthodox girl from the Bronx was named as one of thirty two American students chosen as Rhodes Scholars for the year 2012. Miriam Rosenbaum, a graduate of Elizabeth, New Jersey’s Bruriah High School and Jerusalem’s Michlalah College for Women is currently enrolled at Princeton University. She told VIN News that she was shocked to...

Jerusalem – Israel: Iran To Pass Nuclear Threshold Within Year

November 20, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's defense minister warns that a nuclear-armed Iran will become inevitable in less than a year. Ehud Barak told CNN in an interview aired Sunday he believes that Iran is widening its nuclear program, and it will become impossible to stop it in "two quarter(s) or three quarter(s)" of a year. He did not say when he expects Iran to actually possess nuclear weapons. The...

United Nations – AP Report: UN Bashing Is Popular Among Republican Candidates

November 20, 2011 at 01:35 PM
United Nations - Bashing the United Nations seldom fails as an applause line for Republican presidential candidates. Mitt Romney says the U.N. too often becomes a forum for tyrants when it should promote democracy and human rights. Newt Gingrich pledges to take on the U.N.'s "absurdities." Herman Cain says he would change some of its rules. Rick Perry says he would consider pulling the United...

Jerusalem – Israeli Media: AP Has Its Kibbutz ‘Palestinian’ Land Report Wrong

November 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Jerusalem - An Israel media report, picked up worldwide, claims Israel, for the first time, has given supposed Palestinian Authority land to a kibbutz whose land was within Israel before the Six-Day War in 1967. An investigation by Arutz Sheva reveals another in a long line of anti-nationalist media reports that mainstream media spread in its ingrained bias against Israel. Haaretz...

Manhattan, NY – OWS 24-Hour Drum Protest By Bloomberg’s Home Begins At 2PM

November 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Manhattan, NY - Occupy Wall Street protesters say they'll bring drums and sleeping bags to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's East Side townhouse. Demonstrators plan to bring musical instruments, food, banners, art and sleeping bags to the mayor's residence near Central Park on Sunday. Organizer John Penley said protesters will get as close to Bloomberg's house as the police let them. The...

Cairo – Deadly Clashes Return To Egypts Tahrir Square

November 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Cairo - Egyptian soldiers and police set fire to tents in the middle of Cairo's Tahrir Square and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault Sunday to drive out thousands of protesters after two days of clashes. An Associated Press reporter at the scene said police and troops chased the protesters out of most of the square as the sun was about to set over the city. But soon after...

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