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Madison, WI – Dictator Stalin’s Daughter Lana Peters Dies At 85

November 28, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Madison, WI - Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s daughter, whose defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the ruling communists and made her a best-selling author, has died. She was 85. Lana Peters — who was known internationally by her previous name, Svetlana Alliluyeva — died of colon cancer Nov. 22 in Wisconsin, where she lived off and on after becoming a U.S. citizen...

New York – Fewer Babies Get Chicken Pox When Kids are Vaccinated

November 28, 2011 at 10:56 PM
New York - Even though babies under one year old are too young to get the chicken pox vaccine, far fewer of them got the itchy rash after the U.S. started routinely vaccinating older children in 1995, according to a new study. Researchers said that infants are now largely protected against chicken pox if their older siblings and daycare peers have been vaccinated, due to "herd immunity" -- the...

New York, NY – Federal Prosecutors in Brooklyn Collect $75.5 Million in 2011

November 28, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn brought in $75.5 million from criminal and civil actions in fiscal year 2011, up almost 47 percent from 2010, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Monday. Nationwide, federal prosecutors collected $6.5 billion in restitution, criminal fines and felony assessments in 2011, more than three times the amount of money budgeted to the 94 U.S. attorneys'...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Other Occupation

November 28, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Jerusalem - “Clearly, there’s a war here, sometimes even worse than the one in Samaria,” the yeshiva student said. “It’s not a war with guns. It’s a war of light against darkness.” We were sitting in the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Acre in Israel. The war he described was another front in the struggle he knew from growing up in a settlement in the northern West Bank, or Samaria...

Washington – Wife of U.S. Jew Held in Cuba Asks Public to Pressure Obama to Intercede

November 28, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Washington - The wife of U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, who is serving a lengthy prison sentence in Cuba on subversion charges, on Monday asked for President Barack Obama's intercession in the case. "I spoke with Alan two days ago. Never have I heard him more hopeless and depressed," Judy Gross said during a protest outside the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. Accompanied by a score...

Jerusalem – IDF Fires On Lebanon After At Least 3 Rockets Land In North

November 28, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Jerusalem - Police say projectiles land in Biranit and Netua, in Western Galilee; some damage, but none hurt; Police, IDF search Kfar Vradim area for additional rocket after explosion heard; IDF on full alert in North. The IDF returned fire on the source of at least three rockets fired into northern Israel from Lebanon overnight Monday. Three rockets fired from Lebanon landed in the Western...

Washington – Making Sure Kidney Donors Fare As Well As Promised

November 28, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Washington - More and more people are donating one of their kidneys to a loved one, a friend, even a stranger, and now a move is on to make sure those donors really fare as well as they're promised. Specialists insist the surgery rarely brings serious complications for the donor. What's less certain is the risk of any long-term health consequences, in part because transplant centers can lose...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Judge Dismisses Suit That Sought to Dissolve Village

November 28, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Kiryas Joel dissidents accusing community leaders of discrimination and arguing that the village is an unconstitutional “theocracy” that should be dissolved. Civil-rights attorney Michael Sussman brought the case this year on behalf of some residents. Among other things, the plaintiffs had accused the village’s public safety...

Portland, OR – Black Friday Isn’t The Only Game In Town

November 28, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Portland, OR - Cyber Monday. Green Tuesday. Black Friday. Magenta Saturday. Chances are you won't find any of these holidays on your calendar. Yet retailers are coming up with names for just about every day of the week during the holiday shopping season. During T-Mobile's "Magenta Saturday," the event named for the company's pinkish-purple logo earlier this month offered shoppers the chance...

Washington – Fitch Shifts US Credit Rating Outlook To Negative

November 28, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Washington - Fitch says it will keep its rating for long-term U.S. debt at the top AAA level, despite a congressional panel's failure to agree on long-term deficit cuts. But it is lowering its outlook to negative. The rating agency says it has less confidence in the federal government's ability to take the necessary steps to rein in the deficit. Moody's Investors Services and Standard &...

New York – Stocks Soar After Big Holiday Shopping Weekend

November 28, 2011 at 04:09 PM
New York - A strong start to the U.S. shopping season and fresh proposals for a far-reaching solution to Europe's debt crisis sent stocks sharply higher Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average soared 260 points in afternoon trading, making up nearly half of the ground it lost last week. Initial reports show a record number of shoppers hit the mall or bought gifts online during the holiday...

New York, NY – Michael Bloomberg Tells How He Became One Of America’s Wealthiest (Video Interview)

November 28, 2011 at 03:41 PM
New York, NY - Before he became the three-time Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg made billions running the financial information company bearing his name. But it might never have happened if he hadn’t been fired from Wall Street during the early days of his career. The Mayor and Bloomberg LP founder was interviewd by TechCrunch studio to discuss all this and how he is working to...

Jerusalem – Israel Apologizes For Treatment Of NYT Journalist

November 28, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Defense Ministry apologized Monday for the treatment of a pregnant American news photographer who said she was strip searched and humiliated by Israeli soldiers during a security check. Lynsey Addario, who was on assignment for the New York Times, had requested that she not be forced to go through an X-ray machine as she entered Israel from the Gaza Strip because of...

Samaria – Military Court Convicts Second Fogel Family Killer

November 28, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Samaria - The Samaria Military Court convicted a 19-year-old Palestinian on Monday in the murders of five members of the Fogel in March. Amjad Awad, from the village of Awarta, was convicted of five counts of murder. He will be sentenced at a later date. Awad is the second Palestinian to be convicted in the murders of the five Fogel family members - Udi Fogel, his wife Ruth, and their three...

Washington – Disruptions: Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, But It’s Not Clear Why

November 28, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Washington - Millions of Americans who got on a plane over the Thanksgiving holiday heard the admonition: "Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff." And absolutely everyone obeyed. I know they did because no planes fell from the sky. No planes had to make an emergency landing because the avionics went haywire. No planes headed for Miami ended up in Anchorage. We were all made...

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