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New York – For American, A Blemish On A Distinguished History

November 29, 2011 at 11:22 PM
New York - American Airlines used to bill itself as "something special in the air," and it was. It was the first airline to offer curbside check-in. The first with computerized reservations. It invented the frequent-flier program and came up with the deeply discounted Super Saver fare to fill empty seats on its planes. But it was disastrously behind on one thing — recognizing that its...

New York – Police: Serial Killer Responsible For 10 Deaths In Long Island

November 29, 2011 at 11:08 PM
New York - Police investigating the discoveries of 10 sets of human remains on New York's Long Island say they believe it's the work of a serial killer instead of multiple killers. Suffolk County police Commissioner Richard Dormer says in an interview posted on Newsday's website Tuesday (http://bit.ly/rOj1NB ) the fact that all the victims may be linked to the sex trade backs the single-killer...

Manila – Philippines Arrests Alleged Al-Qaida-linked Bomber

November 29, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Manila, Philippines - Officials say police have arrested a suspected al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf bomber involved in the 2002 killing of an American Green Beret and a recent hotel blast that killed three people. Paquito Ochoa, who heads the government's Anti-terrorism Council, says police and military intelligence officers captured Hussein Ahaddin late Tuesday in his hide-out near the southern...

Manhattan, NY – Judge Blocks Eviction of Ground Zero Mosque, But Owes Rent

November 29, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Manhattan, NY - A utility can't evict the would-be developer of a mosque near ground zero from a piece of the planned Islamic center site, at least for now. A Manhattan court ruling made public Tuesday says Consolidated Edison can't boot out the Park51 developers while a rent dispute plays out. The utility owns one of two adjoining parcels that would house the planned mosque. Con Ed says...

Mea She’arim – Bookstore Accedes to Charedi Vandalist Demands

November 29, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Mea She'arim - After 20 months of attacks and a quarter million shekels in damage, a religious bookstore in the ultra-Orthodox Mea She’arim neighborhood of Jerusalem decided on Monday to accede to the demands of extremists responsible for the violence. Under the terms of the compromise, Ohr Hachaim/Manny’s put up a large sign requesting that all customers dress modestly. A mashgiach, who...

Washington – Obama Administration Appeals Cigarette Pack Ruling

November 29, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is appealing a judge's order blocking a requirement that tobacco companies put graphic images warning about the dangers of smoking on cigarette packs. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled earlier this month that the cigarette makers are likely to succeed in a lawsuit to stop a Food and Drug Administration requirement that they put images across the top...

San Francisco – Google’s Maps Go Indoors With New Mobile Feature

November 29, 2011 at 07:30 PM
San Francisco - Google's next frontier in digital mapping will span the world's shopping malls and airports. An upgrade of Google's mobile mapping service released Tuesday includes directions within stores, malls, airports and transit centers in the U.S. and Japan. The initial index only covers a small fraction of the great indoors, but Google Inc. is hoping that will change as more owners...

Joint Base Andrews, MD – Youngest Air Force Chaplain Calls Andrews Home

November 29, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Joint Base Andrews, MD - Chaplain (Capt.) Daniel Kamzan, 11th Wing Jewish chaplain, calls Joint Base Andrews home. Despite his short-lived Air Force career, the 27-year old chaplain is making a name for himself in the "Chief's Own." Revered as a leader by single Airmen during chapel-run retreats and regarded with respect and reverence by those to whom he offers counsel, Kamzan embodies the...

New York – Child Poverty on Rise, Kiryas Joel One of the Poorest in America

November 29, 2011 at 06:59 PM
New York - The percentage of school-age children living in poverty has grown in Orange and Ulster counties and leaped ahead in Sullivan County since the recession took hold, according to figures released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. The numbers, broken down by counties and school districts nationwide, show a wide disparity in poverty among children ages 5 to 17 within the three local...

NewYork – S&P Downgrades Top US Banks’ Credit Ratings

November 29, 2011 at 06:05 PM
New York - Standard & Poors Ratings Services is adjusting the ratings on 37 of the world's largest financial institutions, including downgrading the biggest banks in the U.S. Bank of America Corp. and its main subsidiaries were among those cut at least one notch on Tuesday, along with Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo & Co. S&P...

Reykjavik, Iceland – Icelandic Parliament Moves To Recognize Palestinian State

November 29, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Reykjavik, Iceland - The parliament in Iceland on Tuesday passed a motion calling for the recognition of an independent Palestinian state. The vote paves the way for formal recognition by the small north Atlantic island, which led the way in recognizing the independence of the three Baltic states after the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991. Iceland is the first Western European...

Islamabad – Pakistan Steps Up Anti-US Rhetoric After Attack

November 29, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Islamabad - Pakistan withdrew from an international conference on stabilizing Afghanistan to protest the deadly attack by American forces on its troops, widening a fresh rupture in ties with a nominal ally that is endangering the U.S. plan for gradually ending the war. In an unusually hostile comment, a top Pakistani army general said Tuesday that the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers were the...

New Haven, CT – Who Really Won: Conn. Money Managers Keeping Quiet About Jackpot

November 29, 2011 at 04:31 PM
New Haven, CT - Three money managers from wealthy Greenwich, Conn., who claimed a $254 million lottery jackpot are keeping a stiff upper lip despite a claim they're covering for the real winner, who wants to stay anonymous. In notoriously private Greenwich, which fought unsuccessfully to prevent out-of-towners from using its beaches, even a jackpot that would spark jubilation elsewhere is a...

Brooklyn, NY – Tire-Slashing Spree Leaves Bay Ridge Drivers Stranded

November 29, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Police are investigating after the tires of at least 25 cars were slashed in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn overnight. Most of the vehicles were parked along 71st and 72nd Streets, between Third Ave and Ridge Boulevard. Police say a few calls were made to 911 about possible criminal mischief in the area and they are encouraging others to come forward if their cars were...

Rochester, NY – Schottensteins Close Iconic NY’s Steuben Glass Company

November 29, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Rochester, NY - It's the end of the line for the Steuben Glass company, an American icon of handcrafted crystal in western New York for more than a century. The company's lone factory in Corning shut down Tuesday, ending a high-end glassmaking tradition dating to 1903. Most of the 60 workers are being axed. The matchlessly transparent lead crystal is still being sold at Steuben's flagship...

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