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New York – Verizon Wireless To Charge $2 For One-time Payment

December 29, 2011 at 11:29 PM
New York - Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone company, is introducing a $2 fee for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards. The company says this "convenience fee" will be introduced Jan. 15. The fee won't apply to electronic check payments or to automatic credit card payments set up through Verizon's AutoPay system. Paying by credit...

Washington – Milk Intake in Teens Tied to Later Prostate Cancer

December 29, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Washington - Older Icelandic men who remember chugging a lot of milk in their teens are three times as likely to be diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer as more-moderate milk drinkers, researchers have found. That makes them wonder whether the years around puberty, during which the prostate matures, could be a time of heightened vulnerability for the gland. "We believe that our data are...

Pyongyang, North Korea – NKorea Vows No Change Despite New Leadership

December 29, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Pyongyang, North Korea - North Korea is entering a new era of leadership by "solemnly and confidently" declaring that rival South Korea and other nations shouldn't expect any change. North Korea has ended 11 days of official mourning for leader Kim Jong Il. His son Kim Jong Un has been declared supreme leader of the ruling party and military. Pyongyang's National Defense Commission said in...

New York, NY – City Traffic Deaths This Year Hit Record Low of 237

December 29, 2011 at 09:17 PM
New York, NY - New Yorkers are living longer and experiencing less crime. Now, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city is on track to have an all-time record low in traffic fatalities for 2011. “The number of New Yorkers who’ve died as a result of traffic crashes this year is 40 percent lower than it was just 10 years ago. So, we are making a big difference,” said Bloomberg in...

New York – New Bill Would Require Bachelor’s Degrees for RNs

December 29, 2011 at 08:38 PM
New York - New registered nurses would have to earn bachelor's degrees within 10 years to keep working in New York under a bill lawmakers are considering as part of a national push to raise educational standards for nurses, even as the health care industry faces staffing shortages. The "BSN in 10" initiative backed by nursing associations and major health policy organizations aims to attack...

London – Israeli Rabbi Michael Melchior Top Contender for Britain’s Chief Rabbi Post

December 29, 2011 at 07:49 PM
London - Rabbi Michael Melchior, a former Israeli minister and Meimad party leader who has also served as the chief rabbi of Norway for thirty years, is being mentioned as the potential next chief rabbi of Britain. The United Synagogue in Britain will not announce its new chief rabbi for at least another year, but there is rife speculation on the identity of the successor to Rabbi Jonathan...

Jerusalem – Shimon Peres Visits Rabbi Lau Says Don’t Generalize When It Comes To Chareidim

December 29, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Jerusalem - President Shimon Peres called on Thursday to distinguish between the extreme hareidi-religious Jews who exclude women and those who hareidim who do not do so. Peres made the comments during a visit to the home of Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi, Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, who is sitting shiva following the death of his brother, Rabbi Yehoshua Hager-Lau, who passed away last week in...

Gaza City – Hamas Denies It Is Halting Attacks Against Israel

December 29, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Gaza City - Hamas on Thursday dismissed claims that its Damascus- based leader, Khaled Mashaal, had ordered the movement’s armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, to stop armed attacks against Israel. The statement came in response to a report in Haaretz that Mashaal had instructed his men to cease attacks on Israeli targets. The report claimed that Mashaal issued the order “based on...

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Fox Apologizes To Jews For Facebook Poll On Christ

December 29, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Fox Latin America has apologized for a poll on whether Jews killed Christ that one of its staffers put on a Facebook page promoting the National Geographic Channel's Christmas special. The poll asked readers who they think is responsible for the death of Christ: Pontius Pilate, The Jewish People or the High Priests. The Simon Weisenthal Center in Buenos Aires calls...

New York – 5,000 Ignition Interlock Devices Installed for Convicted Drunk Drivers

December 29, 2011 at 06:56 PM
New York - New York plans to keep reimbursing counties for monitoring convicted drunk drivers who are required to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee has awarded $3 million to continue reimbursement for a second year. The devices, with more than 5,000 installed statewide, require the driver to blow into them. The vehicle won't start if...

Apia, Samoa – How to Keep Shabbos in Samoa

December 29, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Apia, Samoa - If you were thinking of spending this Shabbos in Samoa, you might want to think twice. Tonight, at the stroke of midnight, the tiny South Pacific nation, and its neighbor Tokelau, will skip over Friday and leap to Saturday, December 31, as it crosses westward over the International Dateline. The International Dateline is drawn by mapmakers and not mandated by any international...

Apia, Samoa – Samoa And Tokelau To Cross International Date Line

December 29, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Apia, Samoa - The tiny South Pacific nation of Samoa and its neighbor Tokelau will jump forward in time on Thursday, crossing westward over the international date line to align themselves with their other 21st century trading partners throughout the region. At the stroke of midnight on Dec. 29, time in Samoa and Tokelau will leap forward to Dec. 31 — New Year's Eve. For Samoa's 186,000...

New York – NYC Mayor Says Work On 9/11 Museum Has Stalled

December 29, 2011 at 05:22 PM
New York - Work on a planned museum at the World Trade Center has ground to a halt because of a financial dispute, and there is now no possibility it will open on time next year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. The underground museum commemorating victims of the 9/11 attacks was scheduled to open in September on the 11th anniversary of the disaster, a year after the opening of...

Washington – U.S. Population to Near 313 Million, Census Says

December 29, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Washington - The U.S. population is expected to top out at close to 312.8 million people just around the time crowds gather to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve, according to new census data released Thursday. The figure represents a 0.7% increase from last year, adding 2,250,129 people to the U.S. population since the start of 2011, and a 1.3% increase since Census Day, April 1...

Washington – US Military Chief To Visit Israel To Reassure On Iran

December 29, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Washington - In a sign of bolstering military ties between Israel and the United States, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey will arrive in Israel next month for talks aimed at reassuring Israel that the US is serious about stopping Iran's nuclear program. Dempsey will arrive in Israel in mid January in a trip that comes as the US escalates its rhetoric regarding US military...

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