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Havana – Clinton Calls On Cuba To Release Jewish American

March 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM
Havana - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a strongly worded call Thursday for Cuba to free an American contractor who is awaiting a verdict on charges that he sought to undermine the island's communist government by bringing communications equipment into the country. "We deplore the injustice toward Alan Gross," Clinton said in congressional testimony in Washington. "We...

Albany, NY – 69,000 NY Home Loans at Risk of Foreclosure

March 10, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Albany, NY - Nearly 69,000 home loans in New York are at imminent risk of foreclosure, a situation that an advocacy group said today could lead to a “tsunami” of foreclosures over the next year or two. The study by the Empire Justice Center in Albany is based on data provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The data cover about 55 percent of all mortgages in the state. The...

New York – Gov. Cuomo Activates NYS Emergency Flooding Plan

March 10, 2011 at 11:15 PM
New York - Governor Cuomo has activated the state's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, in anticpation of potential flooding in parts of the state. He's also called on state agencies to ready personnel and resources for whatever response may be needed. As of 7:30 Thursday night, flood warning were in effect for Cattaraugus, Ulster and Orange Counties. The entire state is under a flood...

New York – Subway Crew Suspended in Open-Door Incident

March 10, 2011 at 10:46 PM
New York - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it has suspended crew members from an elevated subway train that opened its doors before all the cars had pulled into the platform. No passengers stepped out. MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz tells the Wall Street Journal that the conductor and the operator of the Brooklyn-bound M train have been suspended with pay while the MTA...

New York – Raising a Preemie is an Emotional Roller Coaster

March 10, 2011 at 09:50 PM
New York - My wife Ivandy wasn't due to deliver our son for another three months when her water broke. We rushed to the hospital where doctors said our baby's world was drying up around him. Nicholas was born weighing just two pounds, two ounces. His face was the size of an old-fashioned silver dollar and his life seemed to hang from a passel of tubes and wires connected to beeping and...

Monroe, GA – Georgia Woman Certified As World’s Oldest Person

March 10, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Monroe, GA - Georgia's 114-year-old Besse Cooper got a visit from Guinness World Records to certify her as the world's oldest living person. Surrounded by family, Cooper accepted a plaque during a small ceremony at a Monroe nursing home Thursday morning. Her son, 75-year-old Sid Cooper, said previously that relatives never imagined she would live to be the world's oldest person. Earlier...

Brooklyn, NY – Councilman Greenfield Disputes Rabbi Levin’s Claim

March 10, 2011 at 08:17 PM
New York - Earlier this week, the Rabbinical Alliance of America expressed their outrage at Councilman David Greenfield of Boro Park, for joining with ultra-Liberals to pass measure 371 which will in effect increase abortions in the city by “handcuffing” pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Rabbinical Alliance Spokesman stated: “Every Orthodox Jew knows that abortion...

Washington – Interim CEO Defends NPR As New Video Emerges

March 10, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Washington - National Public Radio's interim president and CEO said Thursday she is fully confident the organization's leadership team and said those who think their news coverage is biased would change their minds simply by listening to its programming. Joyce Slocum's comments in a Thursday interview with The Associated Press came just before conservative activist James O'Keefe posted a...

New York – Wet Northeast Watches Skies, Worries About Floods

March 10, 2011 at 07:45 PM
New York - Residents in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest nervously watched rising waterways Thursday as heavy rain swelled creeks and rivers, damaged houses, detoured commuters and forced amusement park workers to pack up equipment. In Pompton Lakes, N.J., a pelting rain fell on Liri Zekirovski and a friend as they removed water-damaged furniture and flooring from Zekirovski's...

New York – UPDATE: NY State Pols Charged In Influence-Peddling Case

March 10, 2011 at 06:52 PM
New York - An influential New York state senator, an assemblyman and a well-known lobbyist were among eight people charged Thursday in what federal prosecutors called "a broad-based bribery racket" that lined the senator's pockets with more than $1 million. A criminal complaint charges Sen. Carl Kruger and Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., both Brooklyn Democrats, and Manhattan-based lobbyist...

Brussels – Holocaust Memorial Museum Inaugurated in Skopje, Macedonia

March 10, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Brussels - A museum dedicated to the memory of the Jews of Macedonia who perished in the Holocaust was inaugurated in the former Yugoslav republic, in the presence of the country's president and representatives of international Jewish organizations. The modern, multi-million dollar edifice stands in the heart of what was once the city's Jewish quarter, in the center of the Macedonian capital...

Washington – Top Intel Official Under Fire For Saying Gadhafi Will Prevail

March 10, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Washington - The government's top intelligence official fumbled the Obama administration's message Thursday about embattled Moammar Gadhafi's fate, telling Congress that the Libyan leader will prevail in his fight with rebel forces there. It was the latest in a series of public gaffes for James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Speaking to senators, Clapper said the Libyan...

Arizona – Sen. McCain Calls For Release of Israeli Spy

March 10, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Arizona - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Republican Sen. John McCain is joining his call urging the release of an American convicted of spying for Israel more than two decades ago. Netanyahu said in a statement that McCain pledged his support in a phone conversation Thursday. Jonathan Pollard was an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when arrested in Washington in 1985...

Madison, WI – Assembly Approves Controversial Union Bill

March 10, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Madison, WI - Wisconsin lawmakers have voted to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state's public workers in one of the strongest blows to the power of unions in years. The state's Assembly passed Republican Gov. Scott Walker's explosive proposal 53-42 Thursday. The state's Senate approved it the night before after using a procedural move to bypass its AWOL...

Albany, NY – Democrats Strip Accused Senator of Leader Post

March 10, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Albany, NY - New York Senate Democrats have removed Sen. Carl Kruger from his lucrative leadership post as the ranking member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee after he was charged in an influence peddling case. Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran announced the move Thursday. The lawmaker from Brooklyn was chairman of the committee from 2008 to 2010 when Democrats controlled...

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