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San Francisco, CA – 330 Million Cases of Wine Sold in the U.S.

March 19, 2011 at 11:05 PM
San Francisco, CA - For the first time, U.S. wine sales have topped the wine-loving French. It’s big news for vintners — on both sides of the Atlantic — but don’t break out the “We’re No. 1!” foam fingers yet. In per capita consumption, the French still are well ahead, at an average 12.2 gallons per year, compared with a meager 2.6 gallons for U.S. residents. Still, many in...

New York – Jews Around Globe Celebrate ‘Purim’ [photos-videos]

March 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM
New York - Purim, the Jewish holiday celebrating the deliverance of their people from danger in ancient Persia, begen today at sundown and ends Sunday night. Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community's narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word itself, purim, comes from the Persian word for "lots" and is a reference to the fact that...

New York – In Contiues Crackdown NY Puts 14 Tour Buses Off Road

March 19, 2011 at 10:28 PM
New York - A sting operation by New York state transportation investigators and law enforcement a week after a horrific fatal tour bus crash included a single stop in Manhattan in which all 14 tour buses pulled over were ordered off the road, a state official familiar with the investigation said Saturday. State investigators reported nine "major issues" Friday night with the drivers, including...

Paris – World Intervenes in Libya, With Unusual Speed

March 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Paris - In diplomatic terms, international military action against Libya's leader went from the brainstorming stage to the shooting-at-tanks stage with stunning speed. Saturday's launch of military strikes by French, British and U.S. forces with Arab backing and U.N. mandate was not universally endorsed. And it's unclear whether it will be fast enough to do what its proponents want, to shore...

Paris – Clinton Warns Iran Over Meddling in Persian Gulf

March 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Paris - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Iran on Saturday to stop meddling in Bahrain and other Arab states in the Persian Gulf, but also called on the kingdom's leaders not to use force against anti-government protesters. Clinton said the United States "has an abiding commitment to Gulf security" and that "a top priority is working together with our partners on our shared...

Jerusalem – Hamas Fires Dozens Of Mortars at Israel

March 19, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Jerusalem - Palestinian militants in Gaza fired more than 50 mortar shells into Israel on Saturday, the heaviest barrage in two years, Israeli officials said, raising the prospect of a new Mideast flareup. Also Saturday, Hamas police beat reporters and news photographers covering a rally in Gaza City, drawing a stiff condemnation from the reporters' association. Israel invaded Gaza two...

Washington – Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher Dies

March 19, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Washington - When he took over as secretary of state in the Clinton administration at age 68, Warren M. Christopher said he didn't expect to travel much. He went on to set a four-year mark for miles traveled by America's top diplomat. The attorney turned envoy tirelessly traveled to Bosnia and the Middle East on peace missions during his 1993-1996 tenure — including some two dozen to Syria...

Brooklyn, NY – Private Sanitation Truck Hits, Kills Man

March 19, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A pedestrian was hit and killed by a private sanitation truck in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Police say the victim was crossing Myrtle Avenue near Broadway in Bushwick around 7 a.m. On Friday when he was hit. A man who works in the neighborhood says it is a notoriously dangerous intersection. The driver remained on the scene, and police have not filed charges. Read more in NY1...

Tokyo – Japan Requests Israeli Help

March 19, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Tokyo - The Japanese Foreign Ministry issued an official request for Israeli aid to help with the victims of the earthquake that shook the country last Friday. A small Israeli delegation is leaving to Japan Saturday night to examine the needs ahead of a larger delegation of doctors and medical equipment. In the next few days, the foreign and defense ministries will ship blankets, coats, gloves...

Japan – Radiation Found in Milk, Spinach From Near Nuclear Plant

March 19, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Japan - Japan's top government spokesman says radiation levels in spinach and milk exceed safety limits following nuclear accidents at a tsunami-stricken nuclear plant. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said checks of milk from Fukushima prefecture, where the plant is located, and of spinach grown in Ibaraki, a neighboring prefecture, surpassed limits set by the government. It was the...

Washington – US official: Gaddafi Defenses ‘Severely Disabled’

March 19, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Washington - Muammar Gaddafi's air defenses have been 'severely disabled' by a barrage of US-led missile strikes launched on Saturday, a US national security official said. "Qaddafi's air defense systems have been severely disabled. It's too soon to predict what he and his ground forces may do in response to today's strikes," the source said on condition of anonymity. US and British ships...

Libya – U.S. Ships Fire Tomahawk Missiles on Libya

March 19, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Libya - US, British, and French military have all launched strikes against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Pentagon officials said US and British warships and submarines fired 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libya's air defence systems in "Operation Dawn,'' the first phase of military action against Libya to impose a UN-mandated no-fly zone. Earlier, the French air force destroyed Libyan...

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