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Borough Park, NY – Maimonides System To Detect Surgical Items ‘Left Behind’ in Patients

March 4, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Borough Park, NY - Maimonides Medical Center has adopted the RF Surgical Detection System in its surgical suites. The RF Surgical RF Detection System consists of radio-frequency (RF) detection technology designed to identify and prevent accidentally retained surgical items (RSI) from remaining inside a patient following surgery. Maimonides is using the system as an adjunct to the standard...

Washington – House Speaker Launches Campaign To Defend Gay Marriage Ban

March 4, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner says he's launching a legal defense of the federal law against gay marriage. The Ohio Republican announced Friday that he was convening a bipartisan legal advisory group to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. President Barack Obama has refused to defend the law signed by President Bill Clinton in...

New Jersey – ADL: Two Americans Who Are Held On Terrorism Charges Joined Groups Against Israel

March 4, 2011 at 03:08 PM
New Jersey - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applauded U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Federal Authorities for their investigation leading to the guilty pleas of two New Jersey residents who conspired to murder people outside the United States. Mohamed Alessa, 21, and Carlos Almonte, 24, were arrested on June 5, 2010, at JFK airport as they were planning to travel overseas to...

Tripoli, Libya – Dozens Killed As Gadhafi Troops Attack Rebel City, Lockdown Capital

March 4, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Tripoli, Libya - Moammar Gadhafi's regime struck back at its opponents Friday, launching a powerful attack on the closest opposition-held city to Tripoli and firing tear gas and live ammunition to smother new protests in the capital. At least 37 people died in fighting and in an explosion at an ammunitions depot in Libya's rebellious east. The bloodshed signaled an escalation in efforts by...

Manhattan, NY – Phony Hasid Robbers Convicted in Fake Heist

March 4, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Manhattan, NY - Two New York City diamond dealers have been convicted of staging a phony heist in hopes of claiming $7 million in insurance to save their failing business. A judge delivered his verdict Friday at the trial of Mahaveer Kankariya (kahn-kahr-EE'-yah) and Atul Shah. The jewelers' lawyers asserted the New Year's Eve 2008 incident at Dialite Imports was a real...

New York, NY – Grocery Stores Hit with $400,000 in Fines

March 4, 2011 at 12:33 PM
New York, NY - The city handed out nearly $400,000 in fines to grocery stores around the city last year for a slew of consumer violations, including overcharging, faulty scales and failing to properly mark merchandise. In a statistic more frightening than a cleanup in aisle 9, 370 of 650 stores visited by inspectors received at least one summons in last year's sweep, authorities said...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Puts City Agencies on Alert for More Cuts

March 4, 2011 at 12:01 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday that he will begin sending letters next week demanding new across-the-board cuts from city agencies as hope for additional state funding fades. "Next week, we will send out a letter to all the agencies requiring them to give us plans in the next few weeks on how we're going to reduce our expenses by another $600 million," the mayor told...

Washington – Emanuel Returns To White House, Meets With Former Boss

March 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Washington - For the mayor-elect of Chicago, it will be just another constituent house call as Rahm Emanuel visits his ex-boss, President Barack Obama, at the White House. Emanuel, Obama’s former White House chief of staff, was elected Chicago’s next mayor on Feb. 22. The two men are scheduled to meet privately today in the Oval Office. The president and first lady Michelle Obama voted...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Eyes Diplomatic Plan for Palestinian State

March 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM
Jerusalem - Facing growing isolation over the impasse in peace talks, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is planning a new initiative to set up a Palestinian state within temporary borders, press reports said on Friday. The Israeli premier is largely expected to announce his new diplomatic initiative during a visit to the United States in May, in an address to the US Congress or at the annual meeting...

Geneva – UN: Gadhafi Forces Blocking Refugees From Leaving Libya

March 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM
Geneva - The torrent of refugees fleeing Libya has suddenly slowed, as heavily armed forces loyal to strongman Moammar Gadhafi rushed to sow violence and fear at the country's borders, U.N. refugee officials said Friday More 200,000 people have fled to Libya's borders with Tunisia, Egypt and Niger since Feb. 15, when the uprising against Gadhafi's iron-fisted rule began. But now refugees are...

Tripoli, Libya – Forces Fire Tear Gas as Libya Protesters March

March 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM
Tripoli, Libya - Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi fired tear gas at protesters in Tripoli on Friday as a fierce crackdown that has terrorized parts of the capital the past week seemingly smothered attempts to revive demonstrations calling for the Libyan leader's ouster. More than 1,500 protesters marched out of the Murad Agha mosque after noon prayers in the eastern Tripoli district of Tajoura...

New York – Oil Prices Hit Highest Level Since Sept. 2008

March 4, 2011 at 10:03 AM
New York - Oil prices hit a two-year high Friday after the U.S. government said the unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in February. The Labor Department said the economy added 192,000 jobs last month. That suggests more people will be commuting at a time when world oil supplies are under pressure because of the crisis in Middle East. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April...

Manāma Bahrain – Thousands Of Protesters Swarm State TV After Clashes

March 4, 2011 at 09:33 AM
Manāma Bahrain - Thousands of anti-government demonstrators streamed toward the headquarters of Bahrain's state television Friday after sectarian clashes between Sunnis and the majority Shiites leading protests in the strategic Gulf nation. The street fighting was brief, but it underscored the tensions building after nearly three weeks of unrest that has left the tiny island kingdom in a...

Jerusalem – Israeli-Arab Leaders Under Fire For Libya Visit

March 4, 2011 at 09:23 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli-Arab leaders are on the defensive over a much-publicized visit to Libya last year, where they fawned over Moammar Gadhafi and posed for a series of photographs beaming alongside the longtime ruler. Known as loud critics of Israel's treatment of its Arab minority, they are now facing uncomfortable questions about their long history of cozying up to some of the Middle East's...

Brooklyn, NY – Former Coney Island Roller Coaster Site for Sale

March 4, 2011 at 09:07 AM
Brooklyn, NY - The former 3-acre site of a roller coaster at Coney Island is back on the market. The Wall Street Journal says owner Horace Bullard has put the now empty Thunderbolt site up for sale. He tried to sell it last year but didn't find a buyer. The site is zoned for retail and hotels. Bullard is the founder of the now defunct Kansas Fried Chicken chain The Thunderbolt was torn...

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