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Los Angeles, CA – Potato Chips Are Piling On The Pounds, Study Finds

June 22, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Blame the potato chip. It's the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream. And the reason is partly that old advertising cliche: You can't eat just one. "They're very tasty and they have a very good texture. People generally don't take one or two chips. They have a whole...

San Francisco, CA – Apple Removes Anti-Israel App From App Store

June 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM
San Francisco, CA - Apple Inc. says it has removed an application called "ThirdIntifada" from its App Store following complaints that it glorified violence against Israel. Israel's information minister, Yuli Edelstein, requested the company remove the app in an email he sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center also complained to Apple. "Intifada"...

New York – Airlines Cut Back on Flights to Fight Fuel Costs

June 22, 2011 at 10:11 PM
New York - It’s the ultimate travel bait and switch. You book a ticket on a non-stop flight but the airline cancels it a few weeks later, leaving a computer to automatically rebook you. Your new itinerary includes a layover, turning a five-hour trip into an eight-hour journey. “You are at the mercy of the airline,” says Anna Stinson, 40, of Minneapolis In May, Stinson bought...

Washington – Big Recall of Gel Fuel For Firepots

June 22, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Just over a week after warning about serious burn dangers linked to outdoor ceramic pots known as firepots, the government on Wednesday announced the recall of nearly a half-million bottles and jugs of the gel fuel used in the patio decorations. "The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning,"...

Washington – President Obama Sets Afghanistan Rollback

June 22, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama ordered the withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Afghanistan this year, leaving the bulk of U.S. surge forces in place into the summer of 2012, but also signaling the beginning of the end of America’s role in the 10-year war. "We are starting this drawdown from a position of strength. Al Qaeda is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11," Mr. Obama said...

Washington – Critics Push Obama to Change Faith Based Hiring Rules

June 22, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Washington - A group of clergy and lawmakers is trying to overturn a nearly decade-old policy that allows faith-based organizations that receive federal funds to hire and fire employees on the basis of religion. Critics say President Obama has reneged on a campaign promise to repeal the policy, which was put into place by President Bush in 2002. "It is shocking that we would even be having...

Washington – Officials: Man Linked To DC-Area Shootings in 2010

June 22, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Washington - A Marine reservist who was detained during a security scare near the Pentagon last week has been linked to the shootings last year at the Marine Corps museum in Quantico and several D.C.-area military recruitment stations, officials said Wednesday. Ballistics evidence appears to link Yonathan Melaku, 22, to the shootings, one official said. The two officials spoke to The...

New York, NY – Mayor Rejects Bill To Have Traffic Agents Prove Tickets Are Legit

June 22, 2011 at 06:37 PM
New York, NY - The Bloomberg administration is rejecting a slew of city council bills designed to make parking easier in New York City. Among the proposals given a thumbs down by the administration was a bill sponsored by council member James Vacca to force ticket issuers to take a picture of the offense for which the summons is being written. “We get $600 million a year from traffic...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM Releases Video Calling On Obama To Free Pollard

June 22, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a special YouTube video on Wednesday, reiterating his request to free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. The prime minister said in the video that Israel was wrong to have activated Pollard as a spy in the U.S., but stated that his prison sentence was disproportionate to the severity of his actions. More at Haaretz.com ...

London – UK Charges Teen Linked to Lulz, CIA Hacking Group

June 22, 2011 at 05:12 PM
London - A teenager was charged in connection with a recent spate of high-profile cyberattacks against websites belonging to CIA, Sony and law enforcement organizations, British police said Wednesday. Ryan Cleary, 19, was accused of five offenses under the Computer Misuse Act, including an attack which brought down the website of Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency — the U.K.'s FBI...

Washington – US Congressman Calls On Egypt to Release Israeli American

June 22, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Washington - U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman called on Egyptian authorities Wednesday to release a constituent and former intern whom Egypt accuses of being an Israeli spy. Ilan Grapel was arrested at a Cairo hotel last week and suspected of sedition and inciting Egyptians to clash with the country's military leadership. Grapel's family says he was spending the summer in Cairo as an intern at a...

Paris – Prosecutors Ask For $14,400 Fine in Anti-Semitic Remark Case

June 22, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Paris - Prosecutors in France have asked for a fine of no less than euro10,000 ($14,400) for former Dior designer John Galliano who is on trial charged with making anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe. Galliano testified during his one-day trial Wednesday that he remembers nothing because addictions to alcohol, barbiturates and sleeping pills. He apologized for an anti-Semitic diatribe in a...

Lakewood, NJ – Orthodox Mother Turns Barcodes Into Art

June 22, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Look at a package of Elyon Marshmallows and you may notice something unusual. Instead of the typical rectangular barcode on the back of the package, depending on the variety of marshmallow, you will see a signature Elyon Marshmallow either sleeping on a bed shaped barcode, jumping off the barcode, or peeking out from behind the barcode. Yael Miller, a Lakewood mother of three...

Washington – Americans Warned Against Sailing in Gaza Flotilla

June 22, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Washington - The State Department is warning Americans against participating in an international flotilla aimed at breaking Israel's sea blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. In a new travel advisory for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, the department says the Gaza coast is "dangerous and volatile." The advisory notes that the Israeli navy has stopped previous attempts to enter Gaza by...

The Hague, Netherlands – Lawmakers: ‘Shechita’ Ban In Place Unless Method Proven Not Painful

June 22, 2011 at 02:53 PM
The Hague, Netherlands - Dutch lawmakers are set to ban centuries-old Jewish and Muslim traditions of slaughtering animals, but agreed Wednesday to a last-minute compromise offering religious groups exemptions, if they can prove their method of killing livestock does not cause additional suffering. Centrist lawmakers from several parties — worried that their backing for the ban will cost...

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