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New York – New Gender-Neutral Forms For NYC Marriage Licenses

July 5, 2011 at 11:28 PM
New York - Same gender couples can start applying for marriage licenses in New York City using online forms that now feature gender-neutral terminology. The Office of the City Clerk made new forms available on its website Tuesday. The forms allow couples to enter information for "bride," ''groom" or the gender-neutral "spouse." Previously, they only allowed for "bride" and...

Germany – Egypt Hotel to Refund Couple $45 for ‘Heil Hitler’ Greeting

July 5, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Munich, Germany - A German holidaymaker has won compensation for being confronted with a humourous sketch which included a 'Heil Hitler' greeting while on holiday in Egypt, a judgement published Monday said. On the penultimate day of his holiday in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the hotel put on a show which included the portrayal of how different nationalities greeted each other. The...

Tel Aviv – Holocaust Survivors Sue State over ‘Unpaid Reparations’

July 5, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Tel Aviv - A group of Holocaust survivors has brought a lawsuit against the State of Israel for what they say is their rightful share of reparations monies paid to Israel by the former West Germany under the 1953 Reparations Agreement between the two countries. The 270 men and women, most of them in their 80s, are part of a group of Holocaust survivors known as the “Tehran children,”...

London – Evidence Increasingly Against Cellphone Cancer Link

July 5, 2011 at 08:55 PM
London - Despite a recent move to classify mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic, the scientific evidence increasingly points away from a link between their use and brain tumors, according to a new study on Saturday. A major review of previously published research by a committee of experts from Britain, the United States and Sweden concluded there was no convincing evidence of any cancer...

New York – Terror Suspect Secretly Brought to NYC to Face Trial in Civilian Court

July 5, 2011 at 07:40 PM
New York, NY - A Somali citizen captured in April was interrogated aboard a U.S. warship for two months and is now in New York to face terrorism charges. The case against Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame shows the Obama administration is sticking by its plan to use civilian courts to prosecute terrorists, a strategy that was successful for years under President George W. Bush but which has drawn fire...

New York – Elizabeth Holtzman Thinks She’s Ideal for Weiner’s Seat

July 5, 2011 at 06:53 PM
New York - When it comes to New York’s suddenly vacant Ninth Congressional seat, Elizabeth Holtzman is not exactly playing it coy. She wants the job. “I could hit the ground running,” she said of the post, now up for grabs since Representative Anthony D. Weiner resigned. “I know I could fight effectively for the people of this district. I was in Congress.” Ms. Holtzman, the...

Israel – Two Bills to Help ‘Chained’ Women Pass Law Committee

July 5, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Israel - Two bills aimed at alleviating the woes of women whose husbands refuse them divorces passed the Knesset Law Committee on Tuesday, ahead of votes in the plenum. The proposed law put forth by MK Othniel Schneller of Kadima, initiated by the Mavoi Satum (Dead End) NGO, determines that rabbinic courts will have to hold a hearing on a recalcitrant husband within maximum 45 days from when...

New York – Verizon to End Unlimited Data Plans for New Customers

July 5, 2011 at 04:26 PM
New York - Are you a wireless data glutton or a nibbler? Many Verizon Wireless customers will have to figure that out — perhaps as soon as this week — as the country's largest wireless carrier is set to introduce data plans with monthly usage caps. Here's some help determining which plan will work for you, even if you don't know how many megabytes are in a gigabyte. Verizon hasn't...

Manhattan, NY – Elderly Woman Fined For Dumping Trash In Corner Basket

July 5, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Manhattan, NY - An 83-year-old Upper East Sider says the Sanitation Department treated her like garbage. Darbe Pitofsky claims she was chased, threatened with arrest and slapped with a $100 ticket -- all for throwing out her newspapers in a city trash can. "I was so frightened," Pitofsky said of her bizarre early-morning run-in with a surly sanitation agent on June 25 near her East 71st...

New York, NY – NYC Mayor: Perp Walks Are Outrageous

July 5, 2011 at 02:36 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg did a flip-flop today in the direction of French critics who've denounced the NYPD's "perp walk" of Dominique Strauss-Kahn by calling such public displays "outrageous" and a "circus." "We've done perp walks for the benefit of newspapers and television for a long time," said the mayor. "I've always thought the perp walks were outrageous. That's only my view...

Orlando, FL – Highly Publicized Case: Casey Anthony Acquitted Of Murder

July 5, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Orlando, FL - Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. She was charged with first-degree...

Gaza City – Israeli Airstrike Kills 2 In Gaza

July 5, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Gaza City - An Israeli aircraft fired at Gaza militants about to launch rockets at Israel, killing two in the deadliest cross-border fighting in three months. Israel's military held Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible, saying in a statement that the Islamists are "not enforcing a policy of restraint over the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip." In a separate incident, Gaza...

New York, NY – Despite City Council Funding, Our Place Still Facing Financial Crisis

July 5, 2011 at 01:29 PM
New York, NY - While City Council members have gone to bat for Our Place by securing some funding for the organization, the Brooklyn haven for troubled teens still finds itself in a desperate financial situation after much of its funding was completely obliterated by budget cuts. Councilmen David Greenfield, Lou Fidler and Dominic Recchia have all come to the aid of Our Place by providing some...

New Haven, CT – Nearly $4 Billion For Yale University Said To Be Largest Fundraising Campaign

July 5, 2011 at 01:11 PM
New Haven, CT - Yale University has raised $3.88 billion amid tough economic times, finishing the largest fundraising campaign in its history that will help pay for its biggest expansion in decades, extend its international reach and make its school of music tuition free. The campaign exceeded its goal of $3.5 billion. More than 110,000 alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations...

New York – DEC Warning Of Giant Plant Which Could Cause Blindness

July 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM
New York - State environmental officials are trying to nip a huge, dangerous plant in the bud. The giant hogweed, a monster plant with flowers the size of umbrellas and sap that causes blisters and blindness, is spreading across New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for help locating outbreaks. The agency has set up a hotline at 845-256-3111 for people to call...

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