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New York, NY – Bloomberg in Favor of Port Authority’s Toll Hikes

September 17, 2011 at 11:31 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg defended higher tolls on Port Authority crossings, saying they’re necessary to keep the bridges from tumbling down. The mayor conceded that the jacked-up tolls -- rising from $8 to $12 for those paying with cash would have an impact on the city’s economy. The tolls will “certainly hurt some businesses and some people,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR...

New York – Federal AT&T-T-Mobile Suit Joined by New York, Six Other States

September 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM
New York - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says New York has joined a federal challenge to AT&T Inc.'s merger with T-Mobile USA Inc. because of concerns about reduced competition in five metropolitan regions of the state. The U.S. Justice Department says Friday seven state attorneys general have signed onto the antitrust lawsuit to block the deal. Along with New York, Washington...

Mountain View, CA – US Astronomers Find Planet With Two Suns

September 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Mountain View, CA - Astronomers say a bit of science fiction is now reality. They've spotted a planet orbiting two suns. The discovery was made by NASA's planet-hunting telescope Kepler. Scientists describe the find in Friday's issue of the journal Science. They are calling the new planet Tatooine (tah-too-WEEN') after the fictional body in the "Star Wars" films that boasts a double...

Israel – Jewish Kosher Facebook Site Hacked by Palestinians

September 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Israel - FaceGlat, an ultra-Orthodox alternative to Facebook that separates between male and female profiles, was hacked on Saturday by a group calling themselves, “Challenges HackerS”. The site, normally frequented by Haredi Jews who do not wish to be tempted by the voyeurism of Facebook, now calls to “free Palestine”. The hackers wrote that if they could change the domain they would...

Germany – Jewish Man Haunted by Holocaust Collects Yellow Stars

September 17, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Berlin, Germany - Ever so carefully, Wolfgang Haney takes a yellow Jewish badge into his hand, tracing the letters with his finger. 'Juif,' it says in black letters on the faded material. 'This one's from France,' he says, and then points to another. 'That one is from Belgium, and that is one from the Netherlands.' Haney collects Jewish badges, the identification symbol Nazis required Jews...

Boston, MA – Court Filing: Airport Screeners on 9/11 Could Not Speak English

September 17, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Boston, MA - The five terrorists who boarded United Airlines Flight 175 in Boston on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, passed through a security checkpoint that was staffed by some screeners who could not speak or understand English, did not know who Osama bin Laden or Al Qaeda were, and, in one case, could not identify what Mace was, according to new court documents. The documents, which include...

Beirut – Prisoner In Syria Says he Aided Hezbollah Killing By Israel

September 17, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Beirut - A Jordanian-Palestinian man told Syrian TV on Saturday that he gave Israeli agents vital information that led to the 2008 assassination of a top Hezbollah military commander in Damascus. Ayad Youssef Nueim, 35, who is in prison in Syria for allegedly spying for Israel, said the Israeli Mossad spy agency wanted information about an SUV that turned out to belong to Imad Mughniyeh, the...

Washington – President Obama to Seek Higher Tax Rate on Millionaires

September 17, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is expected to seek a new base tax rate for the wealthy to ensure that millionaires pay at least at the same percentage as middle income taxpayers. A White House official said the proposal would be included in the president's proposal for long term deficit reduction that he will announce Monday. The official spoke anonymously because the plan has not been...

Yemen – Officials Say President Will Not Return Home

September 17, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Sanaa, Yemen - Officials in Saudi Arabia and Yemen say that President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not return to Sanaa and will, instead, remain in Riyadh, where he has been since June recuperating from serious wounds after an attack on his compound in June. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because they were not authorized to release the information. On Thursday, the U.S...

Reno, NV – Nine Dead, Over 50 Injured At Reno Air Show Crash

September 17, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Reno, NV - Reno police say a total of nine people have died in a crash of a World War II-era plane at an air race. The deaths include seven who were killed on the tarmac, including the pilot, and two others who died at hospitals. Federal investigators on Saturday began looking into what caused a 74-year-old pilot to lose control of his World War II-era plane and crash next to a VIP section...

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