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Washington – Lawmaker’s Sign Cracks Decorum at Obama Job Speech

September 8, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Washington - Rep. Jeff Landry knew not to yell at President Barack Obama during his jobs address Thursday night to Congress. That move made Rep. Joe Wilson famous a couple of years ago, and not necessarily for the better. Instead, Republican leaders urged their members to show up, keep an open mind and be polite — voters were anxious and Congress' bickering had angered large majorities of...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg: Terror Threat Against NYC Credible

September 8, 2011 at 09:46 PM
New York, NY - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a terror threat against the city is credible but not corroborated. U.S. officials said Thursday they were investigating a detailed al-Qaida (al-KAH'-ee-duh) car bomb plot aimed at bridges or tunnels in New York or Washington. Bloomberg says the New York Police Department is deploying additional resources to keep residents safe ahead...

West Bank – Hamas Official: Shalit Talks Deadlocked

September 8, 2011 at 09:17 PM
West Bank - "Israeli media reports suggesting that progress has been made in the Shalit deal are baseless," Hassan Yusuf, a senior Hamas official in the West Bank, said on Thursday. Yusuf, who was quoted by the Islamist group's newspaper al-Risalah, said that negotiations meant to secure the release of the kidnapped IDF soldier were deadlocked. Meanwhile, Hamas operative Abdullah Barghouti...

Richmond, VA – Federal Court Tosses Lawsuits over Health Reform

September 8, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Richmond, VA - A federal appeals court in Virginia dismissed two lawsuits Thursday that had claimed President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional, though it remains likely the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually decide whether the government can force individuals to buy insurance. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited technicalities in both...

San Diego, CA – Feds Rule Out Terrorism As Calif., Ariz., Mexico Hit By Major Power Outage

September 8, 2011 at 08:02 PM
San Diego, CA - A major outage knocked out power in a region of almost 6 million people in the Southwest and Mexico on Thursday, bringing San Diego to a near-standstill and leaving people in the surrounding desert to swelter in searing summer heat. Two nuclear reactors were offline after losing electricity, but officials said there was no danger to the public or workers. San Diego bore the...

Washington – Text of President Obama’s Address To Congress

September 8, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Washington - Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans: Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse. This past week, reporters have been asking "What will this speech mean for the President? What will it mean for...

London – WikiLeaks Exposes Rabbi’s Iran Talks

September 8, 2011 at 07:21 PM
London - A rabbi spoke this week of his deep regret that his secret negotiations with the Iranian regime had been published by WikiLeaks. For the past 16 years, Rabbi Herschel Gluck of Stoke Newington has been involved in back-channel shuttle diplomacy. They were held with Ayatollah Syed Salman Safavi, brother of the military adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei, Rehman Safavi, and related...

Washington – Fox News: Feds Probe Credible 9/11 Anniversary Threat

September 8, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Washington - Federal authorities have come across what they believe may be a credible threat to the U.S. homeland surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, several sources tell Fox News. The threat would target New York City or Washington, D.C., sources said. Authorities have obtained what they believe is information on possible suspects tied to central Al Qaeda, but...

Beit Shemesh – One Arrested at School after Charedi Disturbance

September 8, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Beit Shemesh - Police were called Thursday afternoon to the new national religious girls school in Beit Shemesh that has been the site of fierce protests by haredim since its opening on September 1. Dozens of haredim arrived at the school while the girls were being dismissed from school in order to harass the students. Police arrested one demonstrator for disturbing the peace. The school...

New York, NY – NYPD Controversies Never Seem to Touch Ray Kelly

September 8, 2011 at 05:33 PM
New York, NY - On Monday afternoon, a few hours after he stood beside Mayor Bloomberg at an anti-gun press conference, then sat in on drums at the West Indian American Day Parade with the NYPD band, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly went to find Jumaane Williams. Williams, a 35-year-old, African-American councilman with long dreadlocks and an earring, had been handcuffed near the West Indian Day...

Washington – National Dems Pumping $500,000 Into Weprin Campaign In Last Few Days Leading Up To Election

September 8, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Washington - National Democrats are running ads hoping to prevent an embarrassing loss in a special congressional election in New York next week. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday it would begin an ad campaign attacking Republican candidate Bob Turner in the 9th Congressional District. The seat was vacated in June, when Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned...

New York – 10 Years, 21,000 Bone Fragments, No 9/11 Closure

September 8, 2011 at 04:54 PM
New York - His family has his spare firefighter uniform, but not the one he wore on 9/11 — or any other trace of him. Killed at the World Trade Center, 32-year-old Scott Kopytko's remains were never recovered — a painful legacy of grief for families looking for answers, closure or final confirmation that their loved one was actually a 9/11 victim. "Very painful and very hurt" is how...

United Nations – At The UN Father Demands Release Of Captured Gilad Schalit

September 8, 2011 at 04:49 PM
United Nations - The father of an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-allied militants more than five years ago called on the international community Thursday to demand the release of his son as a precondition for recognition of Palestine as a U.N. member state. Gilad Schalit was captured inside Israel in June 2006 and has been held by Hamas in Gaza. Hamas has demanded the release of hundreds of...

New York – Donald Trump Makes Robocalls For Turner

September 8, 2011 at 04:42 PM
New York - Queens native Donald Trump is making automated telephone calls to voters in New York's 9th Congressional District (Queens-Brooklyn), in support of Bob Turner where Mr. Turner (R) is running to replace former congressman Anthony Weiner (D) who recently resigned the seat. In his call, Mr. Trump said: This is Donald Trump, and I'm not calling to fire you, as we say on The...

New York – Democrats Worried about Losing Weiner’s Seat As New Report Says Weprin-Turner Polls “Pure Toss-up.”

September 8, 2011 at 04:15 PM
New York - Following the first poll to show Republican Bob Turner leading the race to fill Anthony Weiner’s old seat, both sides are now scrambling to gather more support. Today, the Rothenberg Report, an independent political-analysis newsletter, changed the status of the race from “Lean Democrat” to “Pure Toss-up.” Turner recently received the endorsement of Democratic assemblyman...

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