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London – New Body Scanner Offers Virtual Tape Measure For Online Shopping

November 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM
London - British researchers have come up with a new body scanning device that gives accurate measurements and could boost online clothes shopping. Shoppers are still nervous about ordering clothes online because they often do not fit and, some say, there will never be a substitute for trying something on - one reason why the boom in online retail has not had the same impact on clothing as on...

Mumbai – India Hangs Gunman From 2008 Mumbai Attack

November 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Mumbai - India executed the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai early Wednesday, the country's home ministry said. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was one of 10 gunmen who rampaged through the streets of India's financial capital for three days in November 2008, killing 166 people. Kasab was hung in secrecy at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at a jail in Pune, a city...

Gaza – Analysis: Hamas Gains Diplomatic Strength, Undermining Palestinian President

November 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Gaza - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has cut a lonely figure while his Islamist Hamas rivals in the Gaza Strip have battled Israel, gaining kudos in the West Bank and de facto Arab recognition. Hamas leaders received Arab and Turkish foreign ministers in Gaza on Tuesday, following similar trips by Egypt's prime minister and Tunisia's foreign minister, as well as one by the emir of Qatar...

New York, NY – City Replaces 250 Payphones with iPad-Like Screens

November 20, 2012 at 09:36 PM
New York, NY - Old phone booths in Manhattan's Union Square are getting a modern makeover. Smart screens there display real-time local-based services, community information, current events and entertainment listings. It's called City24/7, which also is the name of a media and content company. The private-public partnership also includes the city Department of Information Technology and...

Israel – Iron Dome-Makers Working in Non-Stop Shifts

November 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Israel - Israel sees its Iron Dome anti-rocket system as a noted success of its Gaza assault. The only problem is keeping up with demand for the interceptor missiles, their makers said on Tuesday. "We've been working in non-stop shifts," said an official with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd, which developed the system. He declined to be named for security reasons. Equipped with five of...

Gaza – Open-Egypt Crossing Border a Critical Point of Conflict

November 20, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Gaza - Computerized passport control points, shiny marble floors and framed photos of beaches greet arrivals at Gaza's Rafah terminal along the Egyptian frontier. The $1.4 million terminal reflects a sign of Palestinian hopes that the fighting of the past week between militants in Gaza and Israel will end with a deal leading to an easier flow of people and goods into Egypt. That would...

New York – Police Question “Person Of Interest” In Brooklyn Shopkeeper Slayings

November 20, 2012 at 06:19 PM
New York - NBC 4 is reporting that the NYPD in Brooklyn are questioning a man who may be "John Doe Duffel Bag," the balding man with a mustache who was seen on surveillance video near the scene of the latest slaying in series of deadly shootings of Brooklyn business owners of Middle Eastern descent. The man, described as a person of interest, was picked up in Bay Ridge on Tuesday afternoon...

La Paz – US Embassy In Bolivia Says Fears For Ostreicher’s Health

November 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM
La Paz - As a Bolivian court today has once again postponed a bail hearing by lawyers for Jacob Ostreicher, officials at the United States Embassy have expressed their concern about the health of the jailed Brooklyn businessman. According to reports on the South American news site Terra, Ostreicher has spent the last twelve days in a Santa Cruz clinic and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's...

New York – NYC Voter Poll Says NJ Gov Handled Sandy Best

November 20, 2012 at 05:44 PM
New York - A new poll shows New Yorkers believe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie handled Sandy best, followed by President Obama. The Quinnipiac University Poll surveyed 1,165 New Yorkers about the aftermath of the superstorm that swamped lower Manhattan and devastated coastlines in New Jersey and New York. Most voters said that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg did an "excellent"...

New York – Sandy Leads To Thanksgiving Rental Car Shortage

November 20, 2012 at 05:14 PM
New York - Thanksgiving travelers who have yet to rent a car in the Northeast are out of luck: Superstorm Sandy has created a shortage. The storm has damaged thousands of cars — including those owned by rental companies. The loss of vehicles has been compounded by rising demand. Thanksgiving and Christmas are normally busy rental periods. And lingering mass transit problems caused by Sandy...

Jerusalem – Meeting Clinton, Netanyahu Demands “Long-term” Gaza Deal

November 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is prepared to escalate its Gaza Strip offensive but would prefer a long-term diplomatic solution to the threat of rockets from the Palestinian enclave, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. "If there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem with diplomatic means, we prefer that," he said in a public statement alongside visiting U.S...

Cairo – Hamas Blames Israel For Gaza Truce Delay

November 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Cairo - A Hamas official said on Tuesday that Egyptian efforts to broker a truce with Israel had been held up because the Israeli government had yet to respond to proposals, indicating there would be no ceasefire until Wednesday at the earliest. "The Israeli side has not responded yet, so we will not hold a (news) conference this evening and must wait until tomorrow," Ezzat al-Rishq, a senior...

Gaza City – Israeli Airstrikes Kill 3 Palestinian Journalists

November 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Gaza City - Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. The strikes came on the seventh day of Israel's offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers. A number of journalists have been killed over the years while covering...

New York – NY Officials, Community Leaders Stand In Support Of Israel’s Right Of Self Defense (video)

November 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
New York - New York’s elected officials and community leaders stood together with Amb. Ido Aharoni, Israel’s Consul General in New York, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and strongly declared their support for the State of Israel and its right to engage in self-defense. Elected officials in attendance included Congress Members Rangel, Nadler, Maloney, Engel, Meeks...

New York – Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Worship In Public Schools

November 20, 2012 at 02:39 PM
New York - A pending New York City regulation that bans worship services inside school buildings after-hours is an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of religion, the lawyer for a Bronx church argued before a federal appeals court on Monday. It was the latest chapter in a nearly two-decade legal battle between the city's Board of Education and religious groups, including the Bronx...

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