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New York – Fighting Sandy Debris-Removal Crooks: There’s An App For That

November 23, 2012 at 02:42 PM
New York - A devastating storm like Sandy can bring out the crooks - and not just opportunistic looters and burglars. Officials dealing with the destruction in the U.S. Northeast say one of their biggest headaches is debris-removal fraud committed by greedy contractors who inflate their share of the millions in cleanup funds doled out by federal agencies. But new digital technology created...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Lifts Odd-Even Gas Rationing

November 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
New York, NY - The first day of the holiday shopping season will be the last full day of post-Superstorm Sandy gasoline rationing in New York City. The odd-even system is set to end at 6 a.m. Saturday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an order Friday confirming the restriction would expire. He says more than 85 percent of gas stations in the city are now running, compared to 25 percent two...

Cairo – IN PHOTOS: Violent Clashes In Egypt As Morsi Defends New Powers

November 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Cairo - Thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president clashed with his supporters in cities across the country Friday, burning several offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the most violent and widespread protests since Mohammed Morsi came to power, sparked by his move to grant himself sweeping powers. The violence reflected the increasingly dangerous polarization in Egypt over what...

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Two Powers, Qatar And Iran, Try To Sway Hamas

November 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - The courtship of Hamas between rivals Iran and Qatar has been one of the Middle East's intriguing subplots of the Arab Spring. The bloodshed in Gaza has now sharpened their competition for influence with the Palestinian militant group and the direction it takes in the future. Qatar has sought to use its vast wealth to win over Hamas with investments and...

Princeton, NJ – Drug Company Recalls Generic Lipitor after Glass Particles Found

November 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Princeton, NJ - Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. has recalled dozens of lots of its generic version of cholesterol drug Lipitor because some may contain tiny glass particles, the latest in a string of manufacturing deficiencies that once led U.S. regulators to bar imports of the Indian company's medicines. Ranbaxy, a subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., India's biggest drugmaker, is operating...

New York – Powerball Jackpot Builds To $325M For Saturday

November 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM
New York - The jackpot for Powerball's Saturday drawing has climbed to $325 million, the fourth-largest in the game's history. A single winner choosing a cash payout would get nearly $213 million before paying state and federal taxes. Powerball jackpots have been growing faster since the game's organizers doubled the ticket price to $2 in January. An Iowa couple won $202 million in a...

Beijing – Palestine Envoy Says China Backs UN Entry

November 23, 2012 at 09:42 AM
Beijing - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' envoy to China said on Friday that Beijing backs their United Nations membership bid, a day after France indicated it would support a diplomatic upgrade for Palestine. Bassam al-Salhi, in China on a three-day trip to discuss tensions in Gaza, echoed earlier calls from China's Foreign Ministry that Beijing would support Palestinian statehood and...

Jerusalem – IN PHOTOS: IDF Officer Killed In Rocket Attack Laid To Rest

November 23, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Jerusalem - Hundreds attended the funeral funeral for reserves Lieutenant Boris Yarmolnik who was laid to rest Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the military cemetery of Netanya. The reserve officer was critically injured Wednesday by a rocket fired towards the Eshkol Regional Council from the Gaza Strip. He succumbed to his wounds the next day. Yarmilnik was the sixth Israeli to be killed during...

Queens, NY – Far Rockaway Copes With Sinkholes

November 23, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Queens, NY - Residents in Far Rockaway, Queens, are now coping with sinkholes in areas that seemed stable before Superstorm Sandy. The city's Department of Environmental Protection has determined that the holes were caused by damage to private water and sewer lines. The DEP has been informing homeowners of the problem so they can arrange for repairs. The New York Times...

Cairo – Egypt’s Morsi Called “Pharaoh” for Seizing New Powers

November 23, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Cairo - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution. Mursi's aides said the decree was to speed up a protracted transition that has been hindered by legal obstacles but Mursi's rivals were quick...

Caracas – Anti-Israel Protesters Target Synagogue in Venezuela

November 23, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Caracas - Leaders of the Jewish community in Venezuela said about 50 people protested Israel's airstrikes in the Gaza Strip outside the largest synagogue in Caracas. The Venezuelan Confederation of Israelite Associations said in a statement that the demonstrators hurled fireworks inside the synagogue on Thursday, disrupting activities and causing panic. The organisation said the...

Jerusalem – Poll: Half of Israelis Think Government Stopped Gaza Military Campaign Too Soon

November 23, 2012 at 08:09 AM
Jerusalem - A poll shows about half of Israelis think their government should have continued its military offensive against Palestinian militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza. The independent Maagar Mohot poll released on Friday shows 49 percent of respondents feel Israel should have kept going after squads who fire rockets into Israel. Thirty-one percent supported the government's decision to stop...

Jerusalem – After Gaza, Netanyahu Down in Poll But Still Seen Winning

November 23, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Jerusalem - Discontent over the ceasefire Benjamin Netanyahu struck with Hamas in Gaza has cost the Israeli prime minister support but he should still win a January 22 election, an opinion poll showed on Friday. Maariv newspaper conducted the survey after an eight-day Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip ended on Wednesday with an Egyptian-mediated truce that...

Rome – PA Foreign Minister: Gaza Shooting Violated Ceasefire

November 23, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Rome - Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said on Friday the shooting of a Palestinian man by IDF soldiers close to the Gaza-Israel border violated a ceasefire agreement. Malki, speaking at a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, called the incident "a clear violation of the agreement and should not be repeated". The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel...

Gaza – 1 Killed, 19 Wounded in Israeli Gunfire Near Border Fence

November 23, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Gaza -Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 19 people as crowds surged toward Gaza's border fence with Israel on Friday, a health official said, the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold a day before. The shooting did not appear to pose an immediate threat to the Egypt-brokered cease-fire, which called for an end to Gaza rocket fire on...

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