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San Francisco – Twitter Launches Photo Color Filters to Battle Instagram, Facebook

December 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
San Francisco - Twitter on Monday introduced the ability to add color filters to user-uploaded photos, a step that sharpened its budding rivalry with Facebook Inc. Twitter's filters mimic the popular feature that has defined Instagram, the booming photo service acquired by Facebook this year for $715 million. Although the new filters represent a modest product announcement affecting a small...

Washington – Bicyclists, Large Truck Deaths Soar, Bucking Trend

December 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Washington - Deaths of bicyclists and occupants of large trucks rose sharply last year even as total traffic fatalities dropped to their lowest level since 1949, federal safety officials said Monday. Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7 percent and deaths of occupants of large trucks increased 20 percent, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in an analysis of 2011 traffic...

Binghamton, NY – Chabad Students Spin 749 Dreidels to Set Guinness Spin Record

December 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Binghamton, NY - An organization of Jewish students at an upstate New York college is trying to put a new spin on a world record. The Chabad (khah-BAHD') Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University says it got enough people together Monday evening to simultaneously spin more than 749 dreidels, the four-sided top and traditional Hanukkah diversion, and break a Guinness World...

Toronto – Stylish Coat-Wearing Monkey Caught Outside Ikea Store

December 10, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Toronto - Shoppers at an Ikea store in Toronto weren't monkeying around when they reported a primate on the loose. Customers spotted a monkey - clad in a pint-sized shearling coat - wandering around the store's parking lot Sunday afternoon. The baby monkey, named Darwin, made its way through rows of parked cars and ended up outside a set of store doors. Ikea staff lured the primate into a...

Seaside Heights, NJ – NY, NJ Ponder New Boardwalks Without the Boards

December 10, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Seaside Heights, NJ - They're the places where generations of families savored fast-melting ice cream cones and chowed down on garlicky slices of pizza, where teens scoped out potential dates, where a tipsy Snooki tottered unsteadily, and under which the Drifters sang about falling in love. For all their nostalgia, boardwalks are still a major economic engine for shoreline communities in New...

Gaza – Hamas Leader Leaves Gaza With Calls for Palestinian Unity

December 10, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Hamas - Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal ended his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Monday with a pledge his Islamist movement would strive to heal political rifts with Palestinian rivals who hold sway in the West Bank. His comments reinforced promises he and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the rival Fatah movement, made to each other in a telephone conversation a month...

Bnei Brak – Rabbi Shteinman Calls on Jews to Dodge Civil Service

December 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Bnei Brak - The haredi daily newspaper Yated Neeman reported on Monday that Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the most senior rabbi in the haredi world, has called on yeshiva students not to enlist in the civilian service program, the framework designed as an alternative to military service for haredi men. According to an article published on Monday in Yated Neeman, a mouthpiece for the Degel...

Washington – HSBC to Pay $1.9B to Settle Money-Laundering Probe

December 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Washington - A law enforcement official says HSBC will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities into Europe's biggest bank. According to the official, the bank will pay $1.25 billion in forfeiture and pay $655 million in civil penalties. The $1.25 billion figure is the largest forfeiture ever in a case involving a bank. Under what is known as a...

Bolivia – Extortion of American Orthodox Jew Stings Bolivian Officials

December 10, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Bolivia - It is an unlikely tale: Orthodox Jew from New York City comes to Bolivia to rescue a rice-growing venture, gets thrown in jail on suspicion of money laundering and, aided by actor Sean Penn, winds up triggering perhaps the biggest scandal yet for the country's president. It all began 18 months ago when Jacob Ostreicher was arrested while trying to salvage a multimillion-dollar...

Washington – U.S. Approves Sales Of Precision Bomb Kits To Israel

December 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Washington - The Pentagon on Monday notified Congress that it had approved the sale of nearly 7,000 precision bomb kits built by Boeing Co to Israel in a deal valued at around $647 million that included other munitions. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said Israel had requested to buy 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits and thousands of other...

Redford, MI – Obama Says He ‘Won’t Compromise’ on Taxes

December 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Redford, MI - President Barack Obama warned Monday that he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes, digging in on the chief sticking point between the White House and Republicans as they seek a way to avert the "fiscal cliff." Obama brought his pressure-Congress campaign to the heart of industrial America, ripping lines from his own re-election bid as...

Brooklyn, NY – Unlicensed Counselor Found Guilty In Orthodox Abuse Trial; Faces 117 Years

December 10, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A guilty verdict was handed down today in the emotionally grueling two-week sex abuse trial of Nechemya Weberman, 54, the Hasidic, unlicensed counselor who was accused of sexually abusing a now 18-year-old teen sent to him for psychological treatment over a three-year period beginning when she was 12. In a packed courtroom, the jury of six men and six women found Weberman...

San Francisco, CA – Google’s Popular GMail Service Suffers Disruption

December 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
San Francisco, CA - Several Google Inc Web products, including the popular GMail service, appeared to go dark for users on several continents on Monday. Google confirmed that "service disruptions" had affected GMail and Google Drive, its online storage service. The two products are part of Google's Apps suite, a Microsoft Office rival that caters to both consumers and businesses. By 10:10...

Brussels – EU Condemns Israel Over Settlements

December 10, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Brussels - The European Union expressed dismay on Monday over Israel's plans to build settlements in a highly sensitive part of the West Bank, but spelled out no punitive measures in response. After meeting in Brussels, foreign ministers of the 27 EU states said the Israeli plan would seriously undermine the prospects of successful peace negotiations between Israel and the...

Jerusalem – Israel: Iranian Nuclear Challenge Must Be Tackled In 2013

December 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Jerusalem - Iran is getting ever closer to being able to build a nuclear bomb and the problem will have to be confronted in 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. Israeli officials would like the United States to take the lead in a military assault on Iran's nuclear sites, but say in private they would go it alone if necessary, describing a nuclear-armed Iran as an...

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