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Washington – Federal Agency to Test RIM’s BlackBerry 10

December 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Washington - Research In Motion said a U.S. federal agency, which recently outlined plans to move away from BlackBerry in favor of Apple Inc's iPhone, is now set to begin testing RIM's new BlackBerry 10 platform and devices. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), will early next year begin a pilot program on RIM's new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry...

Washington – Senate Legislation Targets Cyberstalking Software

December 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Washington - For around $50, a jealous wife or husband can download software that can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse better than any private detective. It's frighteningly easy and effective in an age when nearly everyone carries a cellphone that can record every moment of a person's physical movements. But it soon might be illegal. The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected...

Washington – Obama Celebrates Hanukkah at White House (video)

December 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says Hanukkah is a story of "resilience and optimism." He and first lady Michelle Obama held a White House reception Thursday on the sixth evening the Jewish Festival of Lights. In the Hanukkah story, a small band of Jews rededicating a Jerusalem temple found that a one-day supply of oil kindled a flame instead for eight. Thursday's celebration...

Washington – U.S. Lawmaker Says Syria’s Chemical Weapons Are Ready To Use

December 13, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Washington - Syria's chemical weapons could be used at "a moment's notice" and the international community should not accept any assurances from Syrian officials that they will not be used, U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Wednesday. U.S. and other Western officials recently issued sharp warnings to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to deploy chemical weapons...

New York, NY – Prosecutors: Madoff’s Brother Deserves Decade In Jail

December 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
New York, NY Prosecutors say the brother of convicted Ponzi-swindler Bernard Madoff deserves to spend 10 years in prison for his role in his brother's crimes. In a sentencing brief filed late Thursday, prosecutors said the decade that Peter Madoff agreed to serve when he pleaded guilty earlier this year was appropriate. The sentencing is scheduled to take place in Manhattan federal court next...

Washington – Obama, Boehner Hold Hour-Long White House Meeting

December 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner met for an hour on Thursday as frustration mounted over the lack of progress on averting the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax increases and spending cuts. With an end-of-year deadline looming, the two leaders came together at the White House in an attempt to rejuvenate negotiations that had become bogged down in a daily round...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Signs Law Restricting Pedicab Fares

December 13, 2012 at 06:06 PM
New York, NY - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed off on a law meant to stop pedicab passengers from being taken for a ride. A spokeswoman says the mayor signed the measure Thursday. He had said Wednesday he needed to look into it further. Spokeswoman Evelyn Erskine says Bloomberg decided it would create a reasonable fare system and increase protections for passengers in the...

New York, NY – Smartphones Taxi ‘E-Hail’ App Program Approved

December 13, 2012 at 05:22 PM
New York, NY - Raising your arm and yelling "taxi!" will soon be the old-fashioned way to nab a New York City cab. Soon, all you'll need is a smartphone app. On Thursday, New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission approved a plan that will allow riders to "e-hail" yellow cabs, starting Feb. 15 on a test basis. "We should not ignore technology that's out there. This is not speculative, this...

Washington – Obama Administration Boosts Penalties Against Iran

December 13, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Washington - The U.S. is stiffening the penalties against Iran over its nuclear program by blacklisting 12 companies and individuals for their work in transferring sensitive technology and uranium enrichment. The departments of State and Treasury say they're punishing seven more companies and five more people by freezing any assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from...

Washington – Rice Withdraws As Secretary Of State Candidate, Citing Tough Senate Battle

December 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Washington - Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration as U.S. secretary of state on Thursday in the face of what promised to be a difficult Senate confirmation battle. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, said she was withdrawing from the process to avoid a lengthy, costly and disruptive confirmation battle. "That trade-off...

Israel – Foreign Minister Lieberman Resists Calls to Resign

December 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's powerful foreign minister resisted calls to resign Thursday after he was charged with breach of trust in a fraud and money-laundering case threatening to upend the Israeli political system just a month before parliamentary elections. Avigdor Lieberman, who escaped more serious charges, said Thursday night that the law does not require him to resign. "According to my legal...

New York, NY – 2 Sought in Manhattan Killing of LA Man

December 13, 2012 at 02:24 PM
New York, NY - Investigators have yet to identify a suspect in the brazen shooting of a Los Angeles man in midtown Manhattan. A gunman and a getaway driver ambushed Brandon Lincoln Woodard on Monday after he checked out of a Columbus Circle hotel. An investigation has led police to Queens, where they located the assailants' car. Investigators think it might have been a professional...

Cuba – Venezuela’s Chavez Suffers Complication from Surgery

December 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Cuba - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding as a result of a six-hour operation in Cuba meant to treat a third bout of cancer, the government said on Thursday. The 58-year-old socialist leader needed "corrective measures" that stopped the bleeding, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said in a statement. "This process of recovery will take time because of the complexity of...

Nablus, West Bank – Hamas Stages First West Bank March Since 2007

December 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Nablus, West Bank - The Islamic militant group Hamas staged on Thursday its first public demonstration in the West Bank since 2007, illustrating its improving ties with the rival Fatah movement after a five-year rift. The show of force by Hamas reflected the group's popularity in Palestinian society following an eight-day battle against Israel last month and its rising influence as Islamists...

Albany, NY – GOP Senator Key To Legalizing Gay Marriage Concedes

December 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Albany, NY - Republican state Sen. Stephen Saland, who cast the critical vote to legalize gay marriage in New York, has conceded that he lost his re-election bid. The veteran Saland ended a long count of absentee ballots in the Hudson Valley race that included praise from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for what he called a courageous vote of conscience. With Saland's decision Thursday...

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