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San Francisco – Wal-Mart Selling Apple’s iPhone 5 for $127

December 16, 2012 at 11:28 PM
San Francisco - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday that it began selling Apple Inc's flagship iPhone 5 smartphone at a big discount in thousands of its stores. Wal-Mart said it is selling the 16 GB Apple iPhone 5 for $127, versus an original price of $189.97. The price is valid with a two-year contract from wireless carriers Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, the retailer added. Wal-Mart said it is...

Be’er Sheva – Israelis Create Layer For Night-Vision Glasses

December 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Be'er Sheva - A thin coating that could turn any pair of glasses into night-vision glasses using invisible infrared light is being developed by a team at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba. BGU is only one of two recipients of a major grant from the Israel National Nanotechnology Institute to create the coating. The team is led by Prof. Gabby Sarusi, who has a long history at...

Caracas – Venezuela Furious At Obama’s Comments On Ailing Chavez

December 16, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Caracas - Venezuela's government reacted with fury on Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama's criticism of ailing Hugo Chavez's "authoritarian" government at a time of national anxiety over his battle to recover from cancer surgery. In an interview with U.S. network Univision, Obama declined to speculate on the 58-year-old socialist president's health in Cuba, where he is in a delicate state...

Newtown, CT – Obama Offers ‘Love, Prayers Of Nation’ Says Most Difficult Day Of His Presidency

December 16, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Newtown, CT - A mournful President Barack Obama said Sunday that the nation is failing to keep its children safe, pledging that change must come after an elementary-school massacre left 20 children dead. "What choice do we have?" Obama said. "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?" In a vigil for the fallen, in a...

Israel – Newly Declassified : ‘Pollard Sought Intel On Arab Countries, Not US’

December 16, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Israel - Jonathan Pollard delivered nuclear, military and technical information to his handlers on Israel’s Arab adversaries and their Soviet benefactors – not on the United States – when he spied for Israel from June 1984 to November 1985, according to the newly declassified CIA 1987 damage assessment of the Pollard case, published on Friday by the National Security Archive at George...

Tel Aviv – Court: Indictment Set Against Suspect in Bus Bombing

December 16, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Tel Aviv - An indictment will be presented on Wednesday against a suspect in the November bus bombing in Tel Aviv that wounded 28 Israelis, the suspect’s attorney and Tel Aviv police said Wednesday. The suspect, a resident of Taibeh originally from Beit Lakia near Ramallah, was brought for a remand extension at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Sunday, where his remand was extended until...

Newtown, CT – ATF: Gunman, Mother Visited Shooting Range

December 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Newtown, CT - Investigators say school shooter Adam Lanza visited an area shooting range but have not concluded whether he actually practiced shooting there. Ginger Colburn, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, would not identify the shooting range in question or say how recently he was there. She says investigators have concluded that Lanza's mother, Nancy...

New York – Diet Pepsi Quietly Changes Sweetener

December 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
New York - If that can of Diet Pepsi tastes sweeter than normal, there's a reason. PepsiCo Inc. is quietly changing the sweeteners in the drink, with the goal of helping the soda maintain its potency longer. Cans of Diet Pepsi around the country now list a mix of two artificial sweeteners, a pairing that is commonly found in newer diet sodas. Previously, Diet Pepsi used only aspartame...

Miami – Schools Around US Increase Security after Massacre

December 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Miami- Schools around the country are reviewing security plans, adding extra law enforcement patrols and readying counselors for the first day of classes since a shooting massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut. Districts from Alabama to Arizona and Florida to New England were asking local law enforcement to increase patrols on Monday. School officials in some areas sent messages to...

Newtown, CT – Evidence Hints at Deadlier Plan in School Massacre

December 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Newtown, CT - The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage shot his mother four times in the head before going to the school and gunning down 26, authorities said Sunday as details emerged suggesting that Adam Lanza had planned an even more gruesome massacre but was stopped short. Lanza blasted his way into the building and used a high-powered rifle to kill 20 children and six adults...

New York – Cuomo Delivers $40 Million in Federal Sandy Aid

December 16, 2012 at 03:39 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is delivering the first federal aid since Superstorm Sandy hit his state — $40 million to help remove debris on Long Island. On Sunday, the governor visited Long Beach off Long Island's south shore, where the storm wiped out roads, beaches and homes. Long Beach is getting more than $24 million. Almost $16 million goes to Nassau County Public...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinian Premier: Boycott Israeli Goods

December 16, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - The Palestinian premier is calling on his people to boycott Israeli products. Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad told reporters Sunday the boycott is to protest Israel's withholding of funds to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority. Israel is holding $100 million in taxes it normally transfers to the Palestinians. It cut off the funds after the Palestinians won...

Washington – Senators Want Commission to Look at Mass Shootings

December 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Washington - Two senators called Sunday for a national commission to examine mass shootings in the United States, while a third vowed to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. The proposals were among the first to come from Congress in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Gun rights activists remained largely quiet on the issue, all but one declining to appear on the...

New York, NY – Bloomberg: Obama’s ‘Number One Agenda’ Should Be More Gun Control

December 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says President Barack Obama's first priority in his second term should be to lead the country on gun control. In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Bloomberg says the kind of violence resulting in the deaths of 20 schoolchildren "only happens in America." And he says it happens "again and again." Bloomberg has been an outspoken...

Washington – Millions Face Higher Taxes Real Soon Without Fix

December 16, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Washington - Millions of families and businesses will get hit by big tax increases a lot sooner than many realize if Congress and the White House don't agree on a plan to skirt the year-end fiscal cliff of higher tax rates and big government spending cuts. In fact, they already have. More than 70 tax breaks enjoyed by individuals and businesses expired at the end of 2011. If Congress...

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