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Washington – $2 Billion Price Tag For Presidential Election

December 6, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Washington - The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday. The reports detailed a last-minute cascade of money from mega-donors and an onslaught of spending by the Obama and Romney campaigns and "super" political action committees. The...

Santa Cruz – U.S. Congressional Delegation Visit Ostreicher In Bolvia

December 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Santa Cruz - Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) is leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to seek the release of American businessman Jacob Ostreicher, who has been held in a Bolivian prison without formal charges or bail since June 2011. “We are here to visit Jacob, who is sick and who I passionately believe is innocent,” said Smith, chairman of a U.S. congressional subcommittee that...

New York – Study: Men More Likely To Die Of Cancer

December 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM
New York - Not only are men more likely than women to be diagnosed with cancer, among those who get the disease, men also have a higher chance of dying from it, according to a new study. In an analysis of cases of all but the sex-specific cancers like prostate and ovarian cancers, for example, men with the disease were more likely than women to die in each of the past 10 years, researchers...

Key West, FL – Genetically-Altered Mosquitoes Could Be Used Against Dengue Fever

December 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Key West, FL - Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are waiting for the federal government to sign off on an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce the risk of dengue fever in the tourist town of Key West. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it would be the first such experiment in the U.S. Some Key West residents...

Dubai – Iran Tanker Signals Conceal Syria Ship Movements

December 6, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Dubai - Iranian oil tankers are sending incorrect satellite signals that confuse global tracking systems and appear to conceal voyages made by other ships to Syria, which, like Iran, is subject to international sanctions. The two countries are close allies and have helped each other deal with shortages by swapping badly needed fuels such as gasoline for diesel. Sanctions imposed on Iran to...

New York – What Should You Do if You’re Pushed Onto Subway Tracks

December 6, 2012 at 08:26 PM
New York - The horrific case of a man pushed to his death on the subway tracks has set New Yorkers abuzz about what they would do - and how they would save themselves - if caught in the same situation. Safety experts say lying down in the trough between the tracks may work in some stations. If you're not obese, there might be a space between the train and the platform at some stops. And if all...

New York – Thruway Board Won’t Say if Toll Hike is Planned

December 6, 2012 at 07:20 PM
New York - The state Thruway Authority board has set a meeting for Dec. 17 but still won't say when it plans to consider a longstanding proposal for a "modest" 45-percent increase in tolls for truckers. Executive Director Thomas Madison says the directors will meet Dec. 17 to choose a plan for replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge linking Westchester and Rockland counties. But he says the toll hike...

Washington – Firm Hopes to Sell Trips to The Moon for $1.5 Billion

December 6, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Washington - Attention wealthy nations and billionaires: A team of former NASA executives will fly you to the moon in an out-of-this-world commercial venture combining the wizardry of Apollo and the marketing of Apple. For a mere $1.5 billion, the business is offering countries the chance to send two people to the moon and back, either for research or national prestige. And if you are an...

Las Vegas – Adelson Aided Romney in Late $10 Million Bet

December 6, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Las Vegas - New campaign finance figures for the final two weeks of the 2012 campaign show that Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave $10 million to a "super" political committee supporting losing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Adelson, who owns casinos in Las Vegas, Singapore and the Chinese territory of Macau, has been the top donor in the 2012 race, providing...

Jerusalem – Israeli Court: Crown Heights Shmira Member To Be Extradited To The US To Face Charges

December 6, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Almost one year to the day after an Israeli court granted an appeal delaying the extradition of former Crown Heights resident Yitzchak Shuchat to the United States, According to Israeli news 1 the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that Shuchat must return to his former home within the next sixty days to face assault charges. Shuchat, a former member of the Crown Heights Shmira...

Jerusalem – Former Israeli PM Olmert Will Not Run In Election

December 6, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Jerusalem - Former Israeli leader Ehud Olmert put an end to weeks of political suspense on Thursday with a decision not to run against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January's election. The centrist Olmert had been mulling a political comeback since October, when Netanyahu called the election after his government failed to agree on the 2013 budget. "He is not running," his aide, Yanki...

Washington – Obama, Christie Meet At The White House To Discuss Superstorm Aid

December 6, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama has met with New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie at the White House. Christie is in Washington Thursday to talk about aid to help his state recover from Superstorm Sandy. Obama is expected to ask Congress for about $50 billion in additional emergency assistance. The storm struck the East Coast about a week before Election Day. Christie widely...

Jerusalem – Hitmen On Hold, Israelis Might Talk To Meshaal

December 6, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Jeruslaem - Israel once tried to kill Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in a botched assassination attempt on the streets of the Jordanian capital, Amman. Fifteen years later, it is starting to view him in a slightly different light and Israeli analysts say he might yet prove the man who can open a dialogue between the Palestinian Islamist movement and the Jewish state. Meshaal is due to make his...

Washington – U.S. Defense Secretary: Intelligence On Syrian Chemical Weapons Very Worrying

December 6, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Washington - The United States has seen intelligence raising serious concerns that President Bashar al-Assad's government is considering using chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday without elaborating on the nature of that intelligence. "I think there is no question that we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advances - in particular on...

Vienna – Austrian Jewish Group Bans Billionaire Lauder In Election Spat

December 6, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Vienna - Austria's official Jewish organisation has banned billionaire Ron Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress and a former U.S. ambassador, from its property over complaints he meddled with its elections. A spokesman for Lauder on Thursday dismissed the allegations as "a distortion of the truth". The move by IKG, Austria's official representative of Jews, is an unusual slap at...

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