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New York – Top U.S. Carriers to Set Up 911 Texting Services

December 7, 2012 at 02:23 PM
New York - Four top U.S. mobile phone service companies have agreed to set up a service to allow people to send text messages to emergency aid call center 911, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) said. At present, emergency 911 services can be accessed only through a phone call. The change will particularly help people with hearing or speech disabilities. AT&T Inc, Verizon...

New York – Casino Bus Driver NOT Guilty in Crash That Killed 15

December 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM
New York - A casino bus driver at the helm of a New York crash that killed 15 people last year has been found not guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Ophadell Williams was found guilty Friday on one count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Prosecutors alleged he was so exhausted it was as though he was drunk behind the wheel. Defense Attorney...

New York – Schwab Eyes Commission-Free Status On Brokerage Platforms

December 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM
New York - Charles Schwab Corp has been quietly meeting with exchange-traded fund providers to try to persuade them to join a new network that would make ETFs available commission-free to the brokerage's 8.6 million customers. ETF providers, however, have been reluctant to sign on to Schwab's plan because they would have to pay the firm a marketing fee they say is too high, according to people...

Washington – Boehner Says Stalemate Persists In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks

December 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) says there's been no progress in negotiations on how to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts and called on President Barack Obama to come up with a new offer. Boehner told reporters outside his Capitol Hill office Friday that the president needs to get serious with the combination of tax hikes and cuts set to kick in after...

New York – NYC Subway Rider Helps Fellow Rider On Tracks

December 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM
New York - New Yorkers do care: A fellow rider helped a man who wound up on the subway tracks. It occurred days after another man was pushed to his death in front of an oncoming train. No one seemingly came to his aid. Voice of America journalist Margaret Besheer says it happened Thursday night at Bowling Green station in Lower Manhattan. She saw a disoriented man sitting between the...

Washington – ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks Down to Obama and Speaker Boehner

December 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Washington - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are "being kept in the loop," said an aide close to both Democratic leaders, ready to work out any details. "The White House and Boehner have the most to work out, so they do the most talking," the aide said on Friday. Boehner scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. EST/1500 GMT to discuss the "fiscal...

Israel – Beverage Maker Takes on Soda Super-Giants and Pro-Palestinian Activists

December 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Israel - An Israeli maker of home soda machines hopes to make a splash in the U.S. soft drink market through a global advertising campaign it will launch during Super Bowl XLVII. For SodaStream, the advertising push marks a bold - and risky - bet on tapping into the tastes of the world's largest soft drink market. But opposition from major beverage makers and criticism of the company's...

Tel Aviv – Israel Ranks 39 on World Corruption Index

December 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Tel Aviv - Israel has ranked 39 on the list of corrupt countries in 2012 with a score of 60, according to the world corruption watchdog Transparency International's annual report released Wednesday. The results of the report indicated that corruption has become an entrenched part of the global economy: Despite the efforts of campaigners in different parts of the world, Transparency...

Boston – Romney Campaign Had $25.7 Million Left after Election

December 7, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Boston - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign had $25.7 million left in the bank days after the Nov. 6 election that ended months of relentless fundraising in the most expensive race in U.S. history, new campaign finance disclosures showed on Thursday. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, defeated the Republican candidate following a campaign that cost more than $2 billion overall. Obama's...

Washington – Obama Adviser Shaves ‘Stache For Charity

December 7, 2012 at 09:02 AM
Washington - President Barack Obama's strategist David Axelrod had his trademark moustache shaved Friday on MSNBC after the hosts of "Morning Joe" helped raise $1 million for his epilepsy charity. Axelrod, and his facial hair, appear frequently on news shows. He had said on "Morning Joe" he would shave the moustache he'd worn for 40 years on live TV if Obama lost Pennsylvania, Minnesota or...

Cairo – Egypt Protesters March Toward President’s Palace

December 7, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Cairo - Thousands of Egyptians marched toward the president's palace early Friday afternoon for another day of demonstrations against the president while thousands of his Islamist backers gathered outside the country's most respected Islamic institution for a funeral for two men killed in Wednesday's bloody clashes. Egypt's simmering political crisis showed no signs of letting up the day after...

Washington – US Economy Adds 146,000 Jobs, Rate Falls to 7.7 Pct.

December 7, 2012 at 08:39 AM
Washington - The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures. The Labor Department report offered a mixed picture for the economy. Hiring remained steady during the storm and in the face of looming tax increases. But the...

Jerusalem – Human Rights Group: Israeli Strike on Gaza Home Unlawful

December 7, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Jerusalem - A leading human rights group on Friday accused Israel of violating the laws of war when it killed 12 civilians in an airstrike during its recent conflict with Palestinian militants in Gaza. Israel's army countered that Palestinian militants were to blame for hiding in civilian buildings. Israel launched its air assault on Gaza last month to try to stop frequent rocket barrages...

Pennsylvania – Nazi Concentration Guard Claims He Was Forced to Join The SS

December 7, 2012 at 08:10 AM
Pennsylvania - A former Nazi concentration camp guard who has lived quietly in western Pennsylvania for more than 50 years took his fight against deportation to the nation's highest immigration court Thursday, arguing that he shouldn't be punished because he served in Hitler's army against his will. The Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church heard the appeal from 88-year-old Anton Geiser...

Gaza – Hamas Chief Arrives in Gaza for First-ever Visit

December 7, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Gaza - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist group's growing confidence following a recent conflict with Israel. After passing through the Egyptian border crossing, Meshaal knelt on the ground to offer a prayer of thanks and was then greeted by dozens of officials from an array...

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