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New York, NY – Lawsuit: NYPD Officer Punished for Complaining about Quotas

February 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM
New York, NY - A New York City police officer was berated by his superiors and given poor evaluations and bad assignments for complaining about arrest quotas in his Bronx precinct, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union says. Officer Craig Matthews claimed in the suit that his superiors created a system where officers were awarded points for certain summonses...

Orlando, FL – NBA: Nothing Like Frenzy Created By Lin

February 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Orlando, FL - Not Magic and Bird, not Kobe or LeBron. Not even Michael Jordan. Nobody can match the buzz that Jeremy Lin has created in such a short amount of time, NBA Commissioner David Stern said Thursday. "I haven't done a computation, but it's fair to say that no player has created the interest and the frenzy in this short period of time, in any sport, that I'm aware of like Jeremy Lin...

New York – Republican NYC Lawyer Intends To Take On Gillibrand

February 23, 2012 at 09:11 PM
New York - New York City lawyer Wendy Long is expected to announce she'll run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Kirsten Gillibrand (KEHR'-sten IL'-uh-brand). A state Republican official with knowledge of the decision said Thursday that Long is expected to formally announce her candidacy soon. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Long had not publicly announced a run. Nassau...

Los Angeles, CA – Study: Colonoscopy Cuts Colon Cancer Death Risk

February 23, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Millions of people have endured a colonoscopy, believing the dreaded exam may help keep them from dying of colon cancer. For the first time, a major study offers clear evidence that it does. Removing precancerous growths spotted during the test can cut the risk of dying from colon cancer in half, the study suggests. Doctors have long assumed a benefit, but research hasn't...

Washington – Gas Prices Nearing $4 Could Undercut Obama’s Re-election Prospects

February 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Washington - Soaring gasoline prices are threatening to undercut President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects and offering Republicans an easy target. With prices pushing $4 a gallon and threatening to go even higher, Obama sought Thursday to confront rising public anxiety and strike back at his GOP critics. Obama said dismissively that all the Republicans can talk about is more drilling —...

New York – NYPD: Newark, NJ, Police Knew About Surveillance

February 23, 2012 at 06:59 PM
New York - The New York Police Department says Newark, N.J., police officials knew exactly what it was doing in their city during a 2007 intelligence-gathering operation. The NYPD's operation catalogued and photographed every mosque in Newark. Police eavesdropped inside Muslim businesses and listed them in files. Newark Mayor Cory Booker has called the operation "deeply offensive" and said...

Salt Lake City – Claim Surfaces Of Anne Frank Baptism By Mormons

February 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Salt Lake City - A new claim has surfaced that the Mormon church has posthumously baptized a Holocaust victim, this time Anne Frank. The allegations come just a week after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apologized when it was brought to light that the parents of Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized by church members at...

London – Britain Warns Diplomats Not To Meet Israelis In Public

February 23, 2012 at 05:44 PM
London - London's Foreign Office has cautioned its diplomats abroad not to travel in cars with Israelis, or meet with them in public for fear of being targeted by terrorists trying to attack Israelis abroad. The warning came in wake of the recent terror attempts on Israeli envoys in New Delhi, Tbilisi and Bangkok, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Thursday. Israel's Foreign Ministry...

Miami, FL – Obama: Drilling Alone Is Not An Energy Plan

February 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Miami, FL - President Barack Obama on Thursday assailed Republicans for what he described as a flawed and dishonest strategy for reducing gas prices, predicting his rivals would offer nothing but more drilling and political promises of $2-a-gallon gas. Said the president: "The American people aren't stupid." "That's not a plan, especially since we're already drilling. That's a bumper sticker,"...

Israel – Chareidi Leader: Yeshiva Students Must Avoid IDF at All Costs

February 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Israel - Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, a highly respected leader of the “Lithuanian” yeshiva hareidi religious Jewish community, on Thursday released a letter condemning the High Court's declaration that the Tal Law contradicted Israel's Basic Laws, and that the Knesset could not vote to extend it. The letter, which was published in hareidi religious newspapers, said that no Sages (Gedolim) in...

Chicago, IL – Mayor Rahm Emanuel: City Police Wouldn’t Spy On Muslims Like NYPD

February 23, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Chicago, IL - Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday there's no way Chicago police officers would spy on Muslims or conduct surveillance operations in their communities like those carried out by New York officers in that city and neighboring New Jersey. "We don't do that in Chicago and we're not going to do that," Emanuel said in his first public comments about the operations since The Associated...

New York – Chareidi Newspaper Slams The AP For Uncovering NYPD Muslim Spying

February 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM
New York - An editorial in today’s Hamodia slams the Associated Press for what it calls “a witch hunt” against the NYPD ,which has been keeping a watchful eye on Newark’s Muslim community for the last several years. A recent AP article blasted the NYPD for gathering information about Muslims living in Newark, which included building a database of information detailing Muslim stores...

Newark, NJ – NJ Senator Seeks US Investigation Of NYPD Spying

February 23, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Neweark, NJ - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is asking federal authorities to investigate the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey. The New Jersey senator sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and CIA Director David Petraeus, saying he is deeply concerned by reports from The Associated Press that show the NYPD conducted widespread...

Phoenix, AZ – Romney Charges Santorum Compromised His Principles

February 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Phoenix, AZ - Mitt Romney took new aim at Rick Santorum's image as a devoted conservative Thursday, accusing his rival of compromising his own principles by repeatedly voting for legislation he didn't believe in. Romney noted that during Wednesday night's heated GOP debate the former senator said he had voted for President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind education bill because "sometimes...

Buenos Aires – Argentine Train Crash Toll At 50, Hundreds Injured

February 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Buenos Aires - Argentines desperately searched hospitals Thursday in hopes that loved ones survived a train crash that killed 50 people and sent hundreds to emergency rooms. A stunned government declared two days of mourning, with flags flying at half staff across the nation. A federal judge was leading an investigation into what caused the rush-hour commuter train to slam into a barrier at the...

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