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Washington – Mayor Bloomberg Launches Campaign Against Gun Laws

April 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Washington - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a national campaign against gun laws that he said "justify civilian gun play." Bloomberg was joined by the leaders from the NAACP, National Urban League and other groups Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., as he announced "Second Chance on Shoot First." The campaign aims to repeal or reform the laws that eliminated...

Hartford, CT – Conn. Legislature Approves To Abolish Death Penalty

April 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Hartford, CT - The Connecticut legislature has voted to repeal the state's death penalty, and the Democratic governor is expected to sign it into law. That would make the state the 17th to end capital punishment. The House of Representatives voted in favor of the bill 86-62 late Wednesday night. The bill would abolish the death penalty and replace it with a maximum sentence of life in...

New York – Natural Gas Below $2 For First Time In A Decade

April 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
New York - The price of natural gas has fallen below $2 per 1,000 cubic feet for the first time in more than a decade, a remarkable decline for a commodity that not long ago was believed to be in short supply. The U.S. supply of natural gas is growing so fast that analysts worry the country's underground storage facilities could be full by fall and lead to further price declines. On...

Albany, NY – Cuomo Changes Course, Vetoes Budget 129 Items

April 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed 129 items that the Legislature included in the $132 billion state budget for this fiscal year, including $5,000 for the Bronx Library Center and $250,000 for grants to school districts, libraries and nonprofits. In accompanying messages, Cuomo says some items are wrongly categorized as re-appropriations of existing grant money rather than new spending...

New York – Hannity Contacted By Shooter In Martin Case

April 11, 2012 at 09:06 PM
New York - Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity has become the second cable news host whose involvement in the Trayvon Martin shooting case has gone beyond merely talking about it on the air. Hannity acknowledged having a conversation with a man he believed to be George Zimmerman, who shot and killed the black Florida teenager Feb. 26 in a case that has ignited racial tensions. Zimmerman's former...

Israel – Only Haredim Allowed Entry To Beersheba Zoo

April 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Beer Sheva - The fourth day of the holiday drew large numbers of travelers out of their homes, but those who chose to visit the Beersheba zoo found closed gates. The zoo was open for the haredi public only, visitors argued, without any prior notice. A small sign on the zoo's gate confirmed the allegations, while the zoo's management insists that entrance to the zoo was not limited. Avigail...

Mexico – Strong Tremor Shakes Buildings in Mexico City

April 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Mexico - A strong earthquake struck a sparsely populated area in the mountains of western Mexico on Wednesday, and caused tall buildings to sway more than 200 miles away in Mexico City. People evacuated some buildings in the capital, but the city government said helicopter flights detected no signs of damage. Authorities in Michoacan state, where the tremor was centered, also had no immediate...

Boston, MA – OU Kosher Sues Maine Dairy Over Unauthorized Mark

April 11, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Boston, MA - The Jewish group that oversees kosher certification marks on food packaging sued a Maine dairy in federal court, alleging the company has been using the marks on its milk cartons for years without authorization. The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America sued Maine's Own Organic Milk Co on Wednesday in Boston, seeking an injunction blocking the further sale of marked...

Tallahassee, FL – Officials: Trayvon Martin’s Killer Under Arrest; Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

April 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Tallahassee, FL - Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death ignited nationwide protests. Special prosecutor Angela Corey says that the 28-year-old Zimmerman is in custody. She wouldn't disclose Zimmerman's whereabouts for his safety, but said that he will be in court within...

New Jersey – Black Smoke Visible For Miles From Brush Fire In North NJ

April 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM
New Jersey - A large brush fire in the meadowlands of northern New Jersey is producing plumes of thick, black smoke visible in New York City and surrounding areas. But officials say no injuries or property damage has been reported, though some minor travel delays were occurring. State Department of Environmental Protection officials say numerous firefighters are battling the blaze in...

New York, NY – Fertilizer Billionaire Buys Buildings His Way, in Cash

April 11, 2012 at 04:31 PM
New York, NY - It is rare when a buyer pays all cash for a real estate property, and even rarer when the dollar figure is in excess of $300 million. But that was the case last week when a fertilizer tycoon, Alex Rovt, acquired a majority stake in 14 Wall Street, the 1-million-square-foot office building across from the New York Stock Exchange in Lower Manhattan. “I was looking at several...

Washington – Mideast Negotiators Eye For New Peace Talks

April 11, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Washington - The "Quartet" of Mideast peacemakers appealed Wednesday for Israel and the Palestinians to take confidence-building steps to improve the atmosphere for negotiations, as top Israeli and Palestinian officials prepared to meet for the first time 18 months. Meeting in Washington on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Russian...

Jerusalem – Report: US Won’t Free Pollard Because CIA Believes He Wasn’t Alone

April 11, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Jerusalem - Multiple U.S. administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have refused to release Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life term after being convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel. Former CIA director George Tenet threatened to resign in 1998 if Pollard were freed, while last year Vice President Joe Biden said, "over my dead body are we going to let him out before his...

Budapest – Prosecutors Probe Hungary Lawmaker’s Racist Speech

April 11, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Budapest, Hungary - Prosecutors said Wednesday they are investigating whether remarks made in Parliament by a far right lawmaker are anti-Semitic. Geza Fazekas, spokesman for the Central Investigative Prosecutor's Office, said that a speech by Zsolt Barath of the far-right Jobbik party is being examined because of a complaint by Rabbi Slomo Koves, who considered that the April 3 remarks...

Sanford, FL – Special Prosecutor Will Charge George Zimmerman

April 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Sanford, FL - Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face. Martin, 17 and unarmed, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by...

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