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London – UK Group: New Embryo Methods Should Be Allowed

June 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM
London - An influential British bioethics group says that couples who face the risk of having a baby with certain genetic diseases should be allowed to use eggs from two women to produce the embryo. Such controversial procedures should only be allowed if they are proven safe, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics said Tuesday, but its advice seems likely to reignite debate. Currently, such...

Washington – 10,000 Germ Species Live In And On Healthy People

June 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Washington - They live on your skin, up your nose, in your gut - enough bacteria, fungi and other microbes that collected together could weigh, amazingly, a few pounds. Now scientists have mapped just which critters normally live in or on us and where, calculating that healthy people can share their bodies with more than 10,000 species of microbes. Don't say "eeew" just yet. Many of these...

Washington – Obama Gives Medal Of Freedom To Israel’s Peres

June 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama presented Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Medal of Freedom on Wednesday, calling him the essence of Israel itself and a man who earned his place in history long ago. Obama said Peres, who served twice as Israel's prime minister and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, knows the necessity of strength but also understands that a nation's security...

Williamsburg, NY – Bedford Gardens Residents Angry At Proposed 19% Rent Hike

June 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Hundreds of angry Williamsburg residents are up in arms over a proposed rent hike that they say is too high and not deserved. The management company for the Bedford Gardens on Ross St. has proposed a 19% rent hike across the board to cover renovation costs. Officials at Kraus Management sent tenants a letter in March informing them about their proposal to jack up the...

New York, NY – 3,923 New Yorkers Killed by Cars, 3,882 by Guns

June 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
New York, NY - The most deadly weapon in New York City is not be a knife or even a handgun. It’s a car. That’s what transit advocates said today, revealing that more people were killed by cars in the last decade than by guns. According to transit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, citing city data, 3,923 New Yorkers were killed in traffic from 2001 to 2010 – more than the...

Washington – Anxious Democrats: President Barack Obama Could Lose Election

June 13, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Washington - A growing chorus of once-confident Democrats now say President Barack Obama could lose the November election. The hand-wringing reflects real worries among Democrats about Obama's ability to beat Republican rival Mitt Romney, who has proven to be a stronger candidate than many expected. But it's also a political strategy aimed at rallying major donors who may have become...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Says New Oversight Of Police Would Be Illegal

June 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
New York, NY - City Councilmen Juaane Williams, Brad Lander, and 22 other council members on Wednesday introduced a bill to appoint an Inspector General to oversee the NYPD. Before the bill was put forth, supporters of the new bill gathered in front of City Hall, chanting in English and Spanish, "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" But Bloomberg said that City Council's plan...

New York – Orthodox Jewish Female Dentist Named President Of NY State Dental Association

June 13, 2012 at 05:41 PM
New York - For the first time since its inception in 1868, the New York State Dental Association, which represents more than 13,000 dentists in New York, has named an Orthodox woman as its president. Dr. Deborah Weisfuse, who runs a cosmetic dentistry practice with her husband Robert Lipner in midtown Manhattan, is the first woman to become president of the one hundred and forty two year old...

Montreal – Student Federation Says Sorry For Nazi Salutes

June 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Montreal - Quebec's federation of university students has apologized for the appearance of Nazi salutes at recent demonstrations after prominent Jewish organizations condemned protesters' use of the gesture. Martine Desjardins, president of the federation, said the salute, which some protesters have been using to mock Montreal police for alleged brutality, doesn't "represent the values of...

Washington – Sheldon Adelson Is Giving $10 Million To Mitt Romney Super PAC‎

June 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Washington - A deep-pocketed casino mogul is pouring a $10 million infusion of cash into a group backing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's cause just as the Romney campaign makes its largest ad buy since becoming the all-but-certain GOP challenger to President Barack Obama. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson made the $10 million contribution to Restore Our Future, an independent group...

Washington – White House Throws Cold Water On Pollard Clemency

June 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Washington - House Spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday threw cold water on the prospects of the request being granted. "Our position has not changed and will not change today," Carney told journalists at a daily briefing. "I would simply remind you that Mr. Pollard was convicted of very serious crimes." Speaking to Channel 2 from Washington, Peres said he feels he represents all of Israel by...

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Wants Police Ready In Anticipation Of High Court Immigration Law Ruling

June 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Phoenix, AZ - Arizona's governor ordered a state board to redistribute a training video on the state's controversial immigration law to all law enforcement agencies. The move comes ahead of an expected ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court this month on the law, which was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010. Brewer said in a statement Tuesday that she wants to make sure officers are prepared if...

New York – Ratings Agency Downgrades NY Thruway, Warns Of Higher Tolls‎

June 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
New York - A major financial rating agency downgraded the New York state Thruway on Tuesday to a negative financial outlook and warned travelers of higher tolls ahead. Standard & Poor's said it has reduced its outlook on bonds to finance the state Thruway Authority to negative from stable. The ratings agency also said "aggressive" toll increases may be needed and it raised concern about the...

Washington – JPMorgan CEO: Executives May Have Pay Taken Back

June 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Washington - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told Congress on Wednesday that senior bank executives responsible for a $2 billion trading loss will probably have some of their pay taken back by the company. "It's likely that there will be clawbacks," Dimon told the Senate Banking Committee. Under bank policy, Dimon said, stock and bonuses can be recovered from executives, even for exercising...

Kiev – Groups: Racist Crimes On Rise In Ukraine

June 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Kiev, Ukraine - A group of European human rights organizations says racially motivated crimes are on the rise in Ukraine amid calls on fans to boycott European Championship matches played in the country. Ukraine's government has angrily denied allegations that the country is inherently racist. Officials have promised that all fans coming to Euro 2012 matches in Ukraine would be greeted with...

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