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Latvia – Minister Quits over Pre-WWII Jewish Property Debate

June 22, 2012 at 09:01 AM
Latvia - The justice minister has resigned over differences with the nation's prime minister involving the restitution of pre-war Jewish property. Gaidis Berzins is a member of the right-wing National Alliance, and has opposed giving preference in property restitution issues to any one ethnic or religious group. But Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has been pressuring Berzins to approve...

Albany, NY – Legislature Votes To Ban ‘Prize’ Call Schemes

June 22, 2012 at 08:47 AM
Albany, NY - New York's Legislature is trying to ban schemes involving consumers being told via a recorded telephone message that they've won a prize, then find fees have been run up on their phone bills that often exceed the value of the prize. The Legislature gave final approval to the ban on Thursday. Now it goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who could sign it into law. Sen. Charles Fuschillo...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Search Ends For Missing Millionaire, Mother Seeks To Protect His Assets

June 22, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - The second day of searches for missing Fort Lauderdale multimillionaire Guma Aguiar began Thursday with a sunrise flight over the Atlantic Ocean by aU.S. Coast Guard HC-144 plane. The Coast Guard suspended its rescue mission around 9 p.m. Thursday. While authorities investigate what happened to the 35-year-old investor who is believed to have gone boating Tuesday...

New York – Bird Flu Study Published After Terrorism Debate

June 22, 2012 at 08:08 AM
New York - The second of two bird flu studies once considered too risky to publish was released Thursday, ending a saga that pitted concerns about terrorism against fears of a deadly global epidemic. Both papers describe how researchers created virus strains that could potentially be transmitted through the air from person to person. Scientists said the results could help them spot dangerous...

West Bank – Palestinians Display Weapons Of Protest

June 22, 2012 at 07:51 AM
West Bank - One clutched stones behind his back, another extended a sling shot. A third man appeared wrapped in a Palestinian flag. All were masked. The seven Palestinians gathered in a home in the West Bank village of Bilin displayed their improvised weapons of protest as Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Oded Balilty snapped their portraits against a black backdrop. One muscled young...

Hefer Valley – Israeli Synagogue Vandalized With Arabic Graffiti

June 22, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Hefer Valley - Israeli police say they are investigating hate graffiti scrawled in Arabic on a synagogue in northern Israel. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the phrase "there is no God but Allah" was sprayed on the outside of the synagogue in Moshav Maor. The graffiti was discovered on Friday morning. He says police are searching for suspects. The vandalism comes days after a mosque...

New York – Northeast Bakes Under Wilting Heat for a 2nd Day

June 22, 2012 at 12:07 AM
New York - Record-breaking heat scorched the Northeast for the second straight day Thursday, breaking records from Vermont to Delaware and sending people flocking to beaches, pools and air-conditioned museums to stay cool. At least eight temperature records nationwide were broken, and three others were tied, the National Weather Service said. In Vermont, temperatures soared to 97 degrees in...

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