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Washington – Can Business Owners Be Sued for NOT Hiring Criminals?

June 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Washington - In April, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission signaled that it would begin to crack down on employers who use the criminal histories of job applicants to discriminate against them illegally. But to judge from conversations with business owners, labor lawyers and human resources consultants, many small businesses had no idea there was anything wrong with practices like a...

New York, NY – Small Fire At LaGuardia Airport Causes Brief Evacuation

June 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM
New York, NY - A small electrical fire underneath an X-ray machine at New York City's LaGuardia Airport has caused a brief evacuation of a terminal. Three Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers have been treated for smoke inhalation after the fire under a Transportation Security Administration machine. Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says the fire was reported...

Washington – Pentagon Recommends Paying More for Those Troops in Most Danger

June 24, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Washington - A Pentagon review recommends ridding the combat pay system of inequities that have allowed officers thousands of miles from battle to get better benefits proportionally than troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. The recommendations in a review released Thursday are likely to anger service members. But the director of the review said they're aimed at paying more to troops who...

Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo’s Birthday Gift To Dad: Official Portrait

June 24, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Albany, NY - When there are two generations of governors in a family, what does a son give his father as an 80th birthday gift? An official portrait — one that's years overdue. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, with his portrait on Saturday. The elder Cuomo turned 80 this month. His likeness has long been notably absent from the State Capitol's Hall...

Washington – In City Of Leaks, Supreme Court Is Good At Keeping Secrets Like Upcoming Health Care Decision

June 24, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Washington - It's the biggest secret in a city known for not keeping them. The nine Supreme Court justices and more than three dozen other people have kept quiet for more than two months about how the high court is going to rule on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. This is information that could move markets, turn economies and greatly affect this...

Washington – Global Warming: Sea Rise Much Faster on East Coast Than Rest of Globe

June 24, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Washington - A new government study says sea levels are rising much faster along a stretch of the East Coast than they are around the globe. The area covers the Atlantic Coast from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston. U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Their study says that since 1990, sea levels...

Chicago – Obama, His Rabbi And Political Islam

June 24, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Chicago - President Barack Obama’s view of Judaism, Zionism and Israel was very much shaped by his liberal and left-wing Jewish contacts in Chicago, some of whom became key members of his entourage. Among these influential acquaintances was Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf. Wolf was of a type familiar in American Jewish circles. While in principle pro-Israel, he had certain views that made him highly...

Albany, NY – Hedge Fund Manager Ezra Merkin To Pay $405M To Madoff Victims

June 24, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Albany, NY - A settlement announced Sunday will bring $405 million to victims of Bernard Madoff's historic investment scam, the state attorney general said. The clients of hedge fund manager J. Ezra Merkin will receive $405 million, and New York state will get $5 million to cover the cost of the settlement worked out by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The victims include New York Law...

Jerusalem – Israel Jittery After Brotherhood Victory In Egypt

June 24, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Jerusalem - The Muslim Brotherhood victory in Egyptian presidential elections, announced Sunday, has raised fears in Israel that its strategic 1979 peace agreement with its southern neighbor could be in danger. In contrast, in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, ecstatic residents flocked into the streets, fired guns in the air and handed out candy in celebration. Israel's peace agreement with...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Tourism Minister Seeks Boost From India

June 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's tourism minister says he is looking to India for a big boost in visits to his country. Stas Misezhnikov said Sunday that some 40,000 Indians visited Israel last year. While that's a small percentage of the roughly 3 million tourists Israel gets each year, it's double the amount of just two years ago. Misezhnikov said he can bring that figure to 100,000 in three...

Washington – Issa: No Evidence So Far Of White House Cover-Up

June 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Washington - Congress doesn't have any evidence so far of a White House cover-up involving a botched gun-tracking operation, a top Republican said Sunday, countering the House speaker's assertion that President Barack Obama or his aides deliberately misled lawmakers. "No we don't," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R.-Calif., in response to a question on "Fox News Sunday" about whether lawmakers had...

Washington – U.S. Fights Proposals To Limit Internet Freedom

June 24, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Washington - A year after the Internet helped fuel the Arab Spring uprisings, the role cyberspace plays in launching revolutions is being threatened by proposed changes to a United Nations telecommunications treaty that could allow countries to clamp down on the free flow of information. For months, dozens of countries have been meeting behind closed doors to debate changes to the 24-year-old...

New York – Plane Flying Nazi Flag and Word ‘Swastika’ Soars Over Jewish Community

June 24, 2012 at 01:14 PM
New York - A plane that towed a banner displaying the word "Swastika," and showed a swastika intertwined with the Hebrew Star of David, flew over Long Beach Island and along the Jersey Shore on Saturday. The Long Beach Township Police Department received at least several calls reporting the sighting, according to Bill Gee, a dispatcher with the department. Reports of the plane and banner have...

New York – Ed Koch: I Helped Change Obama On Israel

June 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM
New York - Ed Koch, the mercurial former New York mayor and Jewish community figure who was helpful to George W. Bush in places like Florida in the 2004 presidential race, sees "change" by President Obama, who he was slow to support, on the subject of Israel. "Going to foreign affairs and Israel in particular, where I am very concerned that I think Israel is in great danger, where I thought...

Gaza City, Gaza Strip – Gazans Celebrate Islamic Victory In Egypt

June 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Gaza City, Gaza Strip - The Gaza Strip has erupted in celebrations following news that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate has won the Egyptian presidency. People are pouring into Gaza City's streets in joy, gunmen are firing automatic weapons in the air, and mosque loudspeakers are ringing with prayers and praise to God. People are handing out candy on street corners. Gaza is ruled by the...

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