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Washington – New York Led Country in Population Growth Since 2010 Census

June 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Washington - For the first time in a century, most of America's largest cities are growing at a faster rate than their surrounding suburbs as young adults seeking a foothold in the weak job market shun home-buying and stay put in bustling urban centers. New 2011 census estimates released Thursday highlight the dramatic switch. Driving the resurgence are young adults, who are delaying...

New York, NY – Chasidic Jews Dressing With Faith, Not Heat In Mind

June 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM
New York, NY - When the mercury passes 90, most New Yorkers start to wilt. Many resort to shorts and tank tops, even in the office. More than a few bankers and lawyers reach for their seersuckers. Yet amid all the casual summer wear, in some neighborhoods more than others, Hasidic men wear dark three-piece suits crowned by black hats made of rabbit fur, and Hasidic women outfit themselves in...

Minneapolis – Weather Alerts Coming Soon To Smartphone Near You

June 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Minneapolis - Attorney Bob Burns already gets a lot of information from his smartphone, but he welcomes the prospect of getting a little more - free warnings about life-threatening weather from a sophisticated new government system. Beginning Thursday, the new Wireless Emergency Alerts system gives the National Weather Service a new way to warn Americans about menacing weather, even if they...

Jerusalem – Ex-lawmaker To Chair Israel WWII Survivors’ Group

June 28, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Jerusalem - A prominent ex-lawmaker and Holocaust survivor has been appointed to lead Israel's umbrella organization of Holocaust survivors. Colette Avital, originally from Romania, was a longtime Israeli diplomat, serving as consul general in New York City. As a member of parliament, she headed an inquiry identifying properties in Israel owned by European Jews who were killed in the...

San Francisco – Mayor Considering Police Stop-and-frisk Policy

June 28, 2012 at 07:10 PM
San Francisco - Mayor Ed Lee said he is considering implementing the controversial stop-and-frisk policy used in other major cities including New York and Philadelphia to reduce violent crime. Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board ( http://bit.ly/MyIhsm) on Wednesday that police officers need stop-and-frisk to get guns off the streets. "This is under consideration as a way...

New Brunswick, NJ – Suspect in Synagogue Firebombing Charged With Plot to Kill Prosecutor

June 28, 2012 at 06:22 PM
New Brunswick, NJ - The accused instigator of a series of attacks on New Jersey synagogues was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly plotting to kill an assistant prosecutor assigned to his case, authorities said. Aakash Dalal, 20, of New Brunswick, was arrested in March for his alleged role in the attacks, which included the January firebombing of a house of worship...

New York, NY – Espaillat Will Beat Rangel Once All Votes Are Counted, Councilman Says

June 28, 2012 at 05:46 PM
New York, NY - Could it be another Bush v. Gore? Once all the votes are counted, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat will emerge the winner of Tuesday's contentious Congressional primary against longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel, according to Upper Manhattan City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. "I don’t want to jump to any conclusion yet, but I’m confident that after we get to the 100 percent and we...

Toronto – RIM Posts Big Q1 Loss, To Cut 5,000 Jobs

June 28, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Toronto - Struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. revealed Thursday that its business is crumbling faster than thought. The Canadian company posted worse results for its latest quarter than analysts had expected. It's cutting 5,000 jobs and delaying the launch of its new phone operating system, BlackBerry 10, on which it's pinning its hope for a comeback. After several delays...

Washington – House Votes To Hold Attorney General Eric Holder In Contempt Of Congres

June 28, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Washington - The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt. A number of Democrats boycotted Thursday's vote. Republicans pushed through the resolution because Holder did not turn over documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation...

Washington – Even President Obama Got First Wrong Information of Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision

June 28, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's first word about the Supreme Court's health care decision came from erroneous cable news reports on television monitors outside the Oval Office. Anxious, he looked to his chief counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, who was approaching with the news. She flashed him two thumbs up. Ruemmler explained her initial reading of the court's decisions, how the law had been...

Cairo – Brotherhood Shelves Egypt’s Islamization, For Now

June 28, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Cairo - The Muslim Brotherhood has stopped talking about its longtime dream of an Islamic Egypt and expelling Israel's ambassador to Cairo. Instead, President-elect Mohammed Morsi is hurriedly building a diverse alliance with leftists, liberals and Christians to bolster his battle to end military rule. Those familiar with the group's inner workings say, however, that this may only be a...

United Nations – Officials Slam Iran On Anti-Semitic Statement

June 28, 2012 at 03:55 PM
United Nations - International officials have condemned statements made by Iran's vice president at a U.N.-sponsored drug conference in Tehran where he blamed Jews for the international drug trade. Catherine Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, on Thursday became the latest official to condemn the remarks by Iran's Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi. "The...

Amarillo, TX – Disruptive JetBlue Screaming Pilot Pleads Not Guilty

June 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Amarillo, TX – A JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about religion and terrorists has pleaded not guilty to interfering with a flight crew. Court records show Clayton F. Osbon entered the plea at his Thursday arraignment in federal court in Amarillo. U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ruled earlier this month that Osbon is mentally competent to...

New York – Court: City Doesn’t Need to Offer More Taxis for Disabled‎

June 28, 2012 at 02:45 PM
New York, NY - A federal appeals court struck down a ruling Thursday that would have required New York City to give taxi licenses only to vehicles that are wheelchair accessible — disappointing disability advocates upset that fewer than 2 percent of city cabs can accommodate wheelchairs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't...

Cleveland, OH – Appeals Court Rejects Demjanjuk Citizenship Bid

June 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Cleveland, OH - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a request to restore the U.S. citizenship of a recently deceased Ohio autoworker convicted of Nazi war crimes. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that John Demjanjuk cannot regain his citizenship posthumously. The court ruling said in its ruling that his death made the case moot. Demjanjuk died March 17 in...

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