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New York – Northeast Braces for Steamy Weekend Weather

June 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
New York - The Northeast braced Friday for a sweltering weekend, with many parts of the region under heat advisories or excessive heat warnings. The temperature headed toward 99 degrees Friday at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Newark was aiming for the low 100s, while the Boston and Hartford, Conn., areas were looking at highs in the mid-90s. Philadelphia was heading for 97. The National Weather...

Washington – US-Israel War Game Rescheduled For Autumn

June 29, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Washington - The top U.S. military officer says the U.S. and Israel will hold a major missile defense exercise in October. The exercise Austere Challenge '12 was scheduled originally for April but was postponed amid growing talk of Israel preparing to attack Iran over its nuclear program. The odds of an Israeli attack in the near term appear to have lessened. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman...

Berlin – German Hospital Suspends Circumcisions After Court Ruling

June 29, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Berlin - Berlin's Jewish Hospital will suspend circumcisions after a German court ruled this week that performing the procedure on religious grounds is unlawful, a hospital spokesman said Friday. "We are suspending circumcisions until the legal position is clear," Gerhard Nerlich told AFP, citing head of internal medicine Kirstof Graf. The hospital performs 300 circumcisions a year, a third...

New York – Court Grants Hearing on Charlie Rangel Vote Count

June 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
New York - On Friday, the New York state Supreme Court granted a hearing to examine the vote count process in Rep. Charlie Rangel's Democratic primary election in New York's 13th District. The primary was held on June 26. Though Rangel's closest challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, conceded the race Tuesday evening as Rangel held a wide lead, the vote result has narrowed substantially...

Colorado Springs, CO – In Photos: Obama Views Fire Damage In Swing State Colorado

June 29, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Colorado Springs, CO - President Barack Obama says that when disasters such as the wildfires consuming parts of Colorado strike, "America comes together." Obama on Friday visited subdivisions hit by the worst wildfire in Colorado's history. He toured neighborhoods of charred homes with plumes of smoke visible in the nearby mountains. Said Obama: "We all recognize that there but for the...

Washington – Justice Won’t Prosecute Holder For Contempt

June 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Washington - The Justice Department has declared that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department says that it will not bring the congressional contempt citation against Holder to a...

Staten Island, NY – Toll ‘Break’ Approved For Bridge Tolls

June 29, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Staten Island, NY - Staten Island drivers are finally getting some significant toll relief. The Port Authority yesterday approved a plan to give E-ZPass users on its Staten Island bridges a steeply discounted toll price that kicks in after drivers make three crossings in 30 days. Under the plan, every trip will cost $4.75 following a third crossing. Currently, the same trip costs E-ZPass...

Sanford, FL – Judge Weighing Whether To Give Zimmerman Bond

June 29, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Sanford, FL - The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin will have to remain in jail while he waits for a judge to decide if he whether to grant bond. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester did not indicate Friday when he might make a decision on George Zimmerman's bond, saying only that he needed time to weigh evidence. Lester revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond earlier this month...

Cairo – Egypt’s President-Elect Vows To Free Blind Sheik Jailed In NY

June 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Cairo - Egypt's president-elect Mohammed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheik jailed in the U.S. for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks. In his first public speech addressing tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters, Morsi promised Saturday to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He also promised to...

Cairo – Egypt’s Elected President Defies Military Rulers Says He Fears No One But G-D

June 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Cairo - Egypt's newly elected president has read the oath of office in Tahrir Square and defied the country's military rulers by saying, "I fear no one but God." Mohammed Morsi addressed tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters Saturday in a strongly worded speech. He spoke on the eve of his official swearing-in ceremony that was scheduled in front of a high court. But many...

Washington – White House: Health Law Creates ‘Penalty,’ Not Tax

June 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Washington - The White House is pushing back against questions about whether President Barack Obama's health care law would mean new taxes for many people. A day after the Supreme Court upheld the law, White House press secretary Jay Carney says the law will create a "penalty" that will affect about 1 percent of those who refuse to get health insurance. He says the penalty was modeled after...

Detroit – Toyota To Recall Lexus SUVs To Fix Floor Mat

June 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Detroit - Toyota is adding two Lexus SUVs to its huge recalls for unintended acceleration. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has asked Toyota to recall about 154,000 Lexus RX 450 H and RX 350 SUVs from the 2010 model year. The safety agency says it made the request after reviewing consumer complaints and information from the company. The agency says gas pedals can...

Berlin – German Verdict Purpose Is To Delay Circumcision, Not Ban It, Jurist Says

June 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Berlin - A widely criticised German court verdict on religious circumcision this week aims only to delay the act, not ban it, and is not directed against any faith, a jurist with a leading role in the legal debate said on Friday. The operation does serious bodily harm and only males old enough to consent to it freely should undergo it, said Holm Putzke, law professor at Passau University in...

New York – Madoff Brother Taken Into Custody Says Deeply Ashamed About Ponzi Scam

June 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM
New York - The younger brother of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff — the loyal No. 2 at an investment firm that fronted a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme — pleaded guilty Friday to charges he doctored documents that helped conceal a fraud that wiped out thousands of investors. Peter Madoff, 66, entered the plea Friday as part of a deal expected to result in a 10-year prison term. He had...

Coney Island, NY – Over The Hill: NYC’s Cyclone Coaster Turns 85

June 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Coney Island, NY - The ride begins with two train cars, filled with as many as 24 passengers, cautiously trekking up a hill of wooden tracks. The rattle of the ascent slowly grows louder. As the cars reach the coaster's 85-foot peak, there's a short pause — followed by a swift 60 mph plunge to the bottom that has made stomachs churn and eyes water since Calvin Coolidge was in the White...

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