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Israel – MK Lipman To New Haredi IDF Recruits: I Am Proud Of You

August 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Israel - Yesh Atid MK Rabbi Dov Lipman greeted the largest enlistment of haredim in IDF history on Thursday, expressing his great pride and respect for the young men. He told the group of 300-400 new recruits that they would "be able to serve as an example to other haredim and have an important role as ambassadors for the haredi community." New recruits will be divided into two new units...

New York, NY – City Plans A Beach Beneath The Brooklyn Bridge

August 1, 2013 at 10:29 PM
New York, NY - City officials announced a $7 million plan Thursday to turn a trash-strewn strip of sand on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge into a beach with a kayak launch, concessions stands and terraced seating for enjoying the view. The so-called Brooklyn Bridge Beach may also include wading or swimming pools that use filtered water, because the East River itself is not clean...

San Francisco – Government Requests For Twitter Users’ Data On The Rise

August 1, 2013 at 09:59 PM
San Francisco - Twitter is under increasing pressure from governments around the world to release user's private information, with requests rising 40 percent in the first six months of the year, the microblogging company said Wednesday in its semi-annual transparency report. The United States made three-quarters of the 1,157 data requests during the six-month period, according to the San...

Washington – AP Interview: USPS Eyes Alcohol Deliveries

August 1, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Washington - Special delivery from the post office — beer, wine and spirits, if Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has his way. In an interview with The Associated Press, Donahoe said Thursday delivery of alcoholic beverages is on his wish list as the agency considers ways to raise revenue and save money after losing $16 billion last year. He also said he endorses ending most door-to-door...

New York – State To Require Screening Newborns For Heart Defects

August 1, 2013 at 08:29 PM
New York - New York hospitals will be required next year to screen newborns for heart defects under a new state law. The measure signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will require all birthing facilities to administer the test called pulse oximetry screening. The one-minute procedure provides early detection of heart defects that could be addressed quickly by surgery, potentially saving...

Long Island, NY – Pressure Cooker Search Prompts Police Suspicion

August 1, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Long Island, NY - Police say they have questioned a former employee of a New York computer company after his workplace computer search history revealed inquires for "pressure cooker bombs" and "backpacks," but no criminality was found. The Suffolk County Police Department released a statement Thursday saying detectives questioned the man after interviewing representatives from his former...

Washington – Obama Rethinks Putin Summit After Snowden Granted Asylum

August 1, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is rethinking whether to hold a summit in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin next month after Russia rejected U.S. pleas and gave temporary asylum to former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, the White House said on Thursday. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and U.S. officials are "extremely disappointed" by Russia's decision to give...

San Francisco, CA – Google-Funded Sea Research Vessel Sets Sail

August 1, 2013 at 06:16 PM
San Francisco, CA - A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive was scheduled to set sail from San Francisco on Thursday, on its way to study a "dead zone" in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea. The 272-foot vessel, Falkor, carries an unmanned submarine that will travel deep into the ocean off Vancouver Island to study an area where sea life dies each year from a...

Des Moines, IA – Experts: Health Risks Higher From Packaged Greens

August 1, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Des Moines, IA - The outbreak of a stomach bug two states have linked to bagged salad came as little surprise to food safety experts, who say the process of harvesting, washing and packaging leafy greens provides numerous opportunities for contamination. Although nutritionists stress the chances of getting sick from vegetables are low compared to the dangers of a diet without them, packaged...

Washington – Threat Closes US Embassies In Muslim World For Day

August 1, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Washington - The United States is shuttering its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday after receiving an unspecified threat, officials said. State Department officials said Thursday that they were taking action out of an "abundance of caution." Spokeswoman Marie Harf cited information indicating a threat to U.S. facilities overseas and said some diplomatic offices...

Washington – Obama Holds Phone Calls With Palestinians’ Abbas, Israel’s Netanyahu

August 1, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama spoke separately by phone on Thursday to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a White House official said, as the United States seeks to keep up the momentum for peace negotiations. The phone calls came days after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended a three-year void and met in Washington with U.S...

Washington – Legislation Announced To Award Congressional Gold Medal To Israeli President Shimon Peres

August 1, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Washington - On the eve of his 90th birthday, and in conjunction with the 65th anniversary of the founding of Israel, an assembled group of U.S. legislators introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Congressional Gold Medal, the United States' highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The...

Brooklyn, NY – Police Seek Help From Public In Search For Brooklyn Thief Targeting Seniors

August 1, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Police are seeking the public's help in apprehending a shameless thug who they believe is responsible for stealing the jewelry from at least 11 seniors at gunpoint in Brooklyn between July 10th and July 28th. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/17WbXJO) is reporting that police say the hoodlum is described by victims as a short, slim black man between the ages of 18 and 25...

Al-Sira, Israel – Israeli Bedouins Fight Resettlement Plan

August 1, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Al-Sira, Israel - Khalil Alamour's comfortable house in the Bedouin village of al-Sira boasts many things: a well-tended garden, a clutch of chickens, a complex home-built water system. There's also a government demolition order pasted to the front door. Since 2006, Alamour and many of the village's 500 residents have lived with the threat of bulldozers tearing down their homes. And with a...

Poland – Warsaw Stops To Honor 1944 Anti-Nazi Uprising

August 1, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Warsaw, Poland - Sirens wailed and traffic in downtown Warsaw stopped for a minute on Thursday to honor the thousands of people who died trying to liberate the city from Germany's Nazi forces during World War II. This year some observances were shown live on Facebook for the first time. The Warsaw Rising Museum's Facebook page showed people honoring their fallen heroes. On Aug. 1, 1944...

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