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Washington – Trio Of Troubles Threatening Obama’s Second Term

May 14, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama seemed to lose control of his second-term agenda even before he was sworn in, when a school massacre led him to lift gun control to the fore. Now, as he tries to pivot from a stinging defeat on that issue and push forward on others, the president finds himself rocked by multiple controversies that are demoralizing his allies, emboldening his political foes and...

Miami, FL – Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Of Inmate Demanding Kosher Meals

May 14, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Miami, FL - A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by a Jewish prison inmate claiming the Florida Department of Corrections violated his rights by refusing to serve kosher meals. Although the state has now changed its policy, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lower court judge should reconsider the lawsuit filed by Union Correctional Institution inmate...

Washington – Prosecutor Declines AP Request To Return Phone Records

May 14, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Washington - U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole declined on Tuesday to return to the Associated Press seized telephone records that U.S. prosecutors obtained while investigating a national security leak in 2012. Acting in place of Attorney General Eric Holder, who recused himself in the case, Cole wrote in a letter to AP CEO Gary Pruitt that the subpoenas for the records were "limited to...

Williamsburg, NY – Hasidic Women Ask City To Find Female Replacement Lifeguard During Summer Months

May 14, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Saying that they "rely" on the pool for exercise and recovery purposes for many seniors, Hasidic women are pleading with the city to provide a "consistent" female replacement lifeguard at the Metropolitan Pool during July and August when the usual female lifeguards take vacation. DNAinfo.com (http://on.dnainfo.com/10wC4kF) is reporting that the past two summers have seen...

Washington – Tougher Drunken Driving Threshold Recommended

May 14, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Washington - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries. The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05 as part of a series of recommendations aimed at...

Washington – Atty Gen Orders Probe Into IRS Targeting Groups

May 14, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Washington - Attorney General Eric Holder says he's ordered a Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny. He said the FBI was coordinating with the Department of Justice to see if any laws were broken. At a news conference Tuesday at the Justice Department, Holder called the practice, in his words, "Outrageous...

Amsterdam – ICC Prosecutor Receives Israel Complaint

May 14, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Amsterdam - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court — the permanent war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands — says she has received a complaint about Israel's 2010 raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla bound for Gaza, and she will open a preliminary investigation. The complaint comes from the tiny African state of Comoros, a member of the court, though Israel is not. Prosecutor...

London – Bank Of England Says Bloomberg Data Use ‘Reprehensible’

May 14, 2013 at 02:02 PM
London - The Bank of England said it was "reprehensible" that Bloomberg News had allowed its journalists to see data about how clients used its system, in one of the toughest assessments yet of the breach of user data at the media company. "The protection of confidential information is vital here at the bank. What seems to have happened at Bloomberg is reprehensible," a Bank of England...

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Boy Gets Handwritten Response From Biden

May 14, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Milwaukee, WI - It might not be unusual for schoolchildren to write to the president or vice president. But one Wisconsin boy got an unexpectedly personal response. The 7-year-old, second-grade student at Downtown Montessori Academy wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden and other officials a few months ago with a simple idea for making the world safer. His teacher Jenny Aicher says his...

New York – Powerball Jackpot Grows to $360 Million

May 14, 2013 at 01:09 PM
New York - The jackpot for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing has increased to $360 million, just $5 million shy of the second highest jackpot in Powerball history. The midday bump reflects very strong sales across all participating Lottery jurisdictions. If no one matches all five numbers plus the Powerball in Wednesday night’s drawing, the jackpot will continue to grow into record...

Postville, IA – Rabbi Plays Key Role In Revitalizing Postville, Iowa

May 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Postville, IA - After rabbinical training in Israel and a two-year stint as rabbi in Long Beach, CA, Aaron Goldsmith has played a key role in revitalizing the small town of Pottsville, Iowa, serving as business owner, city council member, and co-author of a book aimed at promoting the "positives" in the town. WCFCOURIER.com (http://bit.ly/11BKY7Z) reports that Goldsmith, who has owned Transfer...

Lakewood, NJ – FBI Arrests Orthodox Group Offering Phony “Pre-IPO” Facebook Shares

May 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Lakewood, NY - Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say three men stole more than $6.5 million from an investor, in part, by claiming they had special access to Facebook shares before the company went public. Prosecutors say 63-year-old Aaron Muschel of Brooklyn, N.Y., and 47-year-old Alex Schleider and 37-year-old Eliyahu Weinstein, both of Lakewood, N.J., are charged with stealing...

New York – Airlines Collected Record Baggage Fees In 2012

May 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM
New York - U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year — the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago. These fees — along with charges for boarding early or picking prime seats — have helped return the industry to profitability. Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the...

Cleveland, OH – First Officer Who Arrived At Cleveland Captivity Scene Recounts Finding Missing Women

May 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Cleveland, OH - One of the first officers at the scene where three women were held captive in a Cleveland house for about a decade says the emotion of the moment was overwhelming. Officer Anthony Espada, in response to a request from top police brass, wrote down his recollections and they were posted on a Cleveland police department blog. Estrada says it was emotionally overwhelming when he...

Moscow – Russia’s FSB Releases Alleged Letter On US Spying

May 14, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Moscow - Russia's Federal Security Service has released a photograph of a letter that it claims contains instructions on spying for the United States. The FSB said the letter was found on a U.S. diplomat, who they claim is a CIA agent caught trying to recruit a member of one of Russia's special services. There was no immediate response from the U.S. State Department. This is the Associated Press'...

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