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Ramapo, NY – FBI Raids Town Hall, Seizes Documents, Hard Drives

May 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Ramapo, NY - FBI agents cleared employees from a suburban town hall Wednesday, then began a search related to a federal investigation, a bureau spokesman said. Spokesman Jim Margolin would not say what the agents were looking for at Ramapo Town Hall in Suffern. "We're executing a search warrant," he said. "It's under seal and not a matter of public record." Town police and investigators...

Warsaw – Poland’s Role As Producer Of Kosher, Halal Meat In Limbo

May 16, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Warsaw, Poland - For some, it was a barbaric way to treat animals. For others, it was great business. Until January, slaughterhouses across Poland — a deeply Catholic nation — were the unlikely venues for the Islamic and Jewish slaughter of animals, which in both religions involves a swift cut to the throat of a conscious animal and death by bleeding. Millions of euros were being made...

San Francisco, CA – Google’s Stock Hits $900 For First Time As Products Dig Deeper Into People’s Lives

May 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM
San Francisco, CA - For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer. "Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life," Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco Wednesday for the opening day of Google's annual showcase for its latest breakthroughs. In the latest display of...

New York – Arrested Cigarette Smuggler Linked To Murder Of Ari Halberstam

May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
New York - A smuggling ring that made a fortune selling more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York may have funneled some of the illicit proceeds to terrorist groups, authorities said Thursday. The traffickers lived modestly and had alleged links to known terrorists, including Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind cleric serving a life sentence for conspiring to blow up New York City...

Boston – Boston Bombing Suspect Wrote Message In Boat

May 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Boston - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a boat days after the blasts, left a handwritten message describing the attack as retribution for U.S. wars in Muslim countries, CBS News reported on Thursday. The CBS News report, citing anonymous sources, said that Tsarnaev used a pen to write the message on an interior wall of the boat, where police found...

San Francisco , CA – Dell’s Profit Dives As Billionaire Battle Rages On

May 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM
San Francisco , CA - Dell Inc, the subject of a takeover battle between activist investor Carl Icahn and the company's billionaire founder, reported a 79 percent slide in profit as personal computer sales continued to shrink. The disappointing results lend weight to Michael Dell's effort. The man who started Dell from a college dorm room wants to take the world's No.3 PC maker private for...

Albany – NY Gov.: Assemblyman Lopez Should Resign

May 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Albany - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an assemblyman accused of sexual harassment should resign or be removed by the Assembly. But Cuomo wouldn't comment on whether Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should be stripped of power for his handling of the case that included a secret $103,000 settlement with some of Vito Lopez' accusers. Cuomo says it's not his place to comment on who should lead the...

Albany, NY – DA: Vito Lopez Conduct ‘Alarming’ Not Criminal, Silver’s Action ‘Encouraged’ To Harass Again

May 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Albany, NY - A prosecutor said Wednesday that Assemblyman Vito Lopez's behavior toward women on his staff was "alarming" and that Albany lawmakers were too interested in protecting their political careers with secretive, back-door dealings that encouraged inappropriate conduct. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said his office did more than 50 interviews in looking into sexual...

Washington – White House Releases Over 100 Pages of Benghazi Emails But GOP Demand More

May 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Washington - The White House release of some 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans, who are demanding more information. "Why not release all of the unclassified documents?" said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...

Washington – AG Holder Sidesteps Lawmakers’ Questions On AP Records Seizure

May 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Washington - Lawmakers pounded U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday with questions about the Justice Department's secret seizure of Associated Press telephone records, and grew frustrated when he said he had limited answers. Holder noted to the House Judiciary Committee that he had recused himself from the leak investigation that prompted the phone records seizure, so the decision...

San Diego, CA – With No Winners, Powerball Jackpot Jumps To $550 Million

May 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM
San Diego, CA - So you didn't win Wednesday's $360 million Powerball jackpot? Make that you and everyone else. A message Thursday on the multistate lottery's website said the jackpot has soared to $550 million after none of the tickets sold matched all the winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing: 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and a Powerball of 32. The next drawing will be held...

Washington – Obama Names New Acting Commissioner For Troubled IRS

May 16, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama picked a senior White House budget official to become the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, the same day another top official announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over agents targeting tea party groups. Obama named longtime civil servant Daniel Werfel as the acting IRS commissioner. Werfel, 42, currently serves as...

Washington – Acting Chief of I.R.S. Forced Out Over Tea Party Targeting

May 16, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Washington - Washington's top tax official was fired on Wednesday as President Barack Obama sought to stem a rising tide of criticism over the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny. With three congressional probes of the IRS looming and Republicans' calls for firings at the agency growing louder, Obama said he told Treasury Secretary Jack Lew...

Jerusalem – IN PHOTOS-VIDEO: Thousands In Mass Haredi Rally; Several Protesters, Police Injured

May 16, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Jerusalem - The United Hatzalah rescue service reported Thursday night that its teams had treated some ten protesters and security personnel who had been wounded by stone throwers during a mass haredi protest against IDF enlistment in Jerusalem. Israel Radio reported that six police officers had been hurt and were evacuated to the hospital. Police arrested several protesters. Additionally...

Jerusalem – Tens Of Thousands Of Haredim Protest Military Draft, Vow To Defy Enlistment

May 16, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Jerusalem - Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem on Thursday against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, a proposal supported by the secular majority pushing for a more equal share of the burden on Israeli society. A sea of black coats - the traditional attire of ultra-Orthodox men - engulfed Jerusalem streets near the city's military draft bureau...

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