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Fairfield, CT – Injuries Reported As Conn. Commuter Trains Collide

May 17, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Fairfield, CT - A New York-area commuter railroad says two trains have collided in Connecticut, and there are preliminary reports of injuries. The Metro-North Railroad says emergency workers are arriving at the scene of Friday's accident. The rail line referred to it in a news release as a "major derailment." The railroad says the accident involved a New York-bound train leaving New Haven...

Gaza – Smugglers Provide KFC Fried Chicken By Tunnel From Egypt

May 17, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Gaza - Palestinian smugglers are using a network of tunnels dug under the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt to bring a new flavor to the Israel-blockaded enclave: fried chicken from U.S. fast-food chain KFC. Since Israel tightened a blockade on the coastal territory six years ago, Palestinians have used the tunnels to smuggle everything from fuel to livestock- and even cars- from the Egyptian...

New York – Bloomberg Appoints Former IBM Chief In Wake Of Terminal-Spying Scandal

May 17, 2013 at 04:19 PM
New York - Bloomberg LP appointed former IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel Palmisano as an independent adviser on security and data issues, as the company seeks to address customers' concerns about possible breaches in the confidentiality of their usage data. The news and financial data company said on Friday that Palmisano will report to its board of directors and he will immediately undertake a...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Meets With Deri After Years Of Disconnect

May 17, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Shas leader Arye Deri at the Prime Minister's Residence on Friday afternoon, after years of disconnect between the two, Israel Radio reported. Deri asked for the meeting to discuss Finance Minister Yair Lapid's intention to cut the budget of haredi schools that don't teach the core curriculum subjects. Content is provided courtesy of...

New York – Plans Languish For Overhaul Of NYC’s Penn Station

May 17, 2013 at 01:42 PM
New York - The busiest passenger train station in the United States is a 1960s-era, utilitarian labyrinth in the basement of a basketball arena. Pennsylvania Station, a gateway to the nation's biggest city, was designed to accommodate about 200,000 riders a day. Now, it is packed with more than 600,000. At rush hours, it resembles a human demolition derby. All it takes to strand hundreds of...

Fort Worth, Texas – American Will Favor Passengers Without Roller Bags

May 17, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Fort Worth, Texas - In a quest to speed up the boarding process, American Airlines is letting passengers board sooner if they travel lightly. The airline said Thursday that people carrying just a personal item that fits under the seat — no rolling suitcases — will be allowed to board before most other passengers. American said that the change will allow flights to take off sooner...

Albany, NY – Cuomo: Expel Lopez Now

May 17, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez must be expelled from the Legislature over claims of sexual harassment. Cuomo dismissed Lopez's announcement Friday that he'll leave the Assembly at the end of session on June 20 to run for New York City Council. That was likely Lopez's plan anyway, because he intended to run for the council seat representing...

New York – Powerball Jackpot Soars Again To $600 Million For Saturday Drawing

May 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
New York - The Powerball jackpot has jumped to $600 million, a major climb less than a day after the latest drawing produced no winning ticket. The announcement Friday by the Multi-State Lottery Association means ticket sales have soared as the frenzy grows for a chance to win the big prize. The latest jackpot number breaks the record for largest jump between drawings. A Powerball jackpot...

Washington – Ousted IRS Chief Regrets Treatment Of Tea Party

May 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Washington - The ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service apologized to Congress on Friday for his agency's tougher treatment of tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He said they resulted from a misguided effort to handle a flood of applications, not political bias. "I want to apologize on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service for the mistakes that we made...

Bnei Brak, Israel – Israeli City Shoots For Guinness Book Record With “World’s Longest Shabbat Table”

May 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Bnei Brak, Israel - In hopes of being immortalized in the Guinness Book of World Records, the city of Bnei Brak, Israel has constructed a 60-meter (197 feet) long Shabbat table, capable of seating 300 people for the Friday evening gathering. YNET news.com (http://bit.ly/12gSJew) is reporting that the event is the brainchild of the haredi advertising agency, Meimad, and the Coca-Cola company...

Albany – NY Assemblyman Lopez To Resign, Run For NYC Council

May 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Albany, NY - Democratic New York City Assemblyman Vito Lopez says he will resign amid a sexual harassment scandal and run for New York City council. Lopez says he'll step down June 20. Lopez has been under growing pressure after it was revealed the state secretly paid women $103,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against the one-time Brooklyn power broker. Two blistering reports this...

Washington – Turkish PM At White House: I Will Go Ahead With Gaza Visit

May 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Washington - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said at the White House on Thursday that he intends to go ahead with a planned trip to the Gaza Strip next month despite pressure from the United States to delay it. "I place a lot of significance on this visit in terms of peace in the Middle East," Erdogan said at a rainy Rose Garden news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama, adding...

Onatario, Canada – Toronto Mayor Denies Smoking Crack

May 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Ontario, Canada - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, his lawyer told the Toronto Sun on Friday. Reporters for the Toronto Star, a rival Canadian newspaper, and Gawker Media, a U.S. media outlet, said they had seen a video that appears to show Ford smoking crack. The lawyer, Dennis Morris, told the Toronto Sun that the mayor is denying "any such...

Washington – Analysis: As Scandals Mount, White House Springs Into Damage Control

May 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Washington - With no sign of an end to three mushrooming scandals, the White House acknowledged the rising political dangers on Wednesday by launching a concerted effort at damage control. In a whirlwind few hours, the administration moved forcefully to counter criticism of its handling of the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the seizure of reporters' phone records in a Justice Department...

Jerusalem – OpEd: Unholy Hypocrisy At The Western Wall

May 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Jerusalem - Last Friday, the Western Wall underwent an unwelcome transformation from sacred site to media circus as the group known as the Women of the Wall sought to hold a decidedly non-traditional prayer service. Not content with the idea that their worship would be seen by our Father in Heaven, the women went one step further and made sure that plenty of writers, journalists and cameramen...

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