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New York – NYers Exceeding 260 Pounds Irked By Bike Share Weight Limit

May 2, 2013 at 11:07 PM
New York - New York City's upcoming public bike share program, Citibike, has already irked parking space seekers, food cart vendors and locals who resent seeing a Citibank sponsor logo on nearly every block. Now, heavier New Yorkers can be added to the list. According to the program's user contract, riders "must not exceed the maximum weight limit" of 260 pounds (120 kg) if they wish to...

Washington – Decade-Old Question: Is Anti-Bacterial Soap Safe?

May 2, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Washington - It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's basinet. But federal health regulators are just now deciding whether triclosan — the germ-killing ingredient found in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in...

Washington – Feds: Many Causes For Dramatic Bee Disappearance

May 2, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Washington - A new federal report blames a combination of problems for a mysterious and dramatic disappearance of U.S. honeybees since 2006. The intertwined factors cited include a parasitic mite, multiple viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition, genetics, habitat loss and pesticides. The multiple causes make it harder to do something about what's called colony collapse disorder, experts say. The...

Washington – Pentagon: North Korea Could Reach U.S. With Nuclear Arms

May 2, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Washington - North Korea's continuing development of nuclear technology and long-range ballistic missiles will move it closer to its stated goal of being able to hit the United States with an atomic weapon, a new Pentagon report to Congress said on Thursday. The report, the first version of an annual Pentagon assessment required by law, said Pyongyang's Taepodong-2 missile, with continued...

Boston – Remains Of Marathon Bombing Suspect Claimed

May 2, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Boston - The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was the subject of a massive manhunt and died after a gunbattle with police, was claimed on Thursday. Department of Public Safety spokesman Terrel Harris said a funeral home retained by Tsarnaev's family picked up the 26-year-old's remains. He had no more information. The medical examiner determined Tsarnaev's cause...

United Nations – UN Wants Moratorium On ‘Killer Robots’

May 2, 2013 at 08:31 PM
United Nations - Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input "should not have the power of life and death over human beings," a new draft U.N. report says. The report for the U.N. Human Rights Commission posted online this week deals with legal and philosophical issues involved in giving robots lethal powers over humans, echoing countless science-fiction novels and films. The...

Washington – Official: Boston Bomb Suspects Originally Planned July 4 Attack

May 2, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Washington - The brothers suspected of the Boston Marathon bombings had originally planned to carry out the attack on July 4 this year, a law enforcement official said. But the Tsarnaev brothers decided to strike earlier because they completed building their bombs more quickly than expected, the official said...

Tel Aviv – Report: Yair Lapid Secretly Met With Sheldon Adelson

May 2, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Tel Aviv - Finance Minister Yair Lapid held a secret meeting with billionaire Sheldon Adelson two weeks ago, according to a report on Al-Monitor on Wednesday. Adelson, a big supporter of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, met with the finance minister for two hours at his North Tel Aviv penthouse. The content of the meeting is unknown. Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post...

Washington – Rand Paul Calls First Trip Ever To Israel, “Beyond Words”

May 2, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Washington - Freshman GOP Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul says he now feels a "sense of kinship" with the people of Israel after his January trip during which he "went to Shabbat," danced around a table singing with students at a yeshiva, and toured Galilee. The NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE (http://bit.ly/12tj6wv) reports that Paul continues to speak glowingly of his trip, which included a...

Denver – Sotomayor Cites Boston On Perils Of Profiling

May 2, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Denver - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings shows how difficult and sensitive the issue of racial profiling can be. Speaking with young students in Denver, Sotomayor noted that some people asked whether authorities had done enough to track the two suspects, both ethnic Chechens. "Is that profiling? Could be," she said. "Is...

Paris – Boeing Plans To Build World’s Longest-Range Passenger Jet

May 2, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Paris - Boeing has shown airlines a blueprint for the world's longest-range passenger jet, adding spice to a long-awaited revamp of its 777 wide-body jet, people familiar with the matter said. Boeing on Wednesday launched a race against Airbus for sales of the newest long-haul jets by announcing it had begun selling an upgraded aircraft family code-named 777X. First seen in the 1990s, the...

New York, NY – 2 Associates Of City Comptroller John Liu Convicted

May 2, 2013 at 05:35 PM
New York, NY - Two former associates of a candidate seeking to become the city's first Asian-American mayor were convicted Thursday in a scheme to illegally raise campaign funds. The defendants were charged amid an undercover FBI investigation of the campaign fundraising for City Comptroller John Liu, a Democrat. A Manhattan jury delivered the verdicts on the first full day of...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Relieved As College Director After Placing Cameras In Girls’ Dorm

May 2, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Jerusalem - Amid calls for a police investigation by students, a rabbi has been relieved of duty as director of an Orthodox gap-year program at Bar-Ilan University after secretly installing video surveillance cameras in the girls' dormitory. HAARETZ (http://bit.ly/16uYtqo) reports that Rabbi Tully Bryks, claims he had the two cameras installed in the hallway of the dormitory after receiving...

Ventura County, CA – Chabad Rabbi Among the Evacuees in Wildfire

May 2, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Ventura County, CA - A California Chabad Center is just one of the many buildings that was evacuated today after a raging brush fire that began this morning in Ventura County. According to reports on CNN several hundred fire fighters were battling the blaze, dubbed the "Springs Fire", with helicopters dropping water on the area in attempt to douse the flames. Dry conditions, low humidity and...

London – Orthodox Rabbis In London Set Up “Tznius” Hotline

May 2, 2013 at 03:51 PM
London - In response to "public demand," a group of Orthodox rabbis in London have opened a "modesty" hotline which enables locals to anonymously report decency violations within the community. The JC.com (http://bit.ly/12sNEP8) reports that the group, calling itself Va'ad L'Tolhar Hamachneh, Committee for the Purity of the Camp, has posted fliers in synagogues in both Yiddish and English with...

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