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Washington – Schumer: Group Of Senators To Look At Media Leaks

May 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday a group of eight senators will look at setting rules on how leaks about government secrets are investigated. "We'll be announcing that we have four Democrats and four Republicans ... another Gang of Eight," Schumer said Sunday on CBS' "Face The Nation." Schumer said in mid-May that he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will reintroduce the so-called...

New York, NY – New Yorkers Send In More Than 8,000 Photos Of Complaints To 311

May 26, 2013 at 10:34 PM
New York, NY - New Yorkers don't just want the city to hear their complaints. Increasingly, they're giving officials a fuller picture of the problems. The New York Post (http://bit.ly/111vGWO ) reported Sunday that the city's 311 hotline got more than 8,000 photos accompanying reports in the last 15 months. They included more than 1,800 pictures of items left in taxis, almost 200 images...

Texas – San Antonio’s Jewish Community Weathers Flooding Without Significant Damage

May 26, 2013 at 09:33 PM
San Antonio, TX - As flash flood watches continue in South Central Texas until 10 PM tonight, San Antonio's Jewish community seems to have emerged relatively unscathed from the weekend storms. "Walking to Shul yesterday was definitely interesting," Rabbi Yossi Marrus, Associate Rabbi of Chabad Lubavitch of South Texas told VIN News. "There was a huge amount of water but in our area there was...

Washington – Four-Star General In Eye Of U.S. Cyber Storm

May 26, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Washington - Depending on your point of view, U.S. General Keith Alexander is either an Army four-star trying to stave off a cyber Pearl Harbor attack, or an overreaching spy chief who wants to eavesdrop on the private emails of every American. Alexander, 61, has headed the National Security Agency since 2005, making him the longest-serving chief in the history of an intelligence unit so...

Rochester, NY – Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals To Pay $33.5 Million To Settle Claims Company Paid Doctors To Push Drug

May 26, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Rochester, NY - Ista Pharmaceuticals Inc pleaded guilty on Friday to charges it used kickbacks and improper marketing to boost sales of a drug meant to treat eye pain and agreed to pay $33.5 million to settle criminal and civil liability, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The unit of eye care company Bausch & Lomb pleaded guilty to conspiracy to offer kickbacks to induce physicians to...

Washington – High-Tech Industry Big Immigration Bill Winner

May 26, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Washington - More than any other group, the high-tech industry got big wins in an immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, thanks to a concerted lobbying effort, an ideally positioned Senate ally and relatively weak opposition. The result amounted to a bonanza for the industry: unlimited green cards for foreigners with certain advanced U.S. degrees and a huge...

Tel Aviv – Israeli Maker Of Electric Cars Goes Bankrupt

May 26, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Tel Aviv - It was an audacious idea that came to symbolize Israel's self-described status as "Start-Up Nation," a company that believed it could replace most gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles and reduce the world's reliance on oil — and all within a few years. But it all came crashing down. The company, Better Place, started out as a source of pride and a symbol of Israel's...

Beirut – Residents: Rocket Fired From Lebanon Towards Israel

May 26, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Beirut - A rocket was fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel late Sunday night, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported. The news agency said the rocket was fired from a location near the southern town of Marjayoun, about six miles (10 kilometers) north of the Israeli border. It was not immediately clear who fired the rocket or whether it caused any damage or casualties. The...

Jerusalem – IDF’s Only Ultra-Orthodox Battalion Sworn In (photos)

May 26, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Jerusalem - Hundreds gathered at Ammunition Hill in the capital Sunday evening to witness the swearing-in of the Netzah Yehuda Battalion, the only haredi (ultra-Orthodox) unit in the IDF. The battalion, currently numbering close to 1,000, is responsible for military operations in and around Jenin. Created in 1999, following intensive discussions between haredi educators and the IDF, the Netzah...

Jordan – Kerry: $4B Palestinian Economic Plan Could Work

May 26, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Jordan - Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he believes a plan potentially worth $4 billion is emerging that could expand the Palestinian economy by up to 50 percent in the next three years. It could also cut unemployment by almost two-thirds and average wages could jump 40 percent, he said. But Kerry said it all depends on parallel progress on peace between Israel and the...

Paris, France – Nearly 1 Million French Gay Marriage Opponents Stage Big Paris March

May 26, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Paris, France - Several hundred thousand opponents of same-sex marriage marched in central Paris on Sunday against a reform the unpopular French government passed last month at the price of deepening political polarization. Large park grounds around Les Invalides monument were full of protesters waving pink and blue flags, while far-right activists hung a banner on the ruling Socialist Party...

Moore, OK – Obama: Gov’t With Oklahoma ‘Every Step’ Of The Way

May 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Moore, OK - President Barack Obama visited tornado-devastated Moore, Okla., Sunday, consoling people staggered by the loss of life and property and promising that the government will be behind them "every step of the way." "I'm just a messenger here," the president said, saying "folks are behind you" across America. He offered moral and monetary support in the wake of the monstrous EF5...

Dubai – Bahrain Calls Hezbollah Head A Terrorist, Says Must Be Stopped

May 26, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Dubai - Bahrain's foreign minister has called the head of Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah a "terrorist" after Hassan Nasrallah said his fighters would help bring victory to its ally President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war. The comments represent a departure from the traditional Arab view of Hezbollah as a main force against Israel and show the widening sectarian divisions in the...

La Paz, Bolivia – Minister: Bolivian President Will Not Meet With Jacob Ostreicher

May 26, 2013 at 02:48 PM
La Paz, Bolivia - The Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramon Quintana, announced on Friday that Bolivian President Evo Morales will not meet with Jacob Ostreicher, the U.S. investor who is currently on house arrest and who has been held in Bolivia since his 2011 arrest for money laundering. ANF (http://bit.ly/139TqXA) reports that Ostreicher had requested a meeting with Morales in hopes of...

Paris – France Interior Minister: French Soldier’s Stabbing Could Be Act Of Terrorism

May 26, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Paris - The stabbing of a French soldier near Paris by a man who is still on the run bore the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism, the interior minister said on Sunday, and police said it may have been inspired by the murder of a British serviceman in London. Anti-terrorism investigators are hunting for a bearded man aged about 30, possibly of North African origin, who fled into a crowded train...

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