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New York – Schumer And Kelly Slam New Lady Liberty Security Plan

May 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM
New York - New security plans for the Statue of Liberty could leave visitors vulnerable when it reopens July Fourth, New York officials said Monday. Sen. Charles Schumer and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called for the National Park Service to reverse its plan, which calls for visitors to board boats either lower Manhattan or New Jersey and stop at nearby Ellis Island for...

Tel Aviv – El Al Airlines Quarterly Loss Widens On Competition

May 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Tel Aviv - El Al Israel Airlines said its first-quarter net loss widened, hurt by a military conflict in the fourth quarter as well as increased competition and higher operating costs. Israel's flag carrier said on Monday it had a quarterly net loss of $32.5 million, compared with a loss of $23.3 million a year ago. Revenue rose to $431 million from $429.1 million. Revenue from passengers...

Seattle – Border Entry Fee Study Sparks Northern Opposition

May 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Seattle - By Michael Hill's estimation, 90 percent of the people pumping gas at his station just south of the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state are Canadians. Gas north of the 49th parallel, he said, is about $1.30 per gallon more expensive than in the United States. But that's not the only product that Canadians seek in visits to Washington state: Beer, wine and milk are significantly...

Jordan – Kerry Holds Surprise Meetings With Abbas, Livni In Amman

May 27, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Jordan - US Secretary of State John Kerry held separate surprise meetings in Jordan on Monday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as he intensified his efforts to revive the peace process. Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman, his third meeting with Abbas since Thursday. Related: Kerry unveils $4 billion...

Paris – France Analyzing Samples Of Suspected Syrian Chemical Weapon Elements

May 27, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Paris - France is testing samples of suspected chemical weapon elements used against Syrian rebel fighters and smuggled out by reporters from Le Monde newspaper and will divulge the results in the next few days, a senior French official said on Monday. The official also said Paris recently carried out its own tests on other samples that had indicated the use of battlefield gas. "Samples...

Seattle – Wash. Bridge Collapse Could Affect Entire West Coast

May 27, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Seattle - For farmers, business owners and government officials up and down the West Coast, Washington's bridge collapse on Interstate 5 represents much more than a close brush with tragedy. As much as $20 billion in freight travels to and from Canada and along the busy north-south corridor each year. People in Canada won't go hungry if no Washington apples are trucked to them. But the...

Jerusalem – School Denied Funds For Refusing Sephardim

May 27, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Jerusalem - The Jerusalem City Council’s Finance Committee has frozen NIS 10 million in funds for the haredi girls school “Darkei Rachel,” until it agrees to accept four Sephardi school girls who have not been enrolled in school all year. The schoolgirls have been refused entry since the beginning of the academic year. Many Ashkenazi haredi girls’ schools allegedly operate unofficial...

Baltimore – Fire Breaks Out Aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

May 27, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Baltimore - A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship Monday did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled and the company said the more than 2,200 passengers will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore where the trip began. The fire that began at 2:50 a.m. Monday was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported. A cause wasn't immediately known. The...

Albany – New Yorkers Advised To Check Property Assessments

May 27, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Albany - New York's taxpayer rights advocate is advising property owners to review their assessments during municipal grievance periods, which end Tuesday in many communities. Advocate Camille Enders says homeowners and businesses can check their assessments on their town's website to see if they are paying more than their fair tax share. Local assessment rolls, required to be publicly...

Jerusalem – PM Netanyahu Requested Defense Minister Not To Delay Charedi Draft Bill

May 27, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday requested Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon approve basic guidelines of the Peri Commission, which details contents of draft legislation to increase haredi enlistment, Army Radio reported. "We will accommodate your important reservations down the line, in the Knesset," the prime minister told Ya'alon. Content is provided courtesy of the...

New York – Ulster County Executive Hein To Help Cash-Strapped Local Governments

May 27, 2013 at 05:34 PM
New York - A county executive is moving to bring fiscally stressed local governments together to share their best ideas before they become "distressed" under a new state definition. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is trying to help local governments help each other before they reach "distressed" status, a designation that could trigger state involvement in restructuring local operations. On...

London – Protests Over Murdered British Soldier, Pressure On Cameron

May 27, 2013 at 04:00 PM
London - Around a thousand far-right protesters shouting "Muslim killers, off our streets" marched through central London on Monday against a backdrop of swelling anti-Muslim feeling following the killing of a British soldier last week. Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old soldier, was hacked to death in broad daylight in a south London street by two men who said they killed him in the name of Islam. The...

New York – NY Mayoral Hopeful Would Be A First, In 2 Ways

May 27, 2013 at 03:36 PM
New York - It was an unscripted moment made for Christine Quinn. One of her Democratic rivals in the New York City mayor's race had tried a bit of wry gallantry after both started answering a candidate-forum question at the same time. "Ladies first," John Liu said. It was a National Organization for Women event, after all, and Quinn was the only woman on the stage. "Who are you calling a...

Israel – Bennett: Every Time We Give Up Land People Are Killed

May 27, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Israel - Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday spoke out against President Shimon Peres's calls for the resumption of peace talks based on a two-state solution, saying that "every time we give up land, people are killed." Speaking at a Bayit Yehudi faction meeting, Bennett stated that "this is the time to say this is our land and it's not for sale." Bennett added: "Everyday...

Damascus – McCain Sneaks Across Turkey-Syria Border, Meets With Rebels

May 27, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Damascus - Republican Senator John McCain, a former presidential candidate and one of the loudest voices calling for military aid to the Syrian opposition, met with some of the rebels during a surprise visit to the war-torn country on Monday, his spokesman said. Spokesman Brian Rogers confirmed McCain's meeting with the rebels, but declined to give any details about the visit, which came a...

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