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Washington – Study: Doctors Often On Board To Help Sick Fliers

May 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Washington - Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is — in half of in-flight medical emergencies — and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds. The research is the largest look yet at what happens to people who develop a medical problem on a commercial flight — about 44,000 of the 2.75 billion passengers worldwide each year, researchers...

Israel – Finance Ministry Proposes 80,000 New Apartments, 1,000 In E. Jerusalem

May 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Israel - The finance ministry on Wednesday released a housing plan to build 80,000 new apartments by 2014. The main aspects of the plan, which will be presented for approval by the housing cabinet on Monday, also required that at least 25,000 units a year would could the Israel Land Authority and be marketed by the state. In 2012, only 15,380 new units were built, making the goal an...

Albany, NY – Senate Passes Bill to Increase Fines for Littering on Highways

May 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Albany, NY - The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would increase the fines for littering on highways and the lands next to them. The bill (S.2311), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), doubles the fines for littering. “Littering not only impacts the appearance of the roadways, it also can pose driving hazards, and trash is very costly to remove,”...

Washington – Senator John McCain Confident Of Identifying ‘Good Guys’ In Syria

May 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Washington - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Wednesday, two days after meeting with rebels in Syria, that he is confident the United States can send weapons to fighters in Syria without the risk they will fall into the wrong hands. "We can identify who these people are. We can help the right people," McCain said on CNN's program "Anderson Cooper 360." McCain, a Republican, is an outspoken...

Albany, NY – Assembly Democrat Calls For Silver To Resign

May 29, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Albany, NY - A Democratic assemblywoman on Wednesday called for powerful Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign his leadership position for his role in a secret settlement to end sexual harassment claims against a now-former assemblyman. Democratic Assemblywoman Inez Barron accused Silver of "egregious behavior" in crafting the $103,000 settlement using public money to silence the first accusations...

New York – NYPD Commish Kelly Tell Chiefs From Around The US: Terrorists Gaining Momentum

May 29, 2013 at 09:35 PM
New York - New York police commissioner Ray Kelly warned Wednesday that the recent terrorist attacks in Boston and London may have created the momentum for more terrorist attacks around the world. "We are concerned that the success, from a terrorist point of view, of the latest attacks in Boston and London, coupled with the notoriety they‘ve received, could inspire even more attempts in...

Buenos Aires – Argentina: Iran Infiltrating Region To Carry Out Terrorist Attacks

May 29, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Buenos Aires - The Argentine prosecutor who accuses former Iranian officials of masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center is now accusing Iran of infiltrating South America to carry out terrorist attacks. Alberto Nisman said Wednesday that Iran's government is setting up intelligence networks in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Surinam and Trinidad and...

Jerusalem – Haredi MK Says Israel’s Problems Stem From Lapid’s Attack On Torah

May 29, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Jerusalem - A Haredi MK said on Monday that Israel's current security problems and drop in credit rating are the result of Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid "infringing" on the Torah. ISRAEL HAYOM (http://bit.ly/13jLjb3) reports that, speaking the day after the Peri Committee presented its recommendations on a haredi draft to the government, United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni said that when Yesh Atid...

Oregon – U.S. Finds Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat In Field

May 29, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Oregon - The Agriculture Department says a non-approved strain of genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in an Oregon field. USDA officials said the wheat is the same strain as a genetically modified wheat that was tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but never approved. Monsanto stopped testing that product in Oregon and several other states in 2005. There is no genetically...

Washington – Obama Expected To Pick James Comey As Next FBI Chief

May 29, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Washington -Three people familiar with the decision say President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate a former Bush administration official to head the FBI. The sources say Obama plans to nominate James Comey, a former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush. The three people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because they were not authorized to discuss the selection...

Brooklyn, NY – Jabbar Lawyer Drops Bombshell; Claims DA’s Office Running “Private Jail”

May 29, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The lawyer in a $150M "wrongful conviction" lawsuit against the city dropped a bombshell today, charging in court papers that District Attorney Charles Hynes' office routinely "detained" witnesses against their will in order to coerce testimony. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/133Wcig) is reporting that Joel Rudin---attorney for Jabbar Collins, who was freed after...

New York, NY – NYPD: Letter Sent To Bloomberg Have Tested Positive For Ricin

May 29, 2013 at 05:43 PM
New York, NY -Two threatening letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police said Wednesday. The anonymous letters were opened in New York on Friday at the city's mail facility in Manhattan and in Washington on Sunday at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit started by...

Brooklyn, NY – Congressman Urges “Immediate” Action On Broken Elevator In Six Story Bensonhurst Apartment Building

May 29, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) contacted the NYC Buildings Commissioner today urging that immediate action be taken to address a broken elevator in a six story Bensonhurst apartment building that houses disabled, elderly, and Holocaust survivors. A press release from the congressman's website (http://1.usa.gov/12j2fD2) states that, in a letter to Buildings Commissioner Robert...

Albany, NY – Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Hands-Free Devices For Drivers With Learner’s Permits

May 29, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Albany, NY - The New York State Senate today passed a bill to protect young and inexperienced drivers by helping to remove distractions that could lead to accidents. The legislation (S1511A), sponsored by Senator Carl Marcellino (R, Syosset), prohibits the use of cell phones – including hands-free devices – by drivers who hold learner’s permits. “Young and inexperienced drivers...

Mackinac Island, MI – Jeb Bush Laughs Off Mom’s ‘Enough Bushes’ Remark

May 29, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Mackinac Island, MI - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he's undecided about running for president, but he doesn't appear to agree with his mother that there've been enough Bushes in the White House. Bush was asked about the 2016 race Wednesday after speaking to local leaders in northern Michigan. He says he's a year or more away from a decision. But he laughed off a recent comment by his...

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