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New York – Feds: Disgraced NY Senator Recorded Colleagues

May 3, 2013 at 05:55 PM
New York - For the second time in two months, federal prosecutors have revealed that a New York state lawmaker snared in a criminal probe tried to earn lenient treatment by secretly recording other elected officials for the FBI. In court papers filed Friday, prosecutors said former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat, made numerous recordings of her meetings over several months last...

New York – Dow, S&P 500 End At Record Highs After Jobs Data

May 3, 2013 at 04:12 PM
New York - The Dow and S&P 500 advanced to all-time closing highs on Friday, with major indexes jumping 1 percent after an unexpectedly strong April jobs report eased concerns about an economic slowdown. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average < .DJI> was up 141.23 points, or 0.95 percent, at 14,972.81. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index < .SPX> was up 16.76 points...

New York – NYC To Add 640K People To Evacuation Zones

May 3, 2013 at 03:59 PM
New York - Hurricane evacuation areas would encompass 640,000 more city residents and the number of zones would double so officials could tailor evacuation orders better to the dynamics of a particular storm, under plans disclosed Friday. Details on the new zones won't be released until June, but the changes could mean neighborhoods around the city might newly be told to clear out ahead of...

New York – Court OK’s Force Feeding Prison Hunger Striker With Stomach Tube

May 3, 2013 at 01:51 PM
New York - The New York Court of Appeals says prison officials can force feed an inmate on a hunger strike to prevent his death, finding that doesn't violate his constitutional right to refuse medical treatment. The Court of Appeals, divided 4-2, notes inmate Leroy Dorsey began hunger strikes in 2010, dropping from 241 to 147 pounds, claiming he wanted to transfer and air grievances about his...

Jerusalem – Google Lists Palestinian Territories ‘Palestine’

May 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Jerusalem - Google is de facto recognizing a state of Palestine. Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said on Friday that Google had decided to change the name of the Palestinian Territories to just "Palestine" in its products. He says Google consults with various sources and authorities when naming countries, and in this case is following the lead of several international organizations. The...

Concord, NH – GOP Lawmaker Apologizes About Bombing Comments

May 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Concord, NH - A Republican New Hampshire lawmaker under fire from her party is apologizing for her comments about the Boston Marathon bombings and lack of pain on a victim’s face. State Rep. Stella Tremblay of Auburn told The Telegraph of Nashua (http://bit.ly/18hO4O4 ) Thursday that her comments were out of a desire to question whether the constitutional rights of Watertown, Mass....

Washington – Officials Order U.S. Customs To Verify All Int’l Student Visas After Bombings

May 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Washington - Customs officials are being ordered "effective immediately" to verify that every foreign student arriving in the U.S. has a valid student visa. It's the first security change by the U.S. government directly related to the Boston bombings. According to an internal memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, the Homeland Security Department says every international student...

New York – Victims And Witnesses Question “Motive” Of Yeshiva U. Abuse Investigation

May 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM
New York - Distrust, apprehension, and in some cases, "confusion" are the terms being used by victims and witnesses associated with the ongoing sexual abuse investigation being conducted by a law firm hired by Yeshiva U. The JEWISH DAILY FORWARD (http://bit.ly/12wwhNb) is reporting that the probe, which is being conducted by the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, is progressing at a glacial...

West, TX – Report: Texas Fertilizer Plant, A History Of Theft, Tampering

May 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM
West, TX - The Texas fertilizer plant that exploded two weeks ago, killing 14 people and injuring about 200, was a repeat target of theft by intruders who tampered with tanks and caused the release of toxic chemicals, police records reviewed by Reuters show. Police responded to at least 11 reports of burglaries and five separate ammonia leaks at West Fertilizer Co over the past 12 years...

Dartmouth, MA – Authorities Comb Woods Near Bomb Suspect’s College

May 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Dartmouth, MA - Federal, state and local authorities are searching the woods near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth campus as part of their investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing. Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, says the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking the lead on the search. She could not say what they...

Des Moines, IA – Agriprocessors Supervisor Back From Israel To Face Charges

May 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Des Moines, IA - A former manager at an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse is set to appear in federal court after being extradited from Israel. Hosam Amara has been indicted on charges of harboring people in the country illegally. He fought extradition from Israel, where he fled after a 2008 immigration raid at the former Agriprocessors Inc. meatpacking plant in Postville. The U.S. Attorney's...

Budapest – Hungary Court Allows Anti-Semitic Protest During Jewish Summit

May 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Budapest - A Hungarian court has given the go ahead for a far-right protest on Saturday before an international conference of Jewish leaders in Budapest, saying a police ruling that banned it was belated and unlawful. But Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who had ordered the police ban, said the court ruling was "unacceptable" and has asked the president of the Supreme Court to intervene and the...

New York – Dow Jones Industrial Average Crosses 15,000 For The First Time

May 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM
New York - Stocks added to gains on Friday, with the Dow industrials at a record high above 15,000 after a strong payrolls report for April and large upward revisions showed the jobs market is healing despite the sluggish recovery in the overall economy. The Dow Jones industrial average < .DJI> rose 176.4 points or 1.19 percent, to 15,007.98, the S&P 500 < .SPX> gained 20.7 points or 1.3...

Boston – Boston Suspect’s Mortuary Offers Muslim Services

May 3, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Boston - Funeral arrangements for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police are being handled by a funeral home that has experience with Muslim services. Peter Stefan, owner of Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester (WUS'-tur) confirmed Friday he is handling funeral arrangements for Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-lun tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) but he could not...

London – Underwater German WWII Bomber To Be Salvaged

May 3, 2013 at 09:56 AM
London - A famous German WWII bomber has spent decades submerged in the English Channel — but that's about to change. British officials on Friday announced a complex salvage operation to rescue the only known surviving example of the German Dornier Do 17 bomber, an aircraft nicknamed "the flying pencil" because of its narrow fuselage. The wreck is located just off the Kent coast in...

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