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Washington – States Fear Loss Of Health Care Aid For Thousands Of Seriously Ill

May 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Washington - Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say. At risk is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a transition program that's become a lifeline for the so-called "uninsurables" — people with serious medical conditions who can't get coverage...

New York – NYC Cigarette Tax Fight Hampered By Low Fines

May 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM
New York - High taxes have emerged as the No. 1 weapon in the war on smoking. The more cigarettes cost, research has shown, the fewer people buy them. That is one of the reasons six states are considering proposals to hike tobacco taxes. But the effectiveness of that strategy is being undercut in the home of the nation's highest tobacco taxes — New York City — by light penalties for...

Washington – Are You A Tax Cheat If You Shop Online Tax-free?

May 5, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Washington - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat. That's right, even if Internet retailers don't collect sales tax at the time of the purchase, you're required by law to pay it in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Here's the problem for states: hardly anyone pays the tax, and there's not much states can do...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Amsalem: They Did unto Yishai as He Did Unto Me

May 5, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Jerusalem - Former Knesset member Chaim Amsalem reacted, Sunday, to the ouster of Member of Knesset Eli Yishai from the leadership of the Shas party by saying Yishai was put through the same revolving door that Yishai put him through. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew Journal, Rabbi Amsalem said, "The moment that members of the house of Rabbi Ovadia Yoseph - meaning his son, daughter-in-law and...

Manhattan, NY – Lower East Side Beach In Plan For East River

May 5, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Manhattan, NY - Public kayaking, freshwater wetlands and a new beach could be on the way to Manhattan's East Side, thanks to an updated East River Blueway Plan that was unveiled Thursday evening. The proposal, presented by Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh at a public meeting at the Cooper Union, is the latest step in an effort to reimagine the...

New York – Barron’s: Facebook Still Worth Probably No More Than $25 A Share

May 5, 2013 at 07:52 PM
New York - Shares of Jamie DimonInc , which were given a boost last week when the social networking company reported first quarter results that largely met analysts' expectations, may be over valued, financial newspaper Barron's said on Sunday. Facebook closed at $28.31 on Friday, 60 percent higher than last summer's low-point, but well below its initial public offering price of $38 last May...

Washington – Intelligence Official: U.S. Not Notified Before Air Raids On Syria

May 5, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Washington - The United States was not given any warning before air strikes in Syria against what Western and Israeli officials say were weapons headed for Hezbollah militants, a U.S. intelligence official said on Sunday. Without confirming that Israel was behind the attacks, the U.S. intelligence official said that the United States was essentially told of the air raids "after the fact" and...

Istanbul – Turkish Airlines Bans Red Lipstick, Nail Polish

May 5, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Istanbul - Turkey's national airline has barred female flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, striking a nerve among secular Turks worried the country is becoming more Islamic. Turkish Airlines, Europe's fourth-biggest carrier, said the ban was aimed at keeping crews "artless and well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones", as a natural look improved communication with...

Jerusalem – Yishai Felt Betrayed By Rabbi Yosef

May 5, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Jerusalem - Reinstated Shas leader Arye Deri and new faction head Ariel Atias will convene the party's MKs on Monday for the first time since Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef announced his decision to fire former Shas chairman Eli Yishai Thursday night. Deri and Atias intend to use their speeches at the Knesset to reach out to Yishai and praise his handling of the party during the nearly 13 and...

Geneva – Investigator: U.N. Has Testimony That Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Gas

May 5, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Geneva - U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under...

Washington – McCain: Israeli Strikes In Syria Could Put More Pressure On Obama

May 5, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Washington - Israel's air strikes on Syria could add pressure on the Obama administration to intervene in Syria, a key Republican said on Sunday, but the U.S. government faces tough questions on how it can help without adding to the conflict. Hours after Israeli jets bombed Syria on Sunday for the second time in 48 hours, several top U.S. lawmakers voiced concern over the cascading uncertainty...

Budapest – Hungary’s PM Slams Anti-Semitism, But Disappoints Jews

May 5, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Budapest - Prime Minister Viktor Orban strongly denounced growing anti-Semitism in Hungary on Sunday but stopped short of censuring the far-right Jobbik party his audience of world Jewish leaders most wanted him to scold. Orban told the World Jewish Congress (WJC), which is holding its four-yearly assembly in Hungary to highlight its concern about rising hostility to Jews here and elsewhere in...

Jerusalem – A Look At Reasons For Israeli Airstrikes In Syria

May 5, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Jerusalem - A look at the reasons for and possible implications of the escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's civil war. WHY NOW? Israel has said repeatedly it does not want to get dragged into Syria's civil war but has also warned that it will not allow so-called "game-changing" sophisticated weapons to flow across the border to Lebanon's Hezbollah, an Islamic militant group allied...

New York – 9/11 Museum Officials Say Admission Fee Needed

May 5, 2013 at 03:14 PM
New York - Faced with hefty operating costs, the foundation building the 9/11 museum at the World Trade Center has decided to charge an admission fee of $20 to $25 when the site opens next year. The exact cost of the mandatory fee has not yet been decided. Entry to the memorial plaza with its twin reflecting pools will still be free. The decision to charge for the underground museum...

Brooklyn, NY – 32,000 Cyclist Take To The Streets Of NYC

May 5, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Tens of thousands of bicyclists are off to the races for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. The race kicked off at 7:45 a.m. at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, where the race will also end. In all, organizers expect 32,000 riders to take on the course through all five boroughs. It is the biggest bike ride in the U.S. Organizers say backpacks where prohibited. The rule comes...

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