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Washington – Biden Asks Rabbis, Pastors To Make Moral Argument On Guns

May 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden is asking pastors, rabbis and nuns to help make the moral argument to their followers for gun control legislation. Biden met for two-and-a-half hours with leaders from various faith communities. Participants emerged from the meeting encouraged that the Obama administration isn't giving up the fight even though efforts in the Senate so far have...

Los Angeles – YouTube Said Set To Soon Launch Pay Channels

May 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Los Angeles - YouTube is set to announce within a few weeks a series of channels that will require payment, a person familiar with the matter said Monday. The content on the new pay channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube. It's not clear whether the paid videos will come with advertising. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and...

Washington – Guantanamo Camp Costs $900,000 A Year Per Inmate

May 6, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Washington - It's been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth and President Barack Obama cited the cost this week as one of many reasons to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which burns through some $900,000 per prisoner annually. The Pentagon estimates it spends about $150 million each year to operate the prison and military court system at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba...

Cleveland, OH – 3 Missing Women Found At Ohio Home, 3 Arrested (audio-video)

May 6, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Cleveland, OH - Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and three people were arrested. Listen to The 911 call One of the women told a 911 dispatcher the person who had taken her was gone, and she pleaded for police officers to come and get her, saying...

New York – With Transit Hub, New York’s World Trade Center Taking Shape

May 6, 2013 at 09:09 PM
New York - With the blast of an airhorn, ironworkers on Monday began bolting into place the first of 610 steel pieces of the soaring wing-like arches of the World Trade Center's new transportation hub. Not due to open until 2015, the 800,000-square-foot (74,322-square-meter) transit hub will eventually link numerous New York City subway lines with commuter trains and ferry services to...

Washington – Fight Expected In House On Online Sales Tax

May 6, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Washington - The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to give states the power to enforce their sales tax laws on online purchases, but the legislation faces a tougher fight in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 69 to 27 to back the measure, which pits brick-and-mortar stores like Wal-Mart Stores Inc and cash-hungry state governments...

Kenya – Iranians Jailed For Life Over Terror Charges Against Westerners

May 6, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Kenya - A Kenyan court on Monday sentenced two Iranian nationals convicted of plotting attacks against Western targets to life in prison. Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were arrested in June 2012 and led officials to a 15-kilogram (33-pound) stash of the explosive RDX. Officials in Kenya say the two suspects may have been planning attacks on Israeli, American, British or...

Washington – Obama Plays Round Of Golf With 3 Senators

May 6, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama took his congressional outreach effort to the green on Monday, playing a round of golf with a bipartisan trio of senators. Democrat Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado and Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Bob Corker of Tennessee joined Obama for a round at Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base, where Obama frequently plays golf on weekends with aides and...

San Francisco, CA – Limo Driver: Fire Took 3 Minutes To Claim 5 Lives

May 6, 2013 at 08:05 PM
San Francisco, CA - A California agency probing a deadly limousine fire that killed five women is considering whether to fine the limo company $7,500 per day for misrepresenting the limo's seating capacity. The California Public Utilities Commission had authorized the vehicle to carry eight or fewer passengers, but it had nine on the night of the deadly fire. Commission spokeswoman Terrie...

New York, NY – Stop And Frisk Critics Start Voter Drive

May 6, 2013 at 07:33 PM
New York, NY - Civil rights and community groups that joined forces to decry New York Police Department tactics now aim to become an electoral force. They hope to register thousands of voters concerned about the practice known as stop and frisk. A coalition called Communities United for Police Reform announced the effort Monday. The voter drive signals how a debate over stop and frisk is...

Washington – Diplomat: US Team Stopped From Going To Benghazi

May 6, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Washington - A team of U.S. special forces ready to head to Benghazi, Libya, after the assault on the American diplomatic mission had ended was told to stand down, according to a former top diplomat. Gregory Hicks also told Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that if the U.S. military had flown aircraft over the Benghazi facility after it came under siege it...

Washington – U.S. Officials: North Korea Missiles Moved Away From Launch Site

May 6, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Washington - North Korea has taken two Musudan missiles off launch-ready status and moved them from their position on the country's east coast, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, after weeks of concern that Pyongyang was poised for a test-launch. The United States did not believe the missiles were moved to an alternate launch site and were instead in a non-operational location, one of the...

Jerusalem – An Open Letter To The Women Of The Wall: How About Some Respect?

May 6, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Jerusalem - Gowing up in the small Modern Orthodox contingent in the larger Cleveland Orthodox community, most of whom were Yeshivish (the American version of Chareidi), my family was one of the few in my neighborhood in which the girls wore short sleeves and pants. I’ll be honest- I sometimes wondered why we wore short sleeves and pants when most of my neighbors didn’t, but my parents...

Damascus – Israeli Airstrike In Syria Aimed At Iran

May 6, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Damascus - From Israel's perspective, its airstrikes near Damascus were more about Iran than Syria: Tehran's shipment of guided missiles destroyed in the weekend attacks would have posed a potent threat had the weapons reached Iranian proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon. While Israel says it has no interest getting involved in the Syrian civil war, it could find itself drawn into the conflict if Syrian...

New York – S&P 500 Ends At Record Again; Financials, Apple Lead

May 6, 2013 at 04:53 PM
New York - The S&P 500 closed at another record high, pushing further above 1,600 as financial shares led the way after Bank of America's settlement with MBIA. Apple's advance helped lift both the S&P and the Nasdaq. Bank of America said it would settle claims with MBIA for $1.6 billion, lifting shares of both companies as well as the S&P financial sector Index < .SPSY>, which gained 1...

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