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Washington – House Bill Will Let Workers Trade Overtime Pay For Time Off

May 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Washington - The Republican-led House on Wednesday approved a measure that would give private sector workers the option of trading overtime pay for extra time off weeks or months later. The bill, approved on a 223-204 vote, would allow employees who work more than 40 hours a week to save up to 160 hours of earned time off for future use. GOP lawmakers say they want to give busy working...

Birmingham, AL – Study: Fish Oil Doesn’t Help Prevent Heart Attacks

May 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Birmingham, AL - Eating fish is good for your heart but taking fish oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study in Italy found. The work makes clearer who does and does not benefit from taking supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, the good oils found in fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines. Previous studies...

Washington – Report: Israel Warns U.S. About Russian Arms Sale To Syria

May 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Washington - Israel has asked Russia not to sell Syria an advanced air defense system which would help President Bashar al-Assad fend off foreign military intervention as he battles a more than two-year-old rebellion, Israeli officials said on Thursday. Citing U.S. officials, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Israel had told Washington that Syria had already began payments...

Dhaka – Eight Killed In Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire

May 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Dhaka - Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said on Thursday, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 900. The fire, in an industrial district of Dhaka, comes amid global attention on safety standards in Bangladesh's booming garment industry...

Providence, RI – Widow Of Boston Bombing Suspect Hires Criminal Lawyer

May 8, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Providence, RI - The widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has hired a prominent criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities. Katherine Russell added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team, her attorney Amato DeLuca said Wednesday. Dratel has represented a number of terrorism suspects in...

New York – 32 NY Officials Charged For Corruption In 7 Years

May 8, 2013 at 08:23 PM
New York - With the arrest Monday of another former state Senate majority leader, Albany has seen 32 state level officials snared in corruption cases in the past seven years. The fourth arrest in the past four weeks came as the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who campaigned to clean up Albany, had repeatedly insisted that state politics has shed its dysfunctional past. "They can't...

Syria – State Media Say Internet Service Restored

May 8, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Syria - Internet service was restored in Syria on Wednesday, after a countrywide outage cut off the country from the rest of the world for nearly 20 hours, state media said. The state news agency SANA said a problem with a fiber optics cable was to blame for the second nationwide outage since a two-day blackout in November. There had been speculation that the regime pulled the plug...

Albany, NY – NY State Hosts Tourism Summit To Boost Economy

May 8, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Albany, NY - New York will seek to entice tourists from other states and countries vacationing in New York City to be lured to upstate destinations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday after a statewide "tourism summit." "Now is the time to tell New York's story," Cuomo said. He said the state in the past hasn't focused on promoting its natural attractions. But he said some bragging is needed now...

Washington – High Hospital Bills Go Public, But Will It Help?

May 8, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Washington - For the first time, the government is publicly revealing how much hospitals charge, and the differences are astounding: Some bill tens of thousands of dollars more than others for the same treatment, even within the same city. Why does a joint replacement cost 40 times as much at one hospital as at another across the country? It's a mystery, federal health officials say. "It...

Cleveland, OH – One Ohio Man Charged With Kidnap In Missing Women Case

May 8, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Cleveland, OH - Authorities have filed kidnapping and rape charges against a Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home. Homeowner Ariel Castro was charged Wednesday. Brothers Pedro and Onil Castro are held but face no charges right now. The men are in custody and can't be reached for comment. Their brother-in-law has said the family is...

Washington – Former US Official Describes Libya Attack

May 8, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Washington - A former top diplomat in Libya on Wednesday delivered a riveting minute-by-minute account of the chaotic events during the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last September, with a 2 a.m. call from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and confusion about the fate of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. In a slow, halting and sometimes emotional voice, Gregory...

New York, NY – City Passes Paid Sick Days Plan

May 8, 2013 at 04:51 PM
New York - In a significant victory amid a push for paid sick time laws around the country, city lawmakers voted Wednesday to make businesses provide the benefit to an estimated 1 million workers who don't have it now. Saying they hoped that requiring sick leave in the nation's largest metropolis would set an example, City Council members positioned New York to become the most populous place...

Washington – Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Security, Mideast Peace In Phone Call

May 8, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed regional security and Middle East peace in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, the White House said. It is the first conversation between the two leaders the White House has made public since Israeli jets attacked Syrian targets twice in recent days. The two leaders agreed to continue close...

Cleveland, OH – Parents Of Once-Missing Woman: Watch Your Children

May 8, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Cleveland, OH - The parents of one of three missing Cleveland women found safe after years of captivity raised their arms in triumph and had a message for communities everywhere: watch your children. Felix DeJesus (deh-HAY'-zoos) and Nancy Ruiz spoke to reporters after their daughter returned home Wednesday, pumping their fists in the air in celebration as they addressed reporters. The...

Jerusalem – Archeological Dig In Jerusalem Produces 2000 Year-Old Items

May 8, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli Antiques Authority has announced that archeologists working on a dig in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo in Jerusalem have unearthed an ancient stone quarry containing items dating back some 2,000 years. The TIMES OF ISRAEL (http://bit.ly/16hKB39) reports that included in the findings are a three-toothed iron key and masonry tools such as pickaxes and metal wedges that...

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