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Israel – IDF To Dismiss 3000 To 5000 Career Soldiers Due To Budget Cuts

July 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Israel - The IDF intends to implement wide-reaching budget cuts over the coming five years that will save billions of shekels, according to a multi-year plan published on Wednesday. The plan, which would need to be approved by the cabinet, includes firing 3,000 to 5,000 career soldiers, and downsizing and closing air force squadrons, armored and artillery units, and naval deployments. The...

Florida – Police Chief Ready For Zimmerman Verdict In Divided Town

July 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Sanford, FL - In a once-segregated Southern town where a shooting death last year ignited a dispute that polarized America, the new police chief has embraced a simple tactic. He calls it the "walk and talk." Unprecedented in Sanford, where George Zimmerman is on trial for killing teenager Trayvon Martin, the campaign has led Cecil Smith out of the police station and into a historic black...

Ontario – CEO Says BlackBerry Open To Licensing Deals Or Sale Of Company

July 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Ontario - BlackBerry Ltd signaled on Tuesday that a licensing deal, or even an outright sale of the company, was still a possibility, pleasing shareholders still reeling from the disappointing debut for its new line of smartphones. Chief Executive Thorsten Heins, responding to a question about whether he was looking into strategic alternatives, said he is open to all options that create value...

New York – Review: Water Resistance Stands Out In Sony Phone

July 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM
New York - Think of a leading phone maker. Apple and Samsung might come to mind — maybe even HTC, maker of the well-received One. But you're probably not thinking Sony, a company better known for its TVs, cameras and video game machines. With the new Xperia Z, Sony shows it can play in the smartphone big leagues. The Xperia Z, unveiled Wednesday in the U.S., helps Sony catch up with...

Israel – IDF To Open Its First Haredi Pre-Military Academy

July 10, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Israel - The first Haredi pre-military academy funded by the Defense Ministry will open this August in the Jordan Valley. News of its establishment on Wednesday follows heightened tensions surrounding the issue of haredi enlistment in the IDF and an attack against a haredi soldier carried out by a mob of ultra-Orthodox men in Jerusalem Tuesday night.  Graduates of the academy will serve...

Saudi Arabia – Satellite Imaging Reveals Strategic Saudi Missile Base; Experts Say Likely Targets Israel And Iran

July 10, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Saudi Arabia - Satellite imaging taken by IHS Jane's Intelligence Review as part of a series updating Saudi Arabia's missile capabilities has revealed a strategic missile base---believed to have developed over the past five years---which shows two launch pads, one aimed in the direction of Israel, the other, Iran. The TELEGRAPH (http://bit.ly/16sdmoX) reports that the missile base, located...

New York – For Spitzer, A Scramble To Get On Ballot In NYC

July 10, 2013 at 08:35 PM
New York - Eliot Spitzer's 11th-hour comeback campaign isn't just a race to the finish. It's a sprint to the start. After plunging into city comptroller's race Monday, the scandal-scarred ex-governor has only until midnight Thursday to collect 3,750 valid petition signatures to get on the Democratic primary ballot for September. "It's going to be a tough burden," he said, clipboard and...

New York, NY – Poll: Spitzer Quickly Gains Upper Hand In NYC Race

July 10, 2013 at 07:31 PM
New York, NY - The first poll taken since Eliot Spitzer leaped into the New York City comptroller's race shows the ex-governor gaining a quick advantage over fellow Democrat Scott Stringer. The Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll shows registered Democrats favoring Spitzer over Stringer by 42 percent to 33 percent. That includes voters who are undecided but leaning toward a...

Michigan – Military-Type Vehicle With Mounted ‘Gun’ Panics Detroit Suburb

July 10, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Michigan - A man driving an armor-plated military-type vehicle and firing what appeared to be a machine gun mounted on top caused a ripple of panic in suburban Detroit on the Fourth of July. It turned out the weapon was a modified World War II .50-caliber machine gun that had been converted to fire compressed gas. It produced bright flashes and loud gunfire sounds as the driver, a man in his...

Washington – Obama Rewards Two Big Donors With Plum Diplomatic Assignments

July 10, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama rewarded two major donors to his re-election campaign with plum diplomatic assignments in Britain and Italy on Wednesday. Obama announced plans to send Kentucky businessman Matthew Barzun to London as the U.S. ambassador to Britain. Barzun was finance chairman for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign in...

Jerusalem – Mother Wants Justice For Haredi Soldier Son Attacked By Ultra-Orthodox

July 10, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - While demanding that "severe" justice be metered out, the mother of a uniformed Haredi IDF soldier who was attacked Tuesday by a group of ultra-Orthodox wants his attackers to know that her son just became Haredi five years ago and that he was on his way home from Torah study when he was assaulted. YNETnews.com (http://bit.ly/13BTNiW) reports that mother said her son was "pelted...

Norfolk, VA – Navy Completes 1st Unmanned Carrier Landing

July 10, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Norfolk, VA - The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military's capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. The landing of the X-47B experimental aircraft mean the Navy can move forward with its plans to develop another unmanned aircraft...

Baltimore, MD – Well Known Kashrus Agency Gives Stamp of Approval to First International Kosher Phone

July 10, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Baltimore, MD - The newest addition to the Star-K's lineup of certified products is neither a food item nor a kitchen appliance, but instead, a kosher certified cell phone which can be used anywhere in the world. The Kosher Phone, developed by California based Kosher Phone Wireless, bears the familiar Star-K logo and runs on a Samsung SGH A157K platform. Able to run on a SIM card from any GSM...

Sanford, FL – Defense Rests Its Case In Zimmerman Murder Trial In Florida

July 10, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Sanford, FL - After taking less than a week to call 18 witnesses, George Zimmerman's defense attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the neighborhood watch volunteer's second-degree murder trial. Prosecutors called their first rebuttal witness immediately afterward— Adam Pollock, the gym owner who had trained Zimmerman. Following rebuttal witnesses, prosecutors and defense attorneys will...

Boston – Accused Boston Marathon Bomber Pleads Not Guilty To All Charges

July 10, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Boston - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to setting off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs along with his brother at the race's crowded finish on April 15. The bombing attack killed three people and injured about 264. Tsarnaev and his older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, are also accused of killing a fourth person, a campus police officer, three days...

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