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Washington – Schumer, McCain talk Immigration With Obama: Bill Will Move Forward

July 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Washington - Two senators who played a big role in an immigration overhaul in Congress say they’re encouraged legislation will move forward despite resistance from the Republican-controlled House. Sen. Chuck Schumer says it seems that a “large percentage” of the House realizes that doing nothing on immigration is not an option. The New York Democrat said Republican House Speaker John...

New York – Ex-Gov. Spitzer Gathers Enough Signatures To Get On Ballot

July 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM
New York - Eliot Spitzer has met the deadline to file thousands of petition signatures for his bid to revive his political career by running for New York City comptroller. Spitzer said that "over 27,000 signatures" were submitted to the city Board of Elections ahead of a midnight Thursday deadline. It came just four days after the tarnished ex-governor launched his campaign. Spitzer needs...

San Francisco – NTSB: No Sign Automatic Equipment Failed In Asiana Plane Crash

July 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM
San Francisco - There are no signs of failure of the autopilot or other key automatic flight equipment on the Asiana plane that crashed in San Francisco last week, the head of National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. "There is no anomalous behavior of the autopilot, of the flight director, and of the auto-throttles, based on the FDR (flight data recorder) data reviewed to date,"...

Nassau County, NY – Popular Bakery Refutes Claims Of Pest Problems, Calling It Past History

July 11, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Nassau County, NY - Their challahs, rye breads and Meltaway cakes have been the talk of the town for years, but an article published today on a local blog has made a well known Five Towns bakery a topic of conversation for a completely different reason. According to report on FiveTownsPatch.com, Zomick's Bakery has been plagued by recurring pest problems and has failed ten out of seventeen New...

New York – Juvenile Age Should Be Raised, Group Says

July 11, 2013 at 08:46 PM
New York - Every year, nearly 50,000 children arrested, charged and processed in New York are done so as adults — and a new coalition of advocates and lawmakers wants to change that. The coalition of about two dozen groups launched a statewide public information campaign Thursday to change the way the state handles 16- and 17-year-old defendants, said Jennifer March-Joly, one of the...

New York – Lawyer: NY Terror Suspect Has Autism

July 11, 2013 at 07:42 PM
New York - An attorney for a young New York man caught boarding a plane to Yemen to fight with an al-Qaida affiliate tells The Associated Press his client has autism and didn't understand the gravity of what he was doing. Eighteen-year-old Justin Kaliebe (kah-LEE'-bee) pleaded guilty in February to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. The federal court proceeding...

New York – Sprint Promises A Lifetime Of Unlimited Data Service

July 11, 2013 at 06:55 PM
New York - Sprint Corp on Thursday offered unlimited data services for the lifetime of an account, as the No. 3 U.S. wireless operator looks to lure customers away from bigger rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc . The announcement came just a day after SoftBank Corp <9984.T> closed its $21.6 billion purchase of 78 percent of Sprint and two days after Sprint closed its buyout of Clearwire...

Jerusalem – State Says Gov’t Will Try To Pass Haredi Enlistment Law By August 15

July 11, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Jerusalem - The government will try to pass a new law to increase haredi enlistment in the IDF by August 15, the state declared Thursday in a response to the High Court of Justice. The state's declaration came in response to a number of petitions to the High Court calling for the immediate drafting of the approximately 40,000 yeshiva students who are no longer legally exempted from military...

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Dry Cleaner Delivers Garments Via Drone

July 11, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Philadelphia, PA - In a 21st century twist on "delivery," an entrepreneurial Philadelphia dry cleaning owner has transformed an aerial photography flying device into a garment home-delivery drone. NBC 10 PHILADELPHIA (http://bit.ly/18bZFRA) reports that 24 year-old Harout Vartanian, owner of Manayunk Cleaners, said his goal in using the drone was to "spice up" the traditional delivery process...

Washington – House Defies Obama, Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

July 11, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Washington - The House has passed a scaled-down version of a massive farm bill, putting off a fight over food stamp spending and giving Republican leaders a victory after a decisive defeat on the larger bill last month. The GOP leaders scrambled to get the bill to the floor Thursday and gather enough votes this week after making a decision to drop a politically sensitive food stamp section of...

Lac-Megantic – Quebec Premier Lashes Out At Rail Company After Inferno

July 11, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Lac-Megantic - Quebec Premier Pauline Marois lashed out on Thursday at the railway boss whose runaway train leveled the center of a tiny Quebec town, as residents came to grips with the reality that 50 of their neighbors were likely dead. "The behavior of the company and its president has been absolutely deplorable," Marois said of the executive, Ed Burkhardt, and the Montreal, Maine &...

London – The Rebellion Of Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sack: Where Rabbis Feared To Go, He Traveled On His Own

July 11, 2013 at 02:26 PM
London - Let it be said. Jonathan Sacks has been a rebellious chief rabbi. Over the years, most of us rabbis have become irrelevant on a global level. We wanted to be spiritual leaders, teachers, serve our congregants, and become heads of yeshivot. But we shunned the idea of going beyond these noble tasks and taking on the world. That religious faith was challenged worldwide as never...

New York – 7-Eleven Day Means Free Slurpees For All

July 11, 2013 at 01:48 PM
New York - 7-Eleven, Inc. has choreographed a super-cool celebration to mark its 86thbirthday Thursday, July 11 (that’s 7/11, btw), better known by fans of its popular frozen drink as Free Slurpee® Day. Free small Slurpee drinks -- That’s a full 12 ounces, almost double the previous years’ 7.11-ounce size. Offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time on Thursday, July 11, at participating...

New York – NY Building Blast, Fire Shatter Windows, Injure 12

July 11, 2013 at 01:36 PM
New York - An explosion inside a Chinatown building on Thursday led to a fire and a partial collapse, injuring a dozen people, including firefighters. Three of those injured were hospitalized in serious condition. Injuries to the other people, including the four firefighters, were less severe and included burns. An emergency call about the fire at the five-story brick building, which has a...

Dallas, TX – 95-Year-Old Man Sets Records As Competitive Runner

July 11, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Dallas, TX - You might say Orville Rogers is a late bloomer. The 95-year-old began getting in shape by running at age 50. And he started competing as a runner even later in life. Rogers began running in master's track and field events five years ago, and the Dallas man now has more than a dozen medals and records. The WWII and Korean War veteran says he started running the day after reading...

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