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New York – Stocks Inch Higher, Setting New Records

July 12, 2013 at 05:12 PM
New York - It was another record day on Wall Street — barely. After spending most of Friday flat or down, stocks rallied at the last minute and closed slightly higher, just enough to post new record highs for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The gains were tiny. And the new record doesn't mean much for investors, who hardly have any more money now than...

Israel – Hundreds Of Haredim Pray Shabbos Night Outside J’lem Police HQ

July 12, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Israel - Hundreds of haredim prayed outside the Jerusalem police headquarters on Friday night in protest of the arrest of two haredim who were charged with assaulting police, Israel Radio reported. The two men, Joseph Braun and Jacob Krischavski, were charged with aggravated assault of a police officer, obstructing a police officer and rioting...

Washington – Obama To Speak With Putin By Phone, Raise Snowden Concerns

July 12, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama planned to raise U.S. concerns directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about Moscow's handling of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for disclosing secret surveillance programs. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Putin would speak by phone about Snowden later in the day, a...

New York – Schumer Recommends NYPD Commish For Fed Post

July 12, 2013 at 03:58 PM
New York - Senator Charles Schumer has recommended New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Current head Janet Napolitano said Friday she was resigning to take a job as president of the University of California system. Schumer, a New York Democrat, says she's done a great job in an important post. Schumer says the leader should be...

London – UK Police Investigate Suspected Nail Bombing At Mosque

July 12, 2013 at 03:12 PM
London - British police said on Friday they were investigating a suspected nail bomb attack on a mosque in central England and were treating the incident as a suspected terrorist act. Officers were alerted to reports of a loud bang and smoke in Tipton near Birmingham shortly after 1 p.m. No injuries were reported, but the immediate area was evacuated as army bomb disposal experts carried out...

San Francisco – Police: Teen In Asiana Crash Hit By Fire Truck

July 12, 2013 at 03:01 PM
San Francisco - One of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the Asiana Airlines disaster was struck by a fire truck while she was covered by firefighting foam, a new detail that raised the possibility she may have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath. It wasn't clear, however, whether Ye Meng Yuan, 16, was already dead or whether she was alive after Saturday's...

Sanford, FL – Jurors Start Deliberating George Zimmerman Case

July 12, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Sanford, FL - A jury began deliberating George Zimmerman's fate Friday after hearing dueling portraits of the neighborhood watch captain: a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life. Before the jury got the case, Zimmerman's lawyers put a concrete slab and two life-size cardboard cutouts in front of the...

Gaza – Egyptian Army Helicopter Briefly Enters Gaza Airspace

July 12, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Gaza - An Egyptian military helicopter briefly crossed into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Gaza Strip on Friday, in a possible sign of increased security jitters a week after Egypt's army toppled President Mohamed Mursi. Security sources in Egypt and Israel both described the flyover as a navigational error, but it came shortly after militants killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded a...

New York – Rival Won’t Challenge Spitzer’s NY Ballot Names

July 12, 2013 at 01:51 PM
New York - Fellow Democratic hopeful Scott Stringer says he won't challenge Eliot Spitzer's petition signatures in the New York City comptroller's race. Stringer, who's the Manhattan borough president, also says he'll also encourage his supporters not to do so. He spoke while greeting voters Friday in downtown Brooklyn. Stringer says he's eager to get into the election fight. Spitzer...

Miami, FL – Rising Again: Bush Family Returns To Public Stage

July 12, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Miami, FL - Returning from the margins of American politics, the Bush family is reasserting itself. This week, former President George W. Bush surfaced from a self-imposed political exile to prod reluctant Republicans toward a broad immigration overhaul. He's also talking up his work on AIDS and cancer in Africa. His brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has written a book on immigration...

New York – 55-Carat Diamond Goes On Temporary View In NYC

July 12, 2013 at 01:07 PM
New York - A rare 19th century 55-carat diamond has gone on temporary view at New York's American Museum of Natural History. The Kimberley Diamond gets its name from the mine in South Africa where it was found sometime before 1868. It was cut from a 490-carat crystal. It was turned into a 70-carat gem in 1921 and recut to its present form in 1958 to improve its brilliance and...

London – 787 Dreamliner Plane Fire Closes Heathrow Airport Runways

July 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM
London - A fire on an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane forced Heathrow Airport to close both its runways Friday, suspending all arrivals and departures. The airport said in a tweet that there were no passengers aboard the Ethiopian Airlines plane, and British police said the fire is being treated as unexplained. London's fire department said its firefighters were on standby to assist...

Manhattan, NY – Fire Officials: Bug Bombs Caused NY Building Blast

July 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Manhattan, NY - Two dozen bug bombs may have been set off at once inside a Chinatown beauty salon, leading to an explosion and fire that injured a dozen people, fire officials said Friday. Three people remained hospitalized in serious condition Friday. Nine others suffered burns and smoke inhalation in the Thursday blaze, including four firefighters. Fire investigators received reports that...

Paris – Packed French Commuter Train Derails South Of Paris, Casualties Reported

July 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Paris - A packed passenger train skidded off its rails after leaving Paris on Friday, leaving seven people believed dead and dozens injured as train cars slammed into each other and overturned, authorities said. Investigators were seeking to determine the reason for the accident. The head of the SNCF rail authority called it a "catastrophe." Interior Minister Manuel Valls said at least...

Newtown – Families Of Connecticut Shooting Victims May Each Get $281,000

July 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Newtown, CT - The families of the 20 children and six adults who were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school in December should each get $281,000 from donations that poured in after the shooting, a committee recommended on Thursday. The families of the 12 children who witnessed and survived the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School would each get $20,000 and two...

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