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San Francisco – TV Station Reports Bogus Derogatory Asiana Pilot Names

July 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM
San Francisco - A San Francisco Bay Area TV station has apologized after reporting bogus names of the four pilots aboard Asiana Airlines flight 214 that were a play on Asian names. KTVU-TV co-anchor Tori Campbell read the racially offensive names on the air Friday. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned out plane. After a break...

Sanford, FL – State Attorney Employee Fired In Zimmerman Case

July 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Sanford, FL - A state attorney's office employee has been fired after testifying about concerns that prosecutors didn't turn over photos and text messages from Trayvon Martin's cellphone to the defense in George Zimmerman's murder case. Ben Kruidbos received a termination letter Thursday accusing him of misconduct and "violating numerous state attorney's office policies and procedures." It...

Russia – Snowden Documents Could Be ‘Worst Nightmare’ For U.S.

July 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Russia - Fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden controls dangerous information that could become the United States' "worst nightmare" if revealed, a journalist familiar with the data said in a newspaper interview. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government...

Boston – FBI Investigating Boston-Area Man After Pressure-Cooker Bomb Materials Found

July 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Boston - The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating a Boston-area man after authorities found materials in his bedroom that could be used for making a pressure-cooker bomb similar to the devices used in the deadly Boston Marathon attack, authorities said on Saturday. Police arrested 27-year-old Daniel Morley last month on domestic assault and battery charges and for making a bomb...

Albany, NY – Governor Signs Playground Smoking Ban Into Law

July 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law to ban smoking at outdoor playgrounds statewide from sunrise to sunset when any children under 12 are present. The law takes effect in 90 days. Sponsors say it’s meant to protect the health of children who are more vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke than adults. They note that the state has recently banned smoking on train...

California – Jay Leno To Ex-N.Y. Gov. Spitzer: ‘How Could You Be This Stupid?’

July 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM
California - Eliot Spitzer, whose 2008 resignation as New York's governor amid a prostitution scandal provided no shortage of fuel for gibes to late-night TV comics, ventured into the lion's den Friday, appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Spitzer appeared on Leno's show in California less than 24 hours after a four-day flurry of canvassing for 3,750 valid petitions to run for city...

Washington – US Sources: Israel Is Responsible For Syrian Missile Depot Attack

July 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Washington - U.S. officials say Israel targeted advanced anti-ship cruise missiles near Syria's principal port city in an air attack carried out earlier this month, The New York Times reported. The officials say the attack on July 5 near the city of Latakia targeted a type of Russian-made missile called the Yakhont that Russia had sold to the Syrian government, the Times reported on its...

France – Twitter Identifies Users Who Posted Anti-Semitic Content

July 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM
France - Twitter has given French authorities information that can help identify the authors of a series of racist and anti-Semitic tweets that carried French hashtags, and the social media site also has agreed to work with a Jewish student group that sued for the data on other ways to fight hate speech. The president of the Union of Jewish Students of France said Saturday that his...

Sanford, FL – George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty In Second-Degree Murder Trial

July 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Sanford, FL - Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Zimmerman, 29, blinked and barely smiled when the verdict was announced. He could have been convicted of second-degree murder or...

West Bank – Nablus Mayor: If Kerry Peace Bid Fails, Palestinians Will Take To Streets Against Israel

July 13, 2013 at 10:01 PM
West Bank - Israel and the Palestinians are headed toward another round of street clashes if peace efforts spearheaded by US Secretary of State John Kerry fail, the mayor of Nablus told Israel Radio on Saturday. Ghassan Shaka’a, who has also served as a veteran functionary in the PLO, said Palestinians in the West Bank will take to the streets and demonstrate against Israel if the peace...

San Francisco – Third Chinese Schoolgirl Dies In Asiana Air Crash

July 13, 2013 at 09:48 PM
San Francisco - A Chinese girl died in a San Francisco hospital on Friday, becoming the third fatality in the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet at the city's airport last Saturday, doctors and Chinese officials said. The teenage girl, who died on Friday morning, had been in critical condition, according to a statement from two doctors at San Francisco General Hospital. Her parents asked the...

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