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Gaza – Hamas Urges Egyptian Army To Keep Tunnels Open

July 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Gaza - The Islamist group Hamas appealed to Egypt's new rulers on Thursday not to pursue its destruction of smuggling tunnels into the Gaza Strip, warning they risked throttling the small Palestinian territory. Palestinians say Egyptian forces have destroyed dozens of tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt since the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi earlier this month, severely hindering the...

Tallahassee, Fl – Fla. Gov. Scott Meets With Fla. Capitol Protesters

July 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Tallahassee, Fl - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling protesters that he will not ask lawmakers to revamp the state's self-defense laws. Scott returned to the state Capitol late Thursday and met for nearly an hour with seven members of the group that has been staging a protest in his office for three straight days. During the meeting, those present talked about the verdict in the George...

Israel – Bennett Threatens Coalition Crisis Over Talks On 1967 Lines

July 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Israel - Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett issued his first ever threat to take his Bayit Yehudi party out of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition Thursday, amid rumors of imminent negotiations with the Palestinians based on pre-1967 borders. Bennett had previously stated on countless occasions that he had no problem with there being negotiations with the Palestinians...

Illinois – More Than A Decade Ago, Barack Obama Fought Racial Profiling

July 18, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Illinois - In 1999, a fresh-faced state senator on Chicago's South Side heard constituents complain that police were free to pull over drivers because they were black. So Barack Obama proposed a bill to tackle racial profiling. When it failed, he revised it and proposed it again and again. "Race and ethnicity is not an indicator of criminal activity," Obama said when his bill finally passed...

Warsaw – Polish Chief Rabbi: Jews In Poland Continue Shechita Despite Ban

July 18, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Warsaw - While industrial-scale ritual slaughter has ceased in Poland since being outlawed in the country’s parliament, the Sejm, the Jewish community is still practicing shechita, its chief rabbi told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. American-born Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich defended continuing shechita as usual, saying that the Jewish community has spoken with several top constitutional...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinians: Israel Must Agree On Borders

July 18, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - A stormy, high-level meeting of senior Palestinian leaders called to discuss U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest peace proposal ended with a decision early Friday to demand guarantees that Israel agree on the general border of a future Palestinian state, officials said. The demand casts a cloud of uncertainty over months of U.S. mediation efforts because Israel is...

Boston – Photog Fires Back At Rolling Stone Cover With New Photos Of Bloody Tsarnaev

July 18, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Boston - A police photographer, furious with a Rolling Stone cover photo he believes glamorizes the surviving Boston Marathon suspect, released gritty images Thursday from the day he was captured. Photos released to Boston Magazine by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sgt. Sean Murphy show a downcast, disheveled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight...

Washington – Zimmerman Will Not Get His Gun Back Immediately

July 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Washington - George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder by a Florida court last week, will not immediately get back the gun he used to shoot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, because the U.S. Justice Department requested a hold on evidence from his trial, a law enforcement official said on Thursday. The hold is standard procedure and does not reveal whether the Justice Department plans...

New York – NYers Asked To Cut Energy Use As Heat Taxes Grid

July 18, 2013 at 07:08 PM
New York - New Yorkers are being asked to reduce electricity use as this week's heat wave is driving near record demand for power. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says people should cut back as much as possible to take pressure off the state's power grid and help prevent outages or brownouts. He says Thursday that experts monitoring the grid expect demand to hit record levels. Consumers are being...

Washington – Obama Urges Netanyahu To Resume Peace Talks With Palestinians

July 18, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama spoke by telephone on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and urged him to resume peace talks with Palestinians, the White House said in a statement. The telephone call was part of regular consultations between the two leaders, the White House said, but came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to try to help restart...

Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft 4Q Profit Misses; Books Surface Charge; Poor Windows 8 Results

July 18, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Corp.'s foray into the tablet computer market proved costly in the fourth quarter. The world's largest software company booked a $900 million write-down to account for the deep price cut it applied to its Surface RT tablet this week, a move to spur sales amid sluggish demand. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant cut the Surface RT's price to $349. The...

Washington – Vitaminwater Lawsuit To Proceed As Class Action

July 18, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Washington - A judge on Thursday recommended that a case challenging the claims on popular Vitaminwater drinks as misleading move forward as a class-action lawsuit. Attorneys representing the health-advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest and consumers from California and New York have accused Coca-Cola Co. of using deceptive labeling on Vitaminwater beverages, including...

Washington – Proposed U.S. House Bill Keeps Egypt Military Aid At $1.3 Billion

July 18, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Washington - Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives panel in charge of aid to Egypt proposed on Thursday that military aid be kept at $1.3 billion next year, subject to conditions including that the government in Cairo plans and holds elections. However, the bill proposed by the Republican leaders of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid did not include the...

Washington – Obama Weighs Canceling Moscow Talks With Putin Over Snowden

July 18, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Washington - The White House is considering canceling a fall summit between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, a move that would further aggravate the already tense relationship between the two leaders. The White House is dangling that option over the Russians as Moscow considers a temporary asylum petition from Edward Snowden, the American accused of...

Detroit – Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protection, Largest In U.S. History

July 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Detroit - Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy Thursday, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing. The filing, which had been feared for months, put the city on an uncertain course that could mean laying off municipal employees, selling off...

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