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New York – New York Breaks Peak Power Usage Record In Heat Wave

July 19, 2013 at 07:40 PM
New York - New York State's power grid operator said power usage on Friday broke a record set in 2006 as consumers cranked up their air conditioners to escape sweltering six day-long heat wave. The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) forecast consumer demand use peaked at 33,955 megawatts on Friday, up from 33,450 MW on Thursday, breaking the state's all-time record of 33,939 MW set in...

Michigan – State Appeals Judge’s Order To Stop Detroit Bankruptcy

July 19, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Michigan - Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday appealed a state judge's declaratory judgment that the bankruptcy petition Detroit's emergency manager filed in federal court Thursday should be withdrawn. The appeal of Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's Friday order was made in the Michigan Court of Appeals on behalf of Governor Rick Snyder, according to a statement from...

Washington – U.S. Working To Declassify More On Leaked Secret Programs

July 19, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Washington - U.S. intelligence officials are working to declassify information on programs that have been partially disclosed, a senior official said on Friday, referring to telephone and internet surveillance programs leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden. Robert Litt, general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said he was optimistic that the...

Greenburgh, NY – 4th Complaint Against NY Reform Rabbi In Fake-Cop Cases

July 19, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Greenburgh, NY - New York state police say they're investigating another complaint about a rabbi with a fake badge who's already been charged three times with impersonating an officer. They say a woman from Mount Vernon told them she recognized Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski from recent news stories. She says he confronted her in May on a parkway ramp in Greenburgh, 20 miles north of New York...

New York – Microsoft Shares Hit By Biggest Sell-Off Since 2009

July 19, 2013 at 05:22 PM
New York - Microsoft Corp shares fell more than 11 percent on Friday, their biggest plunge in more than four years, a day after the software company posted dismal quarterly results due to weak demand for its latest Windows system and poor sales of its Surface tablet. The stock's selloff, from five-year highs, is the biggest in percentage terms since January 2009, when the world's largest...

Washington – Obama Administration Defends IRS Tax-Exempt Review In Pro-Israel Group Lawsuit

July 19, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Washington - The Obama administration on Friday defended the Internal Revenue Service's process for reviewing applications for tax-exempt status and contested a lawsuit filed by a pro-Israel group that is arguing its application was discriminated against. At a federal district court hearing in Washington, a pro-Israel group, Z Street, argued that it has a legal right to sue the IRS for...

New York – S&P 500 Closes At Record Despite Tumbling Tech

July 19, 2013 at 04:14 PM
New York - The Nasdaq composite index fell on Friday as disappointing results from Microsoft and Google dragged down the technology sector, but the S&P 500 index edged up to finish at a record high. The Dow Jones industrial average < .DJI> fell 4.65 points, or 0.03 percent, to 15,543.89, the S&P 500 < .SPX> gained 2.72 points, or 0.16 percent, to 1,692.09 and the Nasdaq composite < .IXIC...

San Francisco – Coroner: Teenager In Asiana Plane Crash Killed By Vehicle

July 19, 2013 at 03:59 PM
San Francisco - A teenage passenger on the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed in San Francisco died from injuries sustained after being run over by a motor vehicle, most likely a fire truck at the scene, local officials said on Friday. Ye Mengyuan, a 16-year old girl who sat toward the rear of Flight 214, survived the Boeing 777's crash-landing on July 6 but died from blunt force injuries...

Cairo – Thousands March To Back Ousted Egypt President

July 19, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Cairo - Thousands of protesters calling for the return to power of Egypt's ousted Islamist president demonstrated in Cairo on Friday as the military warned it would crack down on any violence, underlining the point with a show of force by fighter jets flying over the capital. Youth activists who launched the mass protests that led to Mohammed Morsi's toppling by the military gathered in...

Los Angles, CA – Copy Of Original Schindler’s List Hits EBay; Opening Bid $3M

July 19, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Los Angles, CA - One of the four remaining original copies of Schindler's list hit the international mega-auction website eBay last night at 9 p.m. EDT, launching a ten day window in which the public will be able to bid for ownership of the legendary piece of history. The NEW YORK POST (http://bit.ly/15tnE96) reports that reserve window for starting bids reads, "Enter US $3,000,000.00 or...

Jordan – Kerry: Israel, Palestinians Agree to Relaunch Peace Process

July 19, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Jordan - Israeli and Palestinian officials will meet soon in Washington to work out final details on relaunching Mideast peace negotiations for the first time in five years, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. The announcement fell short of an outright resumption of the negotiations, which would tackle the toughest issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But after days of...

Washington – Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me, 35 Years Ago.’

July 19, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Washington - Looking for positive lessons to draw from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama said Friday the nation needs to do some "soul-searching," look for ways to bolster African-American boys and examine state and local laws to see if they encourage confrontations like the one in Florida. "Where do we take this?" Obama wondered aloud in an impromptu appearance in...

Manhattan, NY – Ex-Bin Laden’s Son-In-Law: US Tortured Me On Plane

July 19, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Manhattan, NY - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law says he was tortured by the U.S. and is asking a New York judge to dismiss the terrorism case against him. Lawyers for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) filed papers Friday in Manhattan federal court. Abu Ghaith has been held without bail since he was brought to the United States in March to face charges he conspired to kill...

Jerusalem – NY Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire Meets With Peres

July 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Jerusalem - His Facebook page describes Amar'e Stoudemire as Pro Basketball Player, Actor, Author, Producer, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist. What it doesn't say is that the multi-talented NBA player for the New York Knicks is in Israel in a different capacity – that of assistant coach of the Maccabi Canada basketball team competing in the Maccabiah Games. He's also here to look at...

New York, NY – Pols To Mayor Bloomberg: Hear From Public On NYPD Measures

July 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM
New York, NY - Some New York City lawmakers are urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to give the public a chance to talk to him before his expected veto of measures that would create new checks on the Police Department. Councilmen Brad Lander, Jumaane (jhewe-MAH'-nee) Williams and four colleagues made the request in a letter Thursday. Bloomberg spokesman Marc LaVorgna says Bloomberg doesn't plan...

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