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New York, NY – Bill Thompson: Trayvon Martin Was Killed Because He Was Black

July 28, 2013 at 11:31 PM
New York, NY - Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson said Trayvon Martin was killed because he was black and that the same bias drives the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy. The former City Comptroller, who is black, made the comments before a congregation at Abundant Life Church in Brooklyn on Sunday. Thompson said New York City has “institutionalized” George Zimmerman’s suspicion with a...

Monroe, NY – Kiryas Joel Boy Still Missing; Last Seen 9:30 PM In Village

July 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Monroe, NY - A full scale search continues in the village of Kiryas Joel for a 10 year old autistic boy who has been missing for several hours. Shimon Zorger, who was outside his family's Lizensk Boulevard home with his father, wandered off at approximately 6 PM this evening and a massive search, which includes state troopers, K-9 units, Chaverim and other volunteers, is currently underway and...

Franklin, TN – Rand Paul Hits Back At Christie Over Surveillance

July 28, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Franklin, TN - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hit back at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the two Republicans' ongoing spat over national security. Christie last weak criticized Paul's opposition to warrantless federal surveillance programs, saying it harmed efforts to prevent terrorism. Paul told reporters after speaking at a fundraiser outside Nashville on Sunday that Christie's position hurts...

Beverly Hills, CA – 50 Years After Assassination, Docudrama Suggests Secret Service Bullets Felled JFK

July 28, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Beverly Hills, CA - Weeks before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination this fall, ReelzChannel will take another look at the killing in a docudrama that suggests a Secret Service agent fired one of the bullets that felled Kennedy. "JFK: The Smoking Gun" is based on the work of retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren and the book "Mortal Error: The Shot...

Israel – Lapid: Charedim Will Soon Be Able To Enter Workforce Without Fear Of IDF Service

July 28, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Israel - Some 20,000 haredim will receive notices in the coming months that they are free to leave their institutions of Torah learning and enter the workforce without having to worry about serving in the army, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid wrote in a message to his supporters Sunday. Lapid said he hoped that the recommendations of the Peri Committee, after they are passed into law, will enable...

Santiago De Compostela, Spain – Driver Of Derailed Spanish Train Charged With 79 Counts Of Homicide

July 28, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Santiago De Compostela, Spain - The driver of a Spanish high-speed train that derailed and killed 79 people was released pending trial on charges of reckless homicide, a judge ruled on Sunday night. Francisco Garzon, 52, had been under arrest since Thursday. He is suspected of driving the train too fast through a tight curve on the outskirts of the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de...

Washington – Schumer: Tracking Shoppers Through Phones Invasive

July 28, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Washington - Sen. Charles Schumer says federal authorities should regulate the practice of retailers using shoppers' smartphones to track their movement through a store. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday that the Federal Trade Commission should require that stores let shoppers opt out of being tracked. Several major retailers use technology that allows them to track customers' movements through...

Washington – Obama To Meet With House, Senate Dems

July 28, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama plans to meet separately Wednesday with House and Senate Democrats to discuss upcoming challenges on issues like the economy and the rollout of Obama's health care law. That's according to several Democratic officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meetings haven't been publicly announced. Obama will meet Wednesday morning with House...

Washington – Lawmakers Set To Vote On Tough Iran Sanctions Bill This Week

July 28, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Washington - Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are due to vote on a tough Iran sanctions bill this week that seeks to squeeze the Islamic Republic's oil exports to a trickle. The Republican-led House is due to vote on Wednesday on the bill that seeks to cut Iran's oil exports by another 1 million barrels per day within one year, congressional aides said. The bill, expected to...

Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo Toughens Law Against Drunken Driving

July 28, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law meant to keep more drunken drivers off New York roads. The new law makes it a felony to drive drunk on a conditional license. Motorists who lose their license for drunken driving may be issued a conditional license, limited to essential trips like work, school and medical appointments. While driving drunk on a revoked license was...

Washington – US Says Israeli-Palestinian Talks To Start Monday

July 28, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Washington - The State Department says Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume long-stalled direct peace talks on Monday. The department announced Sunday that the two sides had accepted invitations from Secretary of State John Kerry to come to Washington "to formally resume direct final status negotiations." The department said two days of initial meetings will begin Monday...

Jerusalem – Hundreds Protest PM Netanyahu’s Decision To Release Palestinian Prisoners

July 28, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Jerusalem - Hundreds of protesters gathered near Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Jerusalem office Sunday morning to express outrage and anguish over his agreement to release 104 Palestinian prisoners as a concession to restart peace negotiations with PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The demonstration, arranged by the Almagor Terror Victims Association, and families who have lost loved ones to...

New York – NY Law Says Public And Private Colleges Must Give Students Fire Safety Info

July 28, 2013 at 02:42 PM
New York - A new law requires public and private colleges in New York to give every student written information about fire safety in dorms and off-campus housing they operate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law last week, saying it goes beyond the current requirement for colleges to publish fire safety information in annual reports to the federal government. The notices to students will...

Washington – Report: 4 In 5 In US Face Near-Poverty, No Work

July 28, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Washington - Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as...

London – Thousands Sign Petition Calling On Twitter To Add A “Report Abuse” Button

July 28, 2013 at 01:37 PM
London - Twitter, the social media site, is under pressure in Britain to make it easier for Internet users to report abuse after more than 30,000 people petitioned it over the case of a feminist campaigner who says she was repeatedly threatened with rape. Caroline Criado-Perez helped lobby the Bank of England to make a woman, 19th century novelist Jane Austen, the new face on the country's 10...

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