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Washington – Obama To Daughters: Life In The White House Is ‘Not The Norm’

July 31, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says he and the first lady are constantly reminding their daughters that they're growing up in a "slightly unreal environment" at the White House. In an interview published online Wednesday by Amazon's Kindle Singles, Obama lamented a shift in culture toward consumption and the focus on celebrity lifestyles. Obama says when he was growing up, "Kids...

Washington – US: Mideast Deal In 9 Months Target, Not Deadline

July 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Washington - Reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal within nine months is a target, not a deadline, a U.S. diplomat in Jerusalem said Wednesday, two days after the sides resumed negotiations and ended a five-year freeze. During the talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit the region "on a regular basis" to check on progress, said Michael Ratney, the U.S. consul...

Moscow – Russia’s Putin To Meet New Iranian President In September

July 31, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Moscow - Russian leader Vladimir Putin will meet Iran's newly elected president for the first time in Kyrgyzstan in September, the Islamic Republic's ambassador to Moscow said on Wednesday. Russian and Iranian media reported last week that the Russian president would go to Iran in August for talks with Hassan Rouhani on Tehran's nuclear program. But Ambassador Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi...

Trenton, NJ – NJ’s Christie Says He Didn’t Start Fight With Paul

July 31, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he didn't try to start a feud with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Christie said on his monthly call-in show Wednesday that he was simply answering a question last week about his views on a National Security Agency program before Paul criticized him. On his TownSquare Media show Christie said "it was never about Sen. Paul until Sen. Paul tried to...

New York, NY – Bloomberg: 90 Percent Of Illegal Guns From Out-of-State

July 31, 2013 at 08:43 PM
New York, NY - More guns from out-of-state are being used to commit crimes in New York City, officials said Wednesday in releasing the most recent available crime gun trace data. In 2011, 90 percent of the 2,433 traceable guns used in crimes were from outside New York state. The year before, 86 percent of the 2,319 guns came from out-of-state. “Despite all we do to keep our city safe, we...

New York – NYC Mayoral Hopefuls Adjust To Weiner Collapse

July 31, 2013 at 07:15 PM
New York - Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn suddenly finds herself in demand on national political television talk shows, and they all want to ask her the same question: Should Anthony Weiner drop out of the race? Quinn, the pugnacious City Council speaker who has now vaulted ahead of the former congressman in the wake of his latest sexting scandal, answers questions about her embattled rival...

Forney, TX – George Zimmerman Pulled Over In Texas By Police, Warned For Speeding (DashCam Video)

July 31, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Forney, TX - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was cleared of all charges in the Florida shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was stopped for speeding on a highway near Dallas, officials said Wednesday. Forney police stopped Zimmerman on Sunday as he drove west on U.S. 80, about 20 miles east of Dallas. A police dashcam video released Wednesday shows an...

Las Vegas, NV – NSA Chief Talks At Hackers’ Conference In Vegas

July 31, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Las Vegas, NV - The head of the U.S. National Security Agency defended the government's much-criticized surveillance program against hecklers among a crowd of computer systems analysts Wednesday, but also had a challenge for them: If you don't like it, lend your talent to build a better one. "You're the greatest tech talent anywhere in the world. Help us," Army Gen. Keith Alexander said at...

New York – NY Sex Criminals Lose Pataki Psych Transfer Case

July 31, 2013 at 05:19 PM
New York - In a case pitting convicted sex offenders against former Gov. George Pataki, a jury decided Wednesday that the three-term governor didn't violate the criminals' rights by authorizing a program to involuntarily commit them to mental institutions after they completed their sentences. Pataki wasn't in court to hear the verdict. A message left with his attorney wasn't immediately...

Jerusalem – Haredi Tourists Draw Ire Of Locals For Bathing In IDF Fallen Soldiers Memorial

July 31, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Jerusalem - Tensions ran high on Tuesday in the town of Shear Yashuv when angry local residents confronted a group of Haredi tourists who stripped down and went swimming in a memorial fountain dedicated to 73 soldiers killed in a 1997 helicopter crash in the area. ISRAEL HAYOM (http://bit.ly/1cp2Ep3) reports that an eyewitness said that, when confronted, the Haredis acknowledged that they, in...

Tallahassee, FL – Jesse Jackson Hits Back At Fla. Gov Says No Apology For Comments

July 31, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Tallahassee, FL - Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson isn't backing down from comments he made comparing Florida's struggle with the Trayvon Martin case to the civil rights clashes with police during the 1960s in Selma, Ala. Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday demanded that Jackson apologize for his comments calling the state the "Selma of our time." He also said Florida has been an...

Washington – FDA Warns Of Massive Diabetes Test Strip Recall

July 31, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with diabetes about the recall of 62 million glucose test strips used to measure blood sugar levels. Nova Diabetes Care announced the recall Friday after discovering that some of the strips can show incorrect, abnormally high blood sugar readings. An incorrect reading could potentially lead to dangerous medication errors for...

Borough Park, NY – Lander Wants Citi Bike Program Expanded To His Brooklyn District

July 31, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Borough Park, NY - Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander says it is time for city government to step up and allocate some funding so that New York's hugely successful Citi Bike program can be expanded to all sections of the city---including his Park Slope district in Brooklyn. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/1coTQ2B) is reporting that Lander, who was recently invited to the White House...

New York – Weiner Aide Apologizes For Tirade About Ex-Intern

July 31, 2013 at 03:04 PM
New York - The chief spokeswoman for embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has apologized for her expletive-laced tirade about a former campaign intern in an interview with a political news website. Barbara Morgan told former intern Olivia Nuzzi that she was sorry for using vulgar language in describing her. She said she believed her interview with Talking Points Memo was...

Washington – Fed Downgrades US Economic Growth To Modest

July 31, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Washington - The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is growing only modestly, a downgrade from its June assessment. The Fed expects growth will pick up in the second half of the year, but the more cautious message may be a signal that it's not ready to slow its bond purchases soon. In a statement after a two-day policy meeting, the Fed says it will keep buying $85 billion a...

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