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New York – Facebook Tightens Research Guidelines

October 2, 2014 at 11:48 PM
New York - Facebook has tightened its research guidelines following uproar over its disclosure this summer that it allowed researchers to manipulate users' feeds to see if their moods could be changed. At issue was study in which Facebook allowed researchers to manipulate the content that appeared in the main section, or "news feed," of small fraction of the social network's users. During the...

Michigan – Mitt Romney Rallies With GOP Hopefuls To Win Back Republican Control Of Senate

October 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Michigan - A victory by Terri Lynn Land in Michigan's Senate race in November is important to winning back Republican control of the chamber, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told supporters during a GOP rally Thursday in his native state. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who lost the 2012 presidential race to Barack Obama, said it has been a tough time for the...

Los Angeles, CA – American Cameraman For NBC News Diagnosed With Ebola In Liberia

October 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Los Angeles, CA - An American freelance television cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment, the network said on Thursday in an online report. Diagnosis of the cameraman, who the network said came down with symptoms on Wednesday that included aches and fatigue, is believed to mark the first time...

New York – Sandy-Damaged Tunnels Could Cause Amtrak Nightmare

October 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM
New York - Repairs on Superstorm Sandy-damaged rail tunnels used by trains linking New York with the rest of the Northeast Corridor could cause a service nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people. Weekend crews have been working on two tunnels, under the Hudson River and the East River, but Amtrak engineers have found that damage from flooding in the 2012 storm was more extensive than...

Israel – Police Shut Down PLO Event In East Jerusalem

October 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM
Jerusalem - Police preemptively barred a planned PLO gathering at the Issaf Nashashibi Cultural Center in east Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Thursday, scheduled to launch a PLO anti-Israel publication. A statement issued by the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department said that diplomats from more than 20 countries were planning on attending the event, introducing a publication...

Washington – Top Court To Hear Case Of Muslim Woman Denied Employment Because She Wears A Head Scarf

October 2, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it would consider whether a Muslim woman denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store because she wears a head scarf was required to specifically request a religious accommodation. The nine justices agreed to hear an appeal filed in the closely watched case by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency...

Palo Alto, CA – Jewish Nobel-Winning Physicist Martin Perl Dies At Age 87

October 2, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Palo Alto, CA - Martin Perl, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist from Stanford University who discovered a subatomic particle known as the tau lepton, has died at age 87. The university said the retired professor, one of two American scientists who shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1995, died at Stanford Hospital on Tuesday. He was recognized for work he did during the 1970s at the Stanford...

Miami, Fl – Eyeing 2016, Clinton Calls For Female Empowerment

October 2, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Miami, Fl - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she has a "grandmother glow" that's fueling her campaign for gender equality around the globe. Clinton spoke Thursday to a convention of women real estate professionals. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential contender is calling on business and political leaders to close the gap between men and women in wages and leadership positions. She says all...

Cairo – Egypt Judge In Mass Death Sentence Cases Removed

October 2, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Cairo - The Egyptian judge who oversaw mass death sentence cases against Islamist supporters of the country's ousted president, drawing strong international criticism, has been removed from his criminal court, officials and the judge himself told The Associated Press on Thursday. The removal of Judge Said Youssef, taken by a top appeals court, signals a possible shift in Egypt after an...

Washington – Poll: Half Think US At High Risk Of Terror Attack

October 2, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Half of Americans think there's a high risk of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, yet only a third are closely following news of U.S. airstrikes against Islamic extremists in the Middle East. Most people do think the airstrikes are a good idea. Two-thirds of those questioned for an Associated Press-GfK poll say they favor the offensive by the U.S. and allies. And, despite, more than...

Detroit – Trial Set For Immigrant Convicted In Israel Deaths

October 2, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Detroit - A federal judge is refusing to dismiss charges against an Arab activist accused of failing to tell U.S. immigration officials in Michigan that she'd been convicted in a fatal terrorist bombing in Jerusalem. Rasmieh Odeh, associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, says she's being targeted for political reasons. But U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain rejected...

New York – NYC Bill Would Let City Ignore Some U.S. Requests To Detain Immigrants

October 2, 2014 at 05:41 PM
New York - Under a proposed law, New York City would decline requests by U.S. immigration authorities to detain immigrants for deportation proceedings unless a federal judge issues a warrant. Even with a warrant, the city's police department and Department of Correction would only honor a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention request if the immigrant had been convicted of a...

New York – JPMorgan Says Data Breach Affected 76M Households

October 2, 2014 at 05:08 PM
New York - JPMorgan Chase & Co. says that a recent cyberattack compromised customer information for about 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. The New York-based bank said Thursday that customer information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were stolen in the cyberattack. However, JPMorgan says there's no evidence that the data breach included...

Paris – France Urges Israel To Call Off East Jerusalem Settlement Plans

October 2, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Paris - France called on Israel on Thursday to drop plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem, joining the United States and Berlin in criticism of the move. "We condemn the Israeli authorities decision to build 2,610 homes in Givat Hamatos," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement, adding that it would be the first new colony in East Jerusalem in 15 years. "We urgently...

Washington – Interim Secret Service Head Has Been A Familiar Figure Beside U.S. Presidents

October 2, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Washington - As a member of the U.S. Secret Service's most elite detail, Joseph Clancy guarded the lives of three U.S. presidents and now will try to repair the agency's damaged credibility after a spate of embarrassments and failures. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Clancy's appointment as interim director shortly after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned on...

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