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New York – Study: Doctors Could Do A Better Job Of Breaking Bad News

March 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM
New York - Less than half of German people who are told they have cancer through a set and accepted protocol for breaking bad news are satisfied with the conversation, according to a new study. Researchers found that may be due to gaps in what patients considered important during that process and what they report actually happened when they got the news. The study's lead author told Reuters...

Washington – Hillary Clinton Advisers Coached Her To Show Friendlier Side To Soften Her Image

March 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton's advisers sought to "humanize" what they saw as her stern, defensive public image during her husband's White House days and as she embarked on her groundbreaking Senate campaign in New York. "Be real," wrote adviser Mandy Grunwald in a July 1999 memo as Clinton prepared for a Senate campaign. In the memo, the adviser urged the first lady to "look for...

Brooklyn, NY – Vandals Target Spike Lee’s Former Home After Rant

March 2, 2014 at 09:19 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Vandals targeted the former Brooklyn home of filmmaker Spike Lee and the house next door after a video of one of the director's humor-laced rants against gentrification went viral. Someone spray-painted "Do the Right Thing" on the brownstone in the Fort Greene section next to Lee's family home Friday. That's the title of one of Lee's best-known movies. The Lee family house...

Orlando – Florida Restaurant Chain Adds Obamacare Surcharge To Meal Bills

March 2, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Orlando - Diners at a Florida restaurant chain are being asked to pay a health insurance surcharge on their meal tabs to cover the cost for business owners of the Obama administration's new healthcare program. Customers at eight Gator's Dockside restaurants dotted around central and north Florida are finding a 1 percent surcharge on their bills listed as "ACA," the letters standing for the...

Spokane, WA – Hummus Drives Chickpea Growth; Farmers Benefit

March 2, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Spokane, WA - The rising popularity of hummus across the nation has been good for farmers like Aaron Flansburg. Flansburg, who farms 1,900 acres amid the rolling hills of southeastern Washington, has been increasing the amount of the chickpeas used to make hummus by about one-third each year to take advantage of good prices and demand. "I hope that consumption keeps increasing," he...

Albany – NY, Conn. Up Heat Help In Food Stamp Cut End-Run

March 2, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Albany - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits. The moves by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — with the possibility that more...

Jerusalem – New Photos: Charedim In Mass Prayer Rally In Israel Against Draft Bill

March 2, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Jerusalem - Clad in traditional black suits and hats, hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have rallied in Jerusalem, protesting a bill that would see members of the community drafted into Israel's armed forces. Police say Sunday's protest saw some 300,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews march through the streets. Some carried the Torah as loudspeakers blared prayers. Women and children also took...

New Jersey – Christie Appointees Pushed For Enormous Toll Hikes For Bridges And Tunnels

March 2, 2014 at 05:38 PM
New Jersey - Two of Gov. Chris Christie appointees to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey led a secretive campaign to quickly push through toll hikes on the Hudson River bridges and tunnels, according to a published report. Citing interviews it conducted with eight people who were familiar with the operation, The Record (http://bit.ly/Nkiw49) reports the campaign was run by Bill...

Paterson, NJ – Teen Killed In North New Jersey Dog Attack

March 2, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Paterson, NJ - Authorities have identified the 13-year-old boy who was killed when a 115-pound bull mastiff dog attacked him and another youth in northern New Jersey. Paterson police say city resident Kenneth Santilla and another 13-year-old boy were walking along a street when the attack occurred Friday afternoon. The boys then ran off in different directions. Santilla was found dead late...

Washington – Kerry To Visit Ukraine For Meetings With Government

March 2, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Washington - A senior administration official says Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev Tuesday to meet with government officials. Kerry's trip comes as the U.S. and other Western nations weigh a response to Russia's military advance into Ukraine. Kerry has raised the possibility of issuing economic sanctions and visa bans, freezing Russian assets and...

Israel – Bill Proposes Doubling Sentence For Husbands Who Refuse To Give A ‘GET’

March 2, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Israel - Men who refuse to give a bill of divorce to their wives can be sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to a proposal by MK Michal Rosin (Meretz) approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday. The legislation doubles the current maximum sentence for a man who refuses to give his wife a "get," or bill of divorce. According to halacha, only a man can give a bill of...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Vows Tough Line For White House Talks

March 2, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister headed to Washington on Sunday for a high-stakes meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begin making concessions to the Palestinians. Benjamin Netanyahu's defiant tone set the stage for what could be a difficult meeting Monday with Obama. But...

Kiev – New Head Of Ukraine’s Navy Defects In Crimea

March 2, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Kiev - Ukraine launched a treason case on Sunday against the head of the navy, who surrendered his headquarters on Sunday in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on only his second day on the job. Denis Berezovsky was shown on Russian television swearing allegiance to the pro-Russian regional leaders of Crimea. Russian forces have seized the Black Sea peninsula and told Ukrainian forces there to...

Washington – US Removes Israel From Blacklist Of Patent Violators

March 2, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Washington D.C. - U.S. officials announced on Friday that it is removing Israel from the Special 301 Report Watch List that identifies trading partners that do not adequately and effectively protect intellectual property rights. United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman made the announcement, noting that Israel, which was placed on the list in 2012, has now passed patent...

New York – Massive Storm System Takes Aim At Winter-Weary Midwest, East

March 2, 2014 at 01:15 PM
New York - A massive winter storm system packing cold air, snow and freezing rain was pummeling the central United States on Sunday and headed for the East Coast, sending temperatures plummeting and causing major delays for weekend travelers. Rainfall and snow associated with the system will stretch over 1,500 miles, stretching from southeastern Colorado to southern Massachusetts...

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