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New York, NY – Poll: Only 39 Percent Approve Of de Blasio’s Job Performance

March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM
New York, NY - Only thirty-nine percent of registered New York City voters believe Mayor Bill de Blasio’s has done a “good” or “excellent” job during his first two months in City Hall, according to a poll released Thursday. More than half of the voters polled rated his performance “fair” or “poor,” according to the Marist College/The Wall Street Journal/WNBC poll. Just ten...

Washington – Obama: West Won’t Let Kremlin Carve Up Ukraine

March 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama ordered the West's first sanctions in response to Russia's military takeover of Crimea on Thursday, declaring his determination not to let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine. He asserted that a hastily scheduled referendum on Crimea seceding and becoming part of Russia would violate international law. European leaders announced their own measures but split over...

Jerusalem – Israeli Scientists Shoot For The Moon With Dishwasher-Sized Spacecraft

March 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Jerusalem - It's only the size of a dishwasher and weighs as much as giant panda, but its inventors are hoping this spacecraft will go where no other Israeli vessel has gone before - to the moon. Working on a shoestring budget, the Israeli scientists and engineers building the shuttle - temporarily named "Sparrow" - believe it will land on the moon by the end of 2015, a feat only the United...

Temple City, CA – Man Called Bitcoin’s Father Denies Any Ties

March 6, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Temple City, CA - Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto denied Thursday that he is the creator of bitcoin. Newsweek published a 4,500-word cover story claiming Nakamoto is the person who wrote the computer code underpinnings of bitcoin, but in an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press, Nakamoto denied he had anything to do with the digital currency. Nakamoto, 64, said he had...

San Francisco – Google Mystery Barge Cruising To Delta

March 6, 2014 at 09:10 PM
San Francisco - Google's mystery barge floated Thursday to its new home in the California delta after the Internet company was ordered to move it from San Francisco. The odd-looking, four-story vessel made of recycled shipping containers departed from Treasure Island to comply with a Jan. 31 regulatory order concluding that Google Inc. didn't have the proper permits to build it...

Washington – U.S.-Based TV Anchor Quits Russian Station During Newscast

March 6, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Washington - A Washington-based news anchor for the Russia Today television network quit her job on air on Wednesday, telling viewers she could not be part of a Russian government-funded station "that whitewashes the actions of Putin." Citing on-air comments earlier this week by another U.S.-based Russia Today presenter, Abby Martin, that Russian intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region was...

Queens, NY – AP Investigation Into Rikers Island Prison: Many NYC Inmates Report ‘Head Shots’

March 6, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Queens, NY - Nearly a third of Rikers Island inmates who said their visible injuries came at the hands of a correction officer last year had suffered a blow to the head, a tactic that is supposed to be a guard's last resort because it is potentially fatal, according to an internal report obtained by The Associated Press. The report, acquired by the AP via a Freedom of Information request, also...

Washington – Obama Tells Putin In Hour-Long Phone Call: Russia’s Moves Are Violation

March 6, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Washington - The White House says President Barack Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country's actions are a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The White House says the two leaders spoke for an hour Thursday afternoon. It's their first known contact since Saturday, shortly after Russian troops took control of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. The...

Phoenix, AZ – Cerberus Capital To Buy Safeway For About $9.4 Billion

March 6, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Phoenix, AZ - Safeway Inc , the second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator, said private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management would acquire the company in a deal valued at about $9.4 billion. The offer price of $40 per share represents a premium of 1.3 percent to Safeway's Thursday closing stock price of $39.47 on the New York Stock Exchange. The deal combines Safeway with...

Dallas – Delta Spells Out Miles Needed To Earn Free Flights

March 6, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Dallas - Delta is providing more details about changes to its frequent-flier program after complaints about the overhaul from some travelers. Delta is changing its program so that starting in 2015, customers will earn miles based on how much they spend, not just miles flown. On Thursday, the airline released charts showing how many miles you'll need to earn a free trip. That's a key piece...

New York – American Tells Of Meeting Bin Laden Before 9/11

March 6, 2014 at 06:30 PM
New York - An American who trained at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan in the spring of 2001 before losing his nerve testified Thursday how he encountered Osama bin Laden and bin Laden's son-in-law at a safe house — and that bin Laden hinted that a suicide attack on U.S. soil was in the works. "Just know you have brothers willing to carry their souls in their hands," bin Laden told the...

New York – Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf Law Firm Executives Charged With Fraud In U.S.

March 6, 2014 at 06:00 PM
New York - Less than a month after writing that he did not want to "cook the books anymore," but facing a deadline to show lenders that Dewey & LeBoeuf had enough cash, the law firm's top finance executive emailed a colleague that he "came up with a big one," according to investigators. "You always do in the last hours," the law firm's executive director Stephen DiCarmine replied to the...

London – Deputy Prime Minister Of UK Defends Religious Slaughter Of Animals

March 6, 2014 at 05:30 PM
London - Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the U.K., ruled out banning religious slaughter of animals even if Muslims and Jews do not implement more humane methods of slaughter. The Times of London (http://thetim.es/MRAcDs) reports Clegg doesn’t believe that government should  put themselves in the middle of religious beliefs handed down through the generations and does not agree with...

Montreal – All 13 Lev Tahor Children Ordered To Foster Care Located Overseas

March 6, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Montreal - Authorities have located all 13 Lev Tahor children who fled Canada to avoid another court hearing. All of the children ordered to foster care are in the Caribbean and Central America. As reported in The Montreal Gazette (http://bit.ly/1cFFGYU) the children were due in Chatham-Kent court in Ontario, Canada, on Thursday to appeal the ruling that ordered them into foster care, but they...

Kiev – Interpol: Ukraine Wants Yanukovych’s Arrest

March 6, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Kiev - Interpol is studying a request by Ukrainian authorities to issue an alert for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych for abuse of power and murder, the international police organization said Thursday. A statement by the Lyon-based organization said it received a request Wednesday from Ukrainian authorities to issue a "Red Notice," which informs Interpol's 190-member countries that an...

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