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New York – Dow, S&P End At Records High

July 1, 2014 at 04:20 PM
New York - U.S. stocks are finishing at record highs as the Dow Jones industrial average closes in on 17,000 points for the first time. The Dow rose 129 points, or 0.8 percent, to end at 16,956 points Tuesday. It came within two points of 17,000. IBM led the Dow higher with a gain of 3 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 13 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,973. The Nasdaq composite...

Washington – Highway Crisis Looms As Soon As August, US Warns

July 1, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Washington - Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, the Obama administration warned Tuesday. States will begin to feel the pain of cutbacks in federal aid as soon as the first week in August — peak summer driving time — if Congress doesn't act, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx...

Paris – Sarkozy Detained In French Corruption Probe

July 1, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Paris - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in police custody Tuesday, apparently under questioning in an investigation linked to allegations that he took $50 million in illegal campaign funds from Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. But will the shocking detention and sordid case torpedo Sarkozy's chances at a presidential comeback? Maybe not. Sarkozy, a political survivor who's been...

Albany – N.Y. Top Court Says Cyberbullying Law Violates Free Speech

July 1, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Albany, NY - New York's highest court said on Tuesday that a law designed to criminalize cyberbullying was so broad that it violated the First Amendment, marking the first time a U.S. court weighed the constitutionality of such a law. The 2011 Albany County law banned electronic communication intended to "harass, annoy, threaten...or otherwise inflict significant emotional harm on another...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Warns Of Further Israeli Actions Against Hamas

July 1, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Jerusalem - A somber but controlled Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the nation Tuesday night – just hours after the funerals of Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel – that Israel will apprehend the boys' murderers, continue pounding Hamas in the West Bank, and expand the operation in Gaza if “the need arises.” Netanyahu, speaking alongside Defense Ministry Moshe...

Washington – FTC: T-Mobile Raked In ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ From Bogus Charges

July 1, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Washington - T-Mobile USA knowingly made hundreds of millions off its customers in bogus charges, a federal regulator alleged Tuesday in a complaint likely to damage the reputation of a household name in wireless communications. In its complaint filed in federal court, the Federal Trade Commission claimed that T-Mobile billed consumers for subscriptions to premium text services such as...

Hebron – Palestinians Furious As Israel Resumes Punitive Demolitions

July 1, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Hebron - Israel has revived a long-lapsed policy of destroying suspected militants' homes after the dead bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing since June were found on Monday. The army reverted to the practice to punish Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aysha, two fugitives it accuses of killing the Israeli teens who went missing while hitchhiking on June 12. Dazed neighbors of all ages...

Jerusalem – Demonstrators Protest In Light Of Kidnapping Youths, Police Arrest 28

July 1, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Jerusalem - An initially peaceful protest over the murders of Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah, and Naftali Fraenkel at the entrance to the capital Tuesday afternoon turned into a protracted riot, spanning much of the downtown area, including the Old City’s Jaffa Gate. According to one eye witness, the violence began in front of the Central Bus Station at approximately 4 p.m., shortly after...

Modi’in Cemetery, Israel – Three Abducted Teens Laid To Rest, Tens Of Thousands Attend Joint Funerals

July 1, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Modi'in Cemetery, Israel The bodies of Eyal Yifrah, 19, from Elad; Gilad Sha'ar, 16, from Talmon; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16, from Nof Ayalon - who were murdered nearly three weeks ago by terrorists after being abducted on their way home from school - were laid to rest side by side this afternoon in Modi'in cemetery. Tens of thousands took part at the funeral ceremony that began at roughly...

White Plains, NY – State Senator Thomas Libous Indicted; Accused Of Lying To FBI

July 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM
White Plains, NY - A New York state senator has been indicted on charges that he lied to the FBI about arranging a law firm job and an inflated salary for his son. An indictment unsealed Tuesday says Thomas Libous (LIH'-buhs), a leading Republican, claimed he didn't know how his son, Matthew, got the job. It also says he told the FBI he was unaware that a lobbying firm was paying part of...

Karlovka, Ukraine – Cease-Fire Over, Ukraine Renews Attacks On Rebels

July 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Karlovka, Ukraine - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists fought with heavy weapons in the country's east Tuesday, and the rebels captured the Interior Ministry headquarters in a major city after an hours-long gun battle, a day after the president said rebels weren't serious about peace talks and ended a cease-fire. The often-broken cease-fire had given European leaders 10 days to search...

Hong Kong – More Than Half Million Protest To Demand Democracy In HK

July 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Hong Kong - More than 510,000 people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Tuesday to demand greater democracy, organizers said, in what would be the largest demonstration since the city was returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Police put the turnout at 98,600, according to local media. Johnson Yeung, from the Civil Human Rights Front, one of the organizers of the rally, said activists would...

Jerusalem – Recording Of Abducted Teen’s Emergency Call Posted Online

July 1, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Jerusalem - The recording of a call made by one of the murdered teens to Israel’s emergency line has been posted online. The teen can be heard whispering, “They’ve kidnapped me,” to the operator. The kidnapers are heard in the background yelling at the boys to keep their heads down . The call lasted a total of 2:09 minutes, with background noise that can’t be understood or heard...

Haifa, Israel – Truck By Truck, Israel Builds Trade Gateway To Arab World

July 1, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Haifa, Israel - The hydraulic ramp of a Turkish freighter taps down on the eastern Mediterranean port of Haifa and, under a full moon, 37 trucks roll off onto an otherwise empty pier. In a convoy that stretches hundreds of meters, the trucks travel east across northern Israel, bringing goods from Europe to customers in Jordan and beyond. Until three years ago the cargo these trucks carry...

Washington – Birth Control Ruling Sparks Political Clash

July 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Washington - Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy...

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