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New York – Cork. It’s Not Just For Wine Stoppers And Bulletin Boards Anymore

July 10, 2014 at 11:33 PM
New York - Cork. It’s not just for wine stoppers and bulletin boards anymore. Embraced by some progressive furniture makers decades ago and a staple in housewares, cork has found a larger place among shoes, handbags, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Designer Elaine Turner is a proponent of cork, which is renewable, feather light and water-resistant. So is Ingrid Heinkel, who...

Washington – U.S. Sues Amazon For Kids’ Charges Without Parental Consent

July 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Washington - Amazon.com faces a lawsuit filed Thursday by the U.S. government over allowing children to rack up millions of dollars in charges related to mobile apps without getting permission from their parents, who are then stuck with the bills. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission asked the court in a lawsuit filed against the online retailer on Thursday to refund the money spent without...

Beersheba – Gerim Marry Under Rocket Fire From Gaza

July 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Beersheba - Two couples in Beersheba finished their conversion to Judaism and were married by Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan on Thursday, despite the city coming under rocket fire during the ceremony. Balta Ingido, 32, and his bride, Zomnash Balsh, 29, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in February 2013. Ethiopian immigrants recognized as eligible for aliya are granted...

New York – Court: WTC Cleanup Workers May Renew Health Claims

July 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM
New York - A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said a lower court judge erred in dismissing the claims, after the workers had answered "none" when...

Washington – Federal Judge Orders IRS To Explain Lost Emails

July 10, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Washington - A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan said he is also appointing a federal magistrate to see whether the lost emails can be obtained from other...

Washington – U.S. Senate Committee Advances Bill On Cell Phone Unlocking

July 10, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Washington - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved bringing before the full Senate legislation that would give mobile-phone users the right to "unlock" their devices and use them on competitors' wireless networks, something that is now technically illegal. The bill by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Democrat of Vermont, is similar to legislation passed...

Washington – House GOP Moves Ahead On Suing Obama

July 10, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Washington - House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate of the health care law. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced that Republicans had released a draft resolution that would authorize the House to file suit amid GOP criticism that the president has declined to faithfully execute the...

Afghanistan – Photo Of Smiling Bowe Bergdahl Posing With Taliban Official Surfaces On Twitter

July 10, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Afghanistan - U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years, appeared smiling alongside an alleged Haqqani commander in a photo posted on a Twitter account purporting to be from the Afghan Taliban. The account, which posted the photo late on Wednesday along with others of Bergdahl as well as gruesome images of a decapitation, said the soldier was treated with...

New York, NY – Mayor Signs Law To Create NYC Municipal ID Cards

July 10, 2014 at 07:22 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a plan to offer identification cards to residents regardless of their immigration statuses, providing a valuable document to access certain services for those who struggled to get them. De Blasio, a Democrat, made the establishment of the ID card a central campaign. With its passage, New York City is now creating what will be the...

Brooklyn, NY – Man Wrongly Jailed For Killing Orthodox Jew Receives $3M In State Settlement

July 10, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A wrongly convicted Brooklyn man who was jailed for 16 years received a $3 million settlement from the state. Jabbar Collins was convicted of killing Rabbi Avraham Pollack in 1995. In 2010 Collins was exonerated of the crime and released from prison. A civil rights claim against the city by Collins for $150 million is still open. Three witnesses whose testimony helped...

Brooklyn, NY – ‘Lubavitch Exhibit Of Rare Hebrew Books The Largest In Library’s History’

July 10, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - This year’s exhibit of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement’s rare book collection is the largest in its history. Annual exhibitions have been held since the mid-90s, but this year’s is said to hold some of the rarest books reports The New York Times (http://bit.ly/W1akuh ). The Chabad-Lubavitch movement has accumulated about 250,000 items, including some as old as...

Washington – Obama: US Willing To Negotiate Israel Cease-fire

July 10, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is telling Israel's leader that the United States is willing to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. "The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement," the White House said Obama told Netanyahu in a phone call. Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister...

Geneva – WHO: Gaza Healthcare Services On Brink Of Collapse

July 10, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Geneva - Health services in the occupied Palestinian territory are on the brink of collapse amid severe shortages in medicines and fuel for hospital generators, as the Gaza conflict with Israel deepens, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday. WHO appealed to donors for $40 million for essential healthcare supplies through year-end and a further $20 million towards the debt owed by...

Paris – France’s Hollande Says Concerned About Gaza Death Toll

July 10, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Paris - French President Francois Hollande expressed concern about deaths in Gaza on Thursday, one day after telling Israel it should take "all the necessary measures" to protect itself from militants' rockets. Hollande, who was criticised by left-wingers in France for stating solidarity with Israel without mentioning Palestinian casualties, spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

Jerusalem – Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ Changes The Face Of Battle

July 10, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties. By shooting down more than 90 percent of its targets, the system is ensuring Israel's decisive technological edge that has helped it...

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