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Washington – Obama To Germany’s Merkel Vows Intelligence Cooperation Amid Spy Row

July 15, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday for the first time since a new spy scandal dented relations between the two allies, and pledged to be in touch about ways to improve U.S.-German intelligence cooperation. The call followed a difficult period in U.S.-German relations after Berlin told the CIA station chief last week to leave the country...

Washington – Obama Pushing Research On Cars That Can Talk To Cars, Roads

July 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is envisioning a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline. Obama on Tuesday will visit a federal highway research center in northern Virginia. The White House says he will highlight partnerships between the Transportation Department...

New York – Railroads: 44 Trains Haul Volatile Bakken Oil To NY Weekly

July 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM
New York - As many as 44 trains loaded with volatile Bakken crude oil are being sent through the state of New York each week, according to confidential disclosures made by railroads to state emergency responders, and released to Reuters through a Freedom of Information Law request. The disclosures come as New York and other states grapple with health and safety risks posed by a recent surge in...

San Francisco – Billionaire’s Breakup Plan Would Chop California Into Six States

July 15, 2014 at 10:40 PM
San Francisco - A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states got a boost on Monday, when the billionaire venture capitalist behind the proposal said he had gathered enough signatures to place it on the ballot in two years. Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been...

Israel – Ministers Propose Ban On Free Plastic Bags

July 15, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Israel - In a move that could significantly reduce the presence of plastic bags in Israel, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Monday approved Environment Protection Minister Amir Peretz?s proposal to ban their free distribution. The government bill would mandate that every disposable plastic bag would cost consumers 40 agorot. Prior to enforcing a ban on free plastic bags, however...

Salt Lake City, UT – Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Reform Synagogue Shooting

July 15, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Salt Lake City, UT - A 22-year-old Salt Lake City man has been sentenced to five years in prison for shooting out windows at a Utah synagogue two years ago in what prosecutors considered a religiously motivated attack. The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Tuesday that Macon Openshaw must also pay $1,969 to repair the damage at the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in Salt Lake...

Kabul – 89 Killed In Worst Afghanistan Bombing Since 2001

July 15, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Kabul - A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick shops, flipped cars over and stripped trees of their branches, brutally underscoring the country's instability as U.S...

San Francisco – Google’s Nest Launches Network Technology For Connected Home

July 15, 2014 at 09:28 PM
San Francisco - Google Inc's Nest Labs on Tuesday unveiled an industry group to encourage makers of smart home gadgets like locks and light bulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network. The attempt by Nest, a smart thermostat maker that Google bought in January for $3.2 billion, to lead the way on how future household devices to speak to each other, underscores...

Washington – US Preparing Unilateral Sanctions On Russia

July 15, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Washington - The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to take tougher action against Moscow, according to U.S. and European officials. Until now, the U.S. has insisted on hitting Russia with penalties in concert with Europe in...

New York – JetBlue Offering Automated Early Check-in

July 15, 2014 at 08:21 PM
New York - JetBlue Airways is offering free automated check-in for its customers. The airline said travelers will get an email with ready-to-print boarding pass and an option to download a mobile boarding pass 24 hours before their flight. The company said this will make it easier to find inconsistencies and problems with special service requests, giving it more time to fix any...

San Francisco – Intel Says Worst Is Over For Battered PC Industry

July 15, 2014 at 07:38 PM
San Francisco - Intel Corp believes the worst is over for a personal computer industry hammered by the mobile revolution. The Santa Clara, California chipmaker forecast third-quarter revenue above Wall Street's expectations on Tuesday, sending its stock 4 percent higher in extended trade. Investors have pushed shares of PC mainstays Microsoft Corp and Intel to decade-highs, partly on bets...

New York – JPMorgan Pulls Back From Mortgage Lending On Foreclosure Worries

July 15, 2014 at 07:33 PM
New York - JPMorgan Chase & Co, the second-largest U.S. mortgage lender, is backing away from making home loans to less creditworthy borrowers after losing faith in its ability to recover much money from foreclosing on homes, even with government guarantees. The shift reflects a change in the way JPMorgan runs its mortgage business: while it used to regard collateral and U.S. government...

Washington – U.S. Says Deportation Of Honduran Children A Warning To Illegal Migrants

July 15, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Washington - The White House said on Tuesday Central Americans trying to cross the U.S. border should know "they will not be welcome to this country," a day after the United States deported a planeload of women and children to Honduras. A charter flight on Monday from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, transported 17 Honduran women, as well as 12...

Jerusalem – IDF Alerts Residents In Northern Gaza To Evacuate Homes

July 15, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Jerusalem - The IDF was sending voice messages to residents of the northern Gaza Strip late on Tuesday, advising them to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. as part of Israeli efforts to avoid causing harm to civilians ahead of supposed strikes. Hamas' Interior Ministry urged residents of Gaza not to heed to the IDF calls to leave their homes, saying the warning were part of Israel's...

Washington – After GOP Outrage House Votes To Slash 25% IRS Tax Enforcement Budget

July 15, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Washington - The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it. The House approved the cuts by voice vote after little debate Monday night as it took up a $21 billion...

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