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Stockton, CA – 3 Dead After California Bank Robbery, Police Chase, Massive Gunbattle (video)

July 16, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Stockton, CA - Two suspected bank robber and a female hostage died on Wednesday in a shootout with California police after a car chase sparked by a bank robbery in which thieves seized three women as hostages, firing assault rifles as they fled. The incident began with a mid-afternoon armed robbery at a branch of the Bank of the West in the city of Stockton, police said. Then the three male...

Berlin – Daimler Launches New Version Of Tiny Smart Car

July 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Berlin - Germany's Daimler AG unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model Wednesday in hopes the car won't just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Smart division head Annette Winkler introduced the new Smart Fortwo at Berlin's Tempodrom event center. The new version is the same...

Jerusalem – Despite Rocket Fire 430 New Immigrants Make Aliyah From France To Israel

July 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Jerusalem - Two special flights arrived to Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, filled with 430 French Jewish immigrants leaving Paris and its suburbs on Wednesday, July 16. The flights, organized by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, had mostly families, including 195 children and 18 babies. Despite the security situation in Israel, dozens of French...

Brussels – EU leaders: Israel Has Right To Defend Itself

July 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Brussels - European Union leaders on Wednesday called on Israelis and Palestinians to end violence and said they welcomed efforts, particularly from Egypt, to broker a cease-fire following more than a week of warfare. The leaders, meeting in Brussels, urged both sides to "de-escalate the situation, to end the violence, to end the suffering of the civilian populations notably by allowing access...

New York – Board Approves $256M Tappan Zee Bridge Loan

July 16, 2014 at 10:31 PM
New York - A state board has approved half of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help finance construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The Public Authorities Control Board has authorized the $256 million, five-year, no-interest loan from the Environmental Facilities Corp. after two members noted federal authorities haven't signed off and the full project cost and...

Washington – What Happens To Your Online Accounts When You Die?

July 16, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Washington - You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, or to settle financial issues. But do you want your mom reading your exchanges on an online dating profile or a spouse going through every email? The...

San Francisco, CA – Israeli-Palestinian Clash Echoed On University Of California Council

July 16, 2014 at 09:41 PM
San Francisco, CA - A student with strong ties to Israel was appointed to the governing council of the University of California Wednesday amid debate similar to that which arose last year after the Board of Regents chose a Muslim student active in Palestinian causes. Abrahem "Avi" Oved, a 21-year-old economics major at UCLA who will replace Sadia Saifuddin, a UC Berkeley student who is the...

Washington – NY Congressman Hired Commercial Drone For Wedding

July 16, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Washington - The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of a congressman's wedding last month violated the agency's ban on drone flights for commercial purposes. The agency's carefully worded statement doesn't mention Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., by name, but said it was looking into "a report of an unmanned aircraft operation in Cold...

New York – Christie: ‘Beware’ Of Candidates Who Declare Early

July 16, 2014 at 08:45 PM
New York - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted Wednesday that he hasn't decided whether he's running for president. But he had sharp words for those who have. Speaking before a Wall Street crowd at CNBC's Delivering Alpha conference, Christie said voters should "be careful" of candidates who've made clear they're already in the running. "You should beware of people, in my opinion, who...

Toledo, OH – Dad’s Heartbreaking Internet Plea Spurs Strangers To Photoshop Baby’s Picture

July 16, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Toledo, OH - Just days after his infant daughter's death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face. The response has been overwhelming. Hundreds of photos, sketches and paintings have poured into the family's northwestern Ohio home and their...

New York – Judge Sentences Tunisian Man Accused In Terror Plot To Time Served

July 16, 2014 at 07:59 PM
New York - A Tunisian man who prosecutors said had ties to a man accused of unsuccessfully plotting to derail a Canada-U.S. passenger train was sentenced by a U.S. judge to time served on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to immigration charges. Ahmed Abassi, 27, will be deported to Tunisia following the sentence by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who made clear during a...

Berlin – German Economy Ministry Approves Sale Of Submarine To Israel

July 16, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Berlin - Germany's Economy Ministry said on Wednesday that Germany's security council, which examines arms exports to non-NATO states, had approved the export of a submarine to Israel. Israel already operates German-built submarines, manufactured by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The vessels are considered by Israel to be a vanguard against foes like Iran...

Washington – Justice Dept. Investigating Missing IRS Emails

July 16, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The Justice Department says it's investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official. Deputy Attorney General James Cole says in prepared testimony to Congress that investigators are looking into missing emails from the computer of Lois Lerner. Cole is scheduled to appear Thursday before the House Oversight and...

Gaza – Hamas Agrees To Five Hour Pause In Hostilities

July 16, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Gaza - Hamas agreed, late on Wednesday night, to a five hour pause in hostilities to allow for relief aid into Gaza. The UN proposal for a five-hour unilateral humanitarian pause in the fighting was accepted by Israel earlier on Wednesday. The pause will begin at 10:00 a.m. ...

Sacramento – Federal Judge Rules California’s Death Penalty System Unconstitutional

July 16, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Sacramento, CA - A federal judge in Southern California has ruled the state's death penalty unconstitutional. The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney follows a similar ruling in Northern California that has kept the death penalty on hold in California for years. Ruling in the case of a prisoner who was condemned in 1994, Carney wrote that inordinate and...

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