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Jackson, Miss. – Hate-Crime Investigation Grows In Mississippi

July 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Jackson, Miss. - A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions. The most recent indictments — two men and two women — were made public Wednesday. The June 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, who was run over by a pickup truck outside a Jackson hotel, sparked...

Lawrence, NJ – Car Submerged In New Jersey Park Lake; Driver Dead

July 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Lawrence, NJ - An accident involving a dump truck and a car has sent both vehicles into a southern New Jersey lake, submerging the car and killing its driver. Lawrence Police Lt. Charles Edgar says the truck rammed the car while it was at a traffic light Thursday afternoon. He says the vehicles wound up in Colonial Lake with the truck on top of the submerged car. Police haven't released the...

New York – New York Mayor Takes It On The Chin In City Media

July 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM
New York - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio won his job in a landslide last November, but is finding out that staying so popular is not easy. On Thursday, he was labeled "an ass" on the cover of one city tabloid after being skewered in another as behaving like Marie Antoinette and accused on television of being a socialist. "It does seem to me that de Blasio has gotten a much shorter...

Washington – Hundreds Rally For Israel Outside White House

July 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Washington - Hundreds of supporters of Israel declared their support for the Jewish state in a rally outside the White House on Thursday. Jewish activists, rabbis and several members of Congress pledged U.S. support before learning that Israel had mounted a ground invasion to stop missile attacks from Gaza. A parade of speakers rejected any moral equivalence between Israel and Gaza's Hamas...

United Nations – Palestinian UN Envoy Hopes For Cease-Fire Soon

July 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM
United Nations - The Palestinian United Nations envoy says he hopes "a very intensive negotiation" in Cairo might produce a cease-fire "in the hours to come" between Israel and Hamas. Ambassador Riyad Mansour said in an interview with The Associated Press soon after Israel was reported to have launched a ground invasion into Gaza late Thursday that it "would increase and compound the number of...

San Francisco – FedEx Charged With Assisting Illegal Pharmacies

July 17, 2014 at 09:35 PM
San Francisco - Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions. The indictment filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges that FedEx Corp. conspired with two related online pharmacies for 10 years ending in 2010. The Department of Justice announced the charges in...

Washington – Glance: Airliners That Have Been Shot Down

July 17, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Washington - As unthinkable as shooting down an airliner with hundreds of passengers is, it has happened before. Among the most notable cases in recent decades were an Iranian plane shot down by the U.S. Navy and a South Korean airliner destroyed by a Russian fighter jet. __Oct. 4, 2001: An errant surface-to-air missile fire by the Ukrainian military during exercises in the Crimea causes the...

Washington – Geologic Survey: Risk Of Earthquake Increased For About Half Of US

July 17, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Washington - A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation. The U.S. Geologic Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011...

Albany, NY – 168 New State Troopers Graduate From NY Academy

July 17, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Albany, NY - After 26 weeks of classwork and training, 168 new troopers have graduated from the New York State Police Academy and will report for duty around the state beginning July 24. Gov. Andrew Cuomo congratulated the troopers who were at the 201st graduation ceremony on Thursday. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico presented the academic performance award to 29-year-old Eric...

Hrabove – Downing Of Plane In Ukraine Scatters Bodies And Debris For Miles

July 17, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Hrabove, Ukraine - A lone fireman stood hosing down a smouldering pile of wreckage and mangled bodies on Thursday after a Malaysian passenger airliner was brought down in fields in eastern Ukraine. To reach the wreckage, media crews, emergency vehicles, locals and rebels - fighting to unite the eastern territory with Russia - drove around body parts along a narrow pot-holed road beside the...

Amsterdam – Dutch Prime Minister: 154 Dutch Among Ukraine Plane Crash

July 17, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Amsterdam - The Dutch prime minister on Thursday ordered that flags fly at half mast at government buildings across the country after the death of at least 154 of his country's citizens in what he said might be the worst air disaster in the Netherlands' history. The Dutch were among 295 passengers and crew, including three infants, aboard a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 travelling from...

Cairo – Egypt Blames Hamas For IDF’s Ground Offensive

July 17, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Cairo - The Egyptian foreign minister said Thursday that Hamas is at fault for the IDF's need to enter Gaza in a ground operation. "Had Hamas accepted the Egyptian proposal, it could have saved the lives of at least 40 Palestinians," said Sameh Shoukri, Egypt's FM, as reported by Egyptian state news agency MENA. Egypt had attempted to broker a truce deal between Israel and Hamas. Israel...

Rockland County, NY – Jewish Community Raises Funds for Funeral of Non-Jewish Car Accident Victim

July 17, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Rockland County, NY - In a heartwarming show of solidarity, Rockland County’s Jewish community has contributed over $2,000 to help defray funeral costs for a Spring Valley toddler who was killed last week. 20 month old Dominic Mero died last week when he was hit by a pickup truck that was backing up in the parking lot of the Rose Avenue apartment complex where the child was being watched by...

Jerusalem – Israel Approves Call-up Of 18,000 More Reservists

July 17, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli military says Israel's Cabinet has authorized the call-up of an additional 18,000 reserve soldiers. The decision came after Israeli forces invaded the Gaza Strip late Thursday, escalating a 10-day military campaign against Gaza's Hamas rulers. Thousands of Israeli soldiers had been on standby on the Gaza border in recent days, waiting for the order to go...

Moscow – Putin Blames Airplane Tragedy On Kiev’s Renewal Of Military Campaign

July 17, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Ukraine bore responsibility for the downing of a passenger plane in the country's east, saying it would not have happened if Kiev had not resumed a military campaign against separatists. "This tragedy would not have happened, if there had been peace on that land, or in any case if military operations in southeastern Ukraine had not been...

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