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New York – New York City Mayor Delays Start Of Italy Vacation

July 18, 2014 at 07:30 PM
New York - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has postponed his much-discussed family vacation to Italy by a day. Mayoral press secretary Phil Walzak says de Blasio moved the nine-day trip's departure date from Friday to Saturday "to attend to city business." The mayor's announcement came shortly after he addressed the Thursday death of a Staten Island man in police...

New York – U.S. Judge OKs Warrant For Google User’s Emails, Stoking Debate

July 18, 2014 at 07:15 PM
New York - A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user's emails as part of a criminal probe, in a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people's privacy. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said on Friday he had authorized a warrant to be served on Google Inc for the emails of an...

United Nations – UN Chief Ban Heading To Mideast In Gaza Peace Bid

July 18, 2014 at 06:54 PM
United Nations - A U.N. official says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave Saturday for the Middle East to help mediate the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was speaking Friday afternoon at a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on the conflict in Gaza. He also said a ceasefire is "indispensable" for urgently...

Jerusalem – Three Israeli Soldiers Injured In Gaza

July 18, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Jerusalem - An IDF spokesperson confirmed overnight on Friday that three Israeli soldiers were injured by gunfire in northern Gaza. They were evacuated to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment. ...

Jerusalem – AP ANALYSIS: Israel And Hamas Dislike Status Quo

July 18, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Jerusalem - If Israel and Hamas can agree on one point, it seems, it's that things have to change. That's why cease-fire efforts carried out by Egypt and backed by the West have until now failed, and it's why Israel has been compelled to roll the dice and launch a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip with a huge potential to turn ugly. Now comes a pivotal question: With Hamas weakened by a...

Washington – IRS Says Hard Drive That Lost Emails Destroyed

July 18, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Washington - The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails. In court papers, the IRS said the hard drive was destroyed after two sets of trained technicians tried to retrieve the data. The tax agency said it was standard procedure to destroy old data storage equipment that may have contained...

Otisfield, ME – In US, Fearful Campers Eye Middle East Conflict

July 18, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Otisfield, ME - Fighting in the Middle East has made for a summer of high tension, tearful phone calls and unlikely friendships between Israelis and Palestinians attending camps in the U.S. that host participants from the region. Seeds of Peace, a lakeside camp in rural Otisfield, Maine, has brought together teenagers from countries at war for more than 20 years. Its counselors, also from...

New York – Washington Post Animted Cartoon Shows Israel Leader Repeatedly Punching An Infant

July 18, 2014 at 05:16 PM
New York - The Simon Wiesenthal Center is denouncing an animated cartoon on the Washington Post's You Tube channel depicting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly pounding a baby in the face. The cartoon, titled "Israel pounds Hamas targets", was produced by Ann Telnaes, an editorial cartoonist for the Post's Opinion page. (see screen capture below). "It is disgusting that the Washington...

Jerusalem – Israel Focuses On Tunnel Demolition In War With Gaza

July 18, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Jerusalem - In Israel’s war with Gaza, tunnel threats have taken to the forefront as the main threat over rockets reports The Times of Israel. With limited detection methods, Israeli soldiers barely escaped an attack on Thursday in the Eshkol region. Now Israeli troops have been sent to find the tunnels and destroy the underground attack methods, with some going as far as 60 feet deep and...

Geneva – U.N. Aid Agencies Step Up Emergency Aid To Gaza

July 18, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Geneva - The United Nations said on Friday it was stepping up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel's military offensive has made water shortages worse and stoked fears of more sewage contamination and water-borne diseases. On Tuesday, U.N. aid agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that after years of Gaza's water system deteriorating, damage from the attacks meant the...

United Nations – Palestinians Threaten Legal Action Against Israel

July 18, 2014 at 04:30 PM
United Nations - The Palestinian U.N. ambassador is threatening to go to U.N. and international courts which would likely include the International Criminal Court if the Security Council doesn't act to protect Palestinian civilians from Israeli attack and end the conflict in Gaza. Riyad Mansour told an emergency meeting of the council Friday that Israel's "savage" aggression into Gaza "cannot...

New York – Repaving Planned On Palisades Parkway From NY State Border To GW Bridge

July 18, 2014 at 04:14 PM
New York - Repaving is set to begin on the Palisades Interstate Parkway, which links New York state to the George Washington Bridge. The last time that was done was the mid-1990s. Milling and paving will start Monday night in the northbound lanes at the bridge and continue along an 11-mile stretch toward the state border. The contractor will be allowed to close one travel lane during...

Washington – U.S. State Dept. Says Turkish PM’s Rhetoric Against Israel Offensive

July 18, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Washington - U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki condemned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fiery rhetoric against Israel over its ground invasion of Gaza. On Friday Erdogan accused Israel of state terrorism and genocide and saying the two countries will not mend ties on his watch. Psaki, said the department believes Erdogan's statements are "offensive and...

United Nations – U.N. Condemns Gaza Rockets, Alarmed By Israel ‘Heavy Response’

July 18, 2014 at 03:43 PM
United Nations - The United Nations condemned rocket fire into Israel from Gaza that ended a five hour humanitarian truce, but is "alarmed by Israel's heavy response," U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the U.N. Security Council on Friday. "Israel has legitimate security concerns, and we condemn the indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel that ended yesterday's...

St. Augustine Beach, FL – Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Search

July 18, 2014 at 03:26 PM
St. Augustine Beach, FL - The Eastern Seaboard is being opened to offshore oil and gas exploration for the first time in decades with the Obama administration's approval Friday of sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The decision dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact of the sonic cannons, which shoot sound waves 100 times louder...

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