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Atlanta, GA – Coke’s Sales Miss Estimates As Diet Coke Flags

July 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Atlanta, GA - Coca-Cola Co. reported quarterly sales that fell short of Wall Street estimates on Tuesday as demand remained weak for Diet Coke in North America. Globally, the world's biggest beverage maker said sales volume rose 3 percent, boosted by gains in places including the Middle East and South Africa. In its flagship North American market, sales volume was flat. Although sodas...

Gaza – Abbas-led Palestinian Body Backs Hamas Truce Demands In Gaza

July 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM
Gaza - The Palestinian decision-making body led by U.S.-backed President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday endorsed demands by Hamas for halting Gaza hostilities with Israel, a closing of ranks that may help Egyptian-mediated truce efforts. With Israeli and U.S. encouragement, Egypt has tried to get both sides to hold fire and then negotiate terms for protracted calm in the Palestinian enclave where...

Jerusalem – Two IDF Soldiers Killed Over Night

July 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Jerusalem - Two IDF soldiers were killed Tuesday evening in Gaza, according to the IDF Spokesman's Office. Major Dmitri Levitas, a company commander serving in the Armored Corps was killed by sniper fire. He was 36 years old and from Jerusalem and the city of Geshur in the Golan Heights. Over the past 24 hours, two IDF soldiers were seriously injured, nine were moderately injured and eight...

Seattle – Obama Fundraising Amid Many Challenges

July 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Seattle - Fundraising amid a swirl of overseas and border challenges, President Barack Obama conceded Tuesday that foreign crises are creating anxieties in an American public already worried that a recovering economy is not improving their lives. Speaking to about 250 donors at a house on the banks of Lake Washington, Obama cautioned against letting those anxieties lead to cynicism and a lack...

Berlin – EU Calls On Hamas To Disarm, Condemns Use Of Civilians As Shields

July 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Berlin - Israel received a strong back-wind from an unlikely source on Tuesday, when the EU issued a statement strongly denouncing Hamas and condemning their use of civilians as human shields. The EU's foreign ministers, following a monthly meeting in Brussels, issued a statement on the Middle East condemning “the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in...

Ukraine – U.S. Officials: Rebels Likely Downed Malaysian Jet ‘By Mistake’, But Russia ‘Created The Conditions’

July 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Ukraine - The U.S. government believes that pro-Russian separatists most likely shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet "by mistake," not realizing it was a civilian passenger flight, U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the "most plausible explanation" for the destruction of the plane was that the separatists fired a Russian-made SA-11...

New York – NYPD Eyes Training After Custody Death

July 22, 2014 at 09:32 PM
New York - The New York Police Department will revamp its training on the use of force amid outrage over the custody death of a man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, officials said Tuesday. Police Commissioner William Bratton said the nation's largest police force will receive additional instruction following the death last week of Eric Garner, who was asthmatic. "The department...

New York – Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Flying To Israel Says FAA Ban A Huge Mistake

July 22, 2014 at 08:59 PM
New York - Philanthropist and former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said this afternoon that a ban by the FAA on flights to Israel is a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory. In a press release posted on his website MikeBloomberg.com, Bloomberg said he plans to fly to Israel Tuesday night to show solidarity with the Israeli people, and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly...

Cairo – A Look At The Israeli-Egyptian Closure Of Gaza

July 22, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Cairo - About 1.7 million Palestinians, a majority of them refugees, live in one of the mostly densely populated regions in the world. Since June 2007, when Hamas gained control of the strip, Israel and Egypt have restricted trade and movement in and out of Gaza. Israel says the closure is meant to weaken Gaza's Hamas rulers and prevent militants from attacking targets in Israel. International...

Manhattan, NY – UWS Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door for Lower Rent Tenant

July 22, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Manhattan, NY - A developer with plans to build a 33-story luxury condo building on the Upper West Side has been green-lighted by the city to include a "poor door" in the structure for lower income residents. NYPOST.co (http://bit.ly/1kPyrSm) reports that the developer, Extell, drew criticism a year ago when it first proposed the idea of an entrance for affordable housing renters, but a rep...

Washington – U.S. Senate Sets $225 Million For Israel’s Iron Dome In Emergency Bill

July 22, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Washington - U.S. Senate Democrats included $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday that also cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to deal with thousands of undocumented child immigrants. "Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself," said Maryland Democratic Senator...

Boston – New Arrest Linked To Gun Used After Boston Attacks

July 22, 2014 at 07:28 PM
Boston - A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an...

Jerusalem – IN PHOTOS: Wailing, Crying As Relatives Say Final Goodbyes To Israeli Soldiers Killed

July 22, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Jerusalem - Innocently Noam Bar thought her boyfriend had returned from Gaza to surprise her when his family asked her to come over. The sudden excitement of holding him close soon turned into an unimaginable nightmare when the IDF called to explain that her beloved, St.-Sgt. Tal Yifrah, 21, had been killed in Gaza on Monday. “I started to wail like a crazy person,” Bar said on Tuesday...

Jerusalem – El Al Says ‘No Chance’ It Will Suspend Service

July 22, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli airline El Al said it would not cancel any flights as air travel to Israel from all American carriers and several European ones came to a halt on Tuesday after the Federal Aviation Authority banned US airlines from traveling to and from Ben Gurion Airport for 24 hours. "There is no chance we will stop operations," an El Al spokesman told the Post. In labor disputes with...

New York, NY – 20% Of TLC’s Seizures Thrown Out By City Judges Over Last 18 Months

July 22, 2014 at 05:50 PM
New York, NY - According to a Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) spokeswoman, judges in the city have tossed at least 20% of the agency's cases involving seized illegal-cabs over the past 18 months. NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1tuno6m) reports that the close to 1,500 dismissals stem from cases in which cabs were illegally seized by TLC agents working under increasing pressure from agency bosses...

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