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Washington – Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads For Obama’s Desk

July 27, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier's permission. The law passed Friday by...

Washington – FBI Issues Warning About Air Conditioner Coolant

July 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Washington - As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences. The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Some contain propane, which is...

Jerusalem – Report: Israeli Official Says No Need For Another Gaza Ceasefire

July 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Jerusalem - Israel sees no need for another Gaza ceasefire, an Israeli official was quoted as saying on Monday, as tensions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and Washington flared over U.S. mediation to end the almost three-week-old war. Fighting had subsided over the weekend, with the battered Palestinian enclave's dominant Hamas Islamists endorsing a U.N. call for a...

United Nations – UN Council Agrees On Demand For Gaza Cease-fire

July 27, 2014 at 09:58 PM
United Nations - The U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza fighting between Israel and Hamas and is meeting at midnight to adopt it. Rwanda, the current council president, announced agreement Sunday on a presidential statement which also calls on the parties "to engage in efforts to achieve a durable and...

Moscow – Russia Criticizes EU Sanctions, Raps U.S. Over Ukraine Role

July 27, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Moscow - Russia reacted angrily to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation on security issues and undermine the fight against terrorism and organized crime. Russia's Foreign Ministry also accused the United States, which has already imposed its own sanctions against Moscow, of contributing to the conflict...

Sarasota, FL – Small Plane Crash On Florida Beach: 1 Dead, 1 Critically Injured

July 27, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Sarasota, FL - A father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed Sunday on the Gulf Coast only feet from the surf, authorities said. Wendy Rose, a spokeswoman for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, said the pilot and his only passenger weren't hurt when the Piper aircraft lost power and touched down Sunday afternoon...

New York – 1st Night At Gracie Mansion For NYC Mayor, Family

July 27, 2014 at 09:02 PM
New York - It's home, sweet new home for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. Spokeswoman Rebecca Katz says the mayor, his wife and two children will spend their first night in Gracie Mansion on Sunday night. They're expected to return from a vacation in Italy Sunday afternoon. Gracie Mansion is the official mayor's residence, but had been empty for more than a decade...

Washington – Obama: Companies Dodging Taxes By Moving Overseas Is Unpatriotic

July 27, 2014 at 08:17 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic. Obama is denouncing "tax inversions" in his weekly radio and Internet address. He says companies are essentially renouncing their citizenship to avoid paying their fair share. Obama says the best way to address the problem is through tax reform that...

Los Angeles, CA – California Lightning Hits 14; 2 Critically Injured

July 27, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Authorities now say 14 people — including a 15-year-old — have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically. Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says 13 people, including the teen, were treated after they were struck Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Four were treated...

Gaza – Israel, Hamas Hold Out For More Gains In Gaza War

July 27, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Gaza - Israel and Hamas are holding out for bigger gains in the Gaza war, helping explain the failure of the world's most influential diplomats to broker even a precursor to a lasting cease-fire. Hamas wants to break the seven-year blockade of Gaza and believes the only way to force serious negotiations on ending the closure is to keep fighting. Israel wants more time to destroy Hamas' rocket...

Jerusalem – Eight IDF Soldiers Killed In Action Laid To Rest (photos)

July 27, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Jerusalem - Eight IDF soldiers killed in Gaza fighting since Friday were buried on Sunday. Staff-Sgt. Amit Yeori was buried at 3 p.m. at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. “I trusted you that you would not leave us so suddenly without any warning or preparation,” said Noam Yaori at the funeral of her older brother Amit on Sunday afternoon in Jerusalem. Staff Sergeant...

New York – NYC’s Aging Bus Terminal To Get Patchwork Fixes

July 27, 2014 at 06:53 PM
New York - At the nation's busiest bus station, winding lines of riders wait amid cracked floors, crumbling ceiling tiles and a wheezing air-conditioning system helped along by old-fashioned floor fans. Dark corridors of Manhattan's aging Port Authority Bus Terminal are populated by homeless men and women, and the sweet smell of warm pretzels from rows of food stalls mixes with an occasional...

Marseille, France – Thousands March In French City Of Marseille In Support Of Israel (video)

July 27, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Marseille, France - Thousands took to the streets of Marseille in the south of France on Sunday to show their support for Israel, the first such demonstration in the country since the start of the recent fighting in Gaza, organizers said. Some 2,000 pro-Israeli demonstrators, carrying French and Israeli flags, were separated by riot police from a few dozen pro-Palestinian protesters chanting...

Albany, NY – Lyft Says It’s Starting New York City Service

July 27, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Albany, NY - The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft planned to start limited service in New York City on Friday night after reaching agreement with officials to resolve regulatory issues that prompted a lawsuit by the state. New York's attorney general and Department of Financial Services said Lyft agreed to operate "in full compliance" with existing laws and regulations, and that it will start...

Jerusalem – Total Of 56 Rockets And Mortars Fired Into Israel Sunday

July 27, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Jerusalem - As of 8pm on Sunday, the IDF said that there had been 56 rockets and mortars fired into Israel from Gaza since midnight. Of the rockets, 7 were shot down by the Iron Dome and 39 fell in open areas, the rest were not accounted for. Altogether since the operation began there have been 2,507 rockets and mortars fired into Israel, and 492 rockets shot down by the Iron Dome. Since the...

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