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New York – NYT: Top FIFA Aide Linked To Money Transfer Key To Indictment

June 1, 2015 at 11:31 PM
New York - U.S. authorities believe FIFA President Sepp Blatter's top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world soccer body, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing unnamed law-enforcement officials. The newspaper said FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is the unidentified "high-ranking FIFA official" who prosecutors say...

Jerusalem - Revealed: Israel Allowed Eichmann’s Wife To Visit Him Before Execution‎

June 1, 2015 at 10:59 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's state archive says Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann was allowed to see his wife shortly before his 1962 execution. The archive produced records on Monday of Vera Eichmann's visit to Israel and logs of her spending 80 minutes with her husband in prison. Israel permitted the visit as a humanitarian gesture. Eichmann was in charge of implementing Adolf Hitler's "final...

Rome – Video Captures Deadly Aerobatic Plane Collision In Italy

June 1, 2015 at 10:23 PM
Rome - Italian authorities say two single-seat aerobatic planes collided in the sky near Italy's Adriatic shore and crashed into the sea, killing one pilot and injuring the other. Teramo's fire department said that one plane crashed just offshore near Tortoreto, a town in central Italy, and that the pilot was quickly rescued and taken to a hospital, where his injuries were being evaluated...

Detroit – Auto Loan Terms, Leasing Reaching New Highs

June 1, 2015 at 10:03 PM
Detroit - Auto loan terms are getting longer and leasing is on the rise as car buyers seek lower monthly payments. Experian Automotive says the average new-car loan was 67 months in the first quarter. The average used-car loan was 62 months. Both are the highest since Experian began tracking them in 2006. Long-term loans lasting 73 to 84 months accounted for a record 29.5 percent of all...

Boston – Kerry Arrives Back In U.S. After Bike Mishap

June 1, 2015 at 09:40 PM
Boston - Secretary of State John Kerry arrived back in the United States on Monday on a military flight from Europe after breaking his leg in a cycling accident, the State Department said. After landing at Boston's Logan airport, Kerry headed to Massachusetts General Hospital for further treatment, spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Kerry, 71, broke his right femur on Sunday while...

Jerusalem – Gov. Economist: Israel’s Financial Projections Are Weak If More Haredim, Israeli Arabs Don’t Join Workforce

June 1, 2015 at 09:27 PM
Jerusalem – Numbers released two years ago by the Central Bureau of Statistics regarding Israel’s demographics have sparked interest in the financial security of the state by 2059. Assaf Geva, an economist in the Finance Ministry, has been studying the numbers for the past 18 months, and the future doesn’t look bright, reports Haaretz (http://bit.ly/1Kz5Rlr). According to Geva...

Shanghai – Chinese Ferry With 458 Aboard Sinks In Storm

June 1, 2015 at 09:03 PM
Shanghai - A passenger ship carrying 458 people, many elderly Chinese tourists, sank in the Yangtze River on Monday night during a storm and only 12 people had been rescued so far, state media said, in what could be one of China's worst disasters for years. Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered that no efforts be spared in rescue work and Premier Li Keqiang was heading to the scene of the...

London – Hasidic Sect Banning Female Drivers At School Defends Beliefs

June 1, 2015 at 09:00 PM
London – Hasidic schools in London that announced last week that children would be banned if driven to school by their mothers wrote a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan defending their stance on the topic. The schools apologized for the “unfortunate” choice of words, but stand by their decision, stating the efforts are being taken to stop the fall of religious principles and...

Haifa, Israel – Israeli Magician Breaks World Record For Largest Ever Magic Lesson

June 1, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Haifa - One thousand, five hundred and seventy three schoolchildren aged 10-11 gathered in the Haifa’s international conference center to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever magic lesson. The event was led by Israeli magician Cagliostro, in conjunction with Beit Hagefen, a cultural center that works to foster dialogue and coexistence between the Jewish and Arab communities...

Washington – U.S. Tightens Airport Security After Screeners Fail Undercover Tests

June 1, 2015 at 08:12 PM
Washington - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Monday he had ordered improved security at U.S. airports after media reports that checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives and weapons in 95 percent of tests carried out by undercover agents. Airport screeners, who are employees of the Transportation Security Administration, did not detect banned weapons in 67 of 70...

Dallas – Airlines Try To Save Time With Speedier Boarding Process

June 1, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Dallas - Airlines are trying to save time by speeding up a part of flying that sometimes creates delays even before the plane leaves the gate: the boarding process. This summer travel season, Delta plans to preload carry-on bags above passengers' seats on some flights. Southwest wants to get families seated together more quickly. Airlines have tinkered with different boarding systems almost...

Maryland – Baltimore Posts Worst Monthly Murder Toll Since 1972

June 1, 2015 at 07:13 PM
Maryland - Baltimore recorded 43 murders in May, police said on Monday, the deadliest month in more than 40 years for a city already shaken by the death of a black man from injuries in police custody. The Baltimore homicides were the most in any month since August 1972, when the city recorded 45 murders, according to police data. Three fatal shootings occurred on Sunday. The city of about...

Washington – Obama Muses About His Legacy, Offers Counterpoint To GOP

June 1, 2015 at 06:35 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is not shy about defining his achievements and casting them in the most positive light, yet he is loath to talk about his "legacy." But on Monday Obama offered a rare glimpse at how he wants history to judge his presidency, letting the "L'' word cross his lips as he touted the U.S. economic recovery, his health care law and his foreign policy. Obama's...

Washington – Either Way, No More NSA Collection Of US Phone Records

June 1, 2015 at 06:21 PM
Washington - However Congress resolves its impasse over government surveillance, this much is clear: The National Security Agency will ultimately be out of the business of collecting and storing Americans' calling records. Aiming for passage Tuesday afternoon, the Senate on Monday prepared to make modest changes to a House bill that would end the collection while preserving other surveillance...

United Nations – Israel Says U.N. Grants Hamas-linked Group NGO Status

June 1, 2015 at 05:42 PM
United Nations - Israel on Monday accused a U.N. committee that oversees non-governmental organizations of granting U.N accreditation to an association that it said promotes "anti-Israel propaganda in Europe" and is linked to the militant Palestinian group Hamas. Israel's mission to the United Nations issued a statement condemning the decision, by the 19-member U.N. Committee on...

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