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Cuba – Commander: Guantanamo Order Barring Touching By Women Guards Harmful

January 28, 2015 at 11:47 PM
Cuba - A Guantanamo Bay military court order banning female guards from touching an accused al Qaeda commander harms soldiers' morale and security at the prison, the commander of the prison's secret lockup for former CIA captives testified on Wednesday. The November interim order bars female guards from touching Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, who faces war crimes charges. Iraqi, who is accused of...

West Bank – Palestinian Girl, 14, In Israel Prison For Throwing Rocks

January 28, 2015 at 11:19 PM
West Bank - The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth. Malak al-Khatib, arrested last month, is one of only a rare few female Palestinian minors who...

Beirut – Islamic State Releases New Audio Message By Japanese Hostage

January 28, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Beirut - The Islamic State group has released a message purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. The audio recording, in English, says the Jordanians must present Sajida al-Rishawi at the Turkish border by sunset Thursday, or Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh will be killed. The...

New York – NY Court Rejects Connecticut Woman’s Libel Suit Vs. Media

January 28, 2015 at 10:27 PM
New York - A New York federal appeals court has rejected a Connecticut woman's claims that media outlets libeled her by refusing to delete stories about her arrest after charges were dismissed. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling pertained to the August 2010 arrest of Lorraine Martin. The court said her arrest's deletion from legal records does not make news accounts of the arrest...

Newark, NJ – Port Authority Sets New Passenger Record At Airports

January 28, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Newark, NJ - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has broken its airport passenger record for the second straight year. The agency announced Wednesday that preliminary data shows an estimated 117.1 million passengers used John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Atlantic City International airports during 2014. That tops the...

Washington – Pelosi Says Netanyahu Speech To U.S. Congress Could Hurt Iran Talks

January 28, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday. "Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance," said Representative Nancy...

Istanbul – Israel Says Turkish Criticism Inappropriate At Holocaust Memorial Service

January 28, 2015 at 09:01 PM
Istanbul - Israel on Wednesday accused a senior Turkish official of "misusing" a Holocaust commemoration to criticize Israeli policy, the latest exchange in a bitter row between the former allies. Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Cicek late on Wednesday addressed members of Turkey's tiny Jewish community and others at a Holocaust Memorial Day event and said rising anti-Semitism was linked...

Buenos Aires – Owner Of Gun That Killed Argentine Prosecutor Emerges From Hiding

January 28, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Buenos Aires - The man who lent an Argentine prosecutor the gun that killed him the day before he was to testify in Congress about allegations against the president emerged from hiding on Wednesday, saying the investigator feared for his family's life. The prosecutor's employee, Diego Lagomarsino, is the only person to be charged with any offence so far in the case of Alberto Nisman, who was...

Jerusalem – City Council Unanimously Approves Funding For Disputed Lone Soldier Residential Center

January 28, 2015 at 07:59 PM
Jerusalem - Following the near derailment of a discounted Jerusalem housing center for Lone Soldiers in the capital due to haredi opposition to a secular management company, the Jerusalem City Council unanimously approved a special budget for the center Tuesday night. The five-story residential complex, called Beit Giora and located in Kiryat Yoevel, is intended to provide affordable housing...

Torrance, CA – Toyota Recalls 52,000 Avalon Sedans For Fire Risk

January 28, 2015 at 07:34 PM
Torrance, CA - Toyota is recalling 52,000 Avalon sedans because of a wiring problem that could cause a fire. The recall affects Avalons from the 2011 and 2012 model years. Toyota says cargo in the trunk could move the wires connected to the audio system subwoofer. If the wires contact the metal frame of the subwoofer, they could short circuit and cause the subwoofer to overheat. That...

Washington – Census Data: One In Five U.S. Children Now Rely On Food Stamps

January 28, 2015 at 07:02 PM
Washington - The number of children in the United States relying on food stamps for a meal spiked to 16 million last year, according federal data, signaling a lopsided economic recovery in which lower income families are still lagging behind. The roughly one in five children who received food stamps in 2014 surpassed pre-recession levels, when one in eight or 9 million children were on food...

San Francisco – Facebook Tops Wall Street Revenue Target In Fourth Quarter

January 28, 2015 at 06:29 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as strength in mobile advertising helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's target. Shares of Facebook edged up less than 1 percent to $76.80 in after hours trading. The company said on Wednesday it ended 2014 with 1.39 billion monthly users, with 86 percent of them accessing its...

San Jose – Raul Castro: US Must Return Guantanamo For Normal Relations

January 28, 2015 at 06:00 PM
San Jose - Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic...

United Nations – Rivlin: UN Must Live Up To Mission Of War Against Genocide

January 28, 2015 at 05:25 PM
United Nations - The president of Israel is urging nations to wage an all-out war against genocide saying "the Holocaust of the Jews was not the final chapter in the brutal scheme of man against his fellow man." Reuven Rivlin made his remarks the U.N. commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp Wednesday, warning that it is wrong to view Islam...

Washington – Sheriffs Complain ‘Waze’ Interferes Ability To Write Speeding Tickets

January 28, 2015 at 04:50 PM
Washington - Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk. The National Sheriffs' Association had previously focused its campaign against Waze on police safety after the fatal...

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