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Washington – Obama Pays Respects At French Embassy After Paris Attack

January 8, 2015 at 11:32 PM
Washington - Declaring that "terror is no match for freedom," President Barack Obama paid his respects Thursday at the French Embassy in Washington following the Paris terrorist attack that left a dozen people dead at a newspaper office. A solemn-looking Obama filled nearly a page in a condolence book set up on a spare table draped with a blue tablecloth. Behind him hung a painting of George...

San Francisco – Google To Start Selling Auto Insurance In The U.S., Analyst Says

January 8, 2015 at 11:00 PM
San Francisco - Google Inc may be moving into the U.S. auto insurance market with a shopping site for people to compare and buy policies, an analyst said on Thursday, as it continues to shift its attention to the automotive industry. The search giant is planning soon to pilot its new Google Compare auto insurance comparison shopping site, wrote Forrester analyst Ellen Carney in a note...

Paris – Brothers Sought In French Attack Were On US No-fly List

January 8, 2015 at 10:53 PM
Paris - The younger brother was a ladies' man who belted out rap lyrics before the words of a radical preacher persuaded him to book a flight to Syria to wage holy war. Less is known about his elder sibling, whose ID card was found in the getaway car used by the gunmen in the newspaper-office massacre in Paris. But U.S. officials said Thursday both were on the U.S. no-fly list and the older...

Grayling, MI – 911 Call: Family In Minivan Stuck Under Semi, Towed 16 Miles

January 8, 2015 at 10:45 PM
Grayling, MI - A couple called 911 during a storm and described how they were trapped in their minivan as it was dragged 16 miles along Interstate 75 in northern Michigan after it became lodged beneath the rear of a tractor-trailer. The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/1KoLUzi ) posted about three minutes of a call Matthew and Pamela Menz made early Wednesday to Roscommon County's 911. The...

San Francisco – Apple, Developers Feasting On People’s App-etite For Apps

January 8, 2015 at 10:15 PM
San Francisco - Apple and thousands of mobile software developers are feasting on people's ravenous app-etite for apps. Users of iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches spent nearly $500 million on applications and in-app services during the first week of the year, according to figures released Thursday. That's the highest weekly volume recorded by Apple Inc. since the Cupertino, California, company...

Bnei Brak – Haredi Press, Politicians Lash Out At Bayit Yehudi

January 8, 2015 at 09:55 PM
Bnei Brak - Senior haredi MK Moshe Gafni and the largest selling haredi daily Yated Neeman issued fierce criticism of Bayit Yehudi and its policies toward the haredi sector. Over the past two days the criticism has come against a background of internal division in the haredi community, both in the Ashkenazi and Sephardi sectors, and increasing efforts by the two mainstream haredi parties, Shas...

Brooklyn, NY – Coffee Shop Owner Blasted For Anti-Semitic Social Media Rant Closes Business

January 8, 2015 at 09:22 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The owner of a coffee shop in Bushwick who posted anti-Semitic comments on social media in October is looking for a new job. Michael Avila, 32, who ranted on Instagram and Facebook three months ago, calling Jews “greedy infiltrators,” has closed his shop, reports NY Daily News (http://nydn.us/1xVCDeC). A sign on the shop, located on Wilson Ave., says it is closed...

London – Britain’s MI5 Chief Warns Al Qaeda In Syria Planning Mass Attacks On West

January 8, 2015 at 08:40 PM
London - Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or "iconic targets", the head of Britain's MI5 Security Service said on Thursday. Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely. "A group of...

Pasadena, CA – NBC To Issue Correction For Erroneous Paris Manhunt Report

January 8, 2015 at 08:07 PM
Pasadena, CA - In another instance of a news organization jumping the gun on a fast-moving story, NBC News erroneously reported the capture of two suspects and killing of another in the attack on a French newspaper office and has been forced to issue a correction. The false report first came on NBC's flagship "Nightly News" at 6:35 p.m. EST Wednesday and was dialed back over the next few...

Paris – I Couldn’t Save Them: Charlie Hebdo Columnist Describes Aftermath

January 8, 2015 at 07:39 PM
Paris - An emotional Charlie Hebdo columnist on Thursday described the horrific scene that greeted him after his colleagues were shot dead at the French satirical newspaper's office and said "I couldn't save them". Patrick Pelloux would normally have been at the editorial meeting that was the main scene of the attack that left 12 dead. However on Wednesday, in his other job as head of the...

New York – High Times: NYC Mayor Posts A Shaggy Throwback Photo

January 8, 2015 at 07:15 PM
New York - The New York City mayor's Twitter account posted a photo for "Throwback Thursday" of a shaggy, bearded de Blasio from his days as a student at New York University in the 1970s. The posting comes a day after a reporter asked him if he or his wife smoke marijuana at Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence. De Blasio said no. He then said the last time he used marijuana was while...

New York – NYC Police To Reform Public Housing Stop-and-frisk In Settlement

January 8, 2015 at 06:31 PM
New York - New York City's police department has agreed to reform its stop-and-frisk practices in public housing projects as part of a proposed settlement in a federal class action lawsuit, the latest step in altering a broad policing strategy that critics assailed as unconstitutional. The preliminary settlement, which requires approval from U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan...

Washington – U.S. Lawmaker: Obama May Make Formal Islamic State Force Request Soon

January 8, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The White House is expected to ask the U.S. Congress soon for a formal authorization to use military force against Islamic State, a top Republican senator said on Thursday. Bob Corker, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he has been talking to officials from President Barack Obama's administration and was optimistic they might soon spell out to Congress what...

Washington – U.S. Officials: Suspect Sought In Paris Attack Had Trained In Yemen

January 8, 2015 at 05:26 PM
Washington - One of two brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at a French satirical weekly visited Yemen in 2011 to train with al Qaeda-affiliated militants, U.S. and European sources close to the investigation said on Thursday. The sources said Said Kouachi, 34, was in Yemen for a number of months training with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's...

Washington – US Group: NKorean Sub Equipped To Fire Missiles

January 8, 2015 at 05:18 PM
Washington - Recent satellite imagery appears to show that a North Korean submarine is being equipped to fire missiles, posing a potential new threat to its neighbors, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. The finding published by 38 North, the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, comes as Washington ratchets up sanctions against...

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