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Washington – Hit The Snooze Button: Extra Hour Of Sleep Saturday Night

October 30, 2015 at 02:57 PM
Washington - Most people in the United States are set to fall back into standard time and gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend. The annual change comes at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, but most people usually set their clocks back before heading to bed Saturday night. The shift moves one hour of daylight to the morning from the evening. Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S...

New York – GOP Suspends Partnership With NBC News For February Debate

October 30, 2015 at 02:35 PM
New York - Still annoyed by CNBC's handling of this week's presidential debate, the Republican National Committee said Friday that it was suspending its partnership with NBC News and its properties on a primary debate scheduled for February. NBC News said it was disappointed in the development and will work to resolve the issue with the GOP. It was unclear in the letter from RNC Chairman...

Boston – US Retailers Push Banks To Use PINs On Credit Cards As Confusion Reigns

October 30, 2015 at 02:04 PM
Boston - Some big U.S. retailers are stepping up efforts to use personal identification numbers, or PINs, with new credit cards embedded with computer chips in a bid to prevent counterfeit card fraud. But they are being resisted by the banking industry, which sees no need to invest further in PIN technology, already used with debit cards, resulting in halting adoption and widespread...

Louisville, KY – University Of Louisville Apologizes Over Hispanic Halloween Costumes

October 30, 2015 at 01:11 PM
Louisville, KY - The University of Louisville apologized to the school's entire Hispanic community Thursday after a photo surfaced showing President James Ramsey among a group of staffers at a Halloween party dressed in matching stereotypical Mexican costumes. They wore bushy mustaches and sombreros, and rattled maracas as they posed for the photo. Ramsey's chief of staff, Kathleen Smith...

New York – De Blasio, At Last, Makes It Official: He’s For Clinton

October 30, 2015 at 12:41 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally announced Friday that he is backing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, a much-discussed endorsement that had prompted some criticism from fellow Democrats for being so long in coming. De Blasio said that Clinton was the candidate best suited to navigate Washington and actually enact liberal policies to combat income inequality. "The...

Washington – Officials: US Commandos Heading Into Syria

October 30, 2015 at 12:20 PM
Washington - A small number of U.S. special operations forces will be sent to northern Syria to work with local ground forces in the fight against Islamic State militants, senior U.S. officials said Friday, marking the first time American troops will be deployed openly on the ground in the country. U.S. officials said President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of fewer than 50 commandos to...

Jerusalem – Sara Netanyahu In Court: My Character Is Being Butchered

October 30, 2015 at 11:53 AM
Jerusalem - Sara Netanyahu rejected claims of poor treatment by a former employee while testifying at the Jerusalem Labor Court on Thursday. "The atmosphere at the [prime minister's] residence is very good. It's all a bag of lies. My work relations are excellent. I treat the employees in a pleasant and cultured way," the prime minister's wife said. Netanyahu is being sued by former employee...

West Bank – Israel Security Forces Expand Containment Tactic To Hebron

October 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM
West Bank - Israeli forces imposed new restrictions on Palestinians in the Israeli-controlled center of Hebron, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, residents said. The military barred Palestinians between the ages of 15 and 25 from entering a major Hebron shrine that is revered by both Muslims and Jews, said senior Muslim cleric Munther Abu Felat. He said the age restrictions were...

New York, NY – One Killed In Partial Building Collapse In NYC

October 30, 2015 at 11:17 AM
New York, NY - A building being demolished to make way for a luxury boutique hotel partially collapsed Friday in midtown Manhattan, killing one construction worker and trapping at least one other beneath the rubble, officials said. The Fire Department of New York says the collapse was reported just before 10:30 a.m. Friday at an eight-story building on West 38th Street. Fire trucks and...

West Bank – VIDEO: Border Police Run Over, Beat Suspected Palestinian Stabber Near Ramallah

October 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM
West Bank - Video footage emerged on Friday showing a military jeep hitting a Palestinian and knocking him to the ground during clashes near Ramallah. The footage showed soldiers pushing back Palestinian medics trying to reach the Palestinian struck by the jeep. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said border police in a jeep saw a Palestinian run toward an officer with a sharp object as the officer...

New York – Discrimination Claims Against East Ramapo School District Found Valid By U.S. DOE

October 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM
East Ramapo, NY - Just two months after a monitor was put in place to examine charges of racial discrimination levied against the East Ramapo School District, the U.S. Department of Education has concluded that the charges are founded. LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/1kXNUpY) reports that as a result of the DOE's findings, a monitor from the department's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will remain in...

Tel Aviv – 20 Years Later, Little Left Of Yitzhak Rabin’s Peace Legacy

October 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Tel Aviv - Twenty years after Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down by a Jewish extremist opposed to his negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel is more divided than ever over Mideast peacemaking — and the people who opposed the assassinated premier with vitriol, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, now have a firm grip on power. Initially, the assassination seemed to spark a desire for unity in a...

Nassau County, NY – Police Now Believe Faculty Member Or Student Responsible For 1986 Murder Of Yeshiva Student

October 30, 2015 at 10:13 AM
Nassau County, NY  - It’s been nearly three decades since 15-year-old yeshiva student Chaim Weiss was bludgeoned to death with a “hatchet-like weapon” in his Yeshiva of Long Beach dormitory on Long Island. Law enforcement authorities reopened the cold case three years ago and interviewed 100 former students, but still came up empty as to who was responsible for the heinous and cold...

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Shows Off Desk Of Man Who Proposed Primary

October 30, 2015 at 09:50 AM
Concord, NH - Candidates who next week start signing up for the New Hampshire primary can do so at the desk of the man who started it all a century ago. In 1913, Rep. Stephen Bullock traveled by horse and buggy from his Richmond farm to Concord to propose a bill creating the primary. The Legislature passed it that spring, and after some tweaking of the law two years later the first...

Washington – Obama And Ryan: Political Foils, Occasional Policy Partners

October 30, 2015 at 09:25 AM
Washington - For years, President Barack Obama and newly-elected House Speaker Paul Ryan have been political foes and occasional policy allies. Obama has long admired Ryan's seriousness on fiscal issues, but pilloried the Wisconsin lawmaker and GOP vice presidential nominee during the 2012 campaign as the architect of "radical" budget proposals. Ryan helped champion Obama's trade agenda this...

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