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Berlin – Prominent German Neo-Nazi Convicted Of Holocaust Denial

November 13, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Berlin - An 87-year-old German woman who is a prominent neo-Nazi has been convicted of Holocaust denial and sentenced to 10 months in prison. Bild newspaper reported Friday that Ursula Haverbeck says she will appeal Thursday's Hamburg state court verdict. Haverbeck was charged earlier this year after giving an interview outside the trial of former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening claiming Auschwitz...

New York – Bombshell Letter Dropped At Trial Paints Bleak Picture For Embattled Ex-Pol Sheldon Silver

November 13, 2015 at 03:45 PM
New York - A bombshell was dropped on ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's defense team on Thursday when prosecutors produced a letter from a real estate firm at the heart of one of Silver's alleged scams detailing in black and white the cut the ex-pol would receive from tax money earmarked for the public. NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1Qml7s5) reports that the bombshell came as witness Michael...

Washington – New Produce Safety Rules Aim To Prevent Illness Outbreaks

November 13, 2015 at 03:30 PM
Washington - The U.S. government on Friday outlined new produce safety rules designed to help prevent large-scale, deadly outbreaks of foodborne illness like those linked to fresh spinach, cantaloupes, cucumbers and other foods over the last decade. Under the rules, the Food and Drug Administration soon will have new oversight of farms that grow Americans' food. That means making sure workers...

Paris – French Retailer Uses Undetected Lighting To Guide To The Right Shelves

November 13, 2015 at 03:07 PM
Paris - The strip lights in the hypermarket know where you are, and can tell you where to go. The new technology being trailed by French retailer Carrefour tracks your movements and beams data to your smartphone via light pulses undetectable to the eye, to guide you to the right shelves for tailored special offers. It is the latest attempt to combine the online and real-world shopping...

Mountain View, CA – No Ticket, No Driver: Police Stop Google Self-driving Car

November 13, 2015 at 02:26 PM
Mountain View, CA - A California police officer made a traffic stop but wrote no ticket. There was no one actually driving the car. The officer pulled over a self-driving car specially designed by Google that was being tested on local roads Thursday, the Mountain View Police Department said in a statement. He noticed the car going a road-clogging 24 mph in a 35 mph zone and realized it was...

Seattle – Nordstrom Pulls Plug On Hanukkah Sweater Amid Anti-Semitic Backlash On Social Media

November 13, 2015 at 02:19 PM
Seattle, WA - Retail giant Nordstrom has pulled the plug on a women's Hanukkah sweater featuring the slogan "Chai Maintenance" atop a menorah amid backlash and charges of anti-Semitism on social media. CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com (http://trib.in/1O6PsHR) reports that Nordstrom made the decision to axe the sweater on Thursday after the retailer's Facebook page was inundated with negative posts...

New York – Fans Protest End Of Daily Fantasy Sports In New York

November 13, 2015 at 01:51 PM
New York - Fans of daily fantasy sports protested what could be the end of the online games in New York after the state's attorney general decided earlier this week that they constituted illegal gambling. Around a hundred protesters - a significant number of whom work for daily fantasy sports sites - gathered outside of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office Friday...

Washington – White House Announces Search For Menorah For Presidential Chanukah Reception

November 13, 2015 at 01:31 PM
Washington - With Chanukah less than a month away, the White House has issued a call to the public, hoping to find a menorah of special significance to be lit at the annual candle lighting ceremony. Over past three years, President Obama and the First Lady have cast the spotlight on unique menorahs during the yearly White House Chanukah celebration. In 2012, the White House hosted a 90...

Moscow – Russia Bans EgyptAir Flights

November 13, 2015 at 01:18 PM
Moscow - Russia has banned incoming flights by Egypt's state-owned airline, a senior Russian diplomat and an official of Moscow's Domodedovo airport said on Friday, two weeks after a Russian jet crash in Sinai that Islamist militants claimed to have caused. The aviation agency Rosaviatsia declined to comment when contacted by Reuters and Egypt's civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal said...

Greenville, SC – Carson Promises To Release Documents On China, Syria

November 13, 2015 at 12:47 PM
Greenville, SC - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is promising to release documents he says will prove his claim that China is involved in Syria's civil war. The Obama administration and foreign policy experts maintain that there is no evidence for Carson's statement. Carson says on Friday that he's "surprised my sources are better than theirs." Carson says he would share his...

Warsaw, Poland – Jewish Group Protests Appointment Of Polish Defense Minister

November 13, 2015 at 12:45 PM
Warsaw, Poland - The Anti-Defamation League, a New York-based Jewish rights group, has called on Poland's new prime minister to reconsider the appointment of the country's new defense minister unless he publicly recants an anti-Jewish remark from 13 years ago. The defense minister-designate, Antoni Macierewicz, said through a spokesman that his remarks were misinterpreted and that he condemns...

Pittsburgh – Film Of Hitler Confidants Set For Smithsonian Channel Debut

November 13, 2015 at 12:12 PM
Pittsburgh - American television viewers get their first chance to see and hear Adolf Hitler's inner circle describe the dictator's final hours in filmed interviews when "The Day Hitler Died" premieres on the Smithsonian Channel. The documentary marks the first time viewers outside Germany will see the filmed interviews by Michael Musmanno, a Navy attorney who presided at one of the Nuremburg...

Washington – Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Set Free Next Week After 30 Years

November 13, 2015 at 12:10 PM
Washington - Jonathan Pollard, the Navy intelligence analyst whose 1985 arrest for selling secrets to Israel set off a sensational spy saga, is scheduled to be released from federal prison next week, marking the end of a three-decade diplomatic burr in the relationship between the two allies. Pollard, 61, had been serving a life sentence, but was granted parole this year under sentencing rules...

Washington – Carson’s Comeback To Trump’s Insults: ‘Pray For Him’

November 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Washington - U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson recommended praying for rival Donald Trump after the real-estate mogul and television personality, in a 95-minute rant in Iowa, likened him to a child molester, Carson's business manager said on Friday. "When I spoke with Dr. Carson about this yesterday how we should respond, you know he was so sad about it. He said: "Pray for him." He feels...

Finland – Rings And Pacifiers: Health Gadgets Get Sophisticated

November 13, 2015 at 11:04 AM
Finland - After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator. "Wellness" computers that monitor your pulse, temperature and other health indicators are becoming increasingly sophisticated and varied to cover every aspect — and age — of human life. Some products, like the ring by Finnish startup Ouraring, are specialized in...

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