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New York – Tourist Ticketed For Flying Drone In Central Park

November 26, 2015 at 11:21 PM
New York - Police say a 41-year-old Russian tourist and his 14-year-old son were flying a drone in Central Park and the father was ticketed. The device was captured on police cameras and officers traced it to the two in Central Park during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning. Flying a drone in the city is illegal. The father said he didn't know what the rules were because he...

New York – Thanksgiving Shopping Crowds ‘good Not Great’; Online Sales Strong

November 26, 2015 at 11:00 PM
New York - Retailers across the United States offered early Black Friday discounts to lure bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving eve, but crowds in brick-and-mortar stores were subdued even as online sales jumped. "It's still early, and from what we are seeing so far the crowds are good but not great," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. The retail consultancy has 18 members...

Brooklyn, NY – 1 Dead In Hit-and-run In East New York

November 26, 2015 at 10:34 PM
Brooklyn, NY - One person was killed and several people were injured on a busy New York City street on Thursday when a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian before driving away and crashing into parked cars, police said. The driver of the car struck a woman who was crossing a busy intersection in Brooklyn around 7 p.m. local time, the New York City Police Department said. She was rushed to a...

Johannesburg – South African Jews Deny Reports Of Arrest Warrants For IDF Soldiers

November 26, 2015 at 10:17 PM
Johannesburg - Jewish community leaders in South Africa on Thursday denounced as a lie reports that local police are ready to arrest top IDF commanders involved in the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident for alleged war crimes. A press release by Ben Swartz, chairman of the South African Zionist Federation and Jeff Katz, chairman of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, stated that...

Washington – Trump Denies Mocking New York Times Reporter’s Disability

November 26, 2015 at 09:43 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denied on Thursday he was mocking the physical disability of a New York Times reporter during a campaign speech in which he flailed his arms and distorted his speech in an imitation of the journalist. The latest uproar over Trump's behavior on the campaign trail was ignited by remarks the billionaire real-estate tycoon and former...

Jerusalem – ‘Terror Will Not Deter Us,’ Says Ezra Schwartz’s Rosh Yeshiva

November 26, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - They streamed down the darkened Beit Shemesh streets in the hundreds, heading toward a local sports complex. Their long skirts, black pants, white shirts and loud accents marking them as American yeshiva and seminary students here on post-high school gap year programs. As they filed into the white plastic seats seat up where children usually play ball the full extent of the crowd...

Brussels – Security Steps In Paris, Brussels, May Be Spreading Anxiety

November 26, 2015 at 08:28 PM
Brussels - At a Paris train station, the zap of a pigeon getting electrocuted on the tracks is enough to send some jittery people scurrying for cover. And in the aftermath of the devastating Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, the center of Brussels has often been deserted as armed soldiers patrol tourist sites amid repeated government warnings that a terrorist attack is "serious and imminent." Some...

Moscow – Russia, France Agree To Tighten Cooperation Against IS

November 26, 2015 at 07:46 PM
Moscow - The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad. IS has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks against both of the countries' citizens in recent weeks: Nov. 13 shootings and suicide bombings in Paris which killed 130...

Boston – Massachusetts Police Officer Indicted For Shooting Hoax Found Dead

November 26, 2015 at 07:05 PM
Boston - A fired Massachusetts police officer accused of a shooting hoax that put a Boston suburb in lockdown was found dead early on Thursday, CBS Boston reported. The former officer, Bryan Johnson, 25, was pronounced dead in his home in Millis, a Boston suburb, CBS said, citing a statement from the Norfolk District Attorney's Office. No signs of foul play were discovered and the death is...

New York – NYPD Searching For Suspect In Manhattan ATM Robberies

November 26, 2015 at 06:35 PM
New York - Police are looking for a suspect in connection to a string of robberies at ATMs in Manhattan. Authorities say the victims in the different incidents were all women who were taking money out. The first incident was on Nov. 15, others took place on Nov. 20, Nov. 21, Nov. 22 and Nov. 26. The suspect would approach the women, sometimes threatening them with a knife and other times...

Caracas – Opposition Activist’s Murder Shakes Venezuela Before Election

November 26, 2015 at 06:02 PM
Caracas - Venezuela opened an investigation on Thursday into the murder of a local opposition leader days before a legislative election, stirring fears of renewed political violence in the volatile South American OPEC nation. Luis Diaz, a leader of the opposition Democratic Action party in Guarico state in Venezuela's central plains, was shot toward the end of a public meeting Wednesday night...

Washington – Remember The Pilgrims, Obama Says, In Appeal For Generosity To Syrian Refugees

November 26, 2015 at 05:25 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in a Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution. Obama's plan to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria has drawn political criticism since attacks in Paris two weeks ago that killed 130 people, and which Islamic State...

New York – Holiday Shoppers Get A Head Start On Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015 at 05:02 PM
New York - Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now that day has taken a backseat to Thanksgiving Day. Still, retailers have settled into times that don't interfere with the turkey feast. After opening earlier and earlier on the holiday, this year, most of the more than a dozen major retailers like Macy's, Target and Kohl's are sticking with their 5 p.m. or 6 p.m...

Brussels – Caught Short, Belgian Army Borrows American Body Armor

November 26, 2015 at 04:30 PM
Brussels - Belgium borrowed American body armor to protect troops ordered onto the streets of Brussels this week to confront a perceived threat from Islamic State to mount attacks similar to those in Paris. Explaining that it lacked modern lightweight armor for all the troops patrolling outside metro stations and other key sites in the capital, the Belgian armed forces said in a statement on...

Jerusalem – Israel Tests Missile To Defend Against Airborne Attacks

November 26, 2015 at 04:07 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's military says it has successfully tested an advanced surface-to-air missile that analysts believe could play a key role in securing the country's offshore gas fields. A military official said Thursday the Barak 8 was tested from a ship for the first time and intercepted a small drone simulating an enemy craft. He said the system extends the range of Israel's aerial defense...

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