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New York – Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Found Guilty On All Counts In Corruption Trial

November 30, 2015 at 04:07 PM
New York - Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Monday in a $5 million corruption case that took down one of New York's most powerful politicians and stunned a capital that had become accustomed to scandal. The jury verdict came after a three-week trial in which federal prosecutors claimed that the 71-year-old Democrat traded favors to enrich himself and then lied about...

Paris – Putin Says Turkey Shot Down Russian Plane To Defend IS Oil Supplies

November 30, 2015 at 04:02 PM
Paris - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the reason Turkey downed a Russian warplane last week was that it wanted to protect supplies of oil from Islamic State. Putin, speaking at the global climate conference in Paris, added that the decision to shoot down the plane was a "huge mistake" and that he had not met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, despite them both being...

New York – Info On 5 Million VTech Customers And Kids Exposed In Breach

November 30, 2015 at 03:22 PM
New York - Kid's technology maker VTech says the personal information of about 5 million of its customers and their children may have been stolen by hackers. The Hong Kong-based company disclosed the breach of a customer database late last week, but didn't say how many people could be affected until Monday. The affected database includes the names, birthdates and genders of child...

Washington – U.S. Tightens Visa Waiver Program In Wake Of Paris Attacks

November 30, 2015 at 03:01 PM
Washington - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. Under the new measures, which were prompted by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security would...

Madrid – King Tells Sephardic Jews Spain Has Missed Them

November 30, 2015 at 02:31 PM
Madrid - Spanish King Felipe VI has presided over a ceremony welcoming a new citizenship law for descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled five centuries ago, saying Spain had missed them. Addressing representatives of Spanish Jewish associations and political leaders Monday in Madrid's Royal Palace, Felipe said that Sephardic Jews — as those who once lived in the Iberian peninsula are known...

Chicago – Judge Sets Bail At $1.5M For Cop Charged With Shooting Teen

November 30, 2015 at 02:11 PM
Chicago - A judge on Monday set bond at $1.5 million for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a squad car video caught him fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been locked up since Nov. 24, when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On the same day, authorities released the...

New York – Family Of Diabetic Inmate Who Died To Get $1.5M Settlement

November 30, 2015 at 02:02 PM
New York - The family of a diabetic Rikers Island inmate who died after being ignored by jailers for more than 14 hours is getting a $1.5 million settlement from New York City. The Daily News (http://nydn.us/1OpGlnB ) reports that internal investigations by the city and state blamed the death of 45-year-old Carlos Mercado on corrections officers on duty beginning Aug. 23, 2013. Documents...

New York – NYC’s Novel Salt Warning Rule Set To Take Effect At Chains

November 30, 2015 at 01:25 PM
New York - New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes. The first-of-its-kind rule, which takes effect Tuesday, will require a salt-shaker emblem on some sandwiches, salads and other menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams — about a teaspoon — of...

Washington – IMF Adds China’s Yuan To Basket Of Top Currencies

November 30, 2015 at 12:59 PM
Washington -The Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies, the International Monetary Fund announced Monday. The IMF said that the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound as one of the currencies used for the global organization's Special Drawing Rights, which serves as a standard for dealing with...

France – Netanyahu Stresses Importance Of Israel-Russia Military Cooperation At Meeting With Putin

November 30, 2015 at 12:57 PM
France - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the importance of Israeli-Russian military cooperation to prevent "unnecessary accidents" at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris, a Reuters reporter at the talks said. Putin, likewise, praised the "mechanism of cooperation" which the two sides had established in relation to Russia's military operations in...

Dubai – Iranian General Soleimani Denies Rumors Of His Death

November 30, 2015 at 12:34 PM
Dubai - The commander of foreign operations by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards has shrugged off reports of his death or injury in fighting in Syria, an Iranian news agency said on Monday. Suggestions that General Qassem Soleimani had been hurt or killed were widespread in recent weeks. The Guards denied them repeatedly and said they were part of a "psychological war". "This (martyrdom) is...

Tel Aviv – Real Estate Company Advertises Housing Project Free Of Non-Ashkenazi Jews

November 30, 2015 at 12:02 PM
Tel Aviv - The real estate company Bemuna, which caters to the national-religious community, caused backlash on Monday when it released a promotional video for a new housing project in Carmei Gat, a neighborhood in Modi'in, intended for Israelis of Ashkenazi descent, while ridiculing Mizrahim. The video shows an Ahskenazi family lighting Hannuka candles and singing songs when a knock on the...

New York – Target Website Crashes On Cyber Monday Due To Heavy Traffic

November 30, 2015 at 11:44 AM
New York - Target's website seemed to be mostly restored after it crashed earlier on Cyber Monday due to high traffic. Shoppers looking for bargains on www.target.com/ were greeted with an error message: "So sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically & get things going ASAP." Target representatives did not immediately respond to a...

China – Beijing Air Pollution Reaches Extremely Hazardous Levels

November 30, 2015 at 11:17 AM
China - Beijing suffered its worst air pollution of the year on Monday, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants. City authorities issued a rare orange alert, the second highest of four danger levels. Schools suspended outdoor activities and polluting factories were required to reduce production. Visibility was cut to several hundred...

New York – Second Juror In Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Trial Asks To Quit Deliberations

November 30, 2015 at 10:56 AM
New York - A juror in the federal corruption trial of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked the judge Monday if he could quit deliberations because of an unspecified conflict of interest, the second time in a week a juror has sought to get off the panel. The juror's note threw the deliberations into disarray minutes after they resumed following a four-day holiday break. The panel has...

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