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New York – Stocks Slide As A Late Tumble Erases Post-Fed Gains

December 17, 2015 at 05:17 PM
New York - Stocks skidded Thursday as a late drop erased the market's gains from the day before. Companies that sell oil, gold and silver tumbled along with the prices of those commodities. Thursday's slide marked the end of a three-day winning streak. Indexes drifted lower in the morning and fell sharply in the final minutes of trading. Energy stocks fell as the price of oil slumped again...

Albany, NY – Lawmakers: Remove Donald Trump’s Name From NY State Park

December 17, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Albany, NY - An undeveloped, languishing New York state park named after Donald Trump should be renamed, two state legislators said Thursday, citing what they say are discriminatory proposals from the Republican presidential candidate. Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, both Democrats, said they will introduce legislation they're calling the "Anything but Trump Act" and want...

New York – Judge Blocks NYC Flu Vaccine Requirement For Preschoolers

December 17, 2015 at 04:26 PM
New York - New York City can't require preschoolers in city-regulated daycares to get a flu shot, a state judge ruled in a decision published early Thursday. In blocking a 2013 city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene rule, state Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez sided with a group of mothers who sued last month, arguing that only the state Legislature has the authority to require...

Concord, N.H – New Hampshire Official Sets Feb. 9 Presidential Primary Date

December 17, 2015 at 04:02 PM
Concord, N.H - With no other states breathing down his neck, New Hampshire's secretary of state on Thursday scheduled the first-in-the-nation presidential primary for the long-expected date of Feb. 9, 2016. In past years, other states have jockeyed to move their primaries and caucuses earlier in hopes of grabbing some of New Hampshire's spotlight. But though national political party leaders...

New York – NYPD Investigating Threats Made Against Brooklyn Judge Who Was Sworn-In Using Koran

December 17, 2015 at 03:25 PM
New York - The NYPD hate-crimes unit has launched an investigation into threats aimed at Brooklyn Civil Court Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo after she took her oath to uphold her office using the Koran. NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1Qr3zvo) reports that police say two calls were made to Judge Walker-Diallo at the Schermerhorn Street courthouse around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, one from a man, the second...

Washington – Pentagon Chief Carter Calls Use Of Personal Email Account ‘A Mistake’

December 17, 2015 at 03:01 PM
Washington - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday his occasional use of a personal email account for work-related matters was "a mistake" that he stopped a few months ago when it became clear to him it was against policy. Carter, speaking from an American base in Erbil in northern Iraq, told CBS News that he never sent anything classified from his personal account but did...

Jerusalem – Israel Official Says Israel, Turkey Reach An ‘Understanding’

December 17, 2015 at 02:28 PM
Jerusalem - Israel and Turkey have reached an understanding that could lead to the restoration of ties between the two former allies, an Israeli official said Thursday. Relations between the two countries broke down in 2010 after an Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American. In the aftermath of the raid, Turkey became one of the...

Brooklyn, NY – Exec Vilified Globally For Jacking Up Price Of A Life-saving Drug Arrested

December 17, 2015 at 02:05 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a life-saving drug more than fiftyfold, was arrested Thursday on securities fraud charges unrelated to the furor. The boyish-looking 32-year-old entrepreneur — an unapologetically aggressive businessman and relentlessly...

Washington – U.S. Communications Union Endorses Sanders’ Presidential Bid

December 17, 2015 at 01:53 PM
Washington - The Communication Workers of America (CWA) union endorsed U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, a move that could bolster his campaign in early-voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. CWA President Chris Shelton said the decision to back Sanders, a Democratic socialist, over party front-runner Hillary Clinton came after a three-month...

Washington – U.S. Republican Carson Cancels Israel, Africa Trip, Citing Security Concerns

December 17, 2015 at 01:42 PM
Washington - Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson canceled a trip planned for later this month to Israel and Africa that would have taken him to Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia due to what his campaign on Thursday called significant security concerns. Campaign spokesman Doug Watts confirmed that the trip, scheduled for after the Christmas holiday next week, has been canceled. The...

London – UK Chief Rabbi Recommends Teaching Islam As Second Faith Option

December 17, 2015 at 01:23 PM
London - UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has issued a recommendation that Islam be taught as a way of satisfying the new GCSE religious studies curriculum which requires that a second faith be taught to students beginning next September. THEJC.com (http://bit.ly/1IaK1Zs) reports that Mrivis' suggestion comes on the heels of a controversial new government initiative that requires GCSE religious...

Brussels – Belgian Night-time Raid Ban May Have Allowed Paris Attack Fugitive To Escape

December 17, 2015 at 01:02 PM
Brussels - Fugitive Salah Abdeslam may have eluded capture two days after the Paris attacks when Belgian police waited overnight to search a Brussels house where he could have been hiding, a Belgian federal prosecutor said Thursday. "Did he escape? Did he not escape? Nobody knows," prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said. Van der Sypt said police had waited until 10 a.m. on Nov. 16 to move on the...

Washington – Aide: Bush Has Considered Backing Out Of Pledge If Nominee Is Trump

December 17, 2015 at 12:40 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's campaign has looked into whether it is possible to withdraw a pledge to support the eventual nominee if it is Donald Trump, a senior Bush aide said on Thursday, in a sign of the deep enmity between the two. The development came to light after Bush and Trump engaged in bitter exchanges at the last Republican debate of the year on Tuesday...

Rio De Janeiro – Brazil Temporarily Blocks WhatsApp For Roughly 100 Million People

December 17, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Rio De Janeiro - WhatsApp is back online in Brazil. A Brazilian judge on Thursday struck down a lower court ruling that temporarily ordered telecoms to block the popular messaging service, snarling communications for many of its 100 million users in Brazil for about 12 hours. The lower court in Sao Paulo state ordered WhatsApp blocked in connection to a criminal case because it wouldn't...

Jerusalem – Israeli Teen Celebrates Bar Mitzvah Two Months After Terror Attack Left Him On Life Support (Photos)

December 17, 2015 at 12:02 PM
Jerusalem - A little over two months after a stabbing attack in Jerusalem left him critically injured and on life support, 13 year-old Naor Shalev was joined by friends and family in celebrating his Bar Mitzvah on Thursday morning at the Kotel. ISRAELNATIONALNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1IbjGKH) reports that Naor arrived at the Kotel amid fanfare which included local religious and political...

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