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Washington – Obama Seeks To Fold U.S. Trade Agencies Into One-Stop-Shop

February 2, 2015 at 11:50 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Monday revived a proposal to fold the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other trade bodies into a one-stop-shop for U.S. exporters, a plan that in the past drew mixed reviews. The proposal in the fiscal year 2016 budget brings back a plan first suggested in 2012, which the administration said at the time could save $3 billion over 10...

The Hague – Palestinians To Change Tack At ICC And Ask Court To Investigate Settlement Building

February 2, 2015 at 11:24 PM
The Hague - Israel is expected to release a paper in the coming days giving its legal position regarding Operation Protective Edge, as part of an effort to preempt an investigation by the International Criminal Court and before the release of what is expected to be a highly critical report by the UN Human Rights Council. The paper is an intergovernmental project that was drawn up with...

Washington – Obama’s Budget Would Allow Pot Sales In District Of Columbia

February 2, 2015 at 11:10 PM
Washington - ‎U.S. President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget would allow legal sales of marijuana in the District of Columbia by adding one word - "federal" - to spending language Congress approved last year. The fiscal 2016 budget blueprint Obama unveiled on Monday bars only federal money from being spent by Washington city officials to legalize or reduce penalties for possession or sale of...

Washington – Justice Department Drops News Corp Probe Related To Phone Hacking

February 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM
Washington - The United States Department of Justice has decided not to prosecute News Corp (NWSA.O) or its sister company Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O) after completing an investigation of scandals in Great Britain involving phone hacking and alleged bribery of public officials. The end of the probe, disclosed by News Corp in a regulatory filing on Monday, comes after the U.S. government...

Juneau, AK – Alaska Senator: Make NYC’s Central Park A Wilderness Area

February 2, 2015 at 10:32 PM
Juneau, AK - An Alaska Republican lawmaker has a suggestion of where President Barack should look for America's next wilderness area. State Sen. Cathy Giessel is urging Obama and Congress to acquire New York City's Central Park and close it off to development. It's another example of Alaska political leaders pushing back against Obama's plan to ask Congress to designate much of the Arctic...

Israel – Rudy Giuliani Speaks On US, Israel Relationship While In Jerusalem

February 2, 2015 at 10:12 PM
Jerusalem –  In a recent interview with the Voice of Israel (http://bit.ly/1uRHBm9) while in Jerusalem this week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussed his views on how the current U.S. administration is handling relations with Israel and what he thinks needs to be done to repair the fragile relationship. In regards to the invitation given to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Washington – Obama Proposes New Agency To Make Americans’ Food Safer

February 2, 2015 at 10:07 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe. The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for bringing all those...

New York – Report: Google Preparing To Launch Ride-Hailing Service

February 2, 2015 at 09:30 PM
New York - Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, putting it in direct competition with Uber, Bloomberg News reported, citing a person close to Uber's board. Google is one of the biggest investors in Uber. David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer and a member of Uber's board, has informed Uber of Google's plans, Bloomberg reported. (http://bloom.bg/1zNI93Z) The...

Safed, Israel – Israel In Forefront Of Medical Marijuana Research

February 2, 2015 at 09:03 PM
Safed, Israel – Israel has become a leader in the research of marijuana for medicinal uses, but polices on exportation have allowed researchers to share only their knowledge globally, not the product. According to Michael Dor, the senior medical adviser in the Israeli Health Ministry’s cannabis unit, Israel’s agricultural leaders support the exportation of cannabis, while police, army...

New York – NYSE Says Started Process To Delist RadioShack

February 2, 2015 at 08:30 PM
New York - The New York Stock Exchange said its regulatory arm is taking action to delist the shares of troubled retailer RadioShack Corp from the exchange, and would suspend trading of the stock immediately. The exchange said it reached the decision as RadioShack does not intend to submit a business plan to address the company's non-compliance with its listing standards...

New York – New York City Tourism Hit Record High In 2014, Officials Say

February 2, 2015 at 08:03 PM
New York - The number of tourists visiting New York City hit a historic high in 2014, attracted by its quality of life, low levels of crime and dynamism, officials said on Monday. A record 56.4 million visitors came to New York last year, generating an all-time-high $61.3 billion in overall economic impact, according to the Office of the Mayor and NYC & Co, the city's tourism and marketing...

Buenos Aires – Judges Decline To Take On Charges Against Argentina’s President

February 2, 2015 at 07:18 PM
Buenos Aires - Two judges on Monday declined to handle the allegations brought by late prosecutor Alberto Nisman against Argentina's president, charging her with seeking to derail his investigation of the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. Just days after Nisman brought the charges against President Cristina Fernandez and members of her government, he was found dead in his...

New York – RadioShack May Close, Sprint To Get Half Of Chain

February 2, 2015 at 06:50 PM
New York - Troubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp is preparing to shut down the chain in a bankruptcy deal that would see half the stores taken over by Sprint Corp, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of the discussions. The rest of the stores would close down, Bloomberg said. (http://bloom.bg/16aNrZw) Sprint and RadioShack have also had talks about co-branding the...

Albany, NY – Heastie To Be NY Assembly Speaker; Formal Vote On Tuesday

February 2, 2015 at 06:25 PM
Albany, NY - A Democratic lawmaker from the Bronx is poised to take over leadership of the New York state Assembly after the resignation of longtime speaker Sheldon Silver. Assemblyman Carl Heastie (HAY'-stee) is expected to be elected speaker by the full Assembly when it picks a new leader on Tuesday. The Democratic majority nominated him Monday afternoon with a unanimous vote after...

New York – Northeast U.S. Smacked By Snow For Second Time In A Week (Photos)

February 2, 2015 at 06:05 PM
New York - A record-breaking winter storm walloped the northeastern United States on Monday, the region's second snowy blast in less than a week, after leaving more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area. The storm pummeled residents from New York City to Boston with snow, freezing rain and gusty winds, and was blamed for at least three deaths. Boston, already buried under two feet...

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