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New York – Delta Air Lines Computer Outage Has Passengers Frustrated

February 2, 2015 at 05:40 PM
New York - Passengers on Delta Air Lines Monday afternoon are unable to check in for their flights because of a malfunction with the airline's website, mobile app and airport kiosks. Travelers from different parts of the country are complaining about the problem on Twitter. The Atlanta-based airline is not immediately saying how widespread the outage is. The computer problems come on a day...

Amsterdam – Head Of U.N. Inquiry Into Gaza Conflict To Quit Over Israeli Bias Claim

February 2, 2015 at 05:15 PM
Amsterdam - The head of a U.N. inquiry into last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza said on Monday he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Canadian academic William Schabas was appointed last August by the head of the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead a three-member group looking into alleged...

Brooklyn, NY – 2 People Hurt In Park Slope Manhole Explosion

February 2, 2015 at 04:53 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Authorities say two people have been injured during a Brooklyn manhole explosion that appears to be weather-related. The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Monday in Park Slope. Authorities say none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. FDNY Battalion Chief Steve Corcoran, who witnessed the blast, tells the Daily News (http://nydn.us/1D6NwLg ) that the manhole...

Paris – British Imams Pay Solidarity Visits To French Jews And Muslims

February 2, 2015 at 04:05 PM
Paris - British imams have paid a solidarity visit to their counterparts in France to bolster after the January terror attacks in Paris by Muslim extremists. The group also met with Jewish representatives of CRIF, the Jewish umbrella group. Four people at a Jewish grocery were among the attackers' 17 victims, while 12 others died in the newsroom massacre at Charlie Hebdo. Leeds imam Qari...

New York – Family Testifies In $1B Suit Against Palestinian Authorities

February 2, 2015 at 03:41 PM
New York - Members of a Long Island family testified Monday that the Sept. 11 attacks and its lesson that terror can happen anywhere persuaded them to cancel a trip to Disney World and instead visit Jerusalem in early 2002, when four of them were seriously injured in a suicide bombing. Mark Sokolow, a lawyer, and his wife, Rena, testified as lead plaintiffs in a $1 billion lawsuit in Manhattan...

Weymouth, MA – Woman Dies After Getting Hit By Snowplow In Massachusetts

February 2, 2015 at 03:16 PM
Weymouth, MA - Authorities say a woman has been run over and killed by a snowplow at a Massachusetts condo complex during a snowstorm. A spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney's office says the woman in her 50s was struck just before 10 a.m. Monday at the complex in Weymouth. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The plow is owned by a contractor working for condo management. The...

New York, NY – De Blasio State Of City Speech To Focus On Housing Plan

February 2, 2015 at 02:46 PM
New York, NY - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's annual State of the City address is going to focus on his administration's affordable housing plan. De Blasio's staff says his speech Tuesday will detail his effort to preserve or create 200,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years. He has said the housing plan will be the year's top priority much like his plan for pre-kindergarten...

Albany, NY – Sheldon Silver Holds On Tightly To Assembly Seat

February 2, 2015 at 02:26 PM
Albany, NY – Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is holding onto to his Assembly seat, despite the fact that he has no power, according to sources. The New York Post (http://bit.ly/16m0FDF) reports the Silver believes staying in the Assembly seat position will help him during his trial on corruption charges. A senior Assembly staff member said resigning from his position would imply...

Berlin – ‘Accountant Of Auschwitz’ To Go On Trial In Germany In April

February 2, 2015 at 01:59 PM
Berlin - A German court says a 93-year-old man dubbed the 'accountant of Auschwitz' will go on trial in April on allegations he was accessory to 300,000 murders as an SS guard at the Nazis' death camp. The Lueneburg state court said Monday Oskar Groening's trial would open April 21. Groening has openly talked about his time as a guard and says he witnessed atrocities but didn't commit any...

Washington – Obama Proposes $3.99 Trillion Budget, Sets Up Battle With Republicans

February 2, 2015 at 01:43 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a $3.99 trillion budget for fiscal year 2016 that sets up a battle with Republicans over programs to boost the middle class that are funded by higher taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans. The budget foresees a $474 billion deficit, which is 2.5 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. It projects deficits stabilizing at that rate...

New York – NYC Subway Train Loses Power, Strands Riders For 2 ½ Hours

February 2, 2015 at 01:29 PM
New York - Rush-hour commuters were stranded Monday on a packed subway train that lost power for 2 1/2 hours before it could be towed to a station, and five other trains were stuck behind it. The Manhattan-bound No. 7 train lost power above ground in Queens at about 9 a.m., said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Amanda Kwan. Ice buildup on the third rail was the suspected...

Bnei Barak – Violence At Ponovezh Yeshiva Over Who Will Lead Evening Prayers

February 2, 2015 at 01:02 PM
Bnei Barak - A long-running quarrel within the famed Ponovezeh Yeshiva in Bnei Barak has burst once again into bouts of violence and brawling among the two feuding sides loyal to two separate rabbis who both claim to head the institution. On Sunday night, dozens of yeshiva students were involved in a fierce melee apparently over who which faction had the rights to lead the evening prayers...

Jakarta – Investigators Say No Evidence AirAsia Captain Left His Seat

February 2, 2015 at 12:35 PM
Jakarta - Indonesian air crash investigators said on Monday they had not so far found evidence that the pilot of an AirAsia jet had left his seat, or that power to an automated control system was shut off, shortly before the aircraft plunged into the sea. Two sources familiar with the investigation had told Reuters that Captain Iriyanto was out of his seat carrying out the unusual procedure of...

New York – Super Bowl Ratings Hit All-time High For NBC

February 2, 2015 at 12:02 PM
New York - The New England Patriots' heart-stopping 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl delivered record-breaking monster television ratings for NBC, the network announced on Monday. Sunday's game in Glendale, Arizona, scored a 49.7 overnight rating, the highest in Super Bowl history, NBC said. The overnight topped a 50 rating in each half hour from 8 p.m. EST forward...

Washington – Obama Argues Americans Are Safer On His Watch

February 2, 2015 at 11:38 AM
Washington - President Barack Obama is pushing back against criticism of his foreign policy, arguing that Americans are safer on his watch. Obama said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show broadcast Monday that the U.S. has been "pretty successful" preventing major attacks since Sept. 11, 2001. He is expressing concern about the "breakdown of order" in the Mideast and parts of North Africa...

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