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Washington – 800,000 Obamacare Customers Given Wrong Tax Info

February 20, 2015 at 04:30 PM
Washington - About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns. The tax mistake is a self-inflicted injury that comes on the heels of what President Barack Obama had touted as a successful enrollment season, with about 11.4 million people...

Washington – RadioShack Cleared To Sell Leases To 1,100 Abandoned Stores

February 20, 2015 at 04:01 PM
Washington - Bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack Corp received court approval on Friday for its plan to try to sell the leases to more than 1,100 stores that it will close by the end of February. RadioShack first proposed closing many of the locations early last year as it struggled to turn around its money-losing operations, but lenders demanded the stores remain open. After filing...

New York – Nasdaq Nears All-time Highs As Exuberance Yields To Reason

February 20, 2015 at 03:15 PM
New York - As the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index closes in on the all-time high it reached in March 2000, investors are facing a market that barely resembles the go-go era of 15 years ago. Valuations, as measured by what investors are willing to pay for the last 12 months of earnings, are an eighth of what they were at the peak of the dot com bubble, when the Nasdaq hit an intraday...

Moscow – Putin Says Russia’s Military Strength Unmatchable

February 20, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday other countries should not have the illusion that they can attain military superiority over Russia, Interfax reported. "No one should have the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia, put any kind of pressure on it. We will always have an adequate answer for any such adventures," he was quoted as saying in an...

Netherlands – Dutch SIM Card Maker Investigating Reported UK-US Hack

February 20, 2015 at 02:05 PM
Netherlands - A Dutch company that makes SIM cards for cellular phones says it is investigating reports that it was hacked by Britain's electronic spying agency in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency. Amsterdam-based Gemalto, which describes itself as the world leader in digital security, said in a statement Friday it could not immediately confirm the reported hack and "had no...

New York – ADL Chief Foxman Says ‘If Europe’s Jews Leave, Hitler Will Have Won’

February 20, 2015 at 01:20 PM
New York - In the past week, a number of anti-Semitic incidents occurred around the continent. A shooting outside Copenhagen's central synagogue resulted in the death of a Jewish volunteer guard on Sunday. The attack came hours after a fatal shooting at a free speech event, featuring the Danish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who is under police protection because of his cartoons caricaturing the Prophet...

New York, NY – Show Of Solidarity From City Hall As Chief Rabbi Of France Addresses NYC Synagogue

February 20, 2015 at 01:01 PM
New York, NY - A yarmulka clad Mayor de Blasio joined France’s chief rabbi last night in Manhattan, denouncing the recent rash of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe. The display of support for European Jewry took place at the Park East Synagogue on 68th Street and featured Rabbi Harim Korsia, chief rabbi of France, speaking about the deteriorating conditions facing France’s Jewish community...

New York – Court: No Inflation Pay On Recovered Funds Of Madoff Victims

February 20, 2015 at 12:36 PM
New York - A federal appeals court says thousands of victims of Bernard Madoff's multibillion-dollar fraud are not entitled to interest or inflation when they get a share of recovered funds. The Securities and Exchange Commission said publicly in 2009 and again before a bankruptcy judge that Madoff's victims should get an inflation adjustment. On Friday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

Copenhagen – Hundreds Attend Burial For Danish Muslim Gunman

February 20, 2015 at 12:11 PM
Copenhagen - Scores of mostly men have attended the burial of the 22-year-old Danish Muslim who shot two people dead and wounded five others at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen last weekend. Police called it "a private ceremony" and declined to comment on media reports that up to 500 people attended Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein's funeral Friday in suburban Broendby. Denmark's...

Albany, NY – NY Special Election Set To Replace Convicted US Rep. Grimm

February 20, 2015 at 12:11 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scheduled a special election for May 5 to replace U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who resigned after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Cuomo's announcement comes days after a federal judge ordered him to set the date by noon Friday in a lawsuit brought by voters. U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein said the Staten Island Republican congressman's...

Vienna – IAEA: Iran Has Stopped Questionable Nuclear Centrifuge Testing

February 20, 2015 at 11:45 AM
Vienna - Iran has refrained from expanding tests of more efficient models of a machine used to refine uranium under a nuclear agreement with six world powers, a U.N. report shows, allaying concerns it might be violating the accord. Tehran's development of advanced centrifuges is sensitive because, if successful, it could enable it to produce potential nuclear bomb material at a rate several...

Niagara Falls, NY – ‘Frozen’ Niagara Falls Drawing Tourists To Winter Spectacle

February 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Niagara Falls, NY - The winter's deep freeze has transformed Niagara Falls into an icy spectacle, encasing the trees around it into crystal shells and drawing tourists who are braving below-zero temperatures. The Niagara River keeps flowing below the ice cover, so the falls aren't completely frozen over. But the massive ice buildup near the brink has become a tourist magnet for the second...

New York, NY – City Warns Of Scam Emails Claiming To Be From City Government

February 20, 2015 at 10:27 AM
New York, NY - New York City officials are warning people to be wary of a scam involving emails that falsely claim to be coming from the city's Department of Finance. The city says the emails look like they're from a city address, but they're not. In so-called "phishing" scams, the senders try to get recipients to click on links or send personal information in the fake emails. Some of the...

London – Snowden Leak: NSA Helped British Steal Cell Phone Codes

February 20, 2015 at 10:01 AM
London - Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. A story about the documents posted Thursday on the website The Intercept offered no...

Niagara Falls, NY – Watch: Canadian Ice Climber Who Scaled The Frozen Edge Of The World’s Largest Waterfalls

February 20, 2015 at 09:20 AM
Niagara Falls, NY - Professional Canadian ice climber Will Gadd scaled the world famous Niagara Falls on Tuesday (January 27), becoming the first person ever to climb the massive waterfall. "Niagara Falls is the coolest, wildest, largest volume waterfall in the world. It's the best known waterfall in the world and as an ice climber, you gotta go do it. Just nobody figured out how to do it...

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