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New York – Feds: Damage From NY Train-car Collision Cost Railroad $3.7M

February 23, 2015 at 11:30 PM
New York - The fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the New York City suburbs cost the railroad about $3.7 million in damage, federal investigators said in a preliminary report released Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report into the Feb. 3 crash said about 480 feet of third rail was damaged, along with the lead...

Orlando, FL – SeaWorld Orlando Ends Public Dolphin Feedings

February 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM
Orlando, FL - Guests at SeaWorld's theme park in Orlando, Florida, will no longer be allowed to feed the dolphins. Visitors in the Dolphin Cove area Monday were still able to touch and pet any dolphins that approached them, but the park was no longer selling $7 trays of fish to entice the aquatic mammals. Starting next month, guests will be able to buy 10-minute packages — starting at $15...

Chicago – Frequent Saunas May Boost Survival, Finnish Study Suggests

February 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Chicago - Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. It would be welcome news if proven true — in Finland where hot, dry saunas are commonplace, and for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter. Previous research suggested that saunas might improve blood vessel function and exercise capacity, and lower blood pressure in patients with...

New York – Report: Early Exposure To Peanuts Helps Prevent Allergies In Kids

February 23, 2015 at 10:32 PM
New York - For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing infants like these to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering that risk by as much as 81 percent, doctors found. Instead of provoking an...

San Francisco – Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

February 23, 2015 at 10:00 PM
San Francisco - Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet. The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional boundaries. Besides payments, Silicon...

Jerusalem – Watchdog: Israeli Settlement Building Tenders Hit Record High

February 23, 2015 at 09:29 PM
Jerusalem - Israel set a 10-year record last year for the number of tenders it issued for construction in settlements on occupied land in the Palestinian territories, the anti-settlement watchdog group Peace Now said on Monday. In a report published as Benjamin Netanyahu is running a close race for re-election on March 17, Peace Now blamed Israel's settlement housing plans for scuttling...

West Bank – Palestinian Authority Calls Guilty Terror Ruling A ‘Tragic Disservice To The Millions Of Palestinians’

February 23, 2015 at 09:01 PM
West Bank - The PLO and the Palestinian Authority expressed “deep disappointment” over the decision by the jury in the case of “Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization et al.” Mahmoud Khalifa, deputy Palestinian minister of information, said that the charges made against the PLO and PA are “baseless.” He said that the New York Court ignored the legal precedent set time and...

Washington – U.S. Senate Democrats Invite Netanyahu To Meeting During Visit

February 23, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Washington - Two senior U.S. Senate Democrats invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators during his upcoming visit to Washington, warning that making U.S.-Israeli relations a partisan political issue could have "lasting repercussions." Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein extended the invitation "to maintain Israel's...

Jerusalem – First Haredi Bar Opens In Jerusalem

February 23, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - A new bar has opened in the haredi Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. . The bar, called “Kretshme,” which means a public house in Yiddish, serves meat, the traditional cholent dish, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages until midnight every night, according to Ynet News (http://bit.ly/1LzbXU4). Yeshiva students and married couples are typically found in the new...

Tripoli – Amnesty: Seven Killed In Egyptian Air Strikes On Libyan City

February 23, 2015 at 07:32 PM
Tripoli - Seven civilians were killed when Egyptian jets attacked suspected Islamist militant targets in the eastern Libyan city of Derna last week, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing eyewitnesses. Egypt had flown air strikes last Monday against Islamic State targets, a day after the militant group released a video showing the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians. On...

New York – Judge: British Spies In U.S. Terror Trial Must Be Faceless In Sketches

February 23, 2015 at 07:11 PM
New York - Five British MI-5 officers expected to testify anonymously in wigs and makeup in the U.S. trial of an accused al Qaeda operative may be portrayed in courtroom sketches with only "blank faces" and "generic hair," a federal judge said on Monday. U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, New York, ordered media sketch artists at the trial of Pakistani-born Abid Naseer to refrain...

Jerusalem – Israel Praises US Verdict Against PA

February 23, 2015 at 06:40 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted late Monday to the landmark ruling in US federal court, which found that the Palestinian Authority was liable for terrorist atrocities committed during the Second Intifada. “The US federal court’s decision confirms the Palestinian Authority’s responsibility for murderous terrorist attacks committed during the previous decade,” the...

Paris – French President Pledges To Protect Jewish Community

February 23, 2015 at 06:19 PM
Paris - French President Francois Hollande said his country must offers protection and affection to the Jewish community as anti-Semitism is on the rise in France. "Jews are at home in France, it's the anti-Semites who have no place in the Republic," Hollande said in a speech Monday at a prestigious annual dinner of the country's main Jewish organization. Many French Jews feel increasingly...

Los Angeles – West Coast Ports Delays Could Swamp Companies For Two Months

February 23, 2015 at 05:59 PM
Los Angeles - Congestion at the U.S. West Coast ports could take as much as two months to unwind, according to port and trade group officials, with retailers and other companies bracing for further shipment delays after the apparent resolution of a months-long labor dispute. A tentative labor agreement involving 29 ports was announced late on Friday involving 20,000 dockworkers. Tensions over...

New York – Target Lowers Free Shipping Minimum For Online Orders To $25

February 23, 2015 at 05:33 PM
New York - Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers. The minimum takes aim at competitors Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, both of which have higher minimums for standard purchases. The free shipping is available to all online orders coming from the continental U.S. or from military...

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