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New York – NYC Police Seek Man Who Slashed 3 In Face With Box Cutter

February 4, 2015 at 03:00 PM
New York, NY - Police are searching for a man who slashed a subway rider, a homeless man and another person in the face with a box cutter. Police say the slashing rampage began at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday on a subway train in Manhattan. They say the perpetrator got into an argument with another passenger and slashed him in the face. Police say the suspect slapped a woman in the face as he...

Washington – U.S. Says Prisoners Executed By Jordan Went Through Justice System

February 4, 2015 at 02:37 PM
Washington - The White House on Wednesday declined to criticize U.S. ally Jordan for executing two Iraqi jihadists after Islamic State militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot. Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday and vowed to intensify military action against Islamic State. White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted that the prisoners executed by Jordan...

Boston – Romney’s Exit Boosts Walker’s Odds In 2016 New Hampshire Presidential Primary

February 4, 2015 at 02:06 PM
Boston - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's decision not to make a third White House run in 2016 has boosted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's chances with Republican voters in New Hampshire, home to the first presidential primary, according to a poll released on Wednesday. Some 21.2 percent of Republican voters and independents polled by Reach Communications for NH1 News who said...

Athens – Greek Anarchist Group Claims Israeli Embassy Gunfire Attack

February 4, 2015 at 01:45 PM
Athens - A Greek militant anarchist group has claimed responsibility for a gunfire attack on the Israeli embassy building in Athens last year that caused no injury and minor damage. Police said Wednesday a proclamation by the "Group of Popular Fighters" over the attack early on Dec. 12 was found in an Athens rubbish bin, following a phone call to a newspaper. Authorities had already linked...

Berlin – Anti-Islam Group PEGIDA Is Part Of Germany, Vice Chancellor Says

February 4, 2015 at 01:34 PM
Berlin - The anti-Islam group PEGIDA, whose weekly rallies have brought up to 25,000 onto the streets in the east German city of Dresden, is a part of Germany and should not be ignored, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview published on Wednesday. PEGIDA, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Polarisation of the West, rattled the political establishment in Berlin but...

Washington – US Won’t Return Guantanamo To Improve Ties With Cuba

February 4, 2015 at 01:16 PM
Washington - The Obama administration says it won't return the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay as part of efforts to improve relations with Cuba. Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, also says the U.S. will continue funding radio and television broadcasts opposed by the Cuban government. Cuba has declared Guantanamo a condition for a resumption of normalized ties...

Washington – Dems Give Israeli Ambassador Earful Over Netanyahu Speech

February 4, 2015 at 12:48 PM
Washington - Israel's ambassador to the United States got an earful on Wednesday from seven House Democrats angered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's acceptance of a Republican invitation to address Congress next month. Ron Dermer met privately with Jewish Democrats to discuss Netanyahu's plans for a March 3 speech on Iran right in the middle of delicate negotiations involving the United...

Amman – Jordanian King Vows ‘Relentless’ War On Islamic State’s Own Ground

February 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM
Amman - Jordan's King Abdullah vowed a "relentless" war against Islamic State on their own territory on Wednesday in response to a video published by the hard-line group showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage. Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday and vowed to intensify military action against Islamic State. "We are waging this war to protect...

Washington – Former Al Qaeda Operative Implicates Saudi Arabia’s Royalty In Terror Network

February 4, 2015 at 12:06 PM
Washington – A former al Qaeda operative imprisoned for life for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has told lawyers for victims of the attacks that members of the Saudi royal family supported the Islamic militant group. Zacarias Moussaoui made the statements in testimony filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday by lawyers for attack victims who accuse Saudi Arabia in a suit of...

New York, NY – Racers, Take Your Step For The Empire State Building Climb

February 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM
New York, NY - Racers, take your step! Hundreds of people will take to the stairs at the Empire State Building on Wednesday night, climbing from the lobby to the 86th-floor observatory. They'll be going up the 1,576 steps as part of the 38th annual Empire State Building Run-Up. The tower climb is organized by the New York Road Runners, which also puts together the New York City...

Beijing – China Will Requires Written Pledge To Avoid “Unhealthy” Internet Use, Online Comments

February 4, 2015 at 11:12 AM
Beijing - China announced Wednesday that users of blogs and chat rooms will be required to register their names with operators and promise in writing to avoid challenging the communist political system, further tightening control over Internet use. The announcement follows what technology companies say are official efforts in recent weeks to block virtual private networks that are used to...

New York – Staples Buys Office Depot For $6 Billion

February 4, 2015 at 10:45 AM
New York - The rapidly changing tools of the work place and the way we shop has led to another major consolidation in the retail office supply business as Staples announced the $6 billion acquisition of rival Office Depot. The cash-and-stock deal deal comes a little more than a year after Office Depot combined with OfficeMax, with too many stores fighting for too few sales. Businesses and...

Albany, NY – Sheldon Silver’s Fall From Ranks Visible As He Slips Into Last Row In Assembly

February 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM
Albany, NY – Sheldon Silver’s fall from leadership was tangible on Tuesday as he slipped into the very last row in the Assembly Chamber after resigning from his position as Assembly leader on Monday. Silver kept his distance from new  Speaker Carl Heastie as he slipped into his seat approximately 80 feet from his former head position. Sources say veteran members typically sit in the...

Tel Aviv – Court Upholds State’s Plea Deal With Rabbi Pinto

February 4, 2015 at 09:50 AM
Tel Aviv - The High Court of Justice on Wednesday struck down a petition by anti-corruption watchdogs who demanded the nullification of a plea bargain struck between the state and a prominent rabbi accused of bribing a top police official. Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto was indicted in September as part of a deal with the state in which he agreed to testify against the former commander of the...

Valhalla, NY – Investigation Begins In Fatal Commuter Train-SUV Crash As Witness Says Driver Pulled Forward At Gate

February 4, 2015 at 09:34 AM
Valhalla, NY - Investigators headed Wednesday to the wreckage of a fiery commuter train crash, seeking clues to why an SUV was stopped on the tracks when the train came through a crossing and slammed into it, killing six people and injuring over a dozen others. As a National Transportation Safety Board team headed from Washington to the crash site, local officials worked to identify those...

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