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New York – NBC Launches Internal Probe On Brian Williams Claims

February 6, 2015 at 04:15 PM
New York - NBC News has assigned the head of its own investigative unit to look into statements made by anchor Brian Williams about his reporting in Iraq a dozen years ago. A source at the network who requested anonymity because the person is not authorized to speak on personnel matters confirmed the investigation on Friday. Williams has apologized for falsely saying on the air that he was in...

Washington – Biden Expected To Miss Netanyahu Speech To Congress

February 6, 2015 at 04:04 PM
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden is expected to miss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress because of overseas travel, Biden's office said Friday. As president of the Senate, Biden would typically attend a joint meeting of Congress, putting the White House in a bind because of its irritation about Netanyahu's visit. The White...

New York – CNN Says Pilot Backtracking From Brian Williams Story

February 6, 2015 at 03:27 PM
New York - CNN says that a former pilot who says he flew with NBC anchor Brian Williams in Iraq is questioning his own account of the mission that he outlined to the network on Thursday. CNN's Brian Stelter interviewed Rich Krell, who claimed he piloted the helicopter that Williams flew on in Iraq in 2003. Krell said Thursday that the aircraft was hit by small arms fire, although not the...

Stockholm – Sweden To Urge Palestinians To Boost Role Of Women

February 6, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Stockholm - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to get a taste of Sweden's feminist foreign policy when he visits the egalitarian Nordic country next week. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who wants a bigger role for women in global peace and security affairs, said Friday she will press Abbas to include women in efforts to build a viable Palestinian state. After Sweden in...

Netherlands – Company Agrees To Change Nazi-linked Name Of Giant Ship

February 6, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Netherlands - After protests by Jewish groups, a Dutch-Swiss maritime engineering company said Friday it will change the name of a giant ship that had been christened after a convicted Nazi. The Pieter Schelte's name honored the Dutch father of Edward Heerema, founder and president of the ship's operator Allseas Group SA. Pieter Schelte Heerema is considered a pioneer in maritime engineering...

New York – TurboTax Stops Processing State Tax Returns On Fraud Reports

February 6, 2015 at 01:47 PM
New York - TurboTax, the country's most popular tax preparation software, said Friday it has temporarily stopped processing state tax returns due to an increase in fraudulent fillings. State agencies have reported a rise in fillings that are using stolen personal information, said Inuit, the company behind TurboTax. Most victims found out that a fraudulent tax return was filed in their name...

Taipei, Taiwan – Both TransAsia Plane Engines Lost Power Before Taiwan Crash

February 6, 2015 at 01:15 PM
Taipei, Taiwan - One of the two engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle 37 seconds after takeoff, and the pilots apparently shut off the other before making a futile attempt to restart it, Taiwan's top aviation safety official said Friday. It was unclear why the second engine was shut down, since the plane was capable of flying with one engine. Taiwan's official China News Agency...

Jerusalem – Israel Says Will Attend Every Big Conference Whether Turkey Likes It Or Not

February 6, 2015 at 01:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel will take part in every important international conference “whether Turkey likes it or not,” the government’s top representative to the Munich Security Conference, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, said on Friday. Steinitz was reacting to the Turkish foreign minister’s announcement hours earlier that he would skip the proceedings due to Israel’s...

Washington – Palestinian Activist Sent To Turkey Years After Plea

February 6, 2015 at 12:32 PM
Washington - A Palestinian activist and former college professor who was targeted by the Justice Department for more than a decade has been deported from the U.S. to Turkey, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. Sami Al-Arian was teaching computer science at the University of South Florida in 2003 when he when he was arrested as part of a federal terrorism investigation and accused of...

Beirut – IS Claims Jordanian Airstrike Killed American Hostage

February 6, 2015 at 12:12 PM
Beirut - A purported statement by the Islamic State group claims that an American female hostage has been killed in Jordanian airstrikes on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the group's main stronghold. It identified the woman as Kayla Jean Mueller and said she was killed Friday during Muslim prayers in airstrikes that targeted "the same location for more than an hour." It...

Berlin – Jewish Group Slams German Court Verdict On Synagogue Attack

February 6, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Berlin - A prominent Jewish group has criticized a court in western Germany for concluding that two men who firebombed a synagogue weren't anti-Semitic. Wuppertal's district court on Thursday found the unnamed men of Palestinian origin guilty of attempted serious arson for throwing a molotov cocktail at a synagogue in July, causing 800 euros ($920) damage. The unnamed defendants were handed...

Dobbs Ferry, NY – Jewish Mother Killed In Train Crash Remebered As ‘Beautiful Soul’

February 6, 2015 at 11:26 AM
Dobbs Ferry, NY - The SUV driver involved in a train wreck that claimed six lives was "a beautiful soul" who always took a genuine interest in others, her rabbi said Friday at her funeral. Many young adults were among the mourners at the Dobbs Ferry funeral for Ellen Brody, a 49-year-old mother of three daughters in their teens and 20s. "I was looking through our archives last night. We...

Newark, NJ – Feds Look Into Prosecutor’s Claims Involving Christie Donor

February 6, 2015 at 11:15 AM
Newark, NJ - Federal investigators are looking into a former county prosecutor's allegation in a lawsuit that he was fired because he complained about the dropping of an indictment that involved a donor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Bennett Barlyn, a former Hunterdon County assistant prosecutor, said he had a more than hour-long conversation with a criminal investigator for the Department...

Washington – Obama: US Must Resist Urge To ‘Overreach” Abroad

February 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Washington - President Barack Obama says the U.S. must resist the urge to "overreach" when it comes to involvement in global crises. In a new document outlining his national security priorities, the president says the U.S. will always defend its interests and uphold commitments to partners and allies. But he also says the country cannot make decisions out of fear and should not rely on solely...

New York, NY – Top Aide To NYC Mayor To Leave City Hall

February 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM
New York, NY - One of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's top aides is departing City Hall. Peter Ragone, a senior adviser, is leaving the administration at the end of the month. Ragone ran de Blaiso's communications team, shaped the mayor's public image and was one of the mayor's closest advisers. He and the mayor have been friends for decades. Ragone was formerly top aide to Gavin...

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