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Los Angeles, CA – Billionaire Sues TMZ, Friend Over Loss Of Clippers Team

August 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles billionaire Donald Sterling has sued celebrity website TMZ and an ex-girlfriend over a recording of off-color remarks that cost him ownership of the Clippers. Sterling sued TMZ and V. Stiviano on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming they violated his privacy by illegally recording a private conversation and broadcasting it. The suit is the latest...

Canada – Electronic Skin Sensors To Control Mobile Gadgets

August 10, 2015 at 11:12 PM
Canada - A skin-worn sensor that turns the human body into a touch sensitive surface for controlling mobile devices has been developed by scientists in Germany. iSkin is made from biocompatible silicone rubber with pressure-sensitive sensors that are stuck to the skin of the users, allowing them to use their own body to control mobile devices. Developed by scientists at the Max Planck...

New York – Tech Tips: Are You Better Off Keeping Verizon Contract Plan?

August 10, 2015 at 10:47 PM
New York - Verizon is doing the unthinkable: Starting Thursday, the nation's largest wireless company will eliminate two-year service contracts, along with the practice of offering discounted phones at prices of $100 or $200. Although this has already been an option with major phone carriers, Verizon joins T-Mobile in dropping contracts and discounted phones entirely for new customers. Under...

Israel – Haredi Activists Visit Parents Of Teen Slain At Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

August 10, 2015 at 10:19 PM
Israel - A group of haredi activists have paid a visit to the parents of Shira Banki, the young woman who was killed by an ultra-Orthodox man during the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade two weeks ago. The activists, from the Gesher organization that promotes mutual understanding between societies in Israel, visited the Banki family saying that although they were opposed to homosexual lifestyles...

Washington – Clinton Thought Trump Wedding Would Be “Entertaining”

August 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she didn't know Donald Trump very well when she attended his 2005 wedding but thought the event would be "fun" and "entertaining." She adds: "Now that he's running for president, it's a little more troubling." Clinton says there is little difference between Trump and his Republican rivals on women's issues. She describes the Republican opposition to...

New York – NYC Mayor Proposes New Law As Legionnaires’ Death Toll Hits 12

August 10, 2015 at 09:31 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio, reacting to a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, proposed legislation on Monday to register and maintain the city's estimated 2,500 cooling towers, some of which are being blamed for the illness. On Monday the death toll was raised to 12 from 10 on Saturday and the number of cases to 113 from 108. Officials said the higher figures stem from new...

Washington – Obama: I Don’t Oppose Netanyahu Across The Board

August 10, 2015 at 08:57 PM
Washington - US President Barack Obama pledged his commitment to Israel’s security despite his rift with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran as he answered a question from a Tel Aviv resident during an interview on the Mic website on Monday. “I don’t oppose the Israeli prime minister across the board,” Obama said. The interview, which he gave to Mic Editor-in-Chief Jake...

Israel – Challenge To Chief Rabbinate: National-Religious Rabbis Announce New Private Conversion Courts

August 10, 2015 at 08:29 PM
Israel - In a direct challenge to the authority of the Chief Rabbinate, a group of senior national-religious rabbis announced the formation of a new network of conversion courts that will work independently from the formal state conversion system. The new courts are designed to increase the conversion rate among Israeli citizens who immigrated from the former Soviet Union (FSU) but who are not...

New York – Son Recounts His Father’s Struggle In New Holocaust Memoir

August 10, 2015 at 08:00 PM
New York - Holocaust memoirs published in the decades following the Nazi genocide of Europe's Jews serve as gripping and historically necessary evidence to unimaginable personal suffering. However, few such memoirs are at once remarkable testimony and remarkable literature. But a recent book by Swedish author and journalist Goran Rosenberg is both. In "A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz,"...

New York – Clinton Signs Court Statement That She’s Turned Over Emails

August 10, 2015 at 07:34 PM
New York - ‎Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says in a sworn statement to a federal judge that she's turned over all emails in her possession reflecting official government business. The statement, which carries her signature and was signed under penalty of perjury, was submitted in federal court on Monday. It echoes past public statements that Clinton has made in the last...

New York – Poll: NYC Voters Believe Uber Limits Motivated By Donations

August 10, 2015 at 07:02 PM
New York - Sixty-five percent of New York City voters believe campaign contributions by the yellow taxi industry are behind efforts by some elected officials to limit the growth of Uber, according to a new poll released Monday. The Quinnipiac University poll comes just weeks after Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped a plan to impose a yearlong cap on the ride-hailing company's expansion in the face...

Washington – Group Backing Hillary Clinton Gets $1M From Untraceable Donors

August 10, 2015 at 06:19 PM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton told a cheering crowd at her largest rally so far that "the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money" must be stopped. Two weeks later, the main super PAC backing her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination accepted a $1 million contribution that cannot be traced. The seven-figure donation, made June 29 to the pro-Clinton Priorities USA Action...

New York – NYPD Plans To Spend $4.5 Million On Additional Stun Guns

August 10, 2015 at 06:02 PM
New York - In an effort to give officers more nonlethal alternatives when dealing with criminals, the New York Police Department is expanding its arsenal of stun guns. The New York Post reports (http://bit.ly/1IYTpgL ) there are currently 700 Tasers in use by the department and another 1,000 in inventory. An NYPD spokesman confirmed the city is contracting to spend up to $4.5 million on the...

Washington – Bernie Sanders Picks Up First Major Labor Endorsement

August 10, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Washington - Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. The 185,000-member National Nurses United endorsed Sanders during an event with the independent senator in Oakland...

New York – Google Creates New Company Alphabet, Names New CEOs In Shakeup

August 10, 2015 at 05:07 PM
New York - Google, which has been expanding far beyond its original business of Internet search advertising, is changing its operating structure by creating a new holding company called Alphabet. The company says its new structure will give more independence to many of its wide-ranging and ambitious projects. Under the plan announced Monday, Alphabet will be comprised of the core Google...

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