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New York – The ABCs Of Google’s New Name Alphabet

August 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM
New York - What's in a name? Most corporate naming experts say Google's decision to reorganize its businesses under a new holding company called "Alphabet" is close to letter perfect. Because it is part of Google's corporate structure, Alphabet is not likely to become part of the lexicon like "Googling" did; it will mainly be used on Wall Street. But the name Alphabet itself is simple...

Jerusalem – Young Jewish Extremists Say The Time To Build Third Temple Is “Now;” Actively Push Provocation At Temple Mount

August 11, 2015 at 11:15 PM
Jerusalem- An increasing number of young Jewish extremists in Israel insist that the time is "now" to build the Third Temple, and that provoking unrest in the already tense Temple Mount location is the means to an end in accomplishing their goal. WASHINGTONPOST.com (http://wapo.st/1IGRfPg) reports that one such extremist is 20 year-old Aviya Morris, who during a visit to Temple Mount two weeks...

Beijing – China’s Move To Devalue Currency Could Reverberate Globally

August 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM
Beijing - China's surprise move Tuesday to devalue its currency has intensified concerns about a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy, whose growth rate has reached a six-year low. It is also fanning tensions with the United States and Europe, whose exports could become comparatively costlier. China's central bank said the yuan's devaluation was a result of reforms intended to make...

San Francisco – Rite Aid Stores No Longer Shun Apple Pay

August 11, 2015 at 10:31 PM
San Francisco - Rite Aid stores will start accepting Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, later this month after initially shunning the service in favor of a rival system. The pharmacy and retail chain says it will begin accepting Apple Pay and other "tap and pay" services at its 4,600 stores on Aug. 15. It also plans to accept Google's revamped Android Pay service when it's released for...

Washington – Trump Bombast Overshadows GOP Challenges With Women

August 11, 2015 at 10:03 PM
Washington - When Jeb Bush said he wasn't sure the country needs to spend "a half billion dollars for women's health issues," many viewed the remark as a gaffe and the Republican candidate for president rushed to clean it up. A week later, it's all but forgotten — thanks to Donald Trump. The billionaire businessman cracked a joke during last week's GOP debate when asked about calling some...

Boston – FBI Tracking Tips Spurred By Video Tied To 25-year-old Boston Art Heist

August 11, 2015 at 09:29 PM
Boston - Days after surveillance video from the 1990 Stewart Gardner Museum heist was made public, FBI officials on Tuesday said they are investigating a "handful of tips," including one identifying a mystery man let in to the museum the night before it was robbed of $500 million worth of art. Attorney George Burke of Quincy, Massachusetts, about 10 miles (16 km) outside Boston, said he told...

Brussels – WikiLeaks Offers $110000 Reward For Information On US-EU Trade Deal

August 11, 2015 at 08:58 PM
Brussels - Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks launched a campaign Tuesday to raise 100,000 euros (110,269 dollars) that would be used as a reward for leaked details of a free trade deal being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. "It remains secret almost in its entirety, closely guarded by the negotiators," WikiLeaks wrote in an online post. "Today WikiLeaks is taking...

Dallas – Airlines Boost On-Time Rating, But Spirit Often Runs Late

August 11, 2015 at 08:33 PM
Dallas - If you get on a Spirit Airlines flight, there's a 50-50 chance that your flight will be late. Perhaps then it is no surprise that Spirit has the highest complaint rate of any major U.S. airline. Spirit, a low-fare, high-fees carrier with a clientele of mostly leisure travelers, had by far the worst on-time performance in June among 14 airlines tracked in a government report. Only...

Washington – FBI Takes Possession Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails

August 11, 2015 at 07:56 PM
Washington - A spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign says she has directed that the personal email server she used while serving as secretary of state be given to the Justice Department. Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said Tuesday she has also directed her team to turn over a thumb drive containing copies of emails sent to and from a personal email address via that...

Lithuania – Sports Complex Planned Over Vilnius’ Old Jewish Cemetery

August 11, 2015 at 07:23 PM
Vilnius, Lithuania - A spat between the leaders of Lithuanian Jewry descended into bitter recriminations this week when the country’s Chief Rabbi accused the community’s chairwoman of “unacceptable desecration” of a historic graveyard. In a statement Tuesday Rabbi Chaim Burshtein reiterated his fierce opposition to a government-backed plan to erect a congress and convention center...

Albany, NY – Some NY Prisoners Say They Were Beaten After Pair Escaped

August 11, 2015 at 06:47 PM
Albany, NY - Inmates who knew the two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went, according to a legal services group. Prisoners' Legal Services of New York has received several complaints from inmates on that Clinton Correctional Facility honor block, who were later moved to other...

Selden, NY – Long Island Mother-Daughter Split $7M In Lottery Winnings

August 11, 2015 at 06:29 PM
Selden, NY - A Long Island mother and daughter are splitting $7 million in lottery winnings. Lottery officials announced Tuesday that 82-year-old Marilyn Looney of Middle Island and her daughter, 50-year-old Carol Prevete (preh-VEH'-tee) of Selden, are winners of the Golden Ticket scratch-off game. Prevete, who's a bookkeeper, says she and her mom have been pooling money for years to buy...

New Jersey – Sketchy Hasidic Real Estate Tactics Cited By Proponents Of Tighter “No Knock” Regulations In Jackson

August 11, 2015 at 06:14 PM
Jackson, NJ - On Tuesday, the city council in Jackson is expected to take up a measure aimed at tightening regulations surrounding the town's "no knock" ordinance. Cited by residents in favor of the measure are an increasing number of complaints by local residents that Hasidic men, possibly from nearby Lakewood, are trolling Jackson neighborhoods trying to put pressure on residents to sell their...

St. Louis, MO – Police Release Video They Say Shows Ferguson Suspect With Gun

August 11, 2015 at 05:59 PM
St. Louis, MO - St. Louis County police have released surveillance video footage they say shows Tyrone Harris Jr., the 18-year-old black suspect who was critically wounded after being shot by police Sunday night in Ferguson, minutes before he fired a gun at plainclothes officers. Harris was shot late Sunday after allegedly opening fire on an unmarked police van. Police say a 13-second clip...

New York – Verizon: Existing Customers Eligible For Discounted Phones

August 11, 2015 at 05:34 PM
New York - Good news for existing Verizon customers: You'll still be able to get discounted phones for $100 or $200 by renewing a two-year service contract. That part wasn't clear when Verizon announced Friday that new customers will no longer get discounted phones, but they won't have to sign two-year contracts, either. Instead, they'll pay full price — it's $650 for an iPhone 6 — while...

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