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Boston – College Student Finds Glitch To Own Google Site, Gets $12K

February 1, 2016 at 07:02 PM
Boston - A Massachusetts graduate student who pointed out a glitch that allowed him to briefly "own" the world's most heavily trafficked website has been awarded more than $12,000 from Google. The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1nzBRQD ) reports that Babson College MBA candidate Sanmay Ved believed he bought the Internet domain Google.com for $12 when he was using the Google Domains website...

New York – US Seeks To Nix Charges Against Iranian Man In Prisoner Swap

February 1, 2016 at 06:29 PM
New York - The U.S. government urged a Manhattan judge on Monday to drop charges against an Iranian man to satisfy the terms of a prisoner swap between the countries. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan told U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel that charges against Alireza Goudarzi should be dismissed as part of a "one-time, unique agreement" to get U.S. prisoners held in Iran...

Ramallah – Israeli Military Reopens Main Palestinian City After Closure

February 1, 2016 at 05:50 PM
Ramallah - The Israeli military reopened the main Palestinian city in the West Bank late Monday after imposing a rare, day-long partial closure of surrounding roads following a Palestinian shooting attack on Israeli soldiers the day before. Citing a "situation assessment," the military said crossings to and from Ramallah have returned to normal. Ramallah is the seat of the semi-autonomous...

Iowa – Trump Vows To Pay Legal Fees Of Supporters Who ‘knock The Crap’ Out Of Tomato-Throwers

February 1, 2016 at 05:32 PM
Iowa - Donald Trump's ground-breaking White House campaign faces its first test at the hands of voters on Monday when Iowa begins the nationwide process of choosing a new U.S. president, with polls showing him in a tight battle with Ted Cruz to be the Republican nominee. Trump started the day with a rally in Waterloo, Iowa, urging people to turn out. He told the crowd that while he is leading...

Brooklyn, NY – Thousands Gather In Unity For Annual Conference Of Chabad Women Emissaries

February 1, 2016 at 05:19 PM
Brooklyn, NY - More than 3,000 Chabad shluchos from around the world gathered last night at the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights for a gala banquet, the highlight of the annual Kinus Hashluchos which gives female emissaries worldwide an opportunity to bond with their peers and to fortify themselves with spiritual inspiration and camaraderie to sustain them throughout the year. The yearly...

New York – Alphabet Passes Apple To Become Most Valuable Traded U.S. Company

February 1, 2016 at 04:48 PM
New York - Alphabet Inc surpassed Apple Inc as the most valuable company in the United States in after-hours trading on Monday, knocking the iPhone maker from the top spot that it has held for the better part of four years. The change may signal the passing of the technology baton to Alphabet - formerly known as Google - from Apple, which surged past Microsoft Corp in market value in 2010...

Santa Ana, CA – Authorities: Escaped California Inmates Fought Over Killing Taxi Driver

February 1, 2016 at 04:13 PM
Santa Ana, CA - Three inmates planned their escape from a California jail for at least six months then abducted a taxi driver and drove to Northern California, where two of the fugitives argued about killing him, authorities said Monday. Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Hallock also said the inmates were picked up by an accomplice shortly after they escaped on Jan. 22 from Central Men's Jail in Orange...

Sullivan County, NY – Chasidic Plaintiffs Win Yiddish Ballots, Federal Monitor And Compensation In Bloomingburg Lawsuit Settlement

February 1, 2016 at 03:44 PM
Sullivan County, NY - The good news keeps on coming for Bloomingburg’s Jewish community, with Chasidic plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit agreeing to a settlement with Sullivan County that would provide greater protection against religious discrimination and the appointment of a federal monitor to ensure that residents’ constitutional right to vote not be denied or unfairly challenged as it has...

Jerusalem – New Kosel Prayer Site Highlights Divide Between Israel, US Jews

February 1, 2016 at 03:33 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli government's decision to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at Jerusalem's Western Wall is a major breakthrough for the country's long-marginalized liberal streams and their powerful supporters in the United States. But the compromise agreement also highlights the deep rift between the world's two largest Jewish communities over how religion should be practiced in the...

Jerusalem – 10 Years On, AP Photographer Remembers Pulitzer Moment

February 1, 2016 at 03:04 PM
Jerusalem - Ten years ago today, AP photographer Oded Balilty captured the powerful image of a Jewish settler woman defying Israeli soldiers as they forcibly removed her from a West Bank settlement. Balilty won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, becoming the first and thus far only Israeli to be awarded the coveted honor. He is the most recent AP photographer to win the prize...

Washington – Price Tag For Biden Cancer ‘Moonshot’ At $1B In Obama Budget

February 1, 2016 at 02:52 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $755 million for cancer research in his upcoming budget, the White House said Monday, bringing the total price tag for Vice President Joe Biden's cancer "moonshot" to $1 billion. Research into immunotherapy, combination therapy and early detection techniques will be at the center of new programs the administration hopes to create at the...

Geneva – WHO Declares Global Emergency Over Zika Virus Spread

February 1, 2016 at 02:32 PM
Geneva - The World Health Organization declared an international emergency on Monday over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an "extraordinary event." The U.N. health agency convened an emergency meeting of independent experts in Geneva to assess the outbreak after noting a suspicious link between Zika's arrival...

Cape Town – Supporters Of Fugitive Israeli Rabbi Threaten Life Of S. African Chief Rabbi

February 1, 2016 at 02:01 PM
Cape Town - The South African Jewish community is up in arms after a fugitive rabbi wanted in Israel on charges of child molestation issued a death threat against the country’s Chief Rabbi, who had previously banned his constituents from aiding the escapee and his entourage. Rabbi Eliezer Berland, 78, the leader of an offshoot of the Breslov Hassidic sect, fled Israel in 2012 after the first...

New York – U.S. Investigators Release More Details On 2015 Amtrak Crash

February 1, 2016 at 01:46 PM
New York - Federal investigators on Monday released thousands of pages about the fatal derailment of an Amtrak passenger train last year in Philadelphia, but the central mystery of what caused the crash remained unexplained. The documents, posted online by the National Transportation Safety Board, include interviews with the train's engineer, Brandon Bostian, who told investigators he had no...

Saylorsburg, PA – Mystery Surrounds Muslim Cleric Living In Poconos Compound

February 1, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Saylorsburg, PA - The influential Muslim cleric lives quietly on a gated 26-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains, where he prays, works, meets admirers and watches from afar as terrorism accusations that have landed him on Turkey's most-wanted list unfold in court. Rarely seen in public, Fethullah Gulen has long been one of Turkey's most important scholars, with multitudes of followers in his...

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