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Geneva – Up To 500 Feared Dead In Mediterranean Shipwreck Last Week

April 20, 2016 at 11:41 PM
Geneva - As many as 500 people are feared dead after a shipwreck last week in the Mediterranean Sea, two international groups said Wednesday, describing survivors' accounts of panicked passengers who desperately tried to stay afloat by jumping between vessels. The disaster happened in waters between Italy and Libya, based on accounts from 41 survivors who were rescued Saturday by a merchant...

Jerusalem – Censors, Transparency Watchdogs Spar As Israeli Archive Goes Online

April 20, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Jerusalem - The orderly world of archives is in tumult in Israel after an effort to enhance transparency has instead led to allegations that access to sensitive documents is being restricted. The dispute is rooted in laws requiring online publications to be submitted for military censorship, which means that as the Israel State Archive digitizes its vast trove of documents, papers dealing with...

New York – New Vistas Open Up At Small Businesses That Use Drones

April 20, 2016 at 10:32 PM
New York - That drone flying around a suburban house might not belong to a wannabe pilot — it may be a tool that's become indispensable for a small business. Many small companies have either built their business around drones or use them to do tasks they previously accomplished by regular planes and helicopters. The unmanned aircraft also take the place of humans who might use scaffolding or...

New York – Officer’s Sentence In Stairway Killing Leaves Divide, Dismay

April 20, 2016 at 10:12 PM
New York - From the start, the case of a rookie police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in a public housing stairwell never fit neatly into the national debate over police brutality and minorities. And Officer Peter Liang's sentencing this week to probation and community service — after a judge downgraded his manslaughter conviction — left dismay and questions on all sides...

New York – Trump’s 9/11 Narrative: Memory And Hyperbole, 15 Years Later

April 20, 2016 at 09:35 PM
New York - Every American of a certain age has a 9/11 story — vivid memories of where they were, what they saw, how they felt on that awful day. Donald Trump is one of them. And for New Yorkers like him, 9/11 melds first-hand experience with what they felt in their guts, what they saw on television and what was playing out in the lives of friends and loved ones in a city under...

Rockland County, NY – Journal News Profile: Higher Education Becoming More Mainstream in Chasidic Communities

April 20, 2016 at 09:30 PM
Rockland County, NY - The quality of the education provided at Chasidic schools has come under the microscope in recent years as critics charge that many institutions fail to provide pupils with even a basic secular curriculum. Some students, however, have taken matters into their own hands, venturing out on their own to supplement the rudimentary teachings they received by taking advantage...

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Official, 42, Gets Belated Bar Mitzvah In Jerusalem

April 20, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Tallahassee, FL - It took 29 years, but Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera finally had a bar mitzvah. On a recent trip to Israel with six other Republican lieutenant governors to discuss trade and national security issues, the 42-year-old official was offered a unique opportunity to participate in the Jewish coming of age ceremony usually held for 13-year-olds. The ceremony was conducted...

Washington – Trump Leans Toward Replacing Fed Chief If He Wins White House

April 20, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would be inclined to replace Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen if he wins the White House despite supporting the U.S. central bank's efforts to keep interest rates low, he told Fortune magazine. "I think she's done a serviceable job," Trump said in an interview published late on Tuesday, as the billionaire real estate mogul moved a...

Boulder, CO – Palestinian Sister-city Proposal Stirs Rancor In Colorado

April 20, 2016 at 08:02 PM
Boulder, CO - This peaceful university town is 7,000 miles from the violence of the Middle East, but a proposal to become sister cities with a Palestinian community has stirred such rancor that the City Council is trying to negotiate a truce among its own residents. The council decided Tuesday to hire a moderator and convene a citizen panel in hopes of settling differences between two sides...

Atlanta – Creator Of Malware Used To Drain Bank Accounts Gets 9 Years

April 20, 2016 at 07:29 PM
Atlanta - The Russian creator of a computer program that enabled cybercriminals to infect millions of computers and drain bank accounts in multiple countries was sentenced Wednesday to serve 9 ½ years in federal prison. Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, 27, who went by aliases "Gribodemon" and "Harderman" online, pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud in January 2014...

Washington – FAA Grounds Trump’s Business Jet For Expired Registration

April 20, 2016 at 06:58 PM
Washington - The top speed of Donald Trump's business jet? Currently 0 mph. The billionaire GOP candidate's 750 Citation X — in use lately to travel to campaign events — is grounded because its registration has expired. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors have contacted the jet's chief pilot about the plane's registration, which expired in January, the FAA said in a statement...

Hollywood, FL – Cruz Says He Can’t Win GOP Nod Before Convention After Getting Zero Delegates In NY

April 20, 2016 at 06:27 PM
Hollywood, FL - Ted Cruz is conceding he cannot win the Republican presidential nomination before the party's national convention this summer. But the Texas senator insists that GOP front-runner Donald Trump can't clinch the nomination before the convention either. Cruz addressed reporters on Wednesday at the site of the Republican National Committee's spring meeting in Florida. He...

San Diego – Half-mile Tunnel Found On US-Mexico Border, Cocaine Seized

April 20, 2016 at 05:55 PM
San Diego - U.S. authorities said Wednesday that they discovered a cross-border tunnel that ran a half-mile from a Tijuana house equipped with a large elevator to a lot in San Diego that was advertised as a wooden pallet business, resulting in seizures of more than a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana. It was the 13th sophisticated secret passage found along California's border with...

Brooklyn, NY – Child Hit By Car After Running Out Into BP Street

April 20, 2016 at 05:14 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A 6 year old boy is in critical but stable condition in a Brooklyn hospital after being struck by a car this afternoon in Borough Park. Police said that the boy darted into the street from between two cars without warning at approximately 3:15 PM. The child, a Borough Park resident, was struck by a black Lexus traveling southbound in front of 1350 54th Street. The boy was...

Jerusalem – Israel Says Gives Jordan, Egypt Intelligence Help Against Islamic State

April 20, 2016 at 05:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel provides Jordan and Egypt with intelligence assistance in their fight against Islamic State, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday, describing the U.S.-backed Arab neighbours as stable despite the insurgent threat. Egypt made peace with Israel in 1979, followed by Jordan in 1994. They are the only Arab countries to have treaties with Israel, a matter unpopular...

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