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‘The New Yorker’ exposes AIPAC (yawn)

Connie Bruck has a big piece on AIPAC in the New Yorker that includes some good Capitol Hill reporting on AIPAC’s corrupting influence over the Congress. Friends are passing the piece along to me as an expose, and several are thrilled by it. The article is titled, “Are American Jews Turning Against AIPAC?” and suggests that AIPAC

Train Spotting: Want to Open Up a Store Beneath the CTA?

Ever dreamed of opening up a colorful vintage store beneath the Red Line Morse stop? What about a little coffee shop (that also sells artisanal caramels) beneath the Blue Line's Division stop? Break out your savings account, hipster entrepreneurs,...

Meanwhile, in Cobble Hell: Yet another roadblock has appeared ahead...

24 minutes agoNews : The Newsroom

Yet another roadblock has appeared ahead of Long Island College Hospital's umpteenth sale attempt, this time to Fortis Property Group. The New York State Nurses Association has filed a temporary restraining order to halt the hospital's sale, reasoning that Fortis...

Air France suspends Sierra Leone flights over Ebola

Air France said it was suspending its flights to Sierra Leone from Thursday because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa. The French flag carrier announced the "temporary suspension" of its flight...Show More Summary

Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

27 minutes agoNews : The Newsroom

In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Muslim in Indian-ruled Kashmir is hugged by her relative before leaving on the hajj to Mecca. Governments of many countries help arrange travel for local Muslims making the journey, and daily flights from Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, to Saudi Arabia started Wednesday and continue until Sept. Show More Summary

Cops: Bodies found in Phila. river; 3rd victim escaped

27 minutes agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Police were alerted to two bodies in the Schuylkill River after a 20-year-old man said he was among three thrown in a van before being stabbed, bound and tossed into the water

Watch: P.J. O'Rourke on Millennials vs. Boomers

28 minutes agoNews : Reason

"Just this whole process of going through the baby boom's history, I began to realize what a nicer society—kinder, more decent society—that we live in today than the society when I was a kid," says P.J. O'Rourke, best-selling authorShow More Summary

Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Teams of assessors accompanied by soldiers and police have begun surveying properties along the route of Nicaragua's planned interoceanic canal, taking quick steps toward the start of a vast project the country has dreamed of for more than a century.

US Seeks Allies in ISIS Fight —but Not Assad

After OKing airstrikes in Iraq and spy flights over Syria in an attempt to rein in ISIS, President Obama has started rallying international allies to expand efforts against the militant Sunni group—efforts that may include even more airstrikes in Iraq and possible military action in Syria, reports the New...

Released U.S. hostage says overwhelmed by welcome home

An American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on Wednesday. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, returned to the United States late Tuesday after being released on Sunday. Show More Summary

Nine-year-old girl with Uzi accidentally kills gun instructor

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said.

Syria Likely Gassed Civilians 8 Times in April: UN

The Assad regime likely used chlorine gas eight times on its own people in northern Syria villages in April, according to a report released today by an independent UN commission, the AP reports. The report also indicates that the Syrian people have been besieged by crimes against humanity at the...

US considers another relief operation in N. Iraq

34 minutes agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

Tragedy may reshape Brazil economy, not just vote

Marina Silva, set to be the opposition presidential candidate after Eduardo Campos’ plane-crash death, is a fresh threat to Dilma Rousseff. Silva has long fought special interests. If she wins October’s election, a plausible outcome, Brazil could gain from less state meddling.

Temporary Shutters: It looks like rice burger joint...

It looks like rice burger joint Yonekichi has gone back to the kitchen to fine tune some things. A message posted on outside of the space, and on its website, says "Thanks for stopping by during our soft open! We...

European stocks subdued as dealers eye Ukraine

European stock markets were subdued on Wednesday, as investors tracked news from Ukraine and shrugged off gains in Asia and on Wall Street, dealers said. By mid-afternoon, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index had risen 0.02 percent to 6,823.85 points, while Wall Street opened on a slightly positive note. Show More Summary

Zimbabwe's Panyangara 'expelled' over Aussie video

Seamer Tinashe Panyangara has been removed from the Zimbabwe squad for the remainder of the triangular series for sharing an intimidating video of Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson with his teammates. A Zimbabwe Cricket media release...Show More Summary

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