May 272016

A Vatican official has issued a call for Catholics to convert Muslims and other non-Christians, but not Jews.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the head of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, made the statement during a recent interfaith meeting of Catholic and Jewish leaders at the Woolf Institute of Cambridge University.

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May 262016

Planes arriving and departing Los Angeles International Airport were delayed on Thursday after a problem with air-traffic control software briefly halted all flights, according to U.S. and local air traffic officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop for all flights into and out of the airport at about 8 a.m. PDT(1500 GMT), airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said in an email.

At 8:30 a.m. PDT, departures resumed and 30 minutes later the FAA’s air traffic control tower at LAX lifted the ground stop completely, she said.

“The ground stop has been lifted,” FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email. “However, it will take a while to clear up the residual delays.”

Airport officials said on their Twitter page that the delays were lasting between 30 minutes and 45 minutes.

The delays stemmed from a software issue with the radar system at a facility in San Diego where air traffic controllers direct aircraft as they approach the airport, Kenitzer said.

Technicians fixed the problem at 9 a.m. PDT, he said.

 Posted by at 5:35 pm
May 262016

Seattle’s downtown core experienced major power outages Wednesday but the specific cause remains unknown.

Seattle City Light reported electricity was almost completely restored at around 12:45 p.m., about an hour after the outage zapped power from 60 percent of downtown and caused dark intersections, traffic delays and building evacuations.

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 Posted by at 5:33 pm
May 202016

Hempstead, Long Island is joining a nationwide effort to oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to demonize and cripple Israel with economic sanctions and boycotts.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino,


Councilman Bruce Blakeman


and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito


announced Wednesday that the town will be one of the first municipalities in New York State to consider legislation prohibiting town government from engaging in business with individuals or companies openly boycotting America, Israel and other U.S. allies. Under the new legislative proposal, Hempstead will only contract with entrepreneurs on friendly terms with Israel and the U.S.

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 Posted by at 2:17 am
May 202016

An Ohio House panel Wednesday morning approved legislation introduced by a Stark County legislator that would require a company providing services to the state under future contracts to affirm it would not take part in a boycott of Israel.

State Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, who introduced House Bill 476 in February, said the vote by the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee was 9 to 1 in favor. The only one voting “no” was State Rep. Michael Curtin, D-Columbus. He sought to amend the bill, by inserting a provision that would result in the legislation expiring in five years. But Schuring said the committee chose to make no changes.

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