NEW YORK: ‘ Flights out of New York & Washington delays due to computer glitch on air-traffic control ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:NEW YORK:Aug.15: Flights in and out of New York and Washington, D.C., area airports are affected by an automation problem at an air traffic control center Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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VIDEO: #Update ‘ Search for escaped murderers enters 7th day in northern NY ‘

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DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) – Squads of law enforcement officers on Friday began a seventh day of trying to track down two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York and could be hiding out in swampy terrain swarming with blood-sucking insects.

Armed officers in body armor boarded New York state prison system buses soon after dawn in the village of Dannemora, where…

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NEW YORK: ‘ COLLEGE PROFESSOR BRUTALLY BEHEADED BY SON BEFORE KILLING HIMSELF ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – A college professor has been brutally beheaded by her mentally-ill son, who left her body in the middle of the street before taking his own life. 

Pictured: The language professor who was beheaded by her son and dragged into the street before he jumped in front of a train

Pictured: The language professor who was beheaded by her son and dragged into the street before he jumped in front of a train

Patricia Ward, 66, was a much-loved teacher of language arts for 28 years at Farmingdale State College, a colleague told Mail-Online today.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Patrick Calabria, said: ‘Patricia Ward was a member of the campus for 28 years. She was well-known, well-liked, and well-respected. The campus is a very sad place today.’

She was found by residents, decapitated in front of her apartment building in Farmingdale, New York on Tuesday night.

Neighbours initially thought the body was part of a Halloween prank. The suspect, believed to be the victim’s son, kicked her head 20 feet and then jumped in front of an oncoming Long Island Rail Road train minutes later.

Beheading victim Patricia Ward taught language arts for 28 years at Farmingdale State College in New York.

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Brutal killing: Police were investigating on Tuesday after a man beheaded a woman and kicked her head 20 feet down a Long Island street

Brutal killing: Police were investigating on Tuesday after a man beheaded a woman and kicked her head 20 feet down a Long Island street

The female victim's body lay in the street on Tuesday night as horrified residents looked on from their homes

The female victim’s body lay in the street on Tuesday night as horrified residents looked on from their homesA police officer surveys the horrific scene in Farmington on Tuesday night where a mentally-ill son beheaded his college professor mother 

The 35-year-old suspect jumped in front of the train a mile away and died around 8.15pm, half an hour later.

He was identified as Derek Ward by the Daily News. The 35-year-old had a criminal history and psychiatric problems spanning a decade. 

He was found to be carrying a pistol and 100 valiums when he died. 

Ms Ward was believed to have suffered multiple stab wounds and broken ribs were among her injuries before she died.

She was an assistant professor of language arts at the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center on campus where she worked with high school students who need help to become prepared for college, Mr Calabria added.

Neighbours told the Post that they initially believed the headless corpse, dressed only in a bra and pants, was a Halloween joke – only to lift the body and find out it was real.

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NEW YORK: ‘ UN HUMAN RIGHTS RAPPORTEUR CALLS TO REFER NORTH KOREA TO ICC ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 29 – The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea’s human rights situation called Tuesday for referring the communist nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to show that the international community takes the issue seriously.

“This would send an unequivocal signal that the international community is determined to take the follow-up to the work the Commission of Inquiry on the DPRK (North Korea) to a new level,” Marzuki Darusman, the special U.N. investigator, said during a presentation of his latest report to the U.N.

He also urged the U.N. General Assembly to submit a U.N. Commission of Inquiry report to the U.N. Security Council for further action. That report, issued early this year, concluded that the ICC should handle human rights abuses in the North as “crimes against humanity.” 
   Darusman’s presentation came a day after he held the first-ever meeting with North Korean officials on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The two sides discussed the possibility of the U.N. investigator visiting the North.

The meeting came as North Korean diplomats have been struggling to spare the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, from a U.N. General Assembly resolution, led by the European Union, which calls for referring North Korean leaders responsible for violations to the ICC.

Sources: Yonhap News Agency – AFP – AP – UN News Centre 

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‘ Government-Enforced Medical Quarantines Just Went From ‘Conspiracy Theory’ to Official Policy in NJ and NY ‘

#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – October 27 – State leaders in New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as the states’ governors back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa, while the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warns that such restrictions are unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from aiding disease-ravaged countries.

The two governors late Sunday night emphasized separately that their policies permit home confinement for medical workers who have had contact with Ebola patients if the workers show no symptoms.

Are you awake yet? Government-enforced medical quarantines just went from ‘conspiracy theory’ to official policy in NJ and NY

They will receive twice-daily monitoring from health officials.

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NEW YORK: ‘ NURSE QUARANTINED IN NEW JERSEY HOSPITAL RAISES CONCERN OVER PROGRAMME ‘

#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – October 26 – The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa criticized the way her case has been handled, raising concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups over unclear policies for the newly launched quarantine program.

' UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine '

‘ UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine ‘

Kaci Hickox, the first traveller quarantined under Ebola watches in New Jersey and New York, wrote the first-person account for the Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1w4Vi4J), which was posted on the paper’s website Saturday.

Her preliminary tests for Ebola came back negative. 

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‘ FBI ANNOUNCES EXTRADITION OF HAROON ASWAT IN CONNECTION WITH TERRORIST CHARGES ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 26 – Assistant Attorney General for National Security  John Carlin, United States Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Commissioner William J. Bratton of the New York City Police Department (NYPD):

' Haroon Aswat  is Extradited to United States on Charges of Terrorism '

‘ Haroon Aswat is Extradited to United States on Charges of Terrorism ‘

Announcement of the extradition of Haroon Aswat from the United Kingdom to face charges of conspiring to provide and providing material support to al Qaeda and terrorists for attempting to establish a terrorist training camp in the United States. 

Aswat was arrested in Zambia in July 2005, and in August 2005, Aswat was deported from Zambia to the United Kingdom, where he was arrested pursuant to a provisional warrant that was issued in response to a request by the U.S. government in connection with this case. 

On Sept. 4, 2014, the United Kingdom ordered Aswat extradited to the United States on the charges described below: 

In coordination with British authorities, Aswat was extradited from the United Kingdom to the Southern District of New York on Oct. 21, 2014.  Aswat will make his first court appearance later today before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest.

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, statements made at related court proceedings, and evidence presented at prior trials:

In late 1999, Aswat, along with co-defendants Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, aka Abu Hamza (Abu Hamza), Ouassama Kassir, and Earnest James Ujaama, attempted to create a terrorist training camp in the United States to support al Qaeda, which has been designated by the United States Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization. 

Aswat conspired with Abu Hamza, Kassir and Ujaama to establish the terrorist training camp on a rural parcel of property located in Bly, Oregon.  The purpose of the Bly, Oregon, camp was for Muslims to receive various types of training – including military-style jihad training – in preparation to fight jihad in Afghanistan. 

As used by the conspirators in this case, the term “jihad” meant defending Islam against purported enemies through violence and armed aggression, including, if necessary, by using murder to expel non-believers from Muslim holy lands.

In a letter faxed from Ujaama, in the United States, to Abu Hamza, in the United Kingdom, the property in Bly was described as a place that “looks just like Afghanistan,” and the letter noted that the men at Bly were “stock-piling weapons and ammunition.”  

Haroon Aswat, accused of conspiring to launch a terrorist training ...

Haroon Aswat, accused of conspiring to launch a terrorist training …

In late 1999, after transmission of the faxed letter, Abu Hamza directed Aswat and Kassir, both of whom resided in London, England, and attended Abu Hamza’s mosque there, to travel to Oregon to assist in establishing the camp. 

On Nov. 26, 1999, Aswat and Kassir arrived in New York, and then traveled to Bly.

In September 2002, special agents from the FBI recovered a ledger, among other items, from an al Qaeda safe house in Karachi, Pakistan.  The ledger listed a number of individuals associated with al Qaeda, including Aswat.

The al Qaeda safe house was used by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda’s chief operational planner and the alleged planner of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Source: Ace News Services – DOJ – Sunday Express  

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NEW YORK: ‘ FOUR POLICEMEN ATTACKED BY AXE WIELDING MANIAC ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 25 – Detectives in New York City are probing whether an axe-wielding man who attacked four policemen in broad daylight was motivated by radical Islamic views.

' NYC Axe Attacker Zale Thompson: Are Islamic 'Lone Wolves' Roaming North America? '

NYC Axe Attacker Zale Thompson: Are Islamic ‘Lone Wolves’ Roaming North America? ‘

Zale Thompson, 32, charged at the the officers as they posed for a photograph on a Queens street, injuring two.

He was subsequently shot dead.

Footage of his afternoon attack in Queens’ Jamaica Avenue was captured by a security camera.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that although there was no immediate indication it was an Islamist attack, terrorism was not being ruled out as motive.

“I think certainly the heightened concern is relative to that type of assault based on what just happened in Canada,” Bratton said.

Two Canadian soldiers were killed in separate attacks carried out by two radicalised Muslim converts this week.

The killings came after the Isis (Islamic State) group called for jihadi sympathisers across the world to launch ‘lone wolf’ attacks on Westerners “wherever they can be found”.

Friends of one of the two Canadian extremsits said his actions came in response to the appeal.

Jihadi monitoring group Site said Thompson’s social media postings suggested he also had “extremist leanings”.

His statements on YouTube and Facebook “display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings,” SITE said.

In September an account believed to be that of Thompson posted a comment to a YouTube video supporting ISIS, seemingly justifying the group’s atrocities.

“If you’re looking for ‘perfect’ Muslims who never make any mistakes in their Jihad, then you will be looking in vain,” he wrote.

“If the Zionists and the Crusaders had never invaded and colonised the Islamic lands after WW1, then there would be no need for Jihad! Which is better, to sit around and do nothing.”

' Zale Thompson's Facebook Page '

‘ Zale Thompson’s Facebook Page ‘

In another posting on Facebook Thompson discussed the possibility of attacks on US soil, Fox News reported.

“America’s military is strong abroad, but they have never faced an internal mass revolt,” he wrote.

“They are weaker at home. We are scattered and decentralised, we can use this as an advantage.

“Helicopters, big military will be useless on their own soil,” he added in another post.

“They will not be able to defeat our people if we use guerrilla warfare. Attack their weak flanks… If you get wounded, who cares.

If you die, who cares.

Eventually they will surrender and then the war will be over.”

A law-enforcement source told the CNN that Thompson had a criminal record in California and was discharged from the Navy for misconduct.

A classmate at the College of New Rochelle in Harlem told The New York Post that Thompson was a “very educated” proponent of “black power” who “always spoke positively” and had shown no signs of sympathy for jihadist movements.

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NEW YORK: ‘ THREE MORE ARE QUARANTINED AFTER DR WAS DIAGNOSIS WITH EBOLA ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NEW YORK – October 24 – A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor’s diagnosis Thursday, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling since returning to New York from Guinea a week ago.

De Blasio said all city officials followed “clear and strong” protocols in their handling and treatment of him.

“We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed,” de Blasio said. “New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk.”

The doctor, Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, reported Thursday morning coming down with a 103-degree fever and diarrhea.

He was being treated in an isolation ward at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will do a further test to confirm the initial results, has dispatched an Ebola response team to New York.

President Barack Obama spoke to Cuomo and de Blasio on Thursday night and offered the federal government’s support.

He asked them to stay in close touch with Ron Klain, his “Ebola czar,” and public health officials in Washington. 

Health officials have been tracing Spencer’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at risk.

The city’s health commissioner, Mary Bassett, said Spencer’s fiancee and two friends had been quarantined but showed no symptoms.

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NEW YORK: ‘ APPLES FIRST COMPUTER EVER BUILT IS SOLD FOR $905,000 AND BOUGHT BY HENRY FORD MUSEUM ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 23 – One of the first Apple computers ever built has sold in New York for $905,000, AFP reported.

Apple-1

APPLES FIRST COMPUTER EVER BUILT IS SOLD FOR $905,000 AND BOUGHT BY HENRY FORD MUSEUM

It was bought by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, Bonhams auction house said, declaring the purchase the world’s most expensive computer relic.

The Apple-1 computer was built by hand in 1976 by Steve Wozniak in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ garage or his sister’s bedroom.

The computer fetched nearly twice its pre-sale high estimate, Bonhams said.

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NEW YORK: ‘ LEGENDARY FASHION DESIGNER OSCAR DE LA RENTA DIES AT 82 ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 21 – Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82 The Associated Press reported. 

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, LEGENDARY DESIGNER, DEAD AT 82

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, LEGENDARY DESIGNER, DEAD AT 82

He is well  remembered for the dazzling and sumptuous designs that adorned some of the most famous celebrities and well known women.  

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, LEGENDARY DESIGNER, DEAD AT 82

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, LEGENDARY DESIGNER, DEAD AT 82 

At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.

At the end of the show, the legendary designer himself emerged, supported by two of his models.

He didn’t walk on his own, and didn’t go far, but he was beaming from ear to ear.

He gave each model a peck on the cheek, and then returned to the wings, where models and staff could be heard cheering him enthusiastically.

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‘ Ali Khamenei Accuses Western Countries of Instigating a Rift Among Muslims by “Creating the ISIS in Iraq and Syria ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 18 – On the day before the most crucial round of Iran’s diplomatic talks with world powers on achieving a solution to the impasse of its nuclear program, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has found time again to bash the Western countries involved in the talks by accusing them of instigating a rift among Muslims by “creating the ISIS in Iraq and Syria.” 

Behrooz Behbudi, Founder of the Centre for a Democratic Iran, Comments:

Behrooz Behbudi, Founder of the Centre for a Democratic Iran, Comments:

“The evil Britain has created the ISIS and al Qaeda to confront the Islamic republic of Iran and the Islamic awakening across the world,” Khamenei claimed in a speech on Monday.

Khamenei’s paranoia of “the enemy”

Khamenei’s paranoia of “the enemy”

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“America, Zionism, and especially the veteran expert of spreading divisions – the wicked government of Britain – have sharply increased their efforts of creating divisions between the Sunnis and Shia,” he said. 

The speech, marking the Shia Muslim religious holiday of Eid Al Ghadir, was posted on his website, where he has also published video footage showing his recovery from a recent prostate surgery.

The Centre for a Democratic Iran, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote and pursue an independent, peaceful and democratic Iran, followed these events with great interest.

CDI Founder, Behrooz Behbudi, offered his thoughts:

“In parallel with every foreign and domestic policy that the self-declared moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani has been taking to get Iran out of the socio-economic calamities that the eight years of Ahmadinejad rule has created, one can clearly see a deliberate hard-line policy by Khamenei to derail a return by Iran and the Iranians to peace and prosperity, however minimal given Rouhani’s allegiance to the regime. 

However, Khamenei’s “radicalism” and ranting against Western powers is in fact a facade that is aimed at concealing his political and leadership weaknesses, as well as demonstrating his paranoia about the roots of the problems among the Muslims of the Middle East. 

In raging against the US and Britain in his speech Khamenei is deliberately acting as a political player to distance himself from the behind the scene deals that his regime officials are making with world powers, with the help of the Russians as their mediators. 

Islamic State is undoubtedly a threat to the peace and security of the Middle Eastern nations as well as the West, as we have watched their barbaric acts with horror on our TV screens. 

However, by claiming that “the ISIS has been set up to confront the Islamic republic,” Khamenei – who incidentally refers to himself as the Caliph of Shia Muslims – wants us to forget that a similar type of extremist ideology in the name of Islam has for long actually been practiced by the very regime that he leads in Iran.

Furthermore, it is a well-known fact among Iran’s political forces that Khamenei owes his leadership status more to behind the scene power broking tactics by former president Rafsanjani than anything else, as his credentials as a cleric have never been accepted by Iran’s religious establishment, a complex that he has long concealed by advocating his bankrupted “political Islam”.

Since ascending to power and turning into an absolute religious leader and skilled political player, Khamenei has managed to dominate the political scene of Iran by empowering the Revolutionary Guard, the Basij militias and the security and intelligence organs of the regime around his “anti-American-Israeli” paranoia.

In reality, as world powers begin a new round of negotiations with the Islamic republic over the nuclear issue, they are effectively trying to reach a deal with another fundamentalist “Islamic State” that is ruling Iran with Khamenei at its Caliph in the name of the medieval system of Velayat-e Faqhi, or the Islamic government.

The irony remains however that Western powers are at the same time mulling over whether to involve the military forces of this dictatorship in Iran to help them overthrow the barbarism of the ISIS in its neighboring country in an act of appeasement to Khamenei and his associates in the Revolutionary Guard.

You cannot ask one dictator to join your forces to fight against another dictator in defence of freedom and humanity. 

NEW YORK, October 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

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WASHINGTON: ‘ PRIVATE EMAILS PUBLISH BY MEDIA REVEAL LACK OF SUPPORT FOR HILARY CLINTON ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 16 – A prominent Capitol Hill newspaper has republished a host of previously private emails from some of the most active and influential Democratic Party operatives in the country.

What they reveal is a nearly universal dislike and lack of support for presumed Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

The unsuspecting authors include journalists, editors, union leaders, fundraisers, `progressive leaders and Party strategists. 

According to an exclusive report from The Hill, the name of the semi-secret online group of progressive political leaders is Gamechanger Salon.

Showing the club’s exclusivity, to join, one must be sponsored by a current member.

The account describes the 1,500-member on-line group saying, ‘The group includes prominent Democrats, Sierra Club officials, journalists who work for The Huffington Post and The Nation magazine, senior union representatives, leaders at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the president of NARAL.’

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NEW YORK: ‘ HIGH SCHOOL LIFTS BAN ON STUDENT CHRISTIAN CLUB AMID THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 16 – A New York high school has lifted its ban on a Christian student organization after first rejecting the students’ request for renewal.

Students at Ward Melville High School of Three Village Central School District in East Setauket, New York.Screenshot from 2014-10-16 14:54:15

Ward Melville High School of East Setauket decided late last week to renew the group Students United in Faith after receiving a letter from the Liberty Institute, a conservative law firm.

Last year, administrators at the school denied SUIF recognition under the charge that the student organization lacked sufficient numbers of interested persons to garner recognition.

“We are hoping that the school doesn’t make this an annual tradition of violating the Equal Access Act,” said Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute’s director of strategic litigation, in a statement to The Christian Post.

“Congress can pass laws and the courts can issue opinions, but if great Americans like John Raney and Jeremy Johnson don’t take a bold stand for freedom, we will all lose our liberty.”

Students wanted to start a SUIF chapter at the Long Island-area high school last year, but their request was denied.

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‘ DO NOT SPARE THE OIL AS SAUDI ARABIA KEEPS CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION HIGH FUELLING STEEP DOWNWARD PRICE SLUMP ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 16 – (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s move to keep crude oil production high, fuelling a steep global price slump, may have an unexpected consequence: intensifying the campaign by U.S. producers to scrap Washington’s decades-old ban on exports of domestic crude.

Global oil prices plummeted nearly 5 percent on Tuesday to their lowest since 2010, as OPEC’s core members showed no sign of intervening to support the market. Amid talk of a price war, Iran, generally a price hawk, has changed course and said it can live with lower prices.

U.S. crudes have been trading at a discount to global prices since the rise of the shale revolution four years ago. That price squeeze has domestic producers eager to end the export ban enacted during the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s.

“Fully lifting the oil export ban would go a long way toward keeping U.S. oil production up even if prices continue to languish,” said Chris Faulkner, Chief Executive of Breitling Energy Inc. “Our country can’t afford to see the oil and gas boom start to bust.”

But many Americans, fearful of high gasoline prices, support the ban, as do their members of Congress. President Barak Obama has some leeway to allow more exports of some types of oil, but political experts have said he is unlikely to do so without evidence that below-market U.S. crude prices are forcing shale drillers to cut back or shut in output.

That scenario was highly unlikely during the past few years, when crude prices spent a lot of time above $100. But with oil plummeting and Saudi Arabia comfortable with crude as low as $80 a barrel, the day may arrive sooner than many had expected.

U.S. gasoline pump prices have also dropped to near $3 a gallon for the first time since 2010. If prices stay that low, Americans could grow less fearful that exporting crude will trigger a spike in retail prices, and more receptive to studies showing exports would actually boost the economy.

“I think it would be a harder argument to make at $80 than at $100,” said Guy Caruso, Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

PRICE WAR:

The makings of an oil price war took shape this month, when Saudi Arabia and Kuwait said they would not cut production, signaling they would rather allow prices to drift lower to curtail production from places like the U.S. shale patch and Russia.

It remains to be seen how quickly lower prices begin to hem in U.S. production of light, sweet shale crude, which has boomed. For the moment, U.S. shale oil prices remain only a few dollars below global rivals due to strong refinery demand.

But few analysts expect that to last much longer, with a retreat to discounts of $10 a barrel or more that will amplify the price pain for drillers.

“The question is whether or not the Saudis want $80 Brent or $90 Brent. If it’s $80 our fear is we’d get a $10 to $15 discount, and at $65 crude then a lot of the U.S. plays are uneconomical,” Scott Sheffield, chief executives of Pioneer Natural Resources, said on Tuesday at the Aspen Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

Lifting the ban would allow U.S. producers to recapture the traditional price premium held by Brent, which is now about $3 a barrel, but was nearly $10 this summer, Sheffield said.

Many experts say they see little reason for Obama or Congress to push forward an issue that may be seen as caving to Big Oil interests at the expensive of the U.S. motorist.

However, if lower prices slow the drilling boom that has been a pillar of the U.S. economic recovery, politicians in Washington may have more reason to take action.

“The President would be able to stand up and say `we have to do this because we don’t want this production shut in,”‘ said Amy Myers Jaffe, Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability at the University of California, Davis.

AFTER WHICH ELECTION?

Some analysts expect further action after elections. Congressional mid-terms this November could tilt the Senate into the control of export-friendly Republicans, or the 2016 presidential election could result in a more oil-friendly administration.

Sheffield at Pioneer, one of two companies that has approval to export lightly-processed condensate crude, said he hopes the Commerce Department will bless more exports after November.

Even so, opponents are not backing down.

“Just because oil prices are lower does not change the fact that ending the export ban would increase prices, cut American refinery jobs, and get us no closer to energy independence,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.

“I understand that Big Oil wants to make more money, but last I checked they are doing pretty well for themselves.”

Sources: Reuters – Additional Contribution from CNBC  

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(Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Timothy Gardner, editing by Jonathan Leff and David Gregorio)

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PARIS: ‘ Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame ‘

#AceNewsServices – PARIS – October 09. /TASS/. The Polish Catholic mission in Paris has been allowed to place a statue of Pope John Paul II, a work of Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, near the French capital’s landmark cathedral, Notre Dame, the archbishop of the Polish city of Lodz said on Thursday.

' Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame '

‘ Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame ‘

The 3.6-meter bronze statue weighing 1.5 metric tonnes, Tsereteli’s gift to the mission, will be placed in Square Jean XXIII, named after Pope John XXIII, on October 25.

Tsereteli’s sculptures can be found all over the world, from New York and London to Jerusalem and Tokyo.

Among them is a giant statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and the Tear Drop monument in New Jersey commemorating 9/11 victims.

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NEW YORK: ‘ Hilton Worldwide Sells Waldorf Astoria Hotel to China ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 08 – The worlds’ biggest hotel operator Hilton Worldwide has sold the iconic Waldorf Astoria in New York to a Chinese insurance company for nearly $2 billion, a record for a US hotel.

The Waldorf Astoria is pictured at 301 Park Avenue in New York '

‘The Waldorf Astoria is pictured at 301 Park Avenue in New York ‘

The deal marks the continued Chinese real estate shopping spree in America.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings sold the historic landmark to Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group for a record breaking $1.95 billion, which is the largest acquisition of US realty by a Chinese buyer.

The hotel will still be operated by Hilton, but is expected to undergo major renovations in the coming years.

Opened in 1931 and offering some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline, the hotel is famed for its elite guest list from US presidents to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.

President Barack Obama books the Presidential Suite when he travels to New York City, following the tradition of every US president since Herbert Hoover.

Next time the President stays at the hotel, it will be under Chinese ownership.

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UNITED STATES: ‘ Wal-Mart Stores to Eliminate Health Insurance Coverage for Part-Time Employees ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 07 – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation’s largest private employer.

' Wal-Mart Cuts Health Insurance for Part-Time Workers '

‘ Wal-Mart Cuts Health Insurance for Part-Time Workers ‘

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that starting Jan. 1, it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week.

The move affects 30,000 employees, or about 5 percent of Wal-Mart’s total part-time workforce, but comes after the company already had scaled back the number of part-time workers who were eligible for health insurance coverage since 2011.

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‘ Mahmoud Abbas Accuses Israel of War Crimes’

AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – September 26 – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of conducting a “war of genocide” and a “series of absolute war crimes” during the 50-day summer conflict in Gaza, but stopped short of saying he will pursue war crime charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court AP reported. 

In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Abbas also said he will seek a U.N. resolution to set a deadline for Israel to pull out of Palestinian lands captured in the 1967 war but did not include a three-year deadline as his aides had said he would.

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‘ Three 911 Fire-Fighters ALL Die Together ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – September 25 – The FDNY on Wednesday was mourning the death of three retired fire-fighters who all died in one day earlier this week from illnesses they contracted in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

' Three 911 Firefighters ALL Die in One Day '

‘ Three 911 Fire-Fighters ALL Die in One Day ‘

Fire-fighter Daniel Heglund, Lt. Howard Bischoff, and Fire-fighter Robert Leaver all died Monday as a result of illnesses they came down with while working at the World Trade Centre site after the attacks, according to the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

Heglund, of the Rescue 4 unit, retired in March 2003 after 21 years with the department. Bischoff, of Ladder 149, and Leaver, of Ladder 202, retired in May 2003 after 19 years and 20 years with the department, respectively.

Heglund died just one day before his 59th birthday, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.

Losing three fire-fighters on the same day to WTC-related illnesses is a painful reminder that, 13 years later, we continue to pay a terrible price for the Department’s heroic efforts on September 11th,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement.

NYC Resources 9/11 Health Statistics have shown that FDNY first responders showed health effects soon after the attacks, with 99 percent of exposed fire-fighters reporting at least one new respiratory system illness, the union said.

The FDNY has recorded more than 850 firefighters and ambulance workers with cancers that have been confirmed to be connected work at Ground Zero, the union said.

The firefighters’ names will be added to the memorial wall of FDNY members who died as a result of the attacks. There are already 89 names on the wall, according to a New York Daily News report.

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