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New York – FEMA Extends Application Deadline for Storm Aid

December 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
New York - The deadline for Superstorm Sandy survivors in 13 designated New York counties to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance has been extended to Jan. 28, 2013. FEMA says the extension is for residents living in New York City and in the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster. Federal aid includes money for...

New York – New York Life Expectancy Rises to Record 81 Years

December 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM
New York - The average life in the nation's biggest city may be hectic, but it's long. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that life expectancy has hit a record high: 80.9 years for a baby born in the city in 2010. The national average is 78.7 years. The city's life expectancy number has grown by three years since 2001, nearly twice the nationwide rise. Bloomberg credits...

Albany, NY – Health Officials Say Flu is Widespread in State

December 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Albany, NY - New York health officials say flu cases have been confirmed in more than half the state and they're encouraging people to get vaccinated. They say the pace of infections is picking up, with cases reported in 47 counties and all of New York City. The flu season typically begins in October and continues through May, peaking in late winter or early spring. Last year, almost 1,200...

Florida – U.S. Military’s Secret Mini-Shuttle Lifts Off

December 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Florida - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket carrying a small robotic space shuttle lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday for the third flight in a classified military test program. The 196-foot (60-meter) rocket blasted off at 1:03 p.m. ET (1603 GMT) carrying the military's original X-37B experimental space plane, also known as an Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV. The...

Sanford, FL – Judge Keeps GPS Monitor on Trayvon Martin’s Killer

December 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Sanford, FL - A Florida judge on Tuesday denied a request from accused murderer George Zimmerman to let him remove his GPS monitoring device and travel freely in the state pending his trial next June in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, 29, has been confined to Seminole County under a $1 million bond since July, when a judge concluded that he had presented...

South Korea – North Korea Launches Long Range Rocket

December 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
South Korea - South Korea says North Korea has fired a long-range rocket in a defiant move just days ahead of South Korea's presidential election. It was the second rocket launch under leader Kim Jong Un. Kim took power following his father Kim Jong Il's death one year ago. It wasn't immediately clear if the rocket launch Wednesday morning succeeded. A similar launch in April broke apart...

Washington – US official: ‘Obama Planning Talks With Iran, Excluding Israel’

December 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Washington - US President Barack Obama plans to propose to Iran that they conduct direct negotiations over the Islamic Republic nuclear program, Channel 10 reported Tuesday night citing a senior US official. According to the official, the decision did not involve any coordination or consultation with Israel. According to the report, the US is likely to give negotiations a time-frame of four...

New York – Crusading Rabbi Claims He Was Attacked In Brooklyn

December 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
New York - A Controversial Brooklyn Chassidic Rabbi well-known for his outspoken views and activism on behalf of sex abuse victims, is recovering this evening after being hospitalized following an assault. Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg claimed he was attacked with a liquid chemical In Williamsburg on Roebling Street at about noon, police said. According to the NY Daily News (http://goo.gl/1JDvZ...

Washington – Obama Says U.S. Will Grant Recognition to Syrian Rebels

December 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama declared Syria's main opposition group the sole "legitimate representative" of its country's people Tuesday, deeming the move "a big step" in the international diplomatic efforts to end Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled regime. Obama said the newly formed Syrian Opposition Council "is now inclusive enough" to be granted the elevated status, which...

New York – Americans Finding Dozens of Ways to Mark 12-12-12

December 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
New York - A Michigan sixth-grader will put aside her nerves and get her ears pierced on her 12th birthday. Two law-enforcement officials will exchange wedding vows at 12:12 p.m. in Pittsburgh's federal courthouse. And gamblers can take advantage of promotions some casinos are using to lure in patrons who want to test their luck. With a once-a-century date arriving Wednesday, some people...

Albany, NY – NY’s Top Court: NYC Gang Member Not A Terrorist

December 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Albany, NY - Street gangsters who commit assaults and killings are not terrorists under the statute enacted after hijackers crashed jets into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, New York's highest court ruled unanimously Tuesday. There's no indication New York lawmakers passed the law to elevate gang-on-gang street violence to the status of terrorism, which carries tougher penalties, the Court...

Boston – Google Makes Professor’s Dream Of $100 Laptop Reality

December 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Boston - Google Inc began selling basic laptop computers to schools at a price of $99, meeting a price point that prominent MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte famously held out in 2005 as key to bringing computing power to the masses. The Internet giant said on Monday that it will be offering the steep educational discount on Series 5 Chromebooks from Samsung Electronics Co through December 21...

Orange County, NY – State Police On the Lookout For Hit-and-Run Driver in Kiryas Joel

December 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Orange County, NY - New York State Police are on the hunt for the driver of a white van who struck and killed a Kiryas Joel Sanitation Department employee today around noon before fleeing the scene of the accident. Police say the van would have sustained front-end damage. According to Kiryas Joel Public Safety Commissioner Moses Witriol, the employee, whose name has not been released pending...

Bolivia – Judges Balk at Setting Jacob Ostreicher Free

December 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Bolivia - A Bolivian appeals panel has refused to immediately release a New York businessman, despite evidence he was fleeced and extorted by prosecutors who have had him jailed for 18 months without charges on suspicion of money laundering. Instead, the two judges sent the case of Jacob Ostreicher back to the trial judge. They ordered her to reconsider favorable evidence she previously...

New York – NYPD Releases Security Photo In Shooting Of LA Man

December 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
New York - Someone wanted Brandon Lincoln Woodard dead — bad enough to track him down on a midtown Manhattan block in what looked like a professional hit. But who killed Woodard and why remained a mystery on Tuesday as police studied security videotape of the unidentified gunman and delved into Woodard's checkered past for clues. The slaying "was not a random thing as far as we can...

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