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Washington – 13 GM Traffic Deaths Are Tied to a 57-Cent Part

April 1, 2014 at 11:36 PM
Washington - The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect. At a hearing on Capitol Hill before a House subcommittee, GM's Mary Barra acknowledged under often testy questioning that the company...

Malaysia – Authorities Release Full Audio Transcript Of MH370 Communications

April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Malaysia - Malaysian authorities on Tuesday released their full transcript of the audio communications between Flight 370's cockpit and air traffic controllers before the plane disappeared March 8. The conversation, heavy with aviation shorthand, is in English with the one Indonesian comment meaning, "Good morning." The conversation, as it was released, between the cockpit and various units of...

Los Angeles, CA – Officials: No Immediate US Tsunami Threat From Major Chile Quake

April 1, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Los Angeles, CA - U.S. officials say they've found no threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile, but the danger to Hawaii is still under evaluation. Bill Knight, a scientist at the National Tsunami Warning Center, says early data show that by the time waves generated by Tuesday night's magnitude-8.2 quake reach the...

San Francisco, CA – City Weighs Minimum Wage Of $12.30, Among Nation’s Highest

April 1, 2014 at 09:57 PM
San Francisco, CA - A California city in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area will vote on Tuesday on a bid to raise its minimum wage to $12.30, which if passed would be among the highest municipal "living wage" rates in the United States. The vote by the city council in Richmond, home to 100,000 people east of San Francisco, comes at a time when Democratic politicians across the United States...

New York – Judge Tosses Man’s Claim Of Ownership Of Facebook

April 1, 2014 at 09:29 PM
New York - A federal judge has officially closed the book on a New York man's multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming half-ownership of Facebook. Judge Richard Arcara has granted Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg's motion to dismiss Paul Ceglia's (SEHG'-lee-uhz) lawsuit. Last week's ruling affirms a magistrate judge's recommendation from a year ago saying the lawsuit should be thrown out...

Englewood, NJ – Jewish Man Killed In Turnpike Accident

April 1, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Engelewood, NJ - Hours after a Jewish man from Queens was struck and killed by a tractor trailer as he stood on the side of the New Jersey turnpike, police are continuing an investigation in an effort to determine why the man was outside his vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder of the road. 60 year Izhak Shvarz of Fresh Meadows was pronounced dead at the scene on the northbound side of...

Damascus – Death Toll In Syria’s Civil War Above 150,000

April 1, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Damascus - At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The UK-based Observatory, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of activists and medical or security sources, said that real toll was likely to be significantly higher at around 220,000 deaths. Efforts to...

Washington – Senator Vows To Bar Entry To U.S. For Iran Hostage-Taker Ambassador

April 1, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Washington - Iran has chosen a former hostage-taker involved in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran to serve as its ambassador at the United Nations, Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday in vowing to bar him from entering the United States. Cruz said it was outrageous that Iran had selected Hamid Aboutalebi, who was a member of a Muslim student group that held 52 Americans hostage for 444...

Washington – Holder: Khalid Sheik Mohammad Won’t Be Tried In NY

April 1, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Washington - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the successful prosecution of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law won't lead to a new effort to send the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks to New York for trial. Holder on Tuesday congratulated the trial team that prosecuted Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo gayth), al-Qaida's spokesman after the attacks. But he told...

New York, NY – Mayor de Blasio Aims To Improve Relations With The Press

April 1, 2014 at 06:43 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio's relationship with New York City's press since taking office was initially marked with several missteps and unflattering tabloid headlines. That poor relationship may have contributed to his sinking poll numbers. But the mayor and his staff have taken efforts to improve relations with the reporters who cover him the closest. He sat down for an...

Milpitas, CA – California’s $425M Powerball Winner Comes Forward

April 1, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Milpitas, CA - The sole winner of February's $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday. California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento. " 'Unbelievable!' is all I could muster," Buxton said in a statement on Tuesday. "Once the initial shock passed, I couldn't...

New York – FBI Investigates High-Speed Stock Traders

April 1, 2014 at 06:00 PM
New York - The FBI is looking into the practices of high-frequency stock trading firms, adding to the scrutiny that is being placed on the practice. Brokerage firms use high-frequency trading to get a jump on their competitors. Powerful computers analyze market information and then execute buy and sell orders for stocks within a fraction of a second. One way that high-frequency traders have...

Albany, NY – Trump Rallies Against Cuomo, New York Gun Control

April 1, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Albany, NY - Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied outside New York's Capitol Tuesday to call for the repeal of gun control measures championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which they intend to use as a rallying cry in the fall elections. Supporters of New York's gun control measures — among the most restrictive in the U.S. — held a smaller event inside the Statehouse to announce several new...

Jerusalem – Ancient Monastery, Large Mosaics, Found In Israel

April 1, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Antiquities Authority has unveiled a monastery dating back some 1,400 years in the south of the country with impressive mosaic floors that shed light on life in the region during the Byzantine period. Excavation director Daniel Varga called the find "spectacular" on Tuesday. He said the monastery, discovered this week, is from the sixth century and that the detailed...

New York – Factory Data Lifts S&P 500 To Record Close

April 1, 2014 at 04:23 PM
New York - New signs of life in the U.S. manufacturing sector helped push the stock market to a record high Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 13.18 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 1,885.52. That's above its previous record of 1,878.04, set on March 7. The gains were broad, with eight out of the ten sectors in the S&P 500 rising. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 74.95...

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