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Florida – FBI Agent Cleared In Shooting Of Suspect Questioned About Boston Bombing

March 21, 2014 at 05:32 PM
Florida - A Florida prosecutor has cleared an FBI agent of any criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Chechen man as he was being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said Friday. The officials said State Attorney Jeff Ashton won't bring charges against the agent. Both officials spoke Friday on...

Washington – U.S. Says Skeptical About Russia Assurances On Troop Movement

March 21, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Washington - White House national security adviser Susan Rice said on Friday the United States is skeptical of Russian assurances that troop movements on the Ukraine border are no more than military exercises. "We have indeed been taking note of developments along Ukraine's border, including the Russian border," Rice told reporters. "The Russians have stated that they are intending military...

New York, NY – Bloomberg’s Letter-Grading City Restaurant Inspections Overhauled

March 21, 2014 at 04:19 PM
New York, NY - The New York City letter-grade restaurant system has been revamped by the City Council with an eye toward easing the burden of fines on restaurant owners. The changes will maintain the grading system implemented by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg but will add consistency to fines given out during inspections, according to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The new...

NEw York – Wal-Mart Rolls Out New New Shopping Tool: See Competitors Prices

March 21, 2014 at 03:45 PM
New York - The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again. Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it has rolled out an online tool that allows shoppers to compare its prices on 80,000 food and household products to those of its competitors. The world's largest retailer began offering the feature that's called "Savings Catcher" on its website last month...

New York – NYC Lawmakers, Residents: It’s Time For De Blasio To Tackle Rising Water Bills

March 21, 2014 at 03:12 PM
New York - Residents of New York City are tired of paying huge water bills and are ready for the mayor to make due on his promise during his campaign to address the issue. CBS New York (http://cbsloc.al/1hNWtfl) reports in April of 2013 during his mayoral race, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the rising costs related to water bills was “wrong” and had to stop. Councilman Rory Lancman, a...

Istanbul – Turkish Attempt To Ban Twitter Backfires

March 21, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Istanbul - Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire on Friday with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that the prime minister was using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government. Turkey's telecommunications authority confirmed early Friday that it had blocked access to the social media network hours...

Brooklyn, NY – Maimonides In $1M Lawsuit After Couple Claims Hospital Released Wrong Remains After Stillbirth

March 21, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A couple who experienced a stillbirth at Maimonides Medical Center has sued the hospital for giving them the wrong remains of what they thought was their four-month-old unborn son. The New York Post (http://bit.ly/1d8hILw) reports William Werner and Abaline Nieves cremated and held a funeral for the wrong remains and slapped Maimonides with a $1 million suit. Nieves...

New York – NYPD Boss: Police Stations ‘Deplorable’

March 21, 2014 at 01:42 PM
New York, NY - Police Commissioner William Bratton is calling building conditions in many of New York City's aging precinct stations "deplorable." Bratton made the remark on Friday while testifying at a City Council hearing. Bratton told council members that many of the police stations in the city's 76 precincts are in desperate need of plumbing, electrical and other upgrades after "a...

Norway – Museum Agrees To Return Nazi Looted Matisse To Jewish Art Dealer

March 21, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Amsterdam - A Norwegian museum says it has agreed to return a Matisse once looted by Hermann Goering to the family of Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg. The 1937 painting, "Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace," has been the centerpiece of the Henie Onstad Art Center near Oslo since the museum was established in 1968 by shipping magnate Niels Onstad and his wife, Olympic figure-skating...

Brooklyn, NY – Police Searching For Driver Hit-and-run Accident In Midwood

March 21, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Brooklyn, NY -  The Flatbush Hatzoloh, a volunteer emergency rescue service, took an 8-year-old hit-and-run victim from Midwood to the hospital yesterday, but did not report the accident to the NYPD. As reported by Brooklyn Daily (http://bit.ly/OHTwnI) the police department is now looking for the driver of the green Dodge Caravan who fled the scene on Avenue J. by E. 29th street Thursday. The...

New York, NY – Teen Shoots Man Dead On NYC Bus In Brooklyn

March 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM
New York, NY - A 14-year-old boy was arrested on a second-degree murder charge Friday after police say he fired a gun inside a New York City bus in a street gang dispute, killing a bystander who was speaking on his cellphone. The victim, Angel Rojas, 39, wasn't the target in the Thursday night shooting, Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters. Rojas died from a gunshot wound to the...

Washington – U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Fed’s Debit Card ‘Swipe Fee’ Limits

March 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Washington - A U.S. appeals court upheld the Federal Reserve's controversial rules for debit card "swipe fees" on Friday, reversing a lower court's decision to throw them out after merchants argued the charges were too high. Businesses pay the fees to banks when customers use debit cards to purchase goods or services. The fees reimburse banks for costs involved in offering debit cards. At...

New Jersey – 10 Unaccounted For In Motel Fire That Killed 3, Injured 8.

March 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ - Officials say 10 people are unaccounted for after a fire that destroyed a motel at the Jersey shore, killing three people. The blaze at the Mariner's Cove Motor Inn was reported at about 5:30 a.m. Friday. The two-story wood structure was engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato says three males died in the fire and...

Maryland – Baltimore Jewish Community Fights Retrial Of 1969 Child Murderer (photos-video)

March 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Baltimore, MD - Baltimore’s Jewish community went to court Thursday to protest the possible retrial of a child killer who murdered an 11-year-old girl in 1969. The Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/1kPwBCt) reports Wayne Stephen Young – who was convicted of killing Esther Lebovitz – filed an appeal that says he wants his case to be put under reconsideration based on a 2012 Maryland court...

New York – NJ Muslims File Appeal In NYPD Spying Case

March 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM
New York - A group of Muslims from New Jersey is appealing a federal judge's ruling that found the New York City Police Department's surveillance of Muslims did not violate their civil rights. Attorneys with Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights on Friday appealed the dismissal of a 2012 lawsuit brought by eight Muslims who alleged the NYPD conducted unconstitutional...

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