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New York – In With The New: Snappy Apps For 2015

January 1, 2015 at 11:30 PM
New York - Uber, Facebook, Instagram — sure, they've been all the rage, but as 2014 winds down we're all ready for something fresh. From ride-hailing to photo sharing, here are a few up-and coming apps and startups to watch in in 2015. Which will be the breakout hit of the new year? TELL A STORY Instagram, which is owned by Facebook Inc., now has 300 million users — more than Twitter...

London – World Health Organization Reports 7,905 Ebola Deaths

January 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM
London - The World Health Organization says the number of reported Ebola deaths in West Africa has risen to 7,905. The WHO says altogether some 20,206 cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported since the outbreak in December 2013. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been the hardest-hit countries in the epidemic. An update released late Wednesday by the WHO says that new cases in...

Honolulu – Obama Says Cuomo Championed Tolerance, Opportunity

January 1, 2015 at 10:56 PM
Honolulu - President Barack Obama is praising former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo as an unflinching voice for tolerance, fairness and opportunity. The president and first lady Michelle Obama are sending condolences to the relatives and friends of Cuomo, who died Thursday at age 82. Cuomo served three terms as governor, an office his son now inhabits. Obama says in a statement that Cuomo was "a...

New York – Pedestrian Deaths Fall To Historic Lows In NYC

January 1, 2015 at 10:30 PM
New York - Pedestrian deaths are at historic lows in New York City after a push by City Hall to make streets safer. According to the New York Times, (http://nyti.ms/1AfUxGW ) there were 132 pedestrian deaths from traffic accidents in 2014, the lowest since the city began keeping records. There were 180 in 2013. Preliminary city data shows overall traffic fatalities are down to 248 from 293...

Fresno, CA – More Room For Chickens Likely Means Costlier Eggs

January 1, 2015 at 10:04 PM
Fresno, CA - The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings. The new standard backed by animal rights advocates has drawn ire nationwide because farmers in Iowa, Ohio and other states who sell eggs in California have to abide by the same...

Missouri – St. Louis Man Charged With Threatening Police

January 1, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Missouri - A St. Louis man is facing charges for allegedly tweeting about killing police and an explosion at the St. Louis City Justice Center. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office said Thursday that 35-year-old Jason Valentine is charged with 10 counts of making a terrorist threat meant to frighten people. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Valentine is being held on a $100,000...

Stockholm – Sweden Hit By Third Mosque Arson Attack In A Week

January 1, 2015 at 09:15 PM
Stockholm - Swedish police launched a manhunt Thursday after the third arson attack against a mosque in a week, amid growing tensions over the rise of a far right anti-immigration movement. "People saw a man throwing something burning at the building," police in Uppsala said in a statement, adding that the mosque in eastern Sweden did not catch fire and that the suspect had left behind "a text...

Israel – Security Center Publishes Names Of 50 Killed Terrorists ‘Concealed By Hamas’

January 1, 2015 at 08:58 PM
Israel - An Israeli defense analysis center released on Thursday the names of 50 Gazan terrorists killed in combat with Israel this summer, whose names have been concealed by Hamas from Palestinian casualty lists. The Tel Aviv-based Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center said all of the combatant casualties were members of Hamas's military wing, the Izzadin Al-Kassam...

New York – Former Governor Mario Cuomo Has Died At The Age Of 82

January 1, 2015 at 07:43 PM
New York - Mario Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants who became an eloquent spokesman for a generation of liberal Democrats during his three terms as governor of New York but couldn't quite bring himself to run for president, has died. He was 82. Cuomo died Thursday of natural causes due to heart failure at his home, the same day his son Andrew started his second term as governor, according to...

Lewisburg, WV – 2 Officers, Suspect Shot In W.Va. Highway Shootout

January 1, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Lewisburg, WV - An emergency dispatch official in West Virginia says two Lewisburg police officers were shot after they stopped a suspected stolen vehicle and the driver opened fire. Donna Hinkle of the Greenbrier County 911 center said both officers and the driver were hospitalized Thursday with injuries that were not life threatening. Hinkle said the New Year's Day shooting occurred about...

New York, NY – Done Little To Discourage Fare Evasion Subway Emergency Exit Alarms Gone

January 1, 2015 at 07:05 PM
New York, NY - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it has disabled alarms at station emergency exits because they do little to discourage fare evasion. The alarms blared when straphangers opened emergency exit doors instead of filing through turnstiles. The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1y99wUQ ) reported Wednesday that after a nearly a decade, the sirens were shut off. The...

Washington – U.S. Supreme Court Plans To Improve Access To Documents

January 1, 2015 at 06:31 PM
Washington - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said on Wednesday the Supreme Court is launching a new case-filing system that will enable the public for the first time to view all court papers on the court's own website. The high court has been accused by critics of being behind the times and clinging to internal workings that are too secretive. But Roberts said in his annual report on the U.S...

New York – NY To Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Restaurants

January 1, 2015 at 06:02 PM
New York - Restaurants and commercial buildings statewide will be required starting next June to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors. The two laws signed this week apply to New York City and the rest of the state. Sponsors say they are intended to extend the requirement for the detectors already in place for apartments and one- and two-family homes. They noted that a carbon...

Washington – What If Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Run For President?

January 1, 2015 at 05:02 PM
Washington - In Washington, in Iowa, in New Hampshire, really in any place that's already talking about the 2016 campaign for president, just about everyone expects Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president. But is it possible that Clinton might not give a White House campaign another try? The former first lady, New York senator and U.S. secretary of state has paid speeches lined up into...

New York – NY Times: NYC Murders Hit Record Low In 2014

January 1, 2015 at 04:26 PM
New York - Murders in New York fell to 328 in 2014, the fewest since the New York Police Department started keeping reliable numbers in 1963, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The biggest U.S. city, once notorious for high crime, had 328 killings last year, the newspaper said, citing police statistics. The figure is the lowest since at least 1963, when the police department began...

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