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New York – New York City-Area Roads, Subways To Close At 11 P.m.

January 26, 2015 at 05:27 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a storm-related travel ban will go into effect on all New York City-area roads at 11 p.m., along with a shutdown of the city's subway system and commuter rails. Cuomo says only emergency personnel will be allowed on roadways in 13 counties, including New York City and Long Island, after that point. Anyone else caught driving will get a summons for up...

New York – IBM: Forbes Report That It Plans To Layoff 100,000 Employees Ridiculous

January 26, 2015 at 05:16 PM
New York - Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people. The company "flatly denies" the Forbes report, IBM spokesman Ian Colley said in a phone interview. IBM previously has announced layoffs affecting "several thousand people," only "a small fraction" of the number predicted...

New York – Uber Caps Surge Pricing During Winter Storm

January 26, 2015 at 05:01 PM
New York - Want a ride home from car service Uber during the major snowstorm descending on the Northeast on Monday? Expect to pay more than the usual fare. Still, after taking heat for big price increases during past storms, Uber has capped how much prices can rise in U.S. cities during disasters or emergencies. In New York City, surge pricing will be capped at 2.8 times - nearly triple ...

Washington – U.S. Government Unveils Goal To Move Medicare Away From Fee-for-Service

January 26, 2015 at 04:30 PM
Washington - The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. By the end of 2018, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters that 50 percent of traditional Medicare's $362 billion...

Jerusalem – Israeli Intel Unit Drops Soldiers Who Refused To Spy On Palestinians

January 26, 2015 at 04:10 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans on Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living under occupation, Army Radio said. The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General "A", barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top army chiefs in September, saying they could no longer serve in the...

Krakow, Poland – Spielberg Warns Of Growing Anti-Semitism At Holocaust Event

January 26, 2015 at 03:50 PM
Krakow, Poland - Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity. His warning came in a speech to dozens of Auschwitz survivors the evening before official commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the...

Washington – Law Enforcement Wants Popular ‘Waze’ Police-Tracking App Disabled

January 26, 2015 at 03:36 PM
Washington - Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free service for warnings about nearby congestion, car accidents, speed traps, traffic cameras...

Washington – Ex-CIA Officer Convicted Of Leaking Secrets To NY Times Reporter

January 26, 2015 at 03:30 PM
Washington - A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. Jurors convicted 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling, of O'Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts he faced in federal court. On the third day of deliberations, the jurors had told the judge that they could not reach a unanimous verdict...

New York – NYC Supermarket Shelves Empty Out Ahead Of Storm

January 26, 2015 at 03:17 PM
New York - Across New York City, supermarket shelves were emptying out as shoppers hustled to buy last-minute supplies. Shopping cart gridlock descended Monday at Fairway, the gourmet grocery on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The meat shelves were all but bare. Nervous, annoyed customers shoved past each other. One frustrated woman muttered, "I can't take this." Outside on Broadway, the...

New York – U.S. Charges Three Men In Alleged Russian Spy Ring In NYC

January 26, 2015 at 02:43 PM
New York - The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including alleged information about U.S. sanctions against the country, and to recruit New York City residents as...

Washington – CBO: Deficit To Shrink To Lowest Level Of Obama Presidency

January 26, 2015 at 02:29 PM
Washington - The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit will shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That's slightly less than last year's $483 billion deficit. As a share of the economy, CBO says this year's deficit will be slightly below the...

Washington – Government Employee Operated Drone That Crashed At White House

January 26, 2015 at 01:52 PM
Washington - A small drone that crashed on the South Lawn of the White House early Monday was operated by a government employee who said it breached the secure perimeter by accident, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported that the employee does not work for the White House and told the U.S. Secret Service that he was flying the unmanned "quadcopter" aircraft recreationally before...

Berlin – Merkel Calls Threats, Attacks Against Jews In Germany ‘Disgrace’

January 26, 2015 at 01:51 PM
Berlin - On the eve of Tuesday's 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germans had an everlasting responsibility to fight all forms of anti-Semitism and racism. In what appeared to be an indirect reference to the grass-roots PEGIDA movement, which argues that Germany is being overrun by Muslims and refugees, Merkel told a memorial...

New York – NYC Roads To Close To Non-emergency Traffic On Monday Night

January 26, 2015 at 01:26 PM
New York - New York City's roads and streets will be indefinitely closed to non-emergency vehicles from 11 p.m. EST on Monday as potentially record-breaking blizzard heads toward the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. He also says all city public schools will be closed on Tuesday. After-school activities and programs scheduled for Monday also have been canceled. De Blasio made the...

Albany, NY – Cuomo Declares State Of Emergency, Considering Travel Ban

January 26, 2015 at 01:03 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns that conditions during the snowstorm will be "dangerous and difficult." Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Monday for New York City and suburban areas to the north and east. He says the massive storm barreling into the area "should not be taken lightly" and "could affect health and safety." The governor said winds could gust to 55 mph. Blowing...
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