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Washington – The Globe’s Record Heat Keeps On Broiling Into This Year

April 17, 2015 at 06:04 PM
Washington - There's been no break from the globe's record heat — the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month's average temperature of 56.4 degrees (13.6 degrees Celsius) was the hottest March on record, averaging 1.5 degrees above the average for the 20th century. It broke a record set in...

Washington – Obama Calls Delay Of His Attorney General Nominee ‘crazy’

April 17, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. "What are we doing here?" Obama said. "I have to say there are times when the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It's gone too far. Enough. Enough. "Call Loretta...

Rockaway Townshia, NJ – New Jersey Arsenal Evacuates; Suspicious Car Tries To Enter

April 17, 2015 at 04:52 PM
Rockaway Townshia, NJ - Authorities say a suspicious vehicle stopped at a security checkpoint at a New Jersey arsenal has been deemed to pose no explosive threat. The Picatinny Arsenal was evacuated for several hours Friday after security personnel noticed something suspicious within the vehicle as it approached a gate. Authorities treated the situation as an explosive threat. The driver...

Berlin – UN Weather Agency Scratches ‘Isis’ From Storm Name List

April 17, 2015 at 04:37 PM
Berlin - The United Nations' weather agency has removed "Isis" from a list of future Pacific hurricane names, deeming it inappropriate given that the extremist Islamic State group has used ISIS as an acronym. World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis in Geneva said Friday the agency's regional hurricane committee decided to cut the name off a list of names for the eastern...

Lynnwood, WA – Highway Abuzz With Millions Of Bees After Semitruck Tips

April 17, 2015 at 03:22 PM
Lynnwood, WA - A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, Washington State Patrol Trooper...

Schenectady, NY – NY Woman Tackles Pothole Problem By Planting Pansies There

April 17, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Schenectady, NY -An upstate New York woman has taken on the post-winter pothole problem in her hometown by filling in the eyesores with pansies. After months of severe weather left the streets of Schenectady pocked with pavement craters and city public works crews scrambling to fix them, some residents began filling in the holes themselves. Elaine Santore decided to take it a step further...

Queens, NY – 4 Seriously Hurt When Bus Hits Truck That Crashes Into Store

April 17, 2015 at 02:10 PM
Queens, NY - Authorities say four people are seriously injured after a truck was hit by a school bus and then crashed into a fruit stand in Queens Village. The FDNY says seven people were taken to hospitals following the crash. Fire officials say none of the children on the bus appeared to be seriously injured. WABC says a pedestrian was pinned under the truck. It happened around noon...

Moscow – Kremlin: U.S. Military Trainers In Ukraine May Destabilize Situation

April 17, 2015 at 01:57 PM
Moscow - The Kremlin said on Friday the arrival of about 300 U.S. paratroopers in Ukraine to train Kiev's National Guard could destabilize the situation in the east of the country, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting Ukrainian government forces. Ukraine has repeatedly asked for international help to boost its defensive capabilities. Western countries have so far declined its requests to...

Philadelphia – Man Leaps Onto Subway Tracks To Pull Fallen Rider To Safety

April 17, 2015 at 01:25 PM
Philadelphia - Some waiting passengers turned away when a man tumbled onto the tracks at a downtown Philadelphia subway station, but one of them leaped into action. Surveillance video shows Alfred McNamee walking close to the edge of the platform Wednesday and falling to the tracks. Some riders look away in horror, but 28-year-old Charles Collins jumps down to help McNamee up. WPVI-TV...

Washington – Obama Says Surprised Russia Held Off So Long On Arms Deal With Iran

April 17, 2015 at 01:18 PM
Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he was surprised Russia had waited as long as it did to seal a deal to sell missile defense systems to Iran, given the tensions between Russia and the United States. Obama said the sale was initially set to occur in 2009, but Russia put it on hold at the United States' request. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the sale...

New York – NYPD Looking For Suspects In String Of Air Pump Thefts

April 17, 2015 at 01:05 PM
New York - The New York Police Department is looking for two suspects in connection to a string of air pump thefts from gas stations in Brooklyn and Queens. Authorities say the 17-incident chain started on December 29, and the most recent incident was on April 3. In each instance, the suspects use vehicles with tow hooks and chains to take coin-operated air pumps. The pumps have had...

Idaho – Mystery Man Who Rescued Driver From Cliff Comes Forward

April 17, 2015 at 12:29 PM
Idaho - A mystery man photographed pulling a driver from an SUV dangling over a 20-foot cliff above a northern Idaho canyon has come forward as the daring rescuer. Jason Warnock of Clarkston, Washington, tells the Lewiston Tribune newspaper (http://bit.ly/1IRKY7o ) that he left soon after saving the 23-year-old driver Wednesday to avoid publicity. But social media caught up when the photo...

Concord, NH – US Senator Says It’s Time To Put A Woman On The $20 Bill

April 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM
Concord, NH - The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen filed legislation this week that would create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate choice to the treasury secretary. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20s, a national campaign pushing for new $20 bills by 2020, the 100th...

Rockland County, NY – Monsey Boy Still Critical After Last Night’s MVA

April 17, 2015 at 11:38 AM
New York - A Rockland County boy remains in critical condition after being struck while riding his bike on one of Monsey’s busiest roads last night. 14 year old Chesky Sklarz of Airmont was struck at 8:26 last night on Route 59 not far from his Besen Parkway home by an eastbound Dodge Durango. Route 59 was closed last night for several hours between Besen Parkway and Remsen Avenue for...

San Francisco – Researchers: Israel Military Networks Breached By Hackers

April 17, 2015 at 11:03 AM
San Francisco - Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to private security researchers. The four-month-old effort, most likely by Arabic-speaking programmers, shows how the Middle East continues to be a hotbed for cyber espionage and how...

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