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New York – Law Enforcement Experts: Trooper Had The Law On His Side When He Shot Unarmed Escapee

June 29, 2015 at 07:00 PM
New York - A state trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed prison escapee David Sweat, apparently in the back, as the convicted killer ran toward a forest near the Canadian border. State and federal law allows the use of deadly force to prevent an escape if the officer believes the escapee poses a significant threat. Law enforcement experts say this shooting was...

Manhattan, NY – Car Ban Takes Effect In NYC’s Central Park

June 29, 2015 at 06:35 PM
Manhattan, NY - A ban on cars in Central Park north of 72nd Street is now in effect. That means the drives in most of the park will be mainly for recreational use. The four transverse roads - which link the east and west sides of Manhattan -are below park level. They'll remain open to cars. Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced the vehicle ban earlier in June. It also applies to parts of...

Washington – Pentagon: Islamic State Seen As Potent Force A Year After Caliphate Declaration

June 29, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Washington - A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a U.S.-led coalition but remains a potent force holding key cities, the Pentagon said on Monday. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, said the militant group has lost a quarter of the land it controlled at the height...

Albany, NY – New York Formalizes Ban On Fracking, Ending 7-year Review

June 29, 2015 at 05:34 PM
Albany, NY - New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments. "After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," Department of Environmental...

Pine Bush, NY – Pine Bush School District Settles Anti-Semitic Harassment Lawsuit With $4.48M Payout

June 29, 2015 at 04:59 PM
Pine Bush, NY - The Pine Bush School District in upstate New York has agreed to pay $4.48 million to settle a 2012 lawsuit that alleged five current and former Jewish students suffered anti-Semitic harassment. The lawsuit states that school officials failed to take appropriate and timely action to protect the students, reports the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1Jtr6sg). The school...

Shilo, West Bank – Four Israelis Wounded In Suspected Palestinian West Bank Shooting

June 29, 2015 at 04:26 PM
Shilo, West Bank - A gunman opened fire at a group of Israelis near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Monday, the Israeli military said, in a suspected Palestinian drive-by attack. A spokesman for Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said medics were treating four people in their twenties, one of them badly wounded. A military spokesman said forces were searching the area for...

New York – Wall St. Drops Sharply, Dow Down 350 Points On Greek Default Fears

June 29, 2015 at 04:10 PM
New York - Stocks are closing with their biggest losses of the year as investors worry about fallout from Greece's worsening debt crisis. Greece is moving closer to defaulting on its debt and could be forced to abandon the euro currency. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 350 points, or 2 percent, to 17,596 Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index sank 43 points, or 2.1 percent, to...

France – Beheading Suspect Denies Jihad Motivation

June 29, 2015 at 03:59 PM
France - The man being held in France under suspicion of beheading his boss and trying to blow up a chemicals plant has told investigators there was no religious motivation behind the attack, a source close to the inquiry said on Monday. The source said Yassin Salhi, 35, told investigators he was not a jihadist and repeated earlier statements that he committed the act outside the southeast...

United Nations – France: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Can Explode At Any Time

June 29, 2015 at 03:30 PM
United Nations - France's foreign minister warned Monday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode "at any moment" and the Islamic State extremist group can interfere at any time. Laurent Fabius told a group of reporters that "if and when it explodes, it's very, very, very problematic for the whole region and for the world." Fabius said that "every radical group," especially in...

Chicago, IL – Not Backing Down From Mexican Comments, Trump Considers Suing NBC News

June 29, 2015 at 03:09 PM
Chicago, IL - Donald Trump says he'll consider suing after NBC announced it was ending its business relationship with the Republican presidential candidate over comments he made about immigrants during his campaign kickoff. Trump told reporters in Chicago on Monday that he's not apologizing for claiming some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country. He says if his "strong...

New York – NBC Severing Business Relationship With Donald Trump Over Comments

June 29, 2015 at 02:50 PM
New York - NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. NBC said it would no longer air the annual "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. Trump has said he is no longer...

Cyprus – Lebanese Man Jailed In Cyprus Ammonium ‘plot’ Against Israelis

June 29, 2015 at 02:33 PM
Cyprus - Cyprus jailed a member of the armed wing of Hezbollah for six years on Monday after he pleaded guilty to charges of stockpiling explosives to attack Jewish targets abroad. Hussein Bassam Abdallah, 26, who has dual Canadian and Lebanese nationality, was arrested in late May after Cypriot authorities found 8.2 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, a potential explosive, in the basement...

West New York, NJ – New Jersey Man Charged With Conspiracy To Provide Material Support To Islamic State

June 29, 2015 at 02:00 PM
West New York, NJ - FBI agents on Monday arrested another New Jersey man who is accused of plotting to support the Islamic State group. Authorities charged Alaa Saadeh, 23, of West New York, with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic militant organization and witness tampering. They said he tried to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI. Saadeh was scheduled to appear before...

Vienna – Nuke Talks Set For Several More Days; Signs Of Backtracking

June 29, 2015 at 01:36 PM
Vienna - World powers and Iran prepared to move past Tuesday's deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, with officials suggesting significant backtracking by Tehran's negotiators that may need several more days of discussions to resolve. U.S. negotiators will remain in Vienna for Iran nuclear talks which are likely to extend past a self-imposed June 30 deadline, White House spokesman...

New York – Petition For NBC To Cut Ties With Trump Draws 200,000 Names

June 29, 2015 at 01:00 PM
New York - A petition asking NBC to fire Donald Trump has collected more than 200,000 signatures. Posted on the Change.org website, the petition calls out NBC of choosing business over "ethics, principles and values" in the wake of Trump's recent statements when declaring his candidacy for president. Among his remarks, the GOP hopeful portrayed immigrants from Mexico as "bringing drugs...

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