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Dallas – Some Travelers Love To Hate The New Discount Airlines

October 8, 2015 at 11:07 PM
Dallas - When the delay on his 90-minute flight stretched past the four-hour mark, David Rankin started tweeting to Spirit Airlines as he and other passengers grew restless. "We're looking at the plane," Rankin said by phone from a Spirit gate at the Philadelphia airport. "There are no pilots." Rankin, an investment manager from New Jersey, swore it would be his last time on the discount...

Washington – Pro-Biden Super PAC Pulls TV Ad About VP’s Family Tragedy

October 8, 2015 at 10:29 PM
Washington - The super PAC urging Vice President Joe Biden to run for president pulled its first television ad off the air Thursday after Biden signaled he preferred that it not run. One day after releasing the ad recalling Biden's family tragedies and vowing to spend six figures to air it on national television, Draft Biden abruptly reversed course. Josh Alcorn, a senior adviser to the super...

Saranac Lake, NY – Rail Bikes Are Popular In Adirondacks But May Be Short-lived

October 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Saranac Lake, NY - Long-unused and deteriorating railroad tracks in the Adirondacks have been put to use by a new tourist attraction imported from South Korea — pedal-powered rail-riding vehicles called rail bikes. After plans to start a rail-biking business in Australia were derailed by high costs and red tape last spring, Alex Catchpoole and Mary-Joy Lu brought their shiny red contraptions...

New York – New York City To Offer Low-cost Healthcare To Uninsured Immigrants

October 8, 2015 at 09:36 PM
New York - New York will become one of the first major U.S. cities to expand low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants regardless of their legal status under a pilot program to launch next spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The pilot, called Direct Access, will initially apply to 1,000 immigrants. Some of them are in the country legally but still ineligible for support under the...

Washington – Ben Carson: Hitler’s Gun Control Policy Contributed To Murders Of 6 Million Jews During The Holocaust

October 8, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Continuing the controversial stance he has taken on gun control, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is now suggesting that the number of Jewish Holocaust victims may have been lessened if the Jewish prisoners had been armed with weapons. According to ABC News (http://abcn.ws/1LCpA8I), Carson made his comments during on an interview on CNN where he was asked about...

San Francisco – Netflix Raising US Price For Most Popular Video Plan By $1

October 8, 2015 at 08:23 PM
San Francisco - Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 for new customers in the U.S., Canada and some Latin America countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as "House of Cards" and other original programming. The new price of $10 per month for Netflix's standard plan — its most popular — marks the second time in 17 months that Los Gatos...

New York, NY – Prominent NYC Political Consulting Group Is Fined

October 8, 2015 at 08:06 PM
New York, NY - The New York City Campaign Finance Board is fining a political consultant group for avoiding contribution limits. The board announced Thursday that it is fining The Advance Group $15,000. The firm owes another $10,800 to the state. The consultant group was accused of helping a well-funded anti-horse-carriage group as well as two city council candidates in 2013. The board...

New York – Facebook’s ‘Like’ Button Set To Get More Emotive

October 8, 2015 at 07:32 PM
New York - Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. Users will soon be able to do more than "like" posts. They will be able to love them and express sympathy, anger or sadness with animated emoticons. The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of "Reactions," with users able select from seven emotions, including like and...

Las Vegas – Donald Trump Says Bowe Bergdahl Should Have Been Executed

October 8, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Las Vegas - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed for leaving his post in Afghanistan. Trump made the comments Thursday afternoon at a rowdy rally inside a packed Las Vegas theater at the casino-hotel Treasure Island. Trump says Bergdahl is a "no-good traitor" and would have been shot 30 years ago. Bergdahl was charged in...

New York – Amazon Challenges Etsy With Handmade At Amazon

October 8, 2015 at 06:35 PM
New York - Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Handmade at Amazon on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season. The move throws down the gauntlet to craft-selling site Etsy. But at least at the time of launch, the two sites will have a very different seller base, fee structure and stances on...

Washington – FBI Says It ‘Disrupted’ Dozens Of Potential Militants In U.S.

October 8, 2015 at 05:59 PM
Washington - FBI counterterrorism investigators followed "dozens and dozens" of potential militants around the United States full time during the summer and "disrupted" many of them, FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee on Thursday. Comey, who testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs along with Nick Rasmussen, director of the...

New York – NYC Mayor Heading To Israel, Financed By Israeli Entrepreneur

October 8, 2015 at 05:31 PM
New York - With Israelis on heightened alert after a recent rash of stabbings, the head of an Israeli investment group has volunteered to finance the cost of Mayor de Blasio’s upcoming three day trip to Israel where the mayor will speak out against anti-Semitism. Baruch Eliezer Gross, founder and chairman of Jerusalem’s Besadno Group, will be covering travel and hotel expenses for de...

Jerusalem – Palestinians Meet UN Official To Protest ‘Israeli Attacks’

October 8, 2015 at 05:01 PM
Jerusalem - The Palestinian United Nations ambassador says representatives of several major U.N. groups met a senior U.N. official to convey their "outrage" at recent Israeli attacks against Palestinians. Riyad Mansour said after Thursday's meeting with U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman that the Palestinians are facing "massive military force with their bare chest and with stones." He...

Washington – Trade Deal, Keystone Open Clinton To Flip-flop Charges

October 8, 2015 at 04:33 PM
Washington - Martin O'Malley was blunt when he learned Hillary Rodham Clinton had announced her opposition to a Pacific Rim trade deal. "Wow, that's a reversal," he told reporters minutes after Clinton announced her shift. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is just the latest in a long line of issues that Clinton has shifted her views on in recent weeks, giving Democratic rivals like...

Broward County, FL – Holocaust Survivor Band Stars in New Jewish Music Video

October 8, 2015 at 04:20 PM
Broward County, FL - Two elderly Holocaust survivors are likely the oldest performers ever to be featured in a Jewish music video, as the pair of South Florida residents join forces with Chasidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer in a remake of a classic Yiddish song. 90 year old Saul Dreier of Coconut Creek and 86 year old Ruby Sosnowicz of Delray Beach have been entertaining audiences nationwide since...

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