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Santiago, Chile – In Massive Stranding, 337 Whales Beached On Chilean Coast

December 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Santiago, Chile - The coast of southern Chile has become a grave for 337 sei whales that were found beached in what scientists say is one of the biggest whale strandings ever recorded. Biologist Vreni Haussermann told The Associated Press Tuesday that she made the discovery along with other scientists in June during an observation flight over fjords in Chile's southern Patagonia region. The...

Dubuque, IA – Bush Spends Millions On TV But Has Yet To Rise In GOP Race

December 1, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Dubuque, IA - Jeb Bush and his allies are spending circles around his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet for all the money they've invested — $26 million on television ads alone — they've yet to see a substantial return. Having fallen from summer front-runner to autumn afterthought, the former Florida governor made deep spending cuts to his campaign operation in...

Washington – Islamic State’s Online Supporters Include 300 Americans: Report

December 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Active online supporters of the Syria-based Islamic State movement now include about 300 people identifiable as Americans, said a study by academic experts published on Tuesday. George Washington University's Program on Extremism said in the study that the number of other Americans who passively "consume" Islamic State propaganda runs to "several thousand," though they are not...

New York – NY Proposes Banking Rules To Prevent Illicit Financing

December 1, 2015 at 10:30 PM
New York - New regulations proposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday would require banks operating in the state to adopt rigorous measures to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorist groups. The proposed regulations will, among other things, require a bank's chief compliance officer to certify whether a bank maintains the types of systems outlined in the rule to...

Washington – Scientists Debate Boundaries, Ethics Of Human Gene Editing

December 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering — a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies. Hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world are gathering in Washington this week to debate the boundaries of human gene editing, amid worry that the...

New York, NY – NYC To Get New ’332′ Area Code

December 1, 2015 at 09:39 PM
New York, NY - Manhattan will get a new area code to meet the increasing demand for phone numbers. The New York State Public Service Commission announced Tuesday that the area code 332 will serve both residential and business clients. Telephone companies are asked to file an implementation plan by mid-January. The code will be assigned to new customers starting in the second quarter of...

Albany – N.Y. Governor Taps Female Prosecutor As State’s Next Chief Judge

December 1, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Albany, NY - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday nominated a suburban female prosecutor and political ally to replace outgoing Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, one of the most prominent state judges in the country, when he retires later this month. If confirmed by the state Senate, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore would become the second female chief judge in the state's...

New York – CNN Erases Description Of Gray’s Mother As Heroin Addict

December 1, 2015 at 09:15 PM
New York - Following protests online, CNN removed a description of Baltimore's Freddie Gray as "the son of an illiterate heroin addict" in a story posted about the first police officer about to go on trial for Gray's death last spring while in police custody. Several tweets suggested that the reference amounted to victim blaming. Gray, who is black, died after being driven around in a police...

Union County, NJ – Woman Charged With Fabricating Threats Against Blacks At New Jersey College

December 1, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Union County, NJ - A woman who joined protests at New Jersey's Kean University over racial conditions on college campuses has been charged with fabricating violent threats against black students in social media postings last month, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Kayla-Simone McKelvey, 24, was charged with third-degree creating a false public alarm with the postings, which led to heightened...

Santa Fe, N.M. – Jewelry Worth $1M Taken From New Mexico Store During Ceremony

December 1, 2015 at 08:32 PM
Santa Fe, N.M. - More than $1 million in jewelry was stolen from a store on a historic plaza in Santa Fe as crowds gathered for a holiday tree-lighting festival outside, police said Tuesday. Santa Fe Police Lt. Michele Williams said that 11 items of jewelry were taken from an unlocked display case in a store bustling with shoppers. Williams declined to describe the stolen items because she...

New York – UnitedHealth CEO Says Entering ObamaCare Marketplace A ‘Bad Decision’

December 1, 2015 at 08:01 PM
New York - UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley offered a mea culpa Tuesday for his company's decision to dive deeper into the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges, a move that ultimately forced the nation's largest health insurer to cut its earnings forecast. Hemsley told investors that the insurer should have learned more about the still-new business, and expanding before it did that...

Juneau, Alaska – Police Investigate Death Of Alaska’s Capital City Mayor

December 1, 2015 at 07:32 PM
Juneau, Alaska - The newly elected mayor of Alaska's capital city was found dead at his Juneau home, and police are investigating a range of possible causes. The Juneau Police Department released few details on the death of Stephen "Greg" Fisk, 70, but called rumors of an assault "speculation." Fisk's adult son found his body Monday and alerted authorities, police said in a statement. An...

New York – Cyber Monday Sales Top $3 Billion As Discounts Spur Buyers

December 1, 2015 at 07:02 PM
New York - Americans bought more than $3 billion worth of goods on Cyber Monday, a leading survey showed, as bigger-than-expected discounts and strong demand for electronics and toys added up to the biggest ever day for U.S. online sales. Mobile devices accounted for 26 percent of online sales, according to the Adobe Digital Index report, based on data from 200 million visits to 4,500 retail...

Beijing – Artist Sucks Up Beijing Air To Draw Attention To Air Quality

December 1, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Beijing - For four hours every day, for 100 days, Chinese artist Wang Renzheng held up the attachment of an industrial vacuum cleaner to suck in Beijing's notoriously polluted air at various landmarks. Passers-by were intrigued, inquiring if he was an air sanitation worker, or if he was taking air samples, or if he could be hired to do air sweeps of their apartments, Wang recalled. The...

New York – Legal Experts: Silver Jury Convicted Ex-NY Speaker Despite No ‘Smoking Gun’

December 1, 2015 at 06:03 PM
New York - There was no star witness, no damning testimony, no briefcase stuffed with cash that sealed the fate of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who for 20 years was one of the state's most powerful politicians. Instead, legal experts say, a jury convicted the Manhattan Democrat of corruption Monday based a slow drip of circumstantial evidence that painted the Manhattan...

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