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Brooklyn, NY – Behind Famed Hot Dog Contest, A Whopper Of A Legend

July 1, 2016 at 06:43 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Nathan's Famous may be in the hot dog business, but for decades they've been peddling a whopper. Showmen behind Nathan's annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest have long claimed the tradition began in 1916 as a showdown between patriotic immigrants on the Coney Island boardwalk. That would make this Monday's contest a centennial, except for an inconvenient truth: The...

New York – Sleeping Driver, Terrified Granny Among Tesla Autopilot Users On YouTube

July 1, 2016 at 05:03 PM
New York - A sleeping driver and a terrified granny are among the many people who appear in popular YouTube videos using the Tesla Autopilot technology - and not always using the system as intended. It is an unwelcome social media image for the car company as it attends to a federal investigation into a fatal accident involving its Model S car operating in Autopilot mode in Florida in May. It...

Minneapolis – 10 Million Pounds: General Mills Expands Flour Recall After Outbreak Of E. Coli

July 1, 2016 at 04:49 PM
Minneapolis - General Mills is expanding its recall of certain types of flour in response to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria. The Minneapolis-based company on June 1 voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of its Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens and Wondra flour that federal health officials say was the likely source of dozens of illnesses in 20 states...

London – WWI Soldiers Mingle With Commuters In Artist’s Somme Tribute

July 1, 2016 at 04:33 PM
London - British commuters were met by the eerie sight of World War I soldiers in uniform as they made their way to work Friday, the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. Young men in vintage uniforms sat, stood and mingled with travelers at railway stations across the country during the morning rush hour, in a poignant reminder of the sheer number lost to the...

Columbia, SC – Charleston Church Shooting Victims Sue FBI Over Gun Buy

July 1, 2016 at 04:30 PM
Columbia, SC - The FBI is being sued by survivors of the Charleston church shooting, who say federal negligence enabled Dylann Roof to buy the .45-caliber handgun he used. Lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five who were slain inside the Emanuel AME Church say the FBI negligently failed to thoroughly check Roof's background before he bought the gun last...

Bangladesh – Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Attack On Bangladesh Capital

July 1, 2016 at 04:15 PM
Bangladesh - The militants' news agency reported the claim, according to SITE Intel Group, a U.S.-based organization that monitors extremist activity online. At least two police offices were killed Friday after some nine gunmen burst into a restaurant popular with foreigners in the diplomatic zone of Dhaka and took more than a dozen people hostage, according to local media and police...

Albany, NY – Governor Cuomo Urges Caution As Tornado Watches Issued For The Eastern And Central Parts Of The State

July 1, 2016 at 03:53 PM
Albany, NY - Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to prepare for severe thunderstorms, that could produce tornados, frequent cloud to ground lightning strikes and large hail as a cold front moves throughout the state that will produce severe weather. Residents in the affected regions to stay tuned to local weather and media outlets and to subscribe to NY-Alert; New York’s free...

Brooklyn, NY – NYPD Search For Gunman In Death Of Owner Of Famed Pizzeria

July 1, 2016 at 03:28 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A gunman, lying in wait and dressed in black, shot and killed the owner of the famed L&B Spumoni Gardens pizza restaurant in Brooklyn after the victim arrived home from work carrying a large amount of cash, a police official said Friday. Investigators suspect Louis Barbati was killed Thursday night in the backyard of his house in Dyker Heights by a bandit who knew about the...

Washington – US: Up To 116 Civilians Killed In Drone, Other Air Attacks

July 1, 2016 at 03:00 PM
Washington - The Obama administration said Friday that between 64 and 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. But the administration's first such public assessment put the civilian death toll significantly lower than estimates by various human rights groups. These range as high as 1,100...

Washington – Trump: Lynch-Clinton Meeting Opens Pandora’s Box

July 1, 2016 at 02:37 PM
Washington - Donald Trump says Bill Clinton's meeting Attorney General Loretta Lynch has "opened up a Pandora's box." The presumptive Republican presidential nominee took on the recent private meeting between the former president and Lynch aboard her plane while speaking Friday to a gathering of conservatives in Denver. Trump says, "It shows what's going on, it shows what's happening with...

New York – Mega Millions Jackpot Grows To $415 Million, 10th Largest In U.S. History

July 1, 2016 at 01:42 PM
New York - The Mega Millions jackpot on Friday grew to $415 million ahead of the 11 p.m. EST evening drawing, making it the 10th largest in U.S. history and the third largest in the game's history, according to lottery officials. The lottery is played in 44 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot is worth $286 million if a winner chooses an immediate cash payout...

Detroit – Tesla Fatal Crash Could Hurt Sentiment On Driverless Cars

July 1, 2016 at 01:21 PM
Detroit - It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared. The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode could add to the public's apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. Most major automakers and technology companies, including Google and Uber, are working on fully autonomous cars, and have worried that a...

Jerusalem – Israel To Cut Palestinian Tax Transfers After West Bank Killing

July 1, 2016 at 12:33 PM
Jerusalem - Israel will reduce monthly transfers of tax collected on behalf of the Palestinians in what aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as a response to the killing of two Israelis in Palestinian attacks in the occupied West Bank this week. The amount deducted from about $130 million sent to the Palestinian Authority (PA) each month will be equal to stipends it pays...

Cairo – Al Qaeda Leader Warns Of ‘gravest Consequences’ If Boston Marathon Bomber Executed

July 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Cairo - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has warned the United States of the "gravest consequences" if Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any other Muslim prisoner is executed. Tsarnaev, named in a new online video message from Zawahri, was sentenced last year to death by lethal injection for the 2013 bomb attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. “If the U.S...

United Nations – Israel Should Stop Settlements, Denying Palestinian Development: Draft Quartet Report

July 1, 2016 at 11:40 AM
United Nations - Israel should stop building settlements, denying Palestinian development and designating land for exclusive Israeli use that Palestinians seek for a future state, the Middle East peace "Quartet" recommended in a draft of an eagerly awaited report seen by Reuters. The draft report by the Quartet countries sponsoring the stalled peace process - the United States, Russia, the...

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