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Washington – FDA Probes Dangers Of Exploding E-cigarette Batteries

January 3, 2017 at 11:44 PM
Washington - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is probing the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes, following dozens of reports of devices that have combusted, overheated or caught fire and sometimes injured users. The agency announced a two-day public meeting for April, according to an online posting. The Associated Press reported last month that 66 explosions were identified...

Las Veges – Here Come ‘smart Stores’ With Robots, Interactive Shelves

January 3, 2017 at 11:26 PM
Las Veges - Tomorrow's retail stores want to take a page from their online rivals by embracing advanced technology — everything from helpful robots to interactive mirrors to shelves embedded with sensors. The goal: Use these real-world store features to lure shoppers back from the internet, and maybe even nudge them to spend more in the process. Amazon's new experimental grocery store in...

Singapore – Dog Fight: Start-ups Take Aim At Errant Drones

January 3, 2017 at 11:04 PM
Singapore - A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn't, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky. Dozens of start-up firms are developing techniques - from deploying birds of prey to firing gas through a bazooka - to take on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are being used to smuggle drugs, drop...

Washington – U.S. Fines TransUnion, Equifax For Deceit Over Credit Scores

January 3, 2017 at 10:28 PM
Washington - A U.S. regulator on Tuesday ordered credit reporting agencies TransUnion and Equifax Inc to pay more than $23.2 million in fines and restitution for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and cost of credit scores they bought. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said the payments also resolve charges that TransUnion and Equifax lured consumers into enrolling in credit...

Montgomery, AL – Police End NAACP Sit-in Against Attorney General Nominee

January 3, 2017 at 10:17 PM
Montgomery, AL - Several NAACP protesters led by their national president were escorted away in handcuffs by police after staging a sit-in Tuesday at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, the civil rights group said. The organization held the demonstration to protest Sessions' nomination by President-elect Donald Trump, saying Sessions has a...

Washington – Despite Trump Tweet, Anti-violence Options For Feds Limited

January 3, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - President-elect Donald Trump says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should ask for federal help if he isn't able to bring down a homicide count that soared last year to 762 — the most killings in nearly two decades and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. Trump pointed to the spike in shooting deaths earlier this week in a posting on Twitter, writing: "If Mayor can't do it he...

Washington – Trump Promises January 11 News Conference

January 3, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - Donald Trump has announced plans to hold his first news conference since winning the presidency. The president-elect tweeted Tuesday night that he would have "a general news conference" on Jan. 11 in New York City. That's just nine days before he's set to be sworn into office. Trump has already waited longer than any other president in the modern era to hold his first news...

Bronx, NY – NYPD Investigating Video Of Police Beating Man While Handcuffing Him

January 3, 2017 at 09:15 PM
Bronx, NY - The NYPD is investigating a video that shows several officers pinning a man to the ground, while one hits him, in Mott Haven on New Year’s Eve morning, police officials said. A woman riding on a city bus recorded video showing three officers holding a man down in front of a bus stop on East 149th Street near Cauldwell Avenue while one of them repeatedly strikes him in the face...

Yavne, Israel – Israel’s ‘Flying Car’ Passenger Drone Moves Closer To Delivery

January 3, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Yavne, Israel - After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it will finally get its 1,500 kg (1.5 tonne) passenger carrying drone off the ground and into the market by 2020. The Cormorant, billed as a flying car, is capable of transporting 500kg (around half a tonne) of weight and traveling at 185 km (115 miles) per hour. It completed its first automated solo flight over...

Beijing – China Begins To Ease Its 2,000-year-old Monopoly On Salt

January 3, 2017 at 08:33 PM
Beijing - China has started an overhaul of its salt industry, easing a monopoly that has existed in some form for more than 2,000 years and predates the Great Wall. New regulations went into effect at the start of this year. Under a plan published by China's State Council last year, government regulators will allow private companies to enter the salt market. Existing wholesalers will be...

Palmyra, NY – Man Buys Nearly 1,000 Newspaper Copies To Hide DWI Arrest, Mugshot

January 3, 2017 at 08:04 PM
Palmyra, NY -The owner of a weekly upstate New York newspaper says a man bought hundreds of copies of the publication in an unsuccessful effort to keep others from reading about his drunk driving arrest. State police arrested 43-year-old Joseph Talbot last Thursday in Wayne County and charged him with driving while intoxicated. Police also charged him with refusing to be fingerprinted or...

New York – WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Interviewed On ‘Hannity’

January 3, 2017 at 07:32 PM
New York - Sean Hannity interviews WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tonight on "Hannity." During the hour, Assange insists the Russian government was not his source for the hacked emails he released from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. In the interview, Assange argues that the Obama administration has pushed the narrative of Russia...

Los Angeles – Iconic Sign Could Get Extra Security After ‘HOLLYWeeD’ Prank

January 3, 2017 at 07:01 PM
Los Angeles - Days after a prankster scaled a fence and altered the iconic Hollywood sign to read "HOLLYWeeD," the agency that maintains and secures landmark said it will explore boosting security. Chris Baumgart, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, said he plans to meet with police officials to be debriefed on the matter and explore ways to prevent similar acts. "The surveillance system...

Albany, NY – Governor Calls For Free Tuition At New York Public Colleges

January 3, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Albany, NY - Hundreds of thousands of New York students would be able to attend college for free under a proposal announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make state universities tuition-free for residents earning $125,000 or less. The Democrat unveiled his plan Tuesday at LaGuardia Community College in Queens alongside U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Sanders, who pushed for free tuition at all...

Jerusalem – Report: Israeli Military Slow Probing Alleged Troop Violence

January 3, 2017 at 06:01 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli advocacy group on Tuesday criticized what it called an "exceptionally low" prosecution rate by the Israeli military in cases of violence committed by soldiers against Palestinians. The report by Yesh Din, a human rights group that is often critical of the Israeli military, came a day before a military court's verdict is to be delivered in a high-profile manslaughter case...

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