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Detroit – GM to Recall 1.3 Million Compact Cars

March 1, 2010 at 11:48 PM
Detroit - General Motors Co. said Monday it will recall 1.3 million Chevrolet and Pontiac compact cars sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to fix power steering motors that can fail. The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2007 to 2010 Pontiac G5s, 2005 and 2006 Pontiac Pursuits sold in Canada and 2005 and 2006 Pontiac G4s sold in Mexico. The automaker said the vehicles are still...

Manhattan, NY – Lawsuits Seek Damages from Iran for Terror Acts

March 1, 2010 at 11:17 PM
Manhattan, NY - Families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and a 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon are seeking to hold Iran accountable in separate legal actions. A lawsuit filed today in federal court in Manhattan seeks to enforce a $2.6 billion judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran awarded by a federal court in Washington, D.C. That award stemmed from claims Iran...

Albany, NY – Paterson Said to Direct Aides to Influence Abuse Case

March 1, 2010 at 09:51 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. David A. Paterson personally directed two state officials to contact the woman who had accused his close aide of assaulting her, according to two people with direct knowledge of the governor's actions. According to one person who was briefed on the matter, the governor instructed his press secretary, Marissa Shorenstein, to ask the woman to publicly describe the episode as...

Manhattan, NY – New York Times Content May Be Coming To A TV Screen Near You

March 1, 2010 at 09:38 PM
Manhattan, NY - New York Times Co. will distribute its news to 850 television screens in Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shops and other locations in five U.S. cities to promote its brand and help sell subscriptions to the newspaper. The publisher will stream short news blurbs to TV screens operated by San Francisco-based RMG Networks starting today, Murray Gaylord, NYTimes.com vice president for...

New York, NY – City Launched Anonymous Hotline for Students to Report Violence

March 1, 2010 at 08:50 PM
New York, NY - New York City school students can now call an anonymous hotline to speak out against violence. It's called Speak Up NYC. On Monday, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly helped to launch the city-wide program. Kids can call in and report concerns about violence in their schools or communities, and studies show it can make a difference. A...

New York – Harold Ford Not to Run for New York Senate Seat

March 1, 2010 at 07:27 PM
New York - Under intense pressure from Democratic Party officials, Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, has decided not to challenge Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand in the primary this fall, according to two people told of his plans. He has told friends that, while he is convinced he could prevail against Ms. Gillibrand, he feared the winner of the primary would have little money...

New York City – Officials: Cabbie Took Public For $40,000 Ride

March 1, 2010 at 07:14 PM
New York City - A crooked cabbie stole an estimated $40,000 by overcharging passengers in what appears to be the city's biggest rider rip-off ever, authorities said Monday. Wasim Khalid Cheema manipulated the meter in his yellow cab to inflate fares paid by unsuspecting passengers, authorities said. A Taxi and Limousine Commission review of trip data concluded Cheema ripped off 574 riders...

New York – Judge Denies Request From Madoff Victims

March 1, 2010 at 07:05 PM
New York - A New York bankruptcy judge has rejected a legal challenge by Bernard Madoff's victims over how they should be compensated. The investors in Mr. Madoff's firm had argued that they are owed $64.8 billion reflected on fictitious account statements. Judge Burton Lifland on Monday upheld a formula being used by trustee Irving Picard, who is overseeing the liquidation of Mr. Madoff's...

Brooklyn, NY – In Race To Replace Felder, A Split Over Government Funding Philosophy

March 1, 2010 at 06:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - As David Greenfield drove his Honda down Ocean Avenue, he pointed to the one- and two-family homes lining the streets of Midwood and complained about how much each one cost. “That one on the corner? A million-anda-half to two million. That little one? Only a million,” said Greenfield. “Plus, you’ve got the tickets, property tax increases, water rates, tuition costs. For...

Istanbul, Turkey – Generals Accused of Plotting 2003 Synagogues Bombing

March 1, 2010 at 05:37 PM
Istanbul, Turkey - The men are alleged to have plotted with al-Qaeda to carry out the attack in the hope of destabilising the government and paving the way for a military coup. Prosecutors suspect the former heads of the air force, navy and Turkish 1st army were linked to attacks on the British consulate, HSBC headquarters and synagogues. Roger Short, the consul general in Istanbul, was...

Melbourne, Australia – Elsternwick Yeshiva School for 325 Students Rejected by Council

March 1, 2010 at 04:59 PM
Melbourne, Australia - Some star power and an outpouring of opposition to a boys’ school opening in an Elsternwick street had the desired effect for residents. Glen Eira Council last rejected plans for a three-storey Jewish school for 325 primary and secondary students in Regent St. The council received 122 objections. Before the meeting about 50 protesters from the neighborhood ...

New York, NY – City Overdose Deaths Decline

March 1, 2010 at 03:52 PM
New York, NY - The New York City Health Department says unintentional drug overdose deaths declined sharply in 2008. It says they fell that year to the lowest level seen in the city since 1999. Marijuana is the city's most commonly used illicit drug. But the most severe health consequences result from cocaine and opioids, including heroin and pain relievers. The department said Monday...

Washington Heights, NY – Mugger Gets 25 Years for Elevator Slay of Elderly Jew

March 1, 2010 at 02:26 PM
Washington Heights, NY - A 6-foot-6 career mugger who bludgeoned an 81-year-old Orthodox Jew to death while robbing him in his Washington Heights elevator was slammed today with a maximum sentence of 25 years to life for the brutal murder. Victim Jacob Gerstle had been coming home from his synagogue in 2006 when William Hill, 28, punched him in the head so hard, Gerstle lapsed into a coma and...

New York – Judge Ordered State to Move All Mentally Ill Out of Group Homes

March 1, 2010 at 01:39 PM
New York - New York State must immediately begin moving thousands of people with mental illness into their own apartments or small homes and out of large, institutional group homes that keep them segregated from society, a federal judge ordered on Monday. The decision by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of Federal District Court in Brooklyn followed his ruling in September that the conditions at...

Ottawa, Canada – 205 Passengers Evacuated from Plane after Giant Rat Found in Overhead Lockers

March 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM
Ottawa, Canada - An Air Canada spokeswoman said an airplane was taken out of service and 205 passengers left the aircraft at the gate after a rat was found on board. The deplaning of passengers from what would have been Air Canada Flight AC888 came after the rodent was spotted in one of the aircraft's overhead lockers, The Daily Telegraph said. The aircraft, scheduled for a flight from...

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