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Brooklyn, NY – FDNY Fight 4-alarm Fire At Bushwick Warehouse [photos-video]

July 1, 2010 at 11:58 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A Bushwick furniture factory went up in flames Thursday night, sparking the evacuation of three nearby buildings. Fire officials say the four-alarm fire broke out at Rosewood Inc.’s warehouse at 747 Evergreen Avenue just after 6 p.m. Officials are investigating the cause of the blaze. Photo video credit Shimon Gifter [gallery...

Albany, NY – Lawmakers Approve No-Fault Divorce to Make It Faster and Less Expensive

July 1, 2010 at 11:07 PM
Albany, NY - New York will join the other 49 states permitting no-fault divorces to make it faster and less expensive for uncontested breakups under legislation given final approval tonight. Perhaps more significant, the deal updates and makes more uniform the way in which maintenance — or alimony — is awarded, ending a current system that some lawmakers say forces some people to stay in...

New York – Cuomo: Gay Marriage in New York Is a ‘Priority’ for 2011

July 1, 2010 at 09:20 PM
New York - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that, if elected governor this fall, he would push to legalize gay marriage in New York during his first year in office. Asked by a reporter if he would make the passage of a same-sex marriage bill a priority in his first year on the job, Cuomo told reporters in New York City: “It’s a priority.” State lawmakers, he said, “have their...

Albany, NY – Paterson Retreats From Taxing Hedge-Fund Managers

July 1, 2010 at 09:10 PM
Albany, NY - Governor David Paterson is retreating from a plan to tax hedge-fund managers who commute into the state, which was projected to raise $50 million a year to help balance an overdue budget. Paterson, a Democrat, said he no longer supports the levy because investment companies could avoid it just by moving to neighboring states. Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell yesterday sent a letter...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu: There Is a Limit for Schalit

July 1, 2010 at 08:50 PM
Jerusalem - Israel won’t pay an unlimited price to free Gilad Schalit, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday evening, as thousands of Israelis demanding that the kidnapped soldier be released from four years’ captivity by Hamas in Gaza marched with the Schalit family toward Jerusalem. “Israel is prepared to pay a heavy price for Gilad Schalit’s freedom, but it can’t say...

New York, NY – Why Con Ed May Have Your Number

July 1, 2010 at 08:22 PM
New York, NY - It's summer - and that means you may soon be hearing from Con Ed. The electricity giant is making robocalls urging customers in areas on the brink of power failures to conserve energy. Con Edison sent out the automated messages to neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the upper West Side on Monday, when temperatures reached the 90s. "We got a great response from our customers," Con Ed...

Coney Island, NY – Bloomberg: Times Of Worship Services Should Be Adjusted To Accommodate Concert

July 1, 2010 at 07:19 PM
Coney Island, NY - There was anger in Brooklyn on Thursday over Mayor Michael Bloomberg's solution to the community's fight against free concerts at a local park. The mayor has suggested two synagogues adjust worship services to accommodate the events. Bloomberg probably thought he was displaying the Wisdom of Solomon. "Maybe they could adjust their services slightly earlier. We just...

Washington – Karl Rove: Obama and the Fiscal ‘Road to Hell’

July 1, 2010 at 06:57 PM
Washington - At last week's G-20 meeting, President Barack Obama achieved a two-fer. He suffered a significant international defeat, and he increased the chances his party will suffer a major domestic one this fall. Mr. Obama's international defeat was self-inflicted. He went to Toronto to press other major nations to do as he has done: Expand government spending, or suffer, in the president's...

New York – NY State to Participate in Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

July 1, 2010 at 05:24 PM
New York - Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York State has applied to develop a program so that uninsured New Yorkers will be able to benefit from the temporary pre-existing condition insurance funding made available in the Federal health care reform statute, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "One of the most immediate benefits of Federal health reform is this...

Illinois – Mayor Daley Lays Out Strictest Gun Rules In The U.S. For Chicago

July 1, 2010 at 05:15 PM
Chicago, IL - With the city's gun ban certain to be overturned, Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday introduced what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the United States. The measure, which draws from ordinances around the country, would ban gun shops in Chicago and prohibit gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages, with a...

New York, NY – Officials Spend Thousands On Car Service Trips

July 1, 2010 at 04:58 PM
New York, NY - City officials have spent tens of thousands of dollars on car services so far this year, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's public embrace of mass transit. That's according to a new online database that tracks and posts city expenditures hours after they are processed. The database is called Checkbook NYC and it was unveiled Thursday by the city comptroller. Officials said...

Washington – Mortgage Rates Drop to Record Low

July 1, 2010 at 04:39 PM
Washington - Mortgage rates have sunk to the lowest level in more than five decades, but consumers aren't rushing to refinance their loans or buy homes. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for 30-year fixed loans sank to 4.58 percent this week. That's down from the previous record of 4.69 percent set last week and the lowest since the mortgage company began keeping...

Brooklyn, NY – Latest ‘Ticket Trap’: Traffic Agents Issuing Tickets At Former Bus Stops

July 1, 2010 at 04:20 PM
Brooklyn, NY - New York City Councilman David Greenfield warned his constituents about the latest "ticket trap" today whereby Traffic Enforcement Agents are issuing tickets at bus stops where buses are no longer running. Despite vigorous opposition by Councilman David Greenfield, the MTA eliminated B23 bus service in Boro Park last week as part of a broader citywide service reduction plan aimed...

New York – Spy Suspect Admits His Allegiance

July 1, 2010 at 04:04 PM
New York - One of the suspects in an alleged spy ring has confessed to federal agents that he worked for Russia's intelligence service, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The revelation came on a day when several defendants in the case were making court appearances, even as authorities scoured a Mediterranean island for an alleged co-conspirator who disappeared after he was granted bail...

Los Angeles, CA – 270,000 Toyota Vehicles Have Faulty Engines

July 1, 2010 at 03:46 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday about 270,000 cars sold worldwide -- including luxury Lexus sedans -- have potentially faulty engines, the latest quality lapse to hit the automaker following massive global recalls of top-selling models. Japan's top-selling daily Yomiuri said in its evening edition that Toyota will inform the transport ministry of a recall on Monday. The...

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