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Washington – New York Has Unhappy Residents But Low Suicide Rate

April 27, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Washington - Does misery really love company? An intriguing new study suggests that may be the case. Researchers who study how people's sense of well-being varies from place to place decided to compare their findings with suicide rates. The surprising result: The happiest places sometimes also have the highest suicide rates. "Discontented people in a happy place may feel particularly...

Birmingham, AL – Storms Kill 39 Across South; Pummel Alabama (photos)

April 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Birmingham, AL - A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people in four states and splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town. In Alabama alone, 25 people died Wednesday. There were 11 deaths in Mississippi, including a father killed as he tried to shelter his daughter from the storm at a campsite. Tuscaloosa's...

New York, NY – City’s Million Tree Plan Is Bad For Allergies

April 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM
New York, NY - The city's push to plant a million trees by 2017 is giving some New Yorkers a headache - or at least a stuffy nose and itchy eyes. So says Thomas Leo Ogren, author of "Allergy-Free Gardening," who claims the city relies too much on street trees that produce allergenic pollen. "Most of the guys planting these trees don't have allergies and don't give a fig," Ogren fumed. He...

New York – “Move Over Law” Crackdown Week Nets 865 Tickets

April 27, 2011 at 09:27 PM
New York - State troopers handed out 865 tickets during a weeklong enforcement blitz for New York's "Move Over" law. The crackdown was conducted last week in State Police Troop F, based in Middletown, Troop K in Poughkeepsie, and Troop T, which covers the Thruway. The new law requires drivers to move over and slow down when passing an emergency vehicle that's stopped on the shoulder of a...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Has No Regrets about Seeking Third Term

April 27, 2011 at 08:07 PM
New York, NY - He's got a dismal 40 percent approval rating, but Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday he has absolutely no regrets about running for a third term. "Zero," the mayor declared on PBS' Tavis Smiley show. "Not one." Bloomberg's third term has been marked by his worst embarrassments as mayor -- Cathie Black's brief tenure as schools chancellor, the bungled Christmas snowstorm cleanup...

New York, NY – Bill Could Reserve Parking Spot For Moving New Yorkers

April 27, 2011 at 06:46 PM
New York, NY - Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander is introducing a bill that would allow people to apply to reserve parking spots on moving day. People who are moving would be able to reserve two spots -- one in front of the old address and another in front of the new address. "If the city would make it possible to reserve the spots right in front of your building just for that one day that...

Czech Republic – Nazi Film Showcases Theresienstadt as ‘Paradise’ for Inmates

April 27, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Czech Republic - "The Fuehrer Gives the Jews a City” may rank as the oddest film fragment in cinematic history. The 23 minutes of raw, unedited footage is all that has been found of a Nazi propaganda project to prove that the “model” Theresienstadt camp was a veritable paradise for its Jewish inmates. Shot in early 1944, when the horrors of Hitler’s Final Solution finally trickled...

Indianapolis – Indiana Lawmakers OK Broadest School Voucher Plan In U.S.

April 27, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Indianapolis - Indiana will create the nation's broadest private school voucher system and enact other sweeping education changes, making the state a showcase of conservative ideas just as Gov. Mitch Daniels nears an announcement on whether he will make a 2012 presidential run. The Republican-controlled state legislature handed Daniels a huge victory Wednesday when the House voted 55-43 to...

Queens, NY – Kosher Supermarket Grand Opening Delayed by Massive Vandalism; Under Investigation

April 27, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Queens, NY - The highly anticipated opening of the newly renovated Seasons flagship kosher supermarket in Kew Gardens Hills has been postponed, following a criminal act on the seventh day of Pesach that destroyed both the inventory and much of the actual store. Security cameras caught two unidentified men climbing a ladder onto the roof of the Main Street store at 5 AM on Monday morning. ...

New York, NY – Abuses of Power: Fighting the Good Fight Against … Phony Parking Permits

April 27, 2011 at 04:02 PM
New York, NY - As many as one in four parking placards currently used by motorists in New York City are fake, according to a new study by transportation advocates, and city lawmakers are latching onto the report to push for tougher enforcements. Currently, there are 78,000 valid parking placards distributed by various authorities in the city. The president of Transportation Alternatives, Paul...

Washington – Bernanke Offers Clues About Steps To Raise Rates

April 27, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Washington - At a historic news conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered clues Wednesday about when and how the Fed would begin raising interest rates. Bernanke said that as long as the Fed continues to say rates will remain at historic lows for "an extended period," rates won't rise until the Fed has met at least twice more. The Fed, which ended a two-day meeting Wednesday...

New Jersey – Informant Dwek’s Sentencing Postponed Until Next Year

April 27, 2011 at 03:46 PM
New Jersey - Solomon Dwek, the failed real estate developer who became the central figure in a huge New Jersey corruption scandal, will not be sentenced until March 5, 2012, U.S. Judge Jose L. Linares of the District of New Jersey ruled on Wednesday. Dwek’s sentencing has already been delayed three times in three years, The Star-Ledger reported, so the latest rescheduling is not a stunning...

New York, NY – Verizon’s 4G Network Suffers Outage

April 27, 2011 at 03:06 PM
New York, NY - Verizon Wireless said its new high-speed 4G network was suffering an outage on Wednesday. It's the first major problem for Verizon's 4G wireless network, which launched late last year and has been heavily promoted by the carrier. The incident is a black eye for a carrier that prides itself on the quality and stability of its network. "Our 4G LTE customers are experiencing...

London – Veteran Defends Disputed Story of Auschwitz Heroics

April 27, 2011 at 02:53 PM
London - A British World War Two veteran and his publisher have defended his account of smuggling himself into Auschwitz concentration camp to witness first hand the horrors of the Holocaust after doubts surfaced about the story. Denis Avey, 92, wrote "The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz" about his time as a prisoner in a nearby labor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. The book, published by Hodder...

New York, NY – NYPD Tix-Fix Investigation Uncovers More Serious Crimes

April 27, 2011 at 01:46 PM
New York, NY - The more they dig, the more the dirt piles up. The massive NYPD ticket-fixing investigation has uncovered evidence of far more serious crimes, with cops allegedly making potential felonies go away for fellow officers, it was revealed yesterday. Shameless cops tried to squash domestic-violence complaints against off-duty colleagues before department brass got wind of the...

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