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Long Island, NY – Multi-Vehicle Crash on LIE Kills One, Injures 33 (photos)

December 19, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Long Island, NY - A tractor-trailer smashed into several vehicles on a major highway on Wednesday afternoon, setting off a chain reaction of fiery crashes, killing one person and injuring 33 others, police said. The accident on the Long Island Expressway, about 70 miles east of New York City, left at least two dozen vehicles strewn across several hundred yards of the eastbound lanes. At least...

Washington – U.S. Tightens Rules Protecting Children’s Online Privacy

December 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Washington - U.S. regulators are taking steps to protect the privacy of children when they go online by requiring parental consent before companies can collect certain information, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. The actions mark an update to rules that were based on the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, developed when most computers were big beige boxes sitting...

Washington – GOP Proposes Smaller, $24B Sandy Aid Package

December 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Washington - Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed a $24 billion emergency aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims, less than half of what Democrats hope to pass by Christmas. The GOP alternative bill would provide more than enough money to pay for immediate recovery efforts through the spring. Republicans complain that the $60.4 billion Democratic bill being debated in the Senate is...

New York – Court Cops Can’t Just Ask Motorists About Guns

December 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
New York - The state's highest court ruled Tuesday that police can't simply ask stopped motorists if they have a gun or other weapon but need a "founded suspicion" in order to ask. The Court of Appeals said officers in the Bronx erred when they asked the weapon question after pulling over Miguel Garcia's vehicle for a defective brake light and noticing some of his four male passengers were...

New York, NY – Panel Meets To Mull Storm Resilient Building

December 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
New York, NY - Real estate and construction experts and lawmakers are gathering to discuss how to make New York City buildings better able to withstand storms and global warming. The city's Building Resiliency Task Force met for the first time Wednesday. The nearly 100-member group is to review city building codes and property owners' practices. The panel is expected to issue a report by...

United Nations – Israeli Settlements Leave U.S. Odd Man Out At U.N. Security Council

December 19, 2012 at 08:39 PM
United Nations - In a rare move on Wednesday, all but one of the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council made statements at the United Nations opposing Israeli plans to expand Jewish settlements around Jerusalem after the United States repeatedly blocked attempts to take stronger action. India's U.N. ambassador, Hardeep Singh Puri, described the four separate statements - made by the eight...

New York – For Minor Crimes, NYers Sentenced To Sandy Relief

December 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
New York - New Yorkers who got into minor trouble in Manhattan have been sentenced to Sandy. Last week, 70 people who were given community service after pleading guilty to infractions like public drunkenness, open container violations or speeding, were shuttled to Coney Island in Brooklyn to help with cleanup efforts after the devastating storm. They raked leaves, shoveled mud and picked up...

La Paz, Bolivia – Judge’s Arrest Ordered In Widening Ostreicher Scandal

December 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
La Paz, Bolivia - Bolivian authorities ordered the arrest of a judge in a widening scandal triggered by an American businessman's report of being fleeced and extorted by corrupt prosecutors. Authorities ordered the arrest of magistrate Ariel Rocha after he failed to appear before a commission investigating the case, Prosecutor General Ramiro Guerrero said on Wednesday. The arrest order was...

Salt Lake City – Armored Backpacks And A Rush On Guns After Conn. School Shooting

December 19, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Salt Lake City - The reaction to the Connecticut school shooting can be seen in gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation: Anxious parents are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children while firearms enthusiasts are stocking up on assault rifles in anticipation of tighter gun control measures. A spike in gun sales is common after a mass shooting, but the Connecticut tragedy...

Newtown, CT – New Picture Of Conn. Governor Emerges In The Aftermath Of School Massacre

December 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Newtown, CT - As the Newtown community continues the emotionally-grueling task of burying their dead, a kinder, softer picture of Connecticut’s first-term governor, Dannel Malloy, has emerged. Over the course of two decades in public service, Mr. Malloy, 57, has earned a reputation for being aggressively ambitious while remaining seemingly stoical with other elected officials and members of...

Washington – Inquiry: Clinton Not Responsible For Benghazi Shortcomings

December 19, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Washington - The leaders of an official inquiry into the fatal attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, did not find Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responsible for security lapses even as they outlined widespread failings within her department. The unclassified version of the report, released late Tuesday by the State Department, concluded that the mission was completely unprepared to...

United Nations – UN Watch Claims Credit For Expulsion Of Richard Falk From Human Rights Watch Board

December 19, 2012 at 04:10 PM
United Nations - UN Watch is reporting (http://bit.ly/REu8Ad) that United Nations official Richard Falk – infamous for his anti-Semitic rhetoric, 9/11 conspiracy theories, and ardent support of Hamas – was forced to resign his post as a Human Rights Watch (HRW) board member and Santa Barbara Committee member following a campaign by UN Watch to have Falk ousted. In an open letter to HRW...

Washington – Senator Wants National Guard As Boost For School Safety

December 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Washington - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is proposing to give schools more money for security improvements and to make greater use of the National Guard. Boxer's legislation is a response to the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six adults working at the school. It would boost a grants program from $30 million annually to $50 million. The grants pay for such things as...

New York – Giants Football Player: Meeting Pinto Family Was “Toughest By Far”

December 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
New York - Victor Cruz hopes meeting with the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shootings has helped them cope with the tragedy. The New York Giants receiver on Wednesday somberly recounted his hour-long visit with Jack Pinto's family a day earlier, and says he was most affected when asked about their decision to bury their son in his No. 80 jersey. Cruz stopped...

Williamsburg, NY – AG: Owners Of Auto Center Arrested For False Emission Certificates For Trucks

December 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrests of two New York City motor vehicle inspectors for issuing fraudulent safety and emission inspection certificates to diesel trucks that were not tested. The defendants both inspection station owners were charged with both felony and misdemeanor counts. They face up to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison and tens of...

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