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New York, NY – City Council Is Set to Encourage Greener Building With Zoning Changes

April 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM
New York, NY - New York City is about to update its zoning regulations to catch up with the Bloomberg administration's environmental image and to make it easier for buildings to insulate exterior walls, install solar panels and put gardens on rooftops. With buildings accounting for 75 percent of the city's greenhouse gas emissions, city planners say, the hope is that owners will take steps to...

New York – Attorney General Seeking Action over Lousy Verizon Land Line Service

April 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM
New York - State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking action against Verizon New York over mounting complaints of poor repair service for millions of its land-based telephone customers in New York. Schneiderman said Thursday the state’s largest provider of traditional telephone service is shortchanging is customers, while focusing on the more lucrative wireless cellphone market...

Florida – Zimmerman’s Website Raised More Than $200,000 for His Defense

April 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Florida - George Zimmerman's attorney says a website created to raise money for his legal defense has raised more than $200,000. Mark O'Mara said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night that he learned about the money on Wednesday and will inform a judge at a Friday hearing. Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, was released...

New York – Wal-Mart Offers Online Shoppers A “cash” Option

April 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
New York -Wal-Mart shoppers now will be able to pay cash for online purchases. The world's largest retailer on Thursday said it will allow shoppers to buy items on Walmart.com and then pay for them with cash at all of its 3,800 U.S. stores. The discounter says it's the first major retailer to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase online without a bank account, or credit, debit or prepaid...

Jersey City, NJ – Celebrating 40 Years of Rubik’s Cube

April 26, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Jersey City, NJ - IT'S a puzzle, a metaphor and a hit toy - and in a couple of years, the Rubik's Cube will be a museum exhibition in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The toy's creator, Erno Rubik, 67, is being honoured Friday at a gala at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. He has travelled from his native Budapest, Hungary, to help develop the exhibit, which will open in April...

New York – Court: Prosecutors Can Use Wiretap Evidence Despite Violating Disclosure Law

April 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
New York - New York's top court says prosecutors can use wiretap evidence even when they fail to comply with the state law requiring disclosure to their targets within 90 days after the eavesdropping warrant expires. The Court of Appeals says Manhattan prosecutors violated the statute following the July 2005 investigation of Rafael Rodriguez, later convicted of drug offenses. The general...

Philadelphia – 48 Philly Transit Workers Win $172.7M Powerball

April 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Philadelphia PA - A pool of 48 workers at Philadelphia's transit agency scored the jackpot-winning ticket in this week's $172.7 million Powerball drawing, lottery officials said Thursday. The winning ticket in Wednesday's drawing for the multi-state lottery was sold at a newsstand at a downtown mall, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. That ticket was bought by a group of employees who work...

New York – Ex Sen. Kruger Gets 7 Years in Corruption Case

April 26, 2012 at 05:54 PM
New York - Former New York state Sen. Carl Kruger has received a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in an influence peddling case. Kruger shook his head after the sentence was imposed Thursday by federal Judge Jed Rakoff. The chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee from 2008 to 2010 admitted that he accepted nearly a half-million dollars in bribes from a variety of...

Monroe, NY – Walmart Goes The Extra Mile For Kiryas Joel Shoppers

April 26, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Monroe, NY - Following a request from a prominent community member, an upstate Walmart is now offering a magazine free checkout aisle, a move that is both a sign of respect for its Jewish customers as well as an opportunity to attract a larger clientele to the superstore. The Monroe Walmart Supercenter is located approximately three miles from the heart of Kiryas Joel and while many community...

Islamabad – Osama Bin Laden’s 3 Widows, Children Head to Pakistan Airport

April 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistan's government says Osama bin Laden's three widows and his children have been deported to Saudi Arabia. A statement said the family left early Friday to the "country of their choice, Saudi Arabia." The family was detained by Pakistani authorities immediately after the pre-dawn American raid on May 2, 2011, that killed the al-Qaida leader. The U.S. commandos...

New York – Swedish Investigation Into Fate Of Wallenberg Must Continue

April 26, 2012 at 03:18 PM
New York - With Russia’s failure to produce conclusive evidence about the fate of Raoul Wallenberg in Soviet captivity, the Swedish government must continue to press for direct access to essential archives and to locate witnesses who may have factual information about what happened to the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi persecution in 1944, only to disappear...

Jerusalem – Liberman Submits Tal Law Alternative

April 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Jerusalem - Yisrael Beytenu fired the opening shot for the Knesset’s summer session, which starts Monday, submitting the first of many Tal Law alternatives expected in the coming months. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called for all MKs who believe in equality in the national burden, whether they are in the opposition or coalition, to vote for his party’s bill on the ninth of...

Washington – Boehner On Obama: ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes’

April 26, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is making the most powerful office in the world look "smaller." The Ohio Republican said Thursday Obama is "wasting time on a fake fight" with lawmakers over student loans while ignoring major issues like jobs and the economy. He says Obama's trips this week — to three big universities in swing states — are campaign...

New York – Feds Turn Down Request For $2B Loan To Fund Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

April 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM
New York - The federal government has turned down the state’s request to apply for a $2 billion loan to help pay for a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge, The Journal News has learned. The state had been counting on the money from the U.S. Department of Transportation for pay for the new $5 billion project, in conjunction with tolls increases and bonding. There is no other financing in...

Manhattan, NY – Not Guilty Verdict in Crane Collapse Manslaughter Trial

April 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Manhattan, NY - A construction crane owner was found not guilty in the only criminal trial surrounding a 2008 collapse that killed two workers in New York City. A Manhattan judge announced his decision Thursday in James Lomma's manslaughter case. Lomma chose not to have a jury. Prosecutors said the 200-foot-tall crane fell because Lomma got a bargain-basement repair on a crucial component...

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