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New York – Deaths From West Nile Virus Hit Record Last Year

May 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM
New York - U.S. health officials say last year was the worst ever for West Nile virus deaths. The final tally reported Monday was 286 deaths — or two more than the record set in 2002. But there were far fewer illnesses overall, and fewer serious cases than in previous years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had predicted it would be a bad year because of weather...

Beijing – China Reports Three New Bird Flu Deaths, Toll Hits 35

May 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Beijing - Three more people have died in China from the new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus, raising the death toll to 35 while the total number of infections rose to 130, state media said on Monday. Without giving details of the deaths, Xinhua news agency said a new case of the H7N9, described by the World Health Organization as one of the most lethal flu viruses around, was found in China's...

New York – Report: Bloomberg Private Messages Leaked Online

May 13, 2013 at 09:30 PM
New York - Financial data and news service Bloomberg LP moved to repair damage to its reputation Monday as a published report said that more than 10,000 of its clients' private messages containing sensitive pricing data had been leaked online. The report came the same day Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler apologized for the news service's practice of allowing journalists to access...

New York – PSEG To Run Most Of New York’s LIPA Utility

May 13, 2013 at 08:24 PM
New York - Long Island Power Authority, a state-owned New York utility company that was criticized for its response during last year's Superstorm Sandy, will see most of its operations taken over by a private company, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc , a private utility in neighboring New Jersey, will take over management of LIPA's operations...

Cleveland, OH – Records: Cleveland Suspect Faced Prior Complaints

May 13, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Cleveland, OH - A man charged with holding three women captive for about a decade had been accused of threatening his neighbors, attacking his common-law wife and committing violations during his career as a school bus driver, according to records released Monday. The Cleveland police reports correspond with accounts provided by relatives of suspect Ariel Castro last week that portrayed a man...

New York – Man Charged With Too Many Bullets In Gun Under New Safe Act

May 13, 2013 at 07:33 PM
New York - State police have charged a 31-year-old Hudson Valley driver with a misdemeanor after he was pulled over and found with two more bullets in his handgun magazine than allowed under New York's new gun control law. Troopers say Gregory Dean Jr. of Hopewell Junction was stopped for an inadequate light on his license plate about 9:45 p.m. Sunday in New Lebanon. They say their...

Boston – British PM Visits Boston To Discuss Marathon Bombs

May 13, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Boston - British Prime Minister David Cameron has met with Massachusetts Gov. Deval (deh-VAL') Patrick to offer his condolences and discuss lessons that can be learned from the deadly Boston Marathon bombing. Patrick says it was great to spend time with Cameron, who earlier Monday visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama. Cameron was greeted by Patrick on the front steps...

New York – Obama Raises Cash For Democrats At Trio Of Fundraisers

May 13, 2013 at 07:01 PM
New York - Huddling with A-list celebrities and top re-election donors, President Barack Obama bemoaned the partisan forces that have stymied compromise in Washington as he raised campaign cash for Democrats in New York. At a cozy suppertime fundraiser Monday, Obama said he had hoped his election in 2008 might "break the fever" of partisanship and gridlock that has stood in the way of his...

New York – Good News For NYC Newsstands? Price Cap Could Rise

May 13, 2013 at 06:46 PM
New York - The newsstands that dot the city's sidewalks would be able to stock cellphone chargers, offer more batteries and, perhaps most importantly, upgrade their umbrellas under a proposal broached Monday to double a price cap on their wares. Newsstand operators and supporters say the City Council proposal to lift the more than decade-old limit from $5 to $10 would help the venerable...

Washington – Justice Department Secretly Accessed Associated Press Phone Records

May 13, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Washington - The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual...

Minneapolis, MN – Orthodox Jerusalem Girl Stuck In Minnesota Desperately Seeks “Living” Kidney Donor

May 13, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Minneapolis, MN - Stuck in what her doctors are calling an "urgent window," a 15 year-old Israeli girl remains in Minnesota after a potential "living" donor for her much needed kidney transplant was disqualified at the last minute. KARE 11 (http://kare11.tv/10mhmYz) is reporting that 15 year-old Sara Zalaznik and her mother, Dassi, flew to Minnesota from Israel last week with what doctors...

Washington – IRS Assured Congress Tea Party Not Targeted

May 13, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Washington - When members of Congress repeatedly raised concerns with the Internal Revenue Service about complaints that Tea Party groups were being harassed last year, a deputy IRS commissioner took the lead in assuring lawmakers that the additional scrutiny was a legitimate part of the screening process. That deputy commissioner was Steven T. Miller, who is now the acting head of the...

Washington – U.S. Republican Sets Friday Hearing On IRS Tea Party Scrutiny

May 13, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Washington - The top Republican lawmaker in charge of oversight of the Internal Revenue Service set a hearing date for Friday to probe the agency's admission that some employees gave extra scrutiny to conservative "Tea Party" groups seeking tax-exempt status. Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), J. Russell George, will be the...

Seattle, WA – Artscroll Book Geared For Orthodox Jews Named As Key Factor In SeattleYeshiva Abuse Case

May 13, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Seattle, WA - A Jewish child safety book geared for Orthodox Jews published two years ago has been credited for playing a part in the arrest of a Seattle day school teacher who has been charged with molesting at least two young girls. According to reports on Seattle's Q13Fox, prosecutors have said that it was an Artscroll book, developed by the Karasick Child Safety Initiative of Project Y.E.S...

Cleveland, OH – No DNA Link To Other Crimes For Cleveland Suspect

May 13, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Cleveland, OH - The Ohio attorney general says the man accused of imprisoning three women in a Cleveland house for about a decade isn't linked to other crimes through a national database. Attorney General Mike DeWine says no matches came up when Ariel Castro's DNA was compared to samples in the database on Monday. DeWine also says no matches have been found for Castro's brothers, Pedro and...

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