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Washington – Obama Allies Getting Harder To Find These Days

October 8, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is finding himself with few friends in Washington. His former Pentagon chief is criticizing his foreign policy. Longtime political advisers are questioning his campaign strategy. And Democrats locked in tough midterm campaigns don't want Obama anywhere near them between now and Election Day. The disenchantment with Obama is in part a reflection of...

Blooming Grove, PA – Police: Suspect Described Deadly Ambush In Writing

October 8, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Blooming Grove, PA - Authorities found a journal left by ambush suspect Eric Frein that describes how he opened fire on a rural barracks — watching one of his victims fall "still and quiet" — and then made his escape, authorities said Wednesday. Frein wrote how he "got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick," according to Lt. Col. George Bivens, who...

Detroit – EPA Says New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record 24.1 Mpg

October 8, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Detroit - New cars and trucks in the U.S. got a record 24.1 miles per gallon on average last year, but the rate of improvement is slowing as buyers shift back toward trucks and SUVs. The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy rose one-half mile per gallon over 2012, mainly because automakers have improved gas engines and transmissions and added turbochargers to give smaller motors...

New York, NY – Public Advocate Reveals NYC’s Worst Landlords

October 8, 2014 at 02:53 PM
New York, NY - New York City's worst landlords are in the spotlight. Public Advocate Letitia James is unveiling the annual list of the city's landlords who've been cited with the most housing violations. The list includes nearly 6,800 buildings across the city. Many of those buildings have no heat or conditions hazardous to residents. James, a Democrat who took office in January, said...

Washington – FTC: AT&T To Pay $105M For Bogus Wireless Charges

October 8, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Washington - Telecom giant AT&T will pay a hefty $105 million settlement after the government accused the company of unlawfully billing wireless customers for tens of millions of dollars in bogus charges — a practice known as cramming. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that AT&T Mobility LLC, a subsidiary of AT&T, billed millions of customers for charges from third-party companies...

Paramus, NJ – 1 Suspect Dead, 3 Arrested After Burglary Attempt on Rt 4

October 8, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Paramus, NJ - Authorities say one suspect in an attempted burglary in northern New Jersey is dead and three have been arrested after an incident that involved a car crash and a police officer firing a gun. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says four suspects tried to break into a Jennifer Convertible store in Paramus around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday but drove off after police arrived. He...

New York, NY – De Blasio Meets Multiple Times With Sharpton While Ignoring Requests From Borough DA’s For Sit-Downs

October 8, 2014 at 01:31 PM
New York, NY - Sources close to the five sitting NYC borough District Attorneys say the legal chiefs are beginning to feel slighted, as Mayor Bill de Blasio's office has ignored repeated requests for sit-downs while meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton multiple times since March. NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/ZdPnNu) reports that sources close to the matter say that since March the five sitting DA's have...

New York – NY State Settles With Brooklyn Landlord To End Harassment Of Rent-regulated Tenants In Flatbush, Crown Heights

October 8, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State’s Tenant Protection Unit has signed an agreement that will end the reported harassment and intimidation of long-term tenants at several rent-regulated buildings in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush and Crown Heights. The landlord of these buildings, Yeshaya Wasserman, had purportedly been engaging in a pattern of...

Queens, NY – Truck Hits Bagel Shop In Queens, 5 Injured

October 8, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Queens, NY - Authorities say five people suffered serious injuries when a box truck slammed into a bagel shop in Queens. A fire department spokesman says the victims were taken to area hospitals following the accident around 10 a.m. Wednesday. He says none of the injuries is life-threatening. A child was also evaluated at the scene. It happened on Queens Boulevard near 75th Avenue in...

New York – New Poll Gives Cuomo 20-point Lead Over Astorino

October 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM
New York - A new poll suggests New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can thank female voters for the commanding lead he has over Republican Rob Astorino. The Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday gives the Democratic incumbent 51 percent of the vote, with Astorino getting 31 percent and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins picking up 9 percent. Cuomo leads Astorino by 32 points among female...

Dallas, TX – First Ebola Patient Diagnosed In The US Has Died

October 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Dallas, TX - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died Wednesday morning in a Dallas hospital Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said. Thomas Eric Duncan was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and has been kept in isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson. Duncan's condition was changed on Saturday...

New York – UPS Starts U.S. Service To Lower Failed Deliveries

October 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM
New York - United Parcel Service Inc said it started a service in the United States that would allow customers to collect or return packages to lockers in neighborhood convenience and grocery stores, addressing concerns of failed deliveries. UPS said it has installed nearly 300 lockers, called "access point locations", in New York City and Chicago and that it already has 12,000 such locations...

Washington – US Orders Agents To Monitor Travelers For Ebola

October 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Washington - The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Customs and Border Protection agents are also handing out factsheets to travelers with details of what symptoms to look...

New York – Is Renting A Sukkah A New Trend?

October 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM
New York - Many observant Jews own a sukkah that they put up every year for the weeklong fall holiday of Sukkot. Renting the temporary structure is a lesser-known option than owning, but is it a growing trend? The sukkah-rental business is a relatively new space in which the Litton family of Lawrence, NY, is a pioneer. “We were the first ones to rent sukkahs,” Evan Litton—father of...

Beirut – Hezbollah Says Border Attack Was Message To Israel

October 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Beirut - An attack by Hezbollah on Lebanon's border with Israel which wounded two Israeli soldiers was a message that the group remained ready to confront its old foe despite its engagement in Syria's civil war, the group's deputy leader said. The soldiers were wounded by a bomb planted by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in the Shebaa hills, drawing Israeli artillery fire in response. It was the...

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