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Washington – Federal Survey To Get Consent For Breath Samples

March 12, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Washington - U.S. transportation officials on Wednesday responded to mounting questions about the tactics used by a roadside survey on drinking and drugged driving by announcing that survey-takers will no longer collect breath samples from motorists without their consent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said its contractor will get motorists' permission before using a device...

Goshen, NY – Ex-NY Bank Manager Admits To $130K ATM Theft

March 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Goshen, NY - A former manager for a Hudson Valley branch of JPMorgan Chase Bank has pleaded guilty to stealing $130,000 from her employer's automatic-teller machine funds. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/1nKW5C1 ) that 57-year-old Deborah Marcarelli pleaded guilty Tuesday in Orange County Court to felony grand larceny. She admitted that she took the money about...

Beijing – China Says Can’t Confirm Satellite Images Connected To Missing Plane

March 12, 2014 at 09:39 PM
Beijing - China's civil aviation chief said on Thursday that there was no proof that floating objects in the South China Sea seen by satellite images were connected to a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft. "Chinese satellites have found smoke and floating objects ... At present we cannot confirm this is related to the missing aircraft," Li Jiaxiang told reporters on the sidelines of China's...

New York – Lincoln Tunnel New LED Lights Will Save The Port Authority $283,000 Annually

March 12, 2014 at 09:27 PM
New York - Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials say the agency will save lots of pennies with energy-efficient lights that were installed in the Lincoln Tunnel. It cost $2.1 million to place 2,300 LED lights in the tunnel that links New Jersey with New York. The Port Authority says the 45-watt lights will reduce electricity use by an estimated 1.2 million kilowatt-hours a...

Toledo, OH – 3 Dead After Pileups On Snowy Ohio Turnpike

March 12, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Toledo, OH - Pileups on the Ohio Turnpike involving at least 50 vehicles killed three people and seriously injured a state trooper on Wednesday as a late-winter storm swept through the Midwest and the Northeast, ending a fleeting spring-like thaw. Emergency workers on the busy toll road struggled to reach accidents and stuck vehicles because of snowy conditions and traffic backups. Pileups...

United Nations – U.N. Chief Condemns Rocket Attacks From Gaza Into Israel

March 12, 2014 at 08:41 PM
United Nations - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned a series of rocket attacks against Israel that originated in the Gaza Strip and provoked swift Israeli retaliation. Israel bombed 29 targets in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said, after Palestinian militants in the coastal territory fired 60 rockets into Israel in the heaviest such barrage since 2012. "The...

New York – Quitting Smoking Linked To Improved Mood

March 12, 2014 at 08:32 PM
New York - Smokers who kick the habit appear to benefit from an improved mood, according to a new review of past studies. On average, quitting smoking was associated with improvements in mental health similar to taking an antidepressant drug, a team of UK researchers found. "The main message is that when people stop smoking, they feel better than they did when they were smoking," Dr. Paul...

Manhattan, NY – Judge: Woman At Center Of U.S.-India Row Wins Dismissal Of Indictment

March 12, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Manhattan, NY - An Indian woman whose arrest late last year prompted a diplomatic row between her home country and the United States has won the dismissal of a U.S. indictment charging her with visa fraud and making false statements to the government. Devyani Khobragade, who had been India's deputy consul-general in New York, had diplomatic immunity when she moved to dismiss the indictment on...

Detroit – GM To Offer Loaner Cars, Cash To Small-car Owners

March 12, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Detroit - General Motors is offering free loaner cars and $500 toward a new GM vehicle to more than a million owners of compact cars that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect. But the owners have to ask in order to get the benefits. The offers, disclosed in a document posted Wednesday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, are effective...

Paris – 777 Mystery Sharpens Hunt For Black-Box Alternatives

March 12, 2014 at 07:11 PM
Paris - The search for Malaysia's missing jet could speed development of new ways of locating wreckage, but such technology is unlikely to replace the traditional "black box" any time soon, France's top crash investigator said on Wednesday. Mystery over the Boeing 777's whereabouts deepened on Wednesday when Malaysia said it was searching an area hundreds of miles from its last known...

Manhattan, NY – Update: East Harlem Explosion Leaves 3 Dead , 60 Injured, 9 Missing (photos-video)

March 12, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Manhattan, NY - A gas leak triggered an earthshaking explosion that flattened two apartment buildings on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing. A tenant said residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about "unbearable" gas smells. By evening, rescue workers finally began the search for victims amid the broken bricks, splintered wood...

New York – Holocaust Survivor Sues Germany For Return Of Stolen Artwork

March 12, 2014 at 06:38 PM
New York - An 88-year-old man who survived the Holocaust has filed a claim in a Germany court that states Germany is refusing to return a recently discovered piece of valuable artwork that was stolen from his family by Nazis during WWII. Courthouse News Service (http://bit.ly/OlN85B) reports David Toren says the artwork, taken from his great uncle by the Nazis, was found recently with other...

Washington – Ukraine Premier Gets Backing From Obama

March 12, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama expressed a glimmer of hope Wednesday that a referendum on the future of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula can be halted, as he met with the new leader of the former Soviet republic. Sitting side by side in the Oval Office with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Obama said he hoped last-ditch diplomatic efforts might lead to a "rethinking" of Sunday's...

Beijing – Report: China’s Government Website Has Images Of Suspected Debris Of Missing Plane

March 12, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Beijing - Satellite images on a Chinese government website show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating off the southern tip of Vietnam, near the plane's original flight path, China's Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday. The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after...

Albany, NY – State Senator Hosts Brooklyn Yeshiva Boys On Tour At Albany State Capital

March 12, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Albany, NY -  Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) hosted around 200 Brooklyn-based Bobover Yeshiva Bnei Zion students yesterday at the State Capitol. Senator Felcher took the 8th and 9th grade boys on a tour around various areas such as the Capitol’s museum, the Senate and Executive Chambers, the Hall of Governors and the Flag room. The students also posed for a picture with the senator...

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