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New York – Are Noise Machines Hazardous To Infants’ Hearing?

March 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM
New York - If a so-called white noise machine is kept at full volume in a room with a sleeping baby, it may be potentially hazardous to the child's hearing, suggests a new study. The study cannot say exposure to the machines' noises is actually impairing children's hearing - just that the devices may be capable of creating sounds loud enough to cause hearing loss after prolonged...

Albany, NY – NYC Police Officers Who Saved Baby Honored

March 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Albany, NY - Two New York City police officers who saved a baby girl over the weekend were honored by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton. NYPD Officer Michael Konatsotis (koh-nah-SOH'-tis) and his partner, Officer David Roussine (ROO-sehn), saved the non-breathing 15-month-old baby Saturday after her parents called 911 when she turned blue. The officers went to the...

Geneva – Car Makers Pack Premium Features In Small Packages

March 3, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Geneva - European carmakers are putting their longest ever market slump in the rear view mirror, shifting from survival to revival as they head into the Geneva Auto Show with dozens of car premiers, particularly for small models packed with premium features. Analysts are projecting growth in new car sales in Europe at anywhere from 2 percent to 4 percent in 2014, the first year of gains since...

San Francisco – Apple Dials Up Effort To Meld iPhone With Cars

March 3, 2014 at 09:22 PM
San Francisco - Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google's loosely knit family of Android phones in a duel to make mobile applications more accessible while drivers...

New York – Teenage Smokers Have Differences In Their Brains

March 3, 2014 at 08:23 PM
New York - Young smokers who have smoked more cigarettes have clear differences in their brains compared to lighter smokers, according to a new study. "Earlier studies of older participants showed that the smokers had structural differences in various brain regions," said senior author Edythe D. London. And in studies of adolescent animals, nicotine damaged and killed brain cells, added...

Washington – Pentagon Suspends Military Engagements With Russia

March 3, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Washington - The Pentagon says it is suspending exercises and other activities with the Russian military, in light of Moscow's military involvement in Ukraine. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Monday evening that the U.S. military has "put on hold" all military-to-military engagements, including bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences. Kirby said the...

Albany, NY – NY Sets New Rules For Tax Preparers

March 3, 2014 at 07:51 PM
Albany, NY - The Cuomo administration has set new regulations for paid tax preparers, saying they will reduce errors and possible fraud. According to the governor's office, the rules apply to some 40,000 preparers. The state since 2011 has required most preparers to register annually with the Tax Department. Under the new regulations, those paid to prepare at least 10 state tax returns...

Albany, NY – Former Gov. Paterson’s Portrait Unveiled In Albany

March 3, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Albany, NY - David Paterson, New York’s 55th governor and the first African-American and legally blind person to hold that office, now has a permanent presence in the Capitol’s Hall of Governors. Paterson’s official portrait was unveiled Sunday afternoon at an event attended by a host of former and current state leaders. Gov. Cuomo introduced Paterson at the event, hailing his...

San Francisco – Govt Suing Sprint For Over Charging Gov’t $21 Million For Spying Expenses

March 3, 2014 at 06:20 PM
San Francisco - Federal officials have filed a lawsuit alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco alleges that that Sprint Corp. subsidiary collected unallowable expenses from the FBI and other government agencies while carrying out court-ordered wiretaps and other...

Trenton, NJ – Ethics Complaint Against NY-NJ Transit Agency Head

March 3, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Trenton, NJ - A Democrat-leaning public interest group filed an ethics complaint Monday against the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, alleging that the powerful real estate lawyer and close ally of Gov. Chris Christie misused his public position to benefit clients. The New Jersey Working Families Alliance alleges in a complaint to the State Ethics Commission that David...

Washington – What You Need To Know About March Obamacare Deadline

March 3, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Washington - Sick of hearing about the health care law? Plenty of people have tuned out after all the political jabber and website woes. But now is the time to tune back in, before it's too late. The big deadline is coming March 31. By that day, for the first time, nearly everyone in the United States is required to be signed up for health insurance or risk paying a fine. Here's...

Simferopol, Ukraine – Russian Ex-Lawmaker: Crimean Authorities To Cut Power, Water To Ukrainian Troops

March 3, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Simferopol, Ukraine - Pro-Russian authorities in Crimea will cut off water and electricity to Ukrainian soldiers in bases surrounded by Russian forces on Monday night, a Russian former lawmaker loyal to President Vladimir Putin said. Sergei Markov, who held meetings with pro-Russian authorities on the Ukrainian peninsula earlier on Monday, told reporters the soldiers would also be told they...

New York – In Solidarity With Charedim in Israel, American Rabbis Issue Call For Mass Prayer Event In Mahattan

March 3, 2014 at 04:48 PM
New York - At the request of Rabbis in Israel, American Rabbis have asked that Jews in New York should join in a large Prayer gathering that will take place on Water Street in lower Manhattan this Sunday (March 9) beginning at 2:00 p.m. According to a press release By Agudath Israel, The gathering will echo this past Sunday's mass prayer event in Jerusalem, which brought out hundreds of...

United Nations – Ousted Yanukovich Asked Putin For Russian Military In Ukraine; 16,000 Troops On Ground

March 3, 2014 at 04:20 PM
United Nations - Ukraine's mission to the United Nations is claiming that 16,000 Russian troops have been deployed in the strategic Crimea region, while Russia's U.N. ambassador told the council Monday that Ukraine's fugitive president requested troops. A letter from Ukraine's U.N. mission circulated during Monday's emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council pleads for international...

West Bank – Abbas: I Will Only Agree To More Negotiations If Settlements Frozen, More Prisoners Released

March 3, 2014 at 03:49 PM
West Bank - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that if US Secretary of State John Kerry's framework agreement fails to give a satisfactory answer to the core issues he will stop negotiations with Israel and turn to international bodies for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Speaking during a meeting with Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On, Abbas said that "the only...

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