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New York – NY Governor’s Race Stokes Feud Between Astorino, Cuomo Aide

July 8, 2014 at 11:58 PM
New York – The race for New York State governor is highlighting a decade-long feud between Rob Astorino and a challenger, but not with present Governor Andrew Cuomo. Astorino’s feud is with Cuomo’s aide, Larry Schwartz, a man who Astorino has mentioned in various public appearances and has accused of offenses, both on personal and professional levels reports the Wall Street Journal...

Shuafat, Jerusalem – Hundreds Of Jews Console Mourners’ At Tent Of Abu Khdeir Family

July 8, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Shuafat, Jerusalem -  Jewish men and women gathered at the mourners tent of the 16-year-old Palestinian boy killed last week allegedly as a revenge murder by Jewish extremists. Muhammad Abu Khdeir was murdered last week after three Israeli teenage boys were found dead after being abducted by members of Hamas. After the weeks of death and loss, Jews offered their condolences at to the Khdeir...

Baghdad – Iraq Tells U.N. ‘Terrorist Groups’ Seized Former Chemical Weapons Depot

July 8, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Baghdad - Iraq's government has lost control of a former chemical weapons facility to "armed terrorist groups" and is unable to fulfill its international obligations to destroy toxins kept there, the country's U.N. envoy told the United Nations. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, made public on Tuesday, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said the Muthanna facility north of Baghdad...

New York – Casino Applicants Promising More Jobs And Tax Revenue

July 8, 2014 at 11:03 PM
New York - Applicants for the four upstate New York casino licenses being granted this year are promising more jobs and tax revenue if they are allowed to develop resorts. The New York Gaming Facility Location Board on Tuesday released the executive summaries that were submitted with the 17 casino applications last week. The documents summarize the selling points of each proposal. For...

Chicago, IL – Visitor Trapped In Chicago Jail For About 30 Hours

July 8, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Chicago, IL - A visitor to Chicago's Cook County Jail was trapped inside for about 30 hours over the July Fourth weekend. WBBM-AM reports (http://cbsloc.al/1kBWFyX ) a man was in the jail's maximum security division visiting his son when he went into a room that wasn't being used. The room's door was propped open by contractors installing cameras. Jail Executive Director Cara Smith says the...

Custer, SD – Man Dies At South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest

July 8, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Custer, SD - A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1n3EKRD ). "There was someone doing CPR when we arrived," Wheeler said. "He...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Public Defenders Fired For Facebook Comments About Palestinians

July 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Two public defenders from Broward County, FL have been fired over controversial comments posted on Facebook regarding Palestinians. Attorneys Bruce Raticoff and Gary Sheres were terminated reports CBS Miami (http://cbsloc.al/1xPsTyO). Facebook posts on July 2 by the two men referred to Palestinians as “filthy swine” and “cockroaches.” In response to a...

Washington – Survey: Two In Five U.S. Homes Have Only Cellphones

July 8, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Washington - The number of U.S. homes with only cellphones is growing, with 41 percent of them without landlines in the second half of 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. The increase in cellphone-only households is slowing, the CDC report said, and those without landlines tend to be younger, poorer, renters and Hispanic. The percentage of Americans in...

Tokyo – Super Typhoon Hits Japan

July 8, 2014 at 09:38 PM
Tokyo - One of the biggest and strongest typhoons to hit during Japan's summer months churned past Okinawa toward the country's main islands on Wednesday, weakening slightly but dumping torrential rains in its wake. Forecasts for unusually heavy rains prompted a fresh emergency warning, as workers scrambled to clear drains and roads to minimize damage in Okinawa from the typhoon, which left 20...

New York – Car-Hailing Service Uber Takes On Taxis With Sale

July 8, 2014 at 09:32 PM
New York - The car-hailing service Uber is taking on New York City's taxis, temporarily dropping some of its prices by 20 percent. The company says the price of its UberX lower-end service is now cheaper than the rate charged by the city's famous yellow cabs. For instance, a ride from Grand Central Terminal to the financial district would now cost roughly $22, down from $28 before the sale...

Los Angeles, CA – Patrol Head Says He’s Shocked By Beating Video

July 8, 2014 at 09:08 PM
Los Angeles, CA -The commissioner of the California Highway Patrol says he was shocked and concerned by video of one of his officers repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow says the now-viral video has wounded his department, and he vowed to complete an investigation in weeks instead of the usual months. Farrow spoke at a...

Brooklyn, NY – City Councilwoman Calls For Ludlow Street Parking Garage Site For Affordable Housing Plans

July 8, 2014 at 08:54 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Years after a controversial Ludlow Street parking garage site was tossed out of discussions, a New York City Councilwoman is calling for the site to be put back into affordable housing talks surrounding the Seward Park redevelopment project. ONLINE.WSJ.com (http://on.wsj.com/1qT7nZs) reports that Councilwoman Margaret Chin said, "It was part of the site [plan] back in 2012. We...

Beverly Hills, CA – Al Jazeera America Says It’s Building To Last

July 8, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Beverly Hills, CA - As it approaches its first birthday, Al Jazeera America anchor Tony Harris says he's surprised by how good the network is. The journalistic performance of the network hasn't been reflected by its audience size, though. Viewership remains very low. But like Harris, network President Kate O'Brian voiced confidence on Tuesday that viewers will catch up with it. She called...

New York – New Safety Programs For NYC Public Housing

July 8, 2014 at 08:00 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is detailing a $210 million plan to improve safety at public housing developments. Shootings have gone up 31 percent so far this year in New York City Housing Authority buildings. Meanwhile, overall crime has dropped slightly citywide. De Blasio said the improvements would begin at 15 troublesome housing developments. Those 15 projects make...

New York – Children’s Book Character Curious George To Promote NYC As Family-Friendly Destination

July 8, 2014 at 07:58 PM
New York, NY - The popular children's book character Curious George wants families to explore New York City. For the next year, the adventurous monkey will promote the city as a family-friendly destination. The city's official tourism and marketing organization NYC & Company on Tuesday named him New York City's official family ambassador. Since the ambassador program launched in 2009...

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