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Omaha, NE – Berkshire Hathaway’s First-quarter Profit Up 10 Percent

May 1, 2015 at 07:15 PM
Omaha, NE - Warren Buffett's company said Friday its first-quarter profit jumped 10 percent on the strength of its railroad and insurance businesses. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. earned $5.16 billion, or $3,143 per Class A share, during the first three months of 2015. That's up from $4.71 billion, or $2,862 per Class A share, last year. Most major Berkshire subsidiaries performed well. Revenue...

Minneapolis – Some Muslim Groups Concerned About Terror Prevention Program

May 1, 2015 at 06:50 PM
Minneapolis - About 40 mosques and Muslim organizations in Minnesota are raising concerns about a federal program designed to fight terror recruiting. The Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement Friday saying the groups want the Department of Justice to discontinue the "stigmatizing, divisive, and ineffective initiative" in Minneapolis. Similar concerns have been raised...

Manhattan, NY – 1,000 Protesters Blasts Police Abuse; NYPD Head Asks For Cooperation

May 1, 2015 at 06:24 PM
Manhattan, NY - About 1,000 people are marching in downtown Manhattan at a May Day rally that also has become a protest against police brutality. Dozens of police officers stood around the perimeter of Union Square Friday evening as demonstrators held signs with such messages as "Disarm the NYPD." They then began marching downtown. The demonstration was initially planned as a rally to...

Detroit – Prosecutor Resigns After Saying Baltimore Rioters Should Be Shot

May 1, 2015 at 06:02 PM
Detroit - A Michigan prosecutor's office says an assistant prosecutor quit after posting on Facebook that people assaulting police officers in Baltimore should be shot. Wayne County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said in a statement that Teana Walsh resigned Friday and Prosecutor Kym Worthy accepted it. The statement says the post was "out of character" and "does not reflect the...

Des Moines, IA – Iowa Governor Declares State Of Emergency Due To Bird Flu Outbreak

May 1, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Des Moines, IA - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, saying the entire state was at risk from the spread of the disease. The announcement, which gives authorities powers to enforce preventative measures, was made soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive...

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ – Man Dies After Falling 400 Feet Off Grand Canyon’s South Rim

May 1, 2015 at 05:05 PM
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ - Authorities at Grand Canyon National Park say a man has fallen to his death about 400 feet off the South Rim. Due to terrain, safety concerns and approaching darkness, park officials say recovery operations for the body of the unidentified man have been suspended until Friday morning. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a man...

Maryland – Baltimore Prosecutor Takes Center Stage In Black Man’s Death

May 1, 2015 at 04:45 PM
Maryland - Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby stole the spotlight on Friday with her surprisingly swift decision to bring criminal charges against six police officers in the arrest and death in April of a 25-year-old black man. Only four months in the job, the city's 35-year-old African-American state's attorney, drew cheers from a crowd at the news conference where she announced the charges...

Brooklyn, NY – To Accommodate Shabbos Observing Jews NYC Councilman Wants Shorter Friday Meter Rules

May 1, 2015 at 03:31 PM
Brooklyn, NY -  NYC Councilman David G. Greenfield is requesting that metered parking end earlier on Friday evenings, shortening metered-parking from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. on 13th and 18th Avenues in Borough Park. Greenfield already ended the metered parking on 16th Avenue in Borough Park at 5 p.m. through a pilot program, which allowed the large Shabbos-observing community of the neighborhood...

Trenton, NJ – WB Traffic Jam Scandal: Christie Responds To Charges

May 1, 2015 at 03:20 PM
Trenton, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie's office says Friday's George Washington Bridge scandal indictment confirms his previous statements that he didn't know about the scheme. The statement notes that Christie has said from the first day news of the lane closures emerged that he had no knowledge or involvement in the planning, motivation, authorization or execution of the decision. Christie was...

New York – LinkedIn Follows Twitter, Shocks Social Media Investors

May 1, 2015 at 03:00 PM
New York - Another day, another shock for investors in social media stocks. Shares of LinkedIn Corp, operator of the most popular social network for professionals, fell 20 percent in early trading on Friday, wiping out more than $6 billion of market value, after the company slashed its full-year forecast. LinkedIn reported on Thursday its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it went...

Foster City, CA – Tesla CEO Plugs Into New Market With Home Battery System

May 1, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Foster City, CA - Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants — and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a...

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Mayor Says She’s Sickened By Charges

May 1, 2015 at 01:40 PM
Baltimore, MD - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says five of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are in custody. Rawlings-Blake made the announcement Friday afternoon, hours after the city's chief prosecutor said they were charged. "No one is above the law in our city," Rawlings-Blake said. "Justice must apply to all of us equally." She also says she was sickened and...

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Reacts After Six Officers Charged In Gray Case

May 1, 2015 at 01:31 PM
Baltimore, MD - Onlookers cheered and expressed amazement as State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared Freddie Gray's death a homicide, arrest illegal, and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter , which few expected so quickly. Whoops, cheers and shouts of "Justice!" erupted on the steps of the War Memorial Building, and in the streets of Baltimore, which has faced nearly...

Raleigh, NC – Jeb Bush On Baltimore Police Charges: ‘The Process Works’

May 1, 2015 at 01:30 PM
Raleigh, NC - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he trusts the legal process that resulted in charges against six Baltimore officers in the death of a man from injuries sustained while in police custody. The likely presidential candidate was asked on Friday how a president can address rising anger toward police. He told reporters a president can lead a conversation on how to fight the pockets...

Maryland – In Big Test, Baltimore Prosecutor Moves Swiftly On Charges

May 1, 2015 at 01:14 PM
Maryland - Baltimore's chief prosecutor, just 35 years old and on the job for less than four months, moved swiftly Friday to address the biggest challenge of her career when she announced charges including second-degree murder against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby surprised legal observers by filing charges against the officers herself, rather than...

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