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Albany, NY – Car Insurance E-Cards Debut In New York State

November 18, 2015 at 11:58 PM
Albany, NY - Some New York drivers will now be able to keep their proof of insurance on their smart phones. The Cuomo administration announced that GEICO has become the first insurance company in New York allowed to provide customers with electronic identification cards on their smart phones and electronic devices. The e-card will be available to New York customers on the GEICO app starting...

New York – Government Rests At Ex-New York Assembly Speaker’s Trial

November 18, 2015 at 11:30 PM
New York - The federal government has completed its case at the corruption trial of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Prosecutors' last witnesses on Wednesday detailed how Silver made hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments. Prosecutors say much of the money was illicit proceeds from bribery schemes. The trial is off Thursday and Friday, so the defense is expected to...

New York – New York Police Horses, ’10-foot Cop’ Key To City’s High Alert

November 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM
New York -Highly visible police officers on horseback who patrol crowded sites like New York's Times Square are an essential part of the city's high alert in the wake of the deadly Paris attack, police officials said on Wednesday. Days after the New York Police Department deployed its new counter terrorism team and flashed a "show of force" to ward off potential attacks, it unveiled a new $30...

Beirut – IS Attacks Claim More Than 800 Lives Abroad This Year

November 18, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Beirut - The Islamic State group has dramatically expanded its theatre of operations from its hub in Syria and Iraq, executing or inspiring a series of attacks across three continents that claimed more than 800 lives this year. The mayhem created by those attacks — including the downing of a Russian airliner and a killing spree in the heart of Paris — attracts the kind of attention that...

Toronto – Man Carrying Concealed Knife Arrested In Canada’s Capital

November 18, 2015 at 10:07 PM
Toronto - A man carrying a concealed knife on Canada's Parliament Hill has been arrested, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday. Media relations officer Cpl. Valerie Thibodeau said Yasin Ali, 56, was detained by the Parliamentary Protective Service on Tuesday evening outside Centre Block, the main building on Parliament Hill that houses the Senate and the House of Commons. After a...

Worcester, MA – Trump Says He Thinks He’ll Do ‘great’ With Muslims

November 18, 2015 at 09:45 PM
Worcester, MA - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday questioned the feasibility of giving preference to Christian Syrian refugees trying to enter the country, as some of his rivals have suggested in the wake of the Paris attacks. Speaking to reporters before a rally in Worcester, Massachusetts, Trump suggested it would be difficult to prove refugees' faiths. "Well I...

South Bend, IN – Syrian Family Diverted To Connecticut At Indiana’s Request

November 18, 2015 at 09:30 PM
South Bend, IN - A Syrian family that fled the war-torn country in 2011 was welcomed Wednesday to its new home of Connecticut after Indiana officials objected to plans for the refugees to resettle in their state. The married couple and their 5-year-old son had been living as refugees in Jordan and been waiting three years to resettle in the United States. They were scheduled to arrive in...

New York – Rare Carlebach Guitar On Auction Block Tomorrow

November 18, 2015 at 09:00 PM
New York - Twenty one years after his death, a guitar that is said to have belonged to Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach is headed to auction, much to the disappointment of his daughter Neshama. The guitar is being put up for sale for $10,000 to $15,000 by Kestenbaum and Company, an auction house that specializes in fine Judaica. The current owner of the guitar, Rabbi Yehoshua Book, said that he...

Queens, NY – Hero Firefighter Saves 3-week-old Baby From Burning Queens Home

November 18, 2015 at 08:32 PM
Queens, NY - A 3-week-old baby is recovering from smoke inhalation after an FDNY lieutenant rescued him from the attic of a burning house in Queens. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1OQ7ZLv ) that the fire started at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in a two-story house in Corona. Lt. Adam Vilagos says the parents were outside yelling "There's a baby in the attic!" when firefighters...

New York – Witness: Ex-NY Senate Leader’s Son Said He’d Smash My Head

November 18, 2015 at 08:15 PM
New York - Jurors at the corruption trial of a former state Senate leader got a taste of smash-mouth politics Wednesday when a witness testified that the politician's son threatened to smash his head in if he again criticized the son for failing to show up for what had become a no-show job. Chris Curcio's testimony, a day after opening statements in the Manhattan federal court trial of...

Dubai – With Islamic State Targeted, What Happens To Syria’s Assad?

November 18, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Dubai - The tide of global rage against the Islamic State group lends greater urgency to ending the jihadis' ability to operate at will from a base in war-torn Syria. That momentum could also force a reevaluation of what to do about President Bashar Assad and puts a renewed focus on the position of his key patrons, Russia and Iran. The Syrian leader has lost much of the country to IS and other...

Rome – Report: FBI Tips Italy To Possible Targets In Rome, Milan

November 18, 2015 at 07:45 PM
Rome - The State Department is warning that St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Milan's cathedral and La Scala opera house, as well as "general venues" like churches, synagogues, restaurants, theaters and hotels have been identified as "potential targets" in those two cities for terrorist attacks. The U.S. Embassy in Rome sent out early Thursday a "security message for U.S. citizens," saying that...

Spokane, WA – 3 Killed, Thousands Without Power In Northwest Windstorm

November 18, 2015 at 07:27 PM
Spokane, WA - Cleanup crews took to the streets Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers. The winds on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas of the Inland Northwest, where fallen trees were blamed for the deaths. A woman in her 50s was killed when a tree fell in Spokane. Another woman died after a...

New York – Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Delivery And On-the-go Ordering

November 18, 2015 at 07:01 PM
New York - Dunkin' Donuts is testing delivery and on-the-go ordering. The doughnut and coffee chain said Wednesday delivery will be offered in Dallas this week and spread to Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington in coming weeks. Delivery orders need to be made on the app or website of DoorDash, the delivery company that Dunkin' Donuts is partnering with. Tests of on-the-go ordering...

New York – NY City Police Aware Of ISIS Video But Say No Specific Threat

November 18, 2015 at 06:51 PM
New York - New York City police are aware of a newly released Islamic State video suggesting the largest city in the United States was a potential target of attacks such as those in Paris last week, but police said on Wednesday that there were no current or specific threats. "While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist...

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