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Decatur, IL – Bitter Sugar vs. Corn Syrup Lawsuit Over ‘Natural’ Claims Ends In Settlement

November 22, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Decatur, IL - Major sugar companies and corn refiners, including Archer Daniels Midland Co, have settled high stakes litigation that probed the health claims of each industry amid falling demand for sweeteners. Terms of the settlement, which was reached in the middle of trial, were not disclosed in a joint statement on Friday. "The parties had been trying to work on an agreement for a month...

Washington – Task Force Wants Even Smaller Drones Registered

November 22, 2015 at 11:29 PM
Washington - An aviation industry task force is recommending that operators be required to register drones weighing as little as a half a pound, a threshold that could include some remote-controlled toys, industry officials said. Federal Aviation Administration officials who convened the 25-member task force on drone registration have said they want to avoid requiring the registration of toys...

New Orleans, LA – Up To 16 People Hospitalized After New Orleans Shooting

November 22, 2015 at 11:21 PM
New Orleans, LA - A gunfight erupted on Sunday in a New Orleans park during a party where a music video was being filmed, leaving 16 people injured, police said. Circumstances surrounding the shooting in the city's Upper Ninth Ward, and details of what precipitated the violence, were not immediately clear, but New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble told Reuters no fatalities were...

Iowa – Hillary Clinton Proposing $6,000 Tax Credit For Caregivers

November 22, 2015 at 11:04 PM
Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will on Sunday propose a tax credit offsetting up to $6,000 in costs associated with caring for elderly and disabled family members, and allowing caregivers to accrue Social Security retirement benefits for such work. The caregiving credit, which would have a maximum value of $1,200 for qualifying families, will be the latest in a...

Jerusalem – Cinema City To Remain Closed On Shabbat, Holidays

November 22, 2015 at 10:40 PM
Jerusalem - Despite a petition filed to the High Court demanding that Jerusalem’s Cinema City remain open during Shabbat, the multiplex’s management on Sunday said that the popular theater will remain closed on the weekend and holidays.  The announcement follows nearly two years of legal wrangling between the theater chain and Jerusalem Awakening, a pluralistic political party that views...

Washington – Genetically Modified Salmon OK’d By FDA For Human Consumption In US

November 22, 2015 at 10:39 PM
Washington - What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States. Critics call it "frankenfish," but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the faster-growing salmon is safe to eat. It could be available in a couple of years. "There are no biologically...

Washington – Told He Must Go, Syria’s Assad May Outlast Obama In Office

November 22, 2015 at 10:02 PM
Washington - Bashar Assad's presidency looks likely to outlast Barack Obama's. As the United States has turned its attention to defeating the Islamic State group, it has softened its stance on the Syrian leader. More than four years ago, Obama demanded that Assad leave power. Administration officials later said Assad did not have to step down on "Day One" of a political transition. Now, they...

New York – Survey: US Gasoline Drop 11 Cents Over Past 2 Weeks

November 22, 2015 at 09:45 PM
New York - The average price of gasoline plunged 11 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.14 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg reports Sunday that the drop comes as crude oil prices continue to fall. Lundberg says prices may continue to go down into December. The current gas price is 70 cents per gallon under its year-ago point. In the Lower 48 states, the highest average...

New York – NJ Gov. Escalates War Of Words With De Blasio; Says NYC Mayor Better Suited For “Damascus”

November 22, 2015 at 09:15 PM
New York, NY - New Jersey Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie escalated his running war of words with Bill de Blasio on Sunday by saying that the mayor of New York City might be better suited to govern "Damascus." Christie made the comments during a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union. “Given the way he’s talking, and not worried about the security and safety...

Montpelier, VT – New $710-a-Day Drug Saves Lives But Strains State Budgets

November 22, 2015 at 08:38 PM
Montpelier, VT - A newly approved drug is being hailed as a major advance in treatment of cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that clogs the lungs with mucus and forces patients to struggle to breathe. But it comes with a punishing price tag — about $710 per patient per day. The treatment takes a bite out of Medicaid programs that are already facing big budget problems, and a...

West Bank – Palestinian Authority Claims Israel Planting Knives Near The Bodies Of Palestinians

November 22, 2015 at 08:05 PM
West Bank - The Palestinian Authority government on Sunday accused Israeli authorities of planting knives near the bodies of Palestinians who are killed during stabbing attacks against Israelis. In response to the killing of 16-year-old Ashraqat Katnani after she tried to stab Israelis near Nablus, the government said: “Israel is violating all international treaties that provide protection...

Harrisburg, PA – Amish Man Runs Marathon In Traditional Slacks And Suspenders

November 22, 2015 at 07:55 PM
Harrisburg, PA - An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon — not because of his speed but because of his unusual racing attire. Twenty-two-year-old Leroy Stolzfus finished the 26.2-mile Harrisburg Marathon on Nov. 8 in just over three hours and five minutes, all while wearing his community's traditional clothing, Pennlive.com reported...

New York – Utilities See Potential In Drones To Inspect Lines, Towers

November 22, 2015 at 07:14 PM
New York - U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines and transmission towers but strict regulations have so far slowed adoption of the technology. The remote-controlled devices make the work of linemen safer, more efficient and less expensive, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, which last...

Brussels – Belgian Police Arrest 16, Fail To Find Paris Attacks Key Suspect

November 22, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Brussels - Belgian police arrested 16 people during operations following the Nov. 13 Paris attacks but did not find Salah Abdeslam, the Brussels man suspected of playing a key role in the assault in France, the public prosecutor said early on Monday. During one of 19 raids mounted across the capital, Brussels, police fired on a vehicle, but it was not clear if those inside were connected to...

New Orleans, LA – UPDATE: Police ID Man Accused Of Shooting Jewish Tulane Medical Student

November 22, 2015 at 06:09 PM
New Orleans, LA - New Orleans police have identified a man accused of shooting a medical student who stopped an apparent kidnapping. Police say 21-year-old Euric Cain of New Orleans is wanted on charges of armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder. Tulane University and Crimestoppers are offering up to $12,500 for information leading to arrest and...

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