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New York – Smartphones Overtake Desktops For Holiday Shopping

November 25, 2015 at 11:47 PM
New York - If the beginning of the holiday season is any indication, it could be a merry mobile Christmas for shoppers. For the first time, there's expected to be more people visiting retailers' web sites through their smartphones than on desktop computers or tablets during the first weekend of the holiday shopping season that begins on Thanksgiving Day. Mobile traffic during the five-day...

Hamilton, GA – Georgia Sheriff Revels In ‘Politically Incorrect’ Sign

November 25, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Hamilton, GA - If you don't like a Georgia sheriff's political incorrectness, you can leave his county. That's what Harris Sheriff Mike Jolley warns on a new sign posted outside his department building. The sign reads: "Warning: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you...

Illinois – Chicago Officer Who Shot Teen Amassed 18 Civilian Complaints

November 25, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Chicago, IL - The white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager was the subject of 18 civilian complaints over 14 years, including allegations that he used racial epithets and excessive force, police and court records show. Complaints against police are not uncommon. But the number filed against Jason Van Dyke was high, and at least one...

Virginia Beach, VA – Report: Two Navy SEALs Drowned While Practicing Holding Their Breath

November 25, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Virginia Beach, VA - Navy documents say that two SEALs who drowned in a Virginia training pool were practicing holding their breath underwater after being told not to do so by the facility's manager. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1PPpw6R ) that it obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request. Thirty-four-year-old Brett Allen Marihugh of Livonia, Michigan...

North Miami, FL – Kirays Joel Jeweler Robbed In Florida; Attack Caught On Surveillance Video

November 25, 2015 at 09:22 PM
North Miami, FL - A Kiryas Joel diamond dealer visiting North Miami on business became a victim of a violent crime after he was targeted for the diamonds he was carrying, and it was all captured on surveillance video. Miami’s Channel 7 News, WSVN-TV (http://bit.ly/1HohC1v) spoke exclusively with Chaim Parnas about his harrowing ordeal, where he was pistol-whipped and beaten behind a pawn shop...

Myrtle Beach, SC – At Trump’s Presidential Rallies, A Combustible Mix Of Glee, Fear

November 25, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Myrtle Beach, SC - "We're not gonna take it anymore," a crowd of thousands sang as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump entered a South Carolina convention center on Tuesday night as a 1980s heavy metal song by the band Twisted Sister blared from speakers. The billionaire real-estate developer's packed rallies have been among the liveliest events in the long build-up to the November...

Washington – Obama Says ‘Disturbed’ By Chicago Police Shooting Video

November 25, 2015 at 08:40 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says he is "deeply disturbed" by video footage showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager. Prosecutors have charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder for the death last year of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. Obama said on his Facebook page Wednesday that he is asking Americans to "keep those...

San Antonio – Thousands Of Children Crossed US-Mexico Border In October

November 25, 2015 at 08:30 PM
San Antonio - Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico in October, almost double the number from October 2014, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. Also, in the figures released Tuesday, the number of family members crossing together nearly tripled from October 2014 — from 2,162 to 6,029. The numbers spiked...

New York – Deal Reached Between Mayor De Blasio And City Council Over Security Agents For Private Schools

November 25, 2015 at 08:19 PM
New York, NY - In a legislative move that is being touted as historic, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council have reached an agreement to fund at least one security guard for every religious and private school with 300 students or more if a school requests it. This is the first time religious and private educational institutions will receive taxpayer-funded security. Sponsored...

New York – Brian Williams Settles Into New Job At MSNBC

November 25, 2015 at 08:04 PM
New York - Coming out of a commercial break shortly before 11:20 a.m., Brian Williams had slipped into the anchor chair on MSNBC Tuesday as President Barack Obama met with French President Francois Hollande. "We have an eye on the East Room of the White House," Williams said, where reporters waited to question the two leaders. Williams set the scene and talked about the day's news for 40...

Albany, NY – NY Declares Victory In Alzheimer’s Drug Antitrust Lawsuit

November 25, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Albany, NY - New York's attorney general is dropping an antitrust lawsuit against a drug manufacturer after his office blocked what he alleged was an attempt to force Alzheimer's patients to switch to a newer patented drug instead of cheaper generic alternatives. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Allergan PLC said Wednesday that they have agreed to resolve the lawsuit filed over the...

Doha – Saudis To Sue Twitter User Who Called Poet’s Death Sentence ‘ISIS-like’

November 25, 2015 at 07:02 PM
Doha - Saudi Arabia's justice ministry plans to sue a Twitter user who compared the death sentence handed down on Friday to a Palestinian poet to the punishments meted out by Islamic State, a major government-aligned newspaper reported on Wednesday. "The justice ministry will sue the person who described ... the sentencing of a man to death for apostasy as being `ISIS-like'," the newspaper...

London – As Border Checks Return In Europe, Economic Costs Loom

November 25, 2015 at 06:30 PM
London - Queues, bottlenecks and security checks — their return in Europe could have a sizeable economic impact if they become entrenched in the wake of the attacks in Paris and the unprecedented flow of refugees from conflict zones like Syria. The European Union's top official is even warning that a permanent return of border checks could seriously hobble Europe's single currency, the...

Jerusalem – Israel Woos Russian Tourists After Turkey Crises

November 25, 2015 at 06:19 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Tourism Ministry is investing an extra $2.6 million to attract Russian tourists after crises in Egypt and Turkey. Ministry spokeswoman Michal Gerstler says Israel has focused on Russia for a month "in an attempt to create an alternative." Russian tour agencies suspended sales of packages to Turkey after Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian jet along the Syrian border...

Chicago – Lawyer Of Chicago Officer Charged With Murder Says Video ‘Distorts Images’

November 25, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Chicago - The lawyer for a white Chicago police officer charged with murdering a black teenager said on Wednesday his client feared for his life and that footage from a patrol car camera released this week is unreliable because video "distorts images." The lawyer, Daniel Herbert, told CNN that on Oct. 20, 2014 Officer Jason Van Dyke arrived at the scene 18 minutes after a suspect carrying a...

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