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New York – Doctor: Feds Put Squeeze On In Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Case

November 5, 2015 at 11:59 PM
New York - A prominent Columbia University cancer researcher testified Thursday how federal agents spooked him by showing up at his apartment at 6 a.m. one day last summer and, with the physician still in his pajamas, demanding to know about his dealings with New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. "I was terrified and confused. ... I don't know what thoughts I had beyond the panic," Dr...

New York – Study: Nearly Half Of US Pregnant Women Gain Too Much Weight

November 5, 2015 at 11:32 PM
New York - Nearly half of U.S. moms gain too much weight during pregnancy, according to a government study released Thursday. Putting on too many extra pounds during pregnancy can harm the mom, and may cause a range of problems for the child, experts say. The study found only about a third of women gain the recommended amount of weight, and about a fifth gained too little. Overweight and...

Puerto Rico – NY Governor, NYC Mayor Join Puerto Rico Health Care Rally

November 5, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Puerto Rico - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined thousands of demonstrators Thursday demanding equal treatment for Puerto Rico on federal health care. The demonstrators were protesting Medicaid reimbursements in the U.S. territory that officials say are 70 percent lower than on the U.S. mainland and Medicare reimbursements that are 40 percent lower. The...

Newark, NJ – Dashcam Video Of Man Holding Hands Up Helps Convict Officers

November 5, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Newark, NJ - Two police officers who accused a motorist of trying to grab one of their guns were convicted Thursday of misconduct in part because a dascham video showed the motorist holding his hands up the whole time. Bloomfield Officers Sean Courter and Orlando Trinidad were found guilty by an Essex County jury of conspiracy, official misconduct, tampering with and falsifying public records...

New York – Lowe’s To Pay New Yorkers $1.1 Million For Deceptive Sales Practices

November 5, 2015 at 10:08 PM
New York - Lowe's Cos agreed to refund as much as $1.1 million to New York consumers to settle allegations that it used deceptive sales practices when charging for flooring installations, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday. The second-largest U.S. home improvement retailer will provide cash refunds of up to 10 percent of per-square-foot installation fees it charged to...

Newark, NJ – Christie, Huckabee Relegated To Undercard At Next GOP Debate

November 5, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Newark, NJ - Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated out of prime-time and onto the undercard at next week's GOP presidential debate. And former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham won't appear at all. That's the decision announced Thursday night by Fox Business, which is hosting next Tuesday's debates. Eight candidates will appear in the...

New York – Centuries-old Coffins, Skeletons Found Beneath NYC Street

November 5, 2015 at 08:50 PM
New York - Two centuries-old burial vaults discovered beneath a street in the heart of New York University's campus by workers replacing a water main were likely part of a Presbyterian church cemetery, an archaeologist said Thursday. One of the roughly 15-by-18-foot crypts was clearly disturbed, with the skeletons and skulls of between nine and 12 people pushed into a corner while more than a...

Fox Lake, IL – Detective: ‘Hero’ Cop Sought Hit-man To Cover Up Thefts

November 5, 2015 at 08:18 PM
Fox Lake, IL - Months before an Illinois police officer staged his suicide to appear as though he heroically died in the line of duty, subjecting his community to an expensive and fruitless manhunt, he apparently sought a hit man to kill a village administrator he feared would expose him as a thief, a detective told The Associated Press on Thursday. Det. Chris Covelli said Lt. Charles Joseph...

Beirut – IS Bomb On Russia Plane Would Herald New Phase In Conflict

November 5, 2015 at 07:38 PM
Beirut - At this stage, there is no hard evidence. But reports from the U.S. and Britain suggesting an Islamic State group bomb may have caused the Russian plane crash in Egypt are raising the alarm among experts, who say such an act would be a frightening change in tactics by the extremist group. It would also underscore the failure so far of the U.S.-led coalition to deter the jihadis —...

Washington – Muslim, Jewish Activists To Promote Peace On DC Bus Tour

November 5, 2015 at 07:19 PM
Washington - A group of Muslim and Jewish activists is taking a bus tour around the Washington area in an effort to show that the religions don't have to be enemies. Thursday's tour is called "Spread Hummus Not Hate." It's led by the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum. Participants will sing songs, share pita and hummus and ask...

Washington – Obama Says ‘possibility’ Of Bomb On Plane That Crashed In Egypt

November 5, 2015 at 06:32 PM
Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday there was a "possibility" that the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt was caused by a bomb on board the airliner. "I think there's a possibility that there was a bomb on board. And we're taking that very seriously," Obama said in an interview with KIRO/CBS News Radio that was quoted on CNN. "We're going to spend a lot of...

Washington – PLO Criticizes Cruz Over Hearing, Cites ‘Israel Apologists’

November 5, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The Palestine Liberation Organization on Thursday criticized Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz over a Senate hearing he oversaw on Palestinian and Iranian terrorism that it called "biased and inflammatory." In an unusual and harsh statement issued Thursday, the PLO said the Judiciary subcommittee hearing provided no Palestinian viewpoint and conflated all Palestinians...

Brooklyn, NY – Chasidic Wedding Clip Goes Viral

November 5, 2015 at 05:17 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A YouTube clip taken at a Chasidic wedding last month featuring wedding guests dancing enthusiastically as a shtreimel clad vocalist sings words of the Gemara to a Balkan beat continues to go viral, picking up over 35,000 hits in the last three days. The video, taken during an October wedding held at Tiferes Mordechai in Borough Park section of Brooklyn, features Israeli singer...

Orlando, FL – U.S. Reform Jews Adopt Sweeping Transgender Rights Policy

November 5, 2015 at 05:08 PM
Orlando, FL - The largest movement of Judaism in the U.S. passed the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization, saying Thursday that it's a continuation of a tradition of inclusion in the Reform Jewish movement. Members of the Union for Reform Judaism attending its biennial meeting in Orlando approved on a voice vote the resolution, which...

New York, NY – Comptroller: Claims Down Against NYC Police, Other Agencies

November 5, 2015 at 04:30 PM
New York, NY - A new report by Comptroller Scott Stringer says that personal injury claims against the New York City Police Department have declined sharply. The report, which was issued Wednesday, shows that claims against the NYPD have fallen nearly 13 percent during the past year. Stringer on Wednesday praised the department for emphasizing a culture of restraint for its officers. The...

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