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New York – Record Number Of Riders On NYC Subway System

December 10, 2015 at 11:59 PM
New York - If it feels like there are more people riding the subways in New York City than ever before, it's because that's true. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says a record of more than 6.2 million people rode the subway on Oct. 29. They say about 50,000 less people rode the subways on the same date the year before. The previous record, which approached 6.2 million people...

Washington – With Trump Soaring, Republicans See Possibility Of Brokered Convention

December 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM
Washington - With Donald Trump leading a splintered field, top Republican Party officials are keeping open the possibility that the fight to be the party's presidential candidate could stretch to the nominating convention in July, officials said on Thursday. A so-called "brokered convention," in which no single candidate has a sufficient number of nominating delegates to become the...

New York – Seeing Opportunity, Stock-pickers Narrow Their Portfolios

December 10, 2015 at 10:55 PM
New York - It's been a rough few years for stock-picking mutual-fund managers, and investors keep dumping them for the higher returns and lower expenses of index funds. Now, stock pickers say, market conditions are starting to turn in their favor as stocks increasingly go in different directions rather than moving in unison. Many are feeling so confident that they're paring down the number of...

New York – At New York Anti-Trump Rally, Protesters Express Anger, Fear

December 10, 2015 at 10:37 PM
New York - Hundreds of activists rallied on Thursday in front of Donald Trump's hotel in midtown New York City to condemn the Republican 2016 presidential candidate’s call to bar Muslims temporarily from entering the United States. Chanting “Dump Trump” and “refugees welcome,” the protesters castigated Trump’s comments. “We are not asking for any favors,” Linda Sarsour of...

Newark, NJ – New Jersey Man Admits Conspiring To Back Islamic State Group

December 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM
Newark, NJ - A 20-year-old New Jersey man admitted to planning to travel to Syria so he could join the Islamic State group and to discussing homemade bombs that he would detonate in New York. Nader Saadeh of Rutherford pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to conspiring with others to provide material support to ISIS. He remains detained without bail. Saadeh is the last of three...

Washington – Law Enforcement: Islamic Extremists Ignored Contact Attempts By Wife In California Shooting

December 10, 2015 at 09:48 PM
Washington - Islamic militant groups ignored contact attempts from Pakistan-born Tashfeen Malik in the months before she and her husband killed 14 people at a California holiday party probably because they feared getting caught in a U.S. law enforcement sting, U.S. government sources said on Thursday. The number of organizations Malik, 29, tried to contact and how she tried to contact them...

Washington – Senate Committee: Religion-based Entry To US Is Un-American

December 10, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Washington - A Senate committee on Thursday rebuked Donald Trump by endorsing a measure that says barring individuals from entering the United States based on religion would be un-American. The Republican presidential front-runner has called for blocking Muslims from entering the country in the aftermath of attacks in the United States and abroad. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-4...

Washington – State Department Gets Undiplomatic With Russian TV Reporter

December 10, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Washington - U.S.-Russian tensions broke out in undiplomatic fashion in an unlikely place Thursday: the State Department briefing room. What began with a series of tough, if suggestive, questions from a correspondent for Russian government-funded news ended with department spokesman John Kirby delivering an uncharacteristically severe indictment of Russian military activity in Syria and press...

New York – US Muslim Women Debate Safety Of Hijab Amid Backlash

December 10, 2015 at 08:22 PM
New York - On the night of the California shootings, Asifa Quraishi-Landes sat on her couch, her face in her hands, and thought about what was ahead for her and other Muslim women who wear a scarf or veil in public. The covering, or hijab, often draws unwanted attention even in the best of times. But after the one-two punch of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks by Islamic militants, and amid...

Boise, ID – Bergdahl Says He Left Base To Expose ‘Leadership Failure’

December 10, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Boise, ID - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he walked off his base in Afghanistan to cause a crisis that would catch the attention of military brass. He wanted to warn them about what he believed were serious problems with leadership in his unit. And he wanted to prove himself as a real-life action hero, like someone out of a movie. Bergdahl hasn't spoken publicly about his decision or his...

Serbia – Dealer: Gun Linked To Paris Attack Came Thru US

December 10, 2015 at 07:38 PM
Serbia - One of the guns linked to Islamic militants in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people was exported to the United States in 2013, the head of a Serbian arms factory said Thursday. Milojko Brzakovic of the Zastava arms factory told The Associated Press that the M92 semi-automatic pistol's serial number matched one his company delivered to an American online arms dealer in May 2013. It...

New York – Mayor de Blasio’s Scrutiny, Style Slow Some New York City Bond Deals

December 10, 2015 at 07:28 PM
New York - Bond deals that are critical for capital projects at New York City's private schools and non-profits take longer to close under Mayor Bill de Blasio than his predecessor due to greater scrutiny but also last minute scrambles for his signature, according to sources. At the little-known Build NYC Resource Corp, some deals are slower because the agency is now approving more and bigger...

Boston – Train Leaves Station Without Operator, Passes 4 Stations

December 10, 2015 at 07:03 PM
Boston - A six-car train carrying about 50 passengers left a suburban Boston transit station without a driver Thursday and went through four stations without stopping, and investigators were focusing on "operator error" as the reason why. The trip began shortly after 6 a.m. at the Braintree station and ended about nine minutes later when power was cut to the rails, transportation officials...

Washington – Muslim Group Evacuates Office After Receiving White Powder In Mail

December 10, 2015 at 06:45 PM
Washington - A Muslim advocacy group evacuated its national headquarters on Capitol Hill on Thursday after receiving a letter containing white powder, but staff were later allowed to re-enter after authorities conducted preliminary tests and deemed the substance harmless. The letter received by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also contained a note that read, "Die a painful...

Atlanta – Top U.S. Airlines Ban Hoverboards Due To Fire Risk

December 10, 2015 at 06:25 PM
Atlanta - Hoverboards may be on many people's Christmas lists but they present a conundrum for airlines, which are mulling the best way to transport the popular devices that could present a fire risk. The three largest U.S. airlines, American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and Delta Air Lines Inc, each said Thursday they are banning hoverboards starting this week in...

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