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Washington – White House: Emergency Documents Signed To Prevent US Government Shutdown

December 16, 2015 at 11:56 PM
Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed emergency legislation to fund the government beyond midnight when existing money expires, the White House said in a statement. Earlier on Wednesday, the Senate and the House of Representatives each passed the bill, which extends the temporary appropriations through Tuesday, Dec. 22. The measure gives Congress more time to finish a...

Los Angeles, CA – Trump Says He’s Been ‘a Little Bit Divisive’ In GOP Race

December 16, 2015 at 11:49 PM
Los Angeles, CA - One day after a debate clash with Jeb Bush, Donald Trump said he's been "a little bit divisive" and wants to see Republicans come together. In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show Wednesday, the GOP presidential candidate looked relaxed as Kimmel queried him about campaign issues. Trump, who has argued for temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United...

Cleveland – Donor Pays Off $106K In Shoppers’ Layaways At 2 Ohio Stores

December 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Cleveland - A man has paid off more than $106,000 in shoppers' layaways at two Wal-Mart stores in northeast Ohio. WEWS-TV (http://bit.ly/1ITUW9W ) in Cleveland says the man told Wal-Mart employees that he liked to do something special on his birthday every year. They say he insisted on remaining anonymous. The anonymous donor paid off a total of nearly $70,000 for the layaway items at the...

Los Angeles – Eye On Safety, California Sets Rules For Self-Driving Cars

December 16, 2015 at 11:02 PM
Los Angeles - California regulators have unveiled a roadmap that would let consumers begin using self-driving cars, though manufacturers would have to prove the emerging technology is safe before a licensed driver could get chauffeured around town. The approach California's Department of Motor Vehicles offered Wednesday in precedent-setting draft regulations is cautious, though it does allow...

Washington – State Department Re-Issues Travel Advisory For Israel, West Bank, And Gaza

December 16, 2015 at 10:34 PM
Washington - The United States is reminding American nationals that a travel warning remains in effect for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. The State Department on Wednesday re-issued its travel advisory, urging US citizens and diplomatic personnel to avoid the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and certain areas of Area A in the West Bank. "The security environment remains complex in Israel, the West...

Washington – Minister: Mexico Would Work With Trump But Rejects Xenophobia

December 16, 2015 at 10:02 PM
Washington - Mexico will work with any U.S. administration, including one headed by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, but firmly rejects racism and xenophobia, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday. The billionaire businessman, who has made headlines for calling for a wall along the border with Mexico and a ban on Muslims entering the United States, is leading in...

Staten Island, NY – NYC Ferris Wheel Developer Says Partners Are Squeezing Him Out Because He Is Chasidic

December 16, 2015 at 09:29 PM
Staten Island, NY - A 630 foot Ferris wheel currently under construction in Staten Island is taking center stage in a lawsuit, as the developer of the wheel has sued his partners for shutting him out of the project because of his Chasidic appearance. Meir Laufer, chairman of the board for New York Wheel, filed papers in State Supreme court in November charging that investors conspired against...

New Delhi – Air India Technician Sucked Into Engine At Mumbai Airport

December 16, 2015 at 09:02 PM
New Delhi -A technician working for state-owned Air India died in a "mishap" at an airport in Mumbai on Wednesday evening, according the airline's official Twitter account. The incident occurred during the pushback of a flight, said the tweet, which was attributed to Air India chief Ashwani Lohani. It did not elaborate on the cause of the technician's death, and said it was being...

New York – Ex-Assembly Speaker’s Silver Son-in-law Gets 2 Years In Prison For Fraud

December 16, 2015 at 08:54 PM
New York - A son-in-law of former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday after admitting cheating four investors out of nearly $6 million in a Ponzi scheme. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick sentenced 37-year-old Marcello Trebitsch in Manhattan after telling Trebitsch he planned as recently as Monday to sentence him to four years in...

Washington – Homeland Security Chief Says Social Media Used In Immigration Vetting

December 16, 2015 at 08:36 PM
Washington - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Wednesday that his department has been consulting social media in reviews of immigration applications since early this year, hitting back at criticism that U.S. authorities are not doing enough to weed out potential security threats. The Department of Homeland Security has been criticized over reports it did not routinely...

Las Vegas – Rumors Fly As Mystery Shrouds Buyers Of Las Vegas Newspaper

December 16, 2015 at 08:02 PM
Las Vegas - The ownership mystery surrounding the sale of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has captured the attention of the media industry as the newspaper's staff and some politicians demand to know who the new boss is. The timing of the deal and the purchase price have Twitter buzzing and rumors flying that a wealthy GOP donor bought the largest newspaper in a swing state to influence the...

Albany, NY – Man Gets 8 Years In X-ray Weapon Plot That Targeted Muslims

December 16, 2015 at 07:35 PM
Albany, NY - An upstate New York man who admitted building a remote control for a mobile X-ray device intended to kill Muslims has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Eric Feight, 57, of Hudson, pleaded guilty in 2014 to providing material support to terrorists. He was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Albany. Feight, a control systems engineer, told U.S. District Judge Gary...

New York – Convictions Overturned For 3 Men In 1980 Brooklyn Fire That Killed 6

December 16, 2015 at 07:03 PM
New York - A judge on Wednesday overturned the arson and murder convictions of three men accused of setting a 1980 fire that killed a mother and five children, an exoneration based partly on advances in arson science. Two of the men spent more than 30 years in prison and the third died behind bars. "I'll be able to go to my tomb and rest in peace because my name has finally been cleared and...

New York – New York Agrees To Overhaul Solitary Confinement In Prisons

December 16, 2015 at 06:33 PM
New York - New York agreed on Wednesday to overhaul how thousands of state inmates are punished within prison walls, settling a long-standing lawsuit by accepting a range of reforms to how solitary confinement operates. The agreement, filed in federal court in Manhattan, comes after years of negotiations with the New York Civil Liberties Union, which sued the state over 23-hour confinement for...

Baltimore, MD – Protesters Gather in Baltimore After Freddie Gray Case Declared a Mistrial

December 16, 2015 at 06:03 PM
Baltimore, MD - A mistrial was declared on Wednesday in the case of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man whose killing while in custody sparked riots last April, and the city's mayor said authorities were prepared for any violence. Officials appealed for calm as small crowds protested along streets lined with police officers. The situation was quiet at...

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