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New York – NYPD Detective Among 6 American Troops Killed In Afghanistan

December 21, 2015 at 11:59 PM
New York - A New York City police detective is one of six American troops killed in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Police Commissioner William Bratton on Monday says Detective Joseph Lemm was a 15-year veteran of the New York Police Department and worked in the Bronx Warrant Squad. Bratton says Lemm served in the U.S. National Guard and, while a member of the police...

Helsinki – Ericsson, Apple To Develop 5G Phones And End Litigation

December 21, 2015 at 11:27 PM
Helsinki - Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson AB has inked a 7-year deal with Apple Inc. that brings an end to outstanding mutual patent litigations between the two and paves the way for their joint-development of the next generation of super-fast phones. Ericsson, the world's largest wireless equipment maker, did not reveal terms of the deal Monday but said it includes a cross-license that covers...

Chicago – Group Says U.S. Police Killed At Least 1,152 People This Year

December 21, 2015 at 10:54 PM
Chicago - Police in the United States killed at least 1,152 people in the United States this year through Dec. 15, with the 60 largest police departments disproportionately killing black people, according to data compiled by activists who run the Mapping Police Violence project. The group said most police departments did not provide numbers on officer-involved fatalities, so its data comes...

Washington – Study: Some Cardiac Arrest Victims Ignore Warning Symptoms

December 21, 2015 at 10:23 PM
Washington - Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse. Cardiac arrest claims about 350,000 U.S. lives a year. It's not a heart attack but worse: The heart abruptly stops beating, its electrical activity knocked out of rhythm. CPR can buy critical...

Louisville, KY – Inside The Madness As UPS Rushes To Deliver Holiday Gifts In Time

December 21, 2015 at 10:02 PM
Louisville, KY - The humming is constant; a low-pitched drone from 155 miles of conveyor belts racing packages in every direction. Boxes shift from one belt to another and bump into a metal wall. Thud. Thud. Thud. In the background, trucks beep and jet engines roar. Forget jingling bells and ho-ho-hos, these are now the sounds of the holidays. As more gift-givers shop online, there are more...

New York – Feds: Most NYC Elementary Schools Violate Disabilities Act

December 21, 2015 at 09:43 PM
New York - A federal investigation has found that 83 percent of New York City's public elementary schools are not fully accessible to children with disabilities, and the nation's largest public school system is in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. In a letter addressed to the city Department of Education's top lawyer, the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Monday said...

Syria – Islamic State Has Tens Of Thousands Of Blank Passports

December 21, 2015 at 09:29 PM
Syria - Islamic State obtained tens of thousands of blank passports in Syrian, Libyan and Iraqi towns since 2014, according to Western intelligence agencies. The Welt am Sonntag paper cited intelligence officials in its report Sunday on Islamic State selling “real fake documents” to raise money. The terrorist organization is offering passports for between $1,000 and $1,500 on the black...

Beirut – Protests Have Died But Lebanon’s Trash Disaster Continues

December 21, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Beirut - Lebanon's trash collection crisis which set off huge protests this summer is entering its sixth month, but you would hardly know it in Beirut. Not only are the capital's streets kept relatively garbage-free, but the country's politicians appear in no hurry to resolve the catastrophe. Instead, trash is pushed to the periphery, piled in hills near the mouth of the city's river...

New York – New York City Unveils New Rules On Gender Discrimination

December 21, 2015 at 08:31 PM
New York - Restaurant owners can't require ties for male diners only. Gyms can't tell clients which locker room to use. And in most cases, an employer can't put "John" on a worker's ID if she prefers "Jane." New York City's Human Rights Commission is establishing what advocates called some of the most powerful guidelines nationwide on gender-identity discrimination, releasing specifics Monday...

Washington – Clinton Avoids Campaign Diet Pitfalls With Hot Peppers, Yoga

December 21, 2015 at 08:17 PM
Washington - Gone are the Bojangles fried chicken and biscuits. When supporters offer Tex-Mex, she takes a salad. And forget about cake (most of the time). As Hillary Clinton knows from previous presidential campaigns, politicking means picking your food carefully. When her staff laid out a spread of pulled pork and beans from Whole Hog Cafe after a stop in Little Rock, the Democratic...

United Nations – UN: People Who Reject Syrian Refugees Are Allies Of Extremists

December 21, 2015 at 07:36 PM
United nations - People who reject Syrian refugees are the "best allies" of Islamic State militants and other extremists, the United Nations refugee chief said on Monday after U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed an entry ban on foreign Muslims. More than 4.3 million Syrians have fled a nearly five-year civil war. U.N. High Commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres...

New York – Pew: Fewer People Using Home Broadband Because It’s Costly

December 21, 2015 at 07:10 PM
New York - More Americans are shunning costly home broadband and using their cellphones to get online, a new survey shows. Eighty percent of U.S. adults had Internet access this year, whether through a smartphone or a home Internet connection, up from 78 percent two years ago, according to the survey published Monday by the Pew Research Center. But after years of home broadband growth...

New York – Outreach Teams Fan Out In NYC As 3 Homeless Prepare To Sue

December 21, 2015 at 06:37 PM
New York - As members of the city's new homeless outreach team fanned out Monday for the first time to get people off the streets, three homeless New Yorkers filed paperwork to sue, saying police wrongly tossed a birth certificate, Social Security cards and priceless family photos into a dump truck. Jesus Morales and two others say they were sleeping in an encampment outside a school in...

New York – Commission Recommends Raises For NYC Mayor, Councilmembers

December 21, 2015 at 06:07 PM
New York - A commission is recommending raises for New York City's mayor, city councilmembers and some other elected officials. The Quadrennial Advisory Commission is mandated by city code and its current three members were appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio this fall. The commission on Monday recommended that de Blasio's salary be raised by more than $33,000 to $258,750. De Blasio...

Washington – US Muslim Leaders Organize In Response To Bias, Harassment

December 21, 2015 at 05:46 PM
Washington - American Muslim leaders are planning voter registration drives and open-house days at mosques to fight a rise in anti-Muslim harassment. U.S. Muslim leaders also pledged to counter recruitment efforts by extremists such as the Islamic State group. The plans were announced Monday in Washington, one day after an emergency summit on anti-Muslim bias that drew about 100 leaders...

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