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Chicago – Q&A: Why Feds Say Some IDs Not Secure Enough For Air Travel

December 24, 2015 at 11:53 PM
Chicago - Sometime in 2016 people from several states could have trouble getting on an airplane or into federal buildings because of a post-Sept. 11 law that tightened requirements for state-issued identification. When that will happen and who will be affected won't be completely clear until the Department of Homeland Security releases further details of how it will enforce the 2005 REAL ID...

Abuja, Nigeria – Gas Tanker Truck Fire Kills More Than 100 People In Nigeria

December 24, 2015 at 11:25 PM
Abuja, Nigeria - A gas tanker truck ignited an inferno at a crowded industrial gas plant in Nigeria on Thursday, killing more than 100 people lining up to refill their cooking gas cylinders in time for Christmas. The disaster took place in Nnewi, a predominantly Christian community in southeast Nigeria. By the time firefighters managed to put out the blaze, an Associated Press reporter...

Washington – Defying Fed Hike, 30-year Mortgage Rate Slips To 3.96 Pct.

December 24, 2015 at 11:06 PM
Washington - What Fed rate hike? One week after the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates slightly from record lows, the average on a 30-year fixed mortgage went the other way: It dipped to 3.96 percent from 3.97 percent last week, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday. The drop is a reminder that the Fed has only an indirect effect on long-term mortgage rates, which more...

Albany, NY – NY State To Prohibit Traffic Fees When Charges Are Dismissed

December 24, 2015 at 10:35 PM
Albany, NY - New York next spring will prohibit municipalities from collecting fines, surcharges or administrative fees for traffic cases when the violations are dismissed. The amendment to state traffic law was approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week. It takes effect in March. The law's sponsor, Democratic Assemblyman Michael DenDekker of Queens, says fining...

Washington – Report: US Planning Immigration Deportation Raids Early Next Year

December 24, 2015 at 09:42 PM
Washington - The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights groups for plans to intensify deportations of Central American migrants by rounding up undocumented families. Amid a surge in the arrival of unaccompanied children and families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, U.S. government sources confirmed preparations to...

New York – Arrest Of NYPD Officer Brings Filming Of Officers Into Focus

December 24, 2015 at 09:02 PM
New York - Charges against a police officer accused of arresting a man for filming him with a cellphone camera have drawn fresh attention to a decades-old issue: citizens' rights to record police. Officer Jonathan Munoz pleaded not guilty Tuesday to official misconduct charges in the March 2014 arrest of 21-year-old Jason Disisto. Even before Munoz's arrest, Disisto contended in a lawsuit...

New York – NY State To Pay Small Businesses Within 15 Days Of Invoices

December 24, 2015 at 08:27 PM
Albany, NY - A new law will direct New York state agencies to generally pay small businesses within 15 days of receiving an invoice instead of 30 days. It takes effect in six months and applies to invoices after that. Assemblyman Michael Blake says in his sponsor’s memo that the new standard gives agencies time to implement the change in state finance law, which applies to contracts other...

London – Car Crashes Into Coffee Shop In UK: 1 Dead, 5 Injured

December 24, 2015 at 08:05 PM
London - A car has smashed into a Costa coffee shop in Britain, leaving one woman dead and five other people injured. The car hit the front of the cafe Thursday morning in Westerham, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of London. Officials say four of the injuries are serious. Photos of the crash posted on social media show an Audi embedded into the front of the cafe. Firefighters...

Olympia, WA – At Least 3 Prisoners Released In Error Committed New Crimes

December 24, 2015 at 07:28 PM
Olympia, WA - At least three Washington state prisoners released early because of a computer error committed crimes during the time they should have been behind bars, state officials said Thursday. During a conference call with reporters, officials from the Department of Corrections could not say whether those prisoners have yet been re-arrested. They also didn't release specific information...

New York – Colbert Respects Trump’s Populist Appeal

December 24, 2015 at 07:03 PM
New York - Stephen Colbert may not respect much of what Donald Trump says, but he does admire the Republican's ability to craft a message that many voters are responding to. "There is a populism to Trump that I find very appealing," Colbert said on an interview to be shown on CBS' "Face the Nation" this Sunday. "And it's only this: The party elders want him to go away, but the people have...

New York – Brooklyn Chocolate Makers Under Fire For Remelted Chocolate Sold Under Bean-To-Bar Slogan

December 24, 2015 at 06:00 PM
New York - A scandal is roiling the world of fancy chocolate: Did two brothers misleadingly sell remelted chocolate and sprout beards to cultivate a hipster appeal? The headlines began after a site called DallasFood.org published a series about Rick and Michael Mast, who have been toasted in food circles for their stylishly wrapped chocolate bars that can cost $10 a piece. The problem is that...

New York – 52,000 NYC Homeowners To Get $115 Water-Bill Credit

December 24, 2015 at 05:00 PM
New York - New York City has a Christmas present for nearly 52,000 homeowners who are poor, elderly or disabled: a $115 credit on their next water bill. That's about a quarter off the average participant's bill for the year. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd spotlighted the credit Thursday. It was included in the city Water Board's rate plan adopted...

Jerusalem – Prominent Rabbi Protests Popular Song As Soundtrack To Violence

December 24, 2015 at 04:27 PM
Jerusalem - One day after a video surfaced showing Israeli extremists dancing with guns and rifles at a wedding celebrating an attack on a Palestinian family, Norway’s chief rabbi has condemned both those who glorified the attack and the music playing in the background, which he said has become a theme song for those seeking revenge. Rabbi Michael Melchior, a former government minister and...

Newark, NJ – TSA Agent Finds Cane With Ice Pick On Handle Amid Screening

December 24, 2015 at 04:03 PM
Newark, NJ - Authorities say a New Jersey man tried to bring a cane with an ice pick in its handle through security at Newark Liberty International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration says the 72-year-old Maplewood man was stopped Thursday morning at the New York City-area airport. They say the steel ice pick was concealed in the handle of the wooden cane. A TSA officer...

Dallas – Gilman, 1994 Jewish Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist In Texas, Dies

December 24, 2015 at 03:30 PM
Dallas - Dr. Alfred Gilman, who won a Nobel Prize for his breakthrough research into the inner workings of cells and later left Texas' much-ballyhooed $3 billion cancer-fighting initiative, citing a lack of oversight that led to a scandal, has died. He was 74. Gilman was the former dean of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where colleagues said he was dedicated to...

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