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Seoul – Samsung Electronics Plans Initial Production Of Five Million Galaxy S7 Phones

December 27, 2015 at 11:02 PM
Seoul - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's top smartphone maker, plans an initial production run of about 5 million of its upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphones, South Korea's Electronic Times reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources. The paper said Samsung is planning to launch two different versions of its new flagship smartphone: a 5.2-inch flat-screen version, and a 5.5-inch, curved-screen...

New York – Times Square End-of-year Preparations In Full Swing

December 27, 2015 at 10:29 PM
New York - The Waterford crystal ball in Times Square is being worked on in preparation for its glittering entrance into 2016 later this week. Workers are installing 288 new sparkling Waterford crystal triangles. They are being added to more than 2,100 other crystal triangles to create what's being described as a "Gift of Wonder" design. The ball is being worked on atop One Times Square at...

Dallas, TX – As Many As 1,000 Texas Homes Damaged By Storms

December 27, 2015 at 09:36 PM
Dallas, TX - Reports from local officials show as many as 1,000 homes in the Dallas area were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes and heavy storms that killed at least 11 people. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other state officials on Sunday would not commit to an estimated number of buildings destroyed, families displaced or even casualties. They cautioned that rescue teams are still assessing the...

West Bank – PLO: Palestinian Authority Leaders To Discuss Cutting Ties With Israel

December 27, 2015 at 08:50 PM
West Bank - The Palestinian Authority leadership is expected to meet in the coming days to discuss the future of its relations with Israel, PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said on Sunday. Erekat said that he expected the meeting to take place before the end of this year to discuss previous decisions by PLO and Fatah bodies to suspend relations with Israel. “There will be decisive and...

Brooklyn, NY – Man Who Called For ‘Arab Blood’ Is Arrested

December 27, 2015 at 08:11 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Police say a Brooklyn man who harassed four others and called for "Arab blood" has been arrested on a charge of menacing as a hate crime. Police arrested James Samways on the misdemeanor charge early Sunday in Brooklyn's Marine Park neighborhood. Police say the 40-year-old Samways, yelling obscenities, first trailed the men as they walked Saturday night. They say Samways...

Israel – Deputy FM: Brazil’s Failure To Approve Israel’s Next Ambassador Will Lead To Diplomatic crisis

December 27, 2015 at 07:43 PM
Brasilia - Brazil's reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to concerns in the Israeli government that the clash could encourage pro-Palestinian activism against it. The appointment four months ago of Dani Dayan, a former head of the Jewish settlement movement, did not go down well with Brazil's left-leaning government...

New Jersey – Praise For Christie’s Approach On Drugs Misplaced, Some Say

December 27, 2015 at 07:05 PM
New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie has drawn accolades from supporters and detractors alike for his work addressing the opiate problem in New Jersey and elsewhere. But advocates and addicts say he is helping those already in trouble with the law and failing those who are looking to get clean before they slip up and find themselves in jail. One of the brightest moments of Christie's campaign for...

Washington – Dangerous Helicopter Bird Strikes On The Rise, FAA Warns

December 27, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The crew of a Dallas police helicopter was searching for a capsized boat last March, when there was a loud explosion and wind rushed through a huge hole in the windshield. The pilot, Sgt. Todd Limerick, put a hand over one eye, his face covered in blood and Plexiglass shards. He kept his other hand on the controls until the co-pilot, Cpl. Laurent Lespagnol, took over and landed...

Washington – Donald Trump Blasts Republican Expected To Endorse Rival

December 27, 2015 at 05:23 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump assailed a leading committee chairman in Congress on Sunday for backing Marco Rubio, Trump's rival for the party's nomination. Trump, the front-runner in the Republican race, needled Trey Gowdy for his role as chairman of the House of Representatives select committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, in which four...

New York – NYC Mayor De Blasio’s Year Defined By Feud With Governor

December 27, 2015 at 04:11 PM
New York - The moment that arguably defined Mayor Bill de Blasio's tumultuous second year in office may well have been a steamy afternoon this past summer when he summoned a group of reporters to City Hall. De Blasio proceeded to rip into Gov. Andrew Cuomo for blocking his key initiatives at every turn, acting out of pettiness, "game-playing" and "revenge for some perceived slight." Even as he...

Atlanta – World’s Busiest Airport Welcomes 100 Millionth Passenger

December 27, 2015 at 03:40 PM
Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said it hit a major milestone Sunday. The airport that calls itself the world's busiest announced on its social media sites said it served its 100 millionth passenger this year. That makes it the first single airport to serve that number of passengers in one calendar year. The passenger earning the distinction is Larry Kendrick of...

New York – Uber Eyes Upstate Expansion; Cabbies Fight Back

December 27, 2015 at 03:06 PM
New York - Lawmakers returning to Albany for the usual debates over taxes and spending will also take on an issue even more basic to many New Yorkers — the options for getting home from the train station, the airport or a long night out on the town. Uber is hoping lawmakers approve statewide regulations during the 2016 legislative session that will allow the app-based ride-hailing service to...

New York – NYPD Seeks Access To Federal Terror Suspect In Unsolved Stabbing Of 9-Year-Old; Attack Viewed As ISIS Audition

December 27, 2015 at 02:30 PM
New York, NY - Detectives from the NYPD are seeking to interview a terror suspect being held by the feds in connection with a brutal stabbing of a 9 year-old Staten Island boy in January, an attack investigators say may have been an audition for ISIS. NYPOST.com (http://nyp.st/1PqFUKm) reports that the attack on Jermaine Culver---who was jumped and stabbed five times in the neck while on his...

Jerusalem – Israeli Boy Dies Tragically After Being Struck By Bus

December 27, 2015 at 02:02 PM
Jerusalem - A three year old boy was killed today in a West Bank settlement south of Jerusalem after he was hit by a bus. Yisroel Dovid Weingarten was crossing Rechov Hachozen MiLublin in Beitar Ilit with his older brother at 4 PM this afternoon local time when he was hit by the Kavim bus operating on Route 5 to Shechunat Hadekel. One woman who was standing on her porch watched the...

New York – Apple Asks Court To Make Samsung Pay $180 Million More In Patent Dispute

December 27, 2015 at 02:00 PM
New York - Just over a week after Samsung paid Apple more than $548 million for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone, Apple has asked a U.S. court to force its biggest smartphone rival to cough up even more. In court papers filed on Wednesday, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) owes nearly $180 million in supplemental damages and interest. These...

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