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Newark, NJ – Donald Trump Is Not A Fan Of Pump Hairspray

December 30, 2015 at 11:55 PM
Newark, NJ - Donald Trump has a personal beef with one of the efforts aimed at protecting the environment — it's messing with his hair. Trump told supporters in South Carolina on Wednesday that he's not impressed by replacements for old aerosol hairsprays that contained ozone-eating chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. "You can't use hairspray because hairspray is going to...

New York – Why You Should Consider Freezing Your Credit Reports

December 30, 2015 at 11:34 PM
New York - Freeze your credit reports before you get burned. That's the message from security experts, consumer advocates and some state Attorneys General. They say more people should consider a credit freeze as a way to block identity thieves from opening new credit cards and other accounts in your name. They recommend a freeze even if your identity hasn't been stolen. "It's much better to...

New York – How To Spend $5 Trillion: A Record-breaking Year In Deals

December 30, 2015 at 11:08 PM
New York - Companies around the world spent a record $5.04 trillion on acquisitions in 2015, according to Dealogic, as slow worldwide economic growth and low interest rates pushed companies to combine forces. Dealogic, a financial data provider, says the value of global deals soared 37 percent 2015. The highest price tag came in November, when Pfizer and Allergan announced the biggest...

Albany, NY – Woman Beats DUI Charges With Claim Her Body Brews Alcohol

December 30, 2015 at 10:41 PM
Albany, NY - Drunken-driving charges against an upstate New York woman have been dismissed based on an unusual defense: Her body is a brewery. The woman was arrested while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. She then discovered she has a rare condition called "auto-brewery syndrome," in which her digestive system converts ordinary food into alcohol, her...

Washington – Cruz Raises Almost $20 Million For His Presidential Bid

December 30, 2015 at 10:35 PM
Washington - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas raised almost $20 million for his Republican presidential campaign in the fourth quarter, a 66 percent increase over the previous three-month period, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Cruz's campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said in a memo to staff and supporters that the campaign's year-end fundraising total would come to more than $45...

Taipei – A Baby Cry Interpreter? Researchers Have Developed An App For That

December 30, 2015 at 10:20 PM
Taipei - An app that can differentiate between a variety of crying sounds made by babies has been developed by Taiwanese researchers. The Infant Cries Translator was developed at the National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin and can differentiate between four separate crying sounds by recording the sounds of babies and comparing them against a vast database. Over a two year period...

New York – Lawyer: Trump Comments Could Bias Jurors In Terrorism Case

December 30, 2015 at 09:55 PM
New York - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States will make it difficult to find unbiased jurors for the trial of a man accused of supporting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the man's lawyer is arguing in court papers. Minh Quang Pham is expected to go on trial in federal court in Manhattan in February. The Vietnamese man...

Toronto – Air Canada Flight Lands In Calgary After Strong Turbulence; 21 Injured

December 30, 2015 at 09:34 PM
Toronto - Air Canada says a flight en route from Shanghai to Toronto has been diverted to Calgary after emergency crews say heavy turbulence injured 21 passengers, including three children. Emergency Medical Services spokesman Stuart Brideaux said Wednesday that those transported to Calgary area hospitals were in stable condition with non-life threatening neck and back injuries. Air Canada...

New York – Toys R Us Closes Flagship Store: Ferris Wheel, T-Rex And All

December 30, 2015 at 09:03 PM
New York - For decades, children visiting New York City savored one stop above all: a trip to the kind of toy store that existed only in their imagination. Now they'll have to keep dreaming. The massive Toys R Us superstore in Times Square, which wowed shoppers with a 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel, a growling, 20-foot animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, and a life-size Barbie dollhouse, had its last...

North Ogden, UT – Utah Woman Recounts 320-foot Tumble Off Slick Mountain Road

December 30, 2015 at 08:30 PM
North Ogden, UT - Sarah Crenshaw was edging along a familiar mountain road when her SUV hit a patch of black ice and slid over a precipice. "I started praying, 'Don't let me die on Christmas,'" the Utah woman later told the Standard-Examiner (http://bit.ly/1VpEmk7). Crenshaw, 48, survived the 320-foot tumble into a ravine on the morning of Dec. 20, escaping with only minor injuries. She...

Newark, NJ – Lawsuit Over GW Bridge Lane Closures Assailed In Court Filings

December 30, 2015 at 08:10 PM
Newark, NJ - A former high-ranking appointee of Gov. Chris Christie is among several defendants attacking a lawsuit filed over the George Washington Bridge lane closures. In a filing Tuesday, former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official Bill Baroni says the suit filed by residents and business owners in Fort Lee should be dismissed because it fails to specify what damages occurred...

San Francisco – Microsoft To Warn Email Users Of Suspected Hacking By Governments

December 30, 2015 at 07:50 PM
San Francisco - Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it will begin warning users of its Outlook.com email service when the company suspects that a government has been trying to hack into their accounts. Microsoft told Reuters about the plan in a statement. It comes nine days after Reuters asked the company why it had decided not tell victims of a hacking campaign, discovered in 2011, that had...

Trenton, NJ – New Laws In 2016 Show States Are Diverging On Guns, Voting

December 30, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Trenton, NJ - Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues. Restrictions on carrying guns will ease in Texas, for example, but will get tighter in California. It will be easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there will be another step to take at the polls in North Carolina. The opposing directions in the states reflect a nation with...

Dallastown, PA – Dash Cam Video Shows Fire Chief Pull Man From Burning Car

December 30, 2015 at 07:05 PM
Dallastown, PA - A volunteer fire chief is being lauded for saving a man from a burning car in central Pennsylvania. Dash cam video caught Chief Nate Tracey, of Goodwill Fire Company, jumping into action when he arrived on a crash in York Township on Monday morning. Tracey was the first responder on the scene and soon realized the driver was still inside the burning car. The video shows...

Hilton Head, SC – At Trump South Carolina Rally, Rival Cruz Casts Long Shadow

December 30, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Hilton Head, SC - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump filled a hotel ballroom with over 2,000 people for a rally on Wednesday, attracting die-hard supporters as he has in other cities, but was dogged by a rival who is also very popular in South Carolina: Ted Cruz. A dozen people interviewed by Reuters said the Texas senator offered a strong alternative to the loud-mouthed New York...

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