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Newark, NJ – Records: Port Authority Commissioners Got Perks At Airports

February 13, 2015 at 04:34 PM
Newark, NJ - Newly released records show four commissioners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were allowed to bypass regular security lines and received other perks when they flew out of airports run by the agency. The Port Authority released the records Thursday. Newspapers requested the documents after the revelation that the FBI has looked into whether a direct flight between...

Washington – Ginsburg “Wasn’t 100 Percent Sober” At State Of Union

February 13, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Washington - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a confession: She "wasn't 100 percent sober" when she fell asleep at the president's State of the Union address last month. Ginsburg told an audience Thursday that she drank some wine at dinner before attending the speech, where cameras repeatedly caught her nodding off. The 81-year-old justice says she had dined with Justice...

Salem, OR – Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Announces His Resignation Amid Scandal

February 13, 2015 at 03:44 PM
Salem, OR - Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. In a lengthy statement released Wednesday, Kitzhaber said he broke no laws and said his resignation would be effective on Wednesday. "Nonetheless, I understand that I have become a liability to the very institutions...

New York – Settlement Is Set On Rights To World Trade Center Name Sold For $10

February 13, 2015 at 03:30 PM
New York - A settlement has been reached in a case involving the 1986 transfer of rights of the name World Trade Center to a nonprofit. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday that an investigation found the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey "exercised lax oversight and virtually no due diligence" when approving the transfer to the World Trade Centers Association for...

Dresden, Germany – 70 Years After: Dresden Bombing Still Fresh For Survivor

February 13, 2015 at 03:15 PM
Dresden, Germany - Soviet troops were pressing into Germany from the east and the other Allies from the west, but for 12-year-old schoolboy Eberhard Renner the war seemed far away. Dresden had been spared the destruction suffered by other cities like Berlin and Hamburg, and Renner clung to the hope that the Saxon capital would stay off the target list with the war so clearly near its...

Washington – Obama Condemns ‘Outrageous Murders’ In North Carolina

February 13, 2015 at 02:54 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama has made his first comments about the three young Muslims who were shot to death in North Carolina — saying no one in America should ever be targeted "because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship." Obama says in a statement that the FBI will determine whether federal laws were violated in what he calls "the brutal and outrageous...

Buenos Aires – New Argentine Prosecutor Says Pressing On With Case Against President

February 13, 2015 at 02:45 PM
Buenos Aires - The prosecutor who inherited a high-profile case against Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Friday reaffirmed the accusations, formally renewing the investigation into whether the president helped Iranian officials cover up their alleged role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita's decision to go forward with the case was...

New York – Death Of CBS Correspondent Bob Simon Ruled An Accident

February 13, 2015 at 02:13 PM
New York - An autopsy has ruled the death of "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon to be an accident. The New York City medical examiner says Friday that Simon died from blunt-force injuries to his head, torso and extremities and had fractures. Police say Simon was not wearing a seatbelt Wednesday night when the car he was riding in collided with another vehicle on the West Side Highway in...

New Jersey – Poll: Majority Of Voters View Christie Unfavorably

February 13, 2015 at 01:45 PM
New Jersey - A majority of New Jersey registered voters view Governor Chris Christie unfavorably, a poll showed on Friday, underscoring the headwinds the outspoken Republican could face in securing his party's nomination for the 2016 presidential election. The poll by Rutgers-Eagleton noted that "for the first time" a majority, 53 percent, were unfavorably inclined toward the governor...

Berlin – Germany Condemns Greek Cartoon Depicting Finance Minister As Nazi

February 13, 2015 at 01:32 PM
Berlin - Germany condemned on Friday a cartoon published in a Greek leftist newspaper close to the new ruling party in Athens that depicts Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in a Nazi uniform making comments that invoke the Holocaust. In the cartoon, carried in the daily Avgi (The Dawn), mouthpiece of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party, Schaeuble says "we insist on soap from...

New York – Brian Williams Suspended For It, But Everybody Embellishes

February 13, 2015 at 01:00 PM
New York - Brian Williams had been a trusted voice in news for decades, until questions arose last week about his credibility when he admitted he embellished a story he covered in Iraq. Some speculate that the NBC news anchor started telling tall tales to appear more interesting as he made the rounds on the late-night talk shows. Others suggest he caved to the pressure to sound anything but...

Hackensack, NJ – SUV Falls 60 Feet Off Bridge And Lands Upright; 2 Women OK

February 13, 2015 at 12:45 PM
Hackensack, NJ - uthorities say an SUV hit a snowbank along a guardrail, catapulting the vehicle 60 feet off a New Jersey bridge. The SUV landed upright, and the two occupants suffered only minor injuries. The Toyota Rav4 was headed east on Interstate 80 when the accident occurred at around 7:15 a.m. Friday in Hackensack. City Police Director Michael Mordaga tells The Record...

Winston-Salem, NC – N.C. Mother Says She Bought A Winning Ticket In $564 Million Powerball

February 13, 2015 at 12:13 PM
Winston-Salem, NC - A North Carolina mother of four says she bought one of the three winning tickets sold in the estimated $564.1 million U.S. Powerball lottery but state lottery officials said no winning ticket had been presented to them as of Friday. Television news station WECT reported the numbers on 26-year-old Marie Holmes' ticket matched those from the Wednesday night jackpot drawing...

Iowa – Biden Says 2016 Should Be Debate About Continuing Obama’s Policies

February 13, 2015 at 11:42 AM
Iowa - Vice President Joe Biden was vague on Thursday about whether he would seek to succeed President Barack Obama, but said the 2016 White House campaign should be centered on whether to continue Obama's policies. With Hillary Clinton the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, Biden has made no apparent move toward launching a campaign. On a visit to Iowa...

New York – Former Met Council Insurance Brokers Sentenced To Five Years Probation, Restitution Of $1.5 Million

February 13, 2015 at 11:29 AM
New York - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that Solomon Ross and William Lieber, former insurance brokers for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (“Met Council”), each have been sentenced to five years of probation and will each pay $1.5 million in restitution to Met Council. As part of their sentence, they will also...

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