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Detroit – Lexus, Mazda Get Highest Marks In Consumer Reports Auto Brand Study

February 24, 2015 at 11:44 PM
Detroit - Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to crack the top 10 in Consumer Reports magazine's annual brand report cards. U.S. automakers also placed three vehicles on the magazine's list of "top picks" for vehicles, the first time that's happened in 17 years. The rankings were unveiled Tuesday in the magazine's annual auto issue. Buick, made by General Motors, placed seventh...

Chicago, IL – Mayor Rahm Emanuel Forced Into April Runoff Election

February 24, 2015 at 11:15 PM
Chicago, IL - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday's municipal election, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff because it forces him into a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent who has widespread support from business leaders, national...

New York – NYC Comptroller: New York City To Have $1.6 Billion Budget Surplus

February 24, 2015 at 11:00 PM
New York - New York City will have a budget surplus totaling $1.6 billion in fiscal years 2015 and 2016, due mainly to higher-than-anticipated tax revenues, the city's top financial watchdog said on Tuesday. The higher tax revenues would be a boon to New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who predicted a balanced budget in both years when he outlined his spending plans earlier this month. De Blasio...

Washington – House, Senate GOP Looking At Food Stamp Overhaul

February 24, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Washington - Congressional Republicans are laying the groundwork for an overhaul of the nation's food stamp program, trying again after an unsuccessful attempt two years ago. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said Tuesday that his panel is starting a comprehensive, multiyear review of the program to see what's working. He said "either huge reforms or small reforms" could come...

Berlin – Jewish Heirs Sue Germany In U.S. Over Medieval Art

February 24, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Berlin - The heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers say they have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. suing Germany and a German museum for the return of a medieval treasure trove worth an estimated $226 million. The suit, which attorneys said was filed late Monday in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is the latest salvo in a long-running campaign by the heirs for return of the so-called...

Washington – IRS: Your Chances Of Getting Audited Lowest In A Decade

February 24, 2015 at 09:33 PM
Washington - Budget cuts forced the IRS to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday. And the number of audits could be even lower this year. "The math is pretty simple," Koskinen said in a speech to the New York State Bar Association. "There are fewer audits because we have fewer auditors." "Audits fell in...

Massachusetts – Massachusetts Man Selling, Shipping Snow From His Yard

February 24, 2015 at 08:46 PM
Massachusetts - A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds. Kyle Waring, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, got the idea while shoveling snow earlier this winter and launched ShipSnowYo.com. At first he shipped 16.9-ounce snow-filled bottles for $19.99, but he found...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Declines U.S. Democrats’ Invitation For Meeting During Washington Visit

February 24, 2015 at 08:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week. "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to...

Stafford Township, NJ – Natural Gas Blast Destroys Home, Injures 15 In New Jersey

February 24, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Stafford Township, NJ - Fire Chief Jack Johnson was standing outside a home under renovation near the Jersey shore in the neighborhood where residents had reported a strong smell of natural gas Tuesday morning. The rotten-egg smell of the substance added to odorless gas to warn people of a leak hung heavy in the air and was beginning to permeate the Stafford Township homes. Johnson, fellow...

New York – NYC, Orthodox Jews Reach Agreement On Metzitzah B’peh

February 24, 2015 at 06:30 PM
New York - Today the de Blasio Administration reached a new tentative agreement with a coalition of Rabbinical leaders from across New York City regarding the circumcision ritual of direct oral suction, also known as metzitzah b’peh (MBP). This new agreement fulfills the Mayor’s commitment to finding a more effective policy that protects children and religious rights in a way that more...

New York – Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Seeks To Quash Corruption Charges

February 24, 2015 at 05:57 PM
New York - Lawyers for once-powerful former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked a judge on Tuesday to throw out federal corruption charges against him because a top prosecutor made "prejudicial" public statements about his guilt. The motion to dismiss came as Silver, 71, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to fraud and extortion charges. Silver resigned as speaker...

New York – NYPD Officers Honor Texas Girl Who Sent Cards To Police

February 24, 2015 at 05:16 PM
New York - Teary-eyed New York City police officers honored a 10-year-old Texas girl Tuesday who sent hundreds of thank you cards to the NYPD after two officers were fatally shot. "My goal is to tell as many police officers as I can that I love them, and I thank them for what they do for us," Savannah Solis told officers at a Bronx precinct. Savannah was moved to send some 200 cards to...

Bloomington, MN – Behind The Scenes Look At Mall Of America Security

February 24, 2015 at 04:50 PM
Bloomington, MN - The Mall of America has provided a rare glimpse into security at the nation's busiest shopping center after an online video purportedly produced by a terrorist group urged extremists to attack shopping malls in Western countries. The Bloomington megamall has some 40 million visitors each year and the behind-the-scenes steps taken to keep visitors safe are generally unknown to...

New York – Wall Street Ends At Record Levels

February 24, 2015 at 04:29 PM
New York - U.S. stocks closed higher on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 hitting records, as investors attempted to interpret a subtle change in emphasis in testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Yellen told a congressional committee that the Fed is preparing to consider increases "on a meeting-by-meeting basis." While economists have been expecting a hike as soon as June, some...

New York – Former New York Assembly Speaker Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption

February 24, 2015 at 03:36 PM
New York - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state's most powerful politicians for two decades, pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges on Tuesday. Silver, 71, who resigned as speaker after his arrest last month but remains the assemblyman for Manhattan's Lower East Side, is charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and using his office for...

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