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New York – Report: Bicyclist Death Rates Fell For Kids, Rose For Men

August 13, 2015 at 11:35 PM
New York - A new report says bicyclist death rates for children have fallen dramatically in recent decades, but have risen sharply for middle-aged men. Experts believe the statistics reflect that adults are biking more and kids are biking less. The biggest rise was for men ages 35 to 54. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Thursday. The agency looked at...

Jerusalem – Failure To Reform Conversion Will Lead To ‘Destruction Of Jewish State,’ Warn Rabbis

August 13, 2015 at 10:46 PM
Jerusalem - An announcement this week that a raft of mainstream national-religious rabbis plan to set up a new network of conversion courts generated headlines calling the proposed move a “rebellion” and a threat to the authority and integrity of the Chief Rabbinate. Reaction to the initiative also highlighted the split that the move has already caused among the national-religious...

Mineola, NY – Prosecutor: NY-based ‘scam Charity’ Duped High School Kids

August 13, 2015 at 10:15 PM
Mineola, NY - More than 100 New York teenagers — and dozens in Chicago, Houston and Nashville, Tennessee — were duped by a Long Island-based "scam" charity into working at concession stands at major sports and entertainment venues in those cities on the promise they would be paid $9 an hour, but most received little or no compensation, prosecutors said. Whelton Herron, president of "The...

New York – 2 Jumbo Phones From Samsung Ahead Of Expected New IPhone

August 13, 2015 at 10:00 PM
New York - Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year. Samsung said Thursday that the new Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus will start shipping Aug. 21. Usually, Note phones don't come out until well after Apple's new iPhone models in September. The timing reflects a...

Kentucky – County Clerk Defies Judge Over Gay Marriage

August 13, 2015 at 09:34 PM
Kentucky - A county clerk’s office on Thursday defied a federal judge’s order by continuing to block marriage licenses for same-sex couples, saying the legal case was still pending. The Rowan County clerk's office turned away at least three same-sex couples who tried to get marriage licenses, according to local media and court documents. Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, who stopped...

New York – Man Chases Off Bear By Hitting It On The Nose With A Stick In State Park

August 13, 2015 at 08:11 PM
New York - Officials say a 55-year-old upstate New York man and his dog were injured by a bear in a state park in the Adirondacks before he chased the animal off with a stick. State environmental officials say the attack was Tuesday evening in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest in the Fulton County town of Stratford. Forest rangers say the dog was off leash when it encountered the bear. The bear...

Washington – Democrats Talking About Having Gore Run For U.S. President: BuzzFeed

August 13, 2015 at 08:07 PM
Washington - Some insiders in the Democratic party are discussing having former Vice President Al Gore make another run for U.S. President, BuzzFeed reported on Thursday, adding that the man who won the popular vote in the 2000 presidential election has not taken any steps toward entering the current race. "They're figuring out if there's a path financially and politically," an unnamed...

Little Rock, AR – Ted Cruz Sees Path To White House Running Through The South

August 13, 2015 at 07:03 PM
Little Rock, AR - Ted Cruz sees his way to the White House, and it runs between the hedges, through waters patrolled by the "Volunteer Navy" and a spot on the Mississippi River nicknamed Death Valley. Confused? Not if you're one of the voters the Texas senator is counting on to carry him to the Republican presidential nomination. They'll know that's all part of college football lore in the...

Washington – U.S. Believes Islamic State Likely Used Mustard Agent In Iraq Attack

August 13, 2015 at 06:19 PM
Washington - The United States believes Islamic State militants likely used mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq earlier this week, the first indication the militant group has obtained a banned chemical weapon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. "We have credible information that the agent used in the attack was mustard," a senior U.S. official told the...

New York, NY – Audit Finds NYC Subway Delays Increased Last Year

August 13, 2015 at 06:15 PM
New York, NY - The New York City subway's on-time performance declined last year. That's according to an audit by the state comptroller's office. The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1L7M8NX ) reports the audit found on-time performance in 2014 dropped to 74 percent on weekdays and 81 percent on weekends - compared to 81 percent and 85 percent in 2013. On-time performance measures...

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Man’s 1982 Murder Conviction Thrown Out On New DNA Evidence

August 13, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Harrisburg, PA - A man convicted in 1982 in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl was due to be freed from a Pennsylvania prison on Thursday thanks to new DNA testing after spending more than three decades behind bars filing repeated appeals proclaiming his innocence. Lewis Fogle, 63, had his conviction thrown out by Judge David Grine in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and was granted $25,000 bail...

New York – Candy Crush Creator King Digital’s Profit Falls 28 Percent

August 13, 2015 at 05:35 PM
New York - King Digital Entertainment Plc , the creator of Candy Crush Saga, reported a 28 percent drop in quarterly profit as monthly unique users fell slightly and a strong dollar dented sales from outside the United States. The company's shares slipped 8.2 percent in extended trading on Thursday. King Digital, which makes games for social media websites and mobile devices, has struggled...

New York – Most Legionnaires’ Deaths Tied To Spray From Shower, Faucet

August 13, 2015 at 04:53 PM
New York - Most deaths from Legionnaires' disease are tied to hospital and nursing home showers, not outdoor cooling towers, new government figures released Thursday show. Cooling towers are the focus of an investigation into a Legionnaires' outbreak in New York City this summer that is one of the largest in U.S. history. Twelve people have died. But the new report shows people can also be...

Jerusalem – Israel Proposes 3G Mobile Network Deal To Palestinians

August 13, 2015 at 04:20 PM
Jerusalem - Israel presented a proposal to the Palestinian Authority that could enable the opening of a long-awaited Palestinian 3G mobile network in the occupied West Bank. Meetings held on Thursday had led to an agreement in principle and hinged on the Palestinians meeting Israeli conditions, said a spokesman for the Communications Ministry. He declined to comment on specific...

Washington – Republican House Majority Leader McCarthy: Congress Likely To Sink Iran Deal

August 13, 2015 at 03:55 PM
Washington - Congress will disapprove the Iran deal when it votes on the matter by September 17th and may even be able to over-ride a presidential veto on the matter, Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy predicted as he spoke with reporters in Jerusalem on Thursday. “I do not know if the democrats have whipped this vote,” McCarthy said. “We [the Republicans] have not...

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