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Raleigh, NC – Zip Line Regulations Scrutinized After 4 Summer Deaths

August 24, 2015 at 11:36 PM
Raleigh, NC - As 12-year-old Bonnie Sanders Burney soared over a 40-foot ravine at her sleep-away camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tether attaching her to a dual zip line snapped — plunging her to her death. Her tether had been mistakenly draped over the line's second steel cable and melted from the friction. Burney is one of at least four people killed in challenge course incidents...

Staten Island, NY – Work Underway On $500 Million NYC Ferris Wheel Project

August 24, 2015 at 11:02 PM
Staten Island, NY - Construction is underway at the site of a $500 million Ferris wheel project along the Staten Island waterfront. The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1Nw1SL4 ) reports that the 630-foot-tall observation wheel is scheduled to open for business in 2017. Up to 1,400 passengers at a time will view the scenery of New York City, New Jersey and beyond during a slow-moving...

Great Britain – Public Petition Results In Commemorative Stamp To Honor “Britain’s Schindler,” Sir Nicholas Winton

August 24, 2015 at 10:42 PM
Great Britain - On the heels of a change.org petition signed by over 105,000 supporters, the Royal Mail has announced that a commemorative stamp will be issued in honor of "Britain's Schindler," Sir Nicholas Winton. BT.com (http://bit.ly/1fCkdaB) reports that German-Jewish Winton, who saved the lives of 669 predominantly Jewish children by arranging for their transport by train from...

New York – Dominating TV, Donald Trump A Ratings Draw

August 24, 2015 at 10:09 PM
New York - Opinion polls are one thing, but Nielsen numbers speak more loudly to television executives: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's ability to pull in viewers makes him catnip for news programs and wins a level of coverage that feeds on itself. NBC's "Meet the Press" had its biggest audience in more than a year for its Trump interview on Aug. 16, leading that show's...

Tokyo – Asian Shares Resume Slide On Fears Over Chinese Economy

August 24, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Tokyo - Asian stocks looked vulnerable to another sell-off on Tuesday, with investors gripped by fears of a hard landing for the Chinese economy, the world's most important growth engine. Japan's Nikkei index fell 3.8 percent to six-month lows while the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan hit fresh three-year lows. Underlining concerns about China, Japanese Finance...

Jerusalem – Israeli Health Ministry Rules Heinz Can’t Use The Term ‘Ketchup’; Must Label Product ‘Tomato Seasoning’

August 24, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Based on a petition from Israeli food manufacturer and ketchup competitor, Osem, the Health Ministry has ruled that the American-based H. J. Heinz Company must change its labeling to "Tomato Seasoning" for products sold in Israel. HAARETZ.com (http://bit.ly/1EfpLDZ) reports that Osem's challenge stated that Heniz's product does not sufficiently meet the Standards Institute of...

Bethlehem, PA – Driverless Truck Meant To Improve Safety In Work Zones

August 24, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Bethlehem, PA - Roving construction crews — the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal — are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier. The crash trucks, fitted with a device called a truck-mounted attenuator, have been credited with saving lives. But the workers who drive them...

Texas – Bush, At Mexican Border, Denounces Trump’s Immigration Plan

August 24, 2015 at 08:04 PM
Texas - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is going after Donald Trump's immigration plan — this time during his own visit to the Mexican border. The former Florida governor jabbed at Trump in a press conference Monday in McAllen, Texas. He says Trump's plan is "not based in reality" and too expensive. Earlier he met privately with officials in McAllen, which sits along the Rio...

Washington – Justice Dept. Pushes Back Against Sen. Menendez’s Defense

August 24, 2015 at 07:38 PM
Washington - The Justice Department pushed back Monday against efforts by Sen. Bob Menendez to dismiss the corruption indictment against him, calling the case the result of an "exhaustive, focused and disciplined" investigation that spanned more than two years. The new court filings from the government are the latest volley in a high-stakes, bitter court case involving the New Jersey Democrat...

Concord, N. H. – New Hampshire Prisoner Claims Religious Right To Have Beard

August 24, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Concord, N. H. - A prisoner in New Hampshire is suing the state after he was placed in secure housing and initially denied parole for failing to shave his thick, bushy beard in violation of prison rules. Corrections officials and lawyers for the state said Frank Staples, 35, was placed in the state prison's Special Housing Unit — where death row is located and inmates are locked down 23...

Mineola, NY – Controller Sent Pilot Who Died In NY Crash To Closed Airport

August 24, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Mineola, NY - An air traffic controller directed a pilot having trouble with his plane to a landing strip that no longer existed at a closed airport before the aircraft crashed at a nearby railroad crossing, killing him, according to a preliminary accident report released Monday. The pilot, Joseph Milo, 59, of Westhampton Beach, was killed Aug. 16 when his single-engine aircraft hit the tracks...

San Francisco – Apple To Replace Some iPhone 6 Plus Models Over Blurry Photos

August 24, 2015 at 05:54 PM
San Francisco - Apple Inc said it would replace a limited number iPhone 6 Plus phone cameras due to faulty back cameras that take blurry photos. The affected phones were mostly sold in a 4-month period between September 2014 and January 2015, Apple said on its website. The company, whose shares were set to open at their lowest this year on Monday, said a small component in the affected 6...

Madison, WI – In Light Of Stock Market Meltdown Walker Calls For Cancellation Of Chinese President’s Visit

August 24, 2015 at 05:37 PM
Madison, WI - Republican Scott Walker says President Barack Obama needs to have some "backbone" and cancel a planned official state visit next month by the president of China. The Wisconsin governor and presidential candidate said Monday the planned visit of Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) should be canceled in light of the U.S. stock market's tumble, which Walker says was driven by China's...

Kansas City – Man Charged In Jewish Site Killings Sought To Explain Motive

August 24, 2015 at 05:01 PM
Kansas City - A white supremacist wanted to explain to jurors Monday his motive for killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, but a judge told him the first phase of the capital murder trial was to focus solely on whether he committed the crimes — not why. Frazier Glenn Miller, who is representing himself, made it only a few words into the first sentence of his opening...

New York – US Crude Closes Under $40 A Barrel To Breach Long-Time Low

August 24, 2015 at 04:28 PM
New York - The price of U.S. oil closed under $40 a barrel on Monday for the first time since the days of the global economic crisis on fears of a slowdown in the world economy. Already trading at six-year lows on a prolonged slump, U.S. crude fell $2.21 to finish at $38.24 per barrel. Oil hadn't closed below $40 since February 2009, although it briefly traded below that level on Friday...

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