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Denver – Contact Lens Makers Take Fight Over Price Law To Court

August 27, 2015 at 11:45 PM
Denver - Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry. At issue is a Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses. The nation's largest contact lens companies — Alcon Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb — asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in...

New Orleans – Before And After Images Of Areas Hit By Katrina

August 27, 2015 at 11:03 PM
New Orleans - When Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast nearly 10 years ago, it left a mammoth trail of damage in its wake. Storm surge and winds ripped the top off a church steeple in Mississippi, left a tangle of fishing boats sitting in the middle of a Louisiana highway, and ripped holes into the New Orleans Superdome's roof. Flooding caused by breached levees in New Orleans...

Olathe, KS – Man Charged In Jewish Site Deaths: Judge Denying Fair Trial

August 27, 2015 at 10:42 PM
Olathe, KS - A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Kansas City-area Jewish sites accused a judge on Thursday of denying him a fair trial for not allowing him to present evidence explaining his mindset at the time. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 74, is defending himself at his capital murder trial and could face the death penalty if convicted. He has admitted several times during...

New York – Health Official: States Should Post Local Vaccination Info

August 27, 2015 at 10:10 PM
New York - How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out. Last school year, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been quietly prodding more states to make the information available...

Roanoke, VA – Husband Of Interviewee Says Wife Lost Kidney And Part Of Colon In TV Shooting

August 27, 2015 at 09:45 PM
Roanoke, VA - The husband of on-air shooting survivor Vicki Gardner says his wife lost a kidney and part of her colon, and faces three months of convalescence. Tim Gardner said in a telephone interview Thursday his heart goes out to the families of Roanoke, Virginia, television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. They were killed Wednesday by gunman Vester Flanagan as they...

Bloomingburg, NY – Victory For Lamm As Judge Tosses Racketeering Suit

August 27, 2015 at 09:35 PM
Bloomingburg, NY - Developer Shalom Lamm can cross another item off his to do list, as a federal judge dismissed yet another suit against the Bloomingburg developer today. Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, dismissed the suit charging Lamm and several others with multiple instances of deception, corruption, bribery, mail fraud, wire...

New York – Politics As Blood Sport: Trump Looks To Kick Bush When He’s Down

August 27, 2015 at 09:00 PM
New York - At almost every turn lately, Donald Trump has tried to get under Jeb Bush’s skin. In interviews and on social media, Trump relentlessly needles and mocks Bush, almost to the exclusion of his many other rivals in the Republican presidential field. Ronald Reagan used to refer to what he called the 11th Commandment - Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican. But as he has done...

New York – Virginia Shootings Make For Tough Media Decisions

August 27, 2015 at 08:30 PM
New York - In an era when anyone can go online and find video of terrorist beheadings, police shootings and other carnage, major news organizations applied their own standards to coverage of this week's killing of a TV news crew in Virginia and showed only carefully selected portions of the footage. By all accounts, they were difficult newsroom decisions, informed by competitive pressures...

Little Rock, AR – Ben Carson Gains Support As The Other Political Outsider

August 27, 2015 at 08:03 PM
Little Rock, AR - Ben Carson's genial way of politicking is proving to be a draw for voters who like Donald Trump's status as a outsider but not his belligerence. The retired neurosurgeon is emerging in polls as a top-tier candidate in the 17-person Republican presidential field, but that rise is being eclipsed by Trump and his headline-grabbing rhetoric and feuds. The soft-spoken Carson is...

Rockland County, NY – Long Awaited Results Announced In Fall 2014 Ramapo Wards Election

August 27, 2015 at 07:33 PM
Rockland County, NY - Results of a special election in Ramapo that would have potentially shifted the balance of power away from the Jewish community have finally been announced almost 11 months after the controversial vote took place. Voters in Ramapo cast their ballots on two issues last September: dividing the town into six distinct geographic locations known as wards and increasing the...

New York – Sprint Offers DirecTV Customers Free Year Of Phone Service

August 27, 2015 at 07:27 PM
New York - Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T. AT&T, which bought DirecTV for $48.5 billion in July, has been promoting a bundle that knocks $10 a month off a combined bill for video and wireless phone service. For a single line, the value of Sprint's promotion is about $50 a month. It's...

New Orleans – Obama Sees Message Of Resilience On Streets Of New Orleans

August 27, 2015 at 07:00 PM
New Orleans - Visiting on tidy porch stoops and dining at a thriving corner eatery, President Barack Obama paid tribute to New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. "The fact that we can make this many strides 10 years after a terrible, epic disaster, I think, is an indication of the kind of spirit we have...

Washington – Father Of Virginia TV Reporter Slain On Air Vows To Fight For Gun Control

August 27, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The father of a Virginia journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any time soon, despite changes in some states. Two journalists, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ7, were shot during a live...

New York – For The First Time, 1 Billion People Used Facebook In A Day

August 27, 2015 at 05:35 PM
New York - For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family. The 1 billion figure is different from the daily user numbers Facebook discloses each quarter when it reports...

Roanoke, VA – Former Colleague: Killer Had ‘Blowups’ In Florida

August 27, 2015 at 05:16 PM
Roanoke, VA - A former colleague of the man who fatally shot a television reporter and cameraman in Virginia says the man had two "blowups" that brought female co-workers to tears. Dave Leval said Thursday that he worked with Vester Flanagan at WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1999 and 2000. He said two women who pointed out mistakes in Vester's reporting were so verbally abused that they...

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