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New York – ATM Fee Lawsuits Against Visa, Mastercard, Banks Revived On Appeal

August 4, 2015 at 11:47 PM
New York - A federal appeals court has revived litigation against Visa Inc, Mastercard Inc and several U.S. banks accusing them of conspiring to inflate the prices of ATM access fees in violation of antitrust law. In a decision on Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said a district court erred when it concluded that consumers had no standing to sue and had not...

New York – Study: Extreme Picky Eating May Portend Mental Health Problems In Preschoolers

August 4, 2015 at 11:42 PM
New York - Preschoolers who are extremely picky eaters may also be more prone to mental health problems, a study suggests. Children with severely selective eating habits were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or social anxiety than kids who consumed a wide variety of foods, the study found. Even moderately selective eating was linked to some psychological...

New York – Apple’s Momentum ‘Meltdown’ Bites Investors

August 4, 2015 at 11:00 PM
New York - Has the "curse of the Dow" finally caught up with Apple? Shares of the iPhone maker have been in a rut since posting disappointing quarterly results in late June, falling to a six-month low of $113.25 on Tuesday. The recent declines have wiped out nearly $100 billion of Apple's market value - about as much as fellow Dow components Boeing and McDonald's are worth in total. For CEO...

Louisville, KY – Shackling Video Ignites Debate On School Discipline

August 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM
Louisville, KY - The boy sat in a chair, the sound of his whimpering interrupted briefly by the clank of metal handcuffs closing around his arms. "You don't get to swing at me like that," a deputy says to the 8-year-old child, the interaction caught by a video camera. "You can do what we asked you to, or you can suffer the consequences." The video — entered as Exhibit A in a lawsuit the...

Washington – US Likely To Intervene In Palestinian Terror Case

August 4, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. government is moving closer to intervening in a high-stakes civil case over deadly Palestinian terror attacks as officials met Tuesday with victims' families to discuss concerns over a jury verdict worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The meeting with representatives from the Justice and State departments came amid objections from a lawyer for the plaintiffs, who said...

New York – Luxury Retailer Neiman Marcus Files For IPO Valued At $100M

August 4, 2015 at 09:30 PM
New York - Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has filed for an initial public offering for the second time in a little more than two years. For the purpose of calculating a filing fee, Neiman Marcus said it expects to raise $100 million from the offering. The Dallas company has 41 Neiman Marcus locations and two Bergdorf Goodman stores on New York's Fifth Avenue. Its MyTheresa brand has one...

Los Gatos, CA – Netflix To Give Workers With Babies A Year Of Paid Leave

August 4, 2015 at 09:15 PM
Los Gatos, CA - Netflix is letting new parents on its payroll to take up to a year's paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent. The employee benefit announced Tuesday on Netflix's blog is generous even by the high standards of Silicon Valley, where free meals and other perquisites supplement lavish salaries in the...

Burlington, VT – 30-Year Dream Comes True In Unveiling Of “Lost Shul” Mural At Burlington Synagogue

August 4, 2015 at 08:25 PM
Burlington, VT - On Sunday, a 30-year dream came true for local archivist and historian Aaron Goldberg with the official unveiling of the now-restored, one-hundred year-old "Lost Shul" mural at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington. VTDIGGER.org (http://bit.ly/1KONBpp) reports that in finally presenting "Lost Shul" publicly, Goldberg said the event brought to a close his vision of preserving...

New York – Landmark New York Hotel Can’t Get Bike-sharing Rack Removed

August 4, 2015 at 07:29 PM
New York - A landmark New York City hotel's bid to get rid of a bicycle-sharing rack from a space across from its entrance has been rejected. The state Supreme Court appellate division's First Department said Tuesday the city properly reviewed the location outside The Plaza hotel in Manhattan near Central Park. Judges upheld a lower court's ruling dismissing The Plaza's lawsuit. The city...

New York – Jon Stewart Steps Away From Comedy Gold As U.S. Election Heats Up

August 4, 2015 at 07:05 PM
New York - Heartbroken fans are wishing Jon Stewart a "jonvovage" on Twitter, but Donald Trump and the other 2016 U.S. presidential candidates may be breathing a sigh of relief. Stewart steps down from "The Daily Show" on Thursday after 16 years of biting political and media satire just as the presidential election campaign - a comedy gold mine - heats up. Trump, the billionaire businessman...

New York – Lawsuit Challenging Use Of Toll Money Is Revived

August 4, 2015 at 06:29 PM
New York - A federal appeals court revived a class-action lawsuit by commercial truckers that accused the New York State Thruway Authority of charging illegally high tolls and diverting excess sums it collected to maintain obsolete upstate canals. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said a lower court judge abused her discretion in dismissing claims by the trade...

Cleveland, OH – Debate Field Is Set: Trump, Bush In; Santorum, Fiorina, Perry, Pataki Out

August 4, 2015 at 06:09 PM
Cleveland, OH - Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night's leadoff debate of the 2016 presidential race, joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and seven other Republican contenders who made the campaign's first cut. Seven others will be excluded, including former technology executive Carly Fiorina and former Texas Gov. Rick...

Seattle, WA – Chabad Rabbi Becomes First Bearded Officer In US Air Force

August 4, 2015 at 05:58 PM
Seattle, WA - In 2014 Rabbi Elie Estrin became the first chaplain in the US Air Force, and this week he celebrated a new landmark as he upgraded to the post of the Air Force's first bearded officer. Rabbi Estrin is, together with his wife Chaya, the co-director of the Rohr Chabad House for Jewish Life at the University of Washington in Seattle. He graduated on Monday from Officer Training...

Jerusalem – Q&A: A Look At The History Of Jewish Extremism In Israel

August 4, 2015 at 05:15 PM
Jerusalem - The arrest of a well-known Jewish extremist marks Israel's first concrete step in its new "zero tolerance" approach toward what the government describes as Jewish terrorism. A recent pair of attacks brought into the open long-standing fears about a radicalized and ultraconservative fringe that had been operating below the radar but now appears to be intensifying its...

New York – Legionnaires’ Deaths Prompt New York Mayor To Vow Cooling Tower Regulations

August 4, 2015 at 04:46 PM
New York - Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday a historic outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed seven New Yorkers has triggered an effort to mandate city-wide inspections and cleanings of air conditioning cooling towers. Since July 10, the disease has sickened 86 people in the South Bronx, a New York City neighborhood that is one of the poorest in the United States, the mayor said at...

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