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Paris – Ancient Paris Quarry Offers Rare Look At Underground History

August 5, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Paris - The tunnels zigzagging through limestone were created to provide building materials for Paris. Then they became the damp home to vast subterranean mushroom farms. Now, deep beneath the city's largest park, the quarry is usually off-limits, deemed too dangerous for regular visitors. Unescorted spelunkers face a 60-euro ($65) fine, but on Wednesday the 20-meter (66-foot) spiral...

San Francisco – Facebook Launches Feature To Allow Businesses To Privately Message Users

August 5, 2015 at 11:39 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc rolled out features Wednesday that enable businesses to privately communicate with customers through messages as part of the social networking company's push to make its Messenger app a stand-alone platform. Businesses can now include a "send message" button in ads that appear in Newsfeed that allow Facebook users to click a button and send messages, which are...

Washington – Senator ‘Alarmed’ By Reports U.S. Military Families Harassed

August 5, 2015 at 11:04 PM
Washington - A U.S. Senator said on Wednesday he was alarmed by reports of an FBI alert that relatives of U.S. military personnel in Colorado and Wyoming were harassed outside their homes by Middle Eastern men who may have had them under surveillance. "I am alarmed by reports out of Denver that military members' families have been harassed outside their homes and may be under surveillance,"...

Denver – Frontier Airlines Will Bundle Some Fees In New Ticket Offer

August 5, 2015 at 10:35 PM
Denver - Passengers on Frontier Airlines face a dizzying lineup of fees on everything from carry-on bags to sodas. The airline has heard the complaints. On Wednesday, Frontier announced that it will discount several common fees if the customer buys them all in a bundle. It's a subtle but interesting shift at Frontier, which has bet its turnaround on the model of so-called ultra-low-cost...

Washington – Clinton Tries To Break Through Trump Surge With GOP Attacks

August 5, 2015 at 10:03 PM
Washington - Ten Republican candidates for president in 2016 will debate Thursday for first time. Spend any time listening to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton this past week, though, and it would seem like only one really matters: Jeb Bush. As billionaire businessman Donald Trump thunders his way to the top of the summertime polls, Clinton is instead focused on the former Florida...

New York – 8th Person Dies In New York Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

August 5, 2015 at 09:22 PM
New York - Another person has died from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, bringing the death toll to eight, city health officials said Wednesday. Ninety-seven people have been diagnosed with the disease, which is caused when water contaminated with a certain bacteria is inhaled into the lungs. The eight people who died were older and had other medical problems. Officials said the city's...

Washington – Half Of Blacks Say Police Have Treated Them Unfairly

August 5, 2015 at 09:11 PM
Washington - A majority of blacks in the United States — more than 3 out of 5 — say they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by the police, and their race is the reason. Half of African-American respondents, including 6 in 10 black men, said they personally had been treated unfairly by police because of their race, compared with 3 percent of whites...

Rockland County, NY – East Ramapo School Board President Says New Lawsuit Will Cost Taxpayers Even More Money

August 5, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Rockland County, NY - In response to being hit with a new lawsuit at Tuesday night's meeting, East Ramapo school board President Yehuda Weissmandil fired back Wednesday, calling the suit "ironic" and scolding that the new suit will only serve to increase "the very legal fees they are complaining about." LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/1M4JRSj) reports that Weissmandi called the timing of the...

Nashville, TN – Police: Tennessee Movie Theater Assailant Was Armed With Pellet Gun

August 5, 2015 at 08:48 PM
Nashville, TN - Metro Nashville police are now saying that the man who waged an attack inside a movie theater was armed with a pellet gun. Police spokesman Don Aaron gave the information to The Associated Press moments before police were scheduled to hold a briefing with the latest developments on the attack. Earlier Wednesday, authorities had said the unidentified assailant was armed with a...

Albany, NY – Autopsy Shows Escaped NY Prisoner Was Drunk When Killed In Forest

August 5, 2015 at 08:34 PM
Albany, NY - Toxicology tests show a convicted killer who escaped from prison and was on the loose for three weeks was drunk when he was fatally shot by border patrol agents who tracked him down in a forest, authorities said Wednesday. The additional autopsy results indicated Richard Matt had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the level of intoxication for drunken driving...

Jerusalem – Israeli Airline El Al In Talks To Buy, Lease 15 Boeing Dreamliners For $800-900 Mln

August 5, 2015 at 08:02 PM
Jerusalem - Israel Airlines said on Wednesday it was opening talks with Boeing to buy and lease up to 15 new Dreamliner aircraft over the next five years in a deal that could be worth $800-$900 million, its biggest-ever plane order. The airline said delivery of the new fuel-efficient 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft would begin in the first half of 2017 through 2020. The planes will replace...

New York – Last Madoff Defendant Gets 6 Months In Prison

August 5, 2015 at 07:30 PM
New York - A judge sentenced the last defendant in the Bernard Madoff case on Monday to six months in prison, marking the end of a prosecution that lasted more than six years and dispelled claims by the disgraced financier that he acted alone in pulling off his epic Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of billions. Irwin Lipkin, 77, had pleaded guilty in 2012 to helping conceal the fraud from...

Washington – Economists Dump On Trump Boast To Bring Jobs Back From China

August 5, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House. Economists say he wouldn't stand a chance: Trump's boundless self-confidence is no match for the global economic forces that took those jobs away. Since the beginning of 2000, the U.S. economy has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. A...

New York – Poll: NYC Mayor De Blasio’s Popularity Falls To New Low

August 5, 2015 at 06:32 PM
New York - A new poll says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's popularity has hit a new low. A Quinnipiac (KWIN'-ih-pee-ak) University poll released Wednesday found that 44 percent of registered city voters approved of de Blasio's job performance. That's the same approval rating he had in May. But a greater percentage of respondents now disapprove: 44 percent, compared to 40 percent in...

Pittsburgh, PA – Pennsylvania Attorney General To Face Criminal Charges

August 5, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Pittsburgh, PA - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is expected to face criminal charges as soon as Thursday in a media leak case, local media reported on Wednesday. A special grand jury in January recommended charges of perjury and obstruction against Kane in connection with an allegedly illegal leak to a Philadelphia newspaper. Kane is expected to surrender to Montgomery County...

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