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Washington – In SC, Biden Seeks Quiet Respite As He Mulls 2016 Decision

August 7, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden and his wife are retreating from Washington for a week in South Carolina with little on their schedule but a momentous decision to make: whether he should run for president. Biden's advisers say he hasn't indicated which way he's leaning. The vice president is still mourning the death of his son barely two months ago. But since reports surfaced saying he...

New York – NY To Deploy Teams To Help Legionnaires’ Outbreak Testing

August 7, 2015 at 06:00 PM
New York - State health teams will deploy to the Bronx to help collect and test samples from cooling towers amid a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease as the number of those sickened grew by one to 101, officials said Friday. Teams will begin work Saturday, and state officials have said they'll pay for the testing. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this week ordered that within...

Washington – White House Shrugs Off Schumer’s Decision On Iran Deal

August 7, 2015 at 05:13 PM
Washington - The decision by one of the top Democrats in the U.S. Senate to oppose the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was "disappointing but not surprising," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday. President Barack Obama's hopes of preserving the nuclear deal were dealt a blow on Thursday when New York's Schumer came out against it even as the White House tried to draw...

Boston – FBI Says Suspects In Huge 1990 Boston Art Heist Are Dead

August 7, 2015 at 04:44 PM
Boston - The two men suspected of masquerading as police officers to rob an art museum of $500 million worth of masterpieces in 1990 are dead, the FBI says. Two years ago, investigators announced they knew who stole 13 works — including paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer — from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but they refused to elaborate, saying only that the investigation was...

New York – Verizon Will Drop Phone Contracts, End Discounted Phones

August 7, 2015 at 04:18 PM
New York - Verizon, the nation's largest wireless provider, will stop offering phones at discounted prices when customers sign two-year service contracts. The move was made in the name of simplification, but it could result in some customers paying more. All wireless carriers have been trying to wean customers off subsidies, in which a $649 iPhone 6 goes for $200 with a two-year contract...

Washington – Clinton Records: Judge Sets Schedule For Release To AP – NYTimes.com

August 7, 2015 at 04:03 PM
Washington - A judge has given the State Department a few months to provide The Associated Press with thousands of documents related to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The order came Friday from U.S. District Judge Richard Leon. It means the documents will be released well before the spring presidential primary elections. They include Clinton's schedules and calendars from her time as secretary of...

Washington – ‘If Khamenei Could, He Would Inflict Great Harm On Israel,’ Obama Says

August 7, 2015 at 03:37 PM
Washington - US President Barack Obama told an American news magazine earlier this week that he was not naive about the threats against Israel made by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader. “His ideology is steeped with anti-Semitism, and if he could, without catastrophic costs, inflict great harm on Israel, I’m confident that he would,” Obama told journalist Robin Wright of The...

Washington – Another House Democrat In Congress Says Will Vote Against Iran Nuclear Deal

August 7, 2015 at 03:30 PM
Washington - Hours after US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced that he would vote against the Iran nuclear agreement, another Jewish Democratic member of Congress, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), said on Friday that he would follow suit. Sherman, the second ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that after reviewing details of the deal, his conscience forced him to vote...

Jerusalem – Israel Retaliates For Rocket Fire From Gaza With Airstrike

August 7, 2015 at 03:14 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's military says its aircraft hit a site used by the militant Islamic group Hamas in Gaza in retaliation to a rocket fired from the territory at Israel earlier in the day. No one was killed in Friday's exchange. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says that "multiple rockets" have been fired at Israel from Gaza this month alone and warned that "Hamas must fulfill its...

Cleveland – Republican Debate Sets Record With 24 Million Viewers On Fox News Channel

August 7, 2015 at 02:54 PM
Cleveland - The Republican candidates' prime-time debate on Fox News Channel drew 24 million viewers, a record audience for a presidential primary debate, according to Nielsen data provided by Fox on Friday. The tally for Thursday's event was the highest non-sports telecast in cable history, a Fox spokeswoman said. The brash style of billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, who has...

New York – Van, Taxi Latest NY Lodging Option For Bold, Cheap Visitors

August 7, 2015 at 02:05 PM
New York - There's no electricity, no running water, no bathroom. But travelers to New York City bold enough to book a parked van for $22 a night through Airbnb do get a real bed and a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline from across the East River in Queens. "If you want a New York adventure, this is it. Great location, great view," says Rapha Schaele, a 23-year-old student from...

New York – Feds Earmark $8.9 Million For Kennedy Airport Improvements

August 7, 2015 at 01:02 PM
New York - New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are announcing $8.9 million in new federal funding for runway and airfield upgrades at John F. Kennedy Inernational Airport. The senators believe the funding will reduce the time planes spend on the ground while also improving safety. The announcement on Friday was cheered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de...

Lauderdale Lake, FL – Officials: Man Who Escaped From Prison In 1981 Is Arrested

August 7, 2015 at 12:33 PM
Lauderdale Lake, FL - A 60-year-old Georgia man has been captured in South Florida after more than three decades on the run. Officials say Willie Lee Austin is in the Broward County Jail on an out-of-state hold Friday morning after he was captured Wednesday in suburban Fort Lauderdale. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that Austin was serving a 15-year sentence for armed...

Jerusalem – Israel Behind Assassinations Of Iran Nuclear Scientists, Defense Minister Hints

August 7, 2015 at 12:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's defense minister hinted on Friday that the Jewish state's intelligence services were behind the rash of killings of Iranian nuclear scientists. In an interview with the German-language Der Spiegel, Moshe Ya'alon said that he bore no responsibility "for the life expectancy of Iranian scientists." "Ultimately it is very clear, one way or another, Iran’s military nuclear...

White Plains, NY – Former Spring Valley Mayor Gets 4-year Sentence In Bribery Case

August 7, 2015 at 11:46 AM
White Plains, NY - The former mayor of a suburban New York village has been sentenced to four years in prison for taking bribes. Noramie Jasmin was mayor of Spring Valley when an FBI operative, posing as a developer, gave her $5,000 and a 50 percent stake in a project. Federal Judge Colleen McMahon told Jasmin on Friday that she had violated the trust of her constituents, especially young...

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