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New York – UPS To Raise Rates By An Average 4.9 Percent In December

September 1, 2016 at 11:26 PM
New York - UPS will increase rates on many basic delivery services by an average of 4.9 percent starting Dec. 26. The higher rates will cover U.S. ground shipping, U.S. air freight and international shipping, and regular freight. UPS said Thursday that the extra money will help pay for expansion and improvements. United Parcel Service Inc. earned $2.4 billion in the first six months of...

New York – More Reforms, Including Tasers, Slated For NY’s Rikers Jail

September 1, 2016 at 11:00 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced a new raft of reforms aimed at improving safety at the city's notorious Rikers Island jail complex, including equipping some senior officers with Tasers and installing full body scanners for visitors. The city also expects 700 new corrections officers to graduate in the fall - the biggest class of recruits in the department's...

Warsaw, Poland – Prosecutors’ Team To Probe Returns Of Seized Warsaw Property

September 1, 2016 at 10:36 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A team of prosecutors will investigate suspected irregularities in the restoration of Warsaw property seized by the communists to private owners, a spokesman for the national prosecutor's office said Thursday. Cases have been revealed in which persons seeking restitution concealed the deaths of owners they claimed to represent, or in which lawyers or businessmen paid glaringly...

Washington – State Dept. To Give AP All Clinton Schedules Before Election

September 1, 2016 at 10:03 PM
Washington - The State Department agreed Thursday to turn over all the detailed planning schedules from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state to The Associated Press by mid-October. It was an abrupt reversal from U.S. government lawyers' warning last week that hundreds of pages would not be released until after the presidential election. The decision is significant because it will make...

Rockland County, NY – Ramapo Town Councilman Accepts Fines, Resignations And Bans On Holding Public Office In Plea Deal

September 1, 2016 at 09:33 PM
Rockland County, NY - An embattled councilman for the Town of Ramapo has resigned his position after pleading guilty to a charge of official misconduct. Under the terms of the plea bargain agreement accepted this afternoon, 71 year old Shmuel Tress also gave up his seat on the Ramapo Town Board and agreed not to seek any future office or position in the town. The Journal News reported that...

Philadelphia – Mayor: Cop’s Tattoo ‘Offensive,’ Especially To Nazi Victims

September 1, 2016 at 09:26 PM
Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Police Department on Thursday announced an internal review after a photograph surfaced online of an officer with a tattoo that the mayor called "incredibly offensive," especially to veterans and victims of the Nazis. A tattoo on the uniformed officer's forearm shows a spread-winged eagle under the word "Fatherland." Police don't have a tattoo policy but said...

Montgomery County, MD – Trump’s Wife Files Suit Against Blogger, Daily Mail Over ‘defamatory’ Stories

September 1, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Montgomery County, MD - Melania Trump, the wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, sued the Maryland-based publisher of the Daily Mail Online and a blogger on Thursday over stories about her past she believes were "tremendously damaging," her attorney said in a statement. A Daily Mail story last month cited a Slovenian magazine's report that a modeling agency that Trump...

West Bank – “Hamas Funds Terror Infrastructure In Judea And Samaria,” Gaza Businessman Admits

September 1, 2016 at 08:30 PM
West Bank - A businessman from Gaza with an entry permit to Israel and Judea and Samaria told the IDF under questioning on Wednesday that he had transferred USD 50,000 in cash from Hamas officials in Gaza to those in Hebron, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) revealed on Thursday evening. According to Hamas’s own media reports, the businessman in question...

New York – Dr. Joy Browne, Popular Radio Psychologist, Dead At 71

September 1, 2016 at 08:02 PM
New York - Dr. Joy Browne, the syndicated radio and television psychologist whose upbeat and approachable style made her a favorite for nearly four decades, has died. Browne died Saturday in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Patience Browne, who did not give a cause of death. Dr. Browne was 71. Born in New Orleans and a graduate of Rice University and Northeastern University, Browne...

Kansas City, MO – Trump Paints New Target On Legal Immigration

September 1, 2016 at 07:30 PM
Kansas City, MO - Donald Trump's aggressive rhetoric on illegal immigration has obscured a potentially historic policy shift — the Republican presidential nominee is the first major party candidate in modern memory to propose limiting legal immigration. In his speech on immigration Wednesday night, Trump capped a list of steps to combat illegal immigration, with a final pledge to completely...

New York – Univision’s Jorge Ramos: I’d Like To Be Debate Moderator

September 1, 2016 at 07:00 PM
New York - Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos says he'd like to moderate one of the presidential debates, and doesn't believe his recent call for people to "take a stand" against Republican Donald Trump should eliminate him from consideration. The chances of Trump agreeing to a Ramos-moderated debate are remote. But the man whose voice is influential with the growing voting bloc of Latinos in...

Chicago – Experts: Hurricane Hermine Will Complicate Florida’s Zika Fight

September 1, 2016 at 06:26 PM
Chicago - Hurricane Hermine, set to cause flooding and damage when it hits Florida overnight, will make it harder for the state to fight Zika, a mosquito-borne virus shown to cause birth defects, experts in infectious diseases and mosquitoes said on Thursday. Forecasters are warning of potentially life-threatening storm surges and as much as 20 inches of rain. Governor Rick Scott declared a...

New York – CNN, NBC Set Campaign Programming For Next Week

September 1, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - With the traditional Labor Day marker that starts presidential campaigns in earnest, television outlets are getting ready to ride the momentum. NBC News announced Thursday that Matt Lauer will moderate the "Commander-in-Chief Forum" next Wednesday at the city's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will appear separately to answer national security...

Washington – White House Disputes Report On Iran Nuclear Deal Exemptions

September 1, 2016 at 05:42 PM
Washington - The White House on Thursday disputed a think-tank report that the United States and its negotiating partners had agreed to secret exemptions for Iran in last year's landmark nuclear agreement. "The argument that somehow this agreement was implemented before Iran came into compliance is just not true," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in response to a report released by the...

New York – Cuomo: No More State Sales Tax On Feminine Hygiene Products In NY

September 1, 2016 at 05:14 PM
New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products sold in New York State took effect today. In July, Governor Cuomo signed legislation (A.7555-A/S.7838) instituting this exemption. "Eliminating this regressive tax on women was a matter of fairness and I am proud to have signed this legislation to right that wrong," Governor...

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