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Columbia, SC – Bill Would Require South Carolina Journalists To Register

January 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Columbia, SC - South Carolina journalists would have to register with the government before reporting the state's news, under a Republican lawmaker's proposal. The bill introduced Tuesday in the state House would establish a "responsible journalism registry" with requirements journalists must meet before working for a news outlet in the state. Those requirements weren't laid out in the bill's...

Trenton, NJ – Christie’s Veto Leaves New Jersey’s Smoking Age At 19

January 19, 2016 at 11:32 PM
Trenton, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie has decided not act on a bill that would have boosted New Jersey's smoking age to 21, keeping the age to buy tobacco products at 19. The bill would have fined retailers up to $1,000 if they sold cigarettes or other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone 20 years old or younger. Underage smokers would have gone unpunished. A statement from the...

Washington – IRS On The Line Looking For Money? More Likely A Scammer

January 19, 2016 at 11:03 PM
Washington - The Treasury Department has a message for taxpayers getting calls from the IRS demanding immediate payment: Hang up. Those aggressive, threatening calls are coming from phone scammers. And they are successful, too, costing more than 5,000 victims more than $26.5 million since October 2013. About 900,000 scammer contacts were reported during that period. The callers fraudulently...

Detroit – Lego Model Of Detroit’s Renaissance Center Makes Debut

January 19, 2016 at 10:33 PM
Detroit - A 6-foot-tall model of downtown Detroit's Renaissance Center that's built of Legos is on display at the North American International Auto Show. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1KoLuqG ) the model, which contains more than 50,000 glued Lego bricks, was unveiled Monday at Cobo Center. The model will be shown through the end of the show on Sunday. It's one of 10...

Rishon Lezion – How Third World Countries Are Utilizing Israeli Ingenuity To Produce Water From Thin Air

January 19, 2016 at 10:01 PM
Rishon Lezion - A lack of water on the battlefield is not something that soldiers can afford to worry about in the heat of combat. Supplying clean water however, is not always an easy task given the dangers of any battle. Aware of this fact, Arye Kohavi, a former company commander in the IDF Special Forces, set about creating technology which would ensure that soldiers are never short of clean...

Omaha, NE – UPDATE: Carson Campaign Volunteer Dies After Car Accident In Iowa

January 19, 2016 at 09:39 PM
Omaha, NE - A volunteer for Ben Carson's presidential campaign died Tuesday after being hospitalized with injuries suffered in a car accident in western Iowa that hurt three other campaign workers. Carson was in South Carolina at the time of the Tuesday morning accident and suspended his campaign events. An official for a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, said the Carson campaign volunteer...

Ames, IA – Sarah Palin: ‘No More Beat Around The Bush’ If Trump Elected

January 19, 2016 at 09:27 PM
Ames, IA - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received the endorsement Tuesday of conservative firebrand Sarah Palin, giving the billionaire businessman a potential boost less than two weeks before Iowa's kick-off caucuses. "Media heads are spinning," the former vice presidential candidate said after taking the stage at a Trump rally at Iowa State University. "This is going to...

Milwaukee – Manufacturer Stands By Policy On Muslim Prayer Breaks

January 19, 2016 at 09:03 PM
Milwaukee - An American-Islamic civil liberties group is asking a Wisconsin manufacturer to back away from a policy that doesn't allow an extra break for prayer for Muslim employees. Ariens Co., however, said Tuesday that it can handle the matter internally and that it's not interested in negotiating through the Council for America-Islamic Relations. The friction comes after 53 workers left...

Washington – White House Says Levinson May No Longer Be In Iran

January 19, 2016 at 08:34 PM
Washington - U.S. officials believe Robert Levinson may no longer be in Iran, a White House spokesman said Tuesday, vowing that the U.S. would keep up the search for the former FBI agent who disappeared from an Iranian resort nearly nine years ago. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. has received assurance from the Iranian government it would search for Levinson. The commitment...

Beirut – In Besieged Syrian City, Hungry Residents Sell Gold For Food

January 19, 2016 at 08:12 PM
Beirut - In Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour, supplies are running so short that desperate residents are selling their gold, valuables and even their homes for food or an exit permit allowing them to escape a siege by both government troops and Islamic State militants. The extremists have blockaded government-held areas of the city for over a year, and some of its 200,000 residents are...

Dubai – Dubai Tower Blaze Shows Risks In Common Building Material

January 19, 2016 at 07:26 PM
Dubai - Within minutes, the revelry of New Year's Eve in Dubai turned to horror as those gathered for fireworks downtown watched flames race up the side of one of the glistening city's most prominent luxury hotels. But the fire at the 63-story The Address Downtown Dubai wasn't the first, second or even third blaze to spread swiftly along the exterior of skyscrapers that have risen from the...

Mineola, NY – NY Man Goes On Trial In Chain-reaction Crash That Killed Cop

January 19, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Mineola, NY - A man driving home from New York City after a night of drinking set off a sequence of crashes that resulted in a police officer's death and should be held criminally responsible for it, prosecutors said Tuesday at his trial. Officer James Olivieri was killed by another man's SUV while maneuvering through wreckage on the Long Island Expressway. Although the defendant, James...

New York – Deal To Keep Central Park’s Horses Would Banish Pedicabs

January 19, 2016 at 06:30 PM
New York - New York's pedicab operators say they were the unwitting victims of some political horse trading. In an angry protest Tuesday, the city's bicycle taxi drivers charged that their most lucrative routes pedaling tourists through Central Park were outlawed without their knowledge as part of the city's deal to overhaul the popular horse carriage industry. "This is pretty outrageous...

New York – NYC’s Long-Delayed WTC Transportation Hub To Open In March

January 19, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - After more than a decade of delays and cost overruns, the $3.9 billion transportation hub at New York's World Trade Center is set to open in the first week of March, officials said Tuesday. The Santiago Calatrava-designed train station, with its distinctive bird-in-flight design, was budgeted at $2 billion when plans were announced in 2004. Republican George Pataki, then the...

Jerusalem – Israel Arrests 9 For Price Fixing Trips To Nazi Death Camps

January 19, 2016 at 05:23 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli police have arrested several people for involvement in price fixing high school trips to Nazi death camps in Poland. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Tuesday that nine people were arrested and that police searched offices and confiscated equipment and receipts. Preserving the memory of the Holocaust has become a central tenet of Israeli identity. Students learn...

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