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New York – Amazon Dash Replenishment Service Commences

January 20, 2016 at 11:59 PM
New York - Amazon is expanding its smart-home ordering service to a range of new appliances. Its Dash "replenishment" service lets users reorder common household items with a touch of a button. (Its first incarnation involved plastic "Dash buttons" dedicated to particular products; pressing one orders a set quantity of, say, diapers or dishwasher detergent.) The new Dash devices will work in a...

Washington – NOAA, NASA: 2015 Was Hottest On Earth By A Wide Margin

January 20, 2016 at 11:36 PM
Washington - Last year wasn't just the Earth's hottest year on record — it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA announced Wednesday that 2015 was by far the hottest year in 136 years of record keeping. For the most part, scientists at the agencies and elsewhere blamed man-made global warming, with a boost from El...

New York – Is That Credit Card With The Annual Fee Really Worth It?

January 20, 2016 at 11:01 PM
New York - The biggest months for adding and dropping credit cards are December and January, so now's the time to make sure that $95 annual fee is really worth it. Chances are, it's not. "Generally, for the average credit card holder, it is not likely they are going to use a card with a high annual fee enough to justify it," said Matt Schulz, a credit card expert with Creditcards.com, which...

New York – NYC Parks, Weeks After Rape Claim, Set To Get Security Funds

January 20, 2016 at 10:27 PM
New York, NY - The city's parks are poised to receive additional money for security less than two weeks after a young woman reported being gang-raped by teenage boys in a playground. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to increase funding for security by approximately 30 percent, allowing the city to hire 67 full-time Parks Enforcement Patrol staffers and another 50 seasonal part-timers as...

Ontario, Canada – Man Charged After His Car Almost Completely Covered In Snow

January 20, 2016 at 10:02 PM
Ontario, Canada - An 80-year-old man was charged after driving a car that was almost completely covered in snow with only a portion of the driver's side windshield cleared for vision, police said. Ontario Provincial Police said Wednesday the man received a $110 ticket after an officer spotted a car resembling a pile of snow on the road in Brussels, Ontario on Tuesday. The man, whose name...

Hollis, NH – Cruz Says He Welcomes ‘establishment’ Backing Trump

January 20, 2016 at 09:45 PM
Hollis, NH - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that the "Washington establishment" he loves to rail against is abandoning Sen. Marco Rubio and coalescing behind GOP rival Donald Trump. And Cruz said he welcomes that. "Let me encourage other members of the establishment to keep supporting Donald Trump," Cruz told reporters before a rally in Hollis, New Hampshire. "Every time you are doing...

Tulsa, OK – Palin Joins Trump In Call To “Make America Great Again”

January 20, 2016 at 09:35 PM
Tulsa, OK - Conservative firebrand Sarah Palin joined Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Oklahoma Wednesday as part of her endorsement pledge in the increasingly intense race for the GOP nomination. "Are you all ready to work to make America great again?" Palin asked a crowd of thousands packed into an arena at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, echoing Trump's campaign...

California – UberX To Pick Up At Los Angeles International Airport

January 20, 2016 at 09:02 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport will be allowed to leave in an UberX car starting Thursday morning. LAX was a notable holdout against Uber's cheapest ride-hailing service, as taxi companies lobbied to keep out a potent competitor. After months of negotiations, the agency overseeing LAX made the announcement Wednesday. The main catch: Passengers...

New York – Cheap Oil, Good For Consumers, Is Slamming Stocks. Why?

January 20, 2016 at 08:30 PM
New York - Wall Street is drowning in oil. Stocks are having their worst start to a year in history in part because of a rapid plunge in the price of oil. The price of crude is down 28 percent this year already, which in turn has dragged down energy company shares in the Standard & Poor's 500 index by 13 percent, which has helped pull the overall index down 9 percent. This even though low...

Scarsdale, NY – High-powered Attorney Suspected Of Stabbing His Wife A Prominent Jewish NY Doctor To Death

January 20, 2016 at 07:56 PM
Scarsdale, NY - Police in Westchester County are questioning Jules Reich, 61, who is suspected in the death of his estranged wife 58-year-old Dr. Robin Goldman who was found dead in her home in Scarsdale. Police say officers had gone to the home in the affluent neighborhood on Lincoln Road at about 10 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report that a woman had been seriously injured. Neighbor...

Davos, Switzerland – VP Biden, Netanyahu To Meet On Davos Sidelines

January 20, 2016 at 07:29 PM
Davos, Switzerland - Vice President Joe Biden will sit down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. The White House says the meeting is slated for Thursday morning in Davos, Switzerland. It's a late addition to Biden's schedule, which also includes meetings Thursday with the leaders of Cyprus, Argentina and Iraq, plus a joint meeting with...

New York – Ex-guard At N.Y.’s Rikers Island Sentenced For Assaulting Inmate

January 20, 2016 at 07:04 PM
New York - A former guard at New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail complex was sentenced on Wednesday to 90 days in jail for assaulting an inmate in 2009 in an incident that blinded the man in one eye. Victor Rodman, 53, had been convicted in October at a nonjury trial in the city's Bronx borough by a state judge, Martin Marcus. Under the sentence imposed by Marcus on Wednesday...

Albany, NY – New York State Senate Passes Bill Supporting Israel And Other U.S. Allies Targeted By Boycotts

January 20, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Albany, NY - The New York State Senate today passed a bill that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that seek to harm Israel and other American allies through boycotts and discriminatory economic agendas. The bill (S6378A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and Senator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), expands existing state law to prevent New York from entering...

Iowa – Palin’s Endorsement Fails To Excite Trump Rallygoers

January 20, 2016 at 06:02 PM
Iowa - When it comes to influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Sarah Palin's star power is turning out to be dimmer than expected. There was no ecstasy in the crowd when the former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee endorsed Republican front-runner Donald Trump at a rally in Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday night. And at Trump's next appearance on Wednesday in Norwalk, people who came...

Detroit – Obama Takes Credit For Resurgent US Auto Industry

January 20, 2016 at 05:33 PM
Detroit - President Barack Obama says General Motors and Chrysler would have gone out of business had he not decided to help save the then-struggling auto industry seven years ago. Obama traveled to Detroit on Wednesday to tour the North American International Auto Show and celebrate the resurgence in the industry and the city at large. In remarks after his tour, Obama noted the widespread...

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