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New York – NYC Council Speaker To Pay $7,000 Fine After Ethics Probe

January 6, 2016 at 06:29 PM
New York - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is reaching a settlement with the city's Conflict of Interest Board. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, agreed to pay a $7,000 fine following a non-criminal investigation into free political consulting services she accepted during her speaker bid in 2013. That is far smaller than the $25,000 statutory maximum she faced when the inquiry...

New York – NYC Mayor Aims To Fix Troubled Homeless Shelter System

January 6, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - As New York City grapples with its homelessness crisis, many of those sleeping on the street have said they'd prefer to be outside than contend with the city's at-times overburdened, dirty and even dangerous shelter system. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has repeatedly acknowledged that the shelter system needed to improved, was poised to identify a new plan to identify and fix problems...

Rock Rapids – Cruz Says Canadian Birth Does Not Block Him From Presidency

January 6, 2016 at 05:33 PM
Rock Rapids -Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says an issue raised by GOP presidential rival Donald Trump about whether his Canadian birth compromises his eligibility to become president is "quite straightforward and settled law." Trump said in a Wednesday interview on Fox News he wants Cruz to "get some kind of an order" from a court to block any potential lawsuit challenging his citizenship. Asked...

Albany, NY – Cuomo Promises $22 Billion For Upstate Roads And Bridges

January 6, 2016 at 05:06 PM
Albany, NY - New York state's Governor Andrew Cuomo promised on Wednesday the "largest investment in upstate New York in history, promising $22 billion investment in bridges and roads as he aims to reverse years of decline in the rustbelt north of New York City. The timing of the investment was not immediately clear but the governor said next year's budget, which he will announce in an annual...

Montpelier, VT – Police Say Trump Issues 20k Tickets For 1,400-seat VT Venue

January 6, 2016 at 05:05 PM
Montpelier, VT - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign has issued 20,000 tickets for an event at a Burlington, Vermont, venue that has only 1,400 seats, city police said Wednesday. Police Chief Brandon del Pozo acknowledged that those numbers, plus expected protesters, could be a public safety issue. If a rock group sold that many tickets to the downtown Flynn Theater, del...

New York – Oil Dives Below $35, Lowest In 11 Years, As U.S. Supply Swells

January 6, 2016 at 04:27 PM
New York - Crude oil prices plunged 6 percent on Wednesday, diving below $35 per barrel for the first time since 2004 as data showing a shockingly large build-up of U.S. gasoline supplies fed fears that a global surplus was still growing. The sell-off, the biggest one-day drop for global benchmark Brent futures since the start of September, takes losses this year to more than 8 percent, a...

New York – Apple Stock Slumps Amid IPhone Sales Worries

January 6, 2016 at 04:08 PM
New York - Apple fans keep buying iPhones, but Wall Street keeps worrying the company won't be able to match last year's blistering sales pace. Shares in the world's most valuable company have fallen more than 15 percent over the last month, amid a drumbeat of news reports that some Asian parts suppliers are expecting Apple to trim orders for its signature smartphone this winter. Those fears...

Tel Aviv – Police Confirm Tel Aviv Gunman Murdered Taxi Driver As Search Enters Sixth Day

January 6, 2016 at 04:06 PM
Tel Aviv - The Police and Shin Bet manhunt for the suspect in a Tel Aviv shooting attack moved beyond the Tel Aviv area on Wednesday, as Arara resident Nishat Milhem evaded security forces for the 6th straight day. Since the early morning hours on Wednesday, special police units and Shin Bet agents searched in towns and villages along the Green Line in the Wadi Ara and Triangle regions. They...

Gaza City – Gaza Strip Gets First New Hospital In A Decade, Two More Due This Year

January 6, 2016 at 03:15 PM
Gaza City - The Gaza Strip's struggling healthcare system will get some much needed help in 2016 after the first new hospital in a decade opened its doors in the territory last month and as two more foreign-funded clinics are set to launch this year. After nearly five years of construction, with delays caused by fighting and restrictions on imports imposed by Israel and Egypt, the Indonesia...

New York – NYC To Raise Minimum Hourly Wage For 50,000 Workers To $15

January 6, 2016 at 03:00 PM
New York, NY - Officials say many city employees in New York City will earn at least $15 an hour by the end of 2018. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to make the announcement Wednesday in Manhattan. The raises will cover 50,000 workers. De Blasio, a Democrat, has said he wants to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour for everyone, but that the state must agree. The announcement...

Nahariya, Israel – 3,400-Year-Old Citadel Uncovered Near Northern Israeli Beach

January 6, 2016 at 02:35 PM
Nahariya, Israel - Remains of an ancient Canaanite citadel were discovered off the beach of Nahariya in northern Israel. The remains were discovered in the summer of 2015 and will be integrated in the basement of an apartment high-rise where it will be on display for the public. The archeological site was originally discovered during an excavation in 1980. “We carried out more wide-scale...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Official Slams Airline For Removing Arabs After Israeli Passenger Protest

January 6, 2016 at 02:04 PM
Jerusalem - A Palestinian official has criticized the treatment of two Arab passengers who disembarked from an Israel-bound flight after other travelers complained of security concerns. The Greek Aegean Airlines says the two passengers agreed to take a later flight from Athens after passengers "persistently and vocally complained" and demanded additional security checks. Senior Palestinian...

Boca Raton, FL – Florida University Ousts Professor Who Called U.S. Massacres Hoaxes

January 6, 2016 at 01:34 PM
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University has dismissed a professor who said massacres at a Connecticut elementary school and a county office building in San Bernardino, California, were staged, the university said. Media professor James Tracy's last day at the university in Boca Raton will be Friday, the school said in a statement after alerting him of the decision in a letter on...

Jerusalem – Suspects Arrested For Molotov Cocktail Attacks On Israeli Highways

January 6, 2016 at 01:02 PM
Jerusalem - After significant levels of cooperation and coordination between the Israel Security Agency (ISA), Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and the Israel Police, at least 16 terrorists from the Palestinian village of Kharbatha al-Misbah located next to Route 443 northwest of Jerusalem were arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at Israeli vehicles on the highway. Some of the...

Iowa – Powerball Jackpot Surges To $500 Million For Wednesday Drawing

January 6, 2016 at 12:28 PM
Iowa - The jackpot in the Powerball lottery has ballooned to an estimated $500 million ahead of its drawing on Wednesday, making it the sixth largest payout in North American history, the operator of the multistate game said. The current jackpot for Powerball, played in 44 states, Washington, and two U.S. territories, is worth $306 million if a winner chooses an immediate cash payout instead...

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