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Washington – United Airlines Fined $2.7M For Violating Consumer Rules

January 8, 2016 at 04:00 PM
Washington - United Airlines drew a $2.7 million fine from the government on Thursday for violating rules aimed at protecting disabled passengers and preventing long tarmac delays. The Transportation Department said there was a significant increase in 2014 in disability-related complaints regarding United. A department review found that United had failed to give passengers with disabilities...

Washington – W. Post: Obama Administration Plans New Unit To Fight Online ISIS Propaganda

January 8, 2016 at 03:45 PM
Washington - The Obama administration plans to create a new counter-terrorism task force in an effort to push back against online propaganda from Islamic State and other terror groups, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Citing unnamed U.S. officials, the Post said the new unit, which would be based at the Department of Homeland Security but which would enlist other federal and local...

Tehran – Iran Holds Mass Protests Against Saudi Arabia Amid Tensions

January 8, 2016 at 03:13 PM
Tehran - Iranians held mass protests on Friday across the Islamic Republic, angered by Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric that has enflamed regional tensions between the Mideast rivals. Later in the day, the Iranian foreign minister insisted in a letter to the U.N. chief that Tehran has no desire to escalate tensions and said Saudis must make a "crucial choice" — either continue...

Albany, NY – WiFi, Cell Service: Big Changes Coming To NYC Subway

January 8, 2016 at 03:13 PM
Albany, NY - New York City subway riders will soon have access to Wi-Fi and cellphone service as part of a plan to upgrade an aging transit system that serves 9 million people daily. Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed the improvements Friday, saying the five-year, $29 billion plan will restore New York's legacy of building big for future generations. The plan includes subway station countdown...

Washington – Reuters Exclusive: Republican Politicians Jumped The Gun On Terrorism Suspect’s Arrest

January 8, 2016 at 02:59 PM
Washington - Two Texas politicians made public details of an investigation into a terrorism suspect while it was still in progress, potentially jeopardizing the inquiry, three sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released details from documents that were still under court seal, the sources said. A spokesman for Governor...

New York – When Buying Olive Oil, Knowledge Is Power

January 8, 2016 at 02:24 PM
New York - It's an old story -- you've heard it before, and not just from me -- but it's coming around again. Predictably, just as U.S. specialty markets begin to trumpet the arrival of fresh new-harvest, extra virgin olive oil comes the warning that it ain't what it seems. According to journalist Tom Mueller, speaking on the popular CBS News program "60 Minutes," an astonishing 80 percent of...

New York – Trump Likes To Sleep In His Own Bed And It May Cost Him Votes

January 8, 2016 at 02:18 PM
New York - U.S. presidential candidates are spending long days on the campaign trail and their nights in a succession of budget hotels, often in small towns. Not Donald Trump. After nearly every rally, the billionaire real estate developer hops into one of his planes or helicopters and returns to New York so that he can sleep in his own bed in his marble-and-gold-furnished Trump Tower...

Tel Aviv – IDF Search Dog Sniffed Out Fugitive Gunman’s Hiding Place

January 8, 2016 at 01:50 PM
Tel Aviv - Israeli special forces troops from the elite canine unit Oketz were the first to discover Nashat Milhem’s hiding place in Arara, leading to his death in a shootout that brought an end to a nerve-wracking weeklong manhunt for the man who opened fire indiscriminately in central Tel Aviv on New Year’s Day. When an IDF search dog found Milhem, the fugitive gunman opened fire at the...

Mexico – Druglord Joaquin `Chapo’ Guzman Recaptured

January 8, 2016 at 01:34 PM
Mexico - Mexico has recaptured the world's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, President Enrique Pena Nieto said via Twitter on Friday, six months after he brazenly broke out of a high security prison through a tunnel. Guzman, the head of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel who Pena Nieto first caught in 2014, was captured in an early morning raid in the drug baron's native state of...

Philadelphia – Police Say Suspect Shot Officer In Islam’s Name

January 8, 2016 at 01:23 PM
Philadelphia - A man using a gun stolen from police said he was acting in the name of Islam when he ambushed an officer sitting in his marked cruiser at an intersection, firing shots at point-blank range, authorities said Friday. Both the officer and suspect were injured during the barrage of gunfire. The suspect, 30-year-old Edward Archer, also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group...

New York, NY – Brooklyn Lawmaker Wants To Ease Parking Around Film Shoots

January 8, 2016 at 12:48 PM
New York, NY - A Brooklyn lawmaker says many film shoots in New York City get special parking permits for trucks, lifts, cranes, rest rooms and campers, sending residents down nearby streets to hunt for spaces. In an effort to ease the pressure, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol says he'll introduce legislation to suspend alternate-side parking rules within a six-block radius on days of permitted film...

Staten Island, NY – Sergeant In NYPD Chokehold Death Faces Departmental Charges

January 8, 2016 at 12:14 PM
Staten Island, NY - The New York Police Department says a sergeant has been stripped of her gun and badge and charged internally in the July 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner. Sgt. Kizzy Adonis was one of the supervising officers at the scene of Garner's death on Staten Island during an arrest on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Officials said Friday she was charged with...

New York – Powerball Jumps To Record $800M

January 8, 2016 at 11:18 AM
New York - The record Powerball jackpot just got bigger, climbing to $800 million as sales soared in the days leading up to the drawing. Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, says officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association on Friday raised the estimated jackpot for Saturday night's drawing from $700 million because of strong sales. Grief says Powerball sales on...

Jerusalem – Hamas Recruits Planned To Bomb Stage During Netanyahu Speech

January 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Jerusalem - An indictment was filed Friday morning against two east Jerusalem residents accused of assisting the enemy in a time of war, contacting a foreign agent and purchasing materials for explosives. The Jerusalem District Attorney filed the indictment against alleged Hamas recruits Hazem Sandouqa, 22, and Fahdi Abu Qaian, 19, to the Jerusalem District Court. The two young men had...

Paris – Social Media Backlash Causes H&M To Pull ‘Talit’ Striped Scarf From Customers In Israel

January 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Paris - International retailers H&M have pulled the availability of a striped scarp in Israel amid backlash on social media that said the item too closely resembles a Jewish prayer shawl. The scarf, which retails for $17.99 and is also available in a matching poncho, was pulled from Israeli shelves and websites along with an apology from cooperate reps. “We are truly sorry if we have...

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