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New York – Famed Plaza District Fades As Manhattan Office Landscape Shifts

November 22, 2016 at 11:31 PM
New York - Lower leasing costs, more efficient office space and the hope of projecting an image more appealing to millennials are leading hedge funds and large corporations to leave Manhattan's most-coveted business district for a rejuvenated Downtown and the trendy far West Side. The construction of gigantic new office buildings that allow tenants to use 20 percent less space is pressuring...

New York – Tired Of Travel Fees? Here’s A Charge You May Be Unaware Of

November 22, 2016 at 11:03 PM
New York - Ever feel like the taxi ride from the airport costs more than the trip there? It's not your imagination. Airports across the country add surcharges of up to $5 a ride — typically passed directly on to travelers — for trips originating at their curbs. There are similar charges for limousine, Uber and Lyft drivers as well as shuttle buses for hotels, car rental companies and...

Johannesburg – Almost Half The World Will Be Online By End Of 2016; Poorer Countries Will Lag, Report Shows

November 22, 2016 at 10:32 PM
Johannesburg - By the end of 2016, almost half of the world's population will be using the internet as mobile networks grow and prices fall, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday. In the world's developed countries about 80 percent of the population use the internet. But only about 40 percent in developing countries and less...

New York – 10,000 NYC Schoolchildren To Get College Savings Accounts

November 22, 2016 at 10:08 PM
New York - Some 10,000 New York City children will start kindergarten with $100 in a college savings account thanks to a public-private partnership intended to boost the number of students attending college. Under the three-year pilot program announced Tuesday, about 3,500 kindergartners will get so-called 529 college savings accounts next fall. Another 3,500 kindergartners will get the...

Birmingham, AK – Trump Victory Brings ‘Alt-right’ Into Full View

November 22, 2016 at 09:24 PM
Birmingham, AK - Donald Trump's election is bringing to the fore a strain of race-based politics once so far out of the mainstream few had even heard of it. With an ideology that's a mix of racism, white nationalism and old-fashioned populism, the "alt-right" has burst into the collective consciousness since members showed up at the Republican National Convention to celebrate Trump's...

Newark, NJ – Justice Department Sues New Jersey Town That Blocked Mosque

November 22, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Newark, NJ - The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging a New Jersey town violated federal anti-discrimination laws when it blocked an Islamic group from building a mosque on property the group had bought. The complaint alleges the town of Bernards discriminated against the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge by amending its zoning ordinances and treating the group differently...

Jerusalem – Israeli Museum Concert Shows Holocaust’s Lesser Known Legacy

November 22, 2016 at 08:40 PM
Jerusalem - For the first time in Yad Vashem's 63-year history, live music echoed through the halls of Israel's national Holocaust memorial in a somber tribute to the works of musicians who created a vibrant cultural life in the Terezin concentration camp before they were sent to their deaths. Standing upon replicas of train tracks and against a backdrop of Nazi flags and images of emaciated...

Washington – Judge Blocks Obama Rule Extending Overtime Pay To 4.2 Million U.S. Workers

November 22, 2016 at 08:36 PM
Washington - A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million salaried workers from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president's signature achievements for boosting wages. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, in Sherman, Texas, agreed with 21 states and a coalition of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of...

Washington – Should I Stay Or Should I Go? US Civil Servants Gird For Trump

November 22, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Donald Trump's surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election has set off a round of resume-polishing across Washington, as the nation's federal civil servants prepare for a leader who has promised to freeze hiring and reverse many of the policies they have spent the past eight years putting in place. While anti-Washington rhetoric is a staple of U.S. politics, more than two...

Washington – US Questions Israeli Probe Into Palestinian Teen’s Death

November 22, 2016 at 07:29 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is questioning Israel's decision not to open a criminal investigation into the shooting death by Israeli security forces of a Palestinian-American teenager earlier this year. In a letter sent this week to religious groups that had raised concerns about the case and obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East said...

Berlin – Few Nazi Crimes Suspects Lost Pensions, Review Reveals

November 22, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Berlin - Tens of thousands of Nazi war crimes suspects may have been able to continue receiving disability pensions despite a law passed nearly two decades ago ordering them revoked, but only 99 people lost their payments, according to an official review quietly published Tuesday. The review, commissioned by the Labor Ministry and posted on its website, concludes that several factors led to...

Plano, TX – Toyota Recalls 744,000 Sienna Minivans To Fix Sliding Door Issue

November 22, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Plano, TX - Toyota Motor North America, Inc., announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 744,000 Model Year 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna vehicles in the U.S. In the involved vehicles, there is a possibility that, under certain limited conditions, if the sliding door opening operation is impeded, the sliding door motor circuit could be overloaded, opening the fuse for the...

New York – Madoff Trustee Lawsuits Against Koch, Others Are Dismisse

November 22, 2016 at 06:02 PM
New York - A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday dismissed lawsuits by the trustee liquidating Bernard Madoff's firm to recoup funds from Koch Industries Inc, the company controlled by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, and dozens of other defendants. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein in Manhattan said defendants in most of the 88 lawsuits could keep money that Irving Picard...

United Nations – Israel Accuses Iran Of Sending Hezbollah Arms On Commercial Flights

November 22, 2016 at 05:28 PM
United Nations - Israel has accused Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of using commercial airline flights to ship weapons to the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah. In a letter to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon accused Iran of using airlines such as Mahan Air. The United States has sanctioned the Iranian carrier for...

New York – Times Reporters Tweet News Of Trump Meeting As It Happens

November 22, 2016 at 05:03 PM
New York - Reporters at The New York Times tweeted details from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump as it happened on Tuesday, contrasting it with an off-the-record session Trump held a day earlier with leaders at the top television networks. Reporters Maggie Haberman and Mike Grynbaum sent a steady stream of Twitter quotes from Trump on his decision not to pursue a case against...

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