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New York – NYC Movie Shoot Parking Workers Sue Studios Over Pay

February 24, 2016 at 11:48 PM
New York - Workers who secure street parking for movie and TV shoots in the city are suing major studios, saying the studios often underpaid them for working long hours in trying conditions. The workers, called parking production assistants, play the unglamorous role of keeping parking spaces clear for movie trucks and trailers and watching over the film vehicles in 12-hour shifts at the sets...

Alameda, CA – 3 Sick After Employee Opens Suspicious Package

February 24, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Alameda, CA - Fire officials say firefighters and hazardous materials teams have cleared an office where an employee felt ill after opening an envelope containing a powdery substance. Alameda Fire Department spokesman Juan Medrano says about 50 people kept in quarantine have been released from a secured area in a U.S. Customs and Border protection office in Alameda. Medrano says authorities...

Fort Lee, NJ – Wind Overturns Tractor-Trailer On The George Washington Bridge

February 24, 2016 at 11:29 PM
Fort Lee, NJ - A tractor-trailer has overturned on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. Police say it happened on the New Jersey bound upper level of the bridge at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. There have been no reports of any injuries. Drivers should expect extensive delays. Police did not say what caused the accident...

New York – Judge: NYC Can Fine Chains That Don’t Post Salt Warnings

February 24, 2016 at 10:58 PM
New York - Large chain restaurants and fast-food eateries in the nation's most populous city can be fined up to $600 beginning next week for not posting salt warnings on menu items that contain more than the recommended daily dose of sodium, a judge ruled Wednesday. "Some people love salty food and are just going to eat those salty foods regardless of whether there's a salt icon next to it,"...

New York – Former Broker Gets 9 Years Prison For Ponzi Scheme That Bilked 3,800 Investors

February 24, 2016 at 10:20 PM
New York - A former broker at a New York investment firm was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday after being convicted of helping to run a Ponzi scheme that bilked around 3,800 investors out of more than $150 million. Jason Keryc, formerly of Hauppauge-based Agape World Inc, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley in Central Islip, New York, and ordered to pay $179 million...

Washington – Romney Says ‘bombshell’ In Trump’s Tax Returns

February 24, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Mitt Romney says he thinks there's a "bombshell" in Donald Trump's tax returns. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee says on Fox News Wednesday that the contents of Trump's tax returns are the reason the billionaire developer has not released them. Trump has said his accountants are working on his returns and that he'll release them eventually. Romney is also calling on...

San Francisco – Lockdown: Apple Could Make It Even Tougher To Hack Phones

February 24, 2016 at 09:45 PM
San Francisco - Suppose the FBI wins its court battle and forces Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers. That could open all iPhones up to potential government scrutiny — but it's not the end of the story. Turns out there's a fair bit both individuals and Apple could do to FBI-proof their phones and shield private information from investigators and...

New York – Severe Thunderstorm Watch: NYC Issues Travel Advisory

February 24, 2016 at 09:23 PM
New York, NY - NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio today issued a Travel Advisory for Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning. “We’re expecting strong winds and some thunderstorms this evening,” said Mayor de Blasio. “New Yorkers should be very careful driving and walking tonight.” A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to occur...

Washington – Obama Bans US Imports Of Slave-Produced Goods

February 24, 2016 at 09:08 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday that includes a provision banning U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America. An expose by The Associated Press last...

Mesa, Az – Chicago Cubs Owner Says Trump Tweet About Mom Was ‘Surreal’

February 24, 2016 at 08:49 PM
Mesa, AZ - Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said Wednesday he found it "surreal" to see GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump "threaten" his mother on Twitter over her political contributions. Earlier this week, Trump posted a tweet that said: "I hear the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!" The...

Dallas, TX – Report: Sheriff Was Told He Had No Authority In Scalia Death

February 24, 2016 at 08:15 PM
Dallas, TX - A sheriff's report offers a detailed account of the hours after Antonin Scalia's body was found in Texas, describing how the owner of the luxury resort where the Supreme Court justice died told the sheriff he had no authority in the matter. The report also includes a reference to a pillow that spawned conspiracy theories. A look at the sheriff's account: ___ RELUCTANCE TO USE...

Washington – Sources: Spy Agencies Say Clinton Emails Closely Matched Top Secret Documents

February 24, 2016 at 07:37 PM
Washington - U.S. spy agencies have told Congress that Hillary Clinton's home computer server contained some emails that should have been treated as "top secret" because their wording matched sections of some of the government's most highly classified documents, four sources familiar with the agency reports said.     The two reports are the first formal declarations by U.S. spy agencies...

Washington – Obama Weighs Republican Nevada Governor For U.S. Supreme Court

February 24, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican and former federal judge, is being considered by President Barack Obama for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, a source close to the process said on Wednesday, as Obama sought to overcome Senate Republican resistance to any nominee. The source, who asked not to be identified, said Sandoval met on Monday in the U.S. Capitol with...

Midlothian, VA – For Some Turned-off GOP Voters, Grudging Acceptance Of Trump

February 24, 2016 at 06:16 PM
Midlothian, VA - Sheila Covert is worried about Donald Trump. A loyal Republican voter from swing state Virginia, Covert calls the businessman "bombastic" and says there's "just no substance" in his boastful campaign rhetoric. But if Trump does become the GOP presidential nominee? "Well, I'd definitely vote for him," said Covert, an 81-year-old from the Richmond suburb of Powhatan. After...

Washington – Jordan’s King Abdullah Meets Obama At White House

February 24, 2016 at 05:33 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah II are meeting to discuss Syria and the needs of civil war refugees. Their White House session Wednesday comes as the U.S. and Russia are taking steps to put in place a cease-fire intended to help end the 5-year-old conflict. The truce doesn't cover the Islamic State group. Jordan shares a border with Syria and Iraq, and is...

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