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New York – Rabbis Advocate For Leniency In Silver Sentencing WhIle Wife Cites Health Concerns

April 21, 2016 at 10:45 PM
New York - Less than two weeks before he is due to be sentenced on corruption charges, Sheldon Silver’s wife is asking a federal judge to go easy on her husband, citing his recent battle with prostate cancer. “It terrifies me that his father and brother both died from the same kind of cancer Shelly was diagnosed with,” wrote Rosa Silver in a letter written several weeks ago. According...

Washington – Girl Who Wrote Obama Excited About Tubman On $20 Bill

April 21, 2016 at 10:13 PM
Washington - A Massachusetts fifth-grader has a special reason to celebrate the announcement that African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be featured on the $20 bill. She wrote to President Barack Obama last year suggesting that a woman be put on U.S. currency and offered a list of possible names, including Tubman's. The girl is Sofia; her family asks that her full name not be...

San Francisco – Volkswagen Owners Will Get A Choice: A Buyback Or Repairs

April 21, 2016 at 09:38 PM
San Francisco - The owners of nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S. will have the option of selling them back to the company or getting them repaired at VW's expense, under a deal announced Thursday by a federal judge. The tentative agreement outlined by Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, however, left many questions unanswered, among them: How much can car owners...

New York – Sears To Close 68 Kmart, 10 Sears Stores This Summer

April 21, 2016 at 08:29 PM
New York - Sears Holdings Corp. is announcing Thursday that it will close 68 Kmart stores and 10 Sears stores as it struggles to restore profitability. The ailing company had said in February that it would accelerate the closing of unprofitable stores. The move is expected to generate a "meaningful level" of cash from the liquidation of store inventories and from the sale or sublease of some...

Kapolei, HI – Solar Plane Successfully Departs From Hawaii With No Fuel

April 21, 2016 at 08:06 PM
Kapolei, HI - Two pilots are slowly carving their way into a new future of solar-powered flight as one of them embarks on the latest leg of their around-the-world journey in a plane powered only by the sun. After some uncertainty about the winds, the Solar Impulse team took off from Hawaii early Thursday. The aircraft landed in Hawaii last July but was forced to stay in the islands after the...

New York – NYC Board Of Elections Official Suspended Amid Brooklyn Voting Issues

April 21, 2016 at 07:51 PM
New York - Officials say a New York City Board of Elections official has been suspended amid reports that some voters were turned away from polling sites during the state's presidential primary. The board says in a statement Thursday that Brooklyn Chief Clerk Diane Hasslet-Rudiano has been suspended without pay. They say she has been suspended pending an internal probe into "the...

Washington – Man Who Landed Gyrocopter At U.S. Capitol Gets 120 Days In Prison

April 21, 2016 at 07:26 PM
Washington - A former Florida mail carrier who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds to publicize the need for campaign finance reform was sentenced to 120 days in jail on Thursday, a spokesman for prosecutors said. Douglas Hughes, 62, of Ruskin, Florida, also was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to a year of supervised release after he gets out of prison, the...

New York – Republican Candidate Kasich Passed Over By ‘Time 100′

April 21, 2016 at 07:00 PM
New York - Time magazine's annual "100 most influential people" list had a notable omission this year: John Kasich, the only member of the current presidential field who did not to make the cut. The list included Kasich's rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, front-runner Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, along with Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie...

West Long Beach, NJ – ACLU Defends New Jersey Man Ticketed For Donald Trump Flags

April 21, 2016 at 06:30 PM
West Long Beach, NJ - New Jersey's American Civil Liberties Union is joining the defense team for a man facing a fine for flying flags supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Joseph Hornick was ticketed for violating a West Long Branch ordinance that restricts the display of political signs until 30 days before an election. The town considers the "Trump-Make America Great...

Washington – Firms That Paid For Clinton Speeches Have US Gov’t Interests

April 21, 2016 at 06:02 PM
Washington - It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. Their interests are sprawling and would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election...

Washington – Trump’s Twitter Provokes Huge Following, Trouble

April 21, 2016 at 05:44 PM
Washington - Donald Trump says there's genius in his tweets, but his wife wishes he would stop. Melania Trump was asked Thursday on NBC's "Today" show what habit she wishes he would give up. "Let's see," she said, pausing. "The tweeting." Trump's approach to Twitter has been as unorthodox as his presidential campaign: unpredictable and unfiltered, sometimes brilliant and occasionally...

Beirut – Award-winning Syrian Opposition Activist Denied US Entry

April 21, 2016 at 05:13 PM
Beirut - An award-winning Syrian opposition activist said on Thursday that he was turned back and denied entry into the United States a day before he was supposed to receive one of the most prestigious prize from peers for his volunteer work saving lives in his war-torn homeland. Raed Saleh, a 32-year old from northern Syria, said he doesn't know why he was turned back upon landing in...

New York – New York Mayor Signs Bill Regulating Times Square Characters

April 21, 2016 at 04:32 PM
New York - Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill Thursday to regulate where and how costumed characters like Spider-Man and Elmo operate in Times Square and to curtail any aggressive behavior. The City Hall ceremony capped a yearlong City Council effort to rein in pushy panhandlers who have flooded the square, some harassing pedestrians to pay for photos. The new law allows city officials to...

Paris – UNESCO Resolution On Jerusalem Stirs Israeli Anger

April 21, 2016 at 04:02 PM
Paris - The Israeli government and Jewish groups have expressed outrage at a resolution adopted by the U.N. cultural agency that put the Western Wall Plaza in quotation marks, described Jewish sites as "so-called" and even claimed that some Jewish graves were bogus. The resolution , sponsored by several Arab countries and adopted by UNESCO's 58-nation executive board last week, condemned the...

Geneva – France To Convene Israeli-Palestinian Summit On May 30 In Bid To Relaunch Peace Talks

April 21, 2016 at 03:41 PM
Geneva - France will hold an international conference in Paris on May 30 in a bid relaunch talks between Palestinians and Israelis by the end of the year, its foreign minister said in remarks published on Thursday. With U.S. efforts to broker a two-state accord in tatters since April 2014 and Washington focused on a November presidential election, Paris has lobbied countries to commit to a...

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