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New York – New York Politician’s Anti-BDS Law Would Penalize German/Austrian Banks

April 5, 2016 at 11:30 PM
New York - A prominent Democratic New York state assemblyman, who introduced an anti-Boycott Israel bill in the state legislature, urged on Tuesday a group of German and Austrian banks based in NYC to terminate their accounts with BDS groups to stop the spread of anti-Semitism and avoid legal action. "The New York legislation would certainly adversely affect those banks. In a time of crisis...

Sacramento, CA – Planned Parenthood Videos Bring Raid, Abortion Activist Says

April 5, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Sacramento, CA - An anti-abortion activist who made undercover videos at Planned Parenthood clinics says California Department of Justice agents have raided his home. David Daleiden said in a Facebook post Tuesday that the agents seized all video footage from his apartment, along with his personal information. He posted on the site for his group, the Center for Medical Progress. Center...

New York – WhatsApp Strengthens Encryption In Wake Of iPhone Case

April 5, 2016 at 10:33 PM
New York - Facebook on Tuesday announced it had bolstered the default encryption settings for the more than one billion users of its popular WhatsApp messaging service so that all messages will now be accessible only to the sender and recipient. The update arrives amid a heightened international debate over how much access law enforcement should have to digital communications and follows a...

Chicago, IL – PayPal Pulls North Carolina Plan After Transgender Bathroom Law

April 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Chicago, IL - PayPal Holdings Inc on Tuesday canceled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina and invest $3.6 million in the area after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. The digital payment company's protest is the first by a major business after North Carolina became the first state last month...

Washington – Republican Cruz And Democrat Sanders Score Wins In Wisconsin

April 5, 2016 at 09:34 PM
Washington - Republican Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday, dealing a blow to front-runner Donald Trump's hopes of amassing the delegates needed for the party's nomination ahead of the July convention and boosting the chances of a rare contested convention. Cruz's win was a breakthrough for Republican Party forces battling to block the controversial New York...

Detroit – Trump Slams Ford’s New $1.6 Billion Investment In Mexico

April 5, 2016 at 09:31 PM
Detroit - Ford Motor, criticized by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for manufacturing outside the United States, announced on Tuesday that it would invest $1.6 billion to build more small cars in Mexico, starting in 2018. Trump labeled Ford's investment in Mexico "an absolute disgrace." "These ridiculous, job crushing transactions will not happen when I am president," said...

Washington – Exit Poll: Cruz Riding Trump Fear; Sanders, Excitement

April 5, 2016 at 09:25 PM
Washington - As polls closed Tuesday night in Wisconsin, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was ahead of rival Donald Trump, a lead in the GOP primary that appeared to be driven more by fear of Trump than excitement about Cruz, exit polls show. On the Democratic side, voters are more excited about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was leading at poll close. But more voters view former Secretary of State...

Reykjavik – Iceland’s Leader Resigns, First Casualty Of Panama Papers

April 5, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Reykjavik - Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned on Tuesday, becoming the first casualty of leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm which have shone a spotlight on the offshore wealth of politicians and public figures worldwide. The Panama Papers showed the premier's wife owned an offshore company with big claims on Iceland's banks, a undeclared conflict of...

Alexandria, VA – Class-action Suit Challenges US Government’s No-fly List

April 5, 2016 at 08:27 PM
Alexandria, VA - For Yaseen Kadura, a U.S. citizen of Libyan descent, placement on the no-fly list caused problems far beyond the airport. He was handcuffed and interrogated for hours when he tried to cross borders by land. He struggled to pick a medical school, unsure where he could travel. And when he tried to use Western Union, the transfers never went through. Even after he was removed...

Brooklyn, NY – Fire Latest Blow To NYC Area’s Once-thriving Pigeon Keepers

April 5, 2016 at 08:00 PM
New York - A Brooklyn fire last week that wiped out a pigeon keeper's flock of 500 birds was the latest blow to a working-class pastime that has dwindled from the days it was a passion of a young Mike Tyson and Marlon Brando's character in "On the Waterfront." Rising rents and gentrification have left only about 100 pigeon keepers in the New York City area, down from a few thousand during the...

Westchester County, NY – Brooklyn NYPD Buff Suspended As Westchester Police Chaplain After Report Of Fed Probe

April 5, 2016 at 07:07 PM
Westchester County, NY - The man who reportedly is at the center of a federal investigation into New York City police corruption was suspended Tuesday as a chaplain for the Westchester County Department of Public Safety. As reported earlier today, the FBI launched an initial investigation into high ranking NYPD officials who had close connections with Jewish NYPD chaplain and businessman...

Thousand Oaks, CA – Authorities Piecing Together Model Rocket After Fatal Blast

April 5, 2016 at 07:01 PM
Thousand Oaks, CA - Investigators will try to piece together a homemade model rocket that exploded at a California school, killing a high school student and sending his friend to a hospital with minor injuries, authorities said Tuesday. The two senior honor students were apparently experimenting with "some sort of chemical combination" before the accidental blast Monday evening in the...

Mexico City – Billions In US Remittances A Lifeline For Many In Mexico

April 5, 2016 at 06:29 PM
Mexico City - The billions of dollars in U.S. remittances that presidential candidate Donald Trump is threatening to block to force Mexico to pay for a border wall are a financial lifeline for the Latin American country's economy and the individuals who receive the money from relatives up north. For families across Mexico, the cash transfers help put food on the table and clothe children. They...

Alexandria, VA – NY Man Who Shouted ‘Jihad’ On Flight Sentenced To 9 Months

April 5, 2016 at 06:02 PM
Alexandria, VA - A New York man who forced a United Airlines flight to return to Dulles Airport last year after shouting "jihad" and rushing the cockpit has been sentenced to nine months in prison. Thirty-six-year-old David Patrick Diaz of Poughkeepsie, New York, pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew earlier this year. On a March 2015 flight from Dulles, he was tackled by a group...

Menlo Park, CA – Facebook Programs Computers To Describe Photos For The Blind

April 5, 2016 at 05:19 PM
Menlo Park, CA - Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world's largest online social network. The feature rolling out Tuesday on Facebook's iPhone and iPad apps interprets what's in a picture using a form of artificial intelligence that recognizes faces and objects. VoiceOver, a...

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