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Detroit – Honda Reports 10th US Death From Takata Air Bags

April 6, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Detroit - An exploding Takata air bag has claimed another life, this time a 17-year-old girl whose car crashed near Houston. The girl is the latest victim of malfunctioning air bag inflators that have killed 10 people in the U.S. and another in Malaysia, touching off the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. More than 100 people have been hurt by the inflators, which can explode with too...

Washington – Made In Chine: Ivanka Trump-brand Scarves Recalled Because Of ‘Burn Risk’

April 6, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Made-in-China Ivanka Trump-brand scarves are being recalled because they are too flammable and pose a "burn risk" to consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that no injuries have been reported. The recall involves about 20,000 rayon scarves, sold from October 2014 through January 2016 in department stores and online. They cost from $12 to...

United Nations – Russia: Islamic State Nets Up To $200 Million A Year From Antiquities

April 6, 2016 at 11:00 PM
United Nations - Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are netting between $150 million and $200 million per year from illicit trade in plundered antiquities, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter released on Wednesday. "Around 100,000 cultural objects of global importance, including 4,500 archaeological sites, nine of which are included in the World Heritage List of...

Albany, NY – Uber, Lyft Reignite Plans To Expand Into Upstate NY

April 6, 2016 at 10:32 PM
Albany, NY - Uber and Lyft are gearing up for a campaign to expand their ride-hailing operations into upstate New York to include Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. New Yorkers for Ridesharing, a coalition of more than 50 groups that support the expansion, is launching a new effort this month to use letters, phone calls and advertisements to encourage state lawmakers to allow the...

Bethpage, NY – Trump Eyes Shift To Policy ‘meat’ As Convention Fight Looms

April 6, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Bethpage, NY - Republican Donald Trump declared it's "great to be home" at a massive rally in the New York City suburbs Wednesday, shrugging off a defeat in Wisconsin a day earlier and instead, predicting victory in his delegate-rich home state. "I love these people. These are my people," he said to thunderous cheers. Dozens of police officers amassed outside the soundstage venue on Long...

Tucson, AZ – Border Fence Climbers: How Should The Border Patrol Respond?

April 6, 2016 at 09:39 PM
Tucson, AZ - A widely seen video showing two suspected drug smugglers rapidly climbing a tall border fence — within sight of three Border Patrol vehicles — put on display for a global audience what the government says is a regular occurrence at the U.S.-Mexico international line. It also raises questions about how agents respond to such incidents and their decisions to not arrest smugglers...

New York – US Jewish Group Slams Bernie Sanders For Misstatements On 2014 Gaza War

April 6, 2016 at 09:12 PM
New York - The Anti-Defamation League called on presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to correct "misstatements" he made regarding the 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas. In an interview with the New York Daily News published on Monday, Sanders said Israel’s actions during the 2014 war in Gaza were “disproportionate.” “My recollection is over 10,000 innocent people were killed...

Albuquerque, NM – Complaint: US Agents Looting Immigrants Before Deportations

April 6, 2016 at 08:48 PM
Albuquerque, NM - A complaint filed by advocacy groups alleges that U.S. Border Patrol agents are looting immigrants of possessions before deporting them to Mexico without their IDs or money. The ACLU of New Mexico and a coalition of organizations filed the administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday and say the seizures are putting migrants at the...

New York – Fliers Beware: New Airfare Rule Could Lead To Costly Mistake

April 6, 2016 at 08:00 PM
New York - The three largest U.S. airlines have changed the way they price multi-city trips, forcing those who book such itineraries to pay hundreds of extra dollars in airfare. Most fliers buy simple roundtrip tickets and won't be affected. But travelers visiting several cities on one trip, especially those flying for business, are seeing airfares six or seven times the normal price. Many...

Washington – The Anti-Trump: Obama Slowly Stepping Into The Campaign Fray

April 6, 2016 at 07:32 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama has opened his final presidential campaign — against Donald Trump. Though his name won't be on November's ballot, Obama is slowly embracing his role as the anti-Trump, using the contrast between himself and the boastful billionaire to paint Trump as anything but presidential. A Trump victory in the presidential race would mark an overwhelming rebuke to...

Newark, NJ – United Abandons Attempts To Add More Slots At Newark Liberty

April 6, 2016 at 07:03 PM
Newark, NJ - United Airlines is abandoning its attempts to purchase additional takeoff and landing slots at Newark Liberty International Airport, a move the U.S. government had sued to prevent over fears it would lead to higher fares and fewer choices for passengers. The decision was announced Wednesday by the Department of Justice, which had sued in November to block the proposed acquisition...

Teaneck, NJ – Jewish Family Hit By Wild Turkey: Town Plans To Use Air Horns To Deal With Problem

April 6, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Teaneck, NJ - A New Jersey town plans to acquire 20 air horns to help its residents deal with aggressive wild turkeys. Animal Control Officer Vincent Ascolese said he will give the air horns to Teaneck officials to distribute to the public, The Record newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/1q5bkMs ). "We have to coexist as best as possible," he said. Amy Schweitzer, of the state Department of...

Washington – How Ted Cruz Win In Supreme Court Hurt U.S.-Mexico Relations

April 6, 2016 at 05:36 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz often tells supporters about his Supreme Court win against the federal government in 2008, defending Texas' right to execute a Mexican man for murder, as evidence of his conservative and anti-establishment credentials. But there is one part of the story that goes untold. The Medellin v. Texas case, decided when Cruz was the state's...

Bahrain – Kerry Breaks Record For Miles Traveled By Secretary Of State

April 6, 2016 at 05:03 PM
Bahrain - John Kerry is now the most traveled secretary of state in U.S. history, breaking the record as he arrived in the Middle East kingdom of Bahrain on Wednesday. The trip pushed Kerry past 1.06 million miles as America's top diplomat, narrowly beating Condoleezza Rice by about 1,000 miles. Rice, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush, held the previous mark with 1.059...

Washington – A Top Haven For Tax Cheats That May Surprise You: The US

April 6, 2016 at 04:20 PM
Washington - The U.S. lambastes and strong-arms countries that help drug lords and millionaire investors hide their money from tax collectors. Critics say it should look closer to home. America itself is emerging as a top tax haven alongside the likes of Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and Panama, those seeking reform of the international tax system say. And states such as Delaware, Nevada...

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