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New York – NY Businesses To Cut Trash By Half In ‘Zero Waste’ Plan

May 2, 2016 at 11:24 PM
New York - More than 30 New York City businesses, including Whole Foods Market Inc, Walt Disney Co's ABC and Anheuser Busch, have agreed to cut the trash they send to landfills by half by June, the mayor's office said on Monday. The "Zero Waste Challenge" is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious goal to reduce the city's waste output by 90 percent by 2030, through increased recycling...

New York – Johnson & Johnson Hit With $55 Million Verdict In Talc-powder Trial

May 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM
New York - Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict, which J&J plans to appeal, was the second straight trial loss for the company, which is facing about 1,200 lawsuits accusing it of not adequately warning consumers about...

New York – How Amazon Convinced You To Pay Up For Shopping

May 2, 2016 at 10:19 PM
New York - Amazon is clearly entering its Prime. Meaning, of course, its $100 annual membership program, now a decade old, which has accomplished the remarkable feat of convincing millions of people to pay an annual fee for the privilege of, well, shopping. Prime is now central to Amazon's strategy of dominating the world of commerce. What started as a yearly fee for free two-day shipping now...

New York – Free To Speak, Stop-and-frisk Judge Claims Some Victories

May 2, 2016 at 10:00 PM
New York - Tossing the gavel aside, feisty Judge Shira Scheindlin is speaking out, declaring victory over critics in the battle over police stop-and-frisk tactics and telling why she thinks the government spoiled its chance at conviction in four trials of John "Junior" Gotti. Scheindlin, 69, ended a 25-year career on the bench Friday to join a law firm, hoping to find public interest work to...

Washington – White House: Obama Not Offended By Comedian’s Language

May 2, 2016 at 09:39 PM
Washington - The White House says President Barack Obama wasn't offended by comedian Larry Wilmore's use of a racial slur at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Wilmore concluded his remarks noting progress on race and how much it meant to him that a black man was president. He concluded: "Yo Barry, you did it my n----. You did it." White House spokesman Josh...

Brooklyn, NY – No Trees Please, Says Hikind

May 2, 2016 at 09:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have had ambitious goals when he announced his intention to plant one million trees in New York City by the year 2017, but some Brooklyn residents are objecting to the forced beautification of their streets according to a local elected official. Assemblyman Dov Hikind spoke out today against the mandatory project, saying that while it may have...

Des Moines, IA – Marines Investigating Claim About Men In Iconic Iwo Jima Photo

May 2, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Des Moines, IA - The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture. The Marines announced its inquiry more than a year after Eric Krelle, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Stephen Foley, of Wexford...

Cleveland – A Brokered Convention, 3 Candidates, 2 Factions: GOP In 1880

May 2, 2016 at 08:02 PM
Cleveland - It was a brokered convention with three candidates and two factions. Republican Party leaders hoped for unity, but once the delegates began voting, consensus proved elusive. Welcome to the presidential nominating convention of 1880. After round upon round of votes, the delegates finally nominated a dark horse from Ohio on the 36th ballot. The candidate nobody saw coming was James...

Washington – Donald Trump Far Behind In Preparing For General Election

May 2, 2016 at 07:05 PM
Washington - The Republican presidential nomination may be in his sights, yet Donald Trump has so far ignored vital preparations needed for a quick and effective transition to the general election. The New York businessman has collected little information about tens of millions of voters he needs to turn out in the fall. He's sent few people to battleground states compared with likely...

New York, NY – Window Washer Falls To His Death In Manhattan

May 2, 2016 at 06:26 PM
New York, NY - A window washer has fallen to his death on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Police say the 57-year-old man fell at about 11:40 a.m. Monday while cleaning a third floor window on East 81st Street. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene. It wasn't clear what caused him to fall...

Geneva – Saudi Minister Confirms Warning On Proposed U.S. Law On 9/11

May 2, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Geneva - Saudi Arabia has warned the United States that a proposed U.S. law that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks would erode global investor confidence in America, its foreign minister said on Monday. The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to reporters in Geneva after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which mainly focused on Syria...

Jerusalem – Israel To Reopen Second Crossing For Trucks Into Gaza

May 2, 2016 at 05:46 PM
Jerusalem - Israel plans to reopen a second border point for commercial traffic into the Gaza Strip, an official said on Monday, a step in gradually easing the blockade imposed on the Palestinian enclave since 2007. The decision to allow trucks through the Erez terminal, on Gaza's northeastern tip, was taken in recognition that a truce that ended the 2014 war against Hamas is holding, the...

New York, NY – NYC Public Advocate Asks Mayor To Act On Bribed Issued Pistol Permits; Police Seizing Guns Linked To NYPD Probe

May 2, 2016 at 05:15 PM
New York, NY - Two weeks after wide scale NYPD corruption investigations revealed that three officers from the gun licensing division were reassigned for accepting bribes in exchange for gun permits, the city’s public advocate is calling on Mayor de Blasio to suspend all the permits in question and to force those gun holders to surrender their weapons to police. As previously reported on VIN...

Marion, IN – Indiana Trump Supporters Shout, “Lyin’ Ted!” At Cruz

May 2, 2016 at 04:50 PM
Marion, IN - Ted Cruz is sparring with Donald Trump supporters on the eve of the Indiana primary. Protesters carrying Trump signs confronted the Texas senator as he campaigned in Marion, Indiana on Monday. One man yelled, "Lyin' Ted!" while standing just a few feet from the Republican presidential candidate. The insult is Trump's pet name for his chief rival. Cruz responded with a...

Jerusalem – Noted Charedi Instigator And Activist Sentenced To Jail

May 2, 2016 at 04:16 PM
Jerusalem - A militant Meah Shearim activist who has long been known for his uncompromising stance and his frequent clashes with authorities and others has been sentenced to jail for tax evasion. Yoilish Krauss was sentenced to a seven month prison sentence and a fine of 50,000 NIS by an Israeli court today for failing to pay taxes on a Meah Shearim slaughterhouse as reported by Arutz Sheva. ...

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