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Uniondale, NY – NY Utility Plans Largest US Offshore Wind Farm

July 14, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Uniondale, NY - A New York utility plans to approve a wind farm off eastern Long Island that it says would be the nation's largest offshore wind energy project built to date. The project would be the first phase of a more ambitious effort to construct hundreds of electricity-producing turbines in the Atlantic Ocean in the coming years. The announcement that the Long Island Power Authority...

Paris – Truck Plows Into Crowd In Nice, France; Dozens Killed, Scores Injured

July 14, 2016 at 05:38 PM
Paris - A "terrorist" gunman killed 80 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, officials said. In a pre-dawn address to the nation, President Francois Hollande called up military and police reservists to relieve forces worn out by an eight-month state of emergency...

Chicago – Experts: Use Of Robot To Kill Dallas Suspect Opens Door For Others

July 14, 2016 at 05:33 PM
Chicago - Police in Dallas were the first in the nation to use a robot to deliver and detonate a bomb to kill a suspect, but other law enforcement agencies are willing and able to follow suit, including some that even have trained for the day when they'd have to do so. The killing of Micah Johnson using a robot-delivered bomb ended a night of terror in which he shot 14 officers, killing five...

New Jersey – ‘Bridgegate’ Figure, A Christie Associate, Pleads Guilty To Felony Related To Airline Scheme

July 14, 2016 at 05:00 PM
New Jersey - The former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports conspired with a United Airlines lobbyist to get the airline to run direct flights to South Carolina so that the executive could more easily visit his vacation home, prosecutors said Thursday. David Samson — a political mentor to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — pleaded guilty to a corruption charge...

Washington – U.S. Regulator Fines Santander $10 Million For Overdraft Practices

July 14, 2016 at 04:30 PM
Washington - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said on Thursday that Santander Bank would pay $10 million to settle charges that it engaged in illegal overdraft practices. The regulator said the bank's telemarketing vendor deceptively marketed its overdraft protection services and then signed customers up for them without their consent. It said some call representatives also...

Jerusalem – Israel Blocks Palestinian Peace Activist From Film Festival

July 14, 2016 at 04:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel says it has banned a Palestinian militant turned peace activist from attending the Jerusalem premier of a documentary in which she appears. The Shin Bet security agency said that Shifa al-Qudsi was barred from entering Israel from the West Bank for "security reasons." In 2002, Al-Qudsi was preparing to carry out a suicide bombing when Israeli troops arrested her. She...

London – Liar, Coward, Joker: Europe Gives UK’s Johnson Hostile Welcome

July 14, 2016 at 03:47 PM
London - Branding him a liar, a coward or a joker, Europe's political class greeted Eurosceptic Boris Johnson's appointment as Britain's foreign minister with a chorus of dismay on Thursday. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault eschewed the customary diplomatic niceties to ask how a man who had told lies as leader of the Leave campaign in last month's British EU referendum could be a...

Warsaw, Poland – Polish Official Criticized Over Jewish Massacre Remarks

July 14, 2016 at 03:32 PM
Warsaw, Poland - Poland's education minister has sparked criticism for appearing to deny Polish responsibility for two massacres of Jews in the 1940s. Anna Zalewska's comments on Wednesday evening raised questions about the commitment by the populist ruling party, Law and Justice, both to historical truth and to opposing anti-Semitism. Since coming to power last year, leaders of the Law and...

New York – 9/11 Museum Stages Major Exhibition: Art Rife With Reality

July 14, 2016 at 03:00 PM
New York - To mark the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, the 9/11 memorial museum is staging a major special exhibition that in some cases uses actual remnants of the day of terror in works that convey both grief and tenderness. Brutal reality still dominates the display opening on Sept. 12. Scorched and torn business papers from the collapsing towers and radio transmissions...

Cleveland – Speakers List: Trump’s Convention Has Pols, Celebs And Orthodox Rabbi

July 14, 2016 at 02:30 PM
Cleveland - There are war heroes, a casino mogul and even an underwear model, yet Donald Trump is relying heavily on his party's establishment to fill the speaking program for next week's Republican National Convention. The presumptive presidential nominee has approved a convention program that features at least 20 current or former elected officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

Los Angeles – Woodmere, NY Woman Lawsuit Claims Broken Ankle On LA Skyscraper Slide

July 14, 2016 at 02:01 PM
Los Angeles - A lawsuit says a woman suffered a broken ankle on a recently opened glass-enclosed slide attached to the exterior of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper. The lawsuit filed Wednesday against building owner OUE Skyspace LLC and a concession company claims negligence, City News Service reported. Gayle Yashar, 57, and her husband, Morty Yashar, of Woodmere, New York, seek...

Brooklyn, NY – Borough President Adams Unveils Innovative Deployment Of Security Camera Technology Through Operation Safe Shopper

July 14, 2016 at 01:30 PM
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams unveiled Wednesday, Operation Safe Shopper, a partnership between local civic organizations and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in which he has funded the deployment of security cameras in neighborhoods across Brooklyn to assist with the investigation of local crimes. Through this pilot program, Borough President Adams has allocated $2,500...

Jerusalem – Israeli Military To Release Female Refusenik From Jail

July 14, 2016 at 01:05 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli military says it will release a woman who supporters say has served the longest-ever jail sentence for a female conscientious objector. In a statement Thursday, the army said it had found Tair Kaminer "unfit for service." In Israel, military service is mandatory for most young Jewish men and women. Kaminer, 19, refused to enlist because she opposes Israel's nearly...

Florida – Miami Beach Officials Debate Ocean Drive Security Issues

July 14, 2016 at 12:43 PM
Miami Beach, FL - A vote to limit liquor sales on Ocean Drive was postponed amid a contentious debate about South Beach's entertainment district. Mayor Philip Levine has said bars and "lawless disruption" compromise the security and image of the oceanfront strip known for its neon lights, Art Deco architecture and nightlife. He also said residents and some visitors avoid the area. According...

Washington – Report: Trump To Name Indiana Governor Pence As Running Mate

July 14, 2016 at 12:18 PM
Washington - Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump will name Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate on Friday, Roll Call news site reported, a choice that would help the New York businessman appeal to conservatives and could boost his chances in a competitive state. Roll Call on Thursday cited an unidentified Republican with direct knowledge of the decision to...

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