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New York – Roving Candy, Cookie Towers: How Supermarkets Sway Shoppers

July 20, 2016 at 11:55 PM
New York - Up and down supermarket aisles, tranquil rows of perfectly placed products reflect calculated deliberations aimed at getting shoppers to spend more. Take cereal. Research published in the Journal of Environment and Behavior found that kids' cereals tended to be placed on lower shelves where they are more eye-level with children. It's just one example of the tactics food companies...

Chicago – Central US Braces For ‘Heat Dome;’ Heat Indexes To Top 100

July 20, 2016 at 11:32 PM
Chicago - High temperatures and humidity will bake much of the central U.S. this week, making it feel as hot as 115 degrees in some places and leading some cities to open cooling stations and take other precautions. The high pressure system, sometimes called a "heat dome," will push conditions to their hottest point so far this summer, though record hot temperatures aren't expected, according...

Cleveland – Gingrich Says Cruz Actually Endorsing Trump

July 20, 2016 at 10:40 PM
Cleveland - Newt Gingrich is defending Ted Cruz's decision not to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Cruz — a bitter Trump rival from the primaries — used his speech earlier Wednesday night at the party's convention to suggest that people vote their "conscience for anyone who will uphold the Constitution." Gingrich — a former House speaker who's a Trump supporter...

Cleveland – Gingrich Warns Of Danger Of Clinton As President

July 20, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Cleveland - Newt Gingrich says people should be terrified at the prospect of Democrat Hillary Clinton as president. The former House speaker says Clinton won't tell the American people the truth about the danger posed by Islamic extremists. Gingrich is telling the Republican National Convention that the price Americans would pay for electing Clinton would be what he calls the "loss of America...

Cleveland – Trump Makes Good On Promise To Forgive Big Loans

July 20, 2016 at 10:21 PM
Cleveland - Donald Trump has made good on his promise to forgive more than $47 million in loans he made to his campaign during the primary season. New federal campaign finance reports show the GOP presidential nominee no longer is carrying a balance on his loans. That's as he raised $21.9 million in contributions, leaving Trump with $20.2 million in the bank. Trump's haul came after a...

Cleveland – Ted Cruz Jeered, Wife Escorted Out At Raucous Republican Convention

July 20, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Cleveland - Underscoring the deep divisions that remain within the Republican Party, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas finished his speech to loud boos on Wednesday night after failing to endorse the party's presidential nominee Donald Trump. Anti-Trump Republican delegate Ken Cuccinelli told Reuters he escorted Cruz's wife Heidi off the convention floor of the Republican National Convention in...

Newark, NJ – Court: Traffic Stop, Arrest Prompted By High Beams Improper

July 20, 2016 at 09:46 PM
Newark, NJ - Police can't use evidence seized during a traffic stop prompted by the driver using high beams, New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled in an opinion released Wednesday. The case stemmed from a 2013 stop in Newark that resulted in weapons charges filed against the passenger of the car. An Essex County sheriff's officer was on foot investigating an unregistered vehicle and awaiting...

Albuquerque, NM – AP EXPLAINS: Trump’s Push For Border Wall Is Not A New Idea

July 20, 2016 at 09:28 PM
Albuquerque, NM - Donald Trump's push for a border wall is not a new idea. The U.S.-Mexico border is already lined with intermittent miles of barriers. In some places, a tall fence ascends desert hills. In others, sturdy wire mesh or metal pillars end suddenly. The pieces come from different moments in history when the U.S. government wanted stronger barriers to halt unwanted immigration, drug...

Cleveland – Trump Considering Top Fracking Mogul Harold Hamm As Energy Secretary

July 20, 2016 at 09:23 PM
Cleveland - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering nominating Oklahoma oil and gas mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary if elected to the White House on Nov. 8, according to four sources close to Trump's campaign. The chief executive of Continental Resources would be the first U.S. energy secretary drawn directly from the oil and gas industry since the cabinet position...

Los Angeles – Miniature Wall Appears Around Trump’s Hollywood Star

July 20, 2016 at 08:03 PM
Los Angeles - On the day Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, a miniature wall appeared around the former reality TV host's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tourists stopped Tuesday to snap photos of the 6-inch gray wall that was topped with razor wire and plastered with "keep out" signs. The tiny wall was gone by Wednesday morning. It was the work of an artist...

Denver – Challenge To Gender Selection On US Passports Heads To Court

July 20, 2016 at 07:27 PM
Denver - A federal judge in Denver is considering whether the U.S. government should require people to pick a gender to get a passport. The issue emerged through a lawsuit filed by a Colorado resident who was denied a passport for refusing to check "male" or "female" on the application. A judge is set to hear arguments Wednesday. Lambda Legal sued last year on behalf of Dana Zzyym of Fort...

Washington – Black Law Enforcement Leaders March For Fallen Officers

July 20, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Black law enforcement leaders from across the world have gathered in Washington to honor fallen police officers. Members of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives met at Howard University Wednesday to march in memory of colleagues who have died in the line of duty. The event is part of the organization's annual conference. The organization represents...

Albany, NY – NY Investigates Working Conditions In Dry Cleaning Industry

July 20, 2016 at 06:23 PM
Albany, NY - New York state is launching an investigation into the working conditions of employees in the dry cleaning industry. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the effort will include the study of chemicals commonly used by dry cleaners that pose a health risk to workers. The effort will involve consideration of proposals to ban some chemicals deemed especially harmful. The Democratic governor...

New York – Experts Investigate Crane Collapse On NY Bridge

July 20, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - State and federal officials are investigating what caused a huge construction crane to collapse across the Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City, an accident that somehow caused no serious injuries but added to a list of crane wrecks in recent years that have prompted initiatives to improve safety. The state Department of Labor and the federal Occupational Safety and Health...

New York – Electronics Retailers, Seeing Sales Bump, Tap Into Pokemon Go Frenzy

July 20, 2016 at 05:30 PM
New York - Electronics and smart-phone retailers are seeing a jump in sales of mobile charging equipment since Pokemon GO was released in the United States two weeks ago and are now looking for more ways to drive potential customers into stores through the wildly popular game. AT&T, GameStop and RadioShack are all seeing a bump in sales of mobile chargers and in some cases charging cases since...

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