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New York – Platinum Partners To Liquidate 2 Main Funds Amid Government Probes

July 20, 2016 at 05:06 PM
New York - Platinum Partners has hired an independent monitor to oversee the liquidation of its two main hedge funds amid investigations by U.S. authorities, according to a letter sent to investors on Wednesday. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has requested information from New York-based Platinum, according to a person familiar with the situation. The U.S. hedge fund...

Brooklyn, NY – NYPD Officer Charged In Williamsburg Fatal DWI While Off Duty Is Fired

July 20, 2016 at 04:41 PM
Brooklyn, NY - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says an off-duty officer arrested on manslaughter and DWI charges after a Brooklyn crash has been fired. Bratton announced the termination of Nicholas Batka on Wednesday. He previously had been suspended. Batka's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the termination. The SUV crash early Saturday in...

New York – Microsoft Leads Wall St. To Fresh Record Highs

July 20, 2016 at 04:30 PM
New York - Wall Street gained on Wednesday, and the S&P 500 and Dow industrials set fresh records, as Microsoft's strong results boosted indexes and gave the latest sign that U.S. corporate earnings season may be less dour than feared. The Dow Jones industrial average < .DJI> rose 36.09 points, or 0.19 percent, to 18,595.1, the S&P 500 < .SPX> gained 9.24 points, or 0.43 percent, to 2,173.02...

Istanbul – Turk Defies Tanks, And Survives, In Coup Video Footage

July 20, 2016 at 04:00 PM
Istanbul - Video footage from Turkey's failed coup shows a pro-government protester ducking down between the tracks of a speeding tank that passes over him. Remarkably, the man emerges unscathed and then the same thing happens with a second tank — except this time, he suffers an arm injury as the military vehicle roars above him. Turkish media identified the protester as Sabri Unal, a...

Cleveland – DNC Chair: Trump Is Anti-Semitic

July 20, 2016 at 03:58 PM
Cleveland - Newly minted GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is directly responsible for stoking anti-Semitism within the Republican Party, and has demonstrated anti-Semitic tendencies himself, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. "Look at the anti-Semitism that he has clearly demonstrated throughout his candidacy,"...

Cleveland – Cruz Backers Chant 2020 As 2nd White House Run Possible

July 20, 2016 at 03:25 PM
Cleveland - To chants of "2020, 2020," Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday left open the possibility of a second White House run even as Donald Trump arrived in Cleveland to accept the GOP presidential nomination. "I don't know what the future is going to hold. I don't know what's going to happen," Cruz told his rowdy supporters, many of them cheering another bid. "But what I do know what...

Baltimore – ‘That’s What I Get,’ Pokemon Player Hits Police Cruiser

July 20, 2016 at 03:01 PM
Baltimore - Police say a Pokemon Go player was trying to "catch them all" behind the wheel, but instead a Baltimore police officer's body camera caught him sideswiping a cruiser. Officers were standing on a southeast Baltimore corner early Monday when police say a Toyota RAV-4 hit a cruiser steps away. Police say the driver told police that he was looking down playing Pokemon Go on his...

Australia – Russian Balloon More Than Halfway To Circumnavigating Globe

July 20, 2016 at 02:24 PM
Australia - A 65-year-old Russian adventurer was battling sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and ice in his oxygen mask but was ahead of schedule for his record attempt to fly solo in a balloon around the world nonstop, his son said Wednesday. Fedor Konyukhov has drifted more than halfway around the world since he lifted off from Northam in Western Australia state on July 12 in a carbon...

Cleveland – GOP Delegate: Clinton Should Be Shot For Treason

July 20, 2016 at 02:14 PM
Cleveland - A prominent Donald Trump delegate from New Hampshire says Hillary Clinton should be "put in the firing line and shot for treason," over the Benghazi, Libya, attacks that killed four Americans. New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro appears frequently with Trump and serves as an adviser on veteran's issues. He made the remarks Tuesday when asked on a Boston radio program if Clinton...

Orlando, FL – Parents Won’t Sue Disney Over Son’s Death By Gator

July 20, 2016 at 02:04 PM
Orlando, FL - The parents of a toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World said Wednesday that they don't plan to sue the Florida theme park resort over the death. Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, said in a statement that they want to focus on their family's future health. A family spokeswoman, Sara Brady, said she couldn't say whether a financial settlement had been reached...

Washington – Attorney General: Police Feeling Under Siege After Attacks

July 20, 2016 at 01:36 PM
Washington - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday that American police officers were feeling under siege following the recent attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge and that the Justice Department was offering training as one way to help. Asked what she thought was the cause of the attacks on police officers, Lynch said "we see a number of different causes." She noted that a police...

Indianapolis – Pence’s Indiana Record More Complicated Than Campaign Claims

July 20, 2016 at 12:59 PM
Indianapolis - The national rollout of Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence has touted the Indiana governor's record on jobs, tax cuts, infrastructure and school funding. While many of the claims Donald Trump made about his running mate while introducing him Saturday are technically true, the context of the claims shows a more complicated picture of Indiana's economic picture...

Washington – Melania Speechwriter Admits Mistake, Says Trumps Rejected Resignation

July 20, 2016 at 12:39 PM
Washington - A speechwriter for Donald Trump's company said Wednesday she made a mistake and apologized for using passages from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech in the Republican party convention speech delivered by Melania Trump. In a statement issued by the campaign, Meredith McIver took the blame but made it clear that Mrs. Trump knew the passages were from the first lady's speech. "A person...

New York – HSBC Forex Executive Arrested By FBI At JFK Airport

July 20, 2016 at 12:19 PM
New York - A senior manager at HSBC has been arrested in New York and charged along with a former foreign exchange executive for engaging in a scheme to defraud one of the bank's clients in a $3.5 billion currency transaction. Mark Johnson, HSBC's global head of foreign exchange cash trading in London, and Stuart Scott, the bank's former head of cash trading for Europe, the Middle East and...

Cleveland – Trump: ‘Good News’ In Hubbub Over Wife’s Speech

July 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Cleveland - Donald Trump says the plagiarism charges surrounding his wife's speech at the Republican National Convention is not necessarily all bad. Trump says in a tweet, "Good news is Melania's speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!" Mrs. Trump's speech Monday evening included two passages that matched...

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