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Los Angeles – Trump Convention Speech Draws 32.2 Million TV Viewers

July 22, 2016 at 07:15 PM
Los Angeles - The Nielsen company says an estimated 32.2 million people watched Donald Trump deliver his GOP nomination acceptance speech. Thursday's audience topped the 30.3 million who watched nominee Mitt Romney's 2012 speech but fell well short of John McCain's audience of 38.9 million at the 2008 Republican convention. This year's tally reflects viewership across 10 commercial...

New York – Three Florida Men Charged With Attempting To Support Islamic State

July 22, 2016 at 06:45 PM
New York - Three Florida men were charged on Friday with attempting to support Islamic State, the latest in a string of similar U.S. prosecutions in recent years. U.S. prosecutors said Gregory Hubbard, 52, was arrested on Thursday at Miami International Airport, where he planned to fly to Germany on his way to Syria to join the militant group's fighting force. Darren Jackson, 50, and Dayne...

Tampa, FL – Clinton Says Ted Cruz Right: Vote Your Conscience

July 22, 2016 at 06:27 PM
Tampa, FL - Hillary Clinton is calling the Republican convention "perversely flatteringly," saying the speakers spent more time talking about her than the problems facing the country. "I never thought I'd say these words but Ted Cruz was right," Clinton said Friday at a campaign rally in Tampa. "In this election, do the right thing and vote your conscience." Cruz refused to endorse Trump...

Washington – Trump Says Rise Of Terrorism Threatens All Civilized People

July 22, 2016 at 06:03 PM
Washington - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, commenting on the shooting attack in Munich in which at least eight people were killed on Friday, said the United States should do all in its power to keep out terrorism. "This cannot continue. The rise of terrorism threatens the way of life for all civilized people, and we must do everything in our power to keep it from our...

Miami, Fl – Florida Officer Fired Without Pay After Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man

July 22, 2016 at 06:03 PM
Miami, FL - A police SWAT team commander in Florida has been placed on leave without pay after one of his officers wounded an unarmed black man seen on cellphone video with his hands in the air, North Miami's city manager said on Friday. Commander Emile Hollant made conflicting statements about the incident, which is now under investigation, City Manager Larry Spring said during a news...

New York – Trump Pulls Nearly Even With Clinton After Republican Convention: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

July 22, 2016 at 05:30 PM
New York - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pulled nearly even with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the first time since May, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken over the course of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. The July 18-22 national online poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, while 38 percent supported Trump...

Louisiana – Former Ku Klux Klan Leader David Duke Announces Run For U.S. Senate

July 22, 2016 at 05:00 PM
‎Louisiana - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, an avowed white supremacist, officially signed up Friday to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. "I'm proud to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate," Duke said in a video before he signed qualifying papers. "I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans. However, what makes me different is I also demand respect...

New York – Ex-New York City Jail Guard Union Boss Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery

July 22, 2016 at 04:33 PM
New York - The former union leader for New York City's prison guards and a hedge fund financier pleaded not guilty on Friday to engaging in a bribery scheme in a case linked to a widening federal municipal-corruption investigation. Norman Seabrook, the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association's ex-president, and Murray Huberfeld, a longtime associate of hedge fund manager Platinum...

Baton Rouge, LA – Respect Police, Baton Rouge Mayor Says As Thousands Attend At Officer’s Funeral

July 22, 2016 at 04:10 PM
Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald was remembered as a hero Friday by the city's mayor, who called for respecting the police and avoiding the kind of "us vs. them" mentality that can encourage violence. More than 2,000 people packed the church where Mayor Kip Holden and other leaders eulogized Gerald, the first of three officers slain by a lone gunman to be laid to...

Berlin – Munich: 8 Dead, Some Wounded; Up To 3 Shooters

July 22, 2016 at 04:02 PM
Berlin - Police hunted for an unknown number of gunmen who opened fire in a Munich shopping mall and at a nearby McDonald's Friday, killing eight people and wounding others in a rampage they described as suspected terrorism. Authorities urged residents to remain inside and put the Bavarian capital on lockdown. "At the moment no culprit has been arrested," police said on social media as...

New York – Deal Struck For New Jersey Gasoline Tax Increase To Fund Road Projects

July 22, 2016 at 03:40 PM
New York - New Jersey's two top Democratic leaders said on Friday that they reached an agreement on raising the state gasoline tax to pay for road, bridge and mass transit projects. Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, who previously clashed over what other taxes to cut to make the increase palatable, said their plan would reduce five kinds of taxes while...

Albany, NY – New York’s ” Move Over” Law Expands To Emergency Volunteer Responders

July 22, 2016 at 03:26 PM
Albany, NY - Drivers in New York now have to slow down and move over for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers as well as police and maintenance vehicles along roadsides. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation expanding the state's "Move-Over" law on Thursday. Previously, the law only applied to drivers approaching stopped police, emergency, maintenance or towing vehicles with flashing...

New York – Amazon’s Bezos Moves Past Buffett On World’s Richest List

July 22, 2016 at 03:00 PM
New York - A rough day on Wall Street for Warren Buffett means Amazon's Jeff Bezos is now the third richest person in the world. Bloomberg's billionaire index shows Buffett lost more than $754 million Thursday, thanks to a slide in shares of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos lost $136 million, but at the end of the day Bloomberg said his $65.1 billion net worth edged out Buffett's $65...

New York – Convicted Spy Pollard Urges Reversal Of U.S. Parole Conditions

July 22, 2016 at 02:49 PM
New York - Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy U.S intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, asked a judge on Friday to overturn restrictive probation conditions imposed when he was released in November after serving 30 years in prison. Eliot Lauer, Pollard's lawyer, argued in federal court in Manhattan that the U.S. Parole Commission had imposed arbitrary requirements that he wear...

New York – Health Department Reports First Baby Born With Zika-related Microcephaly In NYC

July 22, 2016 at 02:29 PM
New York - The Health Department today reported the first baby delivered with Zika-related microcephaly at a hospital in New York City. The baby and mother are currently in care and being monitored by physicians. The baby’s mother was infected while in an area with ongoing Zika transmission. The baby has been diagnosed with microcephaly – or a smaller than normal head – and other brain...

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