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Las Vegas – Board Rejects Trump Challenge To Vegas Hotel Union Effort

July 28, 2016 at 07:15 PM
Las Vegas - Workers at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel scored a victory in their effort to unionize, although it could still be a long time before employees have a contract if managers choose to delay. The National Labor Relations Board issued a decision Thursday rejecting Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC's challenge of a December election in which a majority of the...

Somerville, MA – Mayor: Black Lives Matter Banner Stays Over Police Protests

July 28, 2016 at 07:02 PM
Somerville, MA - The mayor of this largely white, historically working-class Boston suburb is promising not to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall despite complaints from police officers in the state. Mayor Joe Curtatone, a white Democrat, said Thursday it's "OK to disagree" and the only way to resolve the impasse is through an "open dialogue" about race. "That sign is not...

New York – Experts Confront Multiple Explanations For Surge Of Killings

July 28, 2016 at 06:31 PM
New York - The relentless series of mass killings across the globe poses a challenge for experts trying to analyze them without lapsing into faulty generalizations. Terms like contagion and copycat killing apply in some cases, not in others, they say, and in certain instances perpetrators' terrorist ideology intersects with psychological instability. Some of the attacks, such as the...

Philadelphia – Minority Dem Delegates Frustrated With ‘Bernie Or Bust’

July 28, 2016 at 05:58 PM
Philadelphia - As most Democrats rally around Hillary Clinton, the lingering "Bernie or Bust" movement is stirring frustration at the party's convention among delegates of color, who say they're upset at the refusal of the Vermont senator's most fervent backers to fall in line. "I am so exhausted by it," said Danielle Adams, a black Clinton delegate from North Carolina. "I think there are...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Netanyahu Celebrates Warming Ties With Sisi’s Egypt

July 28, 2016 at 05:38 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday praised warming relations with Egypt and its president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted an Islamist government seen as hostile to ties between the neighbors. Egypt was the first of a handful of Arab countries to recognize Israel, in 1979, but the downfall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 brought to power the government of Mohamed Mursi...

Albany, NY – New York Settles With Zipcar Over Damage Fees It Charged

July 28, 2016 at 05:03 PM
Albany, NY - New York's attorney general has reached a settlement with Zipcar Inc. over vehicle damage fees charged to 5,000 members from 2011 through 2015. New York law requires giving consumers an opportunity to dispute damage fees before they're assessed. Investigators say Zipcar didn't notify consumers before charging fees that ranged up to $1,000. Zipcar lets members rent cars by...

New York – Debt-collection Proposals: Fewer Calls, Easier To Dispute

July 28, 2016 at 04:28 PM
New York - Consumers could no longer receive multiple calls per day from debt collectors and would have more ability to dispute their bills under proposals released Thursday to overhaul the multibillion-dollar debt collection industry. The new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would also require collectors to have more documentation to prove a debt is owed, and initiate a...

Indianapolis – Mystery Winner? $536M Mega Millions Jackpot Claimed

July 28, 2016 at 04:00 PM
Indianapolis - Someone has come forward with the winning ticket for the $536 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn this month, Indiana lottery officials said Thursday, but no details have emerged about the winner. Hoosier Lottery spokesman Dennis Rosebrough said a "winner's representative" will attend a news conference Friday about the jackpot. He noted that Indiana law allows the prize to be...

Washington – Turning Off Red-light Cameras Can Be Deadly

July 28, 2016 at 03:32 PM
Washington - Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences. Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the act, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute is funded by auto insurers. While cities continue to...

Washington – Man Convicted In Chandra Levy’s Death Won’t Be Retried

July 28, 2016 at 02:56 PM
Washington - Prosecutors say they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy. The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement Thursday that the office has moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with Levy's 2001 murder. According to the statement, prosecutors concluded they can no longer prove the murder case against Guandique beyond a reasonable...

Bridgeport, CT – FBI Says Horrific Hate Crime Against Jews Thwarted

July 28, 2016 at 02:35 PM
Bridgeport, PA - A Connecticut man already in custody after large quantities of firearms and ammunition were seized from his home was indicted on charges he made online threats to kill or injure people, including Jews, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday. Kendall Sullivan, 50, of Stamford, was charged on Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with three...

Chicago, IL – Boeing Says It Could End 747 Production

July 28, 2016 at 02:08 PM
Chicago, IL - Boeing Co could end production of its iconic 747 aircraft, as the world's biggest plane maker faces falling orders and pricing pressure, according to a regulatory filing. "If we are unable to obtain sufficient orders and/or market, production and other risks cannot be mitigated, we could record additional losses that may be material, and it is reasonably possible that we could...

Sydney – Australia: MH370 Captain’s Simulator Had Indian Ocean Route

July 28, 2016 at 01:49 PM
Sydney - Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed. There has been confusion over exactly what was found on Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah's flight simulator...

Moscow – Russia To U.S., Trump: Sort Out Your Own Pre-election Hacking Scandal

July 28, 2016 at 01:30 PM
Moscow - Russia told the United States on Thursday to get to the bottom of a hacking scandal involving Democratic Party emails itself and rejected what Donald Trump said was a sarcastic suggestion that Moscow should dig up Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, angered Democratic circles on Wednesday by inviting Russia to unearth tens of...

Washington – State Department: US Concerned Over Israel’s Settlement Activity

July 28, 2016 at 01:01 PM
Washington - The United States is deeply concerned about Israel's reported plans to build an additional 323 units in settlements in East Jerusalem on top of 770 units previously announced in the settlement of Gilo, the U.S. State Department said. Such action by Israel "continues this pattern of provocative and counterproductive action," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement...

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