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New York – Verizon Raises Wireless Plan Rates, Offers More Data

July 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM
New York - Verizon Communications Inc, the No. 1 U.S. wireless provider, said on Wednesday that it would increase plan rates but expand data buckets by 30 percent for its customers, who increasingly stream content through mobile devices. Starting July 7, the company will roll out a revamped version of its My Verizon mobile app to let customers control data overages and billing, as well as...

Orange County, NY – Middletown Wins $10 Million State Prize In Revitalization Initiative

July 6, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Orange County, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Downtown Middletown was selected as the winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Mid-Hudson region. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative, first laid out in the Governor’s 2016 State of the State address, marks a comprehensive plan to transform local neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the...

New York – Crash Deaths Far Worse In US Than Other Affluent Countries

July 6, 2016 at 11:01 PM
New York - Traffic deaths are down, but a new report shows fatalities on the road are still a bigger problem in the United States than in other affluent countries. The U.S. had by far the highest fatality rate for car crashes of the nearly 20 countries studied. The U.S. rate in 2013 was more than twice as high as in most of the other countries. And traffic deaths haven't been dropping as...

Washington – Experts: After FBI Report, Clinton Aides Could Find It Harder To Get Security Clearances

July 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM
Washington - The FBI's harsh criticism of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system as U.S. secretary of state could make it difficult for some of her closest aides to keep or renew government security clearances, but it would not affect Clinton herself if she is elected president, experts said. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Tuesday an FBI investigation had...

Baton Rouge, LA – Clinton Decries Black Deaths In Police Incidents

July 6, 2016 at 10:22 PM
Baton Rouge, LA - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling the shooting death of a Louisiana man a tragedy and decrying the deaths of black Americans in incidents involving police. Authorities in Baton Rouge say 37-year-old Alton Sterling was killed early Tuesday during a scuffle with two police officers outside a convenience store. Sterling was black and the police...

Washington – Two Leading Republicans Shy Away From Role Of Trump VP Pick

July 6, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Republican Donald Trump's list of potential vice presidential candidates got a little shorter on Wednesday when one prominent U.S. senator withdrew from consideration and a second said she wanted to focus on her home state. The moves by Bob Corker of Tennessee and Joni Ernst of Iowa could complicate Trump's efforts to rally establishment Republicans behind his presidential...

Shenzhen, China – Geta Load Of This, Chinese Robot Parks Your Car For You

July 6, 2016 at 09:37 PM
Shenzhen, China - The dreaded act of parallel parking could soon become a thing of the past with Chinese inventors backing their new parking robot to take away the stress for anxious drivers. The laser-guided "Geta" (get a car) robot slides under your vehicle, picks it up, finds a parking space in the lot and places the car in the tightest of spots. The soon to be launched robot needs just...

Jerusalem – The Strange Case Of The Mezuzah, Elie Wiesel And Rabbi ‘Miki’ Mark

July 6, 2016 at 09:01 PM
Jerusalem - “God made man because he loves stories,” the famous Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel often stated in his speeches. So it is, that the July 2 date of his death, made for one of those moments when real life is “stranger than fiction.” It linked a man who had met with presidents and kings, with an Israeli teacher and administrator Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark, who was killed in...

Atlanta – Newspaper: System Forgives Sexual Abuse By Doctors Across US

July 6, 2016 at 08:27 PM
Atlanta - Sexual abuse by doctors against patients is surprisingly widespread, yet the fragmented medical oversight system shrouds offenders' actions in secrecy and allows many to continue to treat patients, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found. The AJC obtained and analyzed more than 100,000 disciplinary orders against doctors since 1999. Among those, the newspaper...

New York – NYC Names Intersection ‘Bill Cunningham Corner’ After NY Times Photographer

July 6, 2016 at 08:05 PM
New York - A Manhattan street corner will be temporarily named for longtime fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who died last month. Cunningham, who took pictures of everyday people on the streets of New York for The New York Times, died June 25 at age 87. City officials on Wednesday are renaming the northeast corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue "Bill Cunningham Corner." The...

Alaska – Outdoor Survival Tips For Bear Country

July 6, 2016 at 07:42 PM
Alaska - A basic rule on what to do when encountering a bear in the wilderness is so common, it's long been a mantra: "If it's brown, you lie down. If it's black, you fight back." But there's a caveat for run-ins with brown — or grizzly — bears. The idea is to play dead only after a brown bear has struck or is about to, not before, wildlife biologist Pat Owen said Tuesday, following an...

Washington – Trump Insists Clinton Tweet Isn’t Anti-Semitic

July 6, 2016 at 07:41 PM
Washington - Donald Trump is again insisting that his negative tweet about Hillary Clinton did not feature a Star of David atop a pile of cash. Trump said Wednesday at a rally in Cincinnati that it was just "a regular star or maybe a sheriff's star" and that he wished his campaign had not deleted the image. Trump received criticism for the image of the star, which some had deemed...

Washington – Bill To Boost Airport Security, Ease Lines Gets Green Light

July 6, 2016 at 07:04 PM
Washington - House and Senate lawmakers announced an agreement Tuesday on an aviation bill to boost airport security, reduce screening lines and require airlines to refund fees to passengers whose bags are lost or delayed. The bill would also extend the Federal Aviation Administration's programs and policies through Sept. 30, 2017. The FAA's current operating authority is set to expire July...

Washington – Justice Dept. Closes Clinton Email Probe With No Charges

July 6, 2016 at 06:44 PM
Washington - The Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email setup has been formally closed without any criminal charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday. The decision had been expected and was largely a formality given FBI Director James Comey's recommendation a day earlier against any prosecution. Even before Comey's public statement, Lynch had said she...

Moscow – AP News Analysis: Brexit Raises New Opportunities For Putin

July 6, 2016 at 06:27 PM
Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has remained poker-faced as Britain voted to exit the European Union, but the Russian leader stands to gain significantly from the British departure, which would weaken the EU and create new tensions in the bloc. With Britain facing a long and messy divorce with the EU, both London’s role and, consequently, U.S. influence over EU foreign policy will wither...

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