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New York – New York’s Use Of Tolls To Maintain Canals Unconstitutional: Judge

August 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM
New York - A federal judge on Wednesday said the New York State Thruway Authority's practice of diverting toll revenue it collects from commercial truckers to maintain upstate canals is unconstitutional. Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the federal court in Manhattan agreed with the American Trucking Associations trade group that the authority unlawfully burdens interstate commerce by...

New York – Comptroller: New York City’s Economy Slowed In Second Quarter

August 10, 2016 at 11:01 PM
New York - New York City's economy slowed in the second quarter with drops in job creation and personal income tax revenues contributing to the slowest pace of activity since the fourth quarter of 2013, the city's comptroller said on Wednesday. The nation's largest city and financial center registered a 1.7 percent increase in gross city product (GCP) in the second quarter, down from a 4...

New York – Rockland Legislator Slams Elected Officials For Culture Of Anti-Semitism After Explosions Occur At Homes Of Two New City Rabbis

August 10, 2016 at 10:45 PM
Spring Valley, NY - A pair of Rockland County rabbis found themselves the victims of criminal mischief Tuesday night as a group of unidentified individuals lobbed firecrackers outside their homes. Clarkstown police said that the incidents took place in New City, approximately 7 miles northeast of Monsey, at approximately 10:45 PM last night. A resident at the home of Rabbi Avremel...

Sunrise, FL – Trump accuses Obama of being the ‘Founder of ISIS’

August 10, 2016 at 10:35 PM
Sunrise, FL - Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of founding the Islamic State group that is wreaking havoc from the Middle East to European cities. A moment later, on another topic, he referred to the president by his full legal name: Barack Hussein Obama. "In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama," Trump said during a raucous campaign rally outside Fort...

San Francisco – Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Twitter Over Islamic State Rhetoric

August 10, 2016 at 10:06 PM
San Francisco - Twitter Inc won a bid to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the widow of an American killed in Jordan which accused the social media company of giving voice to Islamic State, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick in San Francisco ruled that Twitter cannot be held liable for Islamic State's rhetoric, but gave the plaintiff a chance to refile an...

New York – World Trade Center Contractor Found Guilty Of Fraud Scheme

August 10, 2016 at 09:01 PM
New York - The Canadian owner of a company that had contracts worth nearly $1 billion to do construction work at the World Trade Center was convicted on Wednesday of charges that he defrauded a program intended to promote minority- and women-owned businesses. Larry Davis, 65, and his company, DCM Erectors Inc, were each found guilty by a federal jury in Manhattan on charges of wire fraud and...

Ontario, Canada – Canadian Police Say They Thwarted Possible Terrorist Threat

August 10, 2016 at 08:46 PM
Ontario, Canada - Canadian police said on Wednesday they had detained an individual after they received "credible information of a potential terrorist threat" carried out by a lone suspect. The suspect was identified and the police took actions to ensure the safety of the public, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement. No further details on the arrest or the suspect were...

Abingdon, VA – Donald Trump’s Primary Playbook Leading Him Out Of Bounds

August 10, 2016 at 08:33 PM
Abingdon, VA - In the 2016 presidential campaign, it's long been an article of faith: The rules of political gravity don't apply to Donald Trump. Maybe now they do. After winning state after state while bouncing between controversies in the GOP primaries, Trump is still stumbling on the stump. His latest unforced mishap: an off-hand remark that critics quickly slammed as a suggestion that...

Dubai, UAE – Twice Lucky: Dubai Crash-landing Survivor Wins $1 Million

August 10, 2016 at 08:05 PM
Dubai, UAE - After he escaped unharmed from the burning wreckage of an Emirates airplane that had crash-landed in Dubai, Mohamed Basheer already considered himself lucky. Then came the call telling him he had won $1 million. "I said, 'Don't joke!'" the 62-year-old Indian recounted, laughing inside the auto-body repair shop where he works in Dubai. "They said, 'Yes, you are the winner!' I...

Washington – Obama’s Reading Will Now Include Facebook Messenger Notes

August 10, 2016 at 07:30 PM
Washington - People hoping to send a note to President Barack Obama can now contact the White House using Facebook Messenger, just as they would communicate with their friends. The White House says Obama reads 10 letters every night and that they help keep him in touch with what's happening around the country. White House chief digital officer Jason Goldman says expanding the president's...

Washington – Strickland Apologizes After Saying ‘Scalias Death Came At A Good Time’

August 10, 2016 at 07:26 PM
Washington - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland of Ohio is apologizing for remarks appearing to celebrate the death of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (AN'-toh-nihn skuh-LEE'-uh). In audio of an appearance Monday before the AFL-CIO in Cleveland, the former Ohio governor is heard saying he didn't "wish anyone ill" but Scalia's death "happened at a good time" for union...

Reno, Nevada – Feds: Plastic Gun From 3-D Printer Seized At Nevada Airport

August 10, 2016 at 07:02 PM
Reno, Nevada - Airport screening agents confiscated a plastic handgun produced with a 3-D printer from a man's carry-on luggage last week at a Nevada airport in what a federal official said Wednesday might have been the first discovery of its kind in the U.S. A report by Reno-Tahoe International Airport police said the white gun was a replica that couldn't fire and was loaded with five...

New York – Police Remove Trump Tower Climber On 21st Floor

August 10, 2016 at 06:54 PM
New York - Police have removed a man from the facade of the 58-story Trump Tower in New York City. Special operations officers could be seen grabbing the unidentified climber into an opened window on the building's 21st floor Wednesday evening. After he was hauled into the window onlookers gathered on the streets below the Fifth Avenue tower cheered. Police say he's now in...

Washington – Official: No Formal Secret Service Discussions With Trump Camp On Remark

August 10, 2016 at 06:25 PM
Washington - A federal official on Wednesday denied a news report that the U.S. Secret Service had formally spoken with Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign regarding his suggestion a day earlier that gun rights activists could stop Democratic rival Hillary Clinton from curtailing their access to firearms. Pushing back against a CNN report that the law enforcement agency had had...

Rio De Janeiro – Going Green: Changes In Water Color At Water Polo, Diving

August 10, 2016 at 06:04 PM
Rio De Janeiro - It looks as if the water polo pool is turning green with envy. The men's Olympic tournament resumed Wednesday in green-tinged water after the diving pool at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre turned a dark green the previous day. There was no sign of any water quality issues with the water polo pool during the first day of the women's competition Tuesday. A decrease in the alkaline...

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