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Brooklyn, NY – Unity Or Insensitivity? Crown Heights Festival Evokes Strong Reactions

August 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A celebration designed to foster unity in a Brooklyn neighborhood 25 years after devastating riots swept through the area is being met by some with eager anticipation, while others have categorized the event as being wholly inappropriate. The One Crown Heights festival will take place on Sunday, August 21st, two days after the anniversary of the tragic Crown Heights race riots...

Washington – Making Extra Mortgage Payments Can Pay Off, But Should You?

August 17, 2016 at 11:24 PM
Washington - It's a strategy that crosses the mind of many borrowers when they take on a home loan: Make an extra mortgage payment or two every year and save tens of thousands of dollars in interest. The move can shave off costs for a home loan and ensure it's paid off faster. Even one additional payment a year can translate into big savings. On a $250,000, 30-year mortgage with a fixed...

London – Giant Helium-filled Airship Airlander Takes Off For 1st Time

August 17, 2016 at 11:02 PM
London - A blimp-shaped, helium-filled airship considered the world's largest aircraft flew for the first time Wednesday with a short but historic jaunt over an airfield in central England. Engines roaring, the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 rose slowly into the air from Cardington airfield, 45 miles (73 kilometers) north of London. A hybrid of blimp, helicopter and airplane, it can stay...

Washington – A Morphine Alternative With Less Overdose Risk?

August 17, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Scientists are testing an experimental medicine that’s designed to have the painkilling power of morphine without some of the dangerous side effects that can lead to overdose deaths. The compound is so new it doesn’t have a name, just a number. It’s only been tested in mice, and it needs years of additional animal studies before researchers can even start trials to see if it...

Baltimore, MD – Donations Pour In For Baltimore ‘Mom Of Year’ After House Fire

August 17, 2016 at 09:31 PM
Baltimore, MD - A Maryland woman who won widespread praise for publicly scolding her teenage son during last year's riots in Baltimore was made homeless by a house fire, but a flood of donations had poured in to help her by Wednesday. Video of Toya Graham's reprimand of her 16-year-old son Michael for joining the riots went viral online after it was captured by a local news station. Graham...

Washington – Amid Soros Conspiracies, One Leak Offers Evidence Of Activism

August 17, 2016 at 09:24 PM
Washington - Sensational tales have been spinning for years around the work of George Soros, the Hungarian Jewish immigrant-turned-billionaire businessman and philanthropist known as much for his financial success as for his political activism abroad. An entire Wikipedia page is devoted to conspiracy theories revolving around this man – something that he, as a prominent Jewish figure, feared...

Paris – ‘Auction’ Of NSA Tools Sends Security Companies Scramblin

August 17, 2016 at 09:03 PM
Paris - The leak of what purports to be a National Security Agency hacking tool kit has set the information security world atwitter — and sent major companies rushing to update their defenses. Experts across the world are still examining what amount to electronic lock picks. Here's what they've found so far. WHAT'S IN THE RELEASE? The tool kit consists of a suite of malicious software...

New York – NY Gov. Cuomo Wants Review Of JFK Airport Scare

August 17, 2016 at 08:27 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a review of the recent scare at Kennedy Airport prompted by unfounded reports of gunfire. The Democratic governor said Wednesday a multi-agency panel will examine what happened Sunday night and how authorities can use the experience to improve emergency response. Port Authority Police have jurisdiction over the airport, though New York...

Detroit – Tesla Isn’t Alone With Cars That Can Nearly Drive Themselves

August 17, 2016 at 08:01 PM
Detroit - With all the attention paid to Tesla Motors' Autopilot system, you'd think the company was the only one making cars that can almost drive themselves. But many automakers have rolled out cars that do what Teslas do. The difference: Tesla debuted Autopilot, a suite of semi-autonomous driving features, with a swagger, while others tread more carefully. Tesla's Autopilot allows the...

Prague – Czech Bus Advertises Trips To Auschwitz As Entertainment

August 17, 2016 at 07:31 PM
Prague - A Czech company is offering bus trips to Auschwitz and elsewhere with the images of Holocaust victims and the Nazi death camp on its exterior. It suggests that the trip is entertainment, with the bus bearing ads in Czech: "Come to Auschwitz" and "A journey through emotions." The bus got its look while used in a movie, but the images weren't removed, drawing condemnation from the...

Washington – FBI Taking Steps To Keep Clinton Email Files From Leakin

August 17, 2016 at 07:06 PM
Washington - The FBI is strictly limiting access to documents from its closed investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and warning members of Congress not to leak them. Congressional aides told The Associated Press Wednesday that the investigative materials demanded by Republicans are being kept in a secure room typically reserved for the nation's most closely guarded...

United Nations – Michael Bloomberg Named World Health Organization Ambassador

August 17, 2016 at 06:32 PM
United Nations - Billionaire philanthropist and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has a new job — as global ambassador for the U.N. health agency with a mandate to help reduce deaths from prevalent diseases, traffic accidents, tobacco, alcohol and obesity. World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan cited Bloomberg's longtime support for its efforts to control smoking and...

New York – Trump Receives First Classified Intelligence Briefing

August 17, 2016 at 06:07 PM
New York - Donald Trump has received his first classified intelligence briefing, meeting with national security officials for more than two hours on Wednesday. The celebrity businessman became entitled to the briefings once he officially became the Republican nominee for president. The briefing was delivered by career staffers from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and was...

New York – Trump Turns To Conservative Flame-thrower As Campaign CEO

August 17, 2016 at 05:52 PM
New York - Donald Trump's new campaign CEO is a flame-thrower in cargo shorts. Steve Bannon's career path has been an improbable journey from Goldman Sachs insider to conservative filmmaker to media provocateur to campaign chieftain. The shaggy-haired Harvard MBA partial to shorts and Timberland boots is moving to the Trump campaign from the top of Breitbart News, a conservative website...

Monsey, NY – Driver Reading Article On Cellphone Rams Ramapo Police Car

August 17, 2016 at 05:32 PM
Monsey, NY - An officer with the Ramapo Police Department was sent to a local hospital yesterday after being rear-ended by a woman who was reading an article on her cell phone while driving. The incident took place on Tuesday on Forshay Road. The unidentified police officer was stopped in traffic when his car was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by a 30 year old Monsey resident. He...

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