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New York – Factbox: Why The Zika Virus Is Causing Alarm

August 19, 2016 at 06:13 PM
New York - Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current outbreak: How do people become infected? Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily...

New York – Clinton Leads Trump By Eight Points: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

August 19, 2016 at 05:15 PM
New York - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Aug. 14-18 survey showed 42 percent of Americans supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. That compares with 34 percent support for Trump. Another 23 percent of likely...

Baton Rouge, LA – Trump Tours Flooded Louisiana, In Spite Of Governor’s ‘Photo Op’ Admonishment

August 19, 2016 at 04:44 PM
Baton Rouge, LA - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate toured flood-damaged Louisiana on Friday, despite the Democratic state governor's urging not to make political stops in areas affected by recent deadly rains. Trump 's motorcade drove past piles of possessions and building materials that had been ripped out of flooded homes en route to Greenwell Springs...

Albany – NY Law Requires Hospital Notices Of Patient Rights

August 19, 2016 at 03:45 PM
Albany, NY - New York is requiring hospitals to post statements explaining patient protections against surprise medical bills and their right to designate a caregiver to receive instructions about post-discharge care. Sponsors say the notification requirements follow two major recent changes in New York law on patient rights. Consumer protections against surprise medical bills took effect...

France – Jewish Man Stabbed in Anti-Semitic Attack in Strasbourg, France ID’d

August 19, 2016 at 03:30 PM
France - A 62 year old Jewish man who was stabbed in Strasbourg, France, late Friday morning has been ID'd as Shalom Ber Levy who is a longstanding member of the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Strasbourg and father of Chabad emissaries Levy, one serving the French community in Tel Aviv, and another in St. Tropez, France, was reported to be in shock over the incident but resting comfortably in...

Newark, NJ – 2nd Person Dies In New Jersey Commuter Bus Crash

August 19, 2016 at 03:06 PM
Newark, NJ - Officials say a second person has died in a collision involving two commuter buses in New Jersey that left 17 others injured. A spokeswoman for the Essex County prosecutor's office says the second victim of Friday's accident in Newark was a female passenger. Authorities say one New Jersey Transit bus carrying only the driver slammed into another at around 6 a.m. The driver of...

San Francisco – Twitter Unveils Features To Filter Tweets, Notifications

August 19, 2016 at 02:40 PM
San Francisco - Twitter has announced two new settings that will allow users to control what they see in their feeds and what notifications they receive. Twitter says in a blog post that it has modified its notification settings to include the ability to see only notifications from people they follow. It's also introducing what it calls a "quality filter" that it says can improve the quality...

New York – New York Clinic Turns To Art In Zika Fight

August 19, 2016 at 01:45 PM
New York - A picture is worth a thousand words - or at least that is the philosophy behind a New York clinic that is creating Zika-inspired art to raise awareness about the virus. At All City, a combination art gallery and pediatrics clinic, artist Shaun Crawford was hired on Thursday to create illustrations that will be made into an educational brochure. "I decided to draw the mosquitoes...

Miami – Florida Governor Confirms Zika Transmission In Miami Beach, Says NY Tourist Infected

August 19, 2016 at 01:15 PM
Miami Beach, FL - Florida officials said on Friday they have identified a new area of Zika virus transmission through local mosquitoes in a small area in Miami Beach, the second area in Miami-Dade county where the Zika virus is spreading. Florida Governor Rick Scott said state health officials have identified five cases of Zika believed to be contracted in Miami Beach. "Today the...

Albany, NY – Governor Signs Unclaimed Body Bill

August 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM
Albany, NY - A bill signed into law today by Governor Cuomo has ended a more than 150 year old practice of allowing New York City officials to release bodies that are unclaimed after 48 hours to medical schools for educational purposes. The bill was sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz. Yanky Meyer Founder and CEO of Misaskim said that it took almost two...

Beirut – Russia Fires Cruise Missiles Into Syria From Sea

August 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Beirut - The Russian military says two of its ships have launched cruise missiles at targets in Syria from the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Russia's Defense Ministry says the Serpukhov and the Zeleny Dol corvettes launched three long-range Kalibr cruise missiles on Friday at Syria's al-Qaida branch, formerly known as the Nusra Front. The ministry says the missiles destroyed a command facility...

Newark, NJ – Old Steel Mill Will Soon Be World’s Largest Vertical Farm

August 19, 2016 at 11:15 AM
Newark, NJ - Stacks of leafy greens are sprouting inside an old brewery in New Jersey. "What we do is we trick it," said David Rosenberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of AeroFarms. "We get it thinking that, if plants could think: 'All right, this is a good environment, it's time to grow now.'" AeroFarms is one of several companies creating new ways to grow indoors year-round to...

Washington – Clinton Says Her ‘Heart Breaks’ For Family Of Oklahoma Man Killed By Neighbor Who Called Him ‘Dirty Arab’

August 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Washington - Hillary Clinton says her "heart breaks" for the family of a man from Lebanon living in Oklahoma who police say was fatally shot by his neighbor. Khalid Jabara's family says the neighbor, Stanley Majors, called them "dirty Arabs," ''filthy Lebanese," ''Aye-rabs," and "Mooslems," even though they are Christian. Jabara was shot to death on his front porch Aug. 12. Police have...

Washington – Trump Campaign Chairman Manafort Resigns

August 19, 2016 at 10:23 AM
Washington - Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort is resigning from the campaign. In a statement, Trump says Manafort offered his resignation Friday morning. Trump praised Manafort's work on the campaign and called him a "true professional." Manafort is stepping down in the wake of a campaign shake-up, as well as revelations about his work for a pro-Russian political party in...

Washington – Top Trump Adviser Is Fighting Claims He Questioned Holocaust History

August 19, 2016 at 10:08 AM
Washington - One of five top foreign policy advisers to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is fighting allegations that he underplayed the extent of the Holocaust and sought to push Jewish employees out of the Pentagon during his tenure there. Claims of anti-Semitic rhetoric and activity have been leveled against Joseph Schmitz, named to the Trump campaign in March, who when serving...

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