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Queens, NY – Arrest Made In Attempted Kidnapping Of Far Rockaway Jewish Preschooler

August 2, 2016 at 11:50 PM
Queens, NY - A 41 year old Bayswater woman has been arrested by police for attempting to kidnap a four year old Orthodox Jewish girl enjoying a Shabbos morning trip to the playground. Police said that the incident took place at approximately 9:30 AM at the Westbourne Playground on Mott Avenue and Bay 28th Street. A woman, who was later identified as Tawana Blount, tried to create a diversion...

Seattle – Starbucks Recalls Stainless-steel Straws On Reports Of Cuts

August 2, 2016 at 11:31 PM
Seattle - Starbucks is recalling stainless-steel straws it sold in its stores and online after three reports of children suffering "mouth lacerations" while using them. The Seattle-based company says about 2.5 million of the straw sets were sold in the U.S., and 301,000 were sold in Canada. The straws have a ridge at the bottom that keeps them attached to beverage lids. Starbucks says...

San Francisco – Apple Subs Squirt Gun For Controversial Pistol Emoji

August 2, 2016 at 11:04 PM
San Francisco - Apple is disarming — or at least it's dumping an emoji that depicts a realistic-looking revolver and replacing it with a brightly colored toy water pistol instead. The tech giant is releasing some new emoji images for iPhone and iPad users who use the cartoonish icons when they send messages. They'll be available this fall with iOS 10, the next major revision of Apple's...

Washington – US Air Force Declares First Squadron Of F-35 Jets Combat-Ready

August 2, 2016 at 10:26 PM
Washington - The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday declared an initial squadron of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35A fighter jets ready for combat, marking a major milestone for a program that has faced cost overruns and delays. The action is another achievement for the $379 billion program, the Pentagon's largest weapons project. The Air Force's decision follows one by the U.S. Marine Corps in July 2015...

Beverly Hills, CA – CNN Scores At Convention; NBC Takes Week Overall In Viewers

August 2, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Beverly Hills, CA - It was CNN's week to shine as the political action shifted from the GOP to coverage of the Democratic National Convention. While Fox News Channel dominated the week before in covering the Republicans, CNN predictably was preferred by viewers of the Democratic confab. In prime-time for the week, CNN led all cable networks with an average of 3.21 million viewers, followed by...

Washington – Trump: People Without ID Will ‘Vote 10 Times’

August 2, 2016 at 09:36 PM
Washington - Donald Trump is reiterating his concerns that the November election will be "rigged" against him, speculating that people without proper identification "are going to vote 10 times." Trump is discussing voter ID during an interview Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor." The Republican presidential nominee says, "You don't have to have voter ID to now go in and vote...

New York – Instagram Introduces Snapchat-like Feature Called ‘Stories’

August 2, 2016 at 09:05 PM
New York - Instagram is launching a new feature that should sound familiar to Snapchat users. It's called "Stories," and it lets users share photos and videos from their day that will disappear after 24 hours. The new feature will stitch together photos and videos in a slideshow format. Users can add text and doodles. Snapchat also has a "Story" feature that works in a similar way. Copying...

Guangzhou, China – China’s ‘Mosquito Factory’ Aims To Wipe Out Zika, Other Diseases

August 2, 2016 at 08:33 PM
Guangzhou, China - Every week, scientists in southern China release 3 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes on a 3 km (two-mile) long island in a bid to wipe out diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and Zika. The scientists inject mosquito eggs with wolbachia bacteria in a laboratory, then release infected male mosquitoes on the island on the outskirts of the city of Guangzhou. The...

San Francisco – Trump Loses Bid For Pretrial Win In Trump University Lawsuit

August 2, 2016 at 08:28 PM
San Francisco - A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's pretrial bid to win a lawsuit brought by Trump University students who said they were defrauded into signing up for its real-estate seminars. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel said in a written ruling that there was a "genuine issue of material fact" as to whether Trump knowingly participated in...

New York – ADL Chief Calls Trump Attack On Veteran Family ‘Depraved’ And ‘Loathsome’

August 2, 2016 at 08:00 PM
New York - A pocket-sized version of the US Constitution remained atop Amazon’s bestseller list on Tuesday, one week after the father of Humayun Khan, an American soldier who lost his life fighting in Iraq, challenged Donald Trump to read it. “Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution?” said Humayun’s father, Khizr, pulling out the edition he says he keeps...

Pennsylvania – Mother Of Police Shooting Suspect Blames Black Lives Matter

August 2, 2016 at 07:36 PM
Pennsylvania - The mother of one of two central Pennsylvania teenagers charged with shooting at police officers last week contends the Black Lives Matter movement is to blame for his actions. "They are in jail for doing what Black Lives Matter wanted them to do: shoot at cops," Luz Rentas wrote in a statement given to a number of news organizations over the weekend. "The truth is that these...

Beverly Hills, CA – NBC Boss: We’re Not To Blame For Launching Trump’s Candidacy

August 2, 2016 at 07:01 PM
Beverly Hills, CA - Donald Trump's run for president caught his bosses at NBC off-guard, said the network's entertainment head. "It surprised all of us that he would want to do this," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said Tuesday. "But he's been a prominent figure for so many years, it's probably not surprising that he would embark on this kind of journey." Greenblatt likened...

Holmdel, NJ – Medical Benefits Of Dental Floss Unproven

August 2, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Holmdel, NJ - It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there's little proof that flossing works. Still, the federal government, dental organizations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to their patients; the American Dental Association insists on its...

Brooklyn, NY – NYPD: Driver Arrested In Crash That Killed 2 Pedestrians In Brooklyn

August 2, 2016 at 06:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Police have arrested a man they say hit two men in Brooklyn with his car, critically injuring them before fleeing the scene. Police say Efrin Lanfranco-Perez was arrested on two counts of leaving an accident resulting in death and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. The 21-year-old Brooklyn man was in custody and unavailable to comment. It wasn't immediately clear...

New York – Clinton Extends Lead Over Trump To 8 Percentage Points: Reuters/Ipsos

August 2, 2016 at 05:49 PM
New York - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton extended her lead over Republican rival Donald Trump to eight percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, from six points on Friday. The bump for Clinton followed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week at which Clinton and her supporters painted an optimistic portrait of America, and...

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