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Dubai – Dubai Opens World’s Largest Indoor Theme Park

August 31, 2016 at 11:42 PM
Dubai - As summer temperatures soared outside, the world's largest indoor theme park, featuring popular Marvel and Cartoon Network-branded rides, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday in the Middle East's tourist hub of Dubai — the latest in a myriad of new attractions here. The first visitors at the 1.5 million square-foot (140,000 square meters) park reflected the diverse crowds that...

Staten Island, NY – NYPD Might Not Say If Officer In Chokehold Death Is Punished

August 31, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Staten Island, NY - New York City might never tell the public if the police officer at the center of the Eric Garner chokehold death case is disciplined, the mayor and police commissioner indicated this week after reaching a new interpretation of a 40-year-old state civil rights law. The New York Police Department recently ended a longstanding practice of letting reporters see a rundown of...

Bedford, MA – iRobot CEO Says Vacuum Cleaners Clear Path To Robot Future

August 31, 2016 at 10:23 PM
Bedford, MA - The clash this year over the future of iRobot pitted visionary robotics against the retail success of the company's Roombas, the circular-shaped domestic helpers that have cleaned millions of living rooms around the world. Colin Angle said he never imagined when he co-founded the company 26 years ago that it would change the way the world views vacuuming. But the chairman and CEO...

Washington – GOP Senator Calls On FBI To Loosen Hold On Clinton Documents

August 31, 2016 at 10:03 PM
Washington - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the FBI on Wednesday to correct what he called its "mistake" of restricting access to unclassified files from its closed investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urged FBI Director James Comey to send his committee any unclassified records...

Brooklyn, NY – Teachers And Administrators Continue Dispute Over Salaries Owed At Jewish Girls’ School

August 31, 2016 at 09:45 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages are at the center of a years’ old court case as teachers at a Brooklyn girls’ school allege that they are owed salaries from the year 2010. The dispute stems from a reorganization at Brooklyn’s Shulamith School for Girls which six years ago split into two different branches, one in Midwood and one in the Five Towns, as...

Jerusalem – Cable Car Tourist Project In Jerusalem Sparks Controversies

August 31, 2016 at 09:24 PM
Jerusalem - The Jerusalem Municipality has been promoting a unique initiative to build a cable car that would connect the city’s western neighborhoods with the Old City and Mount of Olives in its east. While the city intends for the project to serve its residents as well as the many tourists who visit Jerusalem and its various holy sites, the project has become a topic of public debate...

United Nations – UN Test Ban Head: Israel Should Ratify Treaty Within 5 Years

August 31, 2016 at 09:00 PM
United Nations - Israel should ratify the nuclear test ban treaty within five years — and Iran should also ratify but the timing is uncertain, the head of the U.N. organization established to implement the treaty said Wednesday. Lassina Zerbo said in an interview with The Associated Press that he put no longer than five years as the limit "based on the positive sign that I'm seeing from...

New York – If 1 Lens On A Phone Camera Is Good, Are 2 Better?

August 31, 2016 at 08:26 PM
New York - Apple isn't saying much about its next iPhones, but there's been plenty of speculation that the giant Plus model will have two camera lenses side by side on the back. Why? A second lens could make photos sharper or give amateur shutterbugs blurring techniques more common in full-bodied SLR cameras. Apple isn't revealing anything until its product event in San Francisco next week...

Mexico City – Presidential Spokesman: Pena Nieto Told Trump Mexico Won’t Pay For Wall

August 31, 2016 at 07:35 PM
Mexico City - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday told Donald Trump that Mexico would not pay for the Republican presidential candidate's proposed wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, contradicting Trump's assertion they didn't discuss payment. "What the president said is that Mexico, as he has said on several occasions ... will not pay for that wall," presidential spokesman...

New York – Naked Donald Trump Statue Up For Auction, Could Fetch $20,000

August 31, 2016 at 07:26 PM
New York - A life-sized nude statue of U.S. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is going up for auction, with profits from the sale going to an immigrant support group. Julien's Auctions said on Wednesday that the statue, called "The Emperor Has No Balls," is expected to fetch $10,000 to $20,000 at the Oct. 22 auction in Los Angeles. The statue is one of a series that appeared...

New York – Police Look Into Whether Sun Glare Was Factor In Kayak Crash

August 31, 2016 at 07:02 PM
New York - Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking some into the Hudson River. Ten people in eight kayaks were paddling down the river on Tuesday evening on a sunset excursion when they were struck by a NY Waterway ferry, New York Police Department...

Washington – Nuremberg Prosecutor Gives $1 Million To Holocaust Museum

August 31, 2016 at 06:28 PM
Washington - The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials has donated $1 million to the museum's genocide prevention center. The museum announced Wednesday that Ben Ferencz will donate $1 million to the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. The annual gift is renewable for up to $10 million. Now 96 and living in Delray Beach...

Paris – ‘Everything But Hillary Clinton,’ France’s Le Pen Says, Backing Trump

August 31, 2016 at 06:03 PM
Paris - France's far-right National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, voiced support for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton would bring war and hardship to the world. Le Pen is a candidate in France's April 2017 presidential election. While her increasingly popular party thrives on anti-immigration sentiment, she has...

Washington – GOP Leaders Promise Legislation On $400M Payment To Iran

August 31, 2016 at 05:27 PM
Washington - A House leader promised Wednesday that Republicans controlling the chamber will pass legislation addressing the Obama administration's $400 million payment to Iran in January, made immediately after four U.S. prisoners were released. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy also promised in a memo that the House will revisit a stalled $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus and enact...

New York – Samsung Updates Smartwatch With GPS, Calls For Help

August 31, 2016 at 05:03 PM
New York - Samsung's next smartwatch will come with GPS capabilities and the ability to call or text for help by triple-tapping a side button. The new Gear S3 retains the circular design of the current S2 model, but is slightly larger. Samsung will still sell last year's S2 to those who consider the S3 too big on their wrist. As with the S2, the outer ring of the watch face rotates to let you...

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