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New York – Facebook Hates Ad Blockers So Much It Now Blocks Them

August 9, 2016 at 11:27 PM
New York - Facebook is blocking ad blockers on the desktop version of its service, saying well-made, relevant ads can be "useful." At the same time, the world's biggest social media company says it is giving users easier ways to decide what types of ads they want to see — unless, of course, the answer is "none." Ad blockers filter out ads by refusing to display page images and other...

New York – Firefighters Hurt Battling Blaze In The Bronx

August 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM
New York - Officials say children playing with fire on a stovetop caused a blaze in the Bronx that spread to five other buildings and sent several firefighters to the hospital. One hundred seventy firefighters responded to the fire which broke out at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in a two-story building. The fire spread to the other buildings before it was brought under control about two hours...

New York – Why Some Kids Need Hearing Tests With Ear Tube Surgery

August 9, 2016 at 10:45 PM
New York - Children with hearing loss who get ear tube surgery to address chronic ear infections may need tests before and after the procedure to see if their hearing improves, a U.S. study suggests. When kids get an infection, fluid can build up in the middle ear, making it difficult for them to hear and potentially impairing speech and language development, said lead study author Dr. Kenneth...

Mineola, NY – University Collects Medical Samples Via Drones In Madagascar

August 9, 2016 at 10:06 PM
Mineola, NY - A suburban New York university is using drone technology to improve the health care of people in remote parts of Madagascar. Stony Brook University, which has been working in the island nation off the coast of Africa for nearly three decades, has teamed with a Michigan startup company called Vayu Inc. to transport medical samples by drone for laboratory analysis. The team made...

Washington – House Speaker Paul Ryan Wins GOP Nomination To Run Again

August 9, 2016 at 09:58 PM
Washington - House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defeated a longshot Republican primary challenger who had been praised by Donald Trump. Ryan beat businessman Paul Nehlen in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary. Nehlen had been courting Trump supporters and won praise from the Republican presidential nominee last week. But Trump endorsed Ryan days later. "I'm humbled and honored that Wisconsinites in...

Salt Lake City – Sandwich Chain Worker Accused Of Drugging Officer’s Drink

August 9, 2016 at 09:22 PM
Salt Lake City - The police officer knew something was wrong after he took three sips of the lemonade he ordered from a drive-thru sandwich shop in northern Utah. He struggled to find the brake pedal of his patrol car at a red light. When he arrived at the police station in the city of Layton, he drifted off and couldn't answer questions. His colleagues sent him to the hospital Monday and...

Rockland County, NY – Virtual Fitness Challenge To Raise Funds For Chesed Rooms In Local Hospitals

August 9, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Spring Valley, NY - While biking challenges, obstacle courses and other physical feats of endurance have become popular fundraising vehicles in the Jewish community in recent years, a Rockland County based organization is turning to a high-tech, low impact model that allows participants at all fitness levels to combine physical activity and philanthropy. Step Up 4 Chesed is a project of Chesed...

Chicago – Judge Denies Blagojevich’s Bid To Lighten 14-year Sentence

August 9, 2016 at 08:35 PM
Chicago - A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on corruption counts, setting aside pleas for leniency by the former Illinois governor's wife and daughters during his resentencing. U.S. District Judge James Zagel said it's an "unfortunate reality" that Blagojevich's innocent family members are made to suffer the consequences. As the judge announced his...

Houston – Worker Atop 60-foot Texas Football Stadium Lights Rescued

August 9, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Houston - Emergency crews have rescued a worker who felt dizzy while changing some lights on a 60-foot tower at a Houston-area high school football stadium. The rescue happened Tuesday at W.W. Thorne Stadium in the Aldine (AHL'-deen) Independent District School as temperatures topped 90 degrees. Crews used an extension ladder to get fire department personnel close to the man, who had...

Jacksonville, FL – Sunken Ship El Faro ‘black Box’ Recovered From 15K-feet Beneath The Sea

August 9, 2016 at 07:31 PM
Jacksonville, FL - Search crews have retrieved the "black box" from the wreckage of the freighter El Faro that sank in 15,000-feet of water near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin last year, officials said Tuesday. Using a remotely operated vehicle in the pitch black deep sea, crews brought the El Faro's voyage data recorder to the surface Monday night, the National Transportation Safety...

Washington – Legal Group Issues Private Emails Clinton Did Not Turn Over

August 9, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The State Department has turned over 44 previously-unreleased Hillary Clinton email exchanges that the Democratic presidential nominee failed to include among the 30,000 private messages she turned over to the government last year. They show her interacting with lobbyists, political and Clinton Foundation donors and business interests as secretary of state. The conservative legal...

Bloomfield, NJ – Police: Man Beaten With Crowbar For Wearing Trump T-shirt

August 9, 2016 at 06:52 PM
Bloomfield, NJ - Police say a man was assaulted with a crowbar in the parking lot of a New Jersey restaurant for wearing a Donald Trump T-shirt. Peter Yankowski says he was walking in Bloomfield last week wearing a T-shirt featuring the Republican presidential nominee standing in front of an American flag. He says a motorist questioned him about his "Trump for President" shirt and they...

Jackson, NJ – New Jersey Theme Park To Offer Virtual Reality Coaster

August 9, 2016 at 06:40 PM
Jackson, NJ - New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure theme park plans to open what it says will be the world's first interactive gaming coaster adventure. Riders of "Rage of the Gargoyles" will become virtual reality fighter jet pilots as they battle gargoyles. The 1,377-feet of plunging and turning track features virtual reality headsets and high-definition imagery. Riders can instantly...

New York – After Age 40, Volunteering Linked To Enhanced Mental Health

August 9, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - Volunteer work may be good for your mental wellbeing, but only after age 40, according to a new study. “There is a general consensus that volunteering is beneficial to everyone regardless of the age,” said lead author Dr. Faiza Tabassum of Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute at the University of Southampton in the UK. “However, our study has shown...

Orlando, FL – Dolphin Snatches iPad Of Woman Taking Its Photo At SeaWorld

August 9, 2016 at 05:18 PM
Orlando, FL - A woman trying to take a picture of a dolphin at SeaWorld in Florida with an iPad apparently got a bit too close because it snatched the device right out of her hands. Video shot by another parkgoer shows the dolphin reaching over the side of the viewing tank at SeaWorld Orlando, where visitors can touch the dolphins. After the dolphin grabs the iPad and tosses it into the water...

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