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New York – Trump Signed Improper Charity Check Supporting Florida AG

September 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM
New York - Donald Trump's signature, an unmistakable if nearly illegible series of bold vertical flourishes, was scrawled on the improper $25,000 check sent from his personal foundation to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Charities are barred from engaging in political activities, and the Republican presidential nominee's campaign has contended for weeks...

New York – Cigarette Maker Adds Former House Speaker Boehner To Board

September 15, 2016 at 11:31 PM
New York - Cigarette maker Reynolds American says former House Speaker John Boehner, a longtime smoker, is joining its board of directors. Reynolds American Inc. is the company behind Camel, Newport and Pall Mall cigarettes. Boehner was elected House Speaker in 2011 and resigned from the position and Congress nearly a year ago. His replacement, House Speaker Paul Ryan, told NBC's "Meet the...

New York – After Clinton Rips Trump On ‘Birtherism’ Republican Campaign Says Obama Was Born In The US

September 15, 2016 at 11:03 PM
New York - Hillary Clinton on Thursday accused rival Donald Trump of fostering ugliness and bigotry by refusing to acknowledge President Barack Obama was born in the United States, and urged Hispanic leaders to stoke a large voter turnout in November's election. Taking the stage shortly after Obama, Clinton noted at a gala of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute that Trump had declined...

Washington – Behind Health Law’s ‘Growing Pains,’ More Serious Problems?

September 15, 2016 at 10:59 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama told insurers this week his health care overhaul has had some growing pains. But with premiums rising and marquee insurers bailing, could the real diagnosis be "failure to thrive?" The medical term refers to when patients, often youngsters but also adults, fail to achieve or maintain proper weight. This is the fourth election cycle in which the Affordable...

Baltimore – Bloomberg’s $300M Gift To Hopkins Focuses On Public Health

September 15, 2016 at 10:26 PM
Baltimore - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving $300 million to Johns Hopkins University to deal with public health challenges. The university announced the gift Thursday. Officials say the money will create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. The initiative will study ways to fight air pollution, gun violence and obesity. Hopkins says Bloomberg has given $1.5...

Seoul – Samsung To Replace Or Refund 1 Million U.S. Galaxy Note 7 Phones

September 15, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Seoul - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> formally recalled 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in the United States, replacing or refunding the flagship phones, whose susceptibility to catching fire has damaged the image of the Korean powerhouse. Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 cases of property...

Rockland County, NY – 100 Felonies And 1 Misdemeanor In Arrest Of Ramapo Building Inspector

September 15, 2016 at 09:56 PM
Rockland County, NY - The dominoes continue to fall tonight in Ramapo, as the town’s chief building inspector was arrested tonight on a whopping 101 charges. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe charged Anthony Mallia, the town’s director of building, planning and zoning, with falsifying building permits and giving contractors bargain basement prices on housing permits...

New York – NYC Museum Invites Viewers To Use 18-karat Gold Toilet

September 15, 2016 at 09:33 PM
New York - A New York City museum is offering visitors a chance to sit on a golden throne, but only in private. As part of his "America" exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum's fourth-floor restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold. Viewers are invited to use the solid gold toilet just as they...

London – Study Confirms Zika Causes Brain Birth Defects, Questions Remain

September 15, 2016 at 09:00 PM
London - Early results from a crucial case-control study in Brazil have confirmed a direct causal link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and the brain damaging birth defect microcephaly in their babies, scientists said on Thursday. But while preliminary findings from the first 32 cases involved in the study confirm causality, the researchers said, the true size of the effect will...

Washington – Senate Bill Would Speed Recovery Of Art Lost To Nazi Looting

September 15, 2016 at 08:26 PM
Washington - Heirs trying to recover artwork lost to Nazi looting during World War II could get some help under a bill approved by a Senate panel on Thursday. The bipartisan legislation backed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a voice vote would extend statutes of limitations for the recovery of that art. In recent years, courts have sided with several museums on the issue and blocked...

Washington – Obama: Oceans Key To Protecting Planet From Climate Change

September 15, 2016 at 08:04 PM
Washington - Creating the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument is a needed response to dangerous climate change, oceanic dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast. It's the...

Lake Mary, FL – Pro-Trump Super PAC Acts As Candidate Stand-in On Bus Tour

September 15, 2016 at 07:34 PM
Lake Mary, FL - The tour bus features a giant photo of a waving, smiling Donald Trump, but the person who steps off it is actor Jon Voight. He's trailed by conservative radio stars and strategists for a super political action committee. Great America PAC is rolling through battleground states, opening offices and registering voters. In a presidential race where the Republican candidate has...

Washington – Trump Campaign Pushes Food Safety Rollbacks, Then Deletes

September 15, 2016 at 07:02 PM
Washington - A fact sheet issued by Donald Trump's campaign on Thursday said he would roll back food safety regulations if the billionaire businessman is elected president, arguing they are burdensome to farmers and "overkill." The campaign later deleted the fact sheet from its website and issued a new release that did not include the food safety language. The fact sheet was sent out to...

Detroit – Truckers Warn Speed Caps Will Cause Crashes, Jam Highways

September 15, 2016 at 06:29 PM
Detroit - Truckers are warning that a government plan to electronically limit the speed of tractor-trailers will lead to highway traffic jams and possibly an increase in deadly run-ins with cars. More than 150 people, most identifying themselves as independent truckers, have filed comments recently with the government about the proposed rule, unveiled last month by two federal agencies. There...

New York – ‘Heartless’ $31 Million Mortgage Scam Leads To 16-year Prison Term

September 15, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - A man convicted of conspiring to defraud more than 30,000 Americans out of about $31 million was sentenced on Thursday to 16 years in prison by a judge who called his mortgage scheme "callous and heartless." Dionysius Fiumano, of Irvine, California, also was ordered to pay $11.9 million in forfeiture and restitution by U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan, who presided over a spring...

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