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San Juan, Puerto Rico – Nearly 20,000 Zika Cases Reported In Puerto Rico

September 16, 2016 at 06:30 PM
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The number of Zika cases keeps climbing in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Health officials said Friday that more than 2,000 cases were reported in the past week for a total of nearly 20,000 cases. The total includes 1,706 pregnant women, a growing concern because Zika can cause severe birth defects. Officials said 150 people have been hospitalized, including...

Boca Raton, FL – Florida Man Sues Samsung, Says Galaxy Note 7 Exploded

September 16, 2016 at 05:58 PM
Boca Raton, FL - Samsung Electronics Co was sued on Friday by a Florida man who said he suffered severe burns after his Galaxy Note 7 smartphone exploded in his front pants pocket. The lawsuit by Jonathan Strobel may be the first in the United States by a Samsung phone user against the South Korean company over a battery defect linked to the Note 7. It was filed one day after Samsung...

Darien, CT – What Could You Get For $175M? A Huge Estate And A US Record

September 16, 2016 at 05:38 PM
Darien, CT - A 63-acre island estate that went on sale this week for the first time in over a century includes a stone mansion, a 21-stall horse stable and a natural cove that can shelter boats in stormy weather. It also has an asking price of $175 million, which industry experts say would easily break a record for the most ever paid for a residential property in the United States. Since...

Washington – Networks Air 20-minute Trump ‘Commercial’ Before Statement

September 16, 2016 at 04:55 PM
Washington - Donald Trump's renouncement of birtherism on Friday came with some media gamesmanship that compelled television news networks to air 20 minutes of endorsements by retired military men before the candidate briefly got to the point. "We all got Rick-rolled," said CNN's Jake Tapper, a reference to the Internet prank of replacing an expected link with a video of singer Rick Astley's...

New York, NY – NYPD’s Champion Of “broken Windows” Policing Theory Retires

September 16, 2016 at 04:13 PM
New York, NY - William Bratton, the police commissioner who led departments in Boston, Los Angeles and New York and saw his crime fighting strategies copied across the nation, ended his unparalleled law enforcement career with a ceremonial send-off Friday in the city that was the setting of his biggest triumph. Commanders lined up in formation outside of New York Police Department headquarters...

Washington – Senator Lindsey Graham Israel Made A Mistake By Signing Security Deal

September 16, 2016 at 03:31 PM
Washington - The Republican senator who oversees the U.S. foreign aid budget said Friday that Israel made a mistake by signing a new $38 billion security agreement with the Obama administration. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could have gotten a better deal if he had waited until President Barack Obama left office. Graham said there is ample...

Detroit – Israeli Software Co.: We Warned Tesla About Hands-free Autopilot Use

September 16, 2016 at 03:02 PM
Detroit - The company that made the camera and computer system for Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous Autopilot says the electric car maker ignored its warnings of safety problems. Israel-based Mobileye said Friday that last year, prior to the release of Autopilot, it warned Tesla not to allow drivers to use the system without their hands on the steering wheel. The system Tesla rolled out in the...

Miami Beach, FL – In Zika-stricken Miami, Aerial Pesticide Spray Adds To Fears

September 16, 2016 at 02:20 PM
Miami Beach, FL - In the only U.S. city confirmed to have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, some residents say they'd rather be bitten than be exposed to droplets of chemicals sprayed from planes to kill the bugs. No assurances from health officials would calm some 200 people packing a Miami Beach City Commission meeting Wednesday. They cursed elected officials and the U.S. Centers for...

Arlington, VA – Money For Bone-marrow Donors? Company Says Yes; Feds Say No

September 16, 2016 at 02:00 PM
Arlington, VA - A D.C. startup company and a Virginia law firm are hoping some Hollywood storytelling will help them win a yearslong legal battle over whether bone-marrow donors can be paid. The company, Hemeos, recruits potential donors. Under its business model, the donors would be paid and the company would make money by linking donors up with hospitals. Paying bone-marrow donors was...

Brooklyn, NY – Life Jackets Placed At NY Waterfront Reflect Refugee Crisis

September 16, 2016 at 01:01 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Advocates have placed hundreds of life jackets on the ground along the New York City waterfront to draw attention to the refugee crisis. The group Oxfam America says many of the life jackets used for the Friday action were used by adult and child refugees and collected on beaches in Greece. The bright orange life jackets were placed next to the water at Brooklyn Bridge Park...

Jerusalem – Israeli Settlements Have Grown During The Obama Years

September 16, 2016 at 12:26 PM
Jerusalem - In his landmark speech to the Arab world seven years ago, President Barack Obama warned that Israeli settlements on occupied territories were undermining hopes for peace. "It is time for these settlements to stop," he declared. As Obama heads into the home stretch of his presidency, he leaves behind an unfulfilled vision. Not only did he fail to stop it, but he watched Israeli...

Sydney – Fans Cheer, But Asia Gives IPhone 7 Subdued Welcome

September 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM
Sydney - Apple Inc fans from Sydney to Shanghai, the first customers worldwide to snap the new iPhone 7 off the shelves, cheered as they left stores on Friday brandishing their purchases, flanked by applauding sales staff. But underneath the usual fanfare, the crowds of enthusiasts and overnight campers were smaller than in past years. Some customers complained after the larger version and...

Washington – Trump Acknowledges Obama Was Born In The United States

September 16, 2016 at 11:43 AM
Washington - After five years as the chief promoter of the false idea that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States, Donald Trump admitted on Friday that the president was — and claimed credit for putting the issue to rest. "President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period," Trump said in brief televised remarks. "Now we all want to get back to making America...

Washington – AP, Other Media Sue FBI For Details On IPhone Hacking Tool

September 16, 2016 at 11:39 AM
Washington - The Associated Press and two other news organizations sued the FBI on Friday to learn who the government paid and how much it spent to hack into an iPhone in its investigation into last year's San Bernardino, California, massacre. The lawsuit seeks records about the FBI's contract with an unidentified vendor who provided a tool to unlock the phone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook...

Washington – Obama Has ‘Better Things To Do’ Than Comment On Birther Issue

September 16, 2016 at 11:08 AM
Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said he had better things to do than comment on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's announcement about the so-called birther question over Obama's citizenship. "I'm shocked that a question like that would come up at a time when we've got so many other things to do - well, I'm not that shocked actually," Obama told reporters. "I...

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