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New York – Bitcoin Is Money, U.S. Judge Says In Case Tied To JPMorgan Hack

September 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM
New York - Bitcoin qualifies as money, a federal judge ruled on Monday, in a decision linked to a criminal case over hacking attacks against JPMorgan Chase & Co and other companies. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan rejected a bid by Anthony Murgio to dismiss two charges related to his alleged operation of Coin.mx, which prosecutors have called an unlicensed bitcoin...

St. Cloud, MN – Family Of Slain Minnesota Attacker ‘Devastated’ By His Actions

September 19, 2016 at 11:30 PM
St. Cloud, MN - The family of a Minnesota man who wounded 10 people in a knife attack at a mall before being killed by an off-duty police officer said on Monday they were devastated by their son's actions. Dahir Adan, who local media reported hailed from a Somali family that had settled in the United States, carried out the attack in the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota on Saturday...

New York – Trump In Private Meeting With Egyptian President Offers Praise For ‘Peace-loving Muslims’

September 19, 2016 at 11:00 PM
New York - Donald Trump's campaign is saying the Republican nominee told Egypt's president that he has "high regard for peace-loving Muslims." Trump met Monday night with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi at the United Nations General Assembly. Trump promised El-Sissi that, were he to be elected, the United States would be "a loyal friend" to Egypt, according to a readout of the...

New York – Congressman: Bomb Suspect Asked For Visa Help

September 19, 2016 at 11:00 PM
New York - A New Jersey congressman says that the Afghan immigrant arrested in the New York-region bombings contacted his office from Pakistan in 2014 to help get his pregnant wife a visa. Rep. Albio Sires (SEE' reese) said that Ahmad Khan Rahami emailed his office from Pakistan in 2014 seeking help because his wife had an expired Pakistani passport. Sires said his office wrote a letter to...

New York – Wal-Mart Completes $3 Billion-plus Purchase Of Jet.com

September 19, 2016 at 10:32 PM
New York - Wal-Mart said Monday it has completed its deal to buy fast-growing Jet.com for $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock, an acquisition aimed at helping the world's largest retailer attract younger and more affluent customers to drive online sales. The hefty price tag shows how heavily Wal-Mart is willing to invest as it tries to boost online sales that totaled $13.7 billion...

Rockland County, NY – Feathers Continue To Fly As New Square Poultry Plant Approvals Loom

September 19, 2016 at 10:26 PM
Rockland County, NY - A poultry processing plant in New Square is one step closer to reality, with approximately $3 million in funding pledged to the project which would also provide New Square residents with their first major kosher supermarket. According to The Journal News, the $6 million project would be located at an industrial park complex set several blocks into the Village of New...

Washington – Codeine Not Safe For Kids, Doctors Warn

September 19, 2016 at 10:04 PM
Washington - Codeine isn’t safe for children and shouldn’t be used to ease pain or relieve coughs, a leading U.S. pediatricians group warns. Codeine has been prescribed for decades for both purposes, despite mounting evidence that it doesn’t always work and sometimes causes serious or potentially fatal side effects, doctors argue in a statement from the American Academy of...

Berkeley, CA – University Of California Reinstates Palestine History Class After Outcry

September 19, 2016 at 09:32 PM
Berkeley, CA - University of California, Berkeley administrators on Monday reinstated a Palestinian history class amid an outcry over its suspension last week. The school's social science dean announced in letter to faculty that the ethnic studies class was reinstated after the teacher revised the course description. Social science dean Carla Hesse suspended "Palestine: A Colonial Settler...

New York – Ivanka Trump Gets Secret Service Protection

September 19, 2016 at 09:14 PM
New York - Hours after multiple bombs were found in and around New York City, Ivanka Trump has been awarded her own Secret Service detail. A spokesperson for the Secret Service confirmed that Ivanka is receiving the agency’s protection as of Monday morning, but declined to say what prompted the move, according to reports in Time. Ivanka joins her step-mother Melania as the presidential...

Chicago – Islamic State Claiming Attacks Reflects Influence Obsession

September 19, 2016 at 09:05 PM
Chicago - Islamic State militants rarely miss a chance, however tenuous the link, to claim at least partial credit for apparent terrorist attacks on U.S soil, from the June's deadly mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, to the stabbing of nine people in a Minnesota shopping mall Saturday. They're eager to precisely because they apparently haven't carried out carefully planned...

New York – Moderator Names Topics For First Debate

September 19, 2016 at 08:17 PM
New York - The moderator of the critical first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump has chosen a trio of topics for the Sept. 26 event: America's direction, prosperity and security. The Commission on Presidential Debates says moderator Lester Holt will follow a format that calls for six 15-minute time segments. Each topic will get two segments...

New York – AP Explains: Wireless Cellphone Alerts On Bombing Suspect

September 19, 2016 at 08:01 PM
New York - Many people in the New York City area were alerted Monday morning to a screeching, buzzing message about a man wanted in connection with explosions in the area over the weekend. A Saturday explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people. Other devices were found in the New York City area but caused no injuries. The alert read, "WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for...

Newark, NJ – Prosecutor: Gov. Christie Was Told About Plan To Close GW Bridge Lanes

September 19, 2016 at 07:25 PM
Newark, NJ - A federal prosecutor told jurors on Monday that a witness will testify that Republican Gov. Chris Christie was told about a plan to close traffic lanes near the George Washington Bridge as part of a political vendetta while the shutdown was happening, a claim Christie has contested for years. The trial comes three years after gridlock paralyzed a town next to the busy bridge...

Mexico City – Analysts Cite Clinton’s Illness In New Plunge By Mexico Peso

September 19, 2016 at 07:04 PM
Mexico City - Economists have long said that when the United States catches a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia. But analysts said Monday that Hillary Clinton's pneumonia has given Mexico's peso something worse. The Mexican currency reached the psychological barrier of 20 pesos per dollar, and analysts and commentators cited the role of the U.S. presidential campaign. Banamex, one of Mexico's...

New York – Bill Clinton Hosts Last Charity Event Amid Election Scrutiny

September 19, 2016 at 06:28 PM
New York - Organizers at Bill Clinton's final, glittery gathering of his family's philanthropic organization seem determined to keep his wife's presidential prospects off the agenda. Hillary Clinton's image was notably absent from the gauzy video that kicked off the last-ever meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Contributors at Monday's opening session thanked President Clinton and...

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