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New York – e-Cigarette Users View Smoke-free Areas As Okay For Vaping

September 22, 2016 at 11:30 PM
New York - The majority of e-cigarette users have "vaped" in a smoke-free environment and most don't view use of the devices as harmful to themselves or others, according to a U.S. study. Nearly three quarters of users opposed banning e-cigarette use in public spaces that are designated as non-smoking, and younger users are most likely to consider all spaces acceptable for vaping, surveys...

Pittsburgh – Donald Trump Steps Deeper Into US Race Debate

September 22, 2016 at 11:21 PM
Pittsburgh - Stepping deeper into America's race debate, Donald Trump on Thursday warned African-American protesters that their outrage was creating suffering in their own community, as he worked to walk a line between his law-and-order toughness and new minority outreach. "The rioting in our streets is a threat to all peaceful citizens and it must be ended and ended now," Trump, the...

San Jose, CA – San Jose State Dorms Vandalized With Swastikas

September 22, 2016 at 11:00 PM
San Jose, CA - The president of San Jose State says university police have determined that one of two swastikas scrawled at residence halls earlier this week was not a hate crime, and the other is still under investigation. Campus President Mary Papazian said in a statement Thursday that police have identified two students behind the incidents, which occurred at two separate residence halls...

London – Hand-delivered Hacking: Malicious USBs Left In Mailboxes

September 22, 2016 at 10:30 PM
London - Julien Ascoet was already suspicious when he pulled the plain white envelope from his mailbox this past July. The letter had no stamp and was completely unmarked. Someone must have delivered it in person to Ascoet's home outside the French port city of Nantes. "I opened it gingerly," the software engineer said in an online chat Thursday. "You never know what's inside. I was...

Spring Valley, NY – Rockland Residents Call For End To Blockbusting At Meeting With State Officials

September 22, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Spring Valley, NY - More than 200 people gathered at Rockland Community College on Wednesday night to share their concerns about blockbusting by aggressive real estate agents with representatives of the Department of State. The meeting lasted for three hours, reported The Journal News, and was part of a state investigation into whether residents were being unfairly pressured to sell their...

New York – Bomb Blast Led To Fear, Confusion At Apartment For The Blind

September 22, 2016 at 09:35 PM
New York - When a pressure cooker bomb exploded on the street in front of Robert O'Garro's apartment building for the blind, it shook him to his bones — even 11 floors up. "I felt the shock wave," said the 58-year-old resident of Selis Manor, the city's only dedicated residence for the blind and vision impaired. "It just came through me. Then I heard the windows breaking." Windows were...

Berlin – Berlin’s Jewish Museums Opens Show On Mystic Golem Creature

September 22, 2016 at 09:13 PM
Berlin - A gigantic golem made out of wooden Hebrew letters lies motionless on the ground, yet it seems as if only a few magic whispers are needed to bring the creature to life. The sculpture, created by California artist Joshua Abarbanel, is one of 250 objects on display at the new "Golem" show in the Jewish Museum Berlin, opening this week, which approaches the legend in diverse and...

New York – Presidential Debate Could Score Super Bowl-sized Audience

September 22, 2016 at 08:29 PM
New York - Live, unscripted and unpredictable, the first 2016 U.S. presidential debate on Monday is expected to set new television audience records, with some commentators forecasting Super Bowl-sized viewership of around 100 million Americans. The face-off between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in the New York City suburb of Hempstead will be...

New York – Poll: Quarter Of Americans Believe Media Too Easy On Trump

September 22, 2016 at 08:15 PM
New York - An estimated 27 percent of Americans believe the news media has been too easy on Donald Trump. The Pew Research Center said Thursday that more people feel that way than they did about the coverage for republicans Mitt Romney and John McCain the last two elections. Romney was at 20 percent and McCain 15 percent. The increase is primarily driven by democrats. Twice as many...

Jerusalem – Officials: Israeli Spy Satellite Working After Rocky Launch

September 22, 2016 at 07:31 PM
Jerusalem - A new Israeli spy satellite is operational and taking high-quality pictures after suffering technical difficulties during its launch earlier this month, defense officials said Thursday. Amnon Harari, director of the Defense Ministry's space administration, said satellite operators downloaded the first images from the Ofek 11 satellite at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday. "The images are...

New York – Yahoo Hack Steals Personal Info From At Least 500M Accounts

September 22, 2016 at 07:00 PM
New York - Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider. The massive security breakdown disclosed Thursday poses new headaches for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as she scrambles to close a $4.8 billion sale to Verizon Communication. The breach Thursday dates back to late 2014...

Washington – GOP-led House Panel Finds Former Clinton Aide In Contempt

September 22, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Washington - A Republican-led House committee voted on Thursday to hold in contempt of Congress a former State Department employee who helped set up Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server. The employee's lawyer accused the panel of a "naked political agenda." The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the contempt resolution on a 19-15...

New York – Luxury Stores Add More Amenities In A Tougher Market

September 22, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - Buying some suits at Ralph Lauren might mean being offered a chauffeured ride home in a BMW. New clothes from Saks could lead to a Mercedes-Benz van carrying a customized wardrobe pulling up to a home, hotel or office. With designer goods available online anytime, luxury retailers are adding more amenities and personal touches for in-person shopping. Stores overall are facing...

Washington – Clinton Proposes 65 Percent Tax On Billionaire Estates

September 22, 2016 at 05:33 PM
Washington - Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday proposed raising taxes on inherited property to 65 percent for the largest estates as she bolstered plans for tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans. Known by conservative opponents as the "death tax," the estate tax, levied on property such as cash, real estate, stock or other assets transferred from deceased persons...

Berlin – Teen Hospitalized After Air Freshener Causes Car Explosion

September 22, 2016 at 05:08 PM
Berlin - A German teenager has suffered serious injuries after accidentally creating an explosion in the family car with air freshener. Police in the western city of Duisburg say the 17-year-old boy had been trying Wednesday to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke in a recently purchased secondhand Volkswagen SUV. They say the teen sprayed so much air freshener inside the vehicle that it...

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