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New York – Restored Historic Ship Returning To Once-devastated Seaport

September 23, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - After a yearlong renovation, an iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885 is returning to New York City's seaport district as the centerpiece of a museum that is making a comeback after having the wind knocked out of its sails after Superstorm Sandy. The Wavertree, one of the last large sailing ships made of wrought-iron and the largest still afloat, is scheduled to be moved Saturday...

New York – Negative Online Reviews Are Double-edge Sword For Businesses

September 23, 2016 at 05:26 PM
New York - It is a double-edged cybersword: a negative review of a restaurant or other business, posted for the world to see. Anyone who peruses Yelp!, TripAdvisor, Google and companies' own websites can see complaints about bad food, surly sales associates, late deliveries or defective merchandise. But some business owners, even when they are chagrined or embarrassed, regard a bad review as...

Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Hasidic Man Convicted Of Gang Assault

September 23, 2016 at 04:55 PM
New York - Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 24-year-old man from Williamsburg, Brooklyn was convicted of gang assault and related charges for his role in the brutal beating of Taj Patterson, a young man who was walking in the street when he was set upon by over a dozen people. District Attorney Thompson said, “Today’s verdict is a testament to our...

Washington – Obama Vetoes Sept. 11 Saudi Bill; Says Would Hurt National Security

September 23, 2016 at 04:53 PM
Washington -President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, saying the bill would hurt U.S. national security interests. Obama said in a statement that the bill could lead to lawsuits against U.S. officials for actions by foreign groups that receive U.S. aid, military equipment or training, and would hurt...

Albany, NY – Cuomo: Corruption Allegations ‘reprehensible’

September 23, 2016 at 04:31 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says allegations former confidant Joe Percoco solicited bribes are "reprehensible" and personally disappointing, given Percoco's long ties to the Cuomo family. The Democratic governor addressed the scandal in a speech Friday in Buffalo. He says the arrests of Percoco, SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros and six other men...

New York – Long Time Ulster Sheriff’s Employee Dies During Training Exercise

September 23, 2016 at 04:00 PM
New York - The Ulster County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the loss of one of its own after a 30 year veteran drowned during a training exercise. 51 year old Sergeant Kerry Winters died Thursday during a training dive at the Ashokan Reservoir located 13 miles west of Kingston, one of two reservoirs that are part of New York City’s Catskill Water Supply System. Winters became separated...

Texas – Long A Rival, Cruz Posts on Facebook That He Will Vote For Trump

September 23, 2016 at 03:41 PM
Texas - Ted Cruz says he's voting for Donald Trump for president — a shocking about-face after he rocked the Republican convention by dramatically refusing to do so. The Texas senator says on Facebook that he made the decision for two reasons. First, his promise to support the Republican nominee. And second, his belief that Democrat Hillary Clinton is "wholly unacceptable." The flip-flop...

New York – Mideast Quartet Warns That Israeli Settlements Eroding Two-state Solution

September 23, 2016 at 03:30 PM
New York - The international diplomatic "quartet" of Mideast peacemakers called once again on Friday for Israel and the Palestinians to take steps to resume stalled peace talks. At a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, the top diplomats of the European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States urged the parties to create conditions for restarting "meaningful"...

New York – Orthodox Jewish Organization: No Pre-Nup, No Wedding, Says RCA

September 23, 2016 at 03:00 PM
New York - Hoping to eliminate devastating difficulties in the divorce process, the Rabbinical Council of America has passed a resolution requiring all of its member rabbis to require the use of a halachic prenuptial agreements when they officiate at weddings. The resolution was adopted Thursday by the membership of the RCA and was designed to prevent potential problems in cases where one...

Geneva – U.S. Police Killings Reminiscent Of Lynching, U.N. Group Says

September 23, 2016 at 02:30 PM
Geneva - Police killings of black people in the United States are reminiscent of lynchings and the government must do far more to protect them, a United Nations working group says in a report that will be debated at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday. The hard-hitting criticism - drawing a comparison between modern police behavior and mob killings of blacks in the 19th and 20th centuries...

Elizabeth, NJ – Rahami’s Father Says He Told FBI That Son Had ‘Become Bad’

September 23, 2016 at 02:06 PM
Elizabeth, NJ - The father of the man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey said his son underwent a personality change after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013. Speaking to The Associated Press early Friday by telephone, Mohammad Rahami, father of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, said he told the FBI in 2014 about his son's apparent radicalization after household...

Marblehead, MA – UPS Testing Drones For Use In Its Package Delivery System

September 23, 2016 at 01:24 PM
Marblehead, MA - One of the world's largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system. Atlanta-based UPS has partnered with Danvers, Massachusetts-based robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations. The companies began testing the drones Thursday, launching one from the...

Charlotte, NC – NY Times Posts Video Recorded By Wife, Shows Police Deadly Encounter

September 23, 2016 at 01:20 PM
Charlotte, NC - The New York Times has posted video of the deadly encounter involving police and a black man who was shot by an officer in Charlotte. The video, posted on the newspaper's website Friday, was recorded by the wife of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. The 2 ½ minute video does not show the shooting, though gunshots can be heard. Before gunfire erupts, police repeatedly tell Scott...

Brea, CA – Driver Caught Using Mannequin To Drive In Carpool Lane

September 23, 2016 at 01:02 PM
Brea, CA - A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin — not a real person — to drive in the carpool lane. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/2d5N3Sh ) that Brea police found the mannequin Friday inside a truck on the congested 57 freeway. The truck veered out of the carpool lane close to an officer's motorcycle. As the officer attempted to warn the driver to...

Charlotte, NC – North Carolina Congressman Says Charlotte Protesters ‘Hate White People’

September 23, 2016 at 12:35 PM
Charlotte, NC - A Republican congressman who represents the Charlotte area said Thursday that people are protesting in the city because they "hate white people." U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, whose district includes parts of Charlotte and its suburbs, was asked by an interviewer for Britain's "BBC Newsnight" what grievance the protesters have. In the video posted online Thursday, Pittenger...

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