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New York – Moderator Lester Holt Works To Keep Control Of Debate

September 26, 2016 at 11:45 PM
New York - NBC's Lester Holt struggled to keep control of the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, learning the dangers of fact-checking in the midst of a tense confrontation being viewed by tens of millions of people. The NBC News veteran was moderating his first general election debate Monday night, making him solely responsible for the questions asked each candidate and...

Washington – Showdown: Congress Looks To Override Obama Veto Of 9/11 Bill

September 26, 2016 at 11:35 PM
Washington - Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The showdown is scheduled for Wednesday. Proponents of the legislation say they have enough votes for what would be a first: During...

Hempstead, NY – Clinton, Trump Clash Over Race And Economy In First Debate

September 26, 2016 at 11:03 PM
Hempstead, NY - Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump on Monday of having a long history of racist behavior during a heated presidential debate that could reshape the 2016 campaign for the White House. Clinton and Trump interrupted each other throughout the debate on topics ranging from foreign policy to the economy. Trump said Clinton had very little to show for her many...

Albany, NY – Lawmakers’ Report Finds Crowded Airbnb Rentals In New York

September 26, 2016 at 10:18 PM
Albany, NY - A report on New York City Airbnb rentals has found cases of air mattresses in kitchens, bunk beds in a dining area and listings for up to 32 people, showing the need for tighter rules on the popular online home rental service, according to the two state lawmakers who issued the analysis. The study, from Democratic Sens. Jeff Klein and Diane Savino, looked at advertisements for 110...

Hempstead, NY – Clinton Accuses Trump Of ‘Hiding Something’ In Taxes

September 26, 2016 at 10:04 PM
Hempstead, NY - Hillary Clinton emphatically accused Donald Trump of purposely keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters, declaring during Monday night's presidential debate, "There's something he's hiding." Trump aggressively tried to turn the openness questions around on Clinton, who is seen by many voters as secretive. Trump said he would release his tax...

Newark, NJ – Civil Liberties Organization Representing Bombing Suspect

September 26, 2016 at 08:28 PM
Newark, NJ - The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday began representing a man accused of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey and injuring more than 30 people. A lawyer for the organization's New Jersey chapter entered a notice of appearance in Ahmad Khan Rahami's case in federal court in Newark. Rahami has been hospitalized since he was caught following a shootout with police...

Washington – FBI Data Show Increase In Murder, Violent Crime In 2015

September 26, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Are Americans safer? It depends on where you live. A report issued Monday by the FBI says the number of murders rose by more than 10 percent in 2015 from the previous year, while violent crime overall was up nearly 4 percent. Experts say the increase is driven by a spike in violent crime in at least several large cities, but they caution that the country is in the midst of such...

New York – ‘Pokemon Go’ Fervor Has Cooled, But The Game Isn’t Dead Yet

September 26, 2016 at 07:34 PM
New York - Does "Pokemon Go" have a second act? The mobile phone app was an instant hit when it debuted in July. Crowds stampeded after a Vaporeon in Central Park and people fell off cliffs playing it in California. At an Apple event on Sept. 7, Niantic CEO John Hanke said 500 million people had downloaded the game in just two months. It was the first mobile game to go mainstream in a big...

New York – NY Launches Ad Campaign To Fight Anti-Muslim Rhetoric, Violence

September 26, 2016 at 07:01 PM
New York - New York City kicked off a social media advertising campaign on Monday to combat negative perceptions of Muslims and counteract increasing instances of threats and violence, officials said. Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads "I am Muslim. I am NYC", according to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. The campaign is aimed at...

New York – Lawyer: NYPD Officer Charged In Road-rage Killing

September 26, 2016 at 06:10 PM
New York - A New York City police officer has been charged in the road-rage killing of an unarmed motorist. Defense attorney Stephen Worth confirmed Monday that a Brooklyn grand jury voted to indict Officer Wayne Isaacs on murder and manslaughter charges. He said his client would appear in court on Tuesday. Isaacs was off duty and behind the wheel of his car on July 4 when he and Delrawn...

Atlanta – Ex-Verizon Worker Accused Of Selling Customer Phone Records To Private Investigator

September 26, 2016 at 05:43 PM
Atlanta - A former Verizon Wireless technician is accused of using the company's computers to obtain customers' private call records — plus data showing where customers' phones were — and then selling them to an unnamed private investigator, federal prosecutors said. Daniel Eugene Traeger, who worked in Alabama, sold the confidential information for more than four years, from 2009 to 2014...

Brooklyn, NY – Man Convicted Of Murder In Death Of Williamsburg Landlord Menachem Stark

September 26, 2016 at 05:30 PM
New York - Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 29-year-old Brooklyn man has been convicted for his participation in the kidnapping and murder of Menachem Stark, 39, on January 2, 2014. District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant waited for Menachem Stark outside of his office and forcibly kidnapped him, killing him in the process. As a result, his wife and...

Newark, NJ – Testimony: Christie Pals OK’d Gridlock, Campaign Chief Knew

September 26, 2016 at 05:04 PM
Newark, NJ - A political revenge scheme to create traffic gridlock near the George Washington Bridge in 2013 was approved by two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie on trial for fraud and shared with Christie's then-campaign manager, the government's key witness testified Monday. David Wildstein also told jurors how he received the now-famous "Time for some traffic problems in Fort...

New York – Clinton And Trump Puppets Face Off Ahead Of Presidential Debate

September 26, 2016 at 04:33 PM
New York - Puppets resembling U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in New York City on Monday a few hours before the real candidates were due to engage in their first debate. The puppets took questions from a human moderator on such topics as climate change and women's rights. The event was performed by cast members of Avenue Q, a Broadway musical starring...

Trenton, NJ – Research Finds Talc Doesn’t Cause Cancer; Juries Disagree

September 26, 2016 at 04:21 PM
Trenton, NJ - Two lawsuits ended in jury verdicts worth $127 million. Two others were tossed out by a judge who said there wasn't reliable evidence that the talc in Johnson & Johnson's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer. So who's right? And is baby powder safe? Most research finds no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and using baby powder for feminine hygiene, a practice...

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