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New York – Reuters/Ipsos States Of The Nation: Clinton Leads In Florida

September 26, 2016 at 04:00 PM
New York - Democrat Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump in the traditional battleground state of Florida, strengthening her position in the race for the White House, the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project showed ahead of the pair's first presidential debate on Monday night. If the election were held on Monday, Clinton would lead Trump in the Electoral...

New York – Court: American Express Can Enforce Credit Card Anti-steering Rules

September 26, 2016 at 03:48 PM
New York - A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the way for American Express Co to enforce rules prohibiting merchants that accept its cards from steering customers toward lower-cost cards offered by competing issuers. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge erred in concluding that American Express' agreements violated federal antitrust law. It directed...

New York – US Awards $20 Million For Body Cameras To 100 Police Departments

September 26, 2016 at 03:23 PM
New York - More than 100 U.S. police departments and law enforcement agencies will receive $20 million to help buy body cameras, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday, in a bid to improve trust between officers and the public. Demand for body cameras has risen amid a series of shootings of black men, many of them unarmed, by police, and last year the Obama administration unveiled a $20...

Tel Aviv – Jewish WWII ‘Avenger’ Joseph Harmatz Dead At 91

September 26, 2016 at 03:01 PM
Tel Aviv - Holocaust survivor Joseph Harmatz, who led the most daring attempt by Jews seeking revenge against their former Nazi tormentors, has died. He was 91. His son, Ronel Harmatz, confirmed the death Monday. Harmatz was one of the few remaining Jewish "Avengers" who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS officers in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that sickened more than...

Albany, NY – Forever With Fido: NY To Allow People To Be Buried With Pets

September 26, 2016 at 02:25 PM
Albany, NY - New York state will now allow people to be buried with the cremated remains of their pet. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Monday. Cemeteries wouldn't have to offer the option, and religious cemeteries would be specifically forbidden from doing so. Cuomo, a Democrat, says many New Yorkers consider their pets to be a member of the family, and say the previous...

Jerusalem – Israel To Charge Former Officials With Corruption

September 26, 2016 at 02:22 PM
Jerusalem - Israel says it will charge more than a dozen former ministers and other officials from the defense minister's party with corruption. The Justice Ministry said Monday there is evidence against 16 members of Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party, including senior officials. Lieberman himself is not implicated. The 16 include Stas Misezhnikov, a former tourism minister...

New York – The Desk Is Back: Marriott Is Redesigning Hotel Rooms

September 26, 2016 at 01:47 PM
New York - The desk is back. Marriott is redesigning its hotel rooms, and desks with chairs are once again a standard feature. Desks had started to disappear from hotel rooms partly due to a perception that they were unnecessary in the era of laptops and cellphones, and that younger travelers weren't using them. Rooms without desks also seemed to fit into a larger trend in the hotel...

New York – Moderator Lester Holt Under Scrutiny During Debate

September 26, 2016 at 01:31 PM
New York - Everyone's aware of the stakes for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the first presidential debate, but there's a third person in the equation who faces a different pressure: Lester Holt. The NBC News veteran is moderating his first general election debate, making him solely responsible for the questions asked each candidate and for steering the conversation. His performance...

Newark, NJ – Business Owner, 2 Firms Face Visa Fraud Charges

September 26, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Newark, NJ - Federal prosecutors in New Jersey said Monday the part-owner of two information technology firms and an employee fraudulently used a visa program to reduce skilled labor costs. Prosecutors filed conspiracy charges against Sowrabh Sharma, of New York; his two firms, Jersey City-based SCM Data and MMC Systems, of Ashburn, Virginia; and Shikha Mohta, a Jersey City man who is head of...

Hempstead, NY – Suburban NY Police Prep For Presidential Debate

September 26, 2016 at 12:18 PM
Hempstead, NY - Demonstrators are expected at Hofstra University for Monday night's showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but police are keeping them at a distance from the debate hall. Police are setting up a designated protest area that is across a six-lane roadway from the actual presidential debate site. They say the goal will be to keep opposing groups from tangling with each...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Leviathan Gas To Supply Jordan In $10 Bln Deal

September 26, 2016 at 12:02 PM
Jerusalem - Backers of Israel's massive Leviathan natural gas field signed a $10 billion deal on Monday to supply 1.6 trillion feet (tcf) of gas to Jordan's National Electric Power Company. The deal marks a significant step forward in Israel's efforts to exploit its offshore gas reserves, although it is still looking for a partnership with Egypt or Turkey, or both, which would give it far more...

Tirana, Albania – Albanian Taxi Driver Decorates His Cab With Trump Pictures

September 26, 2016 at 11:27 AM
Tirana, Albania - An Albanian taxi driver who has plastered his cab with pictures of Donald Trump says the U.S. presidential candidate has helped his business prosper. Uljan Kolgjegja said Monday he was prompted to decorate his taxi with pictures of the Republican candidate after Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama said Trump could be "a real threat to Albanian-American ties." The move has...

Pittsburgh, PA – Legendary Arnold Palmer, A Golfing King With Common Touch, Dies At 87

September 26, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Pittsburgh, PA - Arnold Palmer charged across the golf course and into America's living rooms with a go-for-broke style that made a country-club sport popular for the everyman. At ease with presidents and the public, he was on a first-name basis with both. He never lost that personal touch. That's what made him the King. Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh at 87. Alastair Johnston, the CEO of...

Paterson, NJ – Bomb Case Is Latest Hardship For NJ’s Large Muslim Community

September 26, 2016 at 10:31 AM
Paterson, NJ - At the Islamic Center of Passaic County, which draws about 2,000 people each Friday for communal prayers, the talk is about how this year is different. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, people of other faiths in the surrounding community were generally able to see the difference between the radical perpetrators and American Muslims, said Omar Awad, president of the...

Weehawken, NJ – 2 Buses Headed For NYC Crash In Lincoln Tunnel, Injuring 44

September 26, 2016 at 10:11 AM
Weehawken, NJ - A bus driver has been ticketed for an unsafe lane change after two New Jersey Transit buses headed to New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal collided in the Lincoln Tunnel, injuring 44 people. Port Authority Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the crash occurred around 8:50 a.m. Monday in the center tube. Pentangelo says the injuries aren't considered life-threatening and...

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