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New York – Police Investigating $6M Jewelry Heist In Manhattan On New Year’s Eve

January 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - Police are searching for three men in connection with a $6 million New Year’s Eve jewelry heist in midtown Manhattan. Police say the trio used a pry-bar and hammer to break into HGK Holdings jewelry wholesaler on West 36th Street at about 11 p.m. Saturday. Once inside, police say they removed the $6 million in jewelry from two safes. There were no reports of any injuries. Police...

Washington – China Calls Trump Remarks On NKorea ‘pandering’

January 2, 2017 at 11:20 PM
Washington - A state-run Chinese tabloid says Donald Trump is "pandering to 'irresponsible' attitudes" after the U.S. president-elect accused China of not stepping in to curtail the North Korean nuclear program. The Global Times newspaper says Pyongyang's nuclear program "stokes the anxieties of some Americans" who blame China rather than looking inward. The Communist Party-controlled...

Washington – Trump On North Korea ICBM: ‘It Won’t Happen!’

January 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Monday that North Korea would not complete a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, vowing on Twitter: "It won't happen!" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Sunday the isolated, nuclear-capable country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile, although some experts have said it is years away...

Havana – Cuba Puts On Show Of Strength As Trump Inauguration Nears

January 2, 2017 at 10:28 PM
Havana - Cuba paraded troops and hundreds of thousands of citizens through its emblematic Revolution Square on Monday in a traditional show of nationalist fighting spirit in the face of steep economic and diplomatic challenges. The event marked the 60th anniversary of the landing of the Granma yacht which brought the Castro brothers and their bearded rebels from Mexico to Cuba to start their...

Albany, NY – After Hiking Minimum Wage, NY Sets Up 200-staffer Task Force

January 2, 2017 at 09:33 PM
Albany, NY - About 200 state investigators and staffers are being assigned to spread the word about New York's recent minimum wage increase — and to make sure businesses comply. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the task force Monday in New York City. The minimum wage was previously $9 an hour statewide until Saturday. Now, it varies by location and size of business, from $9.70 an hour in much...

Washington – Officials: Customs System Outage Causes Waits At Airports

January 2, 2017 at 09:09 PM
Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a statement saying a processing system outage caused delays at various airports. The statement says CBP officers continued processing international travelers using "alternative procedures" until the system came back online Monday but waits were longer than usual at some airports. In Atlanta, CBP public affairs officer Robert Brisley...

Cleveland – Bag That Washed Ashore Is From Missing Plane With 6 Aboard

January 2, 2017 at 09:01 PM
Cleveland - A bag that washed ashore near a private harbor has been confirmed as coming from a small plane carrying six people that disappeared over Lake Erie near Cleveland, authorities said Monday as they resumed a search for the missing aircraft. The city said there have been multiple reports of debris washing ashore east of Burke Lakefront Airport, where the plane carrying a family of four...

Clearwater, FL – Migrants In U.S., Mexico Fret About Trump Threat To Halt Remittances

January 2, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Clearwater, FL - In central Mexico’s Mezquital Valley, new pick-up trucks bounce along unpaved roads and U.S.-style houses are springing up alongside cornfields. But people are afraid that remittances from family members abroad, a primary source of funding for such purchases, may soon dry up. During the holiday season, even as money and gifts have flowed into the area from relatives working...

New York – NY Governor Defends Decision To Commute Brinks Heist Getaway Driver

January 2, 2017 at 08:00 PM
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that a former radical who drove a getaway car during a 1981 Brinks armed car robbery that left three dead impressed him as community-minded when they met before he commuted her sentence to let her seek parole. The Democrat said he believes Judith Clark should be able to make her case for freedom, but he emphasized that the decision will rest with a...

Washington – Medicare Launches Revamp For Heart Attacks, Hip Fractures

January 2, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Washington - Heart attacks and broken hips cause much suffering and worry as people grow older. This year, Medicare wants to start changing how it pays for treatment of these life-threatening conditions, to promote quality and contain costs. Beneficiaries and family members may notice a new approach. Hospitals and doctors in dozens of communities selected for large-scale experiments on this...

Albany, NY – NY Governor Vetoes Plan To Have State Pay For Defending Poor

January 2, 2017 at 07:04 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a proposal to have the state pay for public defenders. His decision means that at least for now, individual counties will largely keep footing the bill for defending poor people accused of crimes. The Democratic governor nixed the measure Saturday night. He said he supports having the state pay to improve criminal defense for the indigent...

Washington – United Investigates After Worker Locked In With Luggage In Cargo Hold

January 2, 2017 at 06:27 PM
Washington - United Airlines says it is investigating after a vendor employee was found unharmed in an aircraft's cargo hold following a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Washington Dulles International Airport. The airline said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that United Express flight 6060 operated by Mesa Airlines landed safely at Dulles on Sunday. The statement...

Newark, NJ – Judge: More Parking For Proposed NJ Mosque Unconstitutional

January 2, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Newark, NJ - An upscale New Jersey town violated anti-discrimination laws by insisting that a proposed mosque have more parking spaces than churches or synagogues because of its unique worship times and traditions, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling issued Saturday by U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp stated that Bernards Township violated the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons...

New York – With New Subway Line Open, NY Transit Agency Chief To Retire

January 2, 2017 at 05:30 PM
New York - The head of the agency that runs New York City's transit system is retiring. The announcement comes the day after a long-awaited new subway line opened. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that Thomas Prendergast will retire early this year. Prendergast has been the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's chairman and CEO since 2013. The agency runs subways, buses, commuter railroads...

Washington – Alabama Band To March At Inauguration, Igniting Controversy

January 2, 2017 at 05:02 PM
Washington - The marching band of Alabama's oldest private, historically black liberal arts college has accepted an invitation to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade, organizers said. Talladega College's band will march at Trump's inauguration as other historically black schools such as Howard University, which performed at President Barack Obama's first inaugural...

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