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New York – Bike Path Attack Suspect Is Identified, Shouted “Allahu Akbar”

October 31, 2017 at 07:19 PM
New York - A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday, killing at least eight and injuring 11 others in what the mayor called "a particularly cowardly act of terror." The driver was shot in the abdomen by police and taken into custody after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun...

Iowa – New Fingerprint Algorithm Helps FBI ID Bodies Found Decades Ago

October 31, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Iowa - Just after Thanksgiving Day in 1983, James Downey dropped off his older brother, John, at a Houston bus station, then quickly turned away so neither the police nor a motorcycle gang affiliated with his brother could later demand details about where the bus was headed. For 34 years, he didn't hear a word about him. Then this spring Downey received a heart-breaking call, one that more...

New York – NYC Votes To Repeal 91-year-old Law Banning Dancing In Bars

October 31, 2017 at 06:33 PM
New York - Cut loose! New York City lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize dancing in bars, repealing a 91-year-old law that banned boogieing at most city nightspots. The anti-dancing law was first enacted in 1926 and prohibited dancing in bars and restaurants that don't have a cabaret license. Critics said the so-called cabaret law originated as a racist attempt to police Harlem's 1920s jazz...

Washington – Trump Answers Terror Attack: ‘NOT IN THE U.S.A.’

October 31, 2017 at 05:58 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is declaring "NOT IN THE U.S.A." after a man in a rented truck plowed into a busy bike path near the World Trade Center, killing at least eight people. New York's mayor has labeled the attack a "cowardly act of terror." Trump says in a tweet, "In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person." He says law enforcement "is following" the...

New York – NYC Mayor Says Truck Attack A “Cowardly” Act Of Terror

October 31, 2017 at 05:44 PM
New York - New York City's mayor says a truck attack in lower Manhattan killed eight people and was a "cowardly" act of terror. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center "was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it a "lone wolf" attack. He says there's no evidence to...

New Jersey – NJ AG Sues OxyContin Maker, Claims It Misled Public

October 31, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey is suing the company that manufactures OxyContin, claiming a "direct link" between the state's opioid crisis and the firm's deceptive marketing practices. State Attorney General Christopher Porrino says the five-count lawsuit against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and two of its entities was filed Tuesday. It seeks undisclosed monetary damages for fraud and false...

Washington – Trump Admin To Defend Cuba Embargo At UN, Reversing Obama

October 31, 2017 at 04:19 PM
Washington - The Trump administration will defend America's decades-old economic embargo on Cuba in a United Nations vote this week, the State Department said Tuesday, in a reversal from the Obama administration that reflects deteriorating U.S.-Cuban relations. Every year the U.N. votes to condemn the embargo, and for years the U.S. predictably voted "no." But last year, under President Barack...

New York – Terror Attack: Motorist Hits People On Bike Path Near World Trade Center; 8 Dead, 15 Injured

October 31, 2017 at 03:26 PM
New York - A man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring several others in what authorities said may have been a terrorist attack. The driver was shot by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand, officials said. He was taken into custody. His...

Washington – Democrats Want A Law To Stop Trump From Bombing North Korea

October 31, 2017 at 03:17 PM
Washington - Democratic U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday they said would prevent President Donald Trump from launching a nuclear first strike on North Korea on his own, highlighting the issue days before the Republican's first presidential trip to Asia. The measure would stop Trump, or any U.S. president, from launching an attack on North Korea, or spending any money on a military...

Washington – White House Releases Official Trump Portrait

October 31, 2017 at 02:39 PM
Washington - The White House is releasing official portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday. The two are smiling in their photos, captured in front of an American flag, with Trump wearing a blue tie and Pence in a red one. White House photographers Shealah Craighead and Myles Cullen made the photos of Trump and Pence, respectively. The photos are...

New York, NY – New York City Becomes First In Nation To Enforce Salary History Ban

October 31, 2017 at 02:30 PM
New York, NY - New York City today became the first municipality in the nation to enforce a law prohibiting all employers in New York City from inquiring about job seekers’ salary history during the hiring process, including on job applications and in interviews. By removing questions about an applicant’s previous earnings, the law allows applicants who have been systemically underpaid...

New York – Kushner Partner All But Kills Plan For Fifth Ave Skyscraper

October 31, 2017 at 02:06 PM
New York - The co-owner of a Fifth Avenue skyscraper controlled by the family of Jared Kushner said Tuesday that demolishing the tower to build luxury apartments is not practical and the building will likely remain as offices. The comments from Vornado Realty Trust CEO Steven Roth suggest that the biggest, most ambitious purchase in Jared Kushner's career will continue to bleed money, tens of...

Jerusalem – A Jewish-themed Beard Balm For Hipsters And Hasids

October 31, 2017 at 01:34 PM
Jerusalem - On a recent Friday, Eitan Press stood in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market offering to apply balm to the beards of passers-by. Press was hoping they would get hooked on his product, an ointment that comes in a variety of Jewish-themed scents, including the popular Sukkot (myrtle, lemon, lemongrass and mint) and Havdalah (clove and cinnamon). The founder of the Aleph Male beard...

Berlin – Anti-Semitic Stickers Of Anne Frank Appear In German Soccer

October 31, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Berlin - Anti-Semitic stickers of Holocaust victim Anne Frank have surfaced at some soccer events in Germany after they first triggered a scandal in Italy. The German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that stickers with the image of the Jewish girl wearing a jersey of a Leipzig team were found in the eastern German city and others were found in the western city of Duesseldorf. The sticker of...

Washington – Trump Chief Of Staff’s Civil War Comment Draws Fire

October 31, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Washington - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's comment that the U.S. Civil War was sparked by a lack of "compromise" drew criticism and reignited a debate over Confederate monuments and the role of slavery. In an interview on Monday night with Fox News, Kelly was asked whether a Virginia church should have removed plaques honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee and President George...

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