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New York, NY – NYC Mayor Says Violence-torn Rikers Island Jail Complex To Be Shut Down

April 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM
New York - New York City's massive Rikers Island jail complex will close in as little as 10 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday, saying falling crime levels had paved the way toward shuttering the troubled facility. The decision by the Democratic mayor follows a 9 percent drop in the city's overall crime rate over three years, and an even larger drop in the inmate...

New York – Fox, Bill O’Reilly Settle Claims With Five Women

April 1, 2017 at 11:27 PM
New York - Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and his employer have made payouts totaling about $13 million to five women to settle claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior, the New York Times reported on Saturday. O'Reilly said in a statement that he has been unfairly targeted because of his public prominence. "In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever...

Washington – Wealthy White House Staffers’ Finances Detailed In New Disclosures

April 1, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and daughter are holding onto scores of real estate investments — part of a portfolio of at least $240 million in assets — while they serve in White House jobs, according to new financial disclosures. The revelations about Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were part of a massive White House release of financial disclosure forms Friday night for...

Houston, TX – Witness: Driver That Killed 13 In Crash Admitted Texting While Driving

April 1, 2017 at 10:40 PM
Houston, TX - The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday. Jody Kuchler told The Associated Press he was driving behind the truck and had seen it moving erratically prior to the Wednesday collision on a two-lane road about 75 west (120 km...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Early Shabbos Morning Four Alarm Fire Causes Massive Damage To KJ Home

April 1, 2017 at 10:36 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY Approximately 40 firefighters from eight different fire companies responded to a four alarm blaze in Kiryas Joel in the early morning hours of Shabbos, causing heavy damage to a three story multi-family home. According to the Times Herald Record (http://bit.ly/2onU4Fu), the fire at 9 Taylor Court was reported at approximately 5 AM. Only three people were in the wood and...

Atlanta GA – Three Transients Arrested In Atlanta Fire Highway Bridge Collapse

April 1, 2017 at 10:17 PM
Atlanta, GA - Three people described as transients were in custody Friday in connection with the fiery collapse of a major interstate highway bridge running through the heart of Atlanta, as officials said it would take months to repair the damage. No one was hurt when the span gave way on Thursday evening as a fire raged beneath it, sending thick black smoke into the air and briefly igniting a...

Queens, NY – Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Black Hate Crime Victim Killed By White Man

April 1, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Queens, NY - Just under two weeks after he staggered into a Manhattan police station covered in blood, Timothy Caughman was remembered at his funeral Saturday as a man dedicated to making the world a better place through conversation. "It's such a sick irony that someone obviously diseased of mind could commit a hate crime against someone so loving," said Khadijah Peek, Caughman's cousin, as...

Jerusalem – Israeli Police Kill Palestinian Who Stabbed Three In Jerusalem

April 1, 2017 at 09:25 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli paramilitary police officers shot dead a Palestinian on Saturday after he stabbed three Israelis in Jerusalem's Old City, a police spokesman said. The assailant wounded two ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in the street before fleeing into a nearby house where he was caught by border police officers who had given chase. He stabbed one of them before being shot, police spokesman...

Jerusalem – Boycott Leader Calls Israeli Tax Fraud Probe ‘Vicious Lies’

April 1, 2017 at 08:59 PM
Jerusalem - The founder of an anti-Israel boycott movement says the Israeli authorities' investigation into his suspected tax evasion is based on "vicious lies." Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian who holds Israeli residency, says Saturday he is not allowed to delve into details of his case because of a gag order. But he insists the probe is politically motivated. The Israel Tax Authority says...

Mocoa, Colombia – Colombia Mudslide, Flooding Kill 254 In Midnight Deluge

April 1, 2017 at 08:39 PM
Colombia - Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks onto buildings and roads in the provincial...

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