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New York – To Visit Titanic, New York Banker Dives Deep Into Her Savings

April 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM
New York - Renata Rojas has longed to visit the wreck of the Titanic since she was a girl, years before the ill-fated passenger liner was discovered on the seabed three decades ago. Next year, the 49-year-old New York banker and diving enthusiast should finally realize her dream, and she is shelling out more than $105,000 for the privilege. "I don't own an apartment. I don't own a car. I...

New York – Source: Death Of NY Judge Seen As Suicide

April 13, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - Police detectives retracing the final hours of a pioneering judge who turned up dead in the Hudson River in Manhattan have found no signs of foul play, supporting the belief it was a suicide, some law enforcement officials said Thursday. Speaking to reporters about the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce declined to answer...

Detroit – Tesla Set To Unveil Electric Semi-truck In September

April 13, 2017 at 11:16 PM
Detroit - Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk says the company plans to unveil an electric semi-truck in September. Musk tweeted the announcement Thursday. He offered no other details about the semi, such as whether it will be equipped with Tesla's partially self-driving Autopilot mode. Musk also said the company plans to unveil a pickup truck in 18 to 24 months. Tesla currently sells two electric...

New York – Report: Uber Used Secret Program To Track Lyft Drivers

April 13, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - A new report says Uber used a secret program dubbed "Hell' to track Lyft drivers to see if they were driving for both ride-hailing services and otherwise stifle competition. It's the latest in a series of troubles for Uber, which is also dealing with executive departures and accusations of sexism and sexual harassment. Only a small group of Uber employees, including CEO Travis...

Moscow – Lavrov says Russia, U.S. agree U.S. strikes on Syria should not be repeated: Interfax

April 13, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Moscow - Russia and the United States have a shared understanding that U.S. air strikes on Syria should not be repeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem in Moscow on Thursday, Interfax news agency reported. He said this was "concluded" during Wednesday's visit of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow. But in Washington, the U.S...

Medford, MA – Rabbi Saul Leeman, Who Marched With Martin Luther King To Montgomery, Is Dead At 100

April 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Medford, MA - Rabbi Saul Leeman, a longtime leader of Conservative congregations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and a civil rights activist who took part in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, has died at 100. Leeman, who served the Cranston Jewish Center on Rhode Island and later Temple Shalom in Medford, Massachusetts, died April 5. The Providence Journal...

Chicago – Removal Of United Passenger Shines Light On Airport Police

April 13, 2017 at 09:53 PM
Chicago - A tense, three-hour hearing Thursday about what happened to a passenger dragged from his seat on a United flight exposed confusion even among Chicago city officials about the duties of the little-known police force at the center of the embarrassing episode — and warnings it likely will be overhauled. In the middle of a tense exchange, Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans...

Warsaw, Poland – Polish Court Sentences Man In Burning Of A Jew In Effigy

April 13, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Warsaw - An appeals court in Wroclaw sentenced a man convicted of the 2015 burning in effigy of a haredi Jew to three months in prison. Piotr Rybak had appealed an earlier sentence of 10 months in prison, with both the defense and prosecution agreeing that he instead serve 10 months of community service. But the court disagreed. “It was a shameful act because he showed Poland in the eyes...

Washington – Men Convicted Of Killing US Tourist In Israel Charged In US

April 13, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Two Palestinian men convicted in Israel of murdering a U.S. citizen who was hiking near an Israeli archaeological site could face prosecution in the United States if they're ever released from an Israeli prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement Thursday that Ayad Fatafta and Kifah Ghanimat each face a federal charge of murdering a U.S...

Hartford, CT – Connecticut Governor Will Not Seek Re-election To Third Term

April 13, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Hartford, CT - The Connecticut governor who gained national attention for seeking stronger gun laws after 20 first-graders were killed in a school shooting and for welcoming a Syrian refugee family rebuffed by Indiana says he won't seek a third term. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday at the state Capitol that he and his family have decided they're "ready for another stage"...

Washington – Trump, In Fresh Warning: North Korea ‘will Be Taken Care Of’

April 13, 2017 at 07:40 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is sending North Korea a fresh warning, calling it a "problem" country that "will be taken care of." Trump commented on North Korea after he was asked about the U.S. military's decision to drop the largest non-nuclear weapon it has ever used in combat on an area of eastern Afghanistan. Asked whether dropping the bomb sends a message to North Korea as it...

Baltimore – Rescuers Pluck Passengers From Stuck Roller Coaster

April 13, 2017 at 06:55 PM
Baltimore - An amusement park roller coaster featuring a "cobra roll," ''sidewinder loop," and "countless swift reversals" stalled Thursday evening outside of Washington, D.C., leaving 24 riders stuck 100 feet (30 meters) up in the air. Prince George's County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady said on his Twitter account that the riders came to a standstill about 5:30 p.m. at Six Flags America in...

Washington – FBI Director: Public Should Be Aware Agenda-driven Fake News

April 13, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - FBI Director James Comey said Americans should be aware of foreign efforts to undermine confidence in U.S. elections and mindful of the possibility that what they're reading might be part of an organized disinformation campaign. Comey said the Russian government has for years tried to weaken public faith in democratic processes around the globe, and recently has resorted to more...

New York – About 2 Dozen People Arrested At Protest Inside Trump Tower

April 13, 2017 at 05:22 PM
New York - Police say about two dozen people have been arrested inside Trump Tower after staging a protest there against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. A video posted Thursday afternoon on Twitter shows someone on the second floor of the building's atrium unfurling a large banner that reads "No Raids." Another clip shows a sit-in on the marble floor near a bank of elevators...

Fairfax, VA – Suspect Arrested In Swastika Attack On Jewish Center And Church Near DC

April 13, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Fairfax, VA - Police in Fairfax, Va. have arrested and charged a suspect for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the city’s Jewish Community Center and a nearby church. On Wednesday, police arrested Dylan M. Mahone, 20, at his home, based on surveillance video of the incidents, which occurred Tuesday, according to a statement by the Fairfax County Police Dept. He is also accused of...

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