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United Nations – UN Marks First World Tuna Day With Calls To Conserve It

May 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM
United Nations - The United Nations is marking the first World Tuna Day with calls to conserve one of the globe's most popular fish to be caught and eaten. General Assembly President Peter Thomson said Tuesday that tuna plays a critical role "in sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world." He says tuna species, which are highly...

San Francisco – Microsoft Takes Aim At Google With Laptop, Slim Windows

May 2, 2017 at 11:25 PM
San Francisco - Microsoft is taking aim at Google as it introduced a Surface device for students and slimmed down Windows for the classroom. The new Surface Laptop is the first Surface device without a detachable keyboard. Microsoft says the new laptop will have up to 14.5 hours of battery life, compared with 12 hours for the MacBook Air. The Surface Laptop will come out on June 15. The...

New York – Trump Turns To ‘The Snake’ To Warn About Border Security

May 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - "Take me in, oh tender woman, sighed the vicious snake!" Candidate Donald Trump would electrify crowds by reciting those lyrics from the 1960s song, "The Snake." Now they have a White House imprimatur. Trump revived them from behind a presidential podium during a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania marking his first 100 days in office. Trump delivered a thundering spoken-word...

Baltimore – New Van Aims To Help Police Analyze Weapons At Crime Scenes

May 2, 2017 at 10:33 PM
Baltimore - National officials rolled out a new van Tuesday that will enable detectives to test-fire weapons and rapidly analyze bullets and shell casings recovered at crime scenes rather than sending them to labs and waiting days for results. The first stop for the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network van is Baltimore, where the number of homicides so far this year is the...

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Orthodox Party Wins Control Of AMIA Jewish Center In Buenos Aires

May 2, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Buenos Aires, Argentina - An Orthodox party has won an outright majority in elections for the leadership of the AMIA Jewish community center here, representing a power shift in local Jewish politics. The results of Sunday’s election released Monday showed the Religious United Front with 77 percent of the 6,507 votes. It marked the first time in the 123-year history of AMIA that a religious...

Washington – Official Says Justice Will Aggressively Pursue Hate Crimes

May 2, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is committed to prosecuting those who commit religious hate crimes, a Justice Department official said Tuesday as Democratic senators questioned whether the Trump administration's rhetoric and policies have contributed to a spike in such offenses. Eric Treene, the department's special counsel for religious discrimination, offered no theories for...

New York – Tesla Is Most Painful Stock For Short Sellers In 2017

May 2, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - Traders short selling Tesla's soaring stock have lost $3.7 billion this year, eclipsing the combined losses of traders shorting Apple, Amazon.com and Netflix. The Palo Alto, California, company's stock has become a battleground between investors betting Chief Executive Elon Musk will revolutionize the automobile industry and skeptics who question his aggressive production...

Washington – Privacy Group Sues NYPD For Release Of Facial-recognition Documents

May 2, 2017 at 08:31 PM
Washington - A privacy group sued the New York Police Department on Tuesday to demand the release of documents related to its use of facial-recognition technology, which rights groups have criticized as discriminatory and lacking in proper oversight. The lawsuit is the latest attempt to compel U.S. law enforcement agencies to disclose more about how they rely on searchable facial-recognition...

Jerusalem – Israeli Strikes Raise Stakes In Face-off With Hezbollah

May 2, 2017 at 08:02 PM
Jerusalem - Two Israeli air strikes against Hezbollah targets in Syria in recent weeks seem to mark a more openly assertive stance toward the group after years of shadow boxing, requiring careful calibration to avoid escalation into a war that neither wants. For most of the six-year-long conflict in Syria, Israel has stuck determinedly to the sidelines, not wanting to get sucked into the chaos...

New York – Apple Posts Surprise Fall In iPhones Sales

May 2, 2017 at 07:30 PM
New York - Apple Inc reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales for the second quarter on Tuesday, indicating that customers had held back purchases in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary edition launch of the company's most important product. The company boosted its capital return program by $50 billion, increasing its share repurchase authorization by $35 billion and raising its quarterly...

Bayonne, NJ – Christie: Bayonne Bridge Elevation Work Ahead Of Schedule

May 2, 2017 at 07:01 PM
Bayonne, NJ - Work to remove the lower roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, allowing bigger cargo ships to reach New York City-area ports, will be completed six months ahead of schedule, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday. The Republican governor said the work, part of a $1.6 billion project, should be done by June 30. The Bayonne Bridge currently has a navigational clearance of 151...

Baltimore MD – Overcoming Opioids: When Pills Are A Hospital’s Last Resort

May 2, 2017 at 06:31 PM
Baltimore MD - A car crash shattered Stuart Anders' thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers — he'd been addicted once before and panicked at the thought of relapsing. "I can't lose what I worked for," he said. The nation's opioid crisis is forcing hospitals to begin rolling out...

New York – Clinton Blames Misogyny, FBI, Russia, Herself For 2016 Loss

May 2, 2017 at 06:02 PM
New York - Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she's taking responsibility for her 2016 election loss but believes misogyny, Russian interference and questionable decisions by the FBI also influenced the outcome. The former Democratic presidential nominee offered extensive comments about the election during the Women for Women International's annual luncheon in New York. Clinton said she's been...

Washington – Pence: Israeli Embassy Move Under ‘Serious Consideration’

May 2, 2017 at 05:01 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is giving "serious consideration" to moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday, they day before a scheduled White House visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump is also "personally committed" to becoming the U.S. president who finally ends the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Pence...

New York – All New York City Schools To Get Single-stall Bathrooms

May 2, 2017 at 04:41 PM
New York - Every New York City public school must install at least one single-stall restroom under a new policy announced by Chancellor Carmen Farina (fah-REEN'-yah). Farina said Tuesday that the restrooms will be available in all city schools by January 2018. School officials say the single-stall bathrooms will support the privacy needs of transgender students and students with medical...

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