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Washington – Microsoft Vows To Bring Broadband To Millions Of Rural Americans

July 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Microsoft Corp on Tuesday announced an initiative to bring high-speed internet to millions of rural Americans through unused television airwaves in a long-term bet for user growth. The Redmond, Washington, technology company proposed using spectrum typically reserved for TV stations to broadcast high-speed internet to underserved U.S. locations. To start, Microsoft will commit to...

Orlando, FL – SeaWorld Offers “Up Close” Tours Of Orcas

July 11, 2017 at 11:38 PM
Orlando, FL - SeaWorld Orlando is now offering "up-close" tours of its killer whales where visitors hear stories from trainers and are educated about the habits of orcas. The new "Killer Whale Up-Close Tour" announced Tuesday is another move by the theme park toward education and away from orca shows. During the 45-minute tours, visitors will also watch husbandry demonstrations and learn...

Boston – Vandalized, Repaired Boston Holocaust Memorial Rededicated

July 11, 2017 at 11:03 PM
Boston - A Holocaust memorial that was vandalized and later repaired was rededicated Tuesday by city and state officials, religious leaders and survivors of Nazi death camps. A 9-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) panel on one of the six glass towers that comprise the New England Holocaust Memorial was shattered last month by a thrown rock, an act that drew swift condemnation and an immediate promise to...

Washington – Government Scraps Search For New FBI Headquarters

July 11, 2017 at 10:32 PM
Washington - The nation's top law enforcement agency will continue operating out of its deteriorating downtown Washington headquarters for the foreseeable future after the federal government announced Tuesday it had scrapped a decade-long plan to look for a new building in Maryland or Virginia. The General Services Administration, which oversees federal office space, said it does not have...

West Bank – Expansion Plan Highlights Crowded West Bank City’s Plight

July 11, 2017 at 10:10 PM
West Bank - Last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government quietly passed one of its most significant concessions to the Palestinians: a plan to alter the West Bank map and turn over a small chunk of Israeli-controlled territory. But after an uproar by Israeli settler leaders, the government appears poised to cancel the move — a decision that could upset nascent U.S. efforts to...

Washington – Perry: Threat To US Nuclear Reactors ‘Real,’ Ongoing

July 11, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday that "state-sponsored" or criminal hackers are targeting U.S. nuclear power plants and other energy providers, but said the government has resources to safeguard the nation's electric grid. Perry told Fox Business Network that the threat of cyberattacks on the electric grid "is real, it's ongoing and we shouldn't be surprised when you think...

New York – George Soros Compares Hungarian Government Campaign Against Him To Nazi Propaganda

July 11, 2017 at 09:30 PM
New York - Jewish American billionaire George Soros said the current Hungarian government campaign against him evokes “Europe’s darkest hours,” referring to Nazi German propaganda. “I am distressed by the current Hungarian regime’s use of anti-Semitic imagery as part of its deliberate disinformation campaign,” Soros said in a statement issued in his name on Tuesday, according to...

Trenton, NJ – Study: MTA Not Providing E-ZPass Discount To All Drivers

July 11, 2017 at 09:15 PM
Trenton, NJ - A new study finds that drivers with E-ZPass tags issued by non-New York-based agencies are being charged the cash rate at New York bridges and tunnels run by the MTA, instead of receiving the E-ZPass discount. The study by the AAA Northeast found that from 2012 to 2016, more than 92 million out-of-town E-ZPass users have been charged the cash rate. The overwhelming number of...

Jerusalem – Watch: Israeli Naval Commando Unit Releases Hostages In Day Long Drill

July 11, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Naval forces completed a 24-hour drill on the northern front, exercising taking control of hijacked civilian vessels and releasing hostages on Tuesday, according the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. The drill started Monday night in a scenario where Israeli Navy received a report that a civilian vessel has been hijacked with hostages on board. The drill rescue was performed by...

New York – Amazon Rivals Offer Deals During Online Giant’s Prime Day

July 11, 2017 at 08:30 PM
New York - Amazon's competitors are offering their own deals during the online giant's Prime Day promotion. As they've done before, many retailers including Macy's, J.C. Penney and Kohl's are offering incentives like free shipping and discounts. One notable exception: Walmart isn't offering special competing deals, but is highlighting two-day shipping and extra discounts for store...

Moscow – Unlikely Middlemen: Trump Jr. Emails Point To Father-son

July 11, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Moscow - They may have been the hidden link between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia's government: A Moscow-based billionaire and his pop star son who, like Trump, bridge the worlds of real estate, the entertainment industry and the highest level of politics. Emails posted Tuesday on Twitter by Trump's eldest son show him willing to take what's described as Russian government dirt on Hillary...

Theresa, NY – US Soldier Charged With Killing NY State Trooper Plotted As Teen 1999 School Attack

July 11, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Theresa, NY - Court records show that a U.S. Army soldier charged with killing his wife and a New York State Police trooper once plotted to shoot up his Michigan middle school while a teenager, according to a Michigan news outlet.MLive.com reported (http://bit.ly/2u3DmOm ) that Justin Walters was 15 and a ninth-grader at Macatawa Bay Middle School in Holland, Michigan, when he and a classmate...

Lovington, NM – Police: Girl May Have Been Electrocuted By Cellphone In Bathtub

July 11, 2017 at 07:07 PM
Lovington, NM - Police in New Mexico are investigating whether a Texas teenager was electrocuted when she grabbed her charging cellphone while bathing. Detective Sgt. David Miranda of the Lovington Police Department said Tuesday that the 14-year-old Lubbock girl died Sunday while visiting her father. He says no cause of death has been established, but that initial evidence suggests...

Mosul , Iraq – A Picture And Its Story: Capturing The Nine-month Battle For Mosul

July 11, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Mosul, Iraq - A screaming father running down a rubble-strewn street in Mosul carrying his distressed daughter was one of the most powerful Reuters images taken during the Iraqi-led assault to remove Islamic State from its stronghold. The nine-month offensive to recapture the northern city began in October, with thousands killed or displaced before Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi...

New York – New York Office Concessions Increase In Sign Of Market’s Strength

July 11, 2017 at 06:30 PM
New York - Property landlords have roughly doubled the concessions they grant in New York office leases over the past decade, a sign analysts say is one of strength not weakness as tenants demand swankier workplaces to attract and retain employees. Data from brokerage Colliers International show a 17 percent surge so far this year in landlord allowances for tenants to furnish and build out an...

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