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Mexico City – Mexican President: Mexico Quake Damage Could Surpass $2 Billion

September 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Mexico - President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday that preliminary accounting of the damage caused by the two big earthquakes that hit Mexico this month could cost upward of $2 billion (381 billion pesos). Pena Nieto stressed that damage assessments were continuing, especially in hard-hit Mexico City. But preliminary estimates put repairing and rebuilding schools in several states and the...

San Francisco – Facebook’s Zuckerberg Defends Company After Critical Trump Tweet

September 27, 2017 at 11:45 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc's CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday defended his company's role in U.S. elections and rejected assertions in a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump that the social network was against him. Zuckerberg has been on the defensive for weeks over revelations that Russian agents bought ads on Facebook and created fake accounts to inflame political tensions in the...

New York – On The Money: Traffic In US Cities Is Costing Commuters

September 27, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - Traffic bottlenecks will cost commuters hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade if nothing is done to fix them, according to a new study. Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Atlanta and Dallas face the highest costs from such bottlenecks, according to the study released Wednesday by Seattle-based traffic data firm Inrix. The study looked at major cities' traffic hotspots...

New York – At Risk?: Equifax Hack Has Businesses Uneasy About Security

September 27, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - The Equifax breach is reminding small business owners that they may be vulnerable to cybercriminals. Companies that provide security and other technology services to small businesses say they've had an increase in calls from customers since Equifax revealed that the personal information of 143 million Americans had been exposed. The hack galvanized some owners into dealing with...

Washington – US Middle Class Gets Richer, But Wealthy Do Even Better

September 27, 2017 at 10:34 PM
Washington - Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation's massive disparities in wealth and income. The median net worth of all American families rose 16 percent last year from 2013 to $97,300, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The median is the point where half of families fall...

Las Vegas – Plan In Motion For OJ Simpson Release As Soon As Monday

September 27, 2017 at 10:02 PM
Las Vegas - O.J. Simpson could be released on parole as soon as Monday in Las Vegas under a plan being finalized by Nevada officials, a prison spokeswoman said Wednesday. The process culminating in freedom for the former football player, actor and TV pitchman is in motion, but must be approved and documents must be signed, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast...

San Diego – Government Gives Glimpse Of Border Wall Prototype Work

September 27, 2017 at 09:31 PM
San Diego - The federal government gave the media a first peek Wednesday at the construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. Crews working on two of the eight prototypes moved dirt, with one of the crews also installing steel reinforcing bars before concrete is poured. Each crew gets only 60 square feet (18.2 square meters) to work on their prototype...

Las Vegas – Sheldon Adelson Loses Second Appeal In Bid To Sue Jewish Democrats

September 27, 2017 at 09:08 PM
Las Vegas - Nevada’s Supreme Court dismissed a bid by Sheldon Adelson to sue Jewish Democrats who hyperlinked to an article alleging the casino magnate allowed prostitutes to work his casino in Macau. The hyperlink, in a National Jewish Democratic Council online petition during the 2012 presidential election, was to an Associated Press article covering a lawsuit by a former employee of...

Miami, FL – Why Is The Internet Still Out For Some In Florida?

September 27, 2017 at 08:31 PM
Miami, FL - The power's back on in Florida. So why is the internet still out for some people, more than two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck? When power fails, so do home and business internet connections. When Hurricane Irma hit Florida on Sept. 10, 6.7 million customers lost electricity, or nearly two-thirds of the state. Nine days later, all but 1 percent of the state — 100,000 — had...

Miami, FL – Florida Tower Scaffold Collapse Kills Three: TV Station Official

September 27, 2017 at 08:17 PM
Miami, FL - Three men were killed in Florida on Wednesday afternoon when they fell nearly 1,000 feet after scaffolding collapsed at a television transmitting tower north of Miami, said an engineer of a TV station that uses the tower. The men were removing gear at the top of the tower as preparation to install a new antenna when their support gave way, Steve Ellis, assistant chief engineer for...

Indianapolis – Trump Says Foreign Country Planning To Build Five U.S. Auto Industry Factories

September 27, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Indianapolis - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday a foreign leader told him at the United Nations last week that the country would soon announce plans to build or expand five automobile industry factories in the United States. "I just left the United Nations last week and I was told by one of the most powerful leaders of the world that they are going to be announcing in the not too...

Washington – Trump Plan Promises Huge Tax Cuts, But Big Questions Remain

September 27, 2017 at 07:28 PM
Washington - Promising big tax cuts and a booming economy, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans unveiled the first major revamp of the nation's tax code in a generation Wednesday — a sweeping, $5 trillion plan that would deeply cut levies for corporations, simplify everyone's brackets and nearly double the standard deduction used by most Americans. Trump declared repeatedly...

New York – Recovering Congressman Steve Scalise Talks To CBS

September 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM
New York - CBS says "60 Minutes" has landed the first television interview with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise since he was shot at a congressional baseball team practice in June. The network said Wednesday that Scalise will speak to Norah O'Donnell for the newsmagazine's episode this Sunday. He'll recount the attack from his vantage point and will talk about what his medical ordeal has...

New York – Members Of NY Synagogue To Visit Bahrain At Invitation Of King

September 27, 2017 at 06:30 PM
New York - Members of a New York synagogue will visit the Arab country of Bahrain at the invitation of its monarch. The Hampton Synagogue on Long Island will stop in the Middle Eastern land on the way to a congregational mission to Israel early next year, its rabbi, Marc Schneier, announced during High Holidays services. The Westhampton Beach synagogue will become the first Jewish...

Brooklyn, NY – A Leader Of Retail Crime Ring Pleads Guilty, New York Says

September 27, 2017 at 06:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A leader of a theft ring that stole more than $12 million of electronics and ink cartridges from big-box retailers and resold them on websites such as Amazon and eBay has pleaded guilty to involvement in the scheme, New York's attorney general said. George Athanasatos, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of attempted enterprise corruption, money laundering and...

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