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United Nations – UN Chief Says Natural Disasters Have Quadrupled Since 1970

September 5, 2017 at 11:47 PM
United Nations - Natural disasters have nearly quadrupled in number since 1970 and the United States has experienced the most disasters since 1995, followed by China and India, the United Nations chief said Tuesday. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters that in recent days the world has seen the "dramatic aggravation" of climate change with "unprecedented events" caused by storms...

Brooklyn, NY – Gym Settles Discrimination Lawsuit, Allows Orthodox Women To Work Out In Skirts

September 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Skirt-wearing fitness buffs, rejoice:  a chain of all-women’s fitness centers has agreed to allow members to work out in clothing that accommodates their religious beliefs. A settlement reached at the end of August finally puts an end to a 2015 federal discrimination lawsuit filed by Yosefa Jalal Wood-Isenberg who was ousted from two separate Lucille Roberts gyms in Brooklyn...

Miami – Science Says: Sorting The ‘Spaghetti’ Of Hurricane Scenarios

September 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Miami - Hurricane Irma, with its record strong winds, is lashing the Caribbean but where will it go from there? Forecasters turn to computer simulations to try to predict a storm's path and how strong it will be. Different computer models — often run by different governments and various agencies — use different recipes or formulas to mimic the atmosphere. They all also approximate...

Houston – Engineers 20 Years Ago Warned Of Flooding Risk

September 5, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Houston - A report released two decades ago about the Harris County reservoir system predicted with alarming accuracy the catastrophic flooding that would besiege the Houston area if changes weren't made in the face of rapid development. The report released in 1996 by engineers with the Harris County Flood Control District says the Addicks and Barker reservoirs were adequate when built in the...

Block Island , RI – Police Chief Urges Newspaper Not To Publish Arrest Logs

September 5, 2017 at 09:32 PM
Block Island, RI - A Rhode Island police chief says he has tried to keep crimes out of the local newspaper because it embarrasses people. The Providence Journal reports that Block Island Chief Vincent Carlone was quoted in a column in The Day newspaper in Connecticut as saying he lobbied The Block Island Times to stop publishing information on minor crimes. Carlone backed up his statement...

Boston – Ex-college Player Who Inspired Ice Bucket Challenge Honored

September 5, 2017 at 09:02 PM
Boston - A Massachusetts man who inspired the ice bucket challenge has been honored for helping to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on Tuesday declared Sept. 5 Pete Frates (FRAY'-tees) Day as the former Boston College baseball star was feted by more than 100 people outside City Hall. Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred...

Washington – Long A ‘Dreamer’ Critic, Sessions Announces Program’s Demise

September 5, 2017 at 08:34 PM
Washington - When President Donald Trump scrapped a program benefiting young people who entered the U.S. illegally as children, he left the announcement to the member of his Cabinet who had railed against it the longest and loudest. It was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, rather than Trump, who stood behind a podium Tuesday and told a bank of television cameras at the Justice Department that...

New York – Hillary Clinton Says Bernie Sanders’ Attacks On Her Led To Trump Victory

September 5, 2017 at 08:03 PM
New York - Hillary Clinton blamed attacks against her by Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary for president on her eventual loss in the general election to Donald Trump. In excerpts from Clinton’s forthcoming book “What Happened,” the former secretary of state wrote that the attacks by Sanders, a Vermont senator, caused “lasting damage” and were instrumental in “paving the...

Houston – ‘Build The Wall’ Takes Back Seat To Rebuilding After Harvey

September 5, 2017 at 07:46 PM
Houston - The U.S. government carefully designed a path of least resistance to building a border wall in Texas, picking a wildlife refuge and other places it already owns or controls to quickly begin construction. All it needed was Congress to approve the money. Then came Harvey. President Donald Trump's administration must now grapple with a storm that devastated the Texas Gulf Coast, with...

London – Don’t Look Down! London Runners Stretch Their Legs 16 Floors Up

September 5, 2017 at 07:20 PM
London - Athletes risked vertigo on Tuesday at the launch of London’s highest running track, 16 floors above the capital's streets. "It's incredibly exhilarating running at that height, with panoramic views in every direction," said Benjamin Lesser, an amateur marathon runner who works for one of the developers of the building topped by the track. “It's very uplifting," he added. The...

Boston – Congregants In Synagogue Struggle Say Decision Ignored Law

September 5, 2017 at 07:01 PM
Boston - Congregants who worship at the nation's oldest synagogue in Rhode Island asked an appeals court on Tuesday to reconsider a decision that gave control of the building to a congregation in New York City. Lawyers for the congregation at Touro Synagogue asked the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston for a rehearing, saying the decision ignored Rhode Island law and made several...

Washington – McCain, Battling Brain Cancer, Back In The Senate

September 5, 2017 at 06:35 PM
Washington - Senate colleagues are welcoming John McCain back to Washington. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will soon consider the annual defense policy bill and McCain, who is battling brain cancer, will take the lead on the legislation. McConnell, in remarks at the start of the Senate session, says lawmakers are "glad to have him back with us." McCain is...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida On Edge, Evacuations Coming As Hurricane Irma Nears

September 5, 2017 at 06:01 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Hurricane Irma's size and strength put the entire state of Florida on notice on Tuesday, and residents and visitors prepared to leave in anticipation of catastrophic winds and floods that could reach the state by this weekend. Throughout South Florida, officials readied evacuation orders and people raided store shelves, buying up water and other hurricane supplies. Long...

Jerusalem – Public Transportation On Shabbat Is Not Essential Need, Israeli Government Tells Supreme Court

September 5, 2017 at 05:27 PM
Jerusalem - Public transportation on Shabbat is not an essential need, Israel’s government told the Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit. Several liberal groups and a Meretz party lawmaker, Tamar Zandberg, filed the lawsuit calling for public transportation during the 25 hours of the Jewish Sabbath. Buses and trains do not run in Jewish-majority cities of Israel on Friday night and...

Washington – What Is DACA? A Look At Immigrant Program Trump Is Ending

September 5, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Washington - The program that protects young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas has been rescinded. But many questions remain about what will happen to the program's beneficiaries. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the program, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, will end in six months to give...

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