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New York, NY – NYC To Get $26 Million To Pay For Trump Security Costs

September 6, 2017 at 11:53 PM
New York - New York state is getting nearly $26 million in federal funds to reimburse law enforcement agencies for costs associated with guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence. Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced the grants Wednesday. She says the money covers costs incurred during the 2 1/2 months between Election Day and the Republican president's...

Washington – Analysis: Postal Woes Demand Jump In Stamp Price To 60 Cents

September 6, 2017 at 11:25 PM
Washington - A 60 cent postage stamp? The U.S. Postal Service would have to boost prices for mailing letters and packages by nearly 20 percent — the biggest one-time increase in its history — to avoid bankruptcy and improve delivery service, an industry analysis says. That means the price of a first-class stamp could jump from 49 cents to nearly 60 cents — if the post office gets the...

Michigan – In A High-tech World, Car Designers Still Rely On Clay

September 6, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Michigan - Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's oldest materials: clay. Every vehicle by every major carmaker, from Mercedes to Tesla to Toyota, is formed in clay long before it ever hits the road. Automakers hire sculptors to make scale models and full-size clay...

Chicago, IL – US Won’t Punish United Over Passenger-dragging Incident

September 6, 2017 at 10:28 PM
Chicago, IL - Federal officials have decided not to punish United Airlines over an infamous incident in which a passenger was dragged off an overcrowded plane. The Transportation Department said it found no evidence that United violated the passenger's civil rights and not enough evidence that it violated rules regarding bumping passengers. A department lawyer told United about the decision...

Houston – An Army Of Tow Trucks Tackles Houston’s Flood-damaged Cars

September 6, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Houston -  How do you remove hundreds of thousands of damaged cars from a massive city still mired in water and muck? Tow-truck driver Alex Toll will tell you: one vehicle at a time. Toll is part of an army of more than 1,000 tow truck pilots contracted by Insurance Auto Auctions Inc (IAA), a unit of Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services Inc. Their job is to extricate vehicles swamped by...

Miami, FL – Why Irma Is So Strong And Other Questions About Hurricanes

September 6, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Miami, FL - A powerful Hurricane Irma is threatening millions of people in the Caribbean and Florida. Some answers to questions about Irma and hurricanes: WHERE DO THESE STORMS COME FROM? Irma is a classic Cape Verde storm, which begin near the islands off the west coast of Africa. Some of the worst hurricanes start as puffs of unstable air and storminess there and chug west, gaining...

New York – Free Lunches For All At NYC Schools; Will Kosher Be Next?

September 6, 2017 at 09:15 PM
New York - They may be wearing backpacks filled with new notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils but when the more than one million students in the New York City public school system sit down at their desks tomorrow there is one item they won’t need to bring with them: lunch. The New York City Department of Education announced today that as of September 7th, all students in every public...

Berlin – Holocaust Survivors Join Gad Elbaz At Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate With Song Of Hope

September 6, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Berlin - Two aging Holocaust survivors joined forces with a younger Israeli singer to perform songs of hope at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday at a time when Germany is seeing a rise in anti-Semitism. Saul Dreier, a drummer aged 92, and Reuwen "Ruby" Sosnowicz, an 89-year-old accordionist, backed up Gad Elbaz at a site once used by Adolf Hitler for anti-Semitic speeches. "I don't...

Washington – Trumps Donate $1M To 12 Organizations For Harvey Relief

September 6, 2017 at 08:35 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are donating a total of $1 million to a dozen organizations involved in Harvey relief work, including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, the White House announced Wednesday. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army will each receive $300,000; Samaritan's Purse and Reachout America will collect...

New York – Limbaugh’s Dismissal Of Irma ‘Panic’ Riles Forecasters

September 6, 2017 at 08:00 PM
New York - Rush Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the "panic" caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians seeking action on climate change. The conservative radio personality's swerve into meteorology had Al Roker, the "Today" show weatherman, saying Wednesday that Limbaugh was putting people's lives at risk. Limbaugh's lengthy soliloquy...

Austin, Texas – Relatively Low Harvey Death Toll Is ‘astounding’ To Experts

September 6, 2017 at 07:32 PM
Austin, Texas - Harvey has so far killed at least 70 people who drowned in floods, got crushed by trees and died during power outages — a surprisingly low toll that experts say reflects heeded warnings, swift action by first responders and volunteers, and no small amount of luck. "It was astounding that we didn't have a much larger loss of life," said Phil Bedient, co-director of a Rice...

Albany, NY – New York Being Sued Over Way It Purges Names From Voter Roll

September 6, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Albany, NY - New York is wrongly purging voter rolls to remove the names of supposedly inactive voters, a group that advocates for good government said Wednesday in a lawsuit against New York state election officials. The federal lawsuit argues the state's purging policy violates federal law governing how states may remove names from their list of registered voters. "New York's outdated...

Seoul – How Can US Stop North Korea Nukes? 3 Experts Have Ideas

September 6, 2017 at 06:32 PM
Seoul - If the U.S. attacks North Korea, the world could see another nuclear war. Yet negotiations won't work — leader Kim Jong Un won't live up to his promises even if he were to make any. And China — if only it would help more! Those are the sentiments that have produced a collective shrug from many as they watch the North make rapid strides toward developing nuclear missiles capable of...

San Francisco – Facebook Says Likely Russian-based Operation Spent Money On Ads On Issues

September 6, 2017 at 06:01 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an influence operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May. Facebook, the dominant social media network, said that many of the ads promoted 470 "inauthentic" accounts and pages that it has now suspended. The ads spread polarizing views on...

Washington – Trump Justice Department Civil Rights Nominee Denounces Neo-Nazis

September 6, 2017 at 05:24 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division denounced white hate groups on Wednesday and pledged to support the agency's investigation into the murder of a woman by a man believed to harbor Nazi sympathies. In his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Eric Dreiband called white supremacy groups "a disgrace" and...

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