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Washington – NY, NJ Governers Meet With Trump On NYC Tunnel Project

September 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump met with top elected officials from New York and New Jersey at the White House on Thursday over the fate of a massive infrastructure project to build a tunnel under the Hudson River critical to northeast U.S. transportation. Trump met with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and top congressional officials including Senate...

Miami – Irma Could Test Strength Of Florida’s Strict Building Codes

September 7, 2017 at 11:29 PM
Miami - After a catastrophic Hurricane Andrew revealed how lax building codes had become in the country's most storm-prone state, Florida began requiring sturdier construction. Now, experts say a monstrously strong Hurricane Irma could become the most serious test of Florida's storm-worthiness since the 1992 disaster. "If it was to hit with 185 mph (298 kph) winds, I don't even know how the...

San Francisco – Hotel Tonight Faces Off With Expedia, Priceline With Advanced Bookings

September 7, 2017 at 11:06 PM
San Francisco - Startup company Hotel Tonight, betting that superior mobile technology will give it an edge, is expanding its hotel-booking offerings and going toe-to-toe with the big online travel companies. Hotel Tonight early next month will allow users to reserve a hotel up to 100 days in advance -- a striking expansion of its original business of offering same-day hotel reservations at a...

New York – Apple’s New IPhone Could Face Supply Shortfalls After Launch

September 7, 2017 at 10:36 PM
New York - Apple Inc's new iPhone had hit production glitches early in its manufacturing process and could lead to supply shortfalls and shipping delays following its launch next week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The company's shares closed down 0.4 percent at $161.26. The production glitches pushed the manufacturing process back by about a month, the Journal reported...

Washington – Trump: ‘Sad Day’ For North Korea If U.S. Takes Military Action

September 7, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would prefer not to use military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat but that if he did it would be a “very sad day” for the leadership in Pyongyang. Trump again pointedly declined to rule out a U.S. military response following North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test as his...

Miami, FL – Huge Construction Cranes Loom Over Miami As Irma Threatens

September 7, 2017 at 09:02 PM
Miami, FL - As Hurricane Irma threatens to pound Miami with winds of mind-boggling power, a heavyweight hazard looms over the city's skyline: two dozen enormous construction cranes. And because those cranes weren't designed to withstand a storm of Irma's ferocity, city officials are telling people who live in the shadows of the giant lifting devices to leave. Construction sites across...

Rockland County, NY – Saying Forces In Ramapo Want To Unseat Him, Day Demands Investigation Of Possible Voter Fraud

September 7, 2017 at 08:35 PM
Rockland County, NY - Just days before the September 12th primary, incumbent Rockland County Executive Ed Day demanded an in depth investigation into a possibly fraudulent flood of new voter registration forms that added an additional 519 Conservative voters to the county’s books. Day made his announcement at a Thursday morning press conference in front of the Rockland County courthouse...

Providence, RI – Prosecutor blasts court over ownership of oldest synagogue

September 7, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Providence, RI - Rhode Island's attorney general is criticizing an appeals court decision handing ownership of the nation's oldest synagogue to a congregation in New York, saying it ignored state law and "overwhelming evidence" presented at trial and strips the Jewish community in Newport of the historic site. Democrat Peter Kilmartin filed papers Thursday supporting a rehearing of the Touro...

London – British Chief Rabbi Calls For More Inclusiveness For LGBTQ Jews

September 7, 2017 at 08:00 PM
London - British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis called on a meeting of more than 100 Orthodox rabbis to be more inclusive toward the LGBTQ community. On Tuesday, at his annual pre-High Holidays conference for the rabbinate, Mirvis also called for extra concern for other special groups as well. “Every person is precious. Single parents, women, the unaffiliated, LGBT Jews – let no person feel...

Miami, FL – Airline Seats Disappearing As Irma Approaches Florida

September 7, 2017 at 07:44 PM
Miami, FL - Airlines are adding flights out of Florida after people snapped up seats to escape Hurricane Irma. American, United and Delta all said Thursday that they were adding flights leaving from South Florida in the next couple days. Some airlines capped their fares amid reports of price-gouging. Hotel rooms in northern Florida were reportedly booking up quickly, and some gas stations...

Newark, NJ – Judge In Menendez Case: No ‘Tabloid Trial’ In My Courtroom

September 7, 2017 at 07:15 PM
Newark, NJ - The trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy doctor charged with bribing him lurched forward in fits and starts Thursday, as the judge twice sent the jury out of the courtroom and chided prosecutors for focusing on "irrelevant" details about swanky hotels, limestone baths and rain showers. U.S. District Judge William Walls' admonitions came during the questioning of the...

New York – Governor Cuomo Announces “Keep It Clean” Initiative To Stop Subway Littering

September 7, 2017 at 06:45 PM
New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the "Keep It Clean" initiative to discourage subway littering, a significant underlying cause of flooding, fires and extensive delays in the subway system. The MTA will run a public awareness campaign to inform riders of the impact on public safety due to littering. Governor Cuomo also directed the Department of Environmental Conservation to...

Houston – Geophysicist: Weight Of Harvey Rains Caused Houston To Sink

September 7, 2017 at 06:33 PM
Houston - A California geophysicist says the sheer weight of the torrential rains brought by Harvey has caused Houston to sink by 2 centimeters. Chris Milliner, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, says water weighs about a ton per cubic meter and the flooding was so widespread that it "flexed Earth's crust." He told the...

New York – Equifax Says Hack Potentially Exposed Details Of 143 Million Consumers

September 7, 2017 at 05:55 PM
New York - Equifax Inc <EFX.N>, a provider of consumer credit scores, said on Thursday a hack exposed the personal details of potentially 143 million U.S. consumers between mid-May and July. The company's shares were down 5.4 percent in after-market trading The company said criminals had accessed details including names, social security numbers, and, in some cases, driver's license...

Jerusalem – Red Cross Chief Spurned In Attempt To Visit Captive Israelis

September 7, 2017 at 05:21 PM
Jerusalem - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says Hamas would not allow him access to two Israeli civilians believed to be held by the Islamic militant group in Gaza. Peter Maurer told reporters Thursday that his organization wants access "to all those detained" in conflict zones it visits. Despite raising the issue, he said he was unable to visit the captive...

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