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Los Angeles, CA – U.S. Lawsuit Says Wal-Mart Deceived Buyers Of Organic Egg

January 8, 2018 at 11:57 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Wal-Mart Stores Inc misled U.S. shoppers by selling organic eggs laid by hens raised in enclosed structures under package labels that said the birds had access to the outdoors, a federal lawsuit filed alleged on Monday. The suit highlights uncertainty among consumers about production practices in the $500 million organic egg industry, farmers said, after the U.S. Department...

Washington – US Hits Record For Costly Weather Disasters: $306 Billion

January 8, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Washington - With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the...

Las Vegas – Autos Overshadow The Small Gadgets At CES Tech Show In Vegas

January 8, 2018 at 11:01 PM
Las Vegas - The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles. Auto companies typically save more practical announcements about new cars, trucks and SUVs for the upcoming Detroit auto show. But major automakers like Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Ford have a noticeable...

Richmond, VA – SCOTUS To Hear Case Disputing Warrantless Motorcycle Search

January 8, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Richmond, VA - Do police have the right to go on private property — uninvited and without a warrant — to search a vehicle? That's the question the U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to answer when the court takes up the case of a Virginia man who was arrested after a police officer walked onto his driveway and pulled back a tarp covering a stolen motorcycle. Arguments are scheduled...

Bangkok – Thai Leader Tells Reporters To Quiz Cardboard Mock-up

January 8, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Bangkok - Thailand's prime minister evaded journalists' questions on Monday by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to quiz it instead of him. Prayuth Chan-ocha then turned on his heel and walked off, leaving the mock-up behind, to bemused looks and awkward laughter from the Government House press pack. The prime minister had briefly spoken to the...

New York – JFK Airport Tries To Catch Up After Cascade Of Winter Woes

January 8, 2018 at 09:34 PM
New York - Frazzled travelers snoozed on floors and dozens of suitcases sat unclaimed as a welter of wintry problems — from a snowstorm to a burst water pipe — extended flight delays at Kennedy Airport into a fourth day Monday. Andrea Collavo and his girlfriend were supposed to fly home to Italy on Friday after a vacation in the U.S., but flight cancellations and delays meant they were...

Los Angeles – Jewish College Student Blaze Bernstein, 19, Goes Missing In California

January 8, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Los Angeles - A 19-year-old Jewish student at the University of Pennsylvania has been missing from his parents’ Southern California home, where he was spending winter break, for more than five days. Blaze Bernstein left his parents’ home in Lake Forest, in Orange County, on Tuesday to visit a friend at a local park. His mother, Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, in an interview published Monday...

Las Vegas – Toyota Unveils Self-driving Concept Vehicle For Rides, Deliveries

January 8, 2018 at 08:33 PM
Las Vegas - Toyota Motor Corp announced on Monday a self-driving electric concept vehicle that it will tailor for companies to use for tasks like ride hailing and package delivery, underscoring how automakers are no longer simply building cars but also providing services to go with them. The world's second-biggest carmaker said it plans to begin testing the e‐Palette concept vehicle in...

New York – World Jewish Congress President Praises Trump As ‘Man Of Incredible Insight And Intelligence’

January 8, 2018 at 08:00 PM
New York - Amid a public debate about Donald Trump’s fitness for office, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder praised the president as “a man of incredible insight and intelligence.” Lauder, heir to the Estee Lauder Companies, in a statement Monday noted that he had known Trump for over 50 years, since the two studied at the University of Pennsylvania. “The President I have...

New York – NYC Traffic Deaths Fall To Record Low Under Safety Program

January 8, 2018 at 07:30 PM
New York -Led by a sharp drop in pedestrian deaths, overall traffic fatalities in New York City fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2017 to their lowest on record, thanks at least in part to an ongoing safety improvement program, city officials said on Monday. The number of pedestrians, motorists and cyclists killed in accidents on New York City streets last year fell by 7 percent to 214...

Newark, NJ – Court Blocks $500K Award In Israeli-US Skating Dispute

January 8, 2018 at 07:04 PM
Newark, NJ - A New Jersey court on Monday denied the Israeli skating federation's attempt to recover more than $500,000 from a woman who sued to be allowed to skate for the United States. The ruling by a three-member appeals court rejected the Israeli Ice Skating Federation's argument that Andrea Davidovich should pay the federation's attorneys' fees, approximately $540,000, because she filed...

Washington – White House Sees ‘No Way Back’ For Bannon

January 8, 2018 at 06:26 PM
Washington - A White House spokesman says there's no "way back" for Steve Bannon after his comments in an explosive new book that questions President Donald Trump's fitness for office. Hogan Gidley says he doesn't "believe there's any way back for Mr. Bannon at this point." He adds that Trump's criticism of Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury" still stands, saying, "it was obvious that the...

New York – Romney Treated For Prostate Cancer

January 8, 2018 at 06:03 PM
New York - Former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer last year. That's according to a Romney aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to discuss a sensitive health issue publicly. The aide said Monday that Romney was diagnosed with "slow-growing prostate cancer" last year. The cancer was removed surgically and found...

Washington – 200,000 Salvadorans May Be Forced To Leave The U.S.

January 8, 2018 at 05:32 PM
Washington - Around 200,000 Salvadorans allowed to live in the United States since 2001 after earthquakes in El Salvador must leave the country in 2019, U.S. officials said on Monday, marking the Trump administration's latest move to tighten immigration law enforcement. Termination of the Salvadorans' temporary protected status (TPS) will take effect Sept. 9, 2019, to give them time to leave...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Safety Policies Help Reduce Lightning Deaths In Florida

January 8, 2018 at 05:01 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Weather officials say stricter safety policies have reduced the number of fatal lightning strikes in Florida. In a Sun Sentinel report , National Weather Service officials said lightning killed 16 people in the United States last year, including five deaths in Florida. Florida typically leads the country with the most lightning fatalities each year. Weather service...

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