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New York – Boom In Electric Scooters Leads To More Injuries, Fatalities

June 6, 2019 at 11:30 PM
New York - Andrew Hardy was crossing the street on an electric scooter in downtown Los Angeles when a car struck him at 50 miles per hour and flung him 15 feet in the air before he smacked his head on the pavement and fell unconscious. The 26-year-old snapped two bones in each leg, broke a thighbone, shattered a kneecap, punctured a lung and fractured three vertebrae in his neck, in addition...

New York – Michael Bloomberg To Plunge $500M Into Clean Energy Effort

June 6, 2019 at 10:45 PM
New York - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is plunging $500 million into an effort to close all of the nation's remaining coal plants by 2030 and put the United States on track toward a 100% clean energy economy. The billionaire Bloomberg's investment in the Beyond Carbon initiative marks the largest ever philanthropic effort to combat climate change, according to the mayor's...

Washington – Ilhan Omar Joining Newly Formed Black-Jewish Congressional Caucus

June 6, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Rep. Ilhan Omar will participate in a new bipartisan black-Jewish congressional caucus. On Thursday, the Minnesota Democrat’s spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, confirmed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that she is planning to join the group. On Monday, three black and two Jewish members of the U.S. House of Representatives from both parties launched the caucus. The caucus...

Sacramento, CA – California’s Largest Wildland Fire Started By Hammer Sparks

June 6, 2019 at 09:28 PM
Sacramento, CA - California fire officials say sparks from a hammer driving a metal stake into the ground ignited a 2018 blaze in Northern California that killed a firefighter and became the largest wildland fire in state history. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday the blaze started July 17, 2018, in Mendocino County and quickly spread, aided by tinder dry...

Washington – Sanders, Warren Introduce Resolution Decrying Israeli Annexation Plans

June 6, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Five Democratic senators, including the party’s deputy leader in the chamber and two leading presidential candidates, introduced a resolution decrying any Israeli plan to annex West Bank territory, an apparent shot across the bow at Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent election pledge. “Unilateral annexation of portions of the West Bank would jeopardize prospects for a two-state...

San Diego – Section Of Trump’s Border Wall To Get New Paint

June 6, 2019 at 08:30 PM
San Diego - In a mission to "improve the aesthetic appearance" of President Donald Trump's wall, active-duty troops will begin painting a stretch of border fence as part of a military deployment to secure the border at a time when tens of thousands of Central American families have been arriving in the U.S. and overwhelming the immigration system. Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Pitones said...

New York – ‘Sell By’ Or What? US Pushes For Clarity On Expiration Dates

June 6, 2019 at 08:00 PM
New York - If milk is a few days past its "Sell By" date, is it safe to drink? U.S. regulators are urging food-makers to be more consistent with labeling terms like "Best By" and "Enjoy By" that cause confusion. By clarifying the meaning of such dates, they are trying to prevent people from prematurely tossing products and to reduce the mountains of food that goes to waste each year. Even...

Las Vegas – Amazon’s Bezos Says Robotic Hands Will Be Ready For Commercial Use In Next 10 Years

June 6, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Las Vegas - Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said on Thursday he expects there will be commercial robots in the next 10 years that can grasp items as reliably as humans, a development that could automate warehouse work around the world. The remark, made on stage at Amazon's "re:MARS" conference in Las Vegas, underscored how companies and university researchers are rapidly developing...

Washington – US Commander Says Mideast Buildup Prompted Iran ‘Step Back’

June 6, 2019 at 07:03 PM
Washington - Iran has chosen to "step back and recalculate" after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude the threat is gone, the top commander of American forces in the Mideast said Thursday. In an interview with three reporters accompanying him to the Gulf, Gen. Frank McKenzie said he remains concerned by...

Washington – Democrats Unveil New Strategy In Subpoena Battles With Trump

June 6, 2019 at 06:32 PM
Washington - House Democrats are poised to make it easier for their committee chairmen to take President Donald Trump's administration to court, escalating their legal efforts against a president who has vowed to fight "all of the subpoenas." A resolution unveiled Thursday would authorize contempt cases against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Donald McGahn for...

Washington – Regulators Give Phone Companies New Tools To Fight Robocalls

June 6, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers' permission first. The Federal Communications Commission's move could make call-blocking widespread and help consumers dodge annoying robocalls, which have exploded into a problem that pesters Americans on the level of billions of calls a month. One caveat...

Jerusalem – Israeli TV Show Says Intelligence Firm Black Cube Spied On Cabinet Minister

June 6, 2019 at 05:25 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli investigative TV show reported on Thursday that one of the country's richest men hired Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube to dig up dirt on a Cabinet minister. Black Cube denied the allegations. Tycoon Idan Ofer hired the firm in 2014 to dig up dirt on then-Finance Minister Yair Lapid and other top officials, Uvda reported, as part of his efforts to influence tax...

Las Vegas – Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Interrupted By Protester On Vegas Stage

June 6, 2019 at 04:54 PM
Las Vegas - An on-stage talk by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos in Las Vegas was briefly interrupted Thursday by a protester who rushed on stage and yelled about chicken farms. Bezos was attending Amazon's re:Mars conference at the Aria resort. He was explaining Amazon plans to send satellites into space when the woman appeared on stage. She was quickly surrounded and ushered away by...

Berlin – From Loss To Liberation: Germany’s Evolving Postwar Attitude

June 6, 2019 at 04:20 PM
Berlin - When Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked the Allies for the D-Day invasion and the "liberation" of Germany in World War II, she might have raised some eyebrows internationally. To those at home, the statement was unremarkable. There's no denying that the machine guns and howitzers firing at the Allied forces landing in Normandy 75 years ago were manned by German soldiers. But over the...

Brooklyn, NY – High Ranking NYPD Detective Who Went Missing After Leaving Maimonides Hospital Found Dead

June 6, 2019 at 03:46 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A search for a missing NYPD homicide dedective ended after his body was found near the Belt Parkway in the Sheepshead Bay area. Police combed through sand and thick brush during their search for Det. Joseph Calabrese who was last seen around 2 a.m. Thursday at Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park, where his wife was after having a minor procedure done. “He didn’t...

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