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Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

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FILE–In this Friday, Dec. 9, 2014, file photograph, Matt Hart holds up a bud of Lemon Skunk, the most potent strain of marijuana available at the 3D Dispensary in Denver. A bill making its way through the Colorado legislature may allow recreational pot growers to instantly re-classify their product as medicinal grow if there is a change in federal law or enforcement. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot …

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Motorists seeing stable prices at the pumps in New Jersey

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(AP) — Motorists are seeing stable prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.28. That’s the same price as last week. Motorists were paying $1.78 for gas last year. A 23-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase went into effect Nov. 1. The unchanged price ends a four-week stretch where gas prices… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Capitol Watch: April 1 deadline looms over NY budget vote

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(AP) — In this week’s New York state government news, it’s crunch time for lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the April 1 budget deadline approaches. Key decisions are likely on taxes, increased college tuition assistance and Uber’s upstate expansion. Meanwhile, ethics and election reforms may not make it in the final budget, which lawmakers and Cuomo, a Democrat, are now negotiating… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Analysis: The outsider dealmaker faltering in White House

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In this March 21, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump listens to a speaker in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, during a signing ceremony for a bill to increase NASA’s budget. Trump campaigned as an outsider, celebrating his lack of political experience by selling himself as a dealmaker willing to buck Republican orthodoxy and his own party’s leadership. He alone would reshape Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Donald Trump campaigned as an outsider — celebrating his lack of political experience by selling himself as a dealmaker willing to buck Republican orthodoxy and his own party’s leadership. He alone would reshape Washington. He’s tried governing the same way. His actions are …

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Health care law works in some ways, comes up short in others

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This Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 photo shows the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, displayed on a laptop computer screen in Washington. Millions of Americans will still need to navigate the current federal health care system in the coming months no matter what happens in Congress _ whether the Republican plan to replace “Obamacare” is resurrected in some form after it was pulled on Friday, March 24, 2017, or if it never comes back. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Once again, “Obamacare” has survived a near-death experience. It won’t be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, “We’re going to be living with ‘Obamacare’ for the foreseeable future.” Ryan pulled the …

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NYC says Trump Tower resident wrongly rented out on Airbnb

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FILE – This Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, shows Trump Tower in New York. Yelena Yelagina, who owns an apartment at Trump Tower is being fined $1,000 by New York City after they say she wrongly rented it on Airbnb. A New York state law levies fines against people who rent out their entire living space for less than 30 days. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A woman who owns an apartment at Trump Tower is being fined $1,000 by the city after they say she wrongly rented it out on Airbnb. According to an affidavit and summons, Yelena Yelagina owns apartment 30H at 721 Fifth Avenue. The New York Times reported it was available since around …

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Self-driving Uber SUV struck during Arizona accident

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(AP) — Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles. No one was seriously injured. Uber says its vehicles have been grounded as it investigates. Police in Tempe say the self-driving SUV was obeying the law and the driver in the other… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Correction: Mayo Expansion story

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(AP) — In a story March 24 about public funding of a medical center expansion in Rochester, The Associated Press erroneously reported the recipient of $585 million in public funds. The money is going to public infrastructure for the Destination Medical Center project, not to Mayo Clinic. A corrected version of the story is below: Destination Medical Center to receive $585M in public… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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NY launches legal aid program for immigrants

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(AP) — New York state is launching a new program to ensure immigrants have access to legal help. The initiative, called the Liberty Defense Project, is a public-private partnership between the state, legal advocacy groups, private law firms and financial supporters, such as the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation. The project will provide immigrants access to pro… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Poker tables keep decreasing on Nevada casino floors

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FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, dealer Han Kim, center, gathers up chips after a hand of Texas Hold ’em at a poker room in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Unlike the 2000s when casinos competed to lure fans of the game, poker’s appeal has been weakening during this decade. Strip casinos had 405 tables and made $97 million in 2007. In contrast, the game only netted casinos $78 million last year after the number of tables decreased to 320. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — When the Monte Carlo casino closes its eight-table poker room in about a month as part of a $450 million overhaul, the Las Vegas Strip will be down nearly …

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Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

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This Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 photo shows the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, displayed on a laptop computer screen in Washington. Millions of Americans will still need to navigate the current federal health care system in the coming months no matter what happens in Congress _ whether the Republican plan to replace “Obamacare” is resurrected in some form after it was pulled on Friday, March 24, 2017, or if it never comes back. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Credit: AP) As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as …

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Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's EU departure

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Anti Brexit campaigners carry flags and banners as they march towards Britain’s parliament in London, Saturday March 25, 2017. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to start the process of leaving the European Union on Wednesday March 29. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Tens of thousands protested Saturday under sunny skies in London against plans for Britain to withdraw from the European Union. The Unite for Europe march, which saw many people carrying bright blue EU flags, came just days before Britain is expected to begin its formal separation from the other 27 nations in the EU. The crowds observed a minute of silence at Parliament Square… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® …

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Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

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FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the Federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump wants to tackle tax reform, but the loss on health care deals a blow to that effort. The loss on health care deprives Republicans of $1 trillion in tax cuts, and the GOP is just as divided on what steps to take. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul …

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Canada determined to diversify despite Keystone XL approval

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President Donald Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2107, where he announced the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Canada’s natural resource minister said Saturday his government is happy the Keystone XL pipeline has finally been approved by the White House, but he noted that obstacles remain and said Canada remains determined to diversify its oil exports beyond the United States. The minister, Jim Carr, told The Associated Press that President Donald Trump’s approval of the pipeline is “good… …

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Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias

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FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner arrives for a meeting between President Donald Trump and automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House’s Mideast peace efforts. But some say these ties, which include a previously undisclosed real estate deal in New Jersey with a major Israeli insurer, may give Kushner… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® …

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Fire and ambulance volunteers in NY can get tax break

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(AP) — New York officials are reminding volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers that they could be eligible for a personal income tax credit. The credit is designed for state residents who were active as volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers for the full tax year. The credit is worth $200 for individuals and $400 for couples filing jointly, if both spouses qualify. New York… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's DC neighbors

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The home of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, is seen Friday, March 24, 2017, in Washington. Neighbors of Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children have groused that sidewalks have been closed, public parking overrun and that the family and their staff can’t even be bothered to learn the trash pickup schedule outside their $5.5-million home. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don’t make for very good neighbors, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags at the curb for days. A big part of the …

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Several women's players spurn worlds inquiry from USA Hockey

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As sports organizations and notable hockey figures express support of the U.S. women’s team, several players say they rejected overtures from USA Hockey to serve as replacements for the upcoming world championships. Two players told The Associated Press on Friday that USA Hockey reached out to them to gauge their interest for the worlds, which begin next week in Plymouth, Michigan. Brittany… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Republican John Kasich leads charge for balanced budget vote

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FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2015, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a balanced budget discussion with business leaders in Manchester, N.H. As the U.S. national debt ticks toward $20 trillion, Kasich says he is not abandoning his goal of a federal balanced-budget amendment, telling The Associated Press in a Tuesday, March 21, 2017, interview that the issue isn’t partisan but critical to sustained economic prosperity. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Republican John Kasich is not giving up on his goal of a federal balanced budget amendment, a tool the Ohio governor says is ever more important as the U.S. national debt ticks toward $20 trillion. “The issue is not …

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Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announces that he is abruptly pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP) (AP) — House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in the White House. With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort. “We’re… Content Preview This content is …

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Investor flips Trump childhood home for 50 percent profit

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FILE – This Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 file photo, shows the exterior of a house in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York, where President Donald Trump spent his early childhood. The New York Post reports that a real estate investor who bought the house in New York City for $1.39 million in December, 2016 has flipped it for a 50 percent profit. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A real estate investor who bought President Donald Trump’s childhood home in New York City for $1.39 million in December has flipped it for a 50 percent profit. The New York Post reports (http://nyp.st/2mzQyYo ) that investor Michael Davis sold the five-bedroom Tudor for $2.14 …

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Judge rules against UPS in untaxed cigarette case

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(AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that UPS ignored “red flags” that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations, but stopped short of imposing a $873 million penalty that regulators sought in the civil case. U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest in Manhattan found Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. liable in a 2015 lawsuit filed by… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

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(AP) — A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as “Mr. Social Security” pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments. Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington to stealing from the Social Security Administration and bribing a federal judge…. Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Venezuela asks UN help in boosting medicine supplies

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FILE – In this March 9, 2017 file photo, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an anti-imperialist rally in Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro said in a televised appearance Friday, March 24, 2017, that he asked the United Nations for “help” boosting medicine supplies in the shortage-plagued South American nation. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has asked the United Nations for “help” boosting medicine supplies as he struggles to combat crippling shortages. “I’ve asked for support from the U.N. to help treat economic and social injuries that have hit our people caused by the economic war and the sharp fall in petroleum prices,” Maduro said in a televised appearance Friday. He didn’t… Content Preview This …

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Snarled commute looms after passenger trains collide in NYC

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Evening rush hour commuters inspect the departures information board while they wait for New Jersey Transit trains at Penn Station, Friday, March 24, 2017, in New York. Commuters to both New Jersey and Long Island faced a difficult journey home Friday evening after two passenger trains clipped each other during the morning rush at Penn Station, jolting riders and creating major travel disruptions, but causing no serious injuries. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Commuters to both New Jersey and Long Island faced a difficult journey home Friday evening after two passenger trains clipped each other during the morning rush at Penn Station, jolting riders and creating major travel disruptions but causing no serious injuries. The accident involved an …

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Debate renewed over economic benefits of Keystone pipeline

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Map shows the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm; (Credit: AP) (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling his administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline a new era for American energy policy. As expected, the State Department reversed a decision by the Obama administration and favored energy development over environmentalists’ objections to the pipeline, which will carry thick Canadian crude oil to Nebraska, where it can flow on to refineries… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in More on this topic

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Gov. Rauner vetoes overhaul of Chicago city pension system

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(AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Friday that Chicago officials hoped would bolster the city’s sagging pension systems. The Republican criticized the plan as too limited and argued the state should tackle the state’s onerous pension debt while shoring up municipal retirement accounts. “It’s like trying to fix a drought with a drop of rain,” Rauner said in his veto… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announces that he is abruptly pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP) (AP) — In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the health care law. Democrats said Americans can “breathe a sigh of relief.” Trump said Obama’s law was imploding “and soon will explode.” Thwarted by two… Content …

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Montana bill seeks abortion ban on 'pain-capable' fetuses

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(AP) — The Montana Senate on Friday advanced a proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called “pain-capable” fetuses. If approved, Montana would join more than a dozen states adopting laws protecting pain-capable fetuses. The measure is one of a pair of anti-abortion bills that continued moving through the Montana Legislature. Earlier in the week, a House committee further advanced… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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A day of dominance and survival at Match Play

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Phil Mickelson walks off the fifth green during round-robin play at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin County Club, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson showed the simple side to the Dell Technologies Match Play. For three straight days in warmth, wind or rain, they built early leads and never let anyone get close to them in advancing out of their groups to the knockout stage. For just about everyone else, it was a matter of surviving. Bill Haas delivered another amazing escape when he chipped… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. …

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The Latest: White House congratulates European Union

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Pope Francis poses with the heads of State and of the EU institutions for a family photo in the Sistine Chapel at the end of an audience at the Vatican, Friday, March 24, 2017. The pontiff is receiving leaders of EU countries the day before an European Union summit in Rome to highlight the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s foundation on March 25, 2017. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming European Union summit (all times local): 10:55 p.m. The White House Office of the Press Secretary released a statement congratulating the European Union on the sixtieth anniversary of the 1957 Treaties of Rome and the founding of the European Economic Community. “Our two …

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House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

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Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, right, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, depart after a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (March 24, 2017 5:31 PM) In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly – after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. Democrats said Americans can “breathe a sigh of relief.” Trump said the current law was imploding “and soon will explode.” Thwarted by two factions of fellow Republicans,… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time …

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California air regulators vote to keep tough fuel standards

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(AP) — California air regulators voted Friday to keep the state’s tough vehicle emissions standards through 2025. The state Air Resources Board voted unanimously at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022 to 2025 after reaching a conclusion similar to one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration. More recently, however, President… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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1.4M Illinois job seekers may have had personal data hacked

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(AP) — About 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois may have had their personal information compromised when one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked, the governor’s office said Friday. The hacker may have accessed the names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of job seekers in the vendor’s database. The Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the state’s… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

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FILE – This March 18, 2010, file photo shows the YouTube website in Los Angeles. An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening in a sign of the skepticism surrounding Google’s promise to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Dish Network became the latest companies to suspend their advertising on YouTube after The Wall Street Journal found Google’s automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. Even though the defections are continuing, most analysts aren’t worried yet. Starbucks and General Motors also joined in the YouTube boycott Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt …

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Grain lower, livestock lower

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(AP) — Grain futures were lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May was 3.75 cents higher to 4.2475 a bushel; May corn was down .50 cent at 3.5625 a bushel; May oats lost 1.75 cents at $2.4625 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 15.25 cents to $9.7575 a bushel. Beef was lower and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. April live cattle was up .33 cent at $1.2210… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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GOP health bill short of support ahead of do-or-die vote

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Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, right, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, depart after a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Credit: AP) (AP) Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier,… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with …

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Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

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FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Mnuchin says after the battle over health care, the administration will turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August. “Health care is a very complicated issue,” Mnuchin said. “In a way, tax reform …

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Stocks sink as health care bill woes challenge Trump agenda

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In this Jan. 12, 2017, photo, traders work on the Mizuho Americas trading floor in New York. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, on Friday, March 24, 2017, led by gains in technology companies and banks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Credit: AP) (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling as the struggling Republican health care bill again dominates investors’ attention. House Republicans say the proposal doesn’t have enough support to pass in a vote this afternoon. That’s casting some doubt on President Donald Trump’s business-friendly agenda and stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss since the presidential election. KEEPING SCORE:… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already …

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Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

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FILE – In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year’s sign-up season, according to a letter made public Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year’s sign-up season, according to a letter made public Friday. The unexpected ad pullback soon after President Donald Trump took office was termed “sabotage” by Democrats and former Obama officials. The …

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Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott listens at left, as Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Credit: AP) (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers. But the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part of the company’s successful efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable. It’s the latest corporate jobs announcement made at the White House that capitalized on plans made before Trump won the presidency…. Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already …

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Murder trial: Officer testifies about autistic boy's death

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(AP) — A Louisiana law enforcement officer testified Friday at his murder trial that he was trying to save a fellow officer when he opened fire on a car, killing a 6-year-old autistic boy and critically wounding his father. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2oe880h ) that Derrick Stafford cried when a prosecutor showed him photographs of the slain child, Jeremy Mardis. Stafford said… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Judge: Case alleging Ohio 'segregates' disabled can proceed

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(AP) — A federal judge has rejected requests by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and several state officials to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the state has effectively segregated people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in institutions by failing to provide accessible community- or home-based services. Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. said Thursday that sovereign immunity granted to the Republican… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Snarled commute looms after passenger trains collide in NYC

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In this image provided by Jordan Geary shows the side of a New Jersey Transit train that is damaged, Friday, March 24, 2017 in New York’s Penn Station. The train clipped an Amtrak Acela Express during the morning rush at Penn Station, jolting commuters and creating major travel disruptions but causing no serious injuries. (Jordan Geary via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Commuters to both New Jersey and Long Island faced a difficult journey home Friday evening after two passenger trains clipped each other during the morning rush at Penn Station, jolting riders and creating major travel disruptions but causing no serious injuries. The accident involved an Amtrak Acela Express train headed from Boston to Washington that partially derailed as …

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Mayo Clinic expansion set to receive $585M in public funds

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(AP) — Millions of dollars in state aid for the Mayo Clinic’s expansion is expected to begin arriving in Rochester, Minnesota, this fall. The Legislature pledged about $585 million in tax money for the Destination Medical Center project in 2013, but the funds were on hold until enough private investment was made, The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2nvrNf2 ) reported. Nearly $300 million in… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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The Latest: Na blows his match, then wins a playoff

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Justin Thomas, with umbrella, and playing partner Matthew Fitzpatrick, of England, cross a bridge on the fourth hole during round-robin play at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin County Club, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local): 2 p.m. Given another chance, Kevin Na advanced to the weekend at the Match Play. As if match play wasn’t quirky enough, the round-robin format added a bizarre element Friday at Austin Country Club. Na only needed to halve his match against Chris Wood to win his group. But he blew a 4-up lead by losing seven… Content Preview This content is …

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Netflix re-ups with Sandler, plan 4 more films together

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FILE – In this May 16, 2016 file photo, Adam Sandler, a cast member in “The Do-Over,” poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Netflix has extended its deal with the comedian for four more feature films. As part of a previous four-movie deal, Sandler has already produced and starred in two films for Netflix. While neither “Ridiculous 6” nor “The Do-Over” received anything close to good reviews, Netflix said Friday, March 24, 2017, they are the biggest film releases for the service. Sandler’s next Netflix film, “Sandy Wexler,” debuts on April 14. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Netflix is doubling down on Adam Sandler. The streaming giant has extended its deal with …

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Cyprus: gas search will continue despite Turkish 'threats'

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(AP) — Cyprus said Friday it won’t give up a search for oil and gas off its shores despite a call to stop by Turkey which warned that it would “take all necessary measures to protect its interests” in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus’ government said it’s regrettable that Turkey is resorting to “threats” to advance its own interests under… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot

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This still image taken from live video provided by NASA shows astronaut Shane Kimbrough, right, works on the International Space Station during a space walk on Friday, March 24, 2017. Kimbrough and France’s Thomas Pesquet emerged early from the orbiting complex, then went their separate ways to accomplish as much as possible 250 miles up. Their main job involves disconnecting an old docking port. This port needs to be moved in order to make room for a docking device compatible with future commercial crew capsules. (NASA via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts prepped the International Space Station on Friday for a new parking spot reserved for commercial crew capsules. The 250-mile-high complex already has one docking port in …

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Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs

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TransCanada CEO Russell K. Girling speaks to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, during an announcement on the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Credit: AP) (AP) — President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a “great day for American jobs” and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. The presidential permit comes nearly a decade after Calgary-based TransCanada applied to build the $8 billion pipeline, which will snake from Canada through… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time …

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Ukraine: Russian agent killed Kremlin critic Voronenkov

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In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Denis Voronenkov visits a movie theater in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian police said Voronenkov was shot dead Thursday by an unidentified gunman at the entrance of an upscale hotel in the Ukrainian capital. Voronenkov, 45, a former member of the communist faction in the lower house of Russian parliament, had moved to Ukraine last fall and had been granted Ukrainian citizenship. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Synytsia) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A Ukrainian official said Friday that the killer of renegade Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, who was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, was a Russian agent, a claim quickly rejected by the Kremlin. Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, identified …

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Altice USA outsourcing warehousing

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Altice USA is outsourcing warehousing in a move that will mean eliminating 87 jobs at its Bethpage headquarters, although the firm says it is offering employees jobs at the new site. The firm, which plans to close the warehouse in Bethpage by June 21, is partnering with USTC to provide warehouse services, primarily at its Edison, NJ, location. The company said an additional 11 people in its warehousing operation are retiring. The warehouse is stocked with equipment such as cable boxes and other inventory for customers. Altice said Bethpage non-management employees in good standing who are affected by this move will be given the opportunity to transition to USTC with no gap in employment. All employees, whether they transition to …

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The Latest: Snarled commute looms after NYC train collision

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(AP) — The Latest on a collision between trains operated by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit at New York’s Penn Station (all times local): 2:45 p.m. The Long Island Rail Road says its riders should expect cancellations and delays during the evening rush hour because of an Amtrak derailment Friday morning at New York’s Penn Station. An Amtrak Acela Express train bound for Washington… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Bill would put cops, firefighters in control of pension plan

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(AP) — Legislation passed by lawmakers this week would let New Jersey police and firefighters control their $26 billion pension fund instead of the state. The legislation passed in the Democrat-controlled state Assembly on Thursday and now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s desk to consider. An independent panel overseeing investments and benefits would manage the pension fund. The… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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The Latest: WH no longer expresses confidence in health vote

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President Donald Trump meets with truckers and industry CEOs regarding healthcare, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Latest on an effort in Congress to pass a health care bill (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The White House is no longer expressing confidence that the upcoming House vote on health care will be successful. Instead, spokesman Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump is confident that the White House has done “every single thing possible” to corral the 216 votes needed to… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log …

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No. 201: Saving Shea, eschewing beef and offshore wind makes waves

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TG it’s Friday: Happy March 24 everybody, on which Elvis became Pvt. 53310761, Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Exxon Valdez ran aground. “Dark Side” remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for 927 weeks. That’s almost eight years. Second longest Billboard 200 album: Johnny Mathis’ greatest hits, at 490 weeks. Number of times Pink Floyd and Johnny Mathis have been mentioned in the same newsletter: This would be it. But first this: America’s changing diet has led to a 10 percent per-capita decrease in food-related carbon gases, or the equivalent of the annual tailpipe pollution of 57 million automobiles. (There are currently 253 million cars on U.S. roads.) Most prominent among the dietary changes was a 19 …

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Police officer accused of tracking ex with GPS

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(AP) — A New Jersey police officer is accused of using a GPS device to track the movements of a former girlfriend for approximately three months. Authorities arrested 42-year-old Fairview Patrolman Vache Assadourian of Ringwood on charges of invasion of privacy and stalking on Thursday. Bergen County prosecutors say the patrolman’s former girlfriend discovered a GPS device on her vehicle… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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German Parliament passes toll for passenger cars

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FILE – In this March 7, 2017 file photo cars and trucks drive along the highway A5 near Frankfurt, background, in Friedrichsdorf, Germany. German parliament Bundestag on Friday, March 24, 2017 gave green light to introduce a toll system for passenger cars on German motorways. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Germany’s Parliament has passed a law introducing a road toll for passenger cars. The disputed law, which was passed Friday, had long been questioned by other European countries and European Union bodies who said it was discriminatory toward non-German car drivers as German owners of cars registered in Germany would have the toll deducted from their annual tax bill. Responding… Content Preview This content is exclusive for …

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Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

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In this Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, photo, Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger poses for a portrait in his office at Trump Tower in New York. The Trumps are launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an owner who sits in the Oval Office. Called Scion, the aim is to open dozens in the next three years. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office. The chain, called Scion, will feature the …

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Indian police arrest 8 accused of smuggling human bones

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(AP) — Police in eastern India have arrested eight men involved in smuggling human bones and recovered 18 skeletons from them, police said Friday. The men were arrested last week after police received a tip about a smuggling ring involved in removing bones from decomposing bodies taken from graveyards in Burdwan district of West Bengal state. Police also found chemicals the smugglers… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Eurozone economy keeps accelerating in face of uncertainties

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A worker walks across an asparagus field near Dormagen, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The fields,covered by plastic foil, allow an early growth and a quick ripening. (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A survey of business managers indicates economic growth in the 19-country eurozone has accelerated to a near six-year high. The purchasing managers’ index, a survey that serves as a broad gauge of business activity, rose to 56.7 points in March, from 56 in February, confounding expectations for a modest decline. The index, published Friday by data providers IHS Markit, is on a 100-point… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an …

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World markets mixed as US health care bill vote looms

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A man rides a bicycle past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, March 24, 2017. Asian stock markets are mixed Friday after a U.S. vote on a health care bill was delayed, raising doubts among investors over whether President Donald Trump can push through his business friendly agenda. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (Credit: AP) (AP) — World stock markets were mixed Friday after a U.S. vote on a health care bill was delayed, raising doubts over whether President Donald Trump can push through his business friendly agenda. KEEPING SCORE: European shares were mostly lower in early trading. France’s CAC 40 lost 0.3 percent to 5,019.56 and Britain’s FTSE 100 slipped less …

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Intel chairman hates spotlight_ but the spotlight found him

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, walks out the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters after a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Credit: AP) (AP) — For a man who doesn’t like the spotlight, the chairman of the House intelligence committee has secured himself a place in it. Devin Nunes, a Republican congressman from the farmlands of central California, on Wednesday held back-to-back news conferences to discuss typically secret information about U.S. spy agencies intercepting communications of people on President Donald Trump’s… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in More …

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Kentucky's abortion law faces attacks in court

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(AP) — Kentucky’s new law requiring doctors to conduct an ultrasound exam before an abortion, and then try to show fetal images to the pregnant women, came under withering attack Thursday in federal court. An American Civil Liberties Union attorney referred to the 2-month-old law championed by Republican lawmakers as a “gross deviation” from medical ethics, bidding to block its enforcement…. Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Police: Wisconsin rampage began with domestic dispute

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(AP) — A man angry after a domestic dispute opened fire in a Wisconsin bank, killing two longtime employees, then killed an attorney at a nearby law firm and a detective trying to set a perimeter outside his apartment complex before he was finally captured, police said. His wife was unhurt. The man, whom police would not identify, was hospitalized Thursday under police guard with nonfatal… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Judge rules Dominion's coal ash site pollutes Virginia water

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FILE – This Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, photo shows an aerial view of the fly ash landfill at Dominion’s Chesapeake Energy Center in Chesapeake, Va. Millions of tons of ash stored at the former coal-fired power plant in the city will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding and other coastal risks. Virginia and its public utilities struggle to cope with the coal ash buried in pits and ponds across the state, tons more of the industrial byproduct is being imported each year. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Arsenic is illegally flowing out of one of the sites where Virginia’s biggest utility stores coal ash and polluting surrounding waters, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Though U.S. District Judge …

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Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally

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(AP) — Nissan Motor Co. has declined to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant after a March 4 pro-union rally headlined by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. A March 14 letter from Nissan executive Scott Becker to the United Auto Workers union declines to address demands presented after a March 4 pro-union rally. Among other things, the union had demanded that… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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The Latest: Auto safety group applauds Utah 0.05 legislation

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FILE – In this March 17, 2017, file photo, a protester holds a sign during a rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Utah’s governor has announced he will sign legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday, March 23 said he plans to approve the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit to .05 percent from .08 percent. Restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry had urged him to veto the bill, arguing it would hurt Utah’s image. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Latest on a law giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country (all times local): 4:20 p.m. …

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The Latest: PAC pulls support from health bill opponent

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Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, explains his position to a TV interviewer before his group met with President Donald Trump as the GOP’s long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare” moves to a showdown vote, Thursday, March 23, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Opposition to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care bill is costing an Iowa congressman some valuable campaign support. An official with the Congressional Leadership Fund says the political action committee backed by Ryan is withdrawing staff support from Rep. David Young. The official… Content Preview This …

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Ukraine ex-finance minister to oversee Puerto Rico crisis

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(AP) — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances amid a dire economic crisis announced Thursday that it appointed Ukraine’s former finance minister as its executive director. The board’s chairman said Natalie Jaresko served during a critical time in Ukraine’s history from 2014 to 2016 as it faced a deep recession. “Ukraine’s situation three years ago_like Puerto Rico’s… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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The Latest: Wife of suspect in Wisconsin shootings unhurt

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(AP) — The Latest on a shooting in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three others dead (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Police in Wisconsin say a shooting suspect’s wife was not hurt during a series of shootings that left four people dead. Two bank employees, an attorney and a police officer were killed in Wednesday’s shootings in Rothschild, Schofield and Weston,… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Democrats file ethics complaint over governor's skiing tweet

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(AP) — The New Hampshire Democratic Party is accusing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of improperly promoting his family business by tweeting about the Waterville Valley ski resort from his official account. A group of investors led by the Sununu family bought the ski area in 2010. Sununu resigned as CEO in December just before taking office, but relatives remain on the board of directors. On… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Stocks climb, led by banks; health care debate continues

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FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are treading water early Thursday, March 23, 2017, as investors wait for news about the fate of the Republican-backed health care bill, a centerpiece of President Donald Trump’s business-friendly agenda of cuts to taxes and regulations and greater infrastructure spending. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — U.S. stocks are broadly higher Thursday as banks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable by forcing interest rates on loans higher. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies …

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Prospects dim for vote on GOP health bill in House

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Republican remain short of votes for their health care overhaul, the day they plan House showdown votes (March 23, 2017 1:10 PM) (AP) — Prospects for the Republicans’ showcase health care bill looked grimmer by the minute Thursday as President Donald Trump failed to get a deal with a bloc of balky conservatives, leaving the legislation short of votes in the House. GOP leaders were meeting behind closed doors to determine next steps, but with moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers also bailing on the legislation, it… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in More on this topic

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Argentina's Fernandez to face trial in state fraud case

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FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez pushes her hair back after unveiling a bust of her late husband, and former president, Nestor Kirchner, at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A judge in Argentina has ordered Fernandez to face trial in a case where she is accused of defrauding the state as part of her government’s handling of the dollar futures market. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A judge in Argentina has ordered former President Cristina Fernandez to face trial in a case where she is accused of defrauding the state as part of her government’s handling of the dollar futures market. Federal judge Claudio Bonadio announced the decision …

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Seneca Nation to stop casino payments to New York state

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(AP) — The Seneca Indian Nation says it will stop sharing revenue from its three casinos with New York state at the end of the month, after turning over $1.4 billion during the last 14 years. Seneca President Todd Gates says Thursday that the western New York tribe is willing to pay the three cities where its casinos are located in exchange for services, but that the Senecas’ financial obligation… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Senate votes to undo privacy rules that protect user data

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In this photo taken Jan. 11, 2011, the Verizon logo is displayed in New York. The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday, March 23, 2017, to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers’ permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers’ permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information. Senators voted along party lines, 50-48, to eliminate the rules. The Federal Communications Commission, then controlled by Democrats, put the… Content Preview This content is …

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AP sources: US to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline

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FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, clearing the way for construction to start on the long-delayed project that has served as a flashpoint in the debate about climate change. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will make a recommendation that the …

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The Latest: House Freedom Caucus says no deal on health care

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Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, explains his position to a TV interviewer before his group met with President Donald Trump as the GOP’s long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare” moves to a showdown vote, Thursday, March 23, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local): 2:06 p.m. White House press secretary Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump’s meeting with the House Freedom Caucus was a “positive step” toward achieving the GOP’s goal of driving down costs and increasing access to health care. Freedom caucus members told reporters on Capitol Hill that there… Content …

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Defense rests in trial of Penn State's ex-president

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(AP) — Attorneys for Penn State ex-President Graham Spanier on Thursday declined to call any witnesses to counter accusations that he acted illegally in handling a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, meaning jurors will soon be weighing the criminal case. Spanier attorney Sam Silver argued there was “no evidence at all,” saying the case involved judgment calls by high-ranking… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday

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FILE – This Oct. 17, 2012, file photo shows an AT&T logo on an AT&T Wireless retail store front, in Philadelphia. After a one-day walkout, 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada will come back on the job Thursday, March 23, 2017. They had been striking to protest the phone and cable giant changing the job duties of some employees. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Some 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada are returning to their jobs after a one-day walkout. They had been protesting changes in job duties for some employees. A Communications Workers of America union local official had said Wednesday that AT&T was asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining …

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A look at clothing companies that are closing stores

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In this Monday, March 20, 2017, photo, Bonobos guide Reynaldo Sanchez inputs clothing information into the store’s customer website for customer J.P. Grant, after Grant shopped for clothing at the brand’s Guideshop, in New York. More shoppers are looking to social media or curated selections for fashion inspiration. That adds to the woes of mall-based stores, as people are already buying fewer clothes, spending online or at discounters when they do, and demanding more personal and convenient ways to buy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A number of retailers, particularly clothing stores, are shuttering locations as shoppers move online and find fashion inspiration from social media. Some analysts believe the trend will only accelerate later this year. A …

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Jon Corzine's MF Global, PwC in settlement

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(AP) — The trial between bankrupt brokerage MF Global, run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and its former accounting firm, PwC, came to an unceremonious end on Thursday, with both parties saying they have reached a settlement. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. MF Global had been suing PwC for as much as $3 billion. “The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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AP sources: State Department to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline, clearing way for presidential permit

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Woe for stores as shoppers look elsewhere for inspiration

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In this Monday, March 20, 2017, photo, while shopping at Bonobos, customer J.P. Grant gets assistance from guide Reynaldo Sanchez, as Grant shops for clothing at the brand’s Guideshop, in New York’s Financial District. More shoppers are looking to social media or curated selections for fashion inspiration. That adds to the woes of mall-based stores, as people are already buying fewer clothes, spending online or at discounters when they do, and demanding more personal and convenient ways to buy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Erica Dao used to shop at malls once a month, looking in stores and seeing what the mannequins displayed. Now, she mainly looks for inspiration on social media. “I discover brands through Instagram,” said …

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Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem

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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman nominee Jay Clayton is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 23, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Credit: AP) (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he’ll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Clayton, a partner in the prominent law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, has done significant legal… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an …

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Car tries to ram Antwerp shopping area; security tightened

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FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, Belgian para-commandos patrol near a synagogue in the center of Antwerp, Belgium. Belgian authorities on Thursday, March said they have raised security in the port of Antwerp after a car with French license plates drove at high speed through a busy shopping street, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Belgian authorities tightened security Thursday in the port city of Antwerp after a Frenchman drove his car at high speed through a busy shopping area, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way. French President Francois Hollande compared the incident to the attack in London that that left three people dead Wednesday, saying …

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New Jersey unemployment rate falls to 4.4 percent

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, talks to employees of a QuickChek convenience store after a news conference talking about jobs, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Cedar Knolls, N.J. New data shows New Jersey added 12,600 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.6 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary reports announced on Thursday show the state jobless rate has reached a 10-year low. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Credit: AP) (AP) — New data shows New Jersey added 12,600 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.6 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary reports announced on Thursday show the state jobless rate has reached a 10-year low. The data also show …

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Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear

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FILE – In this Monday, April 4, 2016, file photo, a Virgin America plane taxis past an Alaska Airlines plane waiting at a gate, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska said Wednesday, March 22, 2017, that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019. Alaska announced in 2016, that it was buying Virgin, but CEO Brad Tilden held out hope to Virgin fans that he might keep the Virgin America brand, and run it and Alaska as separate airlines under the same corporate umbrella. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline’s name is being dumped. Alaska announced late …

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Utah governor says he will approve strictest DUI limit in US

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(AP) — Utah’s governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said he plans to approve the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to .05 percent… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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South Texas school board gives Exxon $1.2 billion tax break

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(AP) — A South Texas school board has approved an estimated $1.2 billion in tax breaks to entice Exxon Mobil Corp. and its Saudi partner to build a $9.3 billion petrochemical plant within its district along the Texas Gulf Coast. The six-member Gregory-Portland Independent School District board’s unanimous vote late Tuesday adds to a $210 million tax package passed a day earlier by San Patricio… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Royal Jordanian rhymes about laptop ban to cheer customers

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(AP) — Jordan’s national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new U.S. aviation restrictions — and entice them to book flights before more rules are imposed. Royal Jordanian posted a five-line poem on its Twitter account, telling potential travelers: “Every week a new ban. Travel to the U.S. since you can.” It promises: “No one can ruin our in-flight fun.” Earlier… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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At 93 years old, Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains a jet-setter

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(AP) — Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the “non-resident president.” President Robert Mugabe has visited Singapore, Ghana, Swaziland and Mauritius in the past three weeks alone. At times he stops over in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, for just a night before leaving again. Some critics say Mugabe’s trips… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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The Latest: Salvaging of S. Korean ferry progressing well

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In this photo provided by South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, workers, left background, prepare to lift the sunken Sewol ferry, center, in waters off Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, March 23, 2017. A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry emerged from the water on Thursday, nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country’s southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the country that continues to search for closure to one of its deadliest disasters ever. (South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The latest on South Korean efforts to raise a ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people (all times local): 5:50 p.m. South Korean …

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European shares fall, Asia gains as US healthcare vote looms

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A man looks at an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Shares were modestly higher Thursday in Asia after Wall Street steadied overnight. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for the capacity of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to deliver on campaign promises for tax and regulatory reform. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Global shares were mixed Thursday, as European benchmarks edged lower after a day of gains in Asia. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether President Donald Trump’s ability to deliver on …

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Promised Land: Venezuela Jewish converts finally in Israel

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In this March 17, 2017 photo, Jose Luis Garcia embraces and cries as he says goodbye to his little brother that departs to Bogota on his way to Israel, at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela. The protracted fight over the so-called “Venezuela Nine” religious converts on their way to Israel underscores the fierce debate in a divided Israeli society over who is a Jew and how a religion that doesn’t proselytize like Christianity or Islam embraces an increasing number of converts, especially from Latin America, who have found their way to Judaism outside traditional paths like marrying someone of the faith. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (Credit: AP) (AP) — It’s not quite Moses’ 40 years in the desert, …

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A winner in GOP plans to repeal Obamacare: tanning salons

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In this Wednesday, March 22, 2017 photo, Ric Rooney sits in a newly-installed room in his updated tanning salon northeast of downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act imposed a 10 percent tax on tanning as a way to help fund provisions of the law that expanded coverage for some 20 million Americans. With the Republican’s health care overhaul, salon owners now expect relief. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Credit: AP) As Republicans try to shore up support for their health care overhaul, one group can’t wait for the replacement: owners of tanning salons. President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act imposed a 10 percent tax on tanning as a way to help fund provisions of the law that expanded …

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Faster F1 cars means bigger, stronger drivers for 2017

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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain removes his sunglass as he poses for a photo at the track in Melbourne, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, where F1 rule changes requiring wider tires, greater aerodynamics, bigger fuel loads and increased downforce are expected to make the heavier cars significantly faster than previous years. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Renault driver Niko Hulkenberg has the kind of name that sounds like big could be his thing. In Formula One seasons past, muscle bulk hasn’t really been the key requirement for drivers, with work on endurance being the focus of training in the gym. The new regulations in F1 have made the cars bigger and faster, prefacing …

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Singapore prime minister in Vietnam to up trade, investment

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reviews an honor guard in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Lee is on a four-day visit to Vietnam to boost bilateral ties.(AP Photo/Tran Van Minh) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Vietnam and Singapore signed several business agreements Thursday during a visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong aimed at boosting the island state’s investment and trade with the communist country. Two of the six memorandums of understanding witnessed by Lee and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc were for industrial parks to be developed by Singapore’s Sembcorp in central… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in …

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New Jersey man admits to tax return scam

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(AP) — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2nU2zVH ) that 56-year-old Mach Worotikan pleaded guilty to making a false claim. Authorities say Worotikan, who worked out of Middlesex County, offered to prepare returns for a discount in 2010 and 2011. Prosecutors say he added fraudulent dependents, fake child care expenses and… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in