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Recall On Kenmore Ranges

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A potential hazard has prompted a recall of some Kenmore brands.

The recall involves 5,300 Kenmore Elite stainless steel slide-in gas, electric and dual-fuel ranges. They were sold at Sears stores from May 2014 through April 2015. One person reported being cut by a sharp edge and had to get stitches.

About 250 of the ranges are also being recalled for a fire and burn hazard.

If you have one of these stoves, you should contact Sears at 1-800-873-5011 for a free inspection and repair.

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    “It is an absolute disastrous mess” the words of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as he described the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment last night in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, six critically.

    Some survivors had to escape through the windows of toppled cars. One of the seven cars was completely mangled.

    Right now, there is no word on victims from the area, however you are looking for a loved one who might have been on the train, you can call 1-800-523-9101.

    The accident has closed the nation’s busiest rail corridor between New York and Washington as federal investigators begin sifting through the twisted remains to determine what went wrong.

    Train 188, a Northeast Regional, left Washington, D.C. and was headed to New York when it derailed shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Amtrak said the train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members.

    Officials say more  than 140 people went to hospitals to be evaluated or treated.

    The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration have sent investigators to the site.

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A Monroe County jury has found 39 year old Thomas Johnson III guilty on the charge of intentional aggravated murder in the death of Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson. Johnson was arrested on September 3, 2014 after he fatally shot Officer Pierson and attempted to shoot his partner  Rochester Police Officer Michael DiPaola following a traffic stop.
The aggravated murder charge carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Johnson was convicted on all charges except one: first-degree assault, which the jury convicted him of second-degree assault charge instead. Johnson was convicted of attempted aggravated murder, one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The count of attempted aggravated murder was in relation to Johnson attempting to shoot and kill Officer DiPaola.
The conviction ends more than two weeks of testimony and arguments, in which defense attorney James Hinman tried to prove Johnson did not intentionally murder Officer Pierson that night. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley prosecuted the case, saying the fatal gunshot wound was “muzzle to flesh” and that Johnson reportedly said he would “kill a cop” if he had to in order to avoid returning to jail.
Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30 at 2 p.m.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have installed nursing stations at Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. Officials say the stations offer on-the-go moms a private and clean place to nurse their children. The units feature bench seating, outlets, a fold-down table and power supply for pumping. There is space for luggage or a stroller and the unit also can be locked from the inside. Nursing stations at Newark Liberty are located inside Terminal B beyond the security checkpoints in the B2 and B3 concourses. LaGuardia’s nursing station is in Terminal B along Concourse A. The Port Authority plans to install additional units in the future.

Ben E. King Has Died At 76

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, May 4, 2015

Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, perhaps best known for his work with the group the Drifters, for whom he wrote and sang songs including “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “This Magic Moment” has died.

Ben E. King, the singer behind the hit song “Stand By Me,” died Thursday, his agent confirming the death over the weekend.

After leaving the Drifters in 1960, King adopted his solo stage name. He would land a No. 1 hit with “Stand By Me” in 1961, a feat the record repeated in 1986 when it was used as the theme for the movie with the same name.

King earned 12 top 10 hits and 25 Top 40 hits from 1959 to 1986, according to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The singer, who also ran a charitable organization, The Stand By Me Foundation, had been performing as recently as last year. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Betty.

He was 76 years old.

New York State has imposed new rules on title insurers that officials say could sharply reduce the cost of insurance for homebuyers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the changes are meant to stop unfair charges from being passed on to homebuyers.
Benjamin Lawsky, the state’s Superintendent of Financial Services, says his office’s investigation found that some title insurers buy lavish meals and entertainment for attorneys and real estate professionals in exchange for referrals. The costs were then passed along to buyers. The new rules also set caps on certain fees and requires insurers to submit their rates to regulators at least every three years. The state estimates that the changes will cut title insurance closing costs by as much as 20 percent.

Five days after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the number of dead has risen to more than 5,500. This comes as new video emerges from the moment the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit.
A traffic camera shows men riding on a flatbed narrowly escape being crushed by a falling building. Frustration in Nepal has been growing concerning the slow arrival of aid. Demonstrators gathered outside Parliament Wednesday demanding supplies.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the manufacturers of e-cigarettes should be prohibited from marketing to children and creating flavors like gummy bear, chocolate and bubble gum. that he says are designed to appeal to kids.

The New York Democrat says the same marketing restrictions that apply to traditional tobacco products should be expanded to cover e-cigarettes.

He cited a recent report indicating that while traditional tobacco use is down among teens, the use of e-cigarettes is up.

The Food and Drug Administration issued proposed regulations for e-cigarettes last year but has not yet implemented them.

Gas Prices Up Nationwide

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, April 27, 2015

The latest Lundberg gas price survey found the average price of regular gas has jumped more than 13-cents a gallon nationwide over the past two weeks.

Prices have been on the rise four straight weeks now after months of steady decreases. The current national average stands at $2.58 a gallon and is still $1.11 less than what gas was going for a year ago at this time. .

Pediatricians are telling parents that babies should not be allowed to sleep in a car seat, swing or bouncer.

Researchers looked at deaths of 47 children under two that occurred in sitting and carrying devices. Most deaths were attributed to asphyxia from strangulation or unsafe positioning.

Experts advise parents to never leave a child unsupervised while in a carrying device, buckle all straps and be sure infants can’t twist their heads into soft bedding.