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Helping the Voiceless Victims of Animal Hoarding

Smithtown, N.Y.  Neighbor wars begin when good intentions go bad. One of the hardest situations is that of an animal hoarder.  Guardians of Rescue are no strangers to this often-silent epidemic. According to the Animal Planet, approximately 250,000 cases of animal hoarding are reported annually; unfortunately, many cases remain unreported, leaving animals to suffer in cramped [...]

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U.N. to D.R.: Don’t Let Haitian-Dominicans Lose Nationality

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations human rights office this week urged the Government of the Dominican Republic to take all necessary measures to ensure that citizens of Haitian origin are not deprived of their right to nationality in light of a recent court ruling. Last week the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the children of undocumented [...]

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Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Crowned in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, N.J.  Miss New York, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, broadcast live on ABC. Nina became the second consecutive contestant from New York and the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition.   Nina’s acceptance [...]

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Uruguay Gives Initial OK to State-Controlled Marijuana Industry

Montevideo, Uruguay.  NPR reports that Uruguay is poised to create a state-licensed marijuana industry, as its legislature takes steps to approve a controversial bill detailing how the government would regulate marijuana, from its production and import to marketing and distribution. The move would be a first. NPR’s South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro tells NPR’s Newscast unit [...]

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Photo of the Day: Happy July Fourth, America!

New York, N.Y.  The Fourth of July — America’s Independence Day – commemorates the adoption of our Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  Today, Independence Day brings fireworks along the Hudson River – as well as parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and [...]

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Photo of the Day: Happy Canada Day, Neighbors!

New York, N.Y.  I hitchhiked up to Canada in 1976 when I was 16 from our summer home in New Hampshire.  With no place to go, they would not let me across the border – but I had a great time getting to the border and back.  I pitched my tent that night behind a [...]

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Telemundo Host José Díaz-Balart Builds Legacy of Giving Back

New York, N.Y.  Looking to expand my horizons, I accepted an invitation to the Tenth Annual Hispanic Television Summit in New York. There, I was honored to meet Noticiero Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, a Cuban-American media superstar. Jose was presented with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television. José Díaz-Balart at the White House. [...]

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Barack Obama Wins U.S. Presidential Re-Election

Washington, D.C.  Projected election results show President Barack Obama has defeated his Republican challenger Mitt Romney to win another term in office. Supporters at the president’s campaign headquarters in Chicago waved flags and cheered at the news late Tuesday, which came after Obama won enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch [...]

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Cuba Hosts U.N. Ebola Conference, Sends MDs to West Africa

Hope: Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

U.N. Calls Out Detroit Water Policy as ‘Contrary to Human Rights’

Umbrella Revolution: Pro-Democracy Protests Continue in Hong Kong

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