Voice actor of Elmo resigns amid underage sex allegations

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who has been on "Sesame Street" for more than 28 years and created the high-pitched voice of Muppet character Elmo, resigned Tuesday after new allegations were made public that he had a sexual [...]

Survey: Majority of Michigan residents now support gay marriage

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN (BNO NEWS) -- A majority of residents in the U.S. state of Michigan now support the legalization of same-sex marriage, according to a new survey which reflects similar changes seen in other parts of the United States. [...]

Gaza crisis: UN’s Ban calls for ceasefire after Israeli airstrike kills civilians

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called on all parties in Israel and Gaza to cooperate with Egypt and reach an immediate ceasefire to end the escalating conflict, hours after an Israeli airstrike [...]

Significant winter storm heads toward disaster-hit NY, NJ

NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) -- A significant winter storm off the U.S. East Coast is likely to hit Sandy-battered areas of New York and New Jersey by Thursday, forecasters said on Sunday, warning that the nor'easter will have a greater impact than [...]

Up to 1.8 million Haitians affected by Hurricane Sandy

NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) -- Some 1.8 million Haitians have been affected by Hurricane Sandy after it moved through the Caribbean as a category two storm last week, according to an initial assessment of the situation carried out by the United [...]

New York City Marathon canceled after mounting criticism

NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) -- The New York City Marathon, which is one of the largest sporting events in the world and was due to be held on Sunday, was canceled on Friday after mounting criticism that it shouldn't take place so soon after the [...]

Sandy causes 300,000 gallon oil spill on U.S. East Coast

NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) -- Superstorm Sandy, one of the largest storms ever to strike the U.S. East Coast, damaged two storage tanks which have caused up to 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into the waters between New Jersey and New [...]

South Dakota executes man who raped, murdered 9-year-old girl

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA (BNO NEWS) -- A South Dakotan man, who was convicted of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl after abducting her from a convenience store in 1990, was executed on late Tuesday evening, just two weeks after the state's [...]

U.S. stock markets to reopen Wednesday after Sandy kills 43

NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) -- Major stock exchanges in the United States expect to reopen Wednesday after Superstorm Sandy, one of the largest storms ever to strike the U.S. East Coast, forced Wall Street to stop trading for two days. At least [...]

Rwanda wins UN Security Council seat despite rebel support claims

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday elected Rwanda to one of the five rotational seats on the UN Security Council, despite recent reports which accuse Rwanda of actively supporting a rebel group in the eastern [...]