Pirate News Desk 01/14/17

Date: January 14, 2017

Here is a recap of the stories covered in this week's Pirate News Desk:

-- Amazon and Chase introduced a new Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. It is exclusively available to Amazon Prime members only.

-- President-elect Donald Trump announced that former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, will act as an adviser. Giuliani will not receive an official title as Trump stated he will provide advice on cybersecurity matters. 

-- Donald Trump's top aides clashed with CNN, hours after the president-elect "lashed out" at one of the network's reporters during his news conference held at Trump Tower.

-- New York City had its safest-ever year in 2016 with the fewest traffic fatalities ever recorded: 229, improving on the record of 234 set in 2015. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that under the Vision Zero plan, traffic fatalities decreased for three consecutive years.

-- A rare strain of bird flu has infected more than 500 shelter cats in New York City. The virus is a mild form of H7N2, which is typically not life-threatening to cats. 

-- Norway will be the first nation in the world to broadcast digital radio only. The country started shutting down analog radio station on Jan. 11. 

-- Southside Hospital will hold free cardiac screenings for teens who may be at risk for undetected heart issues on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Southside Hospital is located at 201 E. Main St., Bay Shore, N.Y.

-- (201) Family Magazine featured top doctors in its special double issue (Nov./Dec., 2016). Dr. Stephen Winikoff and Dr. Kar-Mei Chan were selected as the top doctors in the anesthesiology category for the fourth consecutive year.

-- Polls are now open for the 2017 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Awards. This year, 11 arts districts and 98 organization will compete in 16 categories. The South Orange Performing Arts Center is listed as a nominee for favorite small performing arts center.

The Pirate News Desk is produced by the WSOU news department. The "Setonian Soundbites" segment is produced in partnership with Seton Hall University's official undergraduate newspaper, The Setonian. Any questions regarding the topics covered or suggestions for local coverage can be directed to wsounews@gmail.com. 

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