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New York – NY Times Report: Some Rabbinical Students to Get State Tuition Aid

March 30, 2011 at 11:53 PM
New York - The state budget plan that moved toward enactment on Wednesday calls for 10 percent cuts in aid to public colleges and universities, but it would add about $18 million a year in tuition assistance for students attending some private religious schools. [First reported today on VIN News] The added money would be available to any theological student who met a new set of criteria for...

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Israel: Argentina Gives Commitment To Bomb Probe

March 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Buenos Aires, Argentina - An Israeli official said Wednesday that Argentina's foreign minister offered assurance his government is committed to investigating two terrorist bombings against Jews in this South American nation in the 1990s. Earlier this week, the Israeli government asked Argentina to address the matter after a newspaper reported that Argentine officials had offered to stop the...

Boston – No Joke: Spring Snowstorm Bears Down on Northeast

March 30, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Boston - Weather forecasters say a springtime snowstorm is likely to dump as much as a foot of wet, heavy snow and rain in parts of the Northeast just ahead of April Fools' Day. The National Weather Service says the storm is expected to hit Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine from late Thursday through Friday evening. Eastern New York is expected to...

New York, NY – Brooklyn, Bronx Among State’s Unhealthiest Counties

March 30, 2011 at 11:01 PM
New York, NY - Brooklyn and the Bronx are among the top five unhealthiest counties in the state of New York, according to a report released Wednesday. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked the Bronx as the worst of all of New York’s 62 counties across a variety of health indicators, Brooklyn came in at the bottom as well with a...

New York – NTSB: Tour Bus in NYC Crash Was Going Up to 78 mph

March 30, 2011 at 10:45 PM
New York - A top federal transportation official says a casino tour bus involved in a New York City crash that killed 15 people was barreling down the highway at up to 78 mph. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman disclosed the information during a U.S. Senate committee hearing in Washington on motor coach safety Wednesday. She says a video camera on the bus'...

Washington – FDA Examines Link Between Food Dyes, Hyperactivity

March 30, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Washington - The FDA is examining the link between dyes found in everyday foods and hyperactivity in children. At a two-day meeting starting Wednesday, an FDA advisory committee will decide whether available data links the dyes and the disorder. The panel will recommend Thursday whether the agency should further regulate dyes, do more studies on the issue or require better labeling of the...

New York, NY – Government Looking to Plug Homeowners’ Leaks

March 30, 2011 at 09:56 PM
New York, NY - The Department of Environmental Protection wants to know if plumbing companies would be willing to repair private water lines connected to city mains in exchange for low monthly insurance payments. Last year, 3,508 unfortunate homeowners learned the hard way that they are responsible for fixing pipes hooked up to the city's system, even if the leak occurs in the middle of the...

Albany, NY – Law Will Prevent Public Servants from Posting Crime Scene Photos

March 30, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Albany, NY - An emergency worker who photographed a woman found beaten and strangled and later posted the image on his Facebook page has led Staten Island lawmakers to propose making it a felony for others to do the same. Democratic and Republican legislators, joined by the mother of victim Caroline Wimmer, said Wednesday the posting compounded the pain and horror. They said that shouldn’t...

Bogota – Colombia President: Colombia Will Not Recognise Palestine State

March 30, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Bogota - Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday unequivocally stated that Colombia will not recognize Palestine as a State as a "matter of principle," unless an agreement is reached with Israel. In a meeting with a joint high level delegation of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the Latin American Jewish congress in Bogota on Wednesday Santos reaffirmed the government’s...

Washington – U.S. House Reinstates DC School Voucher Program

March 30, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to reinstate school vouchers for District of Columbia students, reviving the only program that uses federal tax dollars to subsidize private-school tuition. The bill introduced by Republican House Speaker John Boehner would provide up to $12,000 a year for needy students to attend private schools of their choice. It was approved...

Washington – Feds: Low Levels Of Japan Radiation Found In U.S. Milk

March 30, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Washington - Very low levels of radiation turned up in a sample of milk from Washington state, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday, but federal officials assured consumers not to worry. The FDA said such findings were to be expected in the coming days because of the nuclear crisis in Japan, and that the levels were expected to drop relatively...

London – Qaddafi Foreign Minister Resigns Post, Defects to the UK

March 30, 2011 at 05:25 PM
London - Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in the U.K. on Wednesday and is resigning from his post, Britain's government said. Moussa arrived from Tunisia at Farnborough Airport, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of London, the Foreign Office said in a statement, adding that he traveled here under his own free will. "He has told us that he is resigning his post," the...

Washington – Reuters: Obama Authorizes Secret Support For Libya Rebels

March 30, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Obama signed the order, known as a presidential "finding", within the last two or three weeks, according to four U.S. government sources familiar with the matter. Such findings...

Brooklyn, NY – Lose of Phones and Internet Services after Contractor Cuts Cables

March 30, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Contractors working on a massive construction project near the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown headquarters slashed phone and Internet cables, sending the organization, and other tenants inside the Elm Place property, back to the slow old days. “We’re at a standstill,” said Carl Hum, the always-connected president of the Chamber, whose offices are part of a...

Manhattan, NY – NYC Considering Table Service in Times Square

March 30, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Manhattan, NY - Food and drink table service may be coming to the pedestrian plazas in New York City's Times Square this summer. The Times Square Alliance issued a request for proposals from area restaurants and vendors to take orders and serve food to people seated at the 100 tables and chairs in the car-free zone. The business improvement district says up to five vendors will be issued...

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