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Livermore, CA – Little Lightbulb Turns 110 Years

June 20, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Livermore, CA - The world's oldest lightbulb turns 110 in Livermore, California, a tiny 4-watt night light that has burnt its way into the Guinness World Records. The bulb first lit up in 1901 when it was donated to the fire department - before the Titanic sank and before San Francisco endured its disastrous quake. On Saturday, the Livermore Firehouse, which has moved the bulb three or four...

Washington – Student Visa Program: New Rules, Same Problems

June 20, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Washington - The State Department is publicly acknowledging that one of its most popular exchange programs leaves foreign college students vulnerable to exploitation, but it's unclear if new regulations the agency is pushing will do enough to stop the abuses. The revised rules aim to shift more responsibility onto the 53 entities the department designates official sponsors in the J-1 Summer...

Houston, TX – New Law Protects Residents’ Mezuzah Displays

June 20, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Houston, TX - Years after a Jewish couple in Houston were fined for displaying a mezuzah on the door frame of the condo they rented in the Heights, a new Texas law prohibits home owners’ associations from banning such religious objects. The bill was one of the final pieces of legislation signed by Gov. Rick Perry at the end of the session Friday and prevents restrictions against...

Washington – Obama Tells Jewish Donors He Strongly Backs Israel

June 20, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Washington -Seeking to reassure Jewish donors amid questions over his support for Israel, President Barack Obama pledged Monday that his administration would "devote all of its creative powers" to trying to bring about Mideast peace. Obama made the comments at a high-dollar fundraiser at a Washington hotel hosted by Americans in Support of a Strong U.S.-Israel Relationship. The appearance...

Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Jewish Teen Dead In Fall From Vegas Strip Parking Garage

June 20, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Las Vegas, NV - Police say a 19-year-old from New York City who died in a fall from the 10th floor of a Las Vegas Strip resort parking structure might have been trying to take a photo of the Las Vegas skyline. The Clark County coroner's office on Monday identified the dead man as Eli Tormheim of Brooklyn, N.Y. Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer says investigators determined that...

Moscow – Dozens Killed in Russian Passenger Jet Crash

June 20, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Moscow - A passenger jet crashed late Monday on a highway in northwestern Russia, killing 44 people, officials said. Eight people survived the crash. The Tu-134 plane, belonging to the RusAir airline, crash-landed en route from Moscow to the city of Petrozavodsk, Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Olga Semyonova told The Associated Press. Her ministry said in a website statement that 44...

Cedarhurst, NY – Five Towns Girl Makes Five Figure Donation to Soup Kitchen

June 20, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Cedarhurst, NY - Instead of just receiving gifts at her Bas Mitzvah this past Sunday, Cedarhurst resident Abby Hofstetter’s gave Masbia soup kitchens a very impressive gift of her own. A check for $15,409. As reported previously on VIN News, Abby found herself in the public spotlight this past December when she launched a YouTube campaign to raise money for the soup kitchen, which...

Israel – Minister Working to Have National ID Cards State One’s Religion

June 20, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Israel - Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) has signed a regulation that state the holder’s religion and thus prevent non-Orthodox converts from being defined on their IDs as Jews. Yishai, in the same post 10 years ago, was ordered by the High Court of Justice to recognize Reform and Conservative converts as Jews. All IDs issued since then have had eight small stars on the nationality line...

Medford, NY – Police Warn Drugstores, Physicians To Be Vigilant Over Suspected Pharmacy Gunman

June 20, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Medford, NY - Four people killed during a pharmacy store robbery in suburban New York City, including a teenager due to graduate high school this week, were shot at very close range by a dangerous suspect intent on stealing painkillers, a police official said Monday. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer also warned physicians and the owners of small drugstores in the area to be...

Washington – Weiner’s Resignation Official: Midnight Tuesday

June 20, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Washington - The resignation of scandalized Rep. Anthony Weiner will be official midnight Tuesday. Weiner, who was undone by his scandal, officially notified Speaker John Boehner and New York state officials Monday. The resignation letter was to be read on the House floor Tuesday, his last day in Congress. He announced last Thursday that he would step down. Weiner, elected in 1998, said...

New York – Israel’s UN Ambassador: Prepare for September Vote on Palestinian State

June 20, 2011 at 03:30 PM
New York - Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor urged Jewish American leaders on Monday to form a clear and operational plan ahead of the United Nations vote in September regarding unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. During a closed meeting of the Conference of Presidents of major Jewish American Organizations in New York, Prosor said that talk was not enough...

New York, NY – Blow To Bloomberg: Officials Now Say $600M of NYC Payroll Project Total Fraud

June 20, 2011 at 03:12 PM
New York, NY - Authorities say nearly all of the more than $600 million that New York City paid for a new payroll system was directly or indirectly tainted by fraud. Prosecutors had previously said the fraud involved in the CityTime project totaled $85 million. The new estimate came Monday as federal prosecutors and the New York City Department of Investigation announced more charges in the...

Albany, NY – Update: State Senate Not Expected To Vote On Gay Marriage Today

June 20, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Albany, NY - As demonstrators on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are shouting in the hallways of the state capitol, NY1 has learned the State Senate is unlikely to vote on the issue today. As senators arrived for what is scheduled to be the final day of Albany's legislative session, they passed crowds of mobilized citizens holding signs and arguing on the capitol's third...

Paris – World’s First ‘Hypersonic’ Jet Will Fly NY to London in 1 Hour

June 20, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Paris - Capable of soaring above the atmosphere at 3,125 mph on biofuel made from seaweed, EADS's proposed Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation (ZEHST) could significantly reduce air travel time. The usual eight-hour flight from New York to London would take one, less than half the time it took the old Concorde. Whereas the the Concorde failed because of its extremely noisy takeoffs and...

Washington – ATF Director Resigns Abruptly Amid Firearms Scandal

June 20, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Washington - The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and firearms is expected to resign amid the ongoing controversy over the "Fast and Furious" operation, two senior federal law enforcement sources told CNN. Straw buyers were allowed to illegally purchase large numbers of weapons in the operation, some of which ended up in the hands of cartels in Mexico. ...

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