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Washington – Obama, Merkel Agree To High-level Talks On U.S. Surveillance Program

July 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama sought to allay concerns from German Chancellor Angela Merkel about reported U.S. spying on European allies on Wednesday, and they agreed to hold a high-level meeting on the subject in coming days. The European Union has demanded the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington was spying on its European allies, calling such...

Rockland County, NY – State Senator Calls On Ramapo School Board To Fire Their Lawyer After Profanity-Laced Tirade

July 3, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Rockland County, NY - Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) is calling for the removal of Chris Kirby, an attorney for the East Ramapo School Board and an associate at the Minerva & D’Agostino law firm, after an explosive and profanity-laced incident late Tuesday night following the school board meeting that threatened to turn violent. LoHud.com reports (http://lohud.us/1aEgWD8...

Coney Island, NY – 275-Foot Astrotower At Luna Park To Be Partially Dismantled

July 3, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Coney Island, NY - It's New York City's version of American as apple pie: hot dogs, a heart-racing turn on the Cyclone or a scenic spin on the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island's historic amusement park on July Fourth. But this year, an aging, swaying observation tower appears poised to scuttle the summer ritual, putting visitors' plans and merchants' hopes on a roller coaster ride of their...

Rockland County, NY – Ramapo PD Requests FAA Investigation Into Low-Flying Jet

July 3, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Rockland County, NY - The Ramapo Police Department has asked Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to investigate the low-flying, mid-size twin engine jet seen by Ramapo residents and police officers around 8:30 Wednesday morning. According to CBS2 News (http://cbsloc.al/12erEXC), Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said the white, corporate-looking jet seemed to be about 200 to 500 feet...

Iceland – WikiLeaks Claims Victory As Credit Card Donations Flow Again

July 3, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Iceland - International credit card donations to WikiLeaks are flowing again after an Icelandic court ruling forced MasterCard's and Visa's local agent to process payments, the companies involved in processing the funds said. One of WikiLeaks' most important sources of funding - donations made from Visa and MasterCard users around the globe - was cut off in 2010 when the firms stopped...

Rockland County, NY – Phony-Cop Reform Rabbi Gets Booted From His Job at Temple Emanu-El

July 3, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Rockland County, NY - Following “much deliberation,” the trustees of Congregation Emanu-El have decided to remove 49-year-old Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski from his post as the executive director of the Skirball Center of Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, LoHud.com reports (http://lohud.us/12HK6Ib). As previously reported on VIN, Borodowski was arrested on June 19 and...

Cairo – Egypt Police Arrest Top Brotherhood Leaders

July 3, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Cairo - Egyptian security forces arrested the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and another of the movement's top leaders on Wednesday, an FJP official and security sources said, after the army toppled Mohamed Mursi from the presidency. Saad El-Katatni, the head of the FJP and the former speaker of parliament, was arrested along with Rashad al-Bayoumi, one of...

New York, NY – Media Campaign Urges NYers To Report Corruption

July 3, 2013 at 07:15 PM
New York, NY - The city's department of investigation is urging New Yorkers to speak out if they "see something crooked." A new hot line was announced Wednesday to take calls about corruption. The number is 212-3-NYC-DOI. Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn says 3,000 posters will be featured on city buses, subway lines and stations. It's the first time an...

Cairo – Security Forces Raid Al Jazeera Egyptian TV Channel

July 3, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Cairo - Security forces raided the Cairo offices of Al Jazeera's Egyptian television channel on Wednesday and detailed at least five staff, hours after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, a journalist at the station said. Karim El-Assiuti told Reuters his colleagues at the Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr channel were arrested while working in the studio. The station was prevented from...

Rockland County, NY – Innovative ‘Snowden’ Ad Becomes Point Of Controversy For Charedi Magazine

July 3, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Rockland County, NY - What began as a unique advertisement that combined current events with ceramic tile turned into a controversy of sorts when one Monsey publication refused to run the ad, saying the content made it unsuitable for its readership. The ad in question is part of a five part series of advertisements for Ceramic Creations, a tile store located on Route 59 in Monsey, that was...

San Francisco, CA – Computing Pioneer Inventor Of Mouse, Dies At Age 88

July 3, 2013 at 03:47 PM
San Francisco, CA - Doug Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and developer of early incarnations of email, word processing programs and the Internet, has died at the age of 88. The Computer History Museum, where Engelbart had been a fellow since 2005, said he died early Wednesday. The museum in Mountain View, Calif., was notified of the death in an email from his daughter, Christina...

Washington – U.S. Officials: Egypt Military Pledges No Long Term Takeover

July 3, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Washington - Two U.S. officials say that Egyptian defense leaders, who ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday, have assured the U.S. that they are not interested in a long-term rule. The official says the leaders, in calls with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pledged to put a civilian government in place quickly. U.S...

Detroit – Chrysler Recalls More Than 500,000 Vehicles, Most For Head Rests

July 3, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Detroit - Chrysler Group LLC said on Wednesday it will recall more than 500,000 vehicles, most of them for possibly malfunctioning active restraint head rests. Most of the affected vehicles are in the United States. About 490,000 cars and SUVs will be recalled due to potentially faulty micro computer components for head rests that are designed to move forward during rear-end...

Cairo – Morsi Is Out as President, Egyptian State Media Says

July 3, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Cairo - Egypt's military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections. The military also announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced. Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi's ouster. ...

New York – Gasoline Prices Begin Summer Slide

July 3, 2013 at 02:55 PM
New York - Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July. The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now below $3.50 for the first time since February. The reason: Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing...

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