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Brooklyn, NY – One Arrested in Flatbush Elevator Attack, NYPD Searching for Second Suspect

July 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Brooklyn, NY - One person has been arrested tonight in Sunday night’s vicious beating of an 18 year old woman in Midwood, who was dragged out of an elevator, assaulted and robbed, as previously reported on VIN News. An NYPD spokesperson told VIN News that 18 year old Tyler Hoppin of 1255 E 85th Street has been charged with robbery, assault and criminal possession of stolen property in the...

New York – Twitter’s Surge Revives Valuation Debate

July 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM
New York - The surge in Twitter Inc's stock has revived debate about whether it warrants a valuation five times that of Facebook Inc , its biggest rival in social media. Twitter reported on Tuesday that its active users jumped 24 percent to 271 million in the second quarter. That pales when compared with Facebook's 1.3 billion. Even so, Twitter's shares were trading at about 200 times...

Hunter, NY – Woman Plunges To Death Over Cliff In Catskills While Trying To Take Photo

July 30, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Hunter, NY - Authorities say a 23-year-old woman trying to take a picture by the edge of a cliff in the Catskill Mountains died after falling more than 150 feet. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says Ariana Bedka of Wappingers Falls lost her footing at the edge of a cliff on top of Kaaterskill Falls at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Forest rangers were able to recover her body...

New York – Cuomo Again Defends Handling Of Corruption Probe

July 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Long Island on Wednesday to promise help for homeowners after Superstorm Sandy and ended up dealing with a tempest of a different kind: allegations that his office meddled with an anti-corruption commission. The Democrat again defended his handling of the commission, pointing to a statement from one of the leaders that there was no...

New York – Researchers: World Trade Center Ship Dates To 1773

July 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM
New York - Researchers say a ship unearthed at the site of New York's World Trade Center predates American independence. Columbia University scientists say they've determined wood used in the ship's frame came from a Philadelphia-area forest in 1773 — two years before the start of the Revolutionary War and three before the Declaration of Independence. Researchers say they've tentatively...

San Diego, CA – Small Plane Crashes In San Diego Costco Shopping Parking Lot; 1 Dead

July 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM
San Diego, CA - A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing one woman on board and seriously injuring another, a fire spokesman said. The single-engine 1988 Mooney M-20L went down around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot that serves a Costco and a Target store in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood. The plane had bounced while landing at nearby...

Washington – Michelle Obama Says The ‘Blood Of Africa’ Runs Through Her Veins

July 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Washington - First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week...

Beirut – Report: Hezbollah Commander Killed In Iraq

July 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Beirut - A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region. Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shi'ite Islamist group, has not previously announced any role in the conflict in Iraq, which escalated last month when...

Jerusalem – Dissent Quieted With Most Israelis Behind Gaza War

July 30, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Jerusalem - Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans' suffering are...

United Nations – 32 Nations Back Judaism’s Yom Kippur As UN Holiday

July 30, 2014 at 08:45 PM
United Nations - Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday. The letter to the assembly's Committee on Conferences, circulated on Wednesday, says the U.N. "recognizes the major festivals of many of the world's main religions, yet Judaism is not represented." "We...

London – Anti-Semitic Incidents At Record Levels In Britain As Gaza Conflict Rages

July 30, 2014 at 08:09 PM
London - Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday. The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on safety, said the surge came as figures showed a significant rise in such incidents for the first six months of...

Tehran – Iran Says Egypt Dragging Its Feet On Allowing Aid To Gaza

July 30, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Tehran - Iran criticised Egypt on Wednesday for delays in issuing permits to bring in aid to Gaza and to transport wounded women and children out of the area for medical treatment. Egypt's government, at odds with the Islamist Hamas group that runs Gaza, has added its own border closure to an Israeli blockade of the narrow strip of territory, in effect cutting off all routes to residents who...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Man Arrested For Sexual Misconduct With Teen Boy

July 30, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Kirays Joel, NY - The New York State Police in Monroe arrested a Kiryas Joel Man for sexual misconduct with an underage teen. In its Press Release Police said that 27 year old Joel Mendlowitz had been involved in a sexual relationship with a 15 year old boy, also from Kiryas Joel, since October of 2013. The boy’s father found evidence of the relationship and reported it to the State...

Rome – Vandals Strike Back With New Anti-Semitic Graffiti In Jewish Neighborhood In Rome

July 30, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Rome - Less than 24 hrs. after the slogan "Jews your end is near" was removed from a wall in the Prati neighborhood in Rome, vandals have replaced the graffiti, leaving the message "Torch the synagogues" on the same wall. GAZZETTADELSUD.it (http://bit.ly/1k7KVcT) reports that it is the same neighborhood where swastikas have been found affixed to the windows of shops this week. Jewish...

Washington – House Republicans Vote To Sue Obama Over Healthcare Law

July 30, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Washington - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law. The 225-201 vote, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday. The...

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