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Washington – White House Calls Ryan’s Immigration Remarks ‘Preposterous’

November 2, 2015 at 05:33 PM
Washington - Looks like the honeymoon's over for President Barack Obama and new House Speaker Paul Ryan. Just four days after Ryan took the helm in the House, the White House is accusing him of "pandering to the extreme right wing" of his party. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Ryan's recent comments on immigration reform are "preposterous" and disappointing. Ryan said Sunday that...

Albany, NY – New York Awards $67M To Help Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers

November 2, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Albany, NY - New York state is spending $67 million to help those caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease — part of an ambitious effort to support families dealing with the degenerative condition. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Monday. It will be divided among nine different organizations that will create programs to help family caregivers. Each will receive $7.5 million...

Washington – State Dept To Review Agents’ Role After Reporter Kicked Out During Kerry Meeting

November 2, 2015 at 04:39 PM
Washington - The State Department said Monday it will review the role its diplomatic security agents play at photo opportunities following a weekend incident in Uzbekistan in which a reporter was removed from a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and the Uzbek president. Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and press office would look into...

Jerusalem – AP Interview: Peres Says Israel Could Face An Eternal War

November 2, 2015 at 04:13 PM
Jerusalem - Over a seven-decade career in politics, Shimon Peres has helped guide Israel through wars and existential threats. But now, with the country embroiled in a new wave of violence, the 92-year-old elder statesman worries that if its leaders do not get serious about pursuing peace with the Palestinians, it will be in an eternal state of war and risk losing its Jewish majority. In an...

Jerusalem – EU To Announce Settlement Labeling Guidelines

November 2, 2015 at 03:45 PM
Jerusalem - The EU will issue new guidelines on Nov. 11 about labeling products from settlements in the West Bank that are sold in European supermarkets, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported on Monday. An Israeli diplomat said Israel has been informed the move could be soon. "We believe that the guidelines, particularly at this moment, represent a bonus to Palestinian violence and refusal to...

West Bank – Palestinian Lawyer Talks About Viral Photo Of Tear Gas Kick

November 2, 2015 at 03:03 PM
West Bank - One of the most memorable images of the current Israeli-Palestinian confrontations shows a young Palestinian lawyer in dark shades, a suit and formal legal robe as he kicks away an Israeli tear gas canister, his legs flying high above billowing white gas. Part of the appeal is the unexpected: Palestinians clashing with Israeli soldiers are typically masked stone-throwers in scruffy...

Warsaw, Poland – Thomas Blatt, Jewish Survivor Of Escape From Sobibor, Dies At 88

November 2, 2015 at 02:38 PM
Warsaw, Poland - Thomas Toivi Blatt, who was among a small number of Jews to survive a mass escape from the Nazi death camp of Sobibor in 1943 and who decades later served as a prominent witness at the trial of the alleged camp guard John Demjanjuk, has died. He was 88. Polish-born Blatt, who lost both parents and a younger brother in the gas chambers of Sobibor, died Saturday morning at his...

New York – George Soros’s Firm Pulls $500 Million From Bill Gross Of Janus

November 2, 2015 at 02:25 PM
New York - Bill Gross just got a huge vote of "no confidence" from billionaire investor George Soros. Soros Fund Management LLC, which Soros chairs, pulled its roughly $500 million from an account run by Gross at Denver-based Janus Capital Group Inc , a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The trade publication Pension & Investments earlier reported on the outflow. The $500...

New York – Brooklyn Councilman Criticized For Statements Supporting Palestinian Activist Who Called Jews “Zionist Trolls”

November 2, 2015 at 01:59 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Controversial statements made by a Palestinian-American activist who publicly labeled her critics “Zionist trolls” continue to make waves, as a Brooklyn councilman who district includes parts of Borough Park voiced his support for those remarks on social media, much to the disappointment of his fellow elected officials. As previously reported on VIN News, Linda Sarsour, who...

Vienna – Austrian Far-Right Party Says To Eject MP Over Anti-Semitic Exchange

November 2, 2015 at 01:30 PM
Vienna - Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) said on Monday it would dismiss a member of its parliamentary group for an anti-Semitic exchange on Facebook unless she abandoned her seat and left the party voluntarily. The Freedom Party, which several polls suggest is the most popular in Austria, has gained support with anti-immigrant messages during Europe's worst refugee crisis in decades...

Washington – Bush Hits Campaign Reset; Says He’s A Doer, Not A Talker

November 2, 2015 at 01:02 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's slogan, "Jeb Can Fix It," tells his story in more ways than he might have intended. He unveiled it Monday at a long-planned campaign event in friendly Florida, that ended up being a reset to an underwhelming campaign for the Republican nomination. The campaign, he told supporters, is anchored by principles and accomplishment — not...

Jerusalem – Israel Minister Proposes Street Cats Leave The Country

November 2, 2015 at 12:34 PM
Jerusalem - A Cabinet minister has drawn outrage and mockery after suggesting transferring the thousands of stray cats that walk the streets of Israel to another country. The Yediot daily published what it said was a letter by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel proposing the idea. It said he cited Jewish law against animal cruelty as reason not to neuter cats and a biblical commandment to...

Woodbury, NY – Off-Duty NYPD Officer Critical After Car Crash On NY Thruway

November 2, 2015 at 12:04 PM
Woodbury, NY - An off-duty New York City police officer is in critical condition following a crash on the New York State Thruway. State police say it happened Sunday night in Woodbury between exits 15A and 16. They say Officer Alexis Penate, of Highland Mills, N.Y., lost control of his Jeep after hitting the rear of another car. Police say the Jeep overturned several times, ejecting...

Netanya, Israel – Palestinian Stabs 70-year-old Man In Latest Attack

November 2, 2015 at 11:44 AM
Netanya, Israel - An approximately 70-year-old man was stabbed and seriously wounded in a suspected terror attack in Netanya on Monday. Police said that the assailant was an Arab resident of the West Bank. A police officer shot the suspect and apprehended him. Senior MDA medic Raz Levi arrived at the scene, saying "on the sidewalk an approximately 71-year-old-man was laying down, fully...

New York – Husband Arrested In Orthodox Jewish Wife’s Death In NYC Tub, After 5 Years

November 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM
New York - For nearly five years after a finance executive was found strangled in her Manhattan bathtub, suspicion swirled around her estranged husband. But Roderick Covlin denied involvement, and law enforcement authorities eyed but never accused him until Monday, when he was arrested on a murder charge in a case full of dramatic twists: a death initially seen as accidental and later ruled a...

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