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Washington – Glaxo Wins US Approval For Drug To Treat Severe Asthma

November 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved an injectable drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC to treat severe asthma attacks. The agency cleared Nucala for patients 12 years and older who cannot control their asthma with more conventional drug options. The new drug joins four other respiratory medicines Glaxo has launched since 2013 as it tries to re-invigorate its...

New York, NY – Proposed Supersonic Airliner Would Carry Passengers From London To New York In 30-Minutes

November 4, 2015 at 11:34 PM
New York, NY - In the latest twist in conceptual air travel, a proposed supersonic airliner conceived by a Canadian inventor would carry up to 75 passengers from London to New York in just 30-minutes. CNN.com (http://cnn.it/1So2bYc) reports that the concept---called the Skreemr---is the brainchild of visionary Charles Bombardier, who in the past has presented futuristic ideas that have...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Winds Of Change To Blow In Town Of Monroe?

November 4, 2015 at 11:12 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - Buoyed by an Election Day victory, leaders of the factious group Kiryas Joel Alliance have expressed optimism that brighter and more harmonious times are ahead for the very diverse population of the Town of Monroe. As previously reported on VIN News, candidates Mike McGinn and Tony Cardone, who ran on the Republican and United Monroe lines, won two seats on the town board...

Queens, NY – Debris Found In Waters After Plane Crash Report, Police Found Body

November 4, 2015 at 11:05 PM
Queens, NY - Police say a small plane was en route to New Hampshire from Philadelphia when it went down in the Atlantic Ocean off Breezy Point, Queens. Authorities recovered a male body and parts of the aircraft, including pieces of fiberglass, an aircraft wheel, fuselage and personal property. Police say it's believed only one person was on board when the plane went down at about 7:30 p.m...

Washington – Capitol Hill Buzz: Feinstein Vs. Cruz

November 4, 2015 at 10:45 PM
Washington - It was another round of Cruz vs. Feinstein. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and five-term Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein engaged in a heated exchange on the Senate floor on Wednesday over "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities and over human rights in China. The debate ended with the Texas freshman senator all but calling...

Denver – Vendor On Army Post Told To Stop Selling Anti-Islam T-shirt

November 4, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Denver - A vendor on a Colorado Army post was ordered to stop selling a T-shirt with an anti-Islam message after a shopper complained. The T-shirt depicts the Statue of Liberty wearing a burqa, the all-covering dress worn by some Muslim women, with the words, "Don't let this happen America." It was being sold at a kiosk in a mall outside the post exchange, a retail store at Fort Carson outside...

New York – Q&A: How MyRA, A New Retirement Account, Works

November 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM
New York - It's time to get saving. A government-backed individual retirement account announced nearly two years ago by President Barack Obama is now available across the country, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, and it removes several barriers that keep millions of people from saving for their retirement. The account, called a myRA, has no fees, no minimum balance, no risk of losing...

New York – Tunnel To Grand Central Rolling Along At $1M Per Foot

November 4, 2015 at 09:03 PM
New York - A massive new commuter rail project below New York City's Grand Central Terminal — one of the nation's largest transportation upgrades — is slowly rolling forward, including a tunnel costing $1 million per foot, the chief engineer said Wednesday. Once finished, the terminal will cover five city blocks and reach 14 stories deep under Grand Central, allowing Long Island Rail Road...

Los Angels, CA – Sugar, Corn Syrup Face Off Over ‘Natural’ Claims In U.S. Lawsuit

November 4, 2015 at 08:45 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Corn refiners cannot "make stuff up" and claim that high fructose corn syrup is the equivalent of sugar, an attorney for big sugar processors said in court on Wednesday. Opening statements began in a lawsuit pitting sugar processors against major corn refiners including Archer Daniels Midland Co and Cargill Inc [CARG.UL]. The billion-dollar lawsuit could shape how consumers...

San Francisco – Facebook Revenue, Profit Beat Forecasts; Shares Hit All-time High

November 4, 2015 at 08:15 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc posted surprisingly strong profit and revenue growth as the world's largest social network grew even larger, with a spike in mobile users and advertising that lifted its stock to an all-time high. The company on Wednesday reported audience numbers that suggest it is poised to take on mainstream media as an advertising force, helping investors to overlook...

Berlin – Study: Postwar German Interior Ministry Had Many Ex-Nazis

November 4, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Berlin - A commission of historians examining the Nazi links of West Germany's Interior Ministry says more than half of the staffers from 1949 to 1970 had belonged to the Nazi party. In an interim report presented Wednesday, the commission said 54 percent of staffers during those years were former Nazi party members, and many had also been members of the SS or SA. Eight percent had served in...

Denmark – Gunman Who Killed Jewish Guard Likely Planned To Flee Denmark After February Attacks

November 4, 2015 at 07:41 PM
Denmark - Denmark's intelligence agency says the gunman who fatally shot a filmmaker and a Jewish guard in February before being killed by police likely planned to leave the country after the attacks. The PET agency said in a report that Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, of Palestinian heritage, got a new Danish passport nine days before the killings. PET's report, dated Feb. 16 and obtained on...

New York – Expedia To Buy HomeAway For $3.9 Billion

November 4, 2015 at 07:39 PM
New York - Travel booking site Expedia says it's buying short-term rental marketplace HomeAway for $3.9 billion to boost its presence in the vacation rental market. The Bellevue, Washington, company said Wednesday it's paying roughly $38.31 in cash and stock for each share of HomeAway, of Austin, Texas. Both companies' boards have approved the deal, which they expect to close next...

Flagstaff, AZ – Slow-moving Storm Brings Wind, Snow To Some Parts Of West

November 4, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Flagstaff, AZ - A slow-moving storm out of the Pacific Northwest brought forceful wind and heavy rain to much of the West and threatens to drop as much as a foot of snow on higher elevations before it moves out of the region. Snow was piling up Wednesday in northern Arizona and Yellowstone National Park, and lower elevations in Utah got a dusting of snow. Meanwhile, temperatures were expected...

Plattsburgh, NY – Guard Pleads Not Guilty To Counts Related To NY Prison Break

November 4, 2015 at 06:32 PM
Plattsburgh, NY - An upstate prison guard accused of inadvertently helping two killers escape by providing them with hacksaw blades hidden in hamburger meat pleaded not guilty to felony charges on Wednesday. Gene Palmer admitted providing inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat with tools and access to a catwalk electrical box at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora but said he never...

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