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Hyde Park, NY – NY Store Owner Fights Off Armed Robber, Pushes Him Out Door

December 17, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Hyde Park, NY - State police have released surveillance video from a Hudson Valley convenience store that shows the owner throwing a shoe at a shotgun-wielding man before pushing the would-be robber out the door. Troopers say a man wearing a mask walked into the Amrik Singh's gas station in Hyde Park around 8 p.m., pointed a shotgun across the counter at him and demanded money from the cash...

Zurich – Swiss Banks Release Names Of Missing Account Holders

December 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Zurich - Swiss banks released on Wednesday the names of more than 2,600 holders of accounts that have lain dormant for at least 60 years, giving them or their heirs one last chance to claim their wealth before it reverts to the state. The banking industry said around 44 million Swiss francs ($44.5 million) were lying fallow in bank accounts that had gone untouched since at least 1955. Around...

Las Vegas, NV – Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson Buys Las Vegas Newspaper For $140M

December 17, 2015 at 10:50 PM
Las Vegas - The family of billionaire casino mogul and GOP kingmaker Sheldon Adelson revealed that it bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal, ending a week of speculation and demands by staff, media watchdogs and politicians to know the identity of the new boss. A statement printed on page 2 of Thursday's edition follows the announcement last week that the paper was sold for a second time this...

Israel – IDF To Integrate More Charedi Companies Into Regular Battalions

December 17, 2015 at 10:33 PM
Israel - Deputy Defense Minister and Bayit Yehudi MK Eli Ben-Dahan said on Thursday that in light of the success of the IDF haredi Tomer company in the Givati Brigade the army is considering expanding the model to integrate other haredi companies in regular IDF battalions.  Ben-Dahan made his comments in an interview with The Jerusalem Post regarding the Tomer company and a recent visit he...

Albany, NY – Analysis: Most NY Lawmakers Report No Outside Income

December 17, 2015 at 10:03 PM
Albany, NY - A new report indicates most New York lawmakers receive no outside income and that only 11 report making more than $100,000 from side jobs. The analysis issued Thursday by Common Cause New York looked at financial disclosures from 183 state lawmakers elected before last year and found that 60 percent report no outside income at all. Of the 40 percent who do, most are attorneys...

Jerusalem – Municipal Rabbis’ Wives Train To Help Abused Women

December 17, 2015 at 09:31 PM
Jerusalem - The Religious Services Ministry together with the Chief Rabbinate held a seminar on Wednesday for the wives of state-paid municipal rabbis to prepare them to deal with social issues that may arise in their communities, including incidents of physical violence and sexual abuse. The initiative for the event came from Religious Services Minister David Azoulay (Shas) along with Rabbi...

New York – AP EXPLAINS: Why Trump Can’t Shut Down The Internet To Stifle ISIS, As Trump Suggested In GOP Debate

December 17, 2015 at 09:00 PM
New York - Donald Trump says the government must work with "brilliant people" in Silicon Valley to keep violent extremists offline, even if it means shutting down parts of the Internet. But what he's proposing isn't possible with today's technology. And even if it were, such a move would likely hurt more than potential attackers, and it would hinder the government's ability to keep tabs on...

Orlando, FL – Disney, Other Parks Add Metal Detectors For The Holidays

December 17, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Orlando, FL - Three major theme parks announced Thursday that they are adding security measures including metal detectors ahead of the busy holiday season. Officials at Disney, Universal and SeaWorld's Florida theme parks said all three parks will be using metal detector screening for guests as they enter. In addition, Disney is discontinuing the sale of toy guns at both its Florida and...

Syracuse, NY – Judge Imposes Lifetime Prison Terms In High Profile Amish Kidnapping Case

December 17, 2015 at 08:08 PM
Syracuse, NY - A man and a woman who kidnapped and sexually abused two Amish girls in northern New York last year were sentenced Thursday to lifetime federal prison terms. Nicole Vaisey and her boyfriend, Stephen Howells, admitted in state and federal courts that they kidnapped the two girls and sexually exploited six children altogether. Victims were drugged and recorded during sex acts...

Rockland County, NY – Jewish Community Cries Foul Over East Ramapo Report; Wieder Resigns As Democratic Head Of Legislature

December 17, 2015 at 07:32 PM
Rockland County, NY - Four days after a 32 page report made numerous suggestions for changes in the troubled East Ramapo School district, local members of the Orthodox Jewish community continue to express emotions ranging from disappointment to outrage, including one county legislator who stepped down from a leadership position citing a conflict of interest. As previously reported on VIN News...

New York – NYC Moves To Strengthen Hit-run Penalties

December 17, 2015 at 07:30 PM
New York - New York City is moving to strengthen penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident. The City Council voted Wednesday to increase civil penalties for hit-and-runs. Under the legislation, a fatal hit-run accident would trigger a penalty of up to $15,000. The bill also creates a new set of penalties for repeat offenders. In a related move, the council has approved...

New York – NYC’s Mayor Launches New Program To Help Quell Tide Of Homelessness

December 17, 2015 at 07:00 PM
New York - Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a new program on Thursday to reduce New York's rising population of people living on the streets, following criticism of his handling of the issue and days after the abrupt departure of his top advisor on homelessness. The program will dedicate a team of city workers to make contact with and help the 3,000 to 4,000 people living on the streets and will...

New York – Upstate NY Pizza Shop Owner Admits Trying To Recruit People For ISIS

December 17, 2015 at 06:32 PM
New York - An upstate New York pizza shop owner admitted Thursday he tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria. Mufid Elfgeeh, 31, a naturalized U.S. citizen, helped arrange travel and funding and put one recruit in touch with an English-speaking Islamic State contact in Iraq via Facebook, authorities said. Elfgeeh pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of...

San Francisco, CA – San Bernardino Shooters Buried In Quiet Funeral Following Islamic Rituals

December 17, 2015 at 06:06 PM
San Francisco, CA - Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who opened fire on a San Bernardino holiday party earlier this month, were buried Tuesday in a quiet, graveside funeral. Many of those who attended mosque with the couple refused to attend, two mosque members said. U.S.-born Farook, 28, and his Pakistani-born wife Malik, 29, killed 14 people and injured 21, in what U.S. officials...

Washington – Former Trump Campaign Adviser Signs Onto Pro-Trump Super PAC

December 17, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Washington -A former top adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign has signed on to work as a volunteer for a super political action committee backing his former boss — despite Trump's request that the group stand down. Roger Stone, who publicly parted ways with Trump's campaign in August, says he is supporting the Committee To Restore America's Greatness, which first filed paperwork...

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