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New York – Analysis: Trump’s Proposed Tax Cuts Would Send U.S. Debt Surging

December 22, 2015 at 11:59 PM
New York - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's tax proposal would cut taxes for households and businesses but would significantly raise the national debt, according to an analysis by the centrist Brookings-Urban Institute Tax Policy Center. While federal taxes would be lower for households across all income levels, the highest earners - the top 1 percent and particularly the top 0.1...

Richmond, VA – Virginia To Stop Honoring 25 States’ Concealed-carry Gun Permits

December 22, 2015 at 11:26 PM
Richmond, VA - Virginia will no longer recognize concealed-carry handgun permits from 25 states that have reciprocity agreements with the state, effective Feb. 1, Attorney General Mark Herring said on Tuesday. Virginia took the step because laws in those states are less restrictive, Herring's office said in a statement. The change prevents people convicted of a felony, domestic abusers...

New York – New York Allocates $1.5M For Triangle Factory Fire Memorial

December 22, 2015 at 11:00 PM
New York - New York state is putting $1.5 million toward a memorial to the victims of the 1911 Triangle factory fire, one of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/1QIUqhF ) that the memorial will be made up of steel panels and will be put up along the outside of the Triangle factory building near Washington Square in Manhattan. One of the...

Dubai – Saudi Bookstore Pulls Trump Books From Shelves

December 22, 2015 at 09:56 PM
Dubai - Saudi Arabia-based retail chain Jarir Bookstore has removed books written by U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump from its shelves, it said on Tuesday, part of a backlash against his proposal to stop Muslims from entering the United States. Jarir, part of one of the Gulf kingdom's biggest retailers, Jarir Marketing Co, announced the move in a Twitter response to another user's call...

Amman – Report: Jordan Rejects Hamas Leader’s Request To Visit, Calling Him ‘unwelcome’ In The Kingdom

December 22, 2015 at 09:37 PM
Amman - Jordan has turned down a request from Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to visit the kingdom, sources in Amman reported on Tuesday. The sources said the Jordanian authorities told Mashaal that he was currently “unwelcome” in Jordan. The authorities explained that the circumstances that led to Mashaal’s expulsion from Jordan have still not changed, the sources said. According to the...

New York – Judaica Auction Shatters Records At Sotheby’s

December 22, 2015 at 09:16 PM
New York - A rare lot of Judaica fetched unprecedented prices today at Sotheby’s, bringing in close to $15 million and setting a pair of world records for Judaica auctions. As previously reported on VIN News, the collection of books and manuscripts had been assembled by diamond dealer Jack Lunzer of London, who purchased Judaica as he traveled the world on business. Lunzer’s library...

Cambridge, MA – Researchers Develop $300 X-Ray Vision Device

December 22, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Cambridge, MA - X-ray vision, a comic book fantasy for decades, is becoming a reality in a lab at MIT. A group of researchers led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dina Katabi has developed software that uses variations in radio signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls and track their movements. Researchers say the technology will be able to help health care...

Riverside, CA – Little Known About Mother Who Lived With California Shooter

December 22, 2015 at 08:29 PM
Riverside, CA - When Rafia Sultana Farook needed help, she often turned to her younger son, a quiet and devout Muslim who the FBI says began veering toward radical ideology while living under her roof. After filing for divorce and claiming she was abused, Farook relied on Syed Rizwan Farook to help supervise visits between her then-husband and the couple's teenage daughter. When she left her...

Washington – US Congresswoman: Jerusalem’s Archaeological Discoveries Prove Historic Jewish Ties

December 22, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Challenges about the inexorable connection of Jews to Jerusalem have been unequivocally disproven by archaeological discoveries, the chairwoman of the US’s House Subcommittee on the Middle East & North Africa said on the floor of the US House of Representatives last Friday. The comments, made by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), represented a sharp rebuke to increasing...

Paris – France Drops Plans To Strip Dual Nationality In Terrorism Cases

December 22, 2015 at 07:28 PM
Paris - The French government has dropped plans announced shortly after the Nov. 13 Islamic State attacks on Paris to strip dual citizens of their French nationality in terrorism cases, a minister said on Tuesday. After gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 in the attacks, President Francois Hollande called for the measures as part of constitutional amendment aimed at stepping up the fight on...

Las Vegas – Trump Becomes Poster Boy For Efforts To Mobilize 2016 Latino Voters

December 22, 2015 at 07:04 PM
Las Vegas - After Gabriela Pineda exited the Los Angeles Convention Center this month clutching her naturalization papers, the newly minted citizen marched straight over to a table set up by Democratic Party organizers to register voters. Among the registration forms was a pamphlet titled "GOP Clown Car 2016." It featured pictures of each of the Republican presidential candidates. A word...

New York – NYC Council Speaker Rips GOP, Rubio Over Puerto Rico Debt

December 22, 2015 at 06:33 PM
New York - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is criticizing Republicans for not helping debt-crippled Puerto Rico. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, said Tuesday "it won't be forgotten" that Republicans in Congress opposed aid to the U.S. territory when passing last week's catch-all spending bill. The speaker, one of the nation's leading Puerto Rican politicians, singled out...

New York – NYC Employees To Receive 6 Weeks Of Paid Parental Leave

December 22, 2015 at 06:03 PM
New York - New York City's non-union employees will soon have six weeks of paid parental leave. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that he will sign an executive order next month adding the benefit. Approximately 20,000 employees will now get the six weeks fully paid, which can increase to 12 weeks with existing paid time off. They didn't have paid parental leave time before. The...

Washington – Latest U.S. Secret Service Snafu: Stolen Badge, Gun, Radio

December 22, 2015 at 05:33 PM
Washington - A Secret Service agent has lost his badge, gun, and radio when a bag was stolen from his car, the latest in a series of mishaps for the agency charged with protecting the president and his family. The agent had parked his vehicle several blocks from the White House just before 4 p.m. on Monday, according to a police report filed with the Metropolitan Police Department. When he...

Berlin – Records Show Hitler Enjoyed Special Treatment In Prison

December 22, 2015 at 05:03 PM
Berlin - Adolf Hitler enjoyed special treatment, including plentiful supplies of beer, during his time at Landsberg prison in Germany following a coup attempt ten years before he successfully came to power, according to newly published historical documents. Historians have long been fascinated by the Nazi leader's time in Landsberg, where he and several followers were incarcerated after the...

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