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Portland, OR – Woman Hit By Car Suing For Cost Of Designer Clothes

December 23, 2015 at 11:57 PM
Portland, OR - A Portland woman struck by a drunken driver in a crosswalk has filed a lawsuit seeking $4,600 for the designer clothes she was wearing at the time, on top of the cost of her medical bills. The Oregonian reported (http://bit.ly/1OnqEif ) Tuesday that Susan Layne sued in Multnomah County Circuit Court earlier this month. She says the crash not only left her with bruises, scratches...

San Francisco – Hyatt Warns Of Malware On Its Payment-processing System

December 23, 2015 at 11:30 PM
San Francisco - Hyatt Hotels Corp. says it found malicious software on the computer system that processes customer payments, raising the possibility that hackers may have obtained credit card numbers or other sensitive information. The resort chain is advising customers to review their payment card statements, although it has not said if any customer data was stolen. Hyatt spokeswoman...

Albany, NY – NY Expands Health Insurance Enrollment For Pregnancy

December 23, 2015 at 11:04 PM
Albany, NY - New York has established pregnancy as an event allowing enrollment for insurance through the state health exchange at any time. The law approved by the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo adds pregnancy to events that permit signing up for health coverage outside normal enrollment periods. Others include birth, marriage, divorce and obtaining citizenship. Sponsors note that...

Israel – Beloved Aish Hatorah Rebbe Laid To Rest In Jerusalem

December 23, 2015 at 10:49 PM
Jerusalem - Grief and sorrow enveloped Telz Stone tonight as friends and family members accompanied Rabbi Reuven Biermacher on his final journey. As previously reported on VIN News, Rabbi Biergmacher, a rebbe at Yeshiva Aish Hatorah’s Spanish program, was fatally stabbed today as he left the Old City through Shaar Yafo. Rabbi Biermacher, the father of seven, was born in Argentina. ...

Washington – Republicans, Administration Spar On Visa Travel For Iran

December 23, 2015 at 10:28 PM
Washington - Top GOP lawmakers accused the Obama administration Wednesday of ignoring congressional intent and the spirit of the law in offering reassurances to Iran about new visa rules. "There is no ambiguity," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. "The administration should follow the law as written and agreed to." At issue is a new law tightening visa-free travel to...

Dallas – After Trump Remarks, Soldiers Tell Fearful Muslim Girl, ‘I Will Protect You’

December 23, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Dallas - Melissa Yassini and her 8-year-old daughter, Sofia, spend some time every evening reading messages from the thousands of people who have told Sofia not to be afraid just because she's Muslim. Sofia's story of terror that she would be forced to leave America inspired a social media campaign with a hashtag, "#IWillProtectYou," that has generated posts from soldiers, veterans and others...

Pearl, MS – 4 Killed As ‘Dangerous’ Storm System Sweeps Across South

December 23, 2015 at 09:34 PM
Pearl, MS - A storm system forecasters called "particularly dangerous" killed four people as it swept across the country Wednesday. Tornadoes touched down in Indiana and Mississippi, where three were killed. A tree blew over onto a house in Arkansas, killing an 18-year-old woman and trapping a 1-year-old child inside, authorities said. Rescuers pulled the toddler safely from the...

Las Vegas – Reporting Assignment Raised Suspicions About Newspaper Owner

December 23, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Las Vegas - When several reporters for the main newspaper in Las Vegas were taken off their beats and assigned to investigate three judges, the decision seemed strange because it came from the paper's new owners, not a newsroom editor. The mystery deepened weeks later, when the public learned that casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his family had purchased the paper in a secretive deal. And the...

New York – NYC Sanitation Workers Come Across 4 Small Kids Left In Car

December 23, 2015 at 08:33 PM
New York - A couple of sanitation workers making their pickups found something unusual left on a busy Manhattan street — four children sleeping in the back of an idling car. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1YvWRZt ) the workers initially approached the car parked at the corner of White and Lafayette streets on Monday morning to get the driver to move. That's when they saw the children...

Philadelphia – Jewish Sergeant Among Six American Troops Killed In Taliban Attack In Afghanistan

December 23, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Philadelphia - One of the American troops killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan was a 30-year-old Air Force investigator who hoped to join his family in the restaurant business after leaving the military, his mother said Tuesday. Arlene Wagner told The Associated Press that her son, Staff Sgt. Peter Taub, was one of six Americans killed in the attack near Bagram Airfield on Monday. She...

Queens, NY – DA: Man Accused Of Stealing Packages From Queens Doorsteps

December 23, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Queens, NY - Authorities say a 26-year-old man has been arrested and is accused of stealing packages from doorsteps in Queens because he needed gifts for Christmas. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says Frank Garcia was arrested on petit larceny and possession of stolen property charges. He was awaiting arraignment Wednesday evening. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Eviction Case Spotlights Jerusalem Settler Push

December 23, 2015 at 07:10 PM
Jerusalem - Ahmad Sub-Laban's family has lived for decades under threat of eviction from their home overlooking the gold-topped Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. The experience inspired the 37-year-old Palestinian father of two to become a researcher for groups fighting attempts by Jewish settlers to move into properties in the city's central Arab areas. The Israeli Supreme Court is...

Rome – Italian President Offers Pardons In CIA Rendition Convictions

December 23, 2015 at 06:32 PM
Rome - Italy has partially pardoned the former CIA Milan station chief Robert Seldon Lady who was convicted for his role in the kidnapping of an Egyptian Muslim cleric under the U.S. "extraordinary rendition" program. Another U.S. citizen found guilty in the case, Betnie Medero, was also granted a pardon by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, his office said in a statement. Lady and Medero...

Beirut – Accusations Grow Against Russia Over Syria Civilian Killings

December 23, 2015 at 06:03 PM
Beirut - The three missiles fired on a public market in the northern Syrian town of Ariha took the morning shoppers by surprise. In a few moments, the main street, packed with people buying and selling fruit and vegetables, turned into a scene of carnage with burning cars and the wounded screaming in terror. At least 34 civilians were killed in the Nov. 29 attack — one in a growing number of...

Portsmouth, N.H. – Trump Rips Up Rule Book Of U.S. ‘Retail Politics’

December 23, 2015 at 05:28 PM
Portsmouth, N.H. - U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump swung into New Hampshire for a few hours one evening earlier this month to pick up an endorsement from a small police union. “I don’t normally do stops like this,” Trump said during his brief remarks, highlights of which featured heavily that night on cable television news. “But for you, I came.” It was...

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