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Seattle – Amazon Holiday Shipping, Prime Memberships Break Records

December 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Seattle - Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating. Amazon Prime, the company's $99-a-year loyalty program that includes unlimited free two-day shipping, gained 3 million new members in the third week of December alone. Meanwhile, the number of Prime members shopping via mobile more than doubled this holiday...

London – Anti-Semitic Incidents In London Soar In 2015

December 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM
London - London experienced a massive surge in anti-Semitism in 2015, with anti-Semitic incidents up more than 60 percent over the previous year. According to figures recently released by the London Metropolitan Police, 483 anti-Semitic crimes were recorded during the 12-month period ending on November 15, while only 299 such incidents were recorded during the corresponding period in 2014...

New York – Honest Tea: Trump Quote Being Phased Out From Bottle Caps

December 28, 2015 at 11:34 PM
New York - Organic beverage maker Honest Tea says a Donald Trump quote is being removed from its bottle caps, but not because it has any problems with the leading Republican presidential candidate. For years, the company has put quotes on the bottom of its bottle caps that it says are meant to be inspirational and thought-provoking. On Sunday, an Honest Tea customer tweeted an image of a cap...

Los Angeles – Weight-loss Resolution? Watch ‘In Defense Of Food’ First

December 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM
Los Angeles - January is looming, and we all know what that means: A resolution to lose weight and get healthy. Just like the 2015 declaration. And the one before that. What diet to choose this time? Low-fat? Low-carb? Gluten-free or prehistoric? Or just throw out the scale and surrender to fate and French fries? Stop, take a breath and consider instead a seven-word alternative offered by...

New York – Major NYC Hotels Pledge To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 28, 2015 at 10:40 PM
New York, NY - More than a dozen of New York City's most famed hotels are pledging to get greener. The Waldorf-Astoria New York, the Lotte New York Palace, the Pierre-A Taj Hotel and the Crowne Plaza Times Square are among the 16 city hotels — all currently thronged with tourists visiting New York for the holidays — whose owners have agreed to cut greenhouse gases from their buildings by...

Austin, TX – Award Winning Photo Journalist Storm Chaser Attacked In Texas

December 28, 2015 at 10:26 PM
Austin, TX - A veteran storm chaser covering the deadly tornadoes in the Dallas area over the weekend was choked and threatened with a knife by a man he initially thought was in need of help, he said on Monday. Jeff Piotrowski said he saw the man by the side of the road about 40 miles northeast of Dallas and slowed his truck down to see if he needed assistance. Instead, the man ran toward his...

Chicago – Study: Kids’ Asthma Rates Quiet Down After Earlier Increase

December 28, 2015 at 10:11 PM
Chicago - Asthma rates in U.S. children have quieted down after a decades-long increase, a government study found, and researchers are trying to pinpoint reasons that would explain the trend. A possible plateau in childhood obesity rates and declines in air pollution are among factors that may have helped lower cases in kids, the 2001-13 study suggests. Overall, average asthma rates among kids...

Washington – U.S. Secretary Kerry: Russia Removes Iran’s Enriched Uranium As Per Nuke Deal

December 28, 2015 at 09:28 PM
Washington - A landmark nuclear deal with Tehran moved closer to implementation Monday, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announcing that tons of enriched uranium that could potentially be turned to use in atomic arms were on a ship heading from Iran to Russia. Kerry hailed the development as "one of the most significant steps Iran has taken toward fulfilling its commitments" under the...

Jerusalem – Israel On Edge After False Rumors On Shimon Peres Spread On Whatsapp

December 28, 2015 at 09:02 PM
Jerusalem - Let's start with the good news: Former Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres is feeling great. Now lets backtrack a few hours: "Is it true???" "Is Peres okay?" "Is it official?" Many of those messages made their way to the Jpost desk Monday evening from concerned friends (and from curious readers). Like many rumors, the origin of this false news was uncertain, but it...

Washington – ‘Tis The Season For Dreams Of Brokered Political Convention

December 28, 2015 at 08:35 PM
Washington - 'Tis the season — no, not THAT season. It's that point in the presidential election cycle when speculation starts swirling that the primaries won't produce a clear winner and one of the parties' big nominating conventions will dissolve in chaos. This time, it's the Republican side of the race that's looking particularly unsettled. After a crazy year in which Donald Trump's...

Orlando, FL – Universal Orlando Looks Back 25 Years, More Innovation Ahead

December 28, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Orlando, FL - When the Universal Orlando theme park opened in 1990, it was a way for visitors to have fun inspired by the movies they loved — without traveling to California. Director Steven Spielberg held the scissors at the ribbon-cutting. One of the first rides was themed on his movie "E.T." Even ads for the park had the tone of a movie-quality teaser, promising the "greatest Hollywood...

Pittsburgh, PA – 90-year-old Bridge Demolished, Making Way For New Span (video)

December 28, 2015 at 07:33 PM
Pittsburgh, PA - After over 90 years, a Pittsburgh bridge is no more. The Greenfield Bridge was brought down in a controlled implosion Monday morning. Dozens of onlookers stood by to watch the span collapse in a cloud of dust. The bridge carried traffic above Interstate 376, which is locally known as the Parkway East. It's been closed since October and is being replaced by a new span...

Washington – Researcher: Database Of 191 Million U.S. Voters Exposed On Internet

December 28, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Washington - An independent computer security researcher uncovered a database of information on 191 million voters that is exposed on the open Internet due to an incorrectly configured database, he said on Monday. The database includes names, addresses, birth dates, party affiliations, phone numbers and emails of voters in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, researcher Chris Vickery said in a...

New York – Whole Foods To Pay $500,000 To Resolve NY City Overcharging Probe

December 28, 2015 at 06:28 PM
New York - Whole Foods Market Inc has agreed to pay $500,000 to resolve an investigation into whether the supermarket chain charged too much for some prepackaged foods at its New York City stores, a city agency announced on Monday. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs said the settlement also requires the company to adhere to standards aimed at preventing overcharging. The...

Baltimore, MD – Vicious 1969 Killer Of 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish Girl, Due To Be Retried, Dies In Prison

December 28, 2015 at 05:48 PM
Maryland - Baltimore’s Jewish residents are feeling a sense of justice today after receiving word that the killer of a 11 year old Bais Yaakov girl who was due to be retried by the state on a technicality died last week in prison. As previously reported on VIN News, Wayne Stephen Young was convicted of the brutal killing of 11 year old Esther Lebovitz in September 1969. Lebovitz had...

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