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Buffalo, NY – Ethics Probe: Ex-NY Lawmaker Harassed Staff, Misused Office

December 31, 2015 at 11:31 PM
Buffalo, NY - A state ethics investigation has determined that a former assemblyman from western New York mistreated and harassed female employees and abused his office by using state resources for his re-election campaign. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics issued its report on Democrat Dennis Gabryszak (GAB’-ruh-zak) Wednesday, finding that the Buffalo-area lawmaker violated the Public...

New York – Gadgets Around Us Will Keep Getting Smarter, Like It Or Not

December 31, 2015 at 11:30 PM
New York - Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around us are going to keep getting smarter. In 2016, we'll entrust even more of our lives and their intimate details to machines — not to mention the companies that run them. Are we ready for that? You might, for instance, like the idea of turning on your TV with a spoken command — no more fumbling for the remote!...

San Antonio, TX – Texas To Start New Year With Law Allowing Open Carry Of Handguns

December 31, 2015 at 10:44 PM
San Antonio, TX - When the new year begins in the Lone Star State, licensed Texans for the first time since 1871 will be allowed to carry a holstered pistol in public under an "open carry" law passed in the Republican-dominated 2015 legislative session. Supporters said the law would enhance public safety in the state of 27 million people. Texas will be the most-populous U.S. state to allow...

Washington – Newly Released Emails: Clinton Outraged At Haredi Newspaper For Airbrushing Her Out Of Iconic Bin Laden Raid Photo

December 31, 2015 at 10:35 PM
Washington - The State Department said Thursday that portions of 275 emails released on New Year's Eve from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state have been newly classified, bringing 2015 to a close for the Democratic presidential front-runner. Clinton has said she didn't send or receive information that was classified at the time via her personal email account, which was run on a...

Beijing – French Journalist Forced To Leave China After Article On Troubled Xinjiang

December 31, 2015 at 10:26 PM
Beijing - A French journalist has been forced to leave China after the government said it would not renew her press credentials for the new year in response to a critical report on Beijing's policies in the troubled western region of Xinjiang. The departure of Ursula Gauthier, a reporter for the French current affairs magazine L'Obs, marked the first time in more than three years that a...

Boston – Grilling In December: Records Shattered In Balmy Northeast

December 31, 2015 at 09:58 PM
Boston - Forget ice skating and tobogganing. This year, outdoor grilling, golfing and children frolicking in T-shirts and shorts, skipping rope and playing soccer were far more common activities in the Northeast in December. Temperature records were shattered across the region, according to the National Weather Service, which has released some preliminary month-end numbers. The average...

Brooklyn, NY – Two Charged In Avenue M Beating And Robbery

December 31, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Two Flatbush teens were arrested tonight in connection with the beating and robbery of a 55 year old Midwood man early Monday morning. Police have charged 17 year old Eldin Sabovic residing at 992 East 14 Street, and 19 year old Baskim Huseinovic residing at 1417 Avenue K with Robbery in the Second Degree, and Assault in second degree. Police told VIN News that at this time...

San Francisco – Facebook Glitch Celebrates 46 Years Of Online Friendship

December 31, 2015 at 09:29 PM
San Francisco - Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are. The social network sent automated messages Thursday inviting some users to celebrate "46 years of friendship on Facebook" with one or more of their online friends. That's odd, since Facebook only started in 2004. And some people who got the message are in their 20s and 30s. Facebook blamed a...

Washington – U.S. Chief Justice Urges Judges, Lawyers To Cooperate For Speedier Litigation

December 31, 2015 at 09:01 PM
Washington - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts urged trial judges on Thursday to manage cases more efficiently and advised lawyers to avoid “antagonistic tactics,” as he focused his annual year-end report on federal rules intended to speed up litigation. In an otherwise dry recounting of new pre-trial procedures, Roberts cited the country's history of settling disputes with dueling pistols...

Washington – Report: White House Delays Imposing New Sanctions On Iran

December 31, 2015 at 08:36 PM
Washington - The White House has delayed imposing new financial sanctions on Iran over its ballistic-missile program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Journal, citing US officials, said the Obama administration was preparing to sanction nearly a dozen companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their role in developing Iran's...

Anderson, S. C. – Father Uses GPS To Find Daughter Days After Her Fatal Wreck

December 31, 2015 at 08:05 PM
Anderson, S. C. - Authorities say a father used a vehicle's GPS to find the body of his daughter three days after she was involved in a fatal wreck. Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis tells local media outlets that 44-year-old Janet Lynn Cason took her father's car early Sunday morning in Anderson County. Addis says Cason was driving toward North Carolina when the vehicle went off the road...

Las Vegas – FBI Offers $5,000 Reward After Bacon Found At Vegas Mosque

December 31, 2015 at 07:01 PM
Las Vegas - The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps them find the person who put raw bacon on the door handles of a Las Vegas mosque. The FBI said in a statement Wednesday that agents are trying to find the man seen in a surveillance video putting the meat on the entrances of the Masjid-e-Tawheed mosque. Authorities call it a desecration of the Islamic worship...

New York – New Year’s Eve Revelers Pack NYC’s Times Square Under Tight Security

December 31, 2015 at 06:31 PM
New York - More than a million people were expected to crowd into New York City's Times Square under heavy security on Thursday to celebrate the arrival of 2016 with the traditional dropping of the New Year's Eve crystal ball. Throngs of people began streaming into the area early in the day, preparing to spend hours outdoors before the official festivities begin with the lighting of the ball...

Zurich – Swiss Banks To Pay $107 Million In U.S. Justice Dept. Pacts

December 31, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Zurich - Two Swiss banks will pay a total of more than $107 million to the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid possible prosecution for helping Americans evade taxes, the department said on Thursday. Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd, a Geneva-based unit of Lombard Odier Group will pay $99.8 million in the deal, while Zurich-based DZ Privatbank (Schweiz) AG has agreed to pay $7.45 million, the...

Iowa – Powerball Up To $334 Million For Saturday Drawing, 12th-highest In History

December 31, 2015 at 05:32 PM
Iowa - The Powerball jackpot has risen to $334 million, the 12th largest in the game's history. No one won the jackpot on Wednesday, and the next drawing is set for Saturday. The lump-sum cash prize for the winner is $205 million. Iowa Lottery spokesman Kevin Kirkpatrick says the last time the prize was close to this amount was in March 2013, when a New Jersey man won $338...

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