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Chicago – United Bringing Back Free Snacks In Coach On US Flights

December 9, 2015 at 11:55 PM
Chicago - United Airlines on Wednesday said it will offer free snacks on all flights starting February 2016, a departure for an industry that has moved toward charging for extra services. The move follows customer feedback that Oscar Munoz, chief executive of parent United Continental Holdings Inc, solicited when he took the top job at the second-largest U.S. airline in September. Munoz...

Tallahassee, FL – Billionaire Bush Donor Begins Personal Anti-Trump Campaign

December 9, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Tallahassee, FL - A billionaire who is backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has launched a personal campaign against fellow billionaire Donald Trump, calling him an insecure, narcissistic bully who needs to be stopped. Mike Fernandez, a Cuban-born major Republican donor from Miami who built his fortune in the health care industry, has bought full-page newspaper ads blasting Trump and planned...

New York – Apple CEO: More Computer Science And Coding Education Needed

December 9, 2015 at 11:05 PM
New York - Teaching kids to code is just as important as teaching them any other language. And the younger they start learning it, the better, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday. Cook spoke to a group of New York third graders who visited a Manhattan Apple store for an "Hour of Code" class. In an interview afterward, he said that schools aren't putting enough emphasis on computer-science...

Moscow – Putin Congratulates Russian Jews On Hanukkah

December 9, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin met today with the country's chief rabbi Berl Lazar and the head of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, Alexander Boroda, congratulated all Russian Jews on Hanukkah and wished them prosperity and success. "I hope that all the dreams, the plans will be implemented. This is a big, bright holiday, when a single candle is lit every day. It's...

San Francisco – Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says As A Jew I Extend My Support Of Muslims

December 9, 2015 at 10:49 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said he supported Muslims in his community and around the world. Muslims in the United States and abroad have been criticized in the wake of attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. "As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn't against you...

Illinois – Emotional Chicago Mayor Apologizes, Protesters Demand His Resignation

December 9, 2015 at 10:35 PM
Chicago, IL - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, under heavy criticism for his handling of the fatal police shooting of a black teen, gave an emotional apology on Wednesday, but angry crowds closed city streets to demand his resignation hours later. In a special address to the City Council, the mayor said "I'm sorry" and promised "complete and total reform of the system." Emanuel's speech was met...

San Bernardino, CA – For Police, Shootings Reinforce Need For Military-style Gear

December 9, 2015 at 10:08 PM
San Bernardino, CA - Backlash over the images of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, clashing with officers in combat gear drove an ongoing national push to scale back the militarization of police — an effort that has mostly steamrolled over concerns among law enforcement that they're losing equipment they need. In the span of six days, police suddenly have a pair of poster cases for the use...

Colorado – Suspect In Planned Parenthood Shouted, “I’m Guilty, There’s No Trial, ‘I’m A Warrior For The Babies’

December 9, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Colorado - The man accused of shooting three people to death and wounding nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last month shouted, "I'm guilty, there's no trial. I'm a warrior for the babies," during a courtroom outburst on Wednesday.‎Robert Lewis Dear, 57, appeared for an El Paso County court hearing to face 179 counts of various criminal charges...

Brooklyn, NY – NYC Mayor Pulls Over Unsafe Driver In Flatbush

December 9, 2015 at 09:13 PM
Brooklyn, NY - It was an unlucky day for the driver of an approximately 20 foot long box truck in Brooklyn who made the mistake of violating several rules of the road in front of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Police said that the mayor and his detail were stopped at Avenue P and E. 18th Street in Flatbush at 11:30 this morning when they saw a box truck making a delivery, traveling east...

Jerusalem – Annual Report Paints Grim Picture Of More Than 1.7 Million People Living In Poverty In Israel

December 9, 2015 at 08:56 PM
Jerusalem - More than 1.7 million people are living in poverty in Israel today, some 22% of the population, according to the annual poverty report released by the National Insurance Institute on Wednesday. According to the annual report based on data gathered by the Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2014 there were 1,709,300 people, including 444,900 families and 776,500 children living below...

Detroit – Scams, Ignorance Burn Foreign Buyers Of Detroit Properties

December 9, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Detroit - Buying a property in Detroit a few years ago seemed like a steal for overseas investors – as little as a few thousand dollars would get them a house in a city that had hit rock bottom and could only see better times. Yet the promise turned into a nightmare for many and stories of properties vandalized, ransacked, left untended and un-rentable have sapped the interest from overseas...

Washington – Menorahs Lit In White House Ceremony Emphasize Solidarity And Survival

December 9, 2015 at 07:35 PM
Washington - Two unique menorahs were lit today at the official White House candle lighting ceremonies, chosen from over 50 menorahs that were submitted for consideration by the public. As previously reported on VIN News, the White House issued a call for menorahs, hoping to find distinctive specimens to be lit at the annual holiday celebration. A statement issued by Matt Nosanchuk...

Albany, NY – Groups Back $15 Minimum Wage For NY Nonprofit Staffs

December 9, 2015 at 07:11 PM
Albany, NY - Three advocacy groups are calling for a $15 statewide minimum wage that would apply to New York's nonprofits as well as additional funding in government contracts to cover it. The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, theFiscal Policy Institute and the Human Services Council say they're leading a campaign to make $15 the minimum for all low-wage workers. New York's...

Baghdad – In ISIS Stronghold, Residents Trapped In ‘sealed Casket’ As Iraqi Forces Close In

December 9, 2015 at 06:39 PM
Baghdad - As Iraqi forces close in on the western city of Ramadi, thousands of civilians are effectively being held hostage inside by Islamic State militants who want to use them as human shields. Iraqi forces cut the hardline group's last supply line into Ramadi in November, surrounding the city and making it almost impossible for the militants to send in reinforcements. But for thousands...

Islamabad – Father Of California Shooter Condemns Daughter’s Action

December 9, 2015 at 06:01 PM
Islamabad - The father of a woman who helped carry out the California mass shooting said Wednesday that he condemns and regrets his daughter's action and the deaths of 14 people. Gulzar Ahmad Malik spoke to The Associated Press by telephone from Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, saying he is "very, very sad. "I am in such pain that I cannot even describe it," he said. His daughter, Tashfeen Malik...

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