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Germany – Wikipedia Founder Wales Wishes For 15 More Free Years

January 10, 2016 at 11:55 PM
Germany - On January 15, 2001, Jimmy Wales and programmer Larry Sanger created Wikipedia with the lofty goal of making a comprehensive collection of the world's knowledge available to everyone. Nearly 15 years later, he hopes to keep that goal alive - and keep it free. When asked if he can make it another 15 years as an internet encyclopedia free of charge, Wales told dpa, "I hope so. We...

Beverly Hills, CA – Holocaust Film “Son Of Saul” Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film

January 10, 2016 at 11:36 PM
Beverly Hills, CA - The writer-director of "Son of Saul" is hopeful that his win for best foreign language film at the Golden Globes will serve as a reminder not to echo the Holocaust. "The Holocaust has become, over the years, an abstraction," Nemes told the crowd Sunday at the Beverly Hilton while accepting his trophy. "For me, it's more of a face, a human face. Let us not forget this...

New York – 4 Teens In Custody In Alleged Group Rape At Brooklyn Playground

January 10, 2016 at 11:01 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Four teenagers have been taken into police custody in connection with an alleged group rape of an 18-year-old woman at a Brooklyn playground. Police said Sunday two teens surrendered and two were apprehended. Charges are pending against a 14-year-old, 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds. A fifth suspect is still being sought. Authorities say the woman was accosted just after...

New York – Rabbi Gets Homeland Security Award For Helping Facilitate Smoother Airport Screening For Jews

January 10, 2016 at 10:49 PM
New York - The Transportation Security Administration has honored Agudath Israel of America’s Washington director, Rabbi Abba Cohen, for his “exceptional contribution” to help facilitate smoother airport screening for Jews. The TSA, a division of the US Department of Homeland Security in charge of guarding against the threat of terrorism in the skies, had enlisted Cohen’s help to...

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Police FBI, Probe Possible Extremist Ties Of Suspected Police Shooter

January 10, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia police said on Sunday they were seriously pursuing a tip provided to a street officer on Saturday that the man suspected of shooting police officer Jesse Hartnett had ties to a group with "radical beliefs." Police are working with the FBI to verify the credibility of the tip related to the ambush shooting on Thursday, which led to charges of attempted murder...

Reno, NV – Trump Tells 3,000 In Reno NFL Has Gone ‘soft’ Like The US

January 10, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Reno, NV - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump says he doesn't watch professional football much anymore because the NFL has gone "soft" like the United States. Trump drew the analogy during a campaign speech to more than 3,000 people in downtown Reno on Sunday while casino sportsbooks were jammed with fans across the street watching the NFL playoffs. The billionaire real estate...

Beirut – Group Of Lebanese Students Develop ‘Smart Suitcase’ That Follows Its Owner

January 10, 2016 at 09:23 PM
Beirut - This little device could change the way you travel. It's called the "Follow me Suitcase" and it does just that -- so that you won't lose you're luggage or have to carry heavy bags. Lebanese student Ralph Shalhoub is part of the design team. "We are a team of five people and we invented a suitcase that follows you without the need to push it. We had the idea when we were at Dubai's...

San Diego, CA – Florida Man Charged With Stealing $3.2 Million From Armored Car Company

January 10, 2016 at 09:00 PM
San Diego, CA - A Florida manager for armored car company Brinks was arrested in California on charges he stole $3.2 million in cash on New Year's Day from the company's Miami storage facility, U.S. authorities said on Sunday. Miami resident Jose Agurto, 37, was arrested in San Diego on Saturday, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Agurto worked at a Brinks Co facility in...

Washington – Transportation Watchdog: Government Not Ensuring Pilot Skills Are Sharp

January 10, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Washington - The government is falling short in ensuring airline pilots keep up their flying skills and get full training on how to monitor sophisticated automated control systems in cockpits, according to the Transportation Department's internal watchdog. Most airline flying today is done through automated systems that pilots closely monitor. Pilots typically use manual flying skills only...

Brooklyn, NY – Facing Criticism Over Spike In Crime, NYC Mayor Vows Swift Arrest In Vicious Gang Rape

January 10, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday denounced the rape of a woman by five men at a Brooklyn playground, pledging police would work to swiftly apprehend the suspects in "this vicious crime." As reported earlier on VIN News, Police said on Saturday the men took turns raping the 18-year-old woman at the playground operated by the New York City Parks Department in the...

Washington – GOP 2016 Hopeful Trump Leaves Wiggle Room On China Tariff

January 10, 2016 at 06:23 PM
Washington - Donald Trump is leaving himself wiggle room on his proposal to impose a massive tax on goods from China. He now says he doubts the tariff would be necessary at all. He says he's confident China would change its behavior to avoid it and start trading more fairly. The Republican presidential contender told The New York Times last week that he'd "tax China on products coming in"...

Jerusalem – Police: Fire Breaks Out At Offices Of Israeli Rights Group B’Tselem

January 10, 2016 at 05:45 PM
Jerusalem - A fire broke out on Sunday in the Jerusalem offices of one of Israel's leading human rights groups and authorities were checking whether it was set deliberately, a police spokeswoman said. The fire at the offices of B'Tselem, an Israeli group that monitors human rights among Palestinians, took place at a time of heightened tensions. Scores of people have been killed in several...

Detroit – Tesla Software Update Allows Self-parking, Limits Speed

January 10, 2016 at 05:22 PM
Detroit - Some Tesla Motors vehicles can park themselves without a driver inside with a software update beamed to customers over the weekend. The update also puts new speed limits on Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode and makes several enhancements, including automatically slowing when the car is approaching a curve and keeping the car in its lane even when the lane markings are...

New York – Citizen Cruz: Trump Hammers Away, U.S. Senate Leader Mum On Eligibility

January 10, 2016 at 05:00 PM
New York - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday hammered away at his closest challenger's eligibility to be U.S. president, while the party's Senate leader said the chamber will stay out of the fray involving Ted Cruz's citizenship. Under the Constitution, presidents must be "natural born citizens." Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, to an American mother, which he says...

Tehran – Iran’s Needy Get Winter Clothes From ‘Walls Of Kindness’

January 10, 2016 at 04:12 PM
Tehran - As a brutal winter set in across Iran, anonymous philanthropists throughout the country painted "Walls of Kindness" and installed rows of hooks, inviting passers-by to leave warm clothes if they could spare them or take clothes if they need them. The unique variation on the take-a-penny, leave-a-penny jar provides winter clothes to the homeless while sparing them the shame that can...

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