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Jerusalem – Family Of Gilad Shalit Calls Hamas Video “Distorted Picture” Of His Time Spent In Captivity

January 3, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Jerusalem - Mere hours after Hamas released a video of former kidnapping victim, IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, seemingly enjoying his time spent while in captivity, his family released a statement calling the clip a "distorted picture" of his ordeal. The Hamas clip, which shows the former captive participating in a barbecue with his captors, was derided by the Shalit family over its attempt to...

Jerusalem – Garbage Piled Up: Sanitation Workers End Strike After Partial Agreement Reached On Government Funding

January 3, 2016 at 11:08 PM
Jerusalem - Sanitation workers for the city of Jerusalem ended their three-day strike on Sunday after a partial agreement was reached between the municipality and the government, clearing the way for necessary funding to be released. TIMESOFISRAEL.com (http://bit.ly/1R5ZUDg) reports that the strike began on Thursday after Mayor Nir Barkat's office issued termination notices to 170 workers...

Washington – US Defense Department: Navy Security Clearance Does Not Discriminate Against Jews

January 3, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Washington - US Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright told The Jerusalem Post last week on Thursday that security clearance could be denied to an applicant with relatives in any foreign country. “If a security-clearance applicant has relatives or other close connections to people in any foreign country, this could potentially disqualify that person from being eligible for a security...

Albany, NY – Will Work For Food? Co-op Programs End Amid Labor-law Fears

January 3, 2016 at 09:51 PM
Albany, NY - Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws. The "member labor" or volunteer programs are intertwined with the do-it-yourself idealism that launched a wave of co-ops in the '70s. But they have become rare. At...

Brooklyn, NY – Rabbi Mizrachi: Detractors Compiled Out Of Context Video To Defame Me

January 3, 2016 at 08:54 PM
Brooklyn, NY - An outspoken Brooklyn rabbi who has been under fire in recent weeks for controversial statements regarding the Holocaust said that despite the fact that his words were deliberately taken out of context by those who hoped to discredit him, he has apologized for his statements that may have been inadvertently offensive. As previously reported on VIN News, a video of Rabbi Yosef...

Raleigh, NC – Google Helps Analyze If Rooftop Solar Panels Are Good Deal

January 3, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Raleigh, NC - The company that lets you compare air fares and translate foreign languages online wants to make it easier to weigh the costs and benefits of installing solar panels on household rooftops. Google is rolling out a new online service that quickly tallies up considerations of going solar and whether homeowners should consider buying or leasing photovoltaic panels costing thousands...

New York – De Blasio Readies NYC’s Pitch In Often Unfriendly Albany

January 3, 2016 at 06:26 PM
New York - Mayor Bill de Blasio, bruised from a tough second year in office, must now prepare to return to the site where many of his troubles began: Albany. It was during the budget and legislative sessions within the state capital a year ago that de Blasio suffered some humbling setbacks, inciting him to lash out later at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not acting "with New York City's interests at...

New York – NY Governor Signs Executive Order To Protect Homeless In Frigid Temps

January 3, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says he's ordering cities statewide to take homeless people from the street to shelters when temperatures freeze. Cuomo said Sunday he signed an executive order to protect the homeless. It takes effect Tuesday. The order came as temperatures in parts of New York state were dipping below 32 degrees. It calls for police departments and social...

Washington – White House South Lawn Becomes First Lady’s Grassy Stage

January 3, 2016 at 05:23 PM
Washington - Michelle Obama's affection for the White House South Lawn has grown just like the sweet potatoes and carrots she plants there. During seven years as first lady, Mrs. Obama has often used her family's temporary backyard as a grassy stage from which to promote a lifestyle built around plenty of fresh, nutritious food and lots of exercise. But to Mrs. Obama, the 6-plus acres of...

Chicago, IL – Illinois Considers Allowing Recall Attempts Of Chicago Mayor

January 3, 2016 at 05:11 PM
Chicago, IL - The furor over recent Chicago police shootings has legislators considering whether voters should be allowed to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel or future officials who hold his post. Illinois state law currently addresses only the recall of a governor, a provision voters approved in 2010 after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested and impeached. Now, state Rep. La Shawn...

Temixco – Mexico Mayor Slain A Day After Taking Office

January 3, 2016 at 04:31 PM
Temixco, Mexico - Officials say they have killed two people and arrested three others linked to the slaying of a Mexico mayor who had taken office only a day earlier. The state's governor said organized crime was behind the attack. Gunmen killed Mayor Gisela Mota Saturday at her house in Temixco, one of several cities around Cuernavaca that have been struggling with kidnappings and extortions...

Israel – Three Arrested On Suspicion Of Connection To Tel Aviv Shooting; Search Continues

January 3, 2016 at 03:54 PM
Israel - More than 48 hours after he went on a rampage in central Tel Aviv, there was still no sign of the gunman who killed two and wounded several others in a shooting attack on Dizengoff Street Friday afternoon. Large numbers of undercover and uniformed police officers and agents from the Shin Bet Israel Security Agency continued to fan out across the Tel Aviv area on Sunday, focused...

Trenton, NJ – Christie Ends Waiver For Work Requirement To Get Food Stamps

January 3, 2016 at 03:29 PM
Trenton, NJ - About 11,000 New Jersey residents will no longer qualify for a waiver from a requirement to work while receiving subsidized food aid. Gov. Chris Christie's administration announced Thursday that the state is ending the waiver for "able-bodied" adults without dependents for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which was once known as food stamps. Since 2009...

Saudi Arabia – Foreign Minister Says Kingdom Cuts Relations With Iran

January 3, 2016 at 03:26 PM
Saudi Arabia - Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says his country is severing diplomatic ties with Iran amid spiking tensions over the execution of a prominent Saudi Shiite cleric. Al-Jubeir said late Sunday evening that Iranian diplomatic personnel had 48 hours to leave the country and all Saudi diplomatic personnel in Iran were being recalled home. Demonstrators in Tehran broke into...

Burns, OR – Militia Members Occupy US Building In Oregon After Protest

January 3, 2016 at 03:00 PM
Burns, OR - A family previously involved in a showdown with the federal government has occupied a building at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon and is asking militia members to join them. Ammon Bundy — the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a standoff with the government over grazing rights — told The Oregonian on Saturday that he and two of his brothers were among...

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