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Pyongyang – North Korea’s Kim Orders More Rocket Launches

February 14, 2016 at 11:45 PM
Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has praised scientists involved in the country's recent rocket launch that he said struck a "telling blow" to enemies and ordered them to press ahead with more launches, state media reported Monday. Earlier this month, North Korea ignored repeated international warnings and launched what it said was an Earth observation satellite aboard a rocket...

Washington – Senator McCain Says Could Subpoena U.S. Sailors Held By Iran

February 14, 2016 at 11:19 PM
Washington - U.S. Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday he would subpoena 10 U.S. sailors to testify about their brief detention by Iran if the Obama administration does not provide the findings of an investigation into the incident by March 1. “It’s an option that I do not want to exercise,” McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters as he was...

Washington – Loss For Words Can Be A Rare Brain Disorder, Not Alzheimer’s

February 14, 2016 at 10:58 PM
Washington - A mysterious brain disorder can be confused with early Alzheimer's disease although it isn't robbing patients of their memories but of the words to talk about them. It's called primary progressive aphasia, and researchers said Sunday they're finding better ways to diagnose the little-known syndrome. That will help people whose thoughts are lucid but who are verbally locked in to...

Damascus – Last Vestiges Of Syrian Jewry Clinging To Community

February 14, 2016 at 10:32 PM
Damascus - Israeli experts and an activist in contact with the remaining Jews in Damascus painted a bleak picture to The Jerusalem Post. “All of the Jews that wanted to leave Syria left some time ago,” Prof. Eyal Zisser, a leading expert on Syria from the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, told the Post. Most of them left in the 1990s as part of an agreement between the US and...

Washington – 1,000 Pages Of Clinton Emails Released; 84 Classifications

February 14, 2016 at 09:57 PM
Washington - The State Department has released more than 1,000 new pages of Hillary Clinton's emails. Eighty-one messages were classified, mostly at the lowest level of sensitivity. None was declared top secret. The department has now released more than 45,000 pages of emails from the private account Clinton used as secretary of state. It plans to finish making her emails public on Feb...

Washington – Scalia’s Death In Office A Rarity For Modern Supreme Court

February 14, 2016 at 09:30 PM
Washington - A black-draped chair on the Supreme Court bench once signaled that a justice had died, but those somber memorials have been increasingly uncommon at the court as its members have chosen to retire rather than hold their office until death. Justice Antonin Scalia's death Saturday at the age of 79 marks only the second time in more than 60 years that an active justice has...

Franconia, NH – 48 People Rescued From Stuck Tram Cars At Ski Resort

February 14, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Franconia, NH - Crews have rescued 48 people from two tram cars at a New Hampshire ski resort after it became stuck 40 feet off the ground in sub-zero temperatures. The trams became stuck shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday at Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in Franconia in the White Mountains. WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1PVyxKM ) reports one of their editors was on one tram. Paula Tracy said she...

New York – Schumer Slams Obama Budget Cuts To Anti-terror Funds

February 14, 2016 at 08:25 PM
New York - Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would reduce funding for counterterrorism programs across the country by nearly $300 million. The New York Democrat is pushing President Barack Obama to reconsider the cuts. Schumer notes that the cuts to the Urban Area Security Initiative were included in the proposed 2017 budget released last week by the White House...

Israel – Former Prime Minister Olmert ‘Strong, Stable’ As He Enters Jail

February 14, 2016 at 07:50 PM
Israel - Former prime minister Ehud Olmert was feeling “good, strong and stable” Sunday on the eve of his entrance into Ma’asiyahu Prison to begin serving sentences totaling at least 19 months, an Olmert confidant who spoke to him said. Olmert spent the day at his home in the Jerusalem western suburb of Motza with his family, receiving phone calls from well-wishers. Former colleagues...

Jerusalem – Egged Crash Victims Identified; Passenger Faults Driver In Collision

February 14, 2016 at 06:43 PM
Jerusalem - Just hours after the horrific bus crash that took place this evening on Israel’s Highway 1, four of the six fatalities have been identified. As previously reported on VIN News, an Egged 402 bus from Jerusalem to Bnei Brak hit a stopped truck on the side of the roadway near Modi’in, completely obliterating the right side of the inter-city bus. 27 year old Yaakov Meir...

Washington – Obama To Nominate Successor To Scalia

February 14, 2016 at 06:39 PM
Washington - The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate a successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia "in due time," once the Senate returns from a weeklong recess. At that point, spokesman Eric Schultz says the White House expects the Senate to consider the nominee in keeping with its constitutional responsibilities. Leading Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates...

Albany, NY – New York Weighs New Approach To High Child Care Costs

February 14, 2016 at 05:28 PM
Albany, NY - New York may allow the parents of young children to defer a piece of their state income taxes to help cover the cost of child care. The novel proposal, introduced as legislation this past week in Albany, is intended to address an expense that challenges nearly every family budget but gets far less attention than saving for college or retirement. "Child care, next to the...

Fredericksburg, PA – Police: I-78 Crash Sent 73 To Hospital, Involved 64 Vehicles

February 14, 2016 at 04:38 PM
Fredericksburg, PA - More than 70 people were treated following the huge pileup on a central Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people, authorities said Sunday. The names of those killed would be released later in the day, said Trooper Justin Summa of the state police barracks in Lebanon County. Saturday's crash on Interstate 78 during a snow squall involved 64 vehicles, including a...

Jerusalem – Terrorists Attempt Shooting Attack In Jerusalem

February 14, 2016 at 04:28 PM
Jerusalem - Assailants opened fire on passers by between the Damascus Gate and the New Gate of Jerusalem’s old city, shortly before 10 pm on Sunday, February 14. A nearby Police patrol returned fire, neutralizing two terrorists. The the Jerusalem Police Spokesperson’s office has confirmed that a squad of three terrorist armed with Carl Gustav sub-machine guns has attempted to carry out...

Zagreb, Croatia – Suspected Former Nazi Camp Guard Dies In Croatia At 92

February 14, 2016 at 03:31 PM
Zagreb, Croatia - Jakob Denzinger, a suspected former Nazi prison guard at Auschwitz and other camps, has died in his native Croatia. He was 92. The death announcement by Denzinger's family says he was buried Saturday at a local cemetery near Osijek in eastern Croatia. Local media said he died at hospital on Thursday. Denzinger was born in present-day Croatia, which was part of Yugoslavia...

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