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Paris – French Schools Cite Extremism As Reason To Lift Smoking Ban

February 2, 2016 at 11:54 PM
Paris - French high schools say students should be allowed to smoke on school grounds so that they don't become targets for extremists when they gather for cigarette breaks on the street outside. A leading union of school administrators first made the request five days after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead and 350 wounded. Following a refusal by the Health Ministry, the...

San Francisco – Federal, State, Local Officials Beef Up Super Bowl Security

February 2, 2016 at 11:29 PM
San Francisco - From ticket scalpers to terrorism, football's biggest game always presents challenges large and small for law enforcement officials. Their task is made more difficult by the location of Super Bowl 50, some 45 miles from downtown San Francisco, and a number of events throughout the sprawling Bay Area in the run up to the game in Santa Clara on Sunday. "The challenge of this...

Manchester, NH – Barbara Bush To Join Son Jeb In NH

February 2, 2016 at 11:14 PM
Manchester, NH - The Jeb Bush campaign says former First Lady Barbara Bush is joining her son on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. The campaign says Barbara Bush will be with Jeb Bush at his scheduled town hall Thursday night at a middle school in Derry. She will also be with him Friday, according to the campaign. Jeb Bush is betting big on a win in New Hampshire following a poor showing...

Manchester, NH – Trump Rallies Volunteers In New Hampshire

February 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Manchester, NH - Donald Trump is blaming the press for framing his second-place finish in Iowa on Monday evening as a loss. Trump is telling a crowd of thousands in Milford, New Hampshire, Tuesday evening that he's not disappointed he placed behind rival Ted Cruz in a state where few thought he'd do well. He says, "I come in second, I'm not humiliated." Trump had systematically raised...

New York – Pro-Palestinians Create Parody ‘New York Times’ To Slam ‘Pro-Israel Bias’

February 2, 2016 at 10:32 PM
New York - A group of pro-Palestinian sympathizers fanned out across New York City earlier on Tuesday and distributed thousands of parodied copies of The New York Times bearing headlines and stories that contradict what they claim to be the newspaper's pro-Israel bias in its coverage of the Middle East conflict. Commuters in the Big Apple could be forgiven for thinking that the "supplement"...

New Hampshire – Clinton’s Narrow Win Sparks Nervousness Among Supporters

February 2, 2016 at 10:01 PM
New Hampshire - Hillary Clinton emerged from Iowa with a razor-thin victory over Bernie Sanders — and a new round of nervous second-guessing from supporters. Topping the list of concerns is Clinton's staggering disadvantage with young voters, a crucial Democratic constituency that overwhelmingly sided with Sanders. Clinton supporters are also worried that the campaign is still struggling...

Austin, TX – First U.S. Zika Virus Transmission Reported

February 2, 2016 at 09:30 PM
Austin, TX - The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency. The virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is spreading...

Jerusalem – MK Meir Porush: Women Of The Wall Should Be Cast To The Dogs

February 2, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - In a scathing address delivered today at the Knesset, Israel’s deputy minister of education, MK Rabbi Meir Porush, had strong words for the Women of the Wall and for the decision to create a mixed gender prayer area at the Kosel. As previously reported on VIN News, the Israeli cabinet approved a plan this past Sunday that would establish an egalitarian prayer area that would be...

Seoul – South Korea Says North Will Pay A ‘Severe Price’ For Missile Launch

February 2, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Seoul - South Korea said on Wednesday North Korea's announced plan to launch a satellite is really a plan to launch a long-range missile and warned that the North will pay a "severe price" if it goes ahead. North Korea should immediately call off the planned launch, which is a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the South's presidential Blue House said in a statement. Seoul's...

Washington – Republican Cruz Apologizes For Email Implying Carson Might Exit Race

February 2, 2016 at 07:46 PM
Washington - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz apologized to Ben Carson on Tuesday over an email his campaign sent on Monday night that implied Carson was about to drop out of the race and that his Iowa backers should be urged to vote for Cruz instead. A staffer for Cruz sent the email after rumors began circulating that Carson would return to Florida following Iowa's caucuses on...

Brussels – EU And US Reach New Data-sharing Agreement

February 2, 2016 at 07:34 PM
Brussels - The European Union and the United States struck a deal Tuesday over data-sharing that will allow the likes of Facebook and Apple to continue sending people's information across the Atlantic — but a legal challenge to the pact is widely anticipated. The sides had been trying to forge an agreement since October, when Europe's top court ruled against the previous pact — known as...

New York – Iowa Caucus Coverage A Hit For News Networks

February 2, 2016 at 07:08 PM
New York - Much like the presidential debates, coverage of the Iowa caucus set new standards for television viewership. An average of 10.2 million people watched the results of the year's first presidential contest Monday on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, the Nielsen company said. Besides Ted Cruz's mild upset win in the Republican caucus, the Democratic contest was a nailbiter between...

The Hague, Netherlands – Eagles Vs Drones: Dutch Police Eye Birds To Prey On Drones

February 2, 2016 at 06:38 PM
The Hague, Netherlands - It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to swoop down and pluck rogue drones out of the sky. Police are working with a Hague-based company that trains eagles and other birds to catch drones to investigate whether the birds can be used above large events or near airports, where the small flying machines are...

Iowa – Iowa Democrats Face Criticism Over Missteps At Caucus Sites

February 2, 2016 at 06:02 PM
Iowa - Four years after the Iowa Republican Party was criticized for mishandling an extremely close caucus, Democratic Party leaders faced similar scrutiny Tuesday over how they and their volunteers handled the state's signature political event. The neck-and-neck contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Monday underscored the complicated math Democrats use to determine the winner and...

New York – Scientists Map Bedbug Genome, Follow Pest Through NYC Subway

February 2, 2016 at 05:43 PM
New York - Scientists have mapped the genome of bedbugs in New York City, then traced fragments of the nefarious pests' DNA through the subway system. In the grubby recesses of hundreds of stations, they discovered surprising genetic diversity among the bloodsucking creatures. The next step is to figure out how the information can be put to good use, such as to develop better insecticides or...

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