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Washington – Neutral In Presidential Race, Obama Digs In For Other Dems

April 12, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Washington - In a rural stretch of Kentucky, voters picked up the phone in March to hear President Barack Obama on the line, urging them to vote for a little-known Democrat named Jeff Taylor. It seemed odd that an obscure special election for a Kentucky House seat had caught the president's attention. Yet Taylor won, joining two other victorious Democrats to deny Republicans the chance to take...

New York – HTC’s New Phone Focuses On Camera Quality

April 12, 2016 at 10:30 PM
New York - HTC is promising a better camera — along with refinements in audio and design — as it unveils its latest flagship phone, the HTC 10. The camera has long a weak point in HTC devices. At first, HTC sacrificed image resolution and made the size of individual pixels larger to capture more light. But the resulting 4 megapixel images were often fuzzy, especially when cropped or...

Lakewood, NJ – Tom River Honors Man Who Rescued Jewish Baby In Fatal Minivan Crash

April 12, 2016 at 10:01 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Just one month after the horrific death of an Orthodox Jewish mother from Toms River in a collision, a local man was honored for rescuing her infant daughter from the mangled wreck. As previously reported on VIN News, Leah Eisdorfer of Toms River was driving on New Hampshire Avenue on March 9th when her vehicle inexplicably crossed the yellow line and plunged down an embankment...

United Nations – Palestinians Say Push For U.N. Rebuke Of Israel Settlements Aimed At Peace

April 12, 2016 at 10:00 PM
United Nations - A renewed Palestinian drive to persuade the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements is aimed at removing the biggest obstacle to peace and boosting French efforts to broker an agreement, the Palestinian U.N. envoy said on Tuesday. Riyad Mansour, permanent Palestinian observer to the United Nations, told a small group of reporters that Arab delegations have...

Mexico City – Mexican Central Banker Criticizes Trump’s Remittance Plan

April 12, 2016 at 09:34 PM
Mexico City - Mexico's central bank boss is criticizing Donald Trump's proposal to block remittances from Mexicans living in the U.S. as a way to force Mexico into paying for a border wall. Bank chief Agustin Carstens said Tuesday that the plan would violate people's rights. He says money being remitted is the property of the people who earn it and they have the right to transfer their funds...

Tucson, AZ – Woman Rescued After Nine Days Lost In Arizona Forest Wrote ‘Help’ In Sticks

April 12, 2016 at 09:04 PM
Tucson, AZ - A woman lost in an Arizona forest for nine days survived by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out "help" on the ground with sticks, authorities said Tuesday. The sign helped lead rescuers to Ann Rodgers, 72, in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona earlier this month, the state Department of Public Safety said. Rodgers declined to comment when reached by The...

San Francisco – Facebook Shows New Ways To Chat, Stream Video

April 12, 2016 at 08:37 PM
San Francisco - Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, shop for shoes and talk with a variety of businesses by sending them direct text messages. At its annual conference for software developers Tuesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is releasing new tools that businesses can use to build "chatbots," or programs that can talk to...

United Nations – UN Takes Historic Step To Open Selection Of New UN Chief

April 12, 2016 at 08:01 PM
United Nations - The United Nations took a historic step Tuesday to open up the usually secret process of selecting the next secretary-general, giving all countries the chance to question candidates on such issues as how they would resist pressure from powerful nations, tackle sex abuse by U.N. peacekeepers, and improve efforts to achieve peace. Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic was...

Concord, N.H. – Bakery Charges Women 79 Cents On A Dollar For Equal Pay Day

April 12, 2016 at 07:25 PM
Concord, N.H. - A New England bakery chain is charging female customers 79 cents on the dollar to illustrate the pay gap between men and women. The Works Bakery Cafe is offering the discount Tuesday to women in its New Hampshire shops in honor of Equal Pay Day. Men are charged full price. Equal Pay Day is a national symbolic event dramatizing how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much...

Madison, WI – Cruz Accuses Trump Of ‘Threatening The Delegates’ To Get Votes

April 12, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Madison, WI - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blasted rival Donald Trump in a radio interview Tuesday, using some of the harshest rhetoric of the campaign to date, accusing the Republican front-runner of being a bully, inciting violence and using dirty tricks to intimidate voters and delegates. He also said that the billionaire is a bad businessman who has been surrounded by sycophants his entire...

Washington – Obama’s Comments On Clinton Email Raises Concerns Of Bias

April 12, 2016 at 06:27 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says he believes his former secretary of state did not intentionally endanger national security in her handling of classified information. But he also says he's not trying to influence his administration's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The White House on Tuesday was under pressure to reconcile those two statements — asserting...

New York – Palestinian Authority, PLO Appeal U.S. Terror Support Verdict

April 12, 2016 at 06:03 PM
New York - The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization on Tuesday urged a U.S. appeals court to toss a more than $655 million award won by a group of American families who accused them of supporting terrorist attacks in Israel. A lawyer for the Palestinian Authority and the PLO, the government and diplomatic representative of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza...

Brooklyn, NY – Kasich Courts Jewish Vote With Stop In Borough Park

April 12, 2016 at 05:29 PM
Brooklyn, NY - One week before the New York primary, Ohio Governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich made a campaign stop in Borough Park with visits today to a matza bakery, a school for children with autism and a local Judaica store. Kasich was the next in a string of candidates to pay a visit to Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community, following in the heels of Ted Cruz who...

Albany – NY To Become Latest State To Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products From Sales Tax

April 12, 2016 at 05:22 PM
Albany, NY - New York is poised to become the latest state to repeal its sales tax on tampons in response to a national and international push to abolish it. The state Senate on Monday followed the Assembly and passed legislation to exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign it into law. "We've said we'd work with the...

San Francisco – Uber Says Gave U.S. Agencies Data On More Than 12 Million Users

April 12, 2016 at 05:00 PM
San Francisco - Uber Technologies on Tuesday released its first ever transparency report detailing the information requested by not only U.S. law enforcement agencies, but also by regulators. The ride-sharing company said that between July and December 2015, it had provided information on more than 12 million riders and drivers to various U.S. regulators and on 469 users to state and federal...

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