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Boston – Women-Only Car Services Fill A Niche, But Are They Legal?

April 13, 2016 at 11:32 PM
Boston - Ride-hailing companies catering exclusively to women are cropping up and raising thorny legal questions, namely: Are they discriminatory? In Massachusetts, Chariot for Women is promising to launch a service featuring female drivers picking up only women and children. Drivers will even have to say a "safe word" before a ride starts. Michael Pelletz, a former Uber driver, said he...

New York – Fox Anchor Megyn Kelly Meets With Trump To ‘clear The Air’

April 13, 2016 at 11:20 PM
New York - Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly said she met privately with Donald Trump on Wednesday to "clear the air" following the Republican candidate's repeated attacks on social media. Kelly said the two met for about an hour at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Speaking on her show Wednesday night, she gave no details of the conversation, other than to say they discussed a potential interview and...

Washington – GOP Befriends Airline Passengers _ Up To A Point

April 13, 2016 at 11:09 PM
Washington - Republican leaders are lauding an aviation policy bill before the Senate as the most passenger friendly in years, but there are limits to friendship. In an election year that has thus far been defined by populist rage, Republicans are walking a fine line as they seek to respond to passengers angered at their treatment by airlines without violating conservative tenets by imposing...

New York – Wal-Mart Expands Free Curbside Grocery Pickup Service

April 13, 2016 at 10:32 PM
New York - The online grocery wars are getting fiercer. Wal-Mart said Wednesday it's expanding its service that allows customers to order groceries online and then pick them up in the parking lot of their local store. The nation's largest food retailer said it is adding eight new markets this month to its free curbside grocery pickup service. They include Kansas City, Missouri; Austin...

Rockland County, NY – Investigation Into Ramapo Fire Safety Inspections Underway; Investigator Temporarily Placed On Desk Duty

April 13, 2016 at 10:07 PM
Rockland County, NY - A Ramapo fire inspector who is accused of giving passing grades to private schools that were found to be in violation of the state’s fire code has been reassigned to desk duty. As previously reported on VIN News, Adam Peltz’s approval of four schools, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Rockland Institute for Special Education, Bais Yehuda and an unspecified Bais Yaakov...

New York – Banks Look To Enter The Lucrative Business Of Check-cashing

April 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM
New York - Banks are rolling out services that allow their customers to cash a check before it clears — for a fee, of course. Traditional banks have avoided offering the service, which is usually aimed at people with low incomes or without bank accounts, but now they want to get in on a business that has come to be dominated by local check-cashing stores. U.S. banks and the consultants that...

New York – Home In NY, Trump Aims For A Rout But Faces Questions

April 13, 2016 at 09:34 PM
New York - After several difficult weeks that have called into question his front-runner standing, Donald Trump has arrived in friendlier territory: his home state of New York. Polls show Trump with a commanding lead in a state that is likely to play a major role in determining whether the billionaire businessman can clinch the Republican presidential nomination before this summer's national...

Washington – Cruz Rides Campaign Rollercoaster

April 13, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz likes to talk in his stump speech about how the campaign has been a roller coaster. For Cruz on Wednesday the analogy became reality. Cruz and some campaign aides took a ride on the Ravine Flyer II, a hybrid wooden roller coaster located at an amusement park in Erie, Pennsylvania. Cruz posted video of his ride on Twitter, and then referred to it during...

Tucson, AZ – Woman Lost In Forest For 9 Days Credits Survival Course

April 13, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Tucson, AZ - An Arizona woman lost in the wilderness for nine days says she became desperate but stayed alive because of her survival skills. Ann Rodgers said Wednesday that she slept in her car the first night and wore several layers of clothing to keep warm. The 72-year-old hiked through the forest for days, leaving notes behind that would help rescuers eventually find her. She says she...

Tel Aviv – Israeli Brothers Bring TripAdvisor Model To World Of Funds

April 13, 2016 at 08:01 PM
Tel Aviv - Consumers who are happy to buy everything from hotels to washing machines, movies and cars on the recommendation of online rankings can now do one more thing: invest in funds. SharingAlpha.com, a TripAdvisor-style (TRIP.O) platform for investors designed by an Israeli start-up aims to help them make more informed fund picks at a time when low market returns have driven many to give...

Ramallah – Palestinian Prime Minister Urges Donors To Rebuild Gaza

April 13, 2016 at 07:30 PM
Ramallah - The Palestinian prime minister has urged international donor countries to "make good on their pledges" to help rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip. Rami Hamdallah told a group of donor representatives on Wednesday that only one-third of the roughly $3.5 billion pledged at a 2014 conference has been delivered. The donors are to meet next week in Brussels. Israel battled Gaza's...

Washington – Trump Takes New Steps To Reset His Campaign

April 13, 2016 at 07:01 PM
Washington - Republican front-runner Donald Trump took fresh steps to reset his campaign on Wednesday, hiring a top Republican operative and scheduling a meeting between aides and U.S. lawmakers as he girded for a new phase in his White House bid. Trump's campaign announced he had hired Rick Wiley as his national political director. Wiley, a long-time Republican strategist, had been campaign...

New York, NY – Embattled Head Of NYPD Watchdog Agency Hands In Resignation

April 13, 2016 at 06:30 PM
New York, NY - The head of an agency that handles civilian complaints against police officers resigned abruptly today, citing a pending lawsuit and other conflicts of interest that prevent him from properly fulfilling his responsibilities to the watchdog agency. Richard Emery announced his departure as chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board today after discussing the matter with Mayor...

Rockland County, NY – NAACP Leader Visits Monsey Yeshiva To Discuss Tolerance And Acceptance FollowIng Purim Hanging Of Black-Faced Haman

April 13, 2016 at 05:58 PM
Rockland County, NY - Less than one month after a Purim display of a black-faced Haman was hung in effigy from a Spring Valley window, concrete steps for reconciliation and education were taken with a trio of NAACP leaders paying a visit to a Ramapo yeshiva to speak with students. The visit was arranged by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, founder of Project Y.E.S. and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam in...

New York – Case Against Pollard Parole Conditions To Be Reopened

April 13, 2016 at 05:30 PM
New York - The US District Court in the Southern District of New York granted a request on Tuesday by Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s lawyers to reopen his appeal against his strict parole conditions, according to a document received Wednesday by The Jerusalem Post. Pollard was released on “mandatory” parole on November 20, 2015 after serving exactly 30 years in prison for the crime of...

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