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New York – Secret Service Probes Trump’s Former Butler For Urging Obama Assassination

May 12, 2016 at 11:38 PM
New York - The U.S. Secret Service is investigating presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's former butler over a Facebook post calling for President Barack Obama's assassination. The former butler, Anthony Senecal, 74, said in a Facebook post Obama should be hanged for treason. He made the statement in 2015, and the magazine Mother Jones wrote on Thursday about the post and...

Chicago – Wal-Mart Sharpens Amazon Attack With 2-day Delivery Service

May 12, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Chicago - Wal-Mart is sharpening its attack on Amazon.com. The world's largest retailer is trimming its free-shipping pilot program to two days from three, and it's cutting a dollar off the membership price. Membership is now $49 per year. The Bentonville, Arkansas, company began testing the new service last year in answer to Amazon Prime's two-day shipping, a big part of its domination of...

New York – Interactive Digital Walls Offer Art And Info In Hotel Lobby

May 12, 2016 at 10:34 PM
New York - Walk down a hallway in the new Renaissance NY Midtown hotel and the walls come alive. On one side, there's an interactive digital tapestry of images and sounds that changes as you pass by. On the other side, merely point at the wall and a tourism portal opens up, providing information about things to do and see in response to your gestures. "It's a unique opportunity to come in...

Beirut – Major Hezbollah Commander Since 1982 Killed In Israeli Air Strike

May 12, 2016 at 10:26 PM
Beirut - The Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Friday one of its top commanders, Mustafa Badreddine, had been killed in an Israeli air strike at the Lebanese-Syrian border this week. "He took part in most of the operations of the Islamic resistance since 1982," Hezbollah said in a statement announcing his death. He was killed on Tuesday night, the statement said. Badreddine, who is...

Washington – With Hiroshima, Obama Goes Where Predecessors Stayed Away

May 12, 2016 at 10:05 PM
Washington - When President Barack Obama tours Hiroshima's haunting relics of nuclear warfare, he will be making a trip that past administrations weighed and avoided. For good reason: The hollowed core of the city's A-Bomb Dome and old photos of charred children are sure to rekindle questions of guilt and penitence for World War II's gruesome brutality. Obama's visit later this month already...

Linclon, NE – Government Says He’s Dead, But Man Insists He’s Very Alive

May 12, 2016 at 09:35 PM
Linclon, NE - A Lincoln man says he's not dead, despite what the Social Security Administration has said. Chuck Zellers learned of his demise in March after his Social Security deposit was removed from his bank account while he and his wife, Alice, were in Arizona, he told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1TcuM3V ). They talked to a woman at the Social Security office who checked her...

Washington – NY Times: U.S. To Issue Decree On Transgender Access To School Restrooms

May 12, 2016 at 09:26 PM
Washington - The Obama administration will issue a sweeping decree on Friday telling every U.S. public school district to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. The letter, signed by officials from the Education and Justice departments, does not have the force of law but contains an implicit threat that schools which do not abide by the Obama...

New York, NY – Got An Illegal Parking Ticket? The City Is Looking To Pay You Back

May 12, 2016 at 09:20 PM
New York, NY - In an unusual twist, New York City is actually trying to return money to motorists who were issued illegal $165 parking summonses. Councilman Vincent Gentile said he is working with the Finance Department and Comptroller Scott Stringer to determine how to refund monies to each motorist who was cited for parking in front of legal “mid-block curb cuts” or pedestrian ramps. ...

Los Angeles – California Dreaming: Clinton Sees Big Win, Sanders An Upset

May 12, 2016 at 08:34 PM
Los Angeles - With the primary season's biggest prize in play, Hillary Clinton has fashioned a strategy to reprise her 2008 victory in California when she defeated Barack Obama by running up big margins with Hispanics and women. Bernie Sanders is hoping for an upset to sustain his argument to stay in the race. There is another historical backdrop for Clinton: Her husband locked up his first...

New York – Business Owners: We Need Policy Specifics From Candidates

May 12, 2016 at 08:05 PM
New York - Small business owners say it's time the presidential candidates provide concrete details on how they'll tackle key issues including taxes, health care costs and government regulations. "They haven't been getting to the meat of issues about how they're going to help small businesses and entrepreneurs in America," says Craig Bloem, owner of FreeLogoServices.com, a website based in...

Brooklyn, NY – Charges Dropped Against On-duty Mailman Cuffed By NYC Police

May 12, 2016 at 07:26 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A New York prosecutor won't pursue a disorderly conduct case against a postal carrier whose caught-on-camera arrest sparked outrage. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said Thursday that the charge against Glen Grays was dropped in the interest of justice. An overwhelmed Grays thanked the bystander who filmed his March 17 arrest. Officials say Grays was handcuffed...

Kiryas Joel,. NY – Record: KJ FBI Raids Tied To School Abuse Video

May 12, 2016 at 07:07 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - Hours after FBI agents entered Kiryas Joel and raided two well known village entities, sources in both Orange County law enforcement source and Kiryas Joel have confirmed that today’s activity was linked to video footage showing a school principal embracing and kissing a student in his office. As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/yzZt3G), two videos had...

Washington – U.S. Foreign Policy Veteran Warns Trump Would Make World Less Stable

May 12, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Former Secretary of State James Baker told a U.S. Senate hearing that Donald Trump's foreign policy proposals would make the world a less stable place on Thursday, just as the Republican presidential candidate met with party congressional leaders. Under questioning from Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a former Trump rival in the presidential race, Baker said the world "would be...

Washington – Navy Officer Fired Over Iran’s Detention Of 10 Sailors

May 12, 2016 at 06:28 PM
Washington - The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours. A Navy official says the Navy lost confidence in Commander Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the squadron that included the 10 sailors at the time of the Iran incident. He was responsible for...

Boston – Troopers In ‘Disturbing’ New Hampshire Motorist Beating Suspended

May 12, 2016 at 06:10 PM
Boston - A state trooper from Massachusetts and another from New Hampshire were relieved of duty on Thursday for their involvement in the beating of a motorist that their commanders called "disturbing," officials said. A video obtained by Reuters and taken from a helicopter showed officers drawing their weapons at the end of a high-speed chase that began in Massachusetts and ended in New...

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