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Peterson Air Force Base, CO – General Is 1st Woman To Lead Top-tier US Combat Command

May 13, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Peterson Air Force Base, CO - Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson on Friday became the first woman to lead a top-tier U.S. warfighting command when she took charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in Colorado. Robinson — one of just two female four-star generals in the Air Force — was "the clear and obvious choice," said Defense Secretary Ash Carter...

New York – Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Seeks Meeting With Conservatives

May 13, 2016 at 05:56 PM
New York - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to invite "leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum" to discuss recent reports that its "Trending Topics" feature is biased against conservatives. The social media giant on Thursday revealed details of how the "Trending Topics" feature works after the tech blog Gizmodo reported that Facebook downplays conservative...

Lawrenceville, NJ – Mom, 7 Adult Children Win $429.6 Million Powerball Jackpot

May 13, 2016 at 05:11 PM
Lawrenceville, NJ - A woman and her seven adult children stepped forward Friday to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot and said they have plans to tithe to their church, go on a family vacation and help their community. But mostly they're just still letting it sink in. "Wow. That's what it's like," Pearlie Mae Smith, 70, said at a news conference at state lottery headquarters with her...

Brooklyn, NY – NYPD: No Bias In Crown Heights School Bus Fire

May 13, 2016 at 05:08 PM
Brooklyn, NY - One day after four more juveniles were arrested for setting fire to a school bus parked in front of a Crown Heights girls’ school, the NYPD has dropped hate crime charges against all of the young arsonists. As previously reported on VIN News(http://goo.gl/5TpQzu), a total of five boys were arrested in the blaze which took place at the corner of Lefferts and Brooklyn Avenues...

San Francisco – Bees Are Buzzing On Rooftops At 7 San Francisco Hotels

May 13, 2016 at 04:35 PM
San Francisco - At the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, there are more than 370 rooms inside and 100,000 bees buzzing above in rooftop hives outside. Yes, honeybees. Aware of the well-publicized environmental threats to honeybees that have reduced numbers worldwide, seven San Francisco hotels have built hives on their rooftops. The sustainability effort also benefits the hotels as the bees...

Washington – Security Clearance Background Checks To Include Social Media

May 13, 2016 at 04:03 PM
Washington - Investigators can now probe Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites as a part of background checks for security clearances — something that lawmakers said Friday was a classic case of the government playing catch-up with technology. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper signed a policy directive announced Friday that allows investigators to collect publicly...

Washington – Trump Says His Tax Rate Is ‘None Of Your Business’

May 13, 2016 at 03:29 PM
Washington - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pushed back on Friday against renewed calls for him to release his tax returns before the election, saying the rate that he pays is "none of your business." Trump, who has all but locked up the Republican Party's nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election, has said the Internal Revenue Service is auditing his returns and he...

New York – High Ranking Officer Questioned In NYPD Corruption Probe Commits Suicide

May 13, 2016 at 03:19 PM
New York - A high-ranking New York City police officer who was reportedly questioned as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe took his own life on Friday, police said. Inspector Michael Ameri was found dead inside his vehicle with an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound" in Babylon, a town on Long Island in New York, according to a statement from the city's police department. Several...

Bonnyville, Alberta – Canada’s Trudeau Tours Alberta Oil Town Ravaged By Wildfire

May 13, 2016 at 03:10 PM
Bonnyville, Alberta - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday saw the devastation caused by a wildfire that blazed through the Alberta town of Fort McMurray and forced several oil sands operations to shut. The inferno is the first natural disaster to confront Trudeau, whose Liberals took power in November. He promises the federal government will do everything it can to help in a...

Verbania, Italy – Italian Woman, 116, Seen As Last Living Person Born In 1800s

May 13, 2016 at 03:00 PM
Verbania, Italy - Surrounded by relatives and neighbors, Italy's Emma Morano greeted with a smile the news that she, at 116, is now the oldest person in the world. Not only that, but Morano is believed to be the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s, with a birthdate of Nov. 29, 1899. That's just 4 ½ months after Susannah Mushatt Jones, who died Thursday in New York, also at...

Las Vegas, NV – ‘Self-funded’ Donald Trump Preparing To Seek Big-donor Money

May 13, 2016 at 02:18 PM
Las Vegas, NV - The billionaire presidential candidate who prides himself on paying his own way and bashed his competition for relying on political donors now wants their money — and lots of it. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, recently hired a national finance chairman, scheduled his first fundraiser and is on the cusp of signing a deal with the Republican...

Dobbs Ferry, NY – Settlement Awarded To Man Forced To Watch Nazi Parody Video At Work Used To Sponsor New Torah

May 13, 2016 at 01:58 PM
Dobbs Ferry, NY - A Scarsdale man who sued his employer for punishing him after complaining about being forced to watch a training video laden with Nazi imagery is using some of the money received in a settlement to write a Sefer Torah. 47 year old Jean Marc Orlando had been working for BNP Paribas, a global French multi-national bank, for 18 years when he attended a mandatory training...

Washington – TSA To Address Extreme Waits, Upcoming Summer Travel Season

May 13, 2016 at 01:30 PM
Washington - Facing a growing backlash over extremely long airport security lines, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger will address the upcoming summer travel season Friday afternoon and what steps they're taking to alleviate waits. Fliers across the country have been facing growing lines, which during peak hours have...

Brooklyn, NY – Is NYC Too Close For Comfort? Writer Nixes Move Due To Privacy

May 13, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - When famed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates backed away from moving into a Brooklyn brownstone, he gave voice to celebrities' qualms about city living. The National Book Award winner wrote this week that media coverage of his $2.1 million home purchase slammed the door on his planned move, saying he was concerned for his family's safety and uneasy about the idea of fans showing up on his...

Berlin – Germany: Court Trying SS Guard Won’t Hear Auschwitz Survivor

May 13, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Berlin - A German court trying a 94-year-old ex-SS sergeant who served as an Auschwitz death camp guard has declined to hear evidence from an Auschwitz survivor who traveled from the U.S. The 88-year-old Joshua Kaufman hadn't been invited to testify but some of the Holocaust survivors and relatives who joined the trial as co-plaintiffs hoped he could tell the Detmold state court about how he...

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