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Washington – Former Republican Candidate Santorum Endorses Trump For President

May 24, 2016 at 11:35 PM
Washington - Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Tuesday endorsed Donald Trump for president, saying he was swayed by Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees. Santorum, who dropped out of the presidential race in February and threw his support to Senator Marco Rubio, told Fox News: "The most important issue is preserving the Constitution of this country and a...

San Francisco – Apple Rehires Prominent Security Pro As Encryption Fight Boils

May 24, 2016 at 11:02 PM
San Francisco - Apple Inc , which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products. Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple...

San Francisco – Google Maps Directions May Soon Lead You To … More Ads

May 24, 2016 at 10:30 PM
San Francisco - You might start seeing more ads when getting directions from Google's popular mapping service. The ads, called "promoted pins," will highlight restaurants and other merchants located along your way. They'll show up inside the directions map as Google routes you to your destination. Google has displayed text ads alongside its online maps for several years. But the change...

Albuquerque, NM – Protesters Repeatedly Interrupt Trump Rally In NM

May 24, 2016 at 10:23 PM
Albuquerque, NM - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's rally in New Mexico has been interrupted repeatedly by protesters, who shouted, held up banners and resisted removal by security officers. The banners included the messages "Trump is Fascist" and "We've heard enough." Trump is responding with his usual bluster, instructing security to remove the protesters and...

Jerusalem – Controversy Rages Over Religious, And Haredi Gender-Separate Student Day Event

May 24, 2016 at 09:59 PM
Jerusalem - A planned, gender separate Student Day event in Jerusalem for religious and haredi students has generated a fierce controversy in the capital, with secular campaigners denouncing Jerusalem city hall for funding gender segregation.  Student associations around the country hold major celebrations on Student Day, which is held every year on Jerusalem Day, which falls this year on...

New York – PBS To Air Film Of American Couple That Defied Nazis

May 24, 2016 at 09:30 PM
New York - PBS will air a film in September about an American couple that spent two years rescuing Jews in Europe before and after the start of World War II, made by the couple's grandson with documentarian Ken Burns. The 90-minute film, scheduled to air Sept. 20, tells of Unitarian minister Waitsill Sharp and his wife, Martha. The Wellesley, Massachusetts, couple helped save hundreds of...

Jerusalem – Beating Of Arab In Tel Aviv Prompts Renewed Focus On Police Brutality

May 24, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - MK Stav Shafir will call a special Knesset hearing next week to examine how police handle cases of violence and excessive use of force, two days after an Israeli-Arab was beaten by police outside a grocery store in central Tel Aviv. Shafir, the chair of the Special Committee for the Transparency and Accessibility of Government Information, said that she would request statistics...

Dallas, TX – Fares Are Cheap; Airlines Don’t Want Them To Stay That Way

May 24, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Dallas, TX - Enjoy lower airfares while you can. Airlines are taking steps to push prices higher by next year. Fares have been dropping for more than a year. Taking inflation into account, the average round trip within the U.S. in late 2015 was the lowest since 2010. Ticket prices have fallen even further this year, according to the airlines. Not only is flying from Dallas to Denver cheap...

Orange County, NY – 11 Year Sentence Handed Down In Convenience Store Shooting Of KJ Resident

May 24, 2016 at 07:53 PM
Orange County, NY - A Harriman man has been sentenced to more than a decade in jail for shooting a Kiryas Joel teen in a robbery gone wrong this past fall. As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/1eA9wD), 26 year old Matthew Bauman was desperate for money to buy drugs on the night of November 24, deliberately choosing the Quick Shop kosher convenience store as his target. Bauman...

New York – Toyota To Invest In Ride-hailing App Uber

May 24, 2016 at 07:30 PM
New York - Toyota said Tuesday it is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app. The Japanese company did not say how much the investment is worth. As part of the deal, Uber drivers can lease Toyota vehicles with money earned from their driving. Investing in ride-hailing services can be a way for automakers to sell more cars. Earlier this year...

Washington – VA Chief: ‘I Deeply Regret’ Wait-time Comparison To Disney

May 24, 2016 at 07:01 PM
Washington - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park. "It was never my intention to suggest that I don't take our mission of serving veterans very seriously," McDonald said in a written statement. "If my comments Monday led any veterans to believe that I...

Washington – Feds: 5 Arrested, Accused Of Scam Posing As IRS Agents

May 24, 2016 at 06:35 PM
Washington - The Treasury Department has arrested five people in Miami accused of posing as IRS agents in telephone calls and demanding immediate payment of overdue taxes, a scheme that netted them an estimated $2 million, a top official said Tuesday. J. Russell George, who heads the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration office, said Tuesday that the five defrauded about 1,500...

Cairo – Crash Of EgyptAir Flight 804: What We Know So Far

May 24, 2016 at 06:29 PM
Cairo - The question of what caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to crash in the Mediterranean, killing all 66 on board, remains shrouded in confusion, speculation and conflicting statements. Here is a look at what is known so far and what questions remain unanswered. ___ EXPLOSION OR NOT? One of the primary questions is whether or not the plane was brought down by a bomb or some sort of...

Washington – US Seeking Death Penalty In Charleston Church Massacre Case

May 24, 2016 at 05:56 PM
Washington - The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday. "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision," Lynch said in a brief statement that said the department had considered...

Chicago – U.S. Security Union Wants More Screeners To Ease Airport Delays

May 24, 2016 at 05:25 PM
Chicago - The union for transportation security officers on Tuesday urged the U.S. Congress to pay for 6,000 more full-time workers who conduct screenings to alleviate long lines at U.S. airports, a problem that caused a shakeup in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's management. The American Federation of Government Employees, the officers' union, asked lawmakers to approve...

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