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United Nations – UN Envoy Says Radically More Must Be Done For Mideast Peace

May 25, 2016 at 11:30 PM
United Nations - The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy says Palestinians in Gaza are growing ever more desperate and unless "radically more" is done to address the situation, it is only a matter of time before there is another escalation of violence. Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council on Wednesday that May saw the biggest escalation of violence in Gaza since 2014 and that those incidents...

Orlando, FL – Best New Theme Park Rides: Virtual Reality, Interactivity

May 25, 2016 at 11:06 PM
Orlando, FL - You're flying alongside Superman, seeing the world as the Man of Steel views it, thanks to virtual reality headsets on a roller coaster at Six Flags New England. Or you're feeling the fear as you come face to face with King Kong, 30 feet tall, at Universal Orlando's new Skull Island attraction. These are a few examples of the heightened experiences awaiting visitors at theme...

New York – Agents Say Real Estate Market Isn’t As Fun As It Used To Be

May 25, 2016 at 10:30 PM
New York - Real estate agents are flummoxed by a housing market that's still trying to recover a decade after its historic collapse. Agents are getting higher commissions as home prices rise, but have fewer houses to list because homeowners are reluctant to sell. Many owners don't want to put their homes on the market until they have more equity to use toward higher-priced properties, agents...

Orlando, FL – 6-month-old Skis Across Lake; Parents Say It’s A Record

May 25, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Orlando, FL - A 6-month-old girl whose professional water-skier parents put her on junior-size water skis last week glided 686 feet across a man-made lake in what her parents say sets a youth record. Keith St. Onge said in an interview Wednesday that his daughter Zyla could have kept going if the boat hadn't reached the end of the lake. "We had to stop," St. Onge said. "Otherwise, she would...

Washington – Real Estate World Aflutter As Obama Looks For His Next Home

May 25, 2016 at 09:40 PM
Washington - Real estate circles buzzed Wednesday over reports that President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have decided to lease a nine-bedroom mansion in one of Washington's poshest neighborhoods when he leaves office in January. With a sprawling terrace and a castle-like exterior, the home sits on a quarter-acre lot just down the road from the Naval Observatory, the vice president's...

New York – Trump National Campaign Director Wiley Fired: Campaign Sources

May 25, 2016 at 09:11 PM
New York - Donald Trump's national campaign director Rick Wiley has been fired, sources within the Republican presidential candidate's campaign said on Wednesday. The Trump campaign issued a short statement thanking Wiley, who had previously worked for Trump rival and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, for "for helping us during this transition period."...

Washington – Key Findings From Inspector General Report On Clinton Emails

May 25, 2016 at 09:08 PM
Washington - Key findings from the State Department inspector general's report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and private server and the department's email practices: —The report concluded that Clinton's use of a private server to exchange messages with other State Department officials violated the department's cybersecurity guidelines as well as requirements under the...

Rome – UK Looks Into Italian Claims That Long-lost WWII Sub Has Been Found

May 25, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Rome - Britain's Royal Navy says it's looking into claims by an Italian diver that he located the long-lost wreck of the HMS P311 submarine, which was downed off Sardinia during World War II. Diver Massimo Bondone told the La Nuova Sardegna daily he found the P311 at a depth of 80 meters (262 feet) off the isle of Tavolara during a dive last weekend. Paola Pegoraro of the Orso diving club...

Anaheim, CA – Rowdy Protests But No Violence This Time Outside Trump Rally

May 25, 2016 at 08:04 PM
Anaheim, CA - A day after violent protesters outside a Donald Trump rally threw burning items at police and toppled barricades, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee railed against "Crooked Hillary" Clinton and leaders in his own party who haven't yet endorsed him in a boisterous but less heated rally on Wednesday. Outside, demonstrators quietly held up signs reading 'Love and Peace"...

New York – Russian Banker In Spy Case Gets 2½ Years In US Prison

May 25, 2016 at 07:16 PM
New York - A Russian banker who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in what the government portrayed as a Cold War-style spy ring was sentenced Wednesday to 2½ years in a U.S. prison. Evgeny Buryakov, 41, also was fined $10,000 by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who said the sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime and protects the public. Prosecutors said he teamed up with diplomats...

Washington – Elizabeth Warren Emerges As Potent Clinton Ally, Trump Foil

May 25, 2016 at 06:26 PM
Washington - Sen. Elizabeth Warren is grabbing center stage in the 2016 presidential race as Donald Trump's most effective antagonist and Sen. Bernie Sanders' top rival for the affections of progressive voters. The combination could make Warren an indispensable ally to Hillary Clinton, in the process elevating her own stature and allowing her to draw attention to the issues she cares about...

Queens, NY – Teen Dies After Being Pulled From Water Off Rockaway Beach

May 25, 2016 at 06:16 PM
Queens, NY - Police say a teenager has died after being pulled from rough water off Rockaway Beach. Emergency crews received a call shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting a swimmer in distress near Beach 67 Street in Far Rockaway. Fire department divers found the 19-year-old victim face down in the water. He was about 50 yards from the shore, near the end of a rock jetty. The teen...

Netherlands – Police: No Bias In Amsterdam Kosher Restaurant Stabbing

May 25, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Netherlands - Amsterdam police have released additional details about Monday night’s stabbing in a kosher restaurant, putting to rest any rumors that the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism. As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/734MRe), a female diner at Grand Cafe Rimon had been chatting with a man in the restaurant when he inexplicably pulled a knife and stabbed her. The...

Gaza City – Hamas To Execute 13 Convicted Murderers Without Abbas Approval

May 25, 2016 at 05:28 PM
Gaza City - Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers said Wednesday they intend to execute residents convicted of murder even without the needed approval of the Palestinian president. Hamas lawmakers "endorsed" 13 death sentences after mounting pressure from victims' families. West Bank-based President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to approve the Hamas verdicts and the United Nations' High...

Ottawa – Ex-Canada PM Harper To Quit Politics, Go Into Business

May 25, 2016 at 05:00 PM
Ottawa - Former Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who lost power last October after almost a decade in office, will leave politics later this year and go into business, a Conservative source said on Wednesday. Harper, 57, stepped down as party leader in the wake of his defeat by the Liberals of Justin Trudeau in the Oct 19 election. He was re-elected as a legislator for...

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