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New York – Wi-Fi? Why Not? Homeless Are Avid Users Of NYC’s Free Kiosks

August 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM
New York - An ambitious effort to replace obsolete New York City pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city. The city doesn't track who is using the kiosks, but anecdotal evidence suggests many users of the new LinkNYC terminals are living on the streets. On several recent...

Boston – When Mere Paint Won’t Do It: Bike Lanes Around The World

August 23, 2016 at 11:27 PM
Boston - Cities are increasingly changing bike lanes to make them safer in light of fatal crashes involving cyclists and cars. From Boston to San Francisco and New York to Tokyo, traditional bike lanes running alongside vehicle traffic are being replaced in favor of "protected" lanes or "cycletracks," where physical barriers like concrete curbs, planters or fences separate cyclists from...

Rome – Magnitude 6.1 Quake Rattles Rome, Central Italy

August 23, 2016 at 11:05 PM
Rome - A strong 6.2 magnitude quake struck central Italy early on Wednesday near the town of Norcia, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Strong tremors woke residents in the capital Rome, some 170 km (105 miles) from the epicentre of the quake, which occurred at 3.36 a.m. (0136 GMT). The spokesman for the Italian fire department, Luca Cari, said they had received reports of buildings being...

Sydney – “Allahu Akbar”: British Woman Stabbed To Death At Australian Hostel In Possible ‘extremist’ Attack

August 23, 2016 at 10:44 PM
Sydney - A British woman was stabbed to death on Wednesday at a backpackers' hostel in Australia and two people were injured, one seriously, in what police say may have been an "extremist" attack. A spokesman for Queensland state police said the suspected attacker, in Australia on a tourist visa, was a 29-year-old French national who had yelled "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) when...

New York – Clinton Leads Trump By 12 Points In Reuters/Ipsos Poll

August 23, 2016 at 10:36 PM
New York - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, her strongest showing this month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. The Aug. 18-22 poll showed that 45 percent of voters supported Clinton, while 33 percent backed Trump ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Clinton, the former...

Pyongyang – North Korea Fires Submarine-launched Ballistic Missile Toward Japan

August 23, 2016 at 10:16 PM
Pyongyang - North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) toward Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions. The missile was fired at around 5:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. ET) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where satellite imagery shows a submarine...

Washington – Prisoner Not Seen Publicly Since 2002 At Gitmo Hearing

August 23, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Washington - A Palestinian not seen publicly since his capture by the CIA in 2002 appeared Tuesday at a U.S. government hearing called to determine whether he should remain in detention at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Abu Zubaydah, who sat expressionless during the brief hearing, was the first high-profile al-Qaida terror suspect captured after the attacks of Sept. 11...

New York – Inspector General: NYPD Skirted Rules For Surveillance

August 23, 2016 at 09:29 PM
New York - The New York Police Department has skirted rules governing how it does surveillance by letting investigations continue past court-mandated deadlines and not spelling out how it uses undercover officers and informants, the city's independent police monitor said in a report released Tuesday. NYPD officials immediately responded by characterizing the criticisms contained in the report...

Brooklyn, NY – Jury Selection Begins For Trial Of Last Defendant In Williamsburg Beating

August 23, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A trial for the fifth and final defendant in December 2013 beating of a black man in Williamsburg began today in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Mayer Herskovic could potentially face up to 25 years in prison if found guilty in the beating of Taj Paterson. As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/KTCTUi), Taj Paterson, an aspiring fashion designer was beaten by a group of...

Washington – Trump Aides Covertly Fought Freeing Of Ukraine Prisoner

August 23, 2016 at 08:31 PM
Washington - For more than three years, lobbyist Jim Slattery worked in Washington to secure the release in Ukraine of the imprisoned political rival of the country's then-president. He said the work was sometimes harder than expected. "I had a sense that there were people working on the other side," he said, "but they were doing it pretty secretively." Slattery's hunch was right. His...

Washington – Hunting For The Root Of Immigration Woes? Look To The Past

August 23, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Washington - For more than a decade, lawmakers have been pointing at their counterparts to take the blame for what just about everyone agrees is a broken immigration system. Republicans say President Barack Obama's immigration enforcement policies encourage more people to sneak into the country. Democrats blame Republicans for blocking legislation that would allow people already here to gain...

Albany, NY – NY Adds Machetes To List Of “Dangerous Or Deadly” Weapons

August 23, 2016 at 07:30 PM
Albany, NY - New York state has added machetes to a list of "dangerous or deadly" weapons that also includes daggers, razors and stilettos. The new rules signed into law this month by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo stop short of banning the long, bladed instruments, often used by gardeners, farmers and hikers to clear undergrowth. Instead, the new law makes it a separate misdemeanor to...

Baton Rough, LA – Obama Meets With Family Of Baton Rouge Man Killed By Police

August 23, 2016 at 07:15 PM
Baton Rough, LA - President Barack Obama met Tuesday with the family of Alton Sterling, the black man in Louisiana whose death last month in a police shooting sparked protests and mass arrests. Obama consoled the relatives during a brief meeting on the sidelines of his trip to Baton Rouge to tour flood damage and meet with affected residents. The White House said Obama also met with the...

Orlando, FL – Teen Survives Rare Amoeba Infection That Kills Most People

August 23, 2016 at 07:02 PM
Orlando, FL - A South Florida boy has survived a rare brain-eating amoeba that kills most people, aided in part because a hard-to-get drug to fight the bacteria is made by a company in Orlando where he was hospitalized, doctors said Tuesday. Sebastian DeLeon came to the hospital two weeks ago with sensitivity to light and a headache so severe the 16-year-old couldn't tolerate anyone touching...

Newark, NJ – Waterpark Visitor Paralyzed In Accident Can Sue, Court Says

August 23, 2016 at 06:38 PM
Newark, NJ - A New Jersey waterpark visitor who was partially paralyzed in a 2010 accident while on a ride that simulates surfing can proceed with a lawsuit, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Roy Steinberg and his wife claim employees at Sahara Sam's Oasis Water Park in West Berlin, about 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia, didn't properly instruct him about safety on the FlowRider, a...

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