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Washington – US Payment Of $1.7 Billion To Iran Made Entirely In Cash

September 6, 2016 at 11:23 PM
Washington - The Obama administration acknowledged late Tuesday that its transfer of $1.7 billion to Iran earlier this year was made entirely in cash, using non-U.S. currency, as Republican critics of the transaction continued to denounce the payments. Treasury Department spokeswoman Dawn Selak said in a statement the cash payments were necessary because of the "effectiveness of U.S. and...

Washington – Sorry Kids: Docs Urge Flu Shots, Not Nasal Spray, This Year

September 6, 2016 at 11:01 PM
Washington - Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version of the vaccine isn't working as well as a jab. Needle-phobic adults still have some less painful options. But FluMist, with its squirt into each nostril, was the only ouch-free alternative for children, and...

Chicago – Staying Cool: Fans Might Not Benefit Seniors In Extreme Heat

September 6, 2016 at 10:15 PM
Chicago - True or false: Electric fans are a cheap and effective way to stay cool during extreme heat waves. A tiny new experiment in older adults suggests the answer may not be as simple as it seems. It's an important issue, particularly for seniors and sick people, whose bodies struggle to adapt to extreme temperatures that are becoming more common as the climate changes. The results of the...

San Francisco – Can Apple Make Listening Easy Without A Headphone Jack?

September 6, 2016 at 09:29 PM
San Francisco - When Apple shows off its latest iPhone on Wednesday, it will answer a question it hasn't had to address in years: "What's it putting in the box?" (Besides the iPhone itself, that is.) The iPhone has traditionally shipped with a pair of Apple's iconic earbuds, made famous in early advertising for the iPod music player. But tech analysts and industry bloggers, citing leaks from...

Albany, NY – New York Requiring Schools To Test Drinking Water For Lead

September 6, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Albany, NY - Schools in New York state will be required to test their drinking water for lead contamination under a new measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. School districts will report the results to parents as well as local and state officials. Buildings found to have high levels of lead will have to develop and implement plans to fix the problem. "These rigorous new...

Fishkill, NY – Police Say Fire At Gap Inc. Distribution Center Was Set

September 6, 2016 at 08:28 PM
Fishkill, NY - Authorities say a massive fire that ripped through a Gap Inc. distribution center in New York was intentionally set. State police said Tuesday the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined the origin of the fire was "incendiary." No other details have been released. State police and the ATF continue to investigate. The Aug. 29 fire caused heavy...

Dearborn, MI – Those Chirps And Chimes In Your Car Have Science Behind Them

September 6, 2016 at 08:06 PM
Dearborn, MI - Whether it's the pleasant greeting when you slide into the driver's seat or a loud, annoying beep that warns you of an imminent crash, there's science behind the noises that your car makes. Nearly all automakers have engineers and others assigned to special groups that make sure musical greeting sounds are pleasant and that warnings like forward collision alert are so annoying...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Israeli Satellite Company Will Hesitate Before Using SpaceX Again

September 6, 2016 at 07:31 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL -The chief executive of Israeli satellite operator Space Communication Ltd said on Tuesday he wants to see "several safe flights" from SpaceX before using Elon Musk's space firm again to launch one of his company's satellites. In an interview with Reuters, Spacecom CEO David Pollack also said he does not know what caused the explosion last Thursday that destroyed a SpaceX...

Tampa, FL – Clinton, Trump: He’s A National Security Danger; No She Is

September 6, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Tampa, FL - Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of insulting America's veterans and pressing dangerous military plans around the globe on Tuesday, seeking to undercut his appeal to service families in Southern voting battlegrounds. Trump declared "our country is going to hell" because of policies she would make even worse. Clinton, addressing supporters in Florida, warned that Trump would...

New York – Trump, Clinton Not Planning To Campaign On 9/11

September 6, 2016 at 06:29 PM
New York - Neither of the two New Yorkers vying for the White House is expected to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terror attacks with a visit to Ground Zero. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not slated to attend the annual commemoration at the former World Trade Center site on Sunday, a spokesman for the memorial told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "We have not...

New York – Is ‘Cauliflower Rice’ Going Mainstream? Green Giant Hopes So

September 6, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - Cauliflower is white like rice and can apparently mimic its taste, too. Swapping out the rice and potatoes in dishes with chopped-up cauliflower has gained traction with low-carb dieters. Now, struggling vegetable maker Green Giant is hoping the "cauliflower rice" trend — which has led to some Trader Joe's quickly selling out of bags of its house version in some areas — will go...

Ohio – Mylan Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over EpiPen Pricing

September 6, 2016 at 05:32 PM
Ohio - An Ohio woman on Tuesday filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc in an Ohio county court, claiming sharp price hikes for the company's EpiPen device violated the state's consumer protection law. Mylan has raised the U.S. price of EpiPen, which is used to treat life-threatening allergies, from less than $100 when it acquired the product in 2007 to more...

New York – Greta Van Susteren Out As Fox News Host

September 6, 2016 at 05:01 PM
New York - Greta Van Susteren has abruptly quit after 14 years as a prime-time anchor at Fox News Channel, saying that Fox "has not felt like home to me for a few years." Starting Tuesday, she's being temporarily replaced in her 7 p.m. ET time slot by Fox veteran Brit Hume, at least through the election. Word of the surprise shake-up in what has been cable TV news' most stable and...

Brooklyn, NY – 911 Caller Describes 20 Jewish Men Beating Up Black Man In Williamsburg Gang Assault Trial

September 6, 2016 at 04:48 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A pair of 911 calls were introduced as evidence by the prosecution today in Brooklyn Supreme Court in the trial for the fifth and final defendant in the 2013 beating of a black man in Williamsburg. As previously reported on VIN News(http://bit.ly/2chOnm5), five men were charged in the gang assault of Taj Patterson. Charges were dropped against two of the men. Two others...

Washington – Trump Seeks Distance From Donation Supporting Florida AG

September 6, 2016 at 04:25 PM
Washington - Donald Trump spoke to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before his charity cut a 2013 check to support her re-election effort, but his campaign said Tuesday the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks clarified details of the conversation one day after the Republican presidential candidate said he never...

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