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Honolulu – Pearl Harbor Survivors In Their 90s Attend Solemn Ceremony

December 7, 2017 at 11:52 PM
Honolulu - Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise bombing raid that plunged the U.S. into World War II. About 20 survivors attended the event at a grassy spot overlooking the harbor and the USS...

Washington – Millions Would Lose Mortgage, Gift Write-offs Under U.S. Tax Bill: Study

December 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Millions of households would no longer benefit from federal tax deductions for charity donations, mortgage interest payments and property tax under Republican tax plans being debated in the U.S. Congress, a think tank said on Thursday. The left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy said that up to 29 million U.S. households now writing off donations, home loan interest...

Washington – DOT Drops Proposal To Force Airlines To Disclose Bag Fees

December 7, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Washington - An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the Department of Transportation. The department said in a notice posted online Thursday that it is withdrawing the proposed rule, along with a second, early-stage rulemaking to force airlines to disclose...

Beijing, China – Toymaker Lego Wins Chinese Copyright Case Against Brick Imitators

December 7, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Beijing, China - Lego has won a landmark case in China against two companies that manufactured and sold toys almost identical to its LEGO Friends range but branded Bela, the Danish toymaker said. It is the first time that Lego has succeeded in a copyright competition case in China, where copies of its colorful bricks and figures have been a recurrent problem as it seeks to gain share in the...

Washington – Border Crossings Start To Rise In Spite Of ‘Trump Effect’

December 7, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - Amid a deepening electoral crisis in Honduras, the administration of President Donald Trump on Thursday certified the country's progress in protecting human rights and attacking corruption. The move comes nearly two restive weeks after a presidential election, but Hondurans still do not know who their next leader will be. President Juan Orlando Hernandez narrowly leads in the vote...

New York – Chronicler Of Islamic State ‘Killing Machine’ Goes Publi

December 7, 2017 at 09:15 PM
New York - The historian carried secrets too heavy for one man to bear. He packed his bag with his most treasured possessions before going to bed: the 1 terabyte hard drive with his evidence against the Islamic State group, an orange notebook half-filled with notes on Ottoman history, and, a keepsake, the first book from Amazon delivered to Mosul. He passed the night in despair, imagining...

Jerusalem – With Operational F-35 Jets, Israel Claims Complete Regional Air Superiority

December 7, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - In the shadow of increased threats posed by Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East, the Israel Air Force has become the first air force outside the United States to declare initial operational capability of its F-35 Adir stealth fighter jet. A year after the advanced stealth jet first touched down in the country, the commander of the Israel Air Force Brig.-Gen. Amikam Norkin...

Hungary – Budapest’s Dohany Street Synagogue To Receive European Heritage Status

December 7, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Hungary - The European Union said it will confer the prestigious European Heritage Label to the Hungarian capital’s Dohany Street Synagogue, which is the list’s only Jewish house of worship. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, announced Tuesday in a statement that the 158-year-old synagogue, which is Europe’s largest and the world’s second-largest, would be added next...

Washington – Surging Stocks Lift US Wealth, Yet Most Still Trail ’07 Peak

December 7, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Surging stock prices and steady increases in home values powered American household wealth to $96.9 trillion this fall, The Federal Reserve said Thursday. The gains, however, aren't widely shared. U.S. wealth has made a remarkable comeback since the recession, when it plummeted more than $10 trillion to $56.2 trillion. The figures aren't adjusted for inflation or population...

Buenos Aires – Argentine Judge Seeks Arrest Of Ex-President Over Iran Cover-up In Jewish Center Bombing

December 7, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Buenos Aires - A federal judge on Thursday asked Argentina's Senate to allow the arrest and trial of former President Cristina Fernandez on a charge of treason for allegedly covering up the role of Iranians in a 1994 bomb attack on a Jewish center. Judge Claudio Bonadio asked lawmakers to remove Fernandez's immunity from prosecution, which she gained when she was sworn in as a senator last...

Washington – US Mortgage Rates Rise, Though Remain Historically Low

December 7, 2017 at 06:56 PM
Washington -  U.S. mortgage rates rose this week as the economy showed signs of strength, which makes it more likely that the Federal Reserve will raise its short-term rate next week. The rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.94 percent from 3.9 percent last week, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage, popular among homeowners seeking to...

Lakewood CO – Colorado Jewish Cemetery Receives Money From Linda Sarsour’s Fundraising Campaign

December 7, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Lakewood CO - Golden Hill Cemetery in Colorado received money from a fund launched by Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour. The Denver burial ground received a “large check” from the fund, Executive Director Neal Price told the Forward, though he declined to specify the amount. The Muslim non-profit Celebrate Mercy, which organized the fund, announced last month on its Facebook page...

Washington – Pro-Israeli Congressman Abruptly Announces Resignation After Ethics Inquiry

December 7, 2017 at 05:32 PM
Washington - -U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he will resign after two former staff members complained about discussions he had with them about efforts to find a surrogate mother. Franks, an Arizona Republican who has served in Congress since 2003, said he recently learned the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation of the complaints. "I deeply regret that my...

Wyne, NJ – Video: Suspects Drag Security Guard Through NJ Mall Parking Lot

December 7, 2017 at 05:24 PM
Wyne, NJ - Police are seeking three women captured on video dragging a security guard as they drove away from a New Jersey mall parking lot. Wayne police say the loss prevention employee approached the women after they were seen stealing items from the Lord and Taylor store at the Willowbrook Mall on Nov. 30. The video shows the suspects drove off, dragging the employee, who hit his head on...

New York – 10 Month Sentence For Bloomingburg Developer In Voter Fraud Case

December 7, 2017 at 05:00 PM
New York - It will be ten months in prison, a year of supervised released, 400 hours of community service and a $200,000 fine for Bloomingburg developer Shalom Lamm who pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to corrupt an election. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2A0Vqbz), Lamm, developer of Bloomingburg’s Chestnut Ridge townhouse project, could have faced up to five years in...

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