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Washington – Trump Pick For Commerce’s No. 2 Withdraws, Blames Conflicts

April 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's pick for deputy commerce secretary has withdrawn from consideration. Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, was unable to resolve conflict-of-interest issues in taking the No. 2 job at the department. Ricketts says in a statement that he is "deeply honored" that Trump nominated him for the post, a...

Las Vegas – How Dangerous Air Bags Can Find Their Way Into Used Cars

April 19, 2017 at 11:46 PM
Las Vegas - A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government's efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There's nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from wrecked cars and reused. Karina Dorado's trachea was punctured by shrapnel from an inflator after a relatively minor crash in Las Vegas on March 3. She was rushed to a...

New York – NYC Police Body Camera Program Needs Changes – Civil Rights Lawyers

April 19, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - Civil rights lawyers on Wednesday demanded changes to a pilot program for New York City police to wear body cameras, saying it does not ensure that officers are held properly accountable for how they treat people. The court-ordered program, whose details were approved by a federal monitor last week, was intended to precede a rollout of the cameras to all patrol officers by the end...

New York – New York Museum To Aid Green-card Holders In US Citizenship Quest

April 19, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - With the Trump administration trying to ban travelers from several Muslim-majority countries from the United States, the New-York Historical Society and museum is launching a new initiative to help green-card holders become American citizens. The program will include free workshops and classes, paired with displays and a scavenger hunt at the museum on Manhattan's Upper West Side...

San Diego – US Reverses Itself On Status Of Deported Mexican

April 19, 2017 at 10:30 PM
San Diego - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday reversed its position on the status of a man who has sued over his deportation to Mexico, acknowledging he was enrolled in a program to shield people who came to the country as young children. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, was entitled to be in the United States until Jan. 25, 2018 under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

Port-au-prince, Haiti – Haiti To Rebuild National Palace Smashed In 2010 Earthquake

April 19, 2017 at 10:02 PM
Port-au-prince, Haiti - A new National Palace will be built over the next several years to resemble the iconic 90-year-old structure smashed during Haiti's cataclysmic 2010 earthquake, authorities announced Wednesday. President Jovenel Moise, who took office in February, launched a palace reconstruction commission that includes Haitian architects and historians. He pledged that the Parliament...

New York – Orthodox Families Won’t Identify Mohels Who Gave Babies Herpes, NYC Health Spokesman Says

April 19, 2017 at 09:30 PM
New York - The New York City Health Department said it cannot complete an investigation into who infected four infants with herpes through an Orthodox circumcision rite because the boys’ families will not identify the mohels. “Unfortunately, some in the community are resistant to sharing the name of the mohels,” Health Department spokesman Christopher Miller told DNAinfo New York on...

Brooklyn, NY – A Tearful Farewell To Rabbi Avraham Yosef Rosenblum Zt’l

April 19, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - An estimated 2,500 mourners flocked to Borough Park this morning to pay their respects to Rabbi Avraham Yosef Rosenblum, a beloved rosh yeshiva and a brilliant talmid chochom whose insightful words and heartfelt advice made him a father figure to generations of talmidim. As previously reported on VIN News(http://bit.ly/2oQTJc8), Rabbi Rosenblum had been in poor health over the...

Washington – Documents: Putin-linked Think Tank Drew Up Plan To Sway 2016 US Election

April 19, 2017 at 08:25 PM
Washington - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S...

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Says It Busted Up Fraudulent License Plate Ring Linked to One Man in Brooklyn

April 19, 2017 at 08:03 PM
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania's attorney general's office on Wednesday charged a dozen people as part of an organized crime ring that it said had made millions of dollars renting out fraudulently obtained license plates, primarily in New York City. The people who rented the Pennsylvania plates — which were packaged with fraudulent insurance paperwork — allegedly used the anonymity to evade...

Jerusalem – Parents Of Soldiers Killed In 2014 Gaza War Rip Netanyahu At Hearing

April 19, 2017 at 07:36 PM
Jerusalem - The parents of soldiers killed in Israel’s 2014 Gaza War verbally attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government during a Knesset hearing, with one throwing a cup of water at a lawmaker. At the Knesset State Control Committee hearing Wednesday on the state comptroller’s report on the war, the mother of Lt. Hadar Goldin, a soldier whose remains are still...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Sisters Crossing Into Israel For Cancer Treatment Caught Smuggling Explosives

April 19, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Jerusalem - Two Palestinian sisters attempting to cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip so that one could receive cancer treatment were caught smuggling explosives. The explosives, used in the production of homemade bombs, were hidden in tubes carried by the women labeled “medical materials,” the Shin Bet security service said in a statement issued Wednesday evening, hours after the women...

United Nations – US Tells North Korea: We Don’t Want A Fight, Don’t Start One

April 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM
United Nations - U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has a message for North Korea: "We're not trying to pick a fight so don't try and give us one." She told reporters Wednesday: "The ball is in their court. They shouldn't try and play at this point." Haley the U.N. Security Council's current president. She said members are working on a statement responding to the latest North Korean missile...

Brooklyn, NY – Flatbush Teen With History Of Violence Under Arrest In Chol Hamoed Synagogue Robbery

April 19, 2017 at 05:59 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Three days after a Chol Hamoed robbery and assault at a Midwood Chabad house, members of the NYPD’s 70th Precinct have one teen in custody and are continuing their search for a second suspect. Assemblyman David Greenfield told VIN News that today’s arrest was made based on surveillance footage. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2oQdNeu), a synagogue...

Washington – Tillerson Declares The Iran Nuclear Deal A Failure

April 19, 2017 at 05:38 PM
Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared the Iran nuclear deal a failure on Wednesday but left open the possibility the Trump administration will uphold it nonetheless. The top American diplomat sought to reinforce the notion that the U.S. is aggressively countering Iran's destabilizing behavior throughout the Middle East, even though President Donald Trump so far has not pulled...

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