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New York – ‘Straw Hat Bandit’ Arrested In 11 Pennsylvania Bank Robberies

April 20, 2017 at 05:20 PM
New York - A Pennsylvania bank robber who earned the nickname "straw hat bandit" for wearing colorful head wear during heists was arrested on Thursday for a string of 11 robberies, authorities said. Richard Boyle, 57, was expected to appear in federal court on Thursday on charges that he robbed the banks in suburban Pennsylvania between 2012 and 2016. Boyle previously served three years in...

Washington – Trump Launches Trade Probe Targeting Chinese Steel

April 20, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump launched an investigation on Thursday to determine whether Chinese and other foreign-made steel threatens U.S. national security, raising the possibility of new tariffs and triggering a rally in U.S. steel stocks. At an Oval Office ceremony where he was surrounded by U.S. steel executives, Trump signed a memorandum ordering the Commerce Department to conduct...

Berkeley, CA – UC Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech; She Says She Will Do It Anyway

April 20, 2017 at 04:22 PM
Berkeley, CA - Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says she will proceed with an anti-immigration lecture next week at the University of California, Berkeley, although school officials have told organizers to cancel the event over safety concerns. The April 27 lecture had raised the prospect of a repeat of violent protests that broke out on the Berkeley campus in February, when left-wing...

Washington – President Trump Welcomes Sarah Palin To White House

April 20, 2017 at 04:03 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has hosted former Alaska governor Sarah Palin at a White House dinner with musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. Palin posted photos on social media and her website. They showed the group with Trump, and also posing in front of a painting of Hillary Clinton in the White House. In a post on her website, the former vice presidential candidate said she brought the...

Paris – Police Officer Killed, Two Wounded In Paris Shooting

April 20, 2017 at 03:37 PM
Paris - A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in a shooting in central Paris on Thursday night before the gunman himself was killed by officers, police and the Interior Ministry said. A second suspect thought to be involved in the incident on the Champs Elysees shopping boulevard just days ahead of France's presidential election was still on the loose. The famous wide...

Paris – France’s Macron Has Call With Obama Ahead Of Election

April 20, 2017 at 03:31 PM
Paris - French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron spoke with former U.S. president Barack Obama on the phone on Thursday, in an apparent sign of support just three days before the first round of an uncertain presidential election. Macron said Obama wanted to exchange views about the French presidential campaign and that the ex-president had stressed how important the relationship between...

Jerusalem – Prosecution Leaning Toward Indicting Sara Netanyahu

April 20, 2017 at 02:41 PM
Jerusalem - The prosecution is leaning toward indicting Sara Netanyahu, Channel 10 reported and The Jerusalem Post confirmed late Thursday night. The report was very short on specifics about what the charge would be or the timing, and the Post learned that State Attorney Shai Nitzan has not received a final recommendation from his staff. In May 2016, following a bizarre and amorphous public...

Tel Aviv – Pentagon Chief: US Won’t Reveal ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Toll

April 20, 2017 at 02:26 PM
Tel Aviv - The ear-splitting explosion from America's "mother of all bombs" has been followed by calculated silence about the damage it inflicted. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from last week's use of the military's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan. The April 13 attack on an IS...

Washington – Busy Year For Protests Could Cost Washington Millions

April 20, 2017 at 02:02 PM
Washington - The major protests in Washington that have greeted President Donald Trump's first year in office are set to return in force, continuing an already expensive year for city officials who work to keep people safe during mass gatherings. With polls showing Trump facing unusually strong disapproval of his agenda in the first 100 days of a presidency, organizers are promising spring...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Health Minister Responds With Apology After Being Slammed By Attorney For Bikur Cholim Visit

April 20, 2017 at 01:38 PM
Jerusalem - Two days after paying a controversial visit to an elderly rosh yeshiva who continues to serve a prison sentence for sexual abuse while under house arrest at a convalescent home, the Israeli health minister issue a written apology to anyone who may have felt hurt by his actions. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2oq7Nbn), Rabbi Yaakov Litzman called on Rabbi Eliezer...

Springfield, IL – Lawsuit Claims Bose Wireless Headphones Spy On Listeners

April 20, 2017 at 01:29 PM
Springfield, IL - Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged. The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of...

United Nations – Palestinians Ask Red Cross To Intervene In Hunger Strike

April 20, 2017 at 01:15 PM
United Nations - The Palestinian U.N. ambassador is asking the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene in a hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners pressing for "legitimate rights" which he said are being denied by Israel. Riyad Mansour told the U.N. Security Council Thursday that the Palestinian government believes "the ICRC can play a positive, facilitating role" to avert "the...

London – Who Stashed Gold Inside A British Piano? It’s A Mystery

April 20, 2017 at 01:00 PM
London - British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money. The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the gold are now in line for a windfall after a coroner investigating the find declared it treasure. But a couple who owned the piano for three decades before...

New York – Bill O’Reilly To Receive Maximum Of One Year Salary

April 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM
New York - Bill O'Reilly will receive a maximum of one year's salary following his ouster Thursday from Fox News, according to a source familiar with the situation. Fox News parent Twenty First Century Fox Inc> announced Thursday it had parted ways with the star cable news host, ending his more than 20-year career, following allegations of harassment from a number of women. The source...

Washington – Under Trump, States May Demand Work For Medicaid

April 20, 2017 at 12:26 PM
Washington - Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump. It sounds like a simple question: Should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer provided health insurance? The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents — about 1 in 5 —...

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