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San Francisco – Google Targets ‘Fake News,’ Offensive Search Suggestions

April 25, 2017 at 11:06 PM
San Francisco - Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results. The changes have been in the works for four months, but Google hadn't publicly discussed most of them until now. The announcement in a blog post Tuesday reflects Google's confidence in a new screening system designed to...

New York – English Tourist Hit By Hammock Blown Off Building, Injured

April 25, 2017 at 10:43 PM
New York - A tourist from England has been struck by a hammock that fell from a building in New York. Police say it happened late Tuesday afternoon as the woman was walking on the sidewalk with her husband toward the World Trade Center. Police believe wind may have blown the wooden framed hammock off the building's terrace. The woman was conscious and reported pain to her head and back...

Syracuse, NY – Teens Who Took Stand Against Pro-Nazi Assignment Honored At Holocaust Memorial Service

April 25, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Syracuse, NY - Two Oswego high school seniors who made headlines for challenging a teacher who asked students to debate the merits and shortcomings of Hitler’s Final Solution were honored this weekend at a Holocaust remembrance program and praised for taking a stand against anti-Semitism. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2pwPW6V), Archer Shurtliff and Jordan April were...

Jerusalem – How Did A Muslim Arab Turn Into A Pro-israel Activist?

April 25, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Jerusalem - Sometimes we are privileged to meet rare and inspiring people, people whose life experiences are so different from our own that hearing about them provides us with a new understanding of the human spirit, a new way to see things, and a new way to think. Yahya Mahamed is one such person. Tall, dark and slim, the first thing one notices about him is his smile. it’s sincere and...

Washington – US Homebuilders Say Lumber Tariff Will Hurt Wages, Raise House Prices

April 25, 2017 at 09:27 PM
Washington - U.S. homebuilders on Tuesday criticized as "short-sighted" a government decision to impose anti-subsidy duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, saying it would cost American workers nearly $500 million in lost wages and raise house prices. The National Association of Homebuilders said the duties averaging 20 percent announced by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday...

Jerusalem – Former Hugo Boss Model Enlists In The IDF

April 25, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - When James Hirshfield walked off the plane as he made aliya two years ago, it was the first time he’d ever stepped foot in Israel. But that wasn’t the only surprising thing about Hirshfield’s decision. The now 31-year-old British native was enjoying a successful career as a model and professional golf coach in the US when he suddenly realized he needed to live in Israel. So...

Hartford, CT – States Consider Getting Tossing Bottle Deposit Programs

April 25, 2017 at 08:32 PM
Hartford, CT - As curbside recycling has grown, environmentalists around the United States find themselves fighting to protect decades-old bottle recycling programs that critics say are becoming obsolete. Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa are among the states where bills have been proposed to replace the bottle deposits with a tax. Supporters say the tax revenue could support recycling...

Trenton, NJ – Is Attacking Trump The Ticket? Democrats Are Trying It Out

April 25, 2017 at 08:05 PM
Trenton, NJ - In New Jersey, a candidate running for governor compared the Trump camp to Nazis. In Virginia, a doctor running for governor fired up a gathering of Democrats by calling Trump a "narcissistic maniac," while his primary opponent called Trump's victory a "political and constitutional Sept. 11." Former first lady Michelle Obama may have rallied Democrats during last year's...

New York – Carlson Leads In Ratings In First Night Post-O’Reilly

April 25, 2017 at 07:44 PM
New York - Tucker Carlson moved into Bill O'Reilly's old time slot at Fox News Channel and, on his first night Monday, took over his predecessor's status as host of the most-watched host in cable news. The Nielsen company said that Carlson's first night at 8 p.m. attracted 3.17 million viewers, beating the combined audience of MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who reached 1.52 million viewers, and CNN's...

New York – New York City Subway Faces Two Lawsuits Over Disabled Access

April 25, 2017 at 07:28 PM
New York - Most of New York City's huge, aging subway system is inaccessible to disabled people, and its operator illegally discriminates against them by failing to fix the problems, disability rights advocates said in two lawsuits on Tuesday. According to complaints filed in federal and state courts in Manhattan, only 112 of the city's 472 subway stations are wheelchair-accessible, and even...

Detroit – FCA, Google Begin Offering Rides In Self-driving Cars

April 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Detroit - Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids minivans. Those vehicles have been tested in Arizona, California and Michigan. Waymo, Google's self-driving car...

Seoul – US Military Begins Moving THAAD Missile Defense To South Korea Site

April 25, 2017 at 06:23 PM
Seoul - The U.S. military has started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system into a planned deployment site in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, amid high tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. The United States and South Korea have agreed to deploy THAAD in response to the threat of missile launches by North Korea but China...

Washington – Reoprt: Obama’s Prisoner Swap With Iran Involved Dropping Charges Against Iranian Fugitives

April 25, 2017 at 06:01 PM
Washington - The Obama administration prisoner exchange with Iran allegedly involved dropping prosecutions against more Iranian fugitives than previously known, including a top procurer of material with nuclear applications. Some of the seven men freed in the exchange in January 2016 were accused by the Obama administration’s Justice Department of posing threats to national security. In...

New York – Report: NYC Subway Bias Crimes, Felony Assaults Increase

April 25, 2017 at 05:31 PM
New York - Transit officials say anti-Semitic graffiti incidents are the top subway bias crime investigated so far this year by the New York Police Department. The Daily News (http://nydn.us/2oG3QyR ) reports that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Transit Bureau says 22 of 31 hate crimes that have happened in the subway system this year targeted Jews. Most of the incidents have...

Paris – Marine Le Pen: Ban Halal And All Ritual Slaughter

April 25, 2017 at 04:58 PM
Paris - Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning. Le Pen, who finished second with 21.5 percent of the vote in the first round of the elections Sunday, made the statement Tuesday on halal slaughter during a campaign visit at a...

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