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San Francois – Geek Fight! Musk Says Zuckerberg Naive About Killer Robots

July 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM
San Francois - Silicon Valley baron Elon Musk insulted rival billionaire Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, escalating a tech wizard war of words over whether robots will become smart enough to kill their human creators. "His understanding of the subject is limited," Musk said in a tweet about the Facebook Inc founder whose algorithms and other technology revolutionized social media and won 2 billion...

Washington – Report: NKorea’s Missile Program Farther Along Than Believed

July 25, 2017 at 11:27 PM
Washington - Intelligence officials believe North Korea will have a reliable, intercontinental missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as early as next year, according to a report published Tuesday amid a warning from a top Republican lawmaker who says he has grown increasingly alarmed about Pyongyang's weapons program. The Washington Post reported that a new confidential assessment by...

Washington – What Could Happen If Jeff Sessions Is Pushed Out Of Office?

July 25, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's withering invective about Jeff Sessions over the last week suggests an effort to pressure the attorney general into resigning with a possible eye toward replacing him and ending the Justice Department investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump has shown one attorney general the door already, but his January dismissal of Sally Yates had...

Newark, NJ – Judge Rules New Jersey Isn’t Liable In Bridgegate Lawsuit

July 25, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Newark, NJ - A federal judge has ruled New Jersey can't be sued for the actions of some of its employees in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. An ongoing lawsuit filed more than three years ago by some residents and businesses in Fort Lee, a town next to the bridge, argues the state should be held liable for the politically motivated traffic jams deliberately caused in...

Washington – Senate Blocks Proposal To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

July 25, 2017 at 10:26 PM
Washington - The Senate has blocked a wide-ranging proposal by Republicans to repeal much of former President Barack Obama's health care law and replace it with a more restrictive plan. Senators voted 57-43 late Tuesday to reject the plan in the first vote on an amendment to the bill. Those voting "no" included nine defecting Republicans. The vote underscored problems Republicans will have...

Wisconsin – Cyber Staff: Wisconsin Company Offers To Microchip Employees

July 25, 2017 at 10:11 PM
Wisconsin - A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand. Three Square Market, also known as 32M, said more than 50 employees are voluntarily getting implants Aug. 1 at what the company is calling a "chip party" at its River Falls headquarters. The chips are the...

Washington – WSJ: Apple CEO Promised Trump To Build Three Manufacturing Plants In US

July 25, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the United States, the Wall Street Journal quoted U.S. President Donald Trump as saying. "I spoke to (Cook), he's promised me three big plants—big, big, big," Trump told the Journal in an interview on Tuesday. (http://on.wsj.com/2uWIiop) Trump didn't elaborate on where those plants...

New York – In Secret Control Center, NY’s Penn Station Moves Fewer Trains As Repairs Proceed

July 25, 2017 at 09:25 PM
New York - In a secret midtown Manhattan location lies the heart of operations for the busiest train hub in the Western Hemisphere, New York's Pennsylvania Station, which is undergoing a massive emergency repair. Staffed 24 hours a day, the control center is housed in a nondescript office building within a block of the station. Here, 16 dispatchers at a time route 1,300 trains daily...

New York – This Yiddish Film Is A Rare Look Into Hasidic Brooklyn Life

July 25, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - With more than a decade’s worth of experience in the film industry, mostly in documentaries, director Joshua Weinstein has released his first feature-length narrative film. What’s surprising is that Weinstein, a secular Jew, has made a movie entirely in Yiddish. “Menashe,” about Hasidic Jews in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, is among the first full-length Yiddish...

New Jersey – Monsey Rabbi Addresses Concerns; As Mahwah Police Chief Says Town Officials Knew About Eruv Two Months Ago

July 25, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Mahwah, NJ - While Mahwah residents say they were blindsided by the eruv that was erected in their township, at least some village officials were aware of the eruv plans weeks ago. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2h13FiJ), Mahwah residents discovered last week that an eruv had been put up in their township after noticing white PVC piping appearing on numerous utility poles...

Washington – Hot Mic Captures GOP Senator Ripping Trump, Mocking Lawmaker

July 25, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Washington - Oh, that dreaded open microphone! Republican Sen. Susan Collins got caught Tuesday at the end of a hearing with a microphone that was still hot — and captured her ripping President Donald Trump and making fun of a fellow lawmaker who had been critical of her on health care. Collins, a moderate from Maine, can be overheard complaining about Trump and his proposed 2018 budget...

San Diego – Smugglers Offer Crammed Big Rigs As ‘VIP Treatment’ To US

July 25, 2017 at 07:03 PM
San Diego - When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants. "It is...

West Bank – At Least 15 Jewish Families Move Into Disputed West Bank Building

July 25, 2017 at 06:33 PM
West Bank - At least 15 Jewish families moved into a three-story West Bank building whose ownership is in dispute. The ownership of the Hebron building, which is next to the Cave of the Patriarchs and known as the Machpelah House, is under appeal. The Israeli army’s Civil Administration, which had given the settlers permission to purchase the building, ruled earlier this month that copies...

Washington – House Approves New Russia Sanctions, Defying Trump

July 25, 2017 at 05:59 PM
Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite President Donald Trump's objections to the legislation. The sanctions bill coincided with lawmakers taking steps to show they are willing to push hard as they investigate possible meddling by Russia in the 2016 presidential election and potential...

New York – Delta Flight Delayed By Argument Between Pilot, Attendant

July 25, 2017 at 05:27 PM
New York - Delta Air Lines is apologizing after an argument between a pilot and a flight attendant delayed a flight from New York to Portland, Maine. A Delta spokesman said Tuesday that the crew members were replaced before the plane took off. He said the incident does not reflect the professionalism the airline expects from employees, and that the company is investigating. The...

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