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Houston – George H.W. Bush: Great On Experience, Not As Communicator

December 1, 2018 at 11:58 PM
Houston - George Bush was a man with a matchless resume — combat pilot, diplomat, vice president, then president of the United States — but great communicator was not on the list. That was Ronald Reagan. "Fluency in English is not something I'm often accused of," he once said, demonstrating the point. Nor was he given to the grand designs he once dismissed as "the vision thing." He was...

Buenos Aires – Putin And Trump Chat At Last _ And Face Off Over Ukraine

December 1, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Buenos Aires - Russian President Vladimir Putin got his chance to talk with U.S. President Donald Trump after all — but their brief exchange over Ukraine didn't accomplish much. Russia put on a brave face after Trump abruptly junked a much-awaited sit-down with Putin, blaming it on internal U.S. politics and "anti-Russian hysteria." But Trump's snub was a clear kick to Putin as he joined a...

New York – Police Seek Couple Who Lost Engagement Ring In Times Square

December 1, 2018 at 11:00 PM
New York - Police have an important message for the couple who lost their engagement ring in Times Square: We have the ring. The New York Police Department says a man was proposing to his girlfriend just before midnight Friday when he dropped the ring and it fell about 8 feet (2.4 meters) down a utility grate. The couple asked police for help, but emergency service officers could not...

Manama – US Naval Commander In Middle East Found Dead In Bahrain Home

December 1, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Manama - The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. Fifth Fleet has been found dead in his residence in Bahrain. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson says Vice Adm. Scott Stearney (STUHR'-nee) was found dead Saturday. Richardson says the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are investigating the death, but foul play is not...

Buenos, Aires – US, China Reach 90-day Ceasefire On Tariffs In Trade Dispute

December 1, 2018 at 10:15 PM
Buenos, Aires - The United States and China reached a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth. The breakthrough came after a dinner meeting Saturday between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires. Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion...

Houston – George H.W. Bush, The President Who Grappled With Jewish Officials Publicly And Privately Engineered The Rescue Of Jews

December 1, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Houston - George H. W. Bush, the one-term president whose public grappling with Jewish leaders made headlines while his private interventions helped bring tens of thousands of Jews out of danger, has died. Bush, 94, died Friday at his home in Houston, his family said, less than a year after his beloved wife, Barbara, died. Bush’s failed 1992 reelection bid marked a low point in relations...

Orange County, NY – Responding To Satmar Rebbe Skoufis Warns KJ, There’s A New Sheriff In Town

December 1, 2018 at 09:16 PM
Orange County, NY - Striking back at a verbal tongue lashing by the Satmar Rebbe earlier in the week, Senator elect James Skoufis had some scathing words of his own, warning Kiryas Joel residents to expect no favors during his time in Albany. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2AGnzpU), Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum slammed the New York State Department of Education’s new laws...

Washington – From Bush To Clinton, A Grace Note For The Ages

December 1, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Washington - It was a grace note for the ages. "Dear Bill," George H.W. Bush scribbled Jan. 20, 1993, to the Democrat about to succeed him as president. "When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too." Short yet intimate, the note left in the Oval Office from vanquished to victor seeded a...

Holywood, FL – Pence On Airbnb: BDS Has ‘No Place’ In US Markets

December 1, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Holywood, FL - Vice President Mike Pence said the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel has “no place” in the U.S. market, and cited Airbnb’s delisting of West Bank Jewish settlements as an example of the movement. “In the wake of Airbnb’s decision to ban Jewish homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank, we made it clear, the boycott, divestment and sanctions...

Lawrence, NY – Fatal Motzei Shabbos Accident Claims Life Of Beloved Five Towns Doctor

December 1, 2018 at 08:11 PM
Lawrence, NY - A highly respected Five Towns physician who was also a valued member of Hatzolah died tonight after being hit by a car just after Shabbos. Dr. Richard Friedman was walking to his Cedarhurst home in the rain shortly before 6 PM when he was struck by a car at Washington Avenue and Kenridge Road. He was transported immediately to the hospital but passed away shortly after...

Houston – Bush Was Political Patriarch To Enduring American Dynasty

December 1, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Houston - The Kennedys had their New England coastal hideaway in Hyannis Port, a Camelot-like mystique and a political godfather in Joseph P. Kennedy. For the country's other political dynasty — the Bushes — it was a summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and the West Texas oil patch that created a mix of Yale blue-blood and backcountry cowboy, and their own patriarch in George H.W...

Washington – Dukakis Credits Bush With Helping To End Cold War

December 1, 2018 at 07:26 PM
Washington - Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.R. Bush in the 1988 presidential election, said Saturday that his former political foe's legacy was his effort to help end the Cold War. "Obviously we disagreed pretty strongly on domestic policy and I wasn't thrilled with the kind of campaign he ran, but I think his greatest contribution was in negotiating the end of...

Anchorage, AK – Hundreds Of Aftershocks Shake Alaskans Following Big Quake

December 1, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Anchorage, AK - Chris Riekena was driving his 7-year-old son to school when his car started acting up. As he pulled over, he realized the problem wasn't his car — it was a huge earthquake. Riekena turned around to calm his son in the back seat and when he looked forward again, the road ahead of him was sinking into the earth. He pulled his son out of the car as light poles along the road...

Washington – Trumps To Attend State Funeral For George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018 at 06:17 PM
Washington - Donald Trump, the disruptive, anti-establishment president who spent years deriding much of what George H.W. Bush stood for, set aside differences in politics and temperament Saturday to honor the iconic American and former president a day after his death. Trump declared a period of national mourning and ordered American flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days to honor a man...

Houston – George H.W. Bush Dies At 94

December 1, 2018 at 05:45 PM
Houston - He was the man who sought a "kinder, and gentler nation," and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was turned out of the presidency after a single term. Blue-blooded and genteel, he was elected in one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history. George...

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