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New York – Homeless Men Who Battled NYPD Officer To Be Charged

December 26, 2018 at 11:00 PM
New York - Authorities say three homeless men who battled a New York City police officer on a subway platform will face criminal charges after video of the encounter got attention. Police said Wednesday two will be charged with riot and obstructing governmental administration. A third will face those counts and attempted assault. Footage of the altercation was viewed more than 4.75 million...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – U.S. Coast Guard searches for cruise ship crew member who went overboard

December 26, 2018 at 10:23 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday it was searching for a British crew member who went overboard from a Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Arron Hough, 20, went overboard 267 miles (430 km) off the northwest of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Coast Guard 7th District told Reuters in a telephone interview. At the time the...

Tampa, FL – Poor Maintenance Blamed For Florida Casino Shuttle Boat Fire

December 26, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Tampa, FL - Investigators say a casino shuttle boat fire that killed one woman and injured 14 other people off Florida's Gulf Coast was caused by poor maintenance and the captain's failure to shut down the engine sooner. The National Transportation Safety Board released a report this month outlining the factors that led to 42-year-old Carrie Dempsey's death and the destruction of the $450,000...

Portland, OR – American Man First To Solo Across Antarctica Unaided

December 26, 2018 at 09:32 PM
Portland, OR - An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed impossible. Colin O'Brady, of Portland, finished the bone-chilling, 930-mile (1,500-kilometer) journey as friends, family and fans tracked the endurance athlete's progress in real time...

New York – Most Shorted Stocks Log Record Gain As Wall Street Surges

December 26, 2018 at 09:00 PM
New York - One notable factor in Wall Street's monster rally on Wednesday was a record gain in an index of stocks that have the largest bets placed against them by market contrarians. The Thomson Reuters United States Most Shorted Index < .TRXUSPMSHRT> rose 6 percent, the biggest percentage rise in its six-year history, as some investors moved to cover bearish bets on the 51 stocks in the...

Tijuana, Mexico – AP PHOTOS: Wall Prototypes Sit On The US-Mexico Border

December 26, 2018 at 08:31 PM
Tijuana, Mexico - Border wall prototypes stand in San Diego near the Mexico-U.S. border as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are locked in a standoff over border wall funding that has shut down parts of the U.S. government. The shutdown started Saturday, when funding lapsed for nine Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, and threatens to carry over into...

Recife, Brazil – In Northern Brazil, Sephardic Converts Are Giving Dwindling Jewish Communities A New Lease On Life

December 26, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Recife, Brazil - Preparing to leave this city’s main Jewish community center, Sabrina Scherb peeks beyond its blast-proof gate into a quiet street strewn with branches and shredded mango fruits. The debris, left over from an overnight tropical storm, is not what’s worrying Scherb, a 22-year-old university student and volunteer dance instructor. “I’m looking to see if it’s safe,”...

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – US Says Thousands Were Victims Of ‘Organic’ Grain Fraud Scheme

December 26, 2018 at 07:32 PM
Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Prosecutors say thousands of individuals and businesses were victims of a large-scale scheme in which ordinary corn and soybeans were fraudulently marketed nationwide as "certified organic." The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said in a filing Wednesday that potentially "tens of thousands" were defrauded by Randy Constant and his associates into paying a...

New York – As Ball Drops, Minimum-wage Workers In NYC Will See Pay Rise

December 26, 2018 at 07:00 PM
New York - The lowest-paid workers in New York state will have something to look forward to in the new year: a higher minimum wage, with the biggest boost coming to employees in New York City, who will make at least $15 per hour. For workers struggling in this expensive city, it's a cause for celebration, an extra bit of cash to help with the daily fight to make ends meet, even as rents and...

Brooklyn, NY – Concerned About Spread Of Measles, Chasidic Wedding Canceled

December 26, 2018 at 06:44 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A Chasidic wedding scheduled for tonight has been called off at the last minute because the groom is infected with the measles. One of the musicians who was hired to play at the wedding and spoke to VIN News on condition of anonymity confirmed that the family put the kibosh on the wedding which was to have taken place at the Vayoel Moshe hall in Williamsburg. DOH spokesperson...

Washington – FBI Concerned By Money Mules Roped Into Fraud Schemes

December 26, 2018 at 06:28 PM
Washington - The email caught the executive at a small Connecticut company by surprise one morning in 2016. The company's owner, or so he thought, was requesting a money transfer to pay for supplies from a new vendor. It wasn't until that night when the executive, hours after the money had been wired and still puzzled by the out-of-the-blue demand, texted the owner to make sure he'd heard the...

Chicago – Organizers Cancel Chicago Women’s March, Citing Logistics

December 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Chicago - Organizers have canceled next month's Women's March in Chicago citing logistical issues, as accusations of anti-Semitism dog the national movement. Local organizers blamed high costs and not enough volunteers as key reasons for abandoning the rally that would have taken place Jan. 19, when similar marches are scheduled to take place in cities around the world, including Washington...

Atlanta – Georgia ‘Deportation Bus’ GOP Candidate Reports To Jail

December 26, 2018 at 05:28 PM
Atlanta - A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has turned himself in to county jail after being indicted on charges including insurance fraud. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports an attorney for state Sen. Michael Williams said Wednesday that the indictment presented a "one-sided story" and Williams would be "out soon" after arranging...

New York – Joyrider Steals New York City Bus, Goes Undetected For Hours

December 26, 2018 at 05:00 PM
New York - Authorities say a joyrider sneaked off with an empty New York City bus and took it on an hourslong adventure from the Bronx to Queens and back. Police said Wednesday they're searching for a suspect in Sunday's brazen heist, which was starting to gain attention after the Christmas holiday. Police said the bus was stolen around 7:40 p.m. Sunday near the Crossings Mall in the...

Jerusalem – Israeli Official Confirms Israel Carried Out Syria Strike

December 26, 2018 at 04:44 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the Hezbollah militant group. Russia had criticized the airstrike, saying it endangered civilian flights. The comments highlighted the increasingly tense relations between Israel and Russia...

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