Brooklyn, NY - A pair of teens have been arrested in connection with two of three incidents involving Jewish targets that took place in Bedford Stuyvestant last weekend. Sources told VIN News that police have arrested both the individual who threw a metal pipe into a Franklin Avenue synagogue and another who knocked the hat off the head of a Chasidic teen just moments earlier. No details have been released about the individuals, both of whom are 13 years old. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2OwkUUH), a ten year old Chasidic girl was also knocked down as several teens fled the scene after the pipe was thrown through the synagogue window.
Washington - President Donald Trump has visited the Supreme Court for the ceremonial swearing-in of new Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The president and first lady Melania Trump also met privately with the justices before Thursday’s brief courtroom ceremony. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker took part in the ceremony for an invitation-only crowd that included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy and many of Kavanaugh’s former colleagues. Among them was Judge Merrick Garland, whose high court nomination McConnell blocked in 2016. Kavanaugh was nominated to take Kennedy’s seat and confirmed last month amid allegations he sexually assaulted a woman decades ago. Kavanaugh denied it. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath Kavan...
Thousand Oaks, CA - Friends are remembering sheriff’s sergeant who was killed trying to stop a shooting rampage at a California bar as a “cop’s cop” who didn’t hesitate to run toward danger. Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus died of gunshot wounds he suffered trying to stop gunman Ian David Long, who authorities say opened fire in a packed country music bar, killing 12 before police believe he turned the gun on himself Wednesday night. Colleagues of Helus describe him as a friend and an exceptional man and officer. “The fact that he was the first in the door doesn’t surprise me at all,” sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow said Thursday. “He’s just one of those guys that wouldn’t hesitate in a situation.” ...
New York - The prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman physically abused women says she has closed the case without bringing criminal charges. Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced her decision Thursday. She said in a brief statement that investigators did an “exhaustive review” and she personally interviewed each woman who had accused Schneiderman of assault. Singas says investigators also spoke with members of Schneiderman’s security detail. But she said she concluded that “legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution.” Singas added that the probe found no misconduct by Schneiderman’s staff in the attorney general’s offi...
Washington - Washington police are investigating a protest outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a possible hate crime. According to a police report, a group of demonstrators gathered outside Carlson’s Northwest Washington home Wednesday night. A video posted on social media but later removed shows people standing outside a darkened home chanting “Tucker Carlson we will fight/We know where you sleep at night.” The report says officers arrived and found about 20 protesters and a commonly used anarchy symbol spray-painted on the driveway. There were no arrests but police confiscated several signs. It lists the incident as a “suspected hate crime” on the basis of “anti-political” bias. The incident is the latest in a series of protes...
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Tehran - Iran’s oil minister on Thursday predicted a painful time ahead for international oil customers as U.S. sanctions take hold, saying waivers that Washington granted to eight major oil-importing countries are not enough for market demands. Iranian state TV quoted the minster, Bijan Zanganeh, as saying he sees the months ahead as “painful months for oil consumers.” Zanganeh claimed the Trump administration may have been able to “superficially” bring fuel prices down ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections this week but that there’s bound to be a hike in prices in the future. The United States on Monday re-imposed oil and banking sanctions on Iran that where lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal but granted waivers to eight major importers to continue b...
Los Angeles, CA - Authorities have identified the suspect in a mass shooting at a Southern California bar as 28-year-old Ian David Long. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says Long is believed to have killed himself late Wednesday at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks. Dean said the Long was armed with a Glock 21, a .45-caliber handgun designed to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber. But the sheriff says the gun had an extended magazine that is illegal in California. The sheriff says he does not know how many rounds that magazine can hold. Dean says his department had several previous contacts with the former Marine including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally. The sheriff says a mental health crisis team was ca...
Los Angeles police have arrested a man who they say has been snatching wigs off the heads of Orthodox Jewish women in North Hollywood, California. The suspect was arrested at a home in Encino based on a tip investigators received after releasing video and images of the perpetrator earlier in the day Wednesday, Los Angeles police officials said. The man targeted his first known victim during the Yom Kippur holiday on Sept. 19, following the 80-year-old woman as she walked along Bellaire Avenue from Burbank Boulevard in North Hollywood, police said. Soon after the woman noticed she was being tracked, the suspect allegedly grabbed the wig off of her head, smiled and handed it back to her. The loathsome loser never said anything and then calmly walked away, poli...
Washington - The Federal Reserve has left its key policy rate unchanged but signaled that it plans to keep responding to the strong U.S. economy with more interest rate hikes. The next rate hike is expected in December. The Fed left its benchmark rate in a range of 2 percent to 2.25 percent. A statement it issued Thursday after its latest policy meeting portrayed the economy as robust, with healthy job growth, low unemployment, solid consumer spending and inflation near the Fed’s 2 percent target. Despite a U.S. trade war with key nations, weaker corporate investment and a sluggish housing market, the Fed is showing confidence in the economy’s resilience. To help control inflation, it has projected three rate increases in 2019 after an expected fourth hike of the year next mo...
BERLIN (AP) — Walter Frankenstein was 14 years old when a police officer came to the Jewish orphanage he was living at in Berlin, urging all children to leave the building immediately because “something bad will happen tonight.” It was early evening, November 9, 1938. Later that night, he climbed up on the roof of the orphanage and saw fire lighting up the city. “Then we knew: the synagogues were burning,” he said. “The next morning, when I had to go to school, there was sparkling, broken glass everywhere on the streets.” Frankenstein, now 94, was describing Kristallnacht — the “Night of Broken Glass” — when Nazis, among them many ordinary Germans, terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria. They killed at least 91 pe...
Jerusalem - Israeli police are recommending that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trusted personal attorney be indicted in a conflict-of-interest case involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines. Police said on Thursday they have sufficient evidence to charge David Shimron with bribery and money laundering offenses for his role in the affair. Shimron, who is also Netanyahu’s cousin, represented the German manufacturer Thyssenkrupp involved in the sale and has been suspected of trading his influence over the prime minister in return for a hefty cut of the deal. Police also recommended indicting a former Cabinet minister, a former navy chief and former Netanyahu chief of staff in the affair. Netanyahu himself is not a suspect. But police have recommended indicting...
New York - The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is planning a major expansion in New York City. The newspaper reported Wednesday that the company plans to add space for more than 12,000 additional New York workers. The Journal cited anonymous people familiar with the plans. The paper said Google has New York real estate deals in the works that would give it room for nearly 20,000 workers. Those include buying or leasing a 1.3 million-square-foot building in the city’s West Village neighborhood due to be completed by 2022. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Seattle-based Amazon is reportedly considering dividing a new second headquarters between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia. That would potentiall...
Washington - Before he became U.S. president, Donald Trump was famous for dismissing contestants on his television show “The Apprentice” with a resounding “You’re fired!” But at the White House, he has often outsourced the job of booting employees to his chief of staff - and then announced the departures via Twitter. On Wednesday, he tweeted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was out. Sessions is the latest in a series of people to leave Trump’s administration. JAMES COMEY, FBI DIRECTOR, MAY 9, 2017 When Trump decided to fire Comey, the White House released a letter from the president to his FBI chief explaining that he was being dismissed on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Comey learned of the letter from TV news repor...
Thousand Oaks, CA - A law enforcement official says authorities have identified the gunman and the handgun he used to kill 12 people at a Southern California bar. The official told The Associated Press the man was 29 years old and deployed a smoke device and used a .45-caliber handgun when he opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles. The official declined to provide any other details, speaking on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to publicly discuss the investigation. Authorities and witnesses say the gunman wore dark clothing and didn’t say anything as he fired inside the bar. Hundreds of people fled, some breaking windows and jumping out of second-floor windows to escape. Cole Knapp is a freshman at M...
Mexico City - Central American migrants resting in Mexico City debated which route they should take to the border and what options were available to them in Mexico and the United States ahead of a vote on what their caravan’s next step should be. Members of the thousands-strong caravan meeting in an assembly in a sports stadium late Wednesday emphasized the need to be careful in choosing their route north because any path will inevitably take them through areas where drug cartels and gangs are active. A vote on the caravan’s next step could take place late Thursday. “California is the longest route but is the best border, while Texas is the closest but the worst” border, said Jose Luis Fuentes of the National Lawyers Guild to gathered migrants. Mexico City is mor...
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized Wednesday on behalf of his nation for turning away a ship full of Jewish refugees trying to flee Nazi Germany in 1939. The German liner MS St. Louis was carrying 907 German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution and it also had been rejected by Cuba and the United States. The passengers were forced to return to Europe and more than 250 later died in the Holocaust. Trudeau called the apology long overdue. Hitler "watched on as we refused their visas, ignored their letters and denied them entry," Trudeau said in Parliament. "There is little doubt that our silence permitted the Nazis to come up with their own, 'final solution' to the so-called Jewish problem." He said lawmakers at the time used Canadi...
Washington - The Supreme Court says 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital. The court says the justice went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight. The court says the fall occurred Wednesday evening. Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs. Ginsburg broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.
A self-described left-wing Antifa group posted videos of a mob outside the Washington, D.C., home of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Wednesday evening, chanting, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.” The now-deleted video was posted on social media by Smash Racism, D.C. The same group made headlines in September after activists confronted Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife inside a restaurant during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. The group posted on Facebook that Carlson spreads "fear into our homes," and said it wanted to even the score. "Each night you remind us that we are not safe. Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either," the group posted. They also chanted, "Racist (expletive deleted),...
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A hooded gunman wearing all black opened fire at a country dance bar holding a weekly “college night” in Southern California, using a handgun and a smoke device to kill 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing, authorities said Thursday. Terrified revelers used barstools to break second-floor windows and jump to safety to escape the dance bar, where the gunman was later found dead. Those killed in the shooting Wednesday night also included 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. “It’s a horrific scene in there,” Dean told a news conference in the parking lot of the Borderline Bar & Grill. “There’s blood everywher...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 8, 2018 - At a recent Bonei Olam event in Baltimore, Mordechai & Rikal Kaler, sister and brother-in-law of Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, H'yd, share a personal and miraculous story about how the Mumbai Shluchim affected their family even after their passing. 
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