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Philadelphia, PA – Fans React to Bin Laden News With ‘U-S-A!’ Chants

May 1, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Philadelphia, PA - Fans at the Mets-Phillies game began chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!" as the news of Osama bin Laden's death spread through Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night. People could be spotted all over the ballpark checking their phones as news that the United States had killed the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks was breaking. The "U-S-A!" chants started in the top of the ninth...

Washington – President Obama Tells Nation: Osama Bin Laden Killed Today by U.S.

May 1, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Washington - Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday. A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House. A...

New York, NY – 1 Year After Botched Times Square Terror Attack, Officials Worry

May 1, 2011 at 09:46 PM
New York, NY - One year after a militant from Connecticut spread panic by driving a bomb-laden SUV into the heart of Times Square, New Yorkers, tourists and even the street vendor who alerted police to the smoking vehicle still descend on "The Crossroads of the World" as if it never happened. But behind the scenes, the New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies still watch...

New York – Anti-Sharia Laws Stir Concerns That Halachah Could Be Next

May 1, 2011 at 08:23 PM
New York - With conservative lawmakers across the United States trying to outlaw sharia, or Islamic religious law, Jewish organizations are concerned that halachah could be next. If the state legislative initiatives targeting sharia are successful, they would gut a central tenet of American Jewish religious communal life: The ability under U.S. law to resolve differences according to halachah...

New York, NY – City Prices Up by 14% Since Last Year

May 1, 2011 at 07:29 PM
New York, NY - In addition to skyrocketing rent and gas prices, New Yorkers are being nickel and dimed to death, shelling out 21 cents more for a box of Corn Flakes, 29 cents more for a six-pack of beer, and about a buck extra to go to the movies. It even costs more to treat a headache than it did in 2010. Costs are creeping upward for everything from a coffee-cart cup of Joe to a carton of...

Syria – Government Invites Rabbi Pinto to Visit Damascus

May 1, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Syria - With highly improbable timing, even as it guns down its own people while attempting to retain power, the Syrian government has invited an Israeli rabbi to visit the country where many of his forefathers are buried, and to pray at their Damascus gravesites. Over the course of Mimouna celebrations at Moshav Gimzo, between Lod and Modi’in, last week, Jack Avital, the visiting head of...

Washington – Schumer Bill Targets Buried in Checking Accounts

May 1, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Washington - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for new regulations to require banks to clearly and briefly describe checking account fees now buried in applications that can be more than 100 pages long. The New York Democrat says his bill will provide consumers with an easy way to understand the many fees for overdrafts and other actions that will force Americans to pay more than $38...

Detroit, MI – NYC Mayor Bloomberg: Send Immigrants to Detroit

May 1, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Detroit, MI - The mayor of New York says Detroit should lift its lamp as a beacon for new immigrants as a way to counter its drastic population losses. Mayor Michael Bloomberg floated the proposal during an appearance Sunday on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press." Bloomberg says there's a "crisis of confidence" among business people about the nation's economy. He says the "most obvious" response...

Jerusalem – As Israel Mourns 6 Million Holocaust Victims Netanyahu Says Don’t Ignore Threats Against Jews

May 1, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister warned Sunday that the nation must not dismiss Iran's threats to its existence, drawing a parallel at a ceremony in memory of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust of World War II, a mass murder that still reverberates in the Jewish state more than six decades later. Iran and its allies, Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, openly call for...

Birmingham, AL – Weather Service: Alabama Tornado Packed 200 mph Winds

May 1, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Birmingham, AL - Officials at the National Weather Service say the tornado that killed at least 25 people in the Alabama town of Hackleburg was packing winds stronger than 200 mph. The weather service report says the tornado was given an EF5 rating, the highest possible. The report says the tornado was on the ground for more than 20 minutes, tearing a 25-mile-long path across Marion County. It...

Cairo – Egypt’s Justice Minister: Mubarak’s Wealth Came From Israel Gas Deal

May 1, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Cairo - Egypt's Justice Minister Mohammed el-Guindi has said ousted President Hosni Mubarak gathered his wealth from gas exports to Israel through a company owned by his friend, and arms deals. He said Mubarak could face the death penalty if he is convicted of ordering the shooting of protesters during the uprisings that forced him out of power. "Certainly, if convicted for the crime of...

Poland – New Project Highlights Jewish History of Oswiecim (Oshpitzin)

May 1, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Poland - A new multimedia project has been launched to highlight the long Jewish history of Oswiecim, the former shtetl in southern Poland where the Nazis built the Auschwitz death camp. The project, launched this week, is called "Oshpitzin" - the Yiddish name for the town - and centers on a website, http://www.oshpitzin.pl. Though notorious as the site of the Auschwitz camp, Oswiecim had a...

New York – Mishpacha This Week: Rav Avigdor Millers Unlikely Chassidim, Williamsburg

May 1, 2011 at 01:59 PM
New York - English speakers throughout the world still benefit from the wisdom and eloquence of Rav Avigdor Miller ztz”l, whose unforgiving schedule produced countless shiurim and lessons that continue to educate after his passing. But there’s an unlikely group of Yiddish speakers in a little pocket in Williamsburg who see Rav Miller as their rebbe, too. Led by Rav Avraham Shlomo Yavo, the...

New York – The Lawyer Behind The $10B Haul For Madoff Victims

May 1, 2011 at 01:06 PM
New York - Everyone’s mad at Irving Picard. To be fair, his job is thankless. He is the court-appointed bloodhound in charge of hunting down money for the victims of Bernard Madoff, a man who was so skilled at hiding money that he kept the biggest scam in the history of American finance going for at least two decades. Wall Street hates him. Picard has sued more than a dozen banks...

Jerusalem – Eichmann Trial Judge Passes Away at 99

May 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Jerusalem - Moshe Landau, chief judge in the 1961 trial of Nazi arch-criminal Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, died Sunday on the eve of the annual memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, the government said. He was 99. Landau was an Israeli Supreme Court justice when he was picked to head the three-judge panel for the Eichmann trial. Eichmann, who was in charge of the...

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