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Brooklyn, NY – Auschwitz Survivor’s Family Must Give Back Gold Tablet to German Museum

June 1, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Usually, it's Holocaust victims suing to get their stuff back from Germany; this time, it's the other way around. There's been speculation that sometime in the 1940s, Holocaust survivor Riven Flamenbaum may have swapped a pack of smokes for a gold tablet no bigger than a Post-it note, which he kept until his death. But however Flamenbaum got the priceless treasure, a New York...

New York, NY – Stocks Hammered: Dow Plunges 275-Points, Turns Negative for the Year

June 1, 2012 at 04:26 PM
New York, NY - U.S. stocks are closing with their biggest declines this year after a dismal jobs report and troubling economic news from overseas. The government said Friday that employers added a net 69,000 jobs in May, far fewer than analysts expected. Unemployment in the 17 countries that use the euro stayed at a record-high 11 percent, and there were signs that China's growth is...

Washington – Obama To Visit World Trade Center Site This Month

June 1, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama will visit the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City later this month. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama will get a briefing on the progress of construction on One World Trade Center, the skyscraper being built on the site of the terror attacks. The tower, previously known as Freedom Tower, surpasses the Empire State Building as New...

New York – Conservative Jews Approve Gay Wedding Guidelines

June 1, 2012 at 03:54 PM
New York - The Conservative branch of American Judaism has formally approved same-sex marriage ceremonies, nearly six years after lifting a ban on ordaining gays and lesbians. The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards issued the ruling Thursday on a 13-0 vote with one abstention, said Rabbi Elliot Dorff, the committee chairman. The panel of scholars approved two model wedding ceremonies and...

Sanford, FL – George Zimmerman Must Surrender; Bond Revoked

June 1, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Sanford, FL - A judge on Friday revoked the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said that George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, misled the court about how much money they had available when his bond was set for $150,000 in April. Prosecutors claim Zimmerman had...

Germany – Germany Delegation Visits Auschwitz Death Camp

June 1, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Germany - A Germany team delegation has paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Captain Philipp Lahm, Poland-born players Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, coach Joachim Loew, German football federation president Wolfgang Niersbach and other officials on Friday visited the former death camp, which was set up by the Nazis in occupied southern...

Washington – Cyber Criminals Using New Tricks For Break-Ins

June 1, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Washington - Remember all those phony emails that purport to be from your bank, asking you to click on a link and turn over your account information? Cyber experts say criminals have moved on and are using new methods. A cybersecurity banking official told a House Financial Services panel Friday that criminals are now sending emails claiming to be from someone other than your bank. Newer...

Cleveland, OH – Judge: U.S. Hate-Crime Law Also Applies To Violent Disputes Between Different Religions

June 1, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Cleveland, OH - A federal judge has rejected a challenge of the federal hate crimes law by Amish sect leader Sam Mullet and 15 followers charged with beard- and hair-cutting assaults in Ohio Amish country last year. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster ruled that the indictment against Mr. Mullet, brought by the U.S. Justice Department under the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act, does not violate the...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Calls 911 Audit ‘Stupid’

June 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says an audit on New York City's 911 system shows "a new level of intellectual dishonesty" by Comptroller John Liu. Liu said this week that a contractor hired to overhaul the system may have received millions in unjustified payments. Bloomberg said Friday on WOR Radio that the contract was registered with Liu's office and the budget was approved there...

London – Around World, Bloomberg Soda War Hard To Swallow

June 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM
London - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity. Under his plan, sugary drinks would be limited to 16 fluid ounces — almost half a liter. Around the world, portion sizes are generally smaller. Perceptions of American overconsumption have been fueled by...

New York – AT&T: Data-Only Plans Coming for Cellphones

June 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM
New York - The CEO of AT&T says cellphone plans that count only data usage are likely to be introduced by someone in the industry in the next two years. In such a scenario, phone calls would be considered just another form of data. Randall Stephenson said at an investor conference in New York on Friday that he'd "be surprised if, in the next 24 months, we don't see people in the market place...

Florida – Media Argues Against Sealing Zimmerman Records

June 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Florida - A consortium of more than a dozen media groups is asking a judge not to seal some records in the case of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The media groups will ask a judge Friday to ignore a request by prosecutors and George Zimmerman's attorney to keep from being released publicly the names of witnesses and some statements the...

Jerusalem – Charedi Newspaper Slams Madonna’s ‘Disgraceful’ Concerts In Israel

June 1, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Jerusalem - While fans in Israel awaited Madonna's concert, some decided to voice their protest against the queen of pop's visit to Israel in an ultra-Orthodox journal. The religious journal 'HaEda' slammed the singer's concerts in Israel, calling them "disgraceful," and further stated that her faith in Jewish mysticism which includes her visiting the graves of the righteous while in Israel...

New York – Big Sodas Today; Bagels With A Schmeer Tomorrow?

June 1, 2012 at 09:15 AM
New York - Just how far would a government go to protect us from ourselves? In New York City — which already bans smoking in public parks in the name of public health and bars artificial trans fats from food served in restaurants — Mayor Michael Bloomberg now wants to stop sales of large sodas and other sugary drinks, in a bid to battle obesity. But in a country where fries have been...

Washington – US Economy Added 69K Jobs In May, Fewest In A Year

June 1, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Washington - U.S. employers created 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up. The dismal jobs figures could fan fears that the economy is sputtering. The Labor Department also says the economy created far fewer jobs in the previous two months than first thought. It revised those figures down to show 49,000 fewer jobs created. The unemployment rate rose to...
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