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Bnei Brak – Political Crisis in Charedi World Grows as Polls Near

December 5, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Bnei Brak - The divide in the non-hassidic haredi world has reached crisis point following the appointment of Bnei Brak mayor Yaakov Asher to the number three spot on the Degel Hatorah party electoral list. The decision, taken by Degel’s Council of Torah Sages on Monday night, has angered a rebel group within the non-hassidic “Lithuanian” community known as the “Jerusalem Faction,”...

Detroit – Ford Readies To Revamp Lincoln Yet Again To Save Brand

December 5, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Detroit - After failing numerous times to revamp its lagging Lincoln brand, Ford Motor Co is preparing to try yet again with a new compact crossover aimed at younger drivers looking for a finely crafted but low-key luxury car. The Lincoln MKC, will be previewed as a concept at the Detroit auto show in January and should reach U.S. dealers in early 2014, according to people familiar with the...

Guatemala – Software Guru John McAfee Arrested

December 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Guatemala - Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by police in Guatemala on Wednesday for entering the country illegally, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. The anti-virus guru was detained at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents and taken to an old, three-story building used to house migrants who...

New York, NY – TSA Screener Busted for Stealing iPads at JFK

December 5, 2012 at 10:08 PM
New York, NY - A Transportation Security Administration screener has been arrested on charges he swiped iPads and other electronic devices from passengers' luggage at John F. Kennedy Airport. Port Authority spokesman Steven Coleman said Wednesday that 32-year-old Sean Henry, of Brooklyn, was nabbed in a sting operation using decoy bags in cooperation with the TSA. Coleman says Henry was...

Washington – Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Seems Almost An Afterthought

December 5, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Washington - Four years ago, Barack Obama's swearing-in drew a record crowd to the National Mall. There were 1.8 million people eager to witness history: the country's first black president taking the oath of office. Now, as Obama prepares for his second-term kickoff, the capital is pre-occupied with a looming economic crisis, exit from war and a reshuffling in Congress. Ticket demand is...

Israel – Authorities Recover Stolen Hatzalah Ambucycle, Possible Terror Tool

December 5, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Israel - An ambucycle owned by the volunteer first-aid-and-rescue organization United Hatzalah (UH) -- stolen from Kfar Saba and located in Tulkarm -- has been recovered after a 10-hour operation of the security forces and the Ituran company. The missing ambulance motorcycle caused concern that it might be used by terrorists in the territories. The drama began on Monday afternoon when a...

Damascus – NBC News: Syria Loads Chemical Weapons Into Bombs; Military Awaits Assad’s Order

December 5, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Damascus - The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said. As...

Stockholm, Sweden – Swedish Artist Incorporates Ashes Of Holocaust Victims Into Painting

December 5, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Stockholm, Sweden - A Swedish artist has done the unthinkable and is now being accused by Sweden’s Jewish community of desecrating the bodies of Jewish Holocaust victims. The Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/RCBN1v) that Carl Michael von Hausswolff stole the ashes of Holocaust victims on a 1989 visit to Majdanek, where an estimated 79,000 Polish Jews were murdered between 1941 and 1944. Mr...

Tel Aviv – Jerusalem Restaurateurs Sue Chief Rabbinate; Claim It Operates As A Monopoly

December 5, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Tel Aviv - The Chief Rabbinate of Jerusalem is facing another legal battle after five restaurant owners filed suit claiming that the rules for earning kosher certification are capricious, burdensome, and overly costly, and that the Rabbinate functions as a monopoly. This latest legal action brings the total to nearly a dozen restaurants which have terminated their relationship with the...

New York, NY – Lawsuit; City Rigging Red Light Cameras

December 5, 2012 at 06:20 PM
New York, NY - Three drivers who were caught by New York City's red-light cameras filed a lawsuit Wednesday blaming too-short yellow lights for their tickets. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan state Supreme Court charges that the yellow lights lasted less than the three seconds mandated by federal guidelines, an accusation the city denied. "It seems like it's a bit of a sham the way the lights...

Sydney, Australia – Rupert Murdoch’s Mother Elisabeth Dies At Age 103

December 5, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Sydney, Australia - Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, a prominent Australian philanthropist and mother of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has died at age 103. News Ltd., the Australian media company headed by her son, confirmed her death. She died peacefully on Wednesday surrounded by family members in her garden estate outside Melbourne. She had been hospitalized in September after a bad fall in which...

Columbus, OH – Nationwide Insurance Says Data Breach Affects 1.1M

December 5, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Columbus, OH - Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. says someone attacked part of its computer network and likely stole personal information affecting more than 1.1 million people. The Columbus, Ohio-based company says the Oct. 3 data breach occurred in a network also used by Allied Insurance. It has determined the compromised information included names, birth dates and Social Security and driver's...

Jerusalem – Israel, Palestinians Escalate Settlement Showdown

December 5, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Jerusalem - Palestinians and Israelis hardened their positions Wednesday over a contentious new settlement push around Jerusalem, with Israel going full throttle on plans to develop the area and the Palestinians trying to block it through an appeal to the U.N. Security Council. The settlement push - Israel's retaliation for the Palestinians' success in winning U.N. recognition of a de facto...

New York – Woman’s Generosity To Trooper Triggers New York Police Search

December 5, 2012 at 04:43 PM
New York - New York State Police on Wednesday were looking for a woman who slipped $1,000 inside a Christmas card she gave to a trooper, saying that while he is grateful for her gift he is legally barred from accepting it. The unidentified woman approached Trooper Christopher Maniscalco on Sunday while he was investigating a complaint in the town of Guilderland, outside Albany. She told the...

New York, NY – Downed Cell Towers Disrupting Verizon’s Cellphone Service

December 5, 2012 at 03:29 PM
New York, NY - Verizon cellphone customers suffered widespread service disruptions in the city Wednesday. Customers fumed about the inconvenience of Twitter. "Outgoing and incoming calls to and from other Verizon customers don't work!" Joey Tartamella tweeted at about 8 a.m. "Seems to be an outage Verizon Wireless in NYC," Shaun To tweeted at about 8 a.m. "Can't send texts can't make...

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