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Washington – Happy? Positive Outlook May Be Good For Your Heart

April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Washington - Be happy - it seems to be good for your heart. Scientists have long known that Type A personalities and people who are chronically angry, anxious or depressed have a higher risk of heart attacks. Now a Harvard review of the flip side of that psychology concludes that being upbeat and optimistic just may help protect against heart disease. Rather than focusing only on how to...

New York, NY – Brooklyn Navy Yard Has Become An Economic Engine For The City

April 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Here’s good news: A stunningly resurgent Brooklyn Navy Yard is proving that, after long withering, manufacturing can thrive in New York City. Occupying 300 acres on the East River, the yard had a storied history as a military ship-building installation until the Navy pulled out four decades ago, taking 7,000 jobs and leaving dry docks, piers and buildings to molder. The...

New York, NY – Budget Cuts May Ax Childcare Services in Wealthy Areas

April 17, 2012 at 08:22 PM
New York, NY - An analysis from United Neighborhood Houses released to the Daily News shows the Bloomberg administration is determining which nonprofits should get childcare funding based largely on a zip code’s affluence. “In the absence of (budget) money, they are having to come up with these bizarre schemes,” said Nancy Wackstein, the advocacy group’s executive director. Her...

Berlin, NH – Jewish Prisoner Loses His Religion Suit

April 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Berlin, NH - Seth Bader, the Stratham attorney convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 1996, has lost a federal lawsuit accusing the state of depriving him of the ability to practice his religion by transferring him to the prison in Berlin. Bader, an Orthodox Jew, attended Sabbath services twice a month, celebrated Jewish holidays and met regularly with a rabbi while at the state prison in...

Omaha, NE – Warren Buffett Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

April 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Omaha, NE - Warren Buffett is telling shareholders in an open letter he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. The 81-year-old billionaire investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. says in the letter, released Tuesday, that his condition is "not remotely life-threatening" or debilitating. Buffett's letter says he and his doctors have decided on a two-month treatment plan to...

Washington – GOP Wants To Cut Food Stamps In Deficit-Trim Drive

April 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Washington - Republicans controlling the House are eying big cuts to food stamps as they piece together legislation to trim $261 billion from the federal budget over the next decade, hoping to forestall major Pentagon cutbacks. The cuts to food stamps would reduce the monthly benefit for a family of four by almost $60, repealing increases that were enacted three years ago as part of President...

Tehran, Iran – Iran Arrests More Than 15 On Espionage

April 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Tehran, Iran - Iran's official news agency says more than 15 Iranian and foreign nationals have been arrested for allegedly spying for Israel, attempted assassination and sabotage. The Tuesday IRNA report says the group planned to assassinate an Iranian expert as well sabotage the country's infrastructure. It added details to a report released earlier this month. It said the group used...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Premier Pulls Out of Israel Meeting

April 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Jerusalem - The Palestinian prime minister pulled out of a planned meeting with Israel's leader Tuesday, torpedoing what was set to be the highest-level talks between the sides in nearly two years. The meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attended by two lower level Palestinian officials, lasted less than an hour and ended with a brief joint statement pledging to seek peace...

Montego Bay, Jamaica – Jamaican Lottery Scams Spread Despite US Crackdown

April 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Montego Bay, Jamaica - The 88-year-old retired Coast Guard officer hadn't been outside the U.S. in decades. Yet phone calls started pouring in from Jamaica, dangling the prospects of huge winnings from an international lottery that he had won. There was a catch, of course. He had to send a check to pay the tax on his winnings. He wired the money to Jamaica. Soon he was ensnared in a scam that...

New York – Lawmaker Wants Stun Guns For City Bus Drivers, Subway Operators

April 17, 2012 at 01:52 PM
New York - A New York state lawmaker is looking to put Tasers in the hands of transit workers. Sen. Eric Adams proposed legislation letting MTA bus drivers and subway conductors carry Tasers. Adams, a retired NYPD captain, is renewing the push following a rise in assaults on transit workers. There were 94 attacks on transit crews last year, up from 72 the year before, according to the Daily...

Newark, NJ – Rescued Woman Says She Owes Life To NJ Mayor

April 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Newark, NJ - The woman pulled from her burning home by Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker says she would be dead if he hadn't come to her rescue and feels "blessed." Zina Hodge tells Fox TV station My9 from her hospital room that she was gasping for air and delusional when Booker lifted her from her bed and carried her to safety last Thursday. Hodge tells the station she doesn't remember him...

Jerusalem – Israel Boosts Budget For Holocaust Survivors

April 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Jerusalem - The Israel Cabinet has boosted its budget for assisting Holocaust survivors. Tuesday's move comes a day before the country marks its annual Holocaust Memorial Day for the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis in World War II. Less than 200,000 aging survivors remain in Israel. Many live in poverty and previous governments have been criticized for not doing enough to allow them to...

Rockland County, NY – New Square Teen Arsonist Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison

April 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Rockland County, NY -An Orthodox Jewish teenager was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for a firebomb attack on a neighbor in their insular Hasidic community. Shaul Spitzer of New Square in suburban New York City previously admitted that he attacked Aron Rottenberg outside the man's home last May. He said he did it because Rottenberg defied the grand rabbi by worshiping with nursing...

Tunis – Tunisia: Annual Jewish Pilgrimage An Achievement

April 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Tunis - The annual Jewish pilgrimage to the Tunisian island of Djerba should be maintained as a symbol of the North African nation's openness to the world, Tunisia's tourism minister said Tuesday. Elyes Fakhfakh's remarks come at a time of uncertainty for Tunisia's small Jewish minority, which has been alarmed by the rise of ultraconservative Islamist groups spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric...

London – Assange Interviews Hezbollah Leader In TV Premiere (video)

April 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM
London - The opening episode of Julian Assange's new talk show featured an interview with militant leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose Syria-backed Hezbollah militia is considered a terrorist organization in the United States and Europe. The half-hour segment aired on Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT Tuesday and featured questions about Israel, Lebanon, Syria, theology and encryption. Nasrallah...
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