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United Nations – UN: 1 In 8 People Go Hungry Worldwide

October 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM
United Nations - The United Nations says that about one out of eight of the world's people suffered chronic hunger over the last two years. Three U.N. food agencies say in a new report released Tuesday that about 842 million people did not get enough food in the 2011 to 2013 period. That is a slight improvement from the last study done in 2010-2012 when 868 million people were found to be...

San Francisco – Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM
San Francisco - The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state — blue for calm, red for angry. There are vacuum shoes that clean the floor while you walk and fitness bracelets, anklets and necklaces to track your calorie burning. "Everyone...

New York, NY – Letitia James Wins Dem Public Advocate Runoff

October 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM
New York, NY - Councilwoman Letitia James won the Democratic public advocate runoff on Tuesday, becoming the party's nominee and all but assuring she will become the city's elected watchdog. James defeated state Sen. Daniel Squadron in incomplete and unofficial returns and faces a general election next month without a Republican opponent. James and Squadron were the top two finishers in the...

New York, NY – Judge Asked To Bar NYPD Monitoring Of Muslims

October 1, 2013 at 09:56 PM
New York, NY - A federal judge on Tuesday revisited a decades-old court settlement restricting how the New York Police Department conducts surveillance after civil rights lawyers accused the department of breaking those rules by monitoring Muslims. The dispute centers on the restrictions set by the Handschu decree, which was put in place in response to surveillance used against war protesters...

New York – Microsoft Investors Push For Chairman Gates To Step Down

October 1, 2013 at 09:25 PM
New York - Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter. While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company's performance and share price, this appears to be the first time...

Philadelphia – NJ Rabbi’s 4-Year Money-Laundering Sentence Affirmed

October 1, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Philadelphia - A U.S. appeals court has upheld the nearly 4-year sentence of a New York rabbi convicted of laundering more than $900,000. Lawyers for Rabbi Mordchai Fish argued on appeal that his crimes weren't "sophisticated," and didn't merit an enhanced sentence last year. However, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court in Philadelphia says Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano's sentence was...

Jerusalem – Hassidic Groups Remain Undecided On Mayoral Candidate Despite Endorsement Of Leading Non-Chassidic Rabbis

October 1, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Jerusalem - Despite support from senior non-hassidic haredi rabbis for Likud-Beytenu’s mayoral candidate in Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, several ultra-Orthodox factions are seriously considering not voting for him or quietly backing incumbent mayor Nir Barkat. Sources in some of the haredi political factions told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that some groups, especially the hassidic dynasties...

New York, NY – De Blasio Wants Tax Hike In Next NY State Budget

October 1, 2013 at 07:36 PM
New York, NY - New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio urged a key political ally on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to throw his support behind the candidate's plan to raise taxes on wealthy New Yorkers. De Blasio has made the tax hike, which would fund universal prekindergarten, the centerpiece of his campaign. He said that if he is elected in November, he wants the increase in...

Washington – Netanyahu Hold Hours-Long Meetings With Biden And Kerry

October 1, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Washington - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent over four hours in meetings with top Obama administration officials on Monday, including Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and special envoy to the Middle East peace process Martin Indyk. US President Barack Obama participated in Netanyahu’s meeting with Biden. As expected, aides said the meetings focused on...

Iowa – UPDATE: Judge Scolds Rubashkin’s Attorney For Contacting Former Jurors; Says Info Obtained Cannot Be Used In Appeal

October 1, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Iowa - A U.S. District Chief Judge chastised lawyers for former Agriprocessors CEO and convicted felon Sholom Rubashkin for contacting and interviewing jurors from his 2009 trial, and ruled that any information obtained will be prohibited from aiding in Rubashkin's appeal. THE GAZETTE (http://bit.ly/1hj2aR3) reports that on Tuesday, Judge Linda Reade ordered that all content from former juror...

Sullivan County, NY – Skolya Bungalows Wins $10,000 In Community Beautification Contest

October 1, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Sullivan County, NY - Skolya Bungalows of South Fallsburg received a $10,000 prize this summer for winning the Community Mitzvah Award contest sponsored by Sullivan Renaissance. The prize was awarded to the seasonal communities in Sullivan County that best maintained its grounds and beautified the look of its facility. Five camps and colonies participated in the contest: American Theological...

New Square, NY – Friends Of Ex-Hasidic Suicide Victim Say Deceived By Skver Leaders On Funeral Arrangements

October 1, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Rockland County, NY - The boyfriend and 40 additional former ultra-Orthodox friends of an ex-Hasidic woman, who is believed to have committed suicide after being denied access to her children by the Skver Hasidic community, claim they were harassed and given repeated erroneous reports regarding her funeral arrangements after they showed up in New Square to pay their final respects. FORWARD.com...

Washington – Court: Is Anonymous Tip Enough For Traffic Stop?

October 1, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will weigh whether a motorist's anonymous tip about reckless driving is enough for police to pull over a car, without an officer's corroboration of dangerous driving. The issue has divided state and federal courts. The justices said they will take up an appeal by two men who pleaded guilty to transporting marijuana after California Highway...

Washington – Obama Hails ‘Historic’ Launch Of Health Exchanges

October 1, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Washington - Hailing it as an "historic day," President Barack Obama pressed forward his flagship health care program Tuesday, inaugurating new insurance exchanges to expand access for those without coverage despite the shutdown taking hold across much of the government. Obama said the opportunity to access affordable insurance is life-changing for those who could not do so before the launch...

Lakewood, NJ – Public School District Says It’s “Broke” Due To Massive Influx Of Private School Kids

October 1, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Lakewood Board of Education President Carl Fink told board members Monday night that the public school district is broke due to transportation costs incurred from an unanticipated massive influx of private school children, and will have to turn to the county and state for help. APP.com (http://on.app.com/GzLEQN) reports that Fink said the town is about $4M short in...

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