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Israel – Shas Council Says: Continued Participation In Coalition Is A Crime

January 1, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Israel - The Shas Council of Torah Sages harshly denounced the government on Wednesday night for its policies toward Torah students and the poor, and said that participating in the coalition was akin to committing a crime. It was the first time the four-member council convened since the death in October of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who served as the spiritual guide and ultimate leader of the Shas...

New York – Orthodox Jewish Community Well Represented At De Blasio Inauguration

January 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM
New York, NY - Hundreds of New Yorkers braved the freezing temperatures outside City Hall today to witness the inauguration of the city’s first Democratic mayor since David Dinkins, among them a large contingent from the Orthodox Jewish community, several of whom expressed their eagerness to work with the city’s 109th mayor, Bill de Blasio. “It’s a bright new day in New York City under...

Jerusalem – Israeli Parliament Aims To Be World’s Greenest

January 1, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's parliament plans on becoming the "greenest in the world" by generating its own electricity and through other environmentally friendly initiatives. Parliament speaker Yuli Edelstein made the announcement Wednesday at the launch of the two-year project aimed at saving energy and minimizing the building's ecological footprint. In a statement, parliament said plans include...

Australia – Report Says WHO May Soon Recommend People Cut Sugar Intake By Half

January 1, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Australia – A new paper published by British Media says The World Health Organization may formally recommend that people cut their sugar intake by half. As reported by ABC News (http://ab.co/JIhQ6i) current guidelines say sugar should not make up more than 10 percent of the calories in our diet, but the paper suggests that could be cut to 5 percent. Many health experts agree with the...

New York – Doctors, Hospitals Expect Some Confusion As Obamacare Plans Start

January 1, 2014 at 08:36 PM
New York - Hospitals and medical practices across the United States braced for confusion and administrative hassles as new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare law took effect on Wednesday. More than 2 million people enrolled in private plans offered under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, during the initial sign-up period for health benefits...

West Bank – Analysis: Israel, Palestinians Face Hard Choices

January 1, 2014 at 07:30 PM
West Bank - As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region Thursday, the American message to the Israeli and Palestinian leaders is clear: It's time to start making hard decisions. Kerry is bringing his own ideas for the outlines of a peace deal, and early indications are that the plan will include hard-to-swallow choices for both sides. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Volgograd – Ethnic Russian Recruits To Insurgency Pose New Threat Before Olympics

January 1, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Volgograd - The suspected involvement of converts to Islam in Russian suicide bombings points to the growing reach of jihadists far beyond the Muslim provinces of Chechnya and Dagestan, where insurgency and separatism have simmered for two decades. Russian news media say the authorities suspect an ethnic-Russian convert to Islam may have been behind one of the two suicide bombings that killed...

New York – 1st Snowstorm Of 2014 Descends On New England, NY

January 1, 2014 at 05:44 PM
New York - Residents and emergency management officials in New England and parts of New York prepared on Wednesday for a winter storm predicted to help usher in 2014 with snow and frigid temperatures across much of the region. Snow was expected to begin falling overnight in some areas, promising a messy commute for the first business day of the new year, but the full storm wasn't expected to...

Washington – Largest Donation Of 2013 Was From Mark Zuckerberg And Wife

January 1, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Washington - Philanthropy made a comeback in large donations in 2013 with the nation's wealthiest donors giving more than $3.4 billion to charity, according to a new tally of the top 10 gifts of 2013 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The analysis of the year's top gifts also found there were more gifts of $100 million or more than in 2012. In 2013, there were 15 publicly announced gifts of at...

Los Angeles, CA – Ostreicher Recuperating in LA, Meeting With Getaway Arrangers

January 1, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Los Angeles, CA - In the first photos to emerge of Yanky Ostreicher since his arrival in the United States, the Brooklyn businessman is shown together with Holywood actor Mark Wahlberg at the home of a Los Angeles philanthropist. VIN News has confirmed the authenticity, and that the photographs were taken on December 31st at the home of Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz. According to a VIN News source...

Brooklyn, NY – Terror Scare: Drunk Marine Leads Cops On Crazy Chase Down Railroad Tracks (video)

January 1, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A highly intoxicated man dressed in a U.S. Marine Corps. uniform lead the NYPD on a wild chase down railroad tracks and through Sunset Park before being taken into custody this morning, initiating repeated calls for additional law enforcement along the way, and terror calls from onlookers. THE NEW YORK POST (http://bit.ly/1g17l9f) reports that NYPD officials said that, while...

Jersey City – Car Falls Into Water By Liberty State Park; 1 Dead

January 1, 2014 at 03:17 PM
Jersey City - A car plunged into the water near a park overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on Wednesday, killing a man out celebrating the new year. The crash was reported at about 3:30 a.m. at the Morris Canal in Jersey City near Liberty State Park. The New York Police Department's dive team found the body of 22-year-old Mark Pych, a recent Rutgers-Newark graduate, a short...

Jerusalem – Correcting Previous Reports, Culture Ministry Confirms Transferring First-Ever Payments To Reform Rabbis

January 1, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Jerusalem - Correcting previous reports that Israel's Religious Services Ministry had transferred funds earmarked to pay four Reform Movement communal rabbis, reps for the Culture and Sports Ministry have confirmed that it is, in fact, they who are providing the funds. THE TIMES OF ISRAEL (http://bit.ly/1lzX3OK) reports that after the news broke on Wednesday naming Religious Services as the...

New York, NY – De Blasio, Stringer, James, Takes Formal Oath At City Hall (full video replay)

January 1, 2014 at 01:21 PM
New York, NY - Bill de Blasio took the oath of office administered by former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, formally becoming the 109th mayor of New York City while pledging to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda. The moment was the pinnacle of de Blasio's unlikely political rise as a symbol of restoration for the city's Democrats, who outnumber Republicans 6-to-1 in one of the nation's...

New York – After Bitter Battle Justice Department Defends Apple Monitor In e-Books Case

January 1, 2014 at 01:08 PM
New York - A bitter battle between Apple Inc and a lawyer appointed to monitor its compliance with a court antitrust ruling escalated, as the U.S. government and the monitor both hit back at Apple. Over the last two months, Apple has launched a broad legal attack on the monitor, Michael Bromwich, who was appointed by a federal judge after a ruling that the company conspired to fix e-book...

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