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Columbus, OH – Israeli Deli Owner Says Religion May Have Played Role In Machete Attack

February 12, 2016 at 04:14 PM
Columbus, OH - The owner of an Ohio restaurant where a man attacked patrons with a machete before being killed by police says he believes his establishment was targeted because he is Israeli, but the FBI isn't so sure. Hany Baransi tells The Columbus Dispatch that he thinks the machete-wielding man purposely chose the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli on Thursday instead of one of the other nearby...

New York – AJC Demands Israeli Likud Minister Apologize To Reform Jews For Saying ‘It’s A Dying World’

February 12, 2016 at 04:03 PM
New York - The American Jewish Committee demanded on Friday that Tourism Minister Yariv Levin apologize to Reform Jews for declaring that “Reform Jews in the US are a dying world” last week. The AJC stated that it “fully shares the outrage of the Reform movement” concerning the “disparaging remarks” of Levin, who opposes the construction of a new section at the Western Wall for...

Albany – NY Confirms Flu Cases In 44 Counties, All NYC Boroughs

February 12, 2016 at 03:37 PM
Albany, NY - New York's health commissioner has declared influenza prevalent in the state, requiring health care workers who aren't vaccinated against it to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present. Dr. Howard Zucker says some workers in medical settings choose not to get shots, which he says provide a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and...

Washington – Top Republicans Stay Quiet On Release Of Their Tax Returns

February 12, 2016 at 03:00 PM
Washington - Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening. Even as other candidates — most notably Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush — have already disclosed...

Belgrade – Serbia Passes Holocaust Restitution Law

February 12, 2016 at 02:38 PM
Belgrade - Serbian lawmakers have voted on a bill allowing the restitution of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property expropriated during the Holocaust. The World Jewish Restitution Organization said Friday Serbia is one of the first countries in Eastern Europe to pass such a bill, which means the property will be returned to the local Jewish community. Gideon Taylor, WJRO chair of...

Brooklyn, NY – NYPD: Video Shows Brutal Attack On MTA Bus Driver

February 12, 2016 at 02:32 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Two weeks after an MTA bus driver was viciously attacked while driving his assigned route, the NYPD is turning to the public for help in identifying the assailant. The incident in question took place on Friday, January 29th at approximately 6:15 PM in East Flatbush at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue D. Surveillance video from the New York City Transit bus shows the...

Orangeburg, SC – Young Blacks More Open To Bernie Sanders’ White House Bid

February 12, 2016 at 02:15 PM
Orangeburg, SC - If Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has a chance of drawing African-American voters away from rival Hillary Clinton in South Carolina's presidential nominating contest on Feb. 27, his best opportunity will be among the young. African Americans support former Secretary of State Clinton by more than a 3-to-1 margin nationwide, but among young blacks 18 to 29 years old, that...

Beirut – Syria’s Assad Says To Keep Fighting As Peace Talks Proceed

February 12, 2016 at 01:37 PM
Beirut - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he would keep "fighting terrorism" while peace talks took place and saw a risk of Saudi and Turkish intervention in the Syrian conflict, according to an interview with news agency AFP published on Friday. Assad said he would retake the whole country, but that this could take a long time, according to excerpts of the interview published on AFP's...

New York – Dangerous Record-setting Cold On The Way Prompts NY To Issue Warning

February 12, 2016 at 01:15 PM
New York, NY - I want to let all New Yorkers know that we’ll be experiencing extraordinarily cold weather over the next few days, NYC mayor Bill De Blasio warned in a news conference last night saying this can be life-threatening conditions and people should treat that with all seriousness. Friday night into Saturday morning wind chills will be as low as five below zero. But that is not even...

Jerusalem – Israel Says EU Relations ‘Friendly’ Again After Label Spat

February 12, 2016 at 01:04 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's foreign ministry says relations with the European Union are "close and friendly" again after tensions arose last year over the bloc's decision to label West Bank exports. Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the sides had "overcome the crisis" after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini spoke Friday. He said Israel received...

Washington – Trump, Bush And Cruz To Be Elbow-to-elbow At CBS Debate

February 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM
Washington - Nearly all the U.S. Republican presidential candidates will take the stage at CBS News' televised debate on Saturday, with Donald Trump flanked by rivals Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, the network said. It will be the ninth televised debate for Republican candidates seeking to represent the party in the November presidential election amid a thinning field that once had more than a dozen...

London – Burberry Faces U.S. Lawsuit Accusing It Of Deceptive Price Tags

February 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM
London - British luxury fashion brand Burberry is to face a class action lawsuit in the United States, claiming it used misleading price tags at its outlets stores to fool shoppers into believing they were getting big bargains. The company, which specifically manufactures some of the products for its outlet stores, is accused of intentionally presenting false price information on products that...

Munich – Mideast ‘Quartet’ To Prepare Report On Peace Prospects

February 12, 2016 at 12:01 PM
Munich - The international diplomatic "quartet" on the Mideast says it will prepare a report on the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians with an eye toward resuming peace talks. After meeting Friday in Munich, the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia said the report would include "recommendations that can help inform international discussions on the best...

Columbia, SC – Punch, Counterpunch: GOP Hopefuls Bare Knuckles In Carolina

February 12, 2016 at 11:55 AM
Columbia, SC - Jeb Bush says he was better at real estate than Donald Trump, and the former Florida governor is even embracing the "establishment" label. Marco Rubio is unloading on nearly all of his presidential rivals, Trump and Bush included, declaring them unprepared for the national security responsibilities of the job. Ted Cruz says Trump isn't conservative enough for South Carolina...

Boston – Manhole Cover Crashes Into Windshield, Killing Boston Driver

February 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Boston - A manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds crashed through a windshield, killing a woman as she drove on a major Boston highway during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. The manhole cover in the left lane of Interstate 93 south became dislodged and went airborne just before 8 a.m., state police spokesman David Procopio said. The death prompted an inspection of...

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