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Washington – Credit Cards Companies to Go After Those with Sterling Credit

May 18, 2009 at 10:28 PM
Washington - Credit cards have long been a very good deal for people who pay their bills on time and in full. Even as card companies imposed punitive fees and penalties on those late with their payments, the best customers racked up cash-back rewards, frequent-flier miles and other perks in recent years. Now Congress is moving to limit the penalties on riskier borrowers, who have become a...

Miami Beach, FL – Police Consider Vandalism of Rabbi’s Home Hate Crime

May 18, 2009 at 09:08 PM
Miami Beach, FL - What was smeared on the walls at the home of a South Florida rabbi has left a community outraged, and police are calling this a possible hate crime. "We saw, on the window right here, it was smeared all across here," Rabbi Aaron Rabin said making a sweeping gesture in front of his large picture window at the front of his home. "Dog feces smeared all over this window and on...

Ashdod, Israel – Court Requested Dayanim to Justify Conversion Annulments

May 18, 2009 at 06:27 PM
Ashdod, Israel - The High Court of Justice took a dramatic decision today, giving the dayanim of the Higher Rabbinical Court and the Ashdod District Rabbinical Court 90 days to explain why they had revoked the conversions made by the special conversion court of Rabbi Haim Druckman. The court also asked the attorney-general for his opinion on whether the rabbinical courts were empowered to revoke...

New York, NY – NYC Swine Flu: 15 Schools Closed

May 18, 2009 at 05:06 PM
New York, NY - New York City officials are closing four more schools in response to the swine flu outbreak. Officials say the schools in Queens will be closed for up to a week because of an "unusually high and sustained" number of cases of students with flu-like symptoms. That brings to 15 the number of public and private schools that have been closed in the city because of the virus. Health...

Israel – Arab Terrorists Searching Facebook for Sensitive Info of Israelis

May 18, 2009 at 04:21 PM
Israel - The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) said today that terrorists are using the Facebook internet-based social network to try and entrap Israelis and gather sensitive security information. The agency has received numerous reports of Israelis on Facebook who received messages asking them for sensitive military secrets in return for payment. Similar incidents occurred on other internet...

New York – U.S. Stocks Climb

May 18, 2009 at 04:03 PM
New York - U.S. stocks rose, helping the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index erase half of last week’s loss, as analysts recommended Bank of America Corp. and Lowe’s Cos. beat earnings projections. Oil climbed above $59 a barrel, while Treasuries fell. Bank of America gained 11 percent after Citigroup Inc. said it may have sold $4 billion in shares and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. put the lender on...

New York – Privacy Activists Asks Department of Homeland Security Not To Use ‘whole body imaging’ at Airports

May 18, 2009 at 03:39 PM
New York - Privacy advocates plan to call on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to suspend use of "whole-body imaging," the airport security technology that critics say performs "a virtual strip search" and produces "naked" pictures of passengers, CNN has learned. The national campaign, which will gather signatures from organizations and relevant professionals, is set to launch this week...

Berlin – German Jews See Cultural Revival as Proof ‘Hitler Didn’t Win’

May 18, 2009 at 02:53 PM
Berlin - A country once booming with Jewish life and culture is finally seeing a renaissance after decades of post-war fear. Munich's new synagogue, museum and community center, unveiled in the heart of the city in March 2007, is a prime example of the resurgence of Jewish centers of life and worship across Germany. The cities of Ulm, Potsdam and Cologne are all due to open new Jewish...

New York – The Anti–Red Bull: A Drink to Calm You Down

May 18, 2009 at 02:23 PM
New York - The success of energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar have proven that consumers are constantly thirsting for a boost. But will they ever want to come back down, and reach for a non-alcoholic drink that will help them chill out? According to the recent sales figures from Innovative Beverage Group, a Houston-based drink distributor and maker of a 'relaxation beverage' called...

Richmond, Virginia – Laid-off Religious Workers Can’t Claim Unemployment Benefits

May 18, 2009 at 01:33 PM
Richmond, Virginia - God may provide, but the state may not when it comes to unemployment benefits for employees laid off by churches, synagogues and religious groups. Carol Bronson discovered that a few months ago after she lost her secretarial job at Temple Emanuel synagogue in Virginia Beach. Bronson assumed she could draw unemployment benefits, but when she filed a claim, she was...

New York, NY – Prominent Columnist Maureen Dowd Caught in Plagiarism Row

May 18, 2009 at 01:19 PM
New York, NY - It is an axiom of the new digital media age that high-profile political columnists should generally avoid copying other people's words without attribution. Nobody wants to have the p-word hung around their necks. It is a further axiom of the age that if a columnist is to borrow a paragraph unattributed, then at least they should ensure it doesn't belong to Josh Marshall. The man...

New York – Jetblue Airlines Extends Its Job-Loss Guarantee For Travelers

May 18, 2009 at 12:58 PM
New York - New York based value airline JetBlue Airway today announced the extension of The JetBlue Promise Program for customers booking air travel or Getaways vacation packages by Dec. 31, 2009. The Program allows customers to book through the busy summer and holiday travel seasons with confidence by honoring a full refund to anyone who experiences involuntary full-time job loss prior to their...

Tehran, Iran – Rabbi in Speech to ‘Palestine Duty of Nations’ Urges Global Sanctions on Israeli Goods

May 18, 2009 at 12:32 PM
Tehran, Iran -Rabbi Aharon Cohen from the anti-Zionist movement of Neturei Karta today called for global sanctions against Israel. ‪"Sanction against Israeli goods must become global," Rabbi Aharon Cohen, a Neturei Karta member from Manchester, England said, speaking in a conference on "Palestine: Duty of Nations" here in Tehran on Monday. "We must uproot the regime (Israel), sanctions are...

Brooklyn, NY – The Wonder of ‘kindertransport’ And The Facinating Story Of The Woman Who Lived Through It [video]

May 18, 2009 at 11:51 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Her ordeal began on December 1st, 1938. It actually began much before that, but this was the day that ten year old Sessy (now Jakobovits) was separated from her beloved mother. It was also the last day that she would ever see her, as her train slowly departed Berlin toward the groups trek to England. This was the first train of the Kindertransport, a rescue mission undertaken...

New York – Woody Allen In $5 Million Settlement With American Apparel

May 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM
New York - Woody Allen agreed Monday to a $5 million settlement in his lawsuit accusing a trendy clothing company of using an image parodying him as a rabbi without his permission. Both sides announced the settlement -- to be paid by American Apparel's insurance company -- on the morning a trial was to start in federal court in Manhattan. Reading from a statement outside court, Allen said...

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