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San Francisco, CA – Americas Most Popular Talk Radio Host Savage To Sue Britain Home Secretary

May 5, 2009 at 11:59 PM
San Francisco, CA - Michael Savage, America's third most popular talk radio host, is planning to sue Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, after he was banned [reported earlier by VIN News] from Britain alongside Islamic preachers and terrorists because his views may incite violence. Mr Savage, whose daily show has an audience of millions, condemned "the country of Magna Carta" for "cowardly and...

Washington – Sen. Arlen Specter Says He ‘Misspoke” on Minnesota Senate Race

May 5, 2009 at 11:46 PM
Washington - The political whirlwind that surrounded Sen. Arlen Specter ’s switch from the Republican to Democratic party had him forgetting which team he is rooting for in 2010. But after voicing support for Republican Norm Coleman in his contested Minnesota Senate race, Specter said he misspoke in a New York Times magazine interview and is supporting Democrats. Specter switched parties...

Jerusalem – Charges of Child Abuse Dismissed Due to Discrepancies of Accusers

May 5, 2009 at 10:46 PM
Jerusalem - The state prosecution withdrew an indictment against an ultra-Orthodox couple charged with kidnapping and raping two girls, aged 6 and 3, citing discrepancies in the girls' testimonies. A police interrogator decided the complainants' accounts lacked validity even though they had a "factual basis," due to the influence of the girls' families. Last July, police received complaints...

Queens, NY – Court: Congregation Had No Notice Of Fallen Eruv, Dismisses Trip Suit

May 5, 2009 at 08:55 PM
Queens, NY - A Queens judge has thrown out a slip-and-fall case filed by a woman who allegedly tripped over a temple's "eruv" wire. An eruv are thin wires strung about 15 to 18 feet above ground and are used by Orthodox Jewish communities to create a symbolic walled courtyard in which the strictures against carrying things in public on the Sabbath are relaxed. Supreme Court Justice Augustus...

Lipetsk, Russia – Jewish Soldiers Honored on V-Day

May 5, 2009 at 07:41 PM
Lipetsk, Russia - In the Russian town of Lipetsk, the local Jewish community gathered for an event dedicated to V-Day and the celebration of the end of World War Two. The event was hosted by the Jewish Community Center. Chief Rabbi of Lipetsk Shaul Adam, of Chabad-Lubavitch serving in the region, together with lay leaders, welcomed community members and guests. Among them were dozens of...

Israel – Litzman Says He Would Serve as Minister

May 5, 2009 at 06:39 PM
Israel - Deputy Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) would be willing to serve as a full minister if the High Court of Justice required it and his rabbinical arbiters - primarily the Gerrer rebbe, Rabbi Ya'acov Aryeh Alter - approved it. But Litzman, in an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post, said he did not think the court would accept the petition filed by the...

Monsey, NY – Bobov Yeshiva Administrator: Cow Slaughter Has Zero Affiliation With Us; Done Without Our Permission

May 5, 2009 at 04:44 PM
Monsey, NY - After the Journal News reported today [posted by VIN News] about an allegation that a Jewish school took part in an illegal slaughter of a cow, the Yeshiva Administrator of Bobov released the following statement to VIN News: Please note that the story of the shechita of the cow on our grounds had nothing to do with me, nor with Bobov. A group of people learning hilchos shechita...

Washington – Peres: Israel Should Support Obama Initiative To Engage Iran

May 5, 2009 at 04:13 PM
Washington - Israel should support U.S. President Barack Obama's efforts to engage Israel's arch-foe Iran diplomatically, Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Tuesday after meeting Obama at the White House for talks. Peres, whose position is largely ceremonial, told reporters after the meeting that if Obama wanted to engage Iran, "we should be loyal supporters." "If it will succeed, it...

Washington – Congressional Subcommittee Hearing On Piracy Shown Tape Of Pirate Attack [ Video]

May 5, 2009 at 03:36 PM
Washington - Here are the frantic moments after Somali pirates tried to take over an American cargo ship last month by firing rocket-propelled grenades at the crew. The ship, owned by the Long Island-based Liberty Maritime Corp., was transporting humanitarian aid when it was spotted by Somali pirates on April 14 off the east coast of Africa. "Keep it in maneuvering," one of the crew members...

Syosset, NY – Sale Of Shul Goes To Court

May 5, 2009 at 02:42 PM
Syosset, NY - The long-running saga over the fate of the East Nassau Hebrew Congregation in Syosset seems now to be at a crossroads. A controversial plan to sell the synagogue to a Korean church deserves judicial scrutiny, according to State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. In papers filed before State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Phelan in Mineola, Assistant Attorney General Dorothy Nese...

Albany, NY – In An Executive Order Governor Bans State from Purchasing Bottled Water

May 5, 2009 at 02:19 PM
Albany, NY - Bottled water purchases by state agencies will be banned under an executive order being signed today by Gov. David A. Paterson. With his poll numbers still plummeting, Paterson has been popping out an array of proposals in the past couple weeks to win back political friends who could help his election chances next year. Today, it was environmental activists. "Bottled water...

Washington – NY Air Farce Photo Flop are Classified

May 5, 2009 at 02:13 PM
Washington - The $328,835 snapshots of an Air Force One backup plane buzzing lower Manhattan last week will not be shown to the public, the White House said. "We have no plans to release them," an aide to President Obama said and refusing to comment further. The sole purpose of the secret photo-op, which sent thousands of New Yorkers running for cover, was to take new publicity shots of the...

Damascus, Syria – Hamas Leader: I Promise the Obama Administration To Be Part Of A Sloution

May 5, 2009 at 02:09 PM
Damascus, Syria - The leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas said Monday that its fighters had stopped firing rockets at Israel for now. He also reached out in a limited way to the Obama administration and others in the West, saying the movement was seeking a state only in the areas Israel won in 1967. “I promise the American administration and the international community that we...

New York, NY – NYC Smoking Rates Fall to Lowest Rate on Record

May 5, 2009 at 01:44 PM
New York, NY - New York City has reached its lowest rate of smoking on record (15.8%), with less than 1 million adult smokers in the City – 350,000 fewer than in 2002 — the Health Department announced today. With less than 72 hours left in New York City’s annual Nicotine Patch and Gum Program, New Yorkers who want to quit should act fast. The Nicotine Patch and Gum Program provides New...

Ramapo, NY- Cow Alleged To Have Been Slaughtered in Yard of Bobover Yeshiva Investigated

May 5, 2009 at 01:05 PM
Ramapo, NY - Police and health inspectors are investigating today after students and teachers at a yeshiva on Route 306 slaughtered a cow in the school's backyard last night, officials said. Ramapo police were called to 609 Route 306 shortly before 7 p.m. after neighbors called to report that students and teachers at Yeshiva Bobover had tied a cow to a tree and were slaughtering it. Officials...

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