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New York – Does Toyota’s Problem Go Beyond Pedals?

February 1, 2010 at 10:38 PM
New York - Toyota is gearing up for the mother of all repair jobs. The company said Monday that parts to fix its dangerous faulty gas pedal problem are on the way to dealers. Toyota has recalled more than 5.5 million vehicles in this country. And as CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds reports, the fix outlined today only covers 2.3 million of them. Toyota says it should take trained...

New York, NY – Aggressive Tactics by Undercover Agents Against Taxis Using Any Electronics

February 1, 2010 at 09:20 PM
New York, NY - A crack undercover group of Taxi and Limousine Commission agents are the muscle behind the new, super-strict laws banning cabbies from using any electronics while driving. During a ride-along and stakeout the agents nailed three hacks who couldn't seem to get the message that their days of gabbing while driving were over. Positioned outside Grand Central Terminal at 42nd...

Shomron – Settler’s Murderer Gets Life Sentence

February 1, 2010 at 08:46 PM
Shomron - The Samaria Military Court today sentenced Jafar Braham to a life imprisonment for the murder of Shavei Shomron resident Ido Zoldan in 2007. Braham's accomplices are still on trial. The prosecution emphasized the gravity of the defendant's actions, who formed an independent military cell with two other people and planned to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets. Braham...

New York – White House Offers Backing to Gillibrand Over Ford in N.Y. Senate Primary

February 1, 2010 at 07:05 PM
New York - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is getting fundraising help from President Barack Obama's former campaign manager as she faces a possible primary challenge from Harold Ford Jr. The Gillibrand campaign says David Plouffe will be the featured speaker at a Feb. 22 breakfast fundraiser at a New York City law firm. Plouffe was recently tapped by the president to help keep tabs on 2010 midterm...

Brooklyn, NY – Elected Officials Denounce Anti-Semitic Flyers Found in Park Slope

February 1, 2010 at 06:23 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Responding to anti-Semitic flyers found in areas of Park Slope, Brooklyn last week, local elected officials and religious leaders gathered at Congregation Beth Elohim today to decry this and other recent incidents in Brooklyn, and to stand united against hatred. “There is no room for hate speech and intimidation against any group in our community,” said Councilmember Brad...

Morgantown, WV – Federal Prison Hosts Dedication of Torah Written for Jewish Inmates

February 1, 2010 at 05:10 PM
Morgantown, WV - In a first for a federal prison, inmates at the Morgantown Federal Correctional Institution in West Virginia joined family members, corrections officials and Jewish community leaders to dedicate a special Torah scroll written specifically for prisoners across the country. Except for its location, the Torah dedication ceremony looked like any other: Celebrants filled in the...

Williamsburg, NY – One of the Few Last Known Hasidic Jews Saved By Shindler Passes Away

February 1, 2010 at 05:04 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Reb Yosel Ryba, beloved Gabai of the Amshinover Beis Medrash for over fifty years passed away this past Shabbos. Named for his father who passed away shortly before his birth, Reb Yosel was raised by his aunt and uncle in Poland. He is one of the few last known Hasidic Jews who was saved during World War II by German businessman Oscar Schindler, who is credited with saving...

New York, NY – Under Pressure, Citigroup Bank Drops Certain Checking Fees

February 1, 2010 at 04:03 PM
New York, NY - Citigroup has agreed to suspend plans to charge fees on certain kinds of checking accounts as part of a settlement reached with the New York Attorney General's office. The fees would have affected more than 1 million customers. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says Citi failed to provide adequate disclosures and offer a free checking program long enough before implementing...

Amman – Rights Group: Jordan Pulls Citizenship from Palestinians To Counter Israeli Plans

February 1, 2010 at 04:02 PM
Amman - Jordan has revoked citizenship from nearly 3,000 Jordanians of Palestinian origin in recent years and should put a stop to the practice, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Monday. HRW said 2,732 Palestinians were stripped of their Jordanian nationality between 2004 and 2008. "Jordan is playing politics with the basic rights of thousands of its citizens," said Sarah...

Newark, NJ – In Court Dwek Grilled About His Yarmulka, Father Sitting Shivah, And Not Observing The Torah

February 1, 2010 at 02:50 PM
Newark, NJ - Just how many commandments has Solomon Dwek broken? As cross-examination of the government's key witness, Solomon Dwek, began this morning in the corruption trial of Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy's campaign treasurer, the defense has been grilling Dwek on his failure to abide by civil law and the Ten Commandments. "Up until I started my cooperation (with the FBI) I would...

Jerusalem – Berlusconi In Emotional Tour At Yad Vashem Writes in Guest Book ‘This Cannot Be’

February 1, 2010 at 02:20 PM
Jerusalem - It was like being punched in the stomach," Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said after visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem Monday evening along with a number of his ministers. Berlusconi's entourage was accompanied by Education Minister Gideon Saar and Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev. At the end of the tour Berlusconi laid a wreath in the Hall of...

Baltimore, MD – State Stepping in on Shabbas Elevator Squabble

February 1, 2010 at 01:51 PM
Baltimore, MD - The Maryland Commission on Human Relations last week served an order to the board of directors at Strathmore Tower in Upper Park Heights to refrain from removing programming features for the condominium building’s Sabbath elevator until the completion of an investigation, according to residents there. The order was issued after the board, which was elected in late 2009, voted...

Brooklyn, NY – Grand Jury Indicts Zazi’s Father in Terror Plot for Destroying Chemicals

February 1, 2010 at 01:48 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A federal grand jury has charged the father of an airport driver accused in a terrorism plot with conspiring to obstruct a criminal investigation of the matter. A newly unsealed indictment says Mohammed Wali Zazi conspired to conceal and destroy chemicals, glasses and masks in a terrorism probe. His son Najibullah Zazi (NAH'-jee-bul-ah ZAH'-zee) was charged in September with...

Israel – Sephardi Chief Rabbi Rules Against Annulling Conversions

February 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM
Israel - Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar signed a ruling on Monday to prevent individual religious court judges from ruling on the annulment of conversions. Under the ruling, a case would have to be heard by a a panel appointed by the chief rabbi. Member of Knesset David Rotem welcomed the decision, saying, "The negotiations I held as a representative of the Yisrael Beiteinu party with Rabbi...

Czech Republic – Prague Gets Access to Holocaust Survivors Database

February 1, 2010 at 12:54 PM
Czech Republic - Prague has become the third European capital after Berlin and Budapest to have access to a unique U.S.-based database of Holocaust survivor testimonies. Project coordinator Jitka Drahokoupilova says Prague's Center of Visual History Malakh began on Friday to offer access to the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, a Los Angeles-based organization founded by director...

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