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Albany, NY – NY Lawmakers Approve Nannies Rights Bill

June 1, 2010 at 11:08 PM
Albany, NY - New York lawmakers have passed bills to require overtime pay after eight-hour workdays and at least one day off weekly for more than 200,000 housekeepers, nannies and other domestic workers in the state. Advocates say that if Gov. David Paterson signs the measures into law, New York will become the first state establishing those rights for household workers, most of whom are women...

New York – DNA Databank Proposed for All-Crimes

June 1, 2010 at 09:53 PM
New York - The state would be allowed to collect a DNA sample from anyone convicted of a crime, including misdemeanors such as curfew violation, petty theft and vandalism, under legislation announced by Gov. David Paterson on Tuesday. While 16 states collect DNA from some who commit misdemeanors, New York would become the first with a so-called all-crimes databank, according to the National...

Israel – Computer Programming in Yiddish for Charedi Kids To Break Cultural Barriers

June 1, 2010 at 08:31 PM
Israel - Society is comprised of a variety of factions, which can be distinguished – among other things – in their approach towards advance technology. The state educational system encourages its students to make use of technological tools, and many schools offer computerization and programming classes. There is one wide public, however, whose children are relatively disconnected from...

Romania – Ex-PM Punishes Son to Work at “Elie Wiesel” for Swastika Incident

June 1, 2010 at 07:30 PM
Romania - Ex-PM Adrian Nastase sends his son for an internship at "Elie Wiesel" as a form of punishment for his son appearance, swastika on his arm, at a party. The Social Democratic politician brings the news on his own blog in a post which starts with: "I learned these days that my son, Mihnea, made a blunder while abroad". The information that Mihnea Nastase appeared with a 3rd Reich...

Mumbai, India – Nariman Survivor Baby Moshe Still Awaits Compensation

June 1, 2010 at 06:52 PM
Mumbai, India - Grandfather of baby Moshe, one of the youngest survivors of the 26/11 terrorist attacks, is still waiting for an announcement regarding compensation for his grandson. Moshe's parents, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, were among five hostages killed at Nariman House, the Chabad Jewish center at Colaba. Moshe, who is half American, was rescued by his Indian nanny...

Jerusalem – American Hit in anti-Israeli Protest Loses Eye

June 1, 2010 at 05:44 PM
Jerusalem - An American woman has lost her eye during a demonstration in Jerusalem against Israel's naval raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, a hospital official said Tuesday. Emily Henochowicz, 21, of Maryland, underwent surgery after suffering the injury, said hospital spokeswoman Yael Bossem-Levy. Henochowicz was hit in the face by a tear gas canister shot by an Israeli border policeman, said...

Israel – Netanyahu: World Criticism Won’t Stop Israel’s Blockade of Gaza

June 1, 2010 at 05:06 PM
Israel - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his political-security cabinet on Tuesday that international condemnation would not stop Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Israel Navy's deadly raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying humanitarian aid awakened a storm of criticism among Israel's friends and foes alike, leading many members of the United Nations Security Council to...

Washington – Feds Open Criminal Probe of Gulf Oil Spill

June 1, 2010 at 04:18 PM
Washington - Attorney General Eric Holder says federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Holder would not specify Tuesday which companies or individuals might be the targets of the probe. He says federal clean air and pollution laws give him the power to open the investigations. Holder met with attorneys general...

New York – CNN OpEd: A World Of Hypocrites When It Comes To Israel

June 1, 2010 at 03:40 PM
New York - Enjoy hypocrisy? This past weekend you could glut the appetite. On Monday, Israeli ships stopped a flotilla carrying materials that could be used for war, including cement that Israel maintained could be used to build bunkers, to Hamas-ruled Gaza. The crew of one boat resisted violently, triggering a firefight in which nine people were killed, most of them Turkish...

Waterloo, IA – Wife Takes Stand at End of Rubashkin Slaughterhouse Trial

June 1, 2010 at 03:06 PM
Waterloo, IA - Sholom Rubashkin was busy in his job at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville and traveled a lot for work, according to his wife. Rubashkin, former Agriprocessors executive, is on trial for 83 counts of misdemeanor child labor violations, and his trial resumed Tuesday morning in Black Hawk County District Court with his wife, Leah Rubashkin, taking the stand. She...

England – Analysis: Israel Had No Choice Over Gaza Flotilla

June 1, 2010 at 02:51 PM
England - The tragic events of Monday morning are, rightly, sending shockwaves around the world – but blaming the IDF alone for the carnage flies in the face of the facts. Video footage from an on-board news agency clearly shows a premeditated attack on Israeli soldiers, with activists using iron bars and other weapons to assault the troops and giving the IDF carte blanche to respond with force...

Vienna, Austria – Government To Pay for ‘Seforim’ Looted by Nazis from Jews

June 1, 2010 at 01:31 PM
Vienna, Austria - The Austrian National Library said Tuesday it would pay 135,000 euros (164,000 dollars) for thousands of books in its possession that were looted by the Nazis from Jews during World War II. In a symbolic gesture, library director Johanna Rachinger handed over the books to the Austrian National Fund for the Victims of National Socialism at a special ceremony here. The...

Nashville, TN – Al and Tipper Gore Separating after 40-Years of Marriage

June 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM
Nashville, TN - Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, are separating after 40 years of marriage. According to an e-mail circulated among the couple's friends and obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, the Gores said it was "a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration." Gore spokeswoman Kalee...

Manhattan, NY – In Real Estate War Nothing Matches New York City

June 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM
Manhattan, NY - For real-estate madness, nothing matches New York City, where neighbors are less likely to welcome you to your new home with a pie and a smile than a lawsuit. The city's co-op buildings -- occupants own shares of a building rather than a specific unit -- are the scenes of worst offenses, and today the New York Times provides a behind-the-scenes look at a tenant war in one such...

New York – Fears That BP Cannot Contain Oil Spill Wipe $63 BILLION Off Company’s Value

June 1, 2010 at 11:43 AM
New York - BP lost billions more in market value Tuesday when shares fell steeply in the first trading day since the company failed to plug the worst oil spill in U.S. history, as investors realized the best chance to stop the leak was months away and there was no end in sight to the cleanup. As hurricane season began on the fragile Gulf Coast, BP settled in for the long-term. With the...

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