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Albany, NY – Governor Paterson Rescinds Raises For Staff

May 11, 2010 at 11:14 PM
Albany, NY - Five members of the staff of Gov. David Paterson's press office have been given raises even while thousands of other state workers are being asked not to take their raises or to take furloughs. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office says it has been given paperwork from the governor's office to OK raises to four staffers whose titles are changing, and one staffer who is not getting...

Jerusalem – Scientists Stunned as Grey Whale Sighted off Israel [video]

May 11, 2010 at 10:52 PM
Jerusalem - appearance of a grey whale off the coast of Israel has stunned scientists, in what was thought to be the first time the giant mammal has been seen outside the Pacific in several hundred years. The whale, which was first sighted off Herzliya in central Israel on Saturday, is believed to have travelled thousands of miles from the north Pacific after losing its way in search of...

Waterloo, IA – Day 2 of Rubashkin Trial: Worker Testimony Continues

May 11, 2010 at 10:33 PM
Waterloo, IA - Among the mountains of bogus immigration records and job applications with fake names and birthdays in the case against Sholom Rubashkin, the two documents prosecutors keep coming back to are yearbooks. Testimony in the state's child labor case against the former Agriprocessors' executive continued this Tuesday with a parade of former workers taking the stand. And each time...

Berlin, Germany – NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Picks Up Kissinger Award

May 11, 2010 at 09:19 PM
Berlin, Germany - Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew from London to Germany’s capital this afternoon to receive this year’s Henry A. Kissinger Prize at the American Academy in Berlin. Bloomberg is the fourth recipient of the prize, which honors Americans or Europeans who have “made a singular contribution to the transatlantic relationship.” In receiving the prize at the lakeside villa that...

Washington – FCC Aims to Ease Shock of Cellphone Bills

May 11, 2010 at 08:05 PM
Washington - New Yorker Gamel Ghazi used to fight with his two teenage boys over texting charges that ranged from $20 to $100 per month. One month, he canceled the data plan for the phones, only to see his kids run up $120 in charges for extra voice minutes on the next bill. "They should let people know before they have to pay extra," said Mr. Ghazi, a van driver who takes people to medical...

London – Hardliner On Iran To Be UK’s New Defense Secretary Under Cameron

May 11, 2010 at 06:22 PM
London - A Conservative official tells The Associated Press that party lawmaker Liam Fox will be British defense secretary. The hawkish Fox takes a tough line on Iran's disputed nuclear program, and is a staunch advocate of Britain's retaining a nuclear deterrent. Two other Conservative Party officials told the AP that Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg would serve as Britain's deputy prime...

Washington – Obama: Israel, Palestinians to be Held Accountable

May 11, 2010 at 06:11 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that Israel and the Palestinians would be held accountable if either side takes actions that undermine U.S.-mediated talks launched this week, the White House said. Obama issued the pledge in a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which he also urged both parties to negotiate "seriously and in good faith" and move from...

New York – Orange County Executive Lambastes Senator for Seeking Money for KJ

May 11, 2010 at 05:04 PM
New York - Orange County Executive Edward Diana Tuesday took Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to task for seeking $1 million in federal funds for an emergency operations center in the Village of Kiryas Joel. Diana, who is contemplating a run against Gillibrand this fall, said he funds her funding request “outrageous and irresponsible” given the fact that the county has a new, state-o-f-the art...

New York, NY – To Generate Cash Transit Selling Lost & Found

May 11, 2010 at 04:12 PM
New York, NY - New York City Transit has found a new way to generate revenue: By selling your stuff. In an effort to expand the agency's opportunity to bring in cash in tough economic times, officials are tapping into social media to get the word out. The agency's Twitter page has been aflutter with snapshots of items in their Lost & Found stash and info on buying them. Any L&F loot...

Poland – After Large-Scale Renovation, the White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw is Rededicated and Reopened to the Public

May 11, 2010 at 03:56 PM
Poland - The reopening of the grand White Stork Synagogue, which underwent extensive reconstruction in recent years, was marked in a ceremony attended by more than 800 people which took place last Thursday in the city of Wroclaw, Poland. The White Stork Synagogue was built in 1829. During the Second World War, the Germans turned it into a Nazi warehouse (which is why it was not destroyed...

Berlin, Germany – Court Convicts 3 Members of Neo-Nazi Youth Camp Group

May 11, 2010 at 02:24 PM
Berlin, Germany - Three members of a far-right group were convicted Tuesday of organizing events to indoctrinate youth with neo-Nazi ideals, including a camping trip that had children painting masks with swastikas. All three were members of the Homeland-Faithful German Youth, or HDJ, which was banned by Germany's Interior Ministry last year for promoting racist and Nazi ideology among children...

New York, NY – NYPD commissioner: NYC Bomb Suspect ‘Homegrown’

May 11, 2010 at 02:14 PM
New York, NY - New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the suspected driver in a failed car bombing of Times Square fits the profile of a "homegrown" terrorist. NYPD officials said Tuesday that Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') was among a recent wave of suspects who have roots in middle-class America, but become radicalized by traveling to overseas terrorist hotbeds. The...

Jerusalem – Archaeologists Find Water Source from Biblical Times

May 11, 2010 at 01:57 PM
Jerusalem - The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) on Tuesday announced the discovery of segments of an arched bridge and aqueduct at an excavation site outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Yehiel Zelinger, the IAA archaeologist responsible for the dig, termed the find "Spectacular." He said the bridge was originally part of an ancient aqueduct that brought water to the Temple Mount...

London – David Cameron To Become Britain’s New Prime Minister, Gordon Brown Resigns

May 11, 2010 at 01:35 PM
London - Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister. Mr Brown has officially tendered his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and recommended Conservative leader David Cameron succeed him. Speaking alongside his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing Street, he said the job had been "a privilege" and wished his successor well. Mr Brown is also stepping down as...

New York – Treading B’Derech HaChassidus and Advocating For Our Children

May 11, 2010 at 12:45 PM
New York - VIN News continues to highlight Organization's that make a real difference in our community. During the past year, VIN News has featured a New York based non profit organization B’Derech, the movement to return to the Derech of the Baal Shem Tov and keep kids happy B’Derech HaTorah. In the spirit of Shavuous – the yahrtzeit of the Baal Shem Tov – and the recent escalation...

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