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New York, NY – RFK Bridge Reopens after X-Ray Finds No Explosives in Abandoned Truck

May 5, 2010 at 11:15 PM
New York, NY - A suspicious truck abandoned Wednesday several yards from a toll booth near the Manhattan side of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge turned out to be empty and not a threat, the New York Police Department said. The bridge reopened for traffic after being closed briefly Wednesday night. Police spokesman Paul Browne said a bridge authority officer believed he smelled gasoline coming...

Washington – NY Times: U.S. Officials Say Pakistani Taliban Likely Had Role in Times Square Bombing Attempt

May 5, 2010 at 09:45 PM
Washington - American officials said Wednesday that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had played a role in the bombing attempt in Times Square, elevating concerns about whether other militant groups could deliver at least a glancing blow on American soil. Officials said that after two days of intense questioning of the bombing suspect...

Plainville, NY – New Owners Shutting Down Kosher Turkey Farm Plant

May 5, 2010 at 09:21 PM
Plainville, NY - Little more than a year after going into operations, Kosher Valley is shutting down its plant at the former Plainville Turkey Farm. On Wednesday, Kosher Valley’s parent company, Hain Celestial, announced in a quarterly report that it had sold off the Kosher Valley brand. At 4 p.m. workers were told the plant would be shut down in a week and stay closed for six...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Spares 900 Police Jobs after Failed Bomb Attack

May 5, 2010 at 08:29 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg already said a few weeks ago that he would not lay off police officers due to budget cuts, but now NBCNewYork has learned his executive budget tomorrow will also restore 892 police officer jobs who he planned  to eliminate through attrition. The reconsideration comes following a result of the failed car-bomb plot in Times Square over the weekend. The...

Verona, NJ – Neighbors Claim Holocaust Memorial Is A Daily Reminder of Death

May 5, 2010 at 07:19 PM
Verona, NJ - They are memories so painful, they're fueling a heated debate in an unexpected spot. A neighborhood in Verona, New Jersey is divided over a Holocaust memorial. Some residents say the memorial is a daily reminder of death, and they want it moved. The memorial is a railroad track leading to a barbed wire-wrapped star bearing the names of concentration camps. It's the vision of...

New York City – Improper Curb Cut Parking Tickets

May 5, 2010 at 06:49 PM
New York City - Someone hasn't clued-in New York City ticket writers or they are not reading the rule book. That is because Fox 5 found that in some cases they are giving tickets that are just plain wrong. The conflict is over tickets being given to cars parked at certain curb cuts at T intersections. In certain cases, it is perfectly legal -- yet ticket writers are slapping the vehicles with...

New York – NYC Police Have Video of Car Bomb Suspect Near SUV

May 5, 2010 at 06:06 PM
New York - New York City police say they have surveillance video of the Times Square car bomb suspect walking down an alley moments after witnesses saw a smoking SUV parked there. A law enforcement official says the 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') walks away wearing a white baseball cap moments after the Nissan Pathfinder is ditched in a no-standing zone across from a Broadway...

Garden City, NY – Weekly Newspaper Depicts Obamas as Black Sitcom Actors

May 5, 2010 at 05:37 PM
Garden City, NY - A weekly newspaper publisher on New York's Long Island is defending its decision to portray President Barack Obama and his wife as characters from the TV sitcom "Sanford and Son." Some local political leaders and others contend it's a racist depiction. A photo spread in the weekly Smithtown Messenger features "before and after" photos of six presidents and their wives...

Seattle, WA – Court: Inmate Denied Torah Can Sue Organization

May 5, 2010 at 04:20 PM
Seattle, WA - A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a Washington inmate who was denied Jewish reading materials. Dennis Florer is serving 10 years for stealing a truck from a car dealership in 2003 and running over the salesman. He claimed he was Jewish and requested a Torah and other items from Jewish Prisoner Services International, a private organization contracted...

Greece – Athens Jews Unharmed By Violent Riots

May 5, 2010 at 03:14 PM
Greece - The 3,000 members of the Jewish community of Athens have so far remained untouched by the violence that has swept through the streets. Tens of thousands of people gathered today outside the Greek parliament building during nationwide strikes to protest newly enacted austerity measures designed to save the country from bankruptcy. Enraged rioters attempted to storm Parliament, threw...

Manhattan, NY – Lawsuit: Trump University a Ripoff

May 5, 2010 at 02:47 PM
Manhattan, NY - The No. 1 lesson students learn at Donald Trump's online business program is How To Max Out Credit Cards 101, a new lawsuit charges. A California businesswoman says that lured by the Trump name, she took bogus seminars at Trump University that destroyed her credit - and taught her almost nothing about real estate. Fashion designer Tarla Makaeff filed a class-action suit...

New York, NY – On Israel, Jews and Leaders Often Disagree

May 5, 2010 at 01:53 PM
New York, NY - Criticizing Israel has long been the equivalent of touching a third rail in many Jewish families and friendships, relegating disagreements to a conversational demilitarized zone where only the innocent and foolhardy go. "You cannot really engage in that conversation," said Phillip Moore, a teacher in this Detroit suburb who has embraced strong opinions on many topics in his life...

New York – Iranian President: Osama Bin Laden Is Not in Iran – But Is in Washington, D.C.

May 5, 2010 at 01:27 PM
New York - Is Osama Bin Laden hiding out in Iran? The nation's controversial leader says he doesn't know - maybe he's in D.C. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad deflected the question during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning, America." "Is Osama Bin Laden in Tehran?" the former "This Week" host asked on Wednesday. "Your question is laughable," Ahmadinejad...

New York – Executives Accused in Alleged Stock Fraud Scheme

May 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM
New York - The top executives of Spongetech Delivery Systems Inc. were arrested and charged Wednesday in an alleged scheme to defraud investors by reporting falsely and grossly overstated sales figures. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Michael Metter, Spongetech's chief executive and president, and Steven Moskowitz, the cleaning-products maker's chief operating officer and...

Beersheba, Israel – Young Israelis Turn to Yiddish in Search of Their Roots

May 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM
Beersheba, Israel - Nufal Levanon, a 25-year-old student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, rarely heard Yiddish growing up, although her Romanian-born parents both were native speakers of the language. Meira Goodman, 24, only became interested in Yiddish after her Czech-born grandmother died three years ago. “I didn’t hear much Yiddish from her, but even when she spoke...

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