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California – Los Angeles Photo Exhibit: Israel Blocks Palestinian Access to Water

May 7, 2010 at 06:04 PM
California - Israel is stealing water from Syria and is blocking Palestinian access to water resources, this according to a National Geographic photo exhibit in Los Angeles. The "Water – Our Thirsty World" exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography is generally non-political, apart from nine photos taken in the West Bank, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea areas. The caption...

London – Poker Player Who Lost Money in Gambling ‘Put Trust in Rabbi’

May 7, 2010 at 03:08 PM
London - A young professional poker player from Hertfordshire who was said to have lost £700,000 at cards put his trust in a rabbi, a High Court judge has been told. The rabbi, Simon Nissim, offered to place spread bets for Andrew Feldman on the Dow Jones index and give him any winnings. But Mr Feldman, 22, who agreed to cover any losses and ended up with a bill for £140,000, is now...

Chicago, IL – New Kashrus Alert Issued For Alcoholic Beverages

May 7, 2010 at 02:29 PM
Chicago, IL - Concerned that large liquor companies in the United States which might be owned by Jews who may not have arranged for proper sale of their chometz before Pesach, Chicago based Association of Kashrus Organizations has issued an alert, recommending that Kashrus agencies and consumers change their policies regarding buying alcoholic beverages. The alert affects bourbon, cordials...

Manhattan, NY – Times Sq. Streets Reopened After Water Cooler Scare

May 7, 2010 at 01:41 PM
Manhattan, NY - Police cleared streets around Times Square on Friday after finding a cooler left on a sidewalk a block away from where where a failed car bomb was found over the weekend. Police have created some distance between the cooler and people and are "in an abundance of caution," looking into whether the white cooler was abandoned by someone, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. The...

Waterloo, IA – Rubashkin’s Trip To and From Courthouse To Be a Long One

May 7, 2010 at 01:22 PM
Waterloo, IA - A jury is seated in the trial of former Agriprocessors executive Shalom Rubashkin, but his trip to and from the courthouse will be a long one. Rubashkin, who was convicted of federal fraud charges and now faces misdemeanor child labor charges, was originally going to stay at the Black Hawk County Jail because it was so close to the courthouse, but his demands proved to be too...

New York – Bill to Expand Health Insurance Coverage for First Responders Becomes Law

May 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM
New York - Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R,I-Guilford) today announced a new law that provides expanded health services and insurance for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers. The bill, A.8215, of which Crouch was a co-sponsor, was signed into law by Governor Paterson. “Volunteer first responders are crucial to the safety and well-being of the citizens of this state,” said...

New York, NY – Judges Resist Claims by Debt Collectors

May 7, 2010 at 12:45 PM
New York, NY - As New Yorkers have tumbled into credit-card debt during the Great Recession, bill collectors have turned to the courts to get what they say is due, and the courts have in turn issued hundreds of thousands of orders against residents. Some consumer groups argue that by doing so, the courts have become little more than an arm of the debt-collection industry. Now, a few New York...

Washington – Regulatory Authorities Investigating Wild Stock Market Swing

May 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama said Friday that regulatory authorities are evaluating the "unusual market activity" on Wall Street this week in hopes of keeping such a sudden, violent drop from happening again. A computerized sell-off mixed with fears that the European debt crisis would spread sent the Dow Jones industrial average plummeting by almost 1,000 points within a half-hour...

New York, NY – Mayor Unveils $63 Billion Budget, 11,000 Job Cuts

May 7, 2010 at 12:04 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled his revised $63 billion budget plan for fiscal 2011, which includes shedding 11,000 public employees through layoffs and attrition. The mayor, an independent, repeatedly blamed the city's problems on the state, saying Governor David Paterson's $135 billion budget plan could take $1.3 billion from the city -- though the state gets half of its...

Brooklyn, NY – Yeshivah Boy In Critical Condition Struck By Vehicle

May 7, 2010 at 11:38 AM
Brooklyn, NY - A six-year-old boy running to school was struck by a vehicle in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. The victim was hit at the intersection of East 32nd Street and Avenue J just before 9 a.m. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital in critical condition. The boy was walking to Yeshiva at the time, and somehow got away from his mother, according to police. He was running...

Garden City, NY – Newspaper Apologizes for Obamas as Sitcom Actors

May 7, 2010 at 11:21 AM
Garden City, NY - A weekly New York newspaper has apologized for a photo depicting President Barack Obama and his wife as characters from the TV sitcom "Sanford and Son." Smithtown Messenger publisher Phillip Sciarello said in an editorial that it was not the Long Island paper's intent to offend anyone. He again maintained that the photo was meant as political satire. But he said the paper...

Washington – Army General: Shahzad Acted Alone

May 7, 2010 at 11:06 AM
Washington - Gen. David Petraeus says the Times Square bombing suspect is a "lone wolf" terrorist who did not work with others. The general who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan tells The Associated Press that alleged bomber Faisal Shahzad was inspired by militants in Pakistan, but didn't have direct contact with them. Authorities say Shahzad told investigators he went to a terror...

Jerusalem – Yeshiva Head Suspected of Shooting Student Indicted

May 7, 2010 at 11:02 AM
Jerusalem - Three days after his arrest, the Jerusalem District Prosecution filed an indictment again Ben Ish Chai Yeshiva head Menachem Edri, who allegedly shot and wounded one of his students following an argument. Edri's friend, 30-year-old Yitzhak Zohar of Jerusalem, was also charged with assisting the Yeshiva head in the act. According to the indictment, Edri served as rabbi at the...

New York – Stocks Continues to Slip After Wild Day, Europe Woes Linger

May 7, 2010 at 10:58 AM
New York - Stocks moved lower in morning trading Friday, a day after one of the most turbulent days in the market's history. A strong report on jobs reassured investors that the economy is recovering, however. The Labor Department reported that employers added 290,000 jobs last month, far more than expected and the biggest jump in four years. However the jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent...

Portsmouth, NH – Bomb Threat on NYC-bound Greyhound Bus Was ‘Misunderstanding’; Two Charged

May 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM
Portsmouth, NH - A person close to the investigation says the passenger on a Greyhound bus at the center of a daylong bomb scare in Portsmouth, N.H., was a foreign national who was too scared to get off the bus. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he as not authorized to speak publicly, said the bomb scare was sparked by another passenger who thought...

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