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Washington – President Obama to Name Jewish Woman Elena Kagan to U.S. Supreme Court

May 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, NBC News’ Pete Williams reported late Sunday night. Kagan, 50, served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. Obama nominated her to serve in her current post as solicitor general early in 2009, and she won Senate confirmation by a vote...

Kabul, Afghanistan – The Last Jew Vows to Stay Put [video]

May 9, 2010 at 09:27 PM
Kabul, Afghanistan - Zablon Simintov is always guaranteed the best seat in his local synagogue here, but the privilege comes with a downside: he's the last Jew in Afghanistan. The country's 800-year-old Jewish community -- an estimated 40,000 strong at its peak -- is now a party of one. But Simintov, for his part, isn't going anywhere soon. For more than a decade, he has refused to join his...

Washington – Poll: Chassidic/Orthodox Are Strongest Anti-Obama Group

May 9, 2010 at 08:39 PM
Washington - A new McLaughlin Group poll shows that nearly half of Jewish-Americans who voted for US President Barack Obama in 2008 would not vote for him again. When asked if they would: (a) vote to re-elect Obama, or (b) consider voting for someone else. 42% of Jewish-Americans said they would vote for Obama and 46%, a plurality, preferred the second answer. 12% said they did not know or...

Israel – Ultra-Orthodox Educators Reject Plan to Raise Education Bar for Principals

May 9, 2010 at 07:33 PM
Israel - Leading figures in the state religious-education system are undermining the Education Ministry's attempts to institute regulations that will require school principals to hold master's degrees. Ministry officials said opposition to the directive is part of a broader trend whereby the religious-education system is moving further into the camp of the national religious ultra-Orthodox (a...

Manhattan, NY – Times Square Terror Plot May Have Cost as Little as $7K

May 9, 2010 at 06:09 PM
Manhattan, NY - Confessed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appears to have financed his failed plot with a wad of $100 bills, but the amount of money needed to execute the scheme was fairly modest. There was his plane ticket to the U.S. from Pakistan, as well as a return flight to the United Arab Emirates, at a cost of less than $800 each way. Add to that his living expenses, including three...

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Sheriff’s Office’s Budget Shows Cuts to Kosher Jail Meals

May 9, 2010 at 05:31 PM
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Broward Sheriff's Office's 252-page budget proposal is chock-full of statistics and predictions for the upcoming year, including this surprising one: a major drop in the need for kosher meals at the jail. BSO anticipates serving 420 kosher meals per day for the next fiscal year -- less than half the 898 budgeted for this year. During the 2008/09 year, 900 kosher meals...

Washington – Hamas Complains: Letters to Obama Unanswered

May 9, 2010 at 04:34 PM
Washington - Ismail Haniya, the head of the Islamist Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, has written twice to US President Barack Obama but has not received a reply, a Hamas spokesperson said on Sunday. Taher al-Nunu said Haniya had asked Obama to intervene against an Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the enclave and recognise Hamas rule as legitimate in light of its victory in the 2006 Palestinian...

Washington – Anti-Terrorism Czar: Cyber Attack Could Cause An “electronic Pearl Harbor” in The U.S.

May 9, 2010 at 03:39 PM
Washington - The US must prepare itself for a full-scale cyber attack which could cause death and destruction across the country in less than 15 minutes, the former anti-terrorism Tsar to Bill Clinton and George W Bush has warned. Richard Clarke claims that America's lack of preparation for the annexing of its computer system by terrorists could lead to an "electronic Pearl Harbor". In his...

New York – Gov. Paterson Urges Civilian-led Task Force For Homeland Security

May 9, 2010 at 03:33 PM
New York - Gov. Paterson wants more people to react like the two hero street vendors who saw something and said something last week in Times Square. The governor, visiting Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, the guys who alerted police to Faisal Shahzad's smoking car, called last night for the creation of a task force to get the public more involved in watching out for terrorists. "I am thinking...

Waterloo, IA – Rubashkin Dispute Reignites Legal Question How Much Religious Freedom to Allow Prisoner

May 9, 2010 at 02:51 PM
Waterloo, IA - Each morning before he prays in his jail cell, Sholom Rubashkin wraps a thin black band from his forearm to his fingertips, and he wraps another band around his head. It was the leather straps and a prayer shawl - all viewed as potential weapons - that caused the Black Hawk County sheriff last week to deem Rubashkin's religious needs too dangerous for the local jail, county...

Ashkelon – Controversial Graves Adjacent to Barzilai Hospital Soon to be Removed

May 9, 2010 at 02:06 PM
Ashkelon, Israel - The ancient tombs near the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon which were at the heart of a national controversy will be removed in the near future, possibly next week, a specially designated committee created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided today. During the committee meeting, headed by Prime Minister's Office Director General Eyal Gabay, it was decided in...

New York – NYC Shells Out $17.6M In Sanitatation ‘Trash and smash’ Claims

May 9, 2010 at 12:39 PM
New York - Last year, the city was hit with more than 1,000 legal claims and hundreds of complaints from New Yorkers claiming 20-ton garbage trucks were careening the wrong way down city streets, running stop signs, making illegal U-turns -- and taking out side-view mirrors, trees, fire hydrants and even people along the way. During the 2009 fiscal year, taxpayers shelled out $17.6 million to...

New York – Phony $100 and $50 Bills are Flooding NYC

May 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM
New York - Phony $100 and $50 bills are flooding the city -- and the feds want your help to stop the high-quality fakes. The funny money, on paper that seems genuine and with watermarks and imbedded strips, looks so real that it can easily fool stores and even banks, they say. So US Secret Service investigators have circulated posters showing the bogus bills' tiny imperfections, which...

North Europe – Ash Closes Airports in Spain, Portugal, Italy

May 9, 2010 at 12:13 PM
North Europe - A plume of volcanic ash snaked its way through southern France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany Sunday, shutting down airports and disrupting flights across Europe. Trans-Atlantic connections were also being diverted around a larger patch of cloud stretching from southern Greenland to the coast of Portugal, adding several hours to flights between Europe and North America and...

Washington – White House Sees No Cyber Attack on Wall Street

May 9, 2010 at 11:27 AM
Washington - The White House's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser says there is no evidence that a cyber attack was behind the chaos that shook Wall Street last Thursday. John Brennan told "Fox News Sunday" that they have uncovered no links to cyber attacks in examining the causes of the turbulence that sent Dow Jones industrials plunging almost 1,000 points before staging a...

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