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Israel – Yad Vashem Adds First Salvadoran to “Righteous” List

March 1, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Holocaust memorial on Tuesday added a Salvadoran diplomat to its list of gentiles who risked their lives to help save Jews during World War II. Col. Jose Arturo Castellanos defied his government by issuing thousands of visas and fake documents to as many as 40,000 Jews, helping many escape death at the hands of the Nazis. Castellanos was the first Salvadoran to be added...

Tehran, Iran – Reports: Iran Uses Tear Gas To Disperse Protesters

March 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Tehran, Iran - Police in Tehran used tear gas and batons Tuesday to disperse anti-government protesters demanding the release of opposition leaders, with several people arrested in the biggest street clashes in Iran's capital in more than two weeks, witnesses and opposition websites said. Protesters rallied at several points in the capital, chanting "Death to the dictator" and urging...

New York – Laptop Tracks Gaze, Taking Eye-Tracking Out Of Lab

March 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM
New York - Ever wish your eyes were lasers? A laptop prototype brings that wish closer to reality. It tracks your gaze and figures out where you're looking on the screen. That means, among other things, that you can play a game where you burn up incoming asteroids with a laser that hits where you look. In another demonstration this week, the computer scrolled a text on the screen in...

London – Gadhafi’s Son: Libyans Have Not Been Bombed

March 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM
London - One of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's sons has told Britain's Sky News that the country's air force has not been used to attack civilians protesting his father's regime. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi said Tuesday that Libya would welcome a fact-finding mission from any country to investigate recent events. Leaders in the United States, Europe and Australia have suggested imposing a no-fly...

Brooklyn, NY – Pfizer Makes Whopping $26M Off Sale Of Brooklyn Plant

March 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Brooklyn, NY - NY Pfizer made $26 million selling more than half of its former South Williamsburg complex to a company planning to bring new light-manufacturing and commercial jobs to the long-shuttered site, according to a web report. Long Island City-based Acumen Capital Partners earlier this month bought eight of 13 acres at the Flushing Avenue complex -- Pfizer’s 162-year-old birthplace...

New York – Time Running Out for Thousands Owed Tax Refunds from 2007

March 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM
New York - Think it's not worth filing a tax return, especially one dating back three years? Think again. If you failed to file your 2007 return, you might be one of 62,600 New Yorkers who are owed a total of $78.4 million in unclaimed refunds - but time is running out to claim your money. To collect your refund, your 2007 return must be postmarked by April 18. The law provides most...

Paris – Dior Fires Designer John Galliano

March 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM
Paris - Christian Dior says it's firing designer John Galliano after an online video showed him praising Adolf Hitler — a bombshell certain to rock fashion's elite world as the latest Paris ready-to-wear shows begin. The French fashion house showed the famed British designer the door Tuesday following a string of accusations of racist and anti-Semitic rants against patrons of at least one...

New York, NY – Stiffer Penalties Loom for Landlords Who Violate Heat Laws

March 1, 2011 at 09:56 AM
New York, NY - The City Council plans on Wednesday to approve legislation that would stiffen penalties for landlords who violate city heat laws, aiming to curtail any economic incentive for building owners to withhold heat and hot water from tenants. The legislation was sponsored by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the city's chief government watchdog; it will be the first he's introduced since...

Washington – Urging Gadhafi To Go, US Suggests Exile

March 1, 2011 at 09:20 AM
Washington - U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Tuesday urged defiant Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi consider exile, saying she's worried the African nation could plummet into a "humanitarian disaster." "It's important that he get off the stage," Rice said in an interview on CBS's "The Early Show." She said that exile "may be an option that he looks at." But the ambassador added that not even...

Judea and Samaria – Rabbi to Netanyahu: We Are Not the Enemy

March 1, 2011 at 09:01 AM
Israel - Rabbi Chaim Druckman, a leading figure in the religious-Zionist world, has voiced his disapproval of police and army violence at Gilad Farm in Samaria. He sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu deploring the government's approach to the issue. If homes must be demolished, “it should be done with coordination and dialogue, not as a battle. Residents of Judea and Samaria...

Brooklyn, NY – Community Board Vote Paves The Way For New Shul on E. 2nd Street

March 1, 2011 at 08:28 AM
Brooklyn, NY - A local civic gave its blessing to an Orthodox congregation looking to build a shul on E. Second Street between Avenue P and Quentin Road, after logging just a couple complaints that the synagogue would change the character of the residential block. “We’re extremely pleased,” said congregation member Joey Esses, one of more than three-dozen people who attended the...

Washington – UN Chief Invokes ‘Never Again’ in Remarks on Libya at Holocaust Museum

March 1, 2011 at 08:22 AM
Washington - Ban Ki Moon toured Monday the Holocaust museum after a meeting with President Obama at the White House. In remarks to the press, Ban very sharply rebuked Qaddafi, saying that the Libyan leader “lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people.” Ban frequently invoked the “Never Again” refrain in remarks that referenced the state directed attacks against the Libyan...

Scottsmoor, FL – Parts Of I-95 Remain Closed After Central Fla. Wildfire Grows To 13,000 Acres

March 1, 2011 at 08:03 AM
Scottsmoor, FL - A fast-moving wildfire has shut down close to 30 miles of a major interstate on Florida's central Atlantic coast. Stiff winds are spreading the flames and smoke in a mostly rural stretch of Brevard County. But rain is expected Tuesday and officials hope it will help fight the fire. The blaze has burned more than 13,000 acres, prompted evacuations and destroyed two hunting...

Africa – 12 Jews Honored on Stamps as Apartheid Fighters

March 1, 2011 at 07:50 AM
Africa - The postal services of Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone will simultaneously issue a set of three commemorative postal sheets on Tuesday in memory of 12 Jews – men and women – who fought Apartheid and racism in Africa. In the struggle against South African Apartheid, according to one of the commemorative sheets, it was estimated that Jews were overrepresented by 2,500 percent in...

Tripoli, Libya – Pro-Gadhafi Forces Try To Retake Strategic City

March 1, 2011 at 07:44 AM
Tripoli, Libya - Government opponents in rebel-held Zawiya repelled an attempt by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi to retake the city closest to the capital in six hours of fighting overnight, witnesses said Tuesday. The rebels, who include mutinous army forces, are armed with tanks, machine guns and anti-aircraft guns. They fought back pro-Gadhafi troops, armed with the same weapons, who...

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