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Portland, OR – Scientists Seek to Document Later Fall Colors

October 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Portland, OR - Clocks may not be the only thing falling back: That signature autumn change in leaf colors may be drifting further down the calendar. Scientists don't quite know if global warming is changing the signs of fall like it already has with an earlier-arriving spring. They're turning their attention to fall foliage in hopes of determining whether climate change is leading to a later...

Bergholz, OH – Ohio Amish Leader: Beard-Cutting Religious Matter

October 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Bergholz, OH - The leader of an Amish group with members accused of going into the home of another Amish man and cutting his hair and beard said Monday it's a religious matter and police shouldn't be involved. Sam Mullet said he didn't order the hair-cutting but didn't stop two of his sons and another man from carrying it out last week on a 74-year-old man in his home in rural eastern...

Luxembourg – France FM: Palestinian Statehood Bid Creating Cracks in European Unity

October 10, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Luxembourg - The Palestinians' bid for statehood is starting to create cracks in European unity, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Monday, after discussing the issue with his European Union counterparts in Luxembourg. "You see two tendencies appearing more and more among the 27 [member states]," he told reporters as he left the meeting, saying that "a lot of energy" would be needed to...

New York – FAA Allows NYC Tourist Choppers In Off-Limits Area

October 10, 2011 at 08:59 PM
New York - The Federal Aviation Administration says it's allowing sightseeing helicopters to descend through an airspace corridor over New York's Hudson River that's supposed to be off-limits to local air traffic. Aviation consultant Ken Pasker on Monday said that's dangerous because the routes aren't charted and other pilots don't expect helicopters to be descending through the...

Bethel, NY – Two Arrested for Burglarizing Hasidic Bungalow Colony

October 10, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Bethel, NY - State Police have arrested two people on charges that they stole copper from a Hasidic residential community in Bethel. William Lewis, 26, and Katherine Young, 31, were spotted Sunday by the caretaker stealing copper piping and then followed in his car, state police say. The two were eventually stopped in the City of Middletown and arrested by troopers in the Wurtsboro...

New York – NYPD Costs Rise As Wall Street Protests Continue

October 10, 2011 at 07:18 PM
New York - The cost of constant police surveillance is growing as Wall Street protesters gear up for another week. The New York Police Department has spent nearly $2 million, mostly in overtime pay, to patrol the lower Manhattan protest in recent weeks. And with no end in sight, the price tag will continue to rise at a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered city agencies to slash...

New York – Speedy Federal Approvals Sought for Tappan Zee Bridge

October 10, 2011 at 06:45 PM
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking the federal government to speed up reviews and approvals for a Tappan Zee Bridge project in the New York City suburbs. His request comes before any decision has been made public on whether to replace the aging, overcrowded bridge across the Hudson River. The governor's office said Monday that President Barack Obama invited states to submit big job-creating...

Manhattan, NY – ‘Millionaire’ Home Visits Add to Wall Street Protests

October 10, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Manhattan, NY - Planned back-to-back protests on Tuesday and Wednesday by some of the city's most seasoned agitators will look to build on the energy of the Occupy Wall Street movement to advance union campaigns by workers across the five boroughs. The coalition of labor, community and advocacy groups that organized last week's 15,000-person march to support the protest in lower Manhattan is...

Beirut – Top Syria Cleric Threatens Suicide attacks In US

October 10, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Beirut - Syria's top Sunni Muslim cleric has warned Western countries against military intervention in Syria and threatened to retaliate with suicide bombings in the United States and Europe if his country comes under attack. Western countries have shown no willingness to open a Libyan-style military campaign against the regime of President Bashar Assad, who has launched a bloody crackdown on...

New York – U.S. Stocks Jump on European Pledge To Help Banks

October 10, 2011 at 04:02 PM
New York - Stocks rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe Monday after French and German leaders promised to strengthen European banks. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 329 points to close at 11,432. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they would finalize a "comprehensive response" to the debt crisis by the end of the month, including a plan to make...

New York, NY – NYC Mayor: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters Can Stay Indefinitely

October 10, 2011 at 03:30 PM
New York, NY - As anti-corporate protests continue around Wall Street, Mayor Bloomberg said today that he will allow them to stay indefinitely -- as long as they follow the law. "The bottom line is -- people want to express themselves. And as long as they obey the laws, we'll allow them to," said Bloomberg as he prepared to march in the Columbus Day Parade along Fifth Avenue. "If they break...

Toledo, OH – Ohio’s ‘Joe the Plumber’ To Run For Congress

October 10, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Toledo, OH - Joe the Plumber is taking the plunge into politics. The Ohio man who became famous during the 2008 presidential campaign has filed paperwork to run for Congress. Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher's (WUR'-zuhl-bahk-kuhr) statement of candidacy filed with the Federal Elections Commission last week says he intends to run as a Republican in Ohio's ninth U.S. House district. The seat is...

Melbourne, Australia – New Smartphone App Pinpoints Closest Public Sukkah

October 10, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Melbourne, Australia - A website that has been offering a worldwide registry of Sukkahs for eighteen years has released a new app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android users, enabling even more people to locate a Sukkah near them. www.LocalSukkah.org was created as a service to the Jewish community of Melbourne, Australia in 1994 and currently includes listings for Sukkahs in twenty two...

Brooklyn, NY – Mishpacha Succos Edition Profiles Moishe Metzger, The Noted Gabbai Of Shomeri Shabbos Shul

October 10, 2011 at 01:28 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Moishe Metzger, the indefatigable gabbai of the revolving-minyan Shomrei Shabbos shul in Boro Park, proves that a person can be in many places at once. He’s at every one of the simultaneous minyanim — making sure each starts on time, seeing to it that an aveil gets the amud, manning the pushkes, replenishing the coffee, and whizzing around to accommodate the 3,000 people who...

Egypt – Despite Ban, Thousands of Lulavim Smuggled to Israel, U.S.

October 10, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Egypt - Thousands of palm fronds have been smuggled from Egypt and have made their way to Israel and the United States, veteran palm frond traders said Monday, despite the Egyptian ban on their export ahead of the upcoming Sukkot holiday. One of the traders told Haaretz that the lulavim were transferred from Egypt via Jordan to Israel and Jewish communities in New York and other big cities in...

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