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Washington – White House: Release Of Israeli Soldier Overdue

October 12, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Washington - White House officials say they're pleased by the report that Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, held for five years by Hamas, is to be freed. Press secretary Jay Carney called the release "long overdue." He said President Barack Obama has called many times for Schalit's release. Speaking during Wednesday's White House press briefing, Carney didn't comment on the details of...

Gaza – Shalit Has Been Informed He Will Be Released

October 12, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Gaza - Gilad Shalit, the Israel Defense Forces soldier who has been held largely incommunicado in the Gaza Strip for more than five years, has been told that he will be freed as part of a prisoner swap deal, a Palestinian militant leader said Wednesday. "Of course, we informed Shalit yesterday about reaching a deal on releasing him," Abu Attaya, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance...

New York – Nine Charged For Defrauding ‘Claims Conference’ For Holocaust Survivors

October 12, 2011 at 03:06 PM
New York - The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), announced today charges against nine additional participants in a scheme that defrauded programs established to aid the survivors of Nazi persecution out of more than $57 million. Today's arrests include five additional former employees of the Conference on Jewish...

Jerusalem – Israel Apologizes For Killing 6 Egyptian Police

October 12, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's defense minister has formally apologized to Egypt for the killing of six Egyptian police officers during a cross-border shootout with militants suspected of carrying out deadly attacks in Israel. Ehud Barak issued the apology after a joint Israeli-Egyptian investigation. Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr said Wednesday that Israel expressed "deep regret and apology"...

Israel – 2 Teens Arrested for Allegedly Vandalizing Safed Shuls

October 12, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Israel - Two sixteen year-olds were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion that they sprayed graffiti reading "Death to Jews" on four synagogues and a car in Safed Wednesday morning. During an investigation, they admitted to spraying the graffiti and claimed they did it response to the torching of a mosque in the village of Tuba Zanghariya last week...

Palo Alto, CA – Dispute Over Sukkah On Patio of Housing Complex

October 12, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Palo Alto, CA - For more than a decade, Abraham Berman's homemade sukkah made an annual appearance on the second-floor patio of Sheridan Apartments, an affordable-housing complex near Palo Alto's California Avenue Business District. Berman, an energetic 81-year-old with a background in construction, said he began the tradition 11 years ago and has done it every year since as a way to honor his...

Williamsburg, NY – City Yanks B’klyn Signs Telling Women To Move For Men

October 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Controversial signs in Yiddish, warning women to step aside when a man is walking down the sidewalk in South Williamsburg, were yanked by city officials today. A Parks Department spokesperson tells PIX11 News, "It is illegal to nail any sign to a street tree, regardless of the sign's content. The signage was subsequently removed by Parks employees." Assemblyman Dov...

New York, NY – Chopper That Crashed in NYC Had Just Been In Shop

October 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM
New York, NY - A helicopter that crashed in New York City's East River with five people onboard had been in the shop just two days before the fatal flight, accident investigators said in a report released Wednesday. Mechanics had just wrapped up their annual inspection of the Bell 206 helicopter on Oct. 2, the National Transportation Safety Board said in the preliminary report. During an...

Jerusalem – Euphoria Mixed With Anxiety in Israel Over Swap; Schalit Release Not Likely Before End Of Next Week

October 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli euphoria over a deal to free a soldier held for five years by Hamas gave way Wednesday to growing anxiety that the swap for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, some of them convicted of murder, could lead to new violence. When Israelis first got word Tuesday night of the deal to free Sgt. Gilad Schalit, they erupted in spontaneous celebrations. But that joy was tempered when they...

Detroit, MI – Underwear Bomber Pleads Guilty in Plot to Blow Up Plane

October 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Detroit, MI - A Nigerian man who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up an international flight with a bomb in his underwear says he committed terrorism in retaliation for the killing of Muslims around the world. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab told a Detroit courtroom Wednesday that the bomb was a “blessed weapon to save the lives of innocent Muslims.” Abdulmutallab has pleaded guilty on the...

New York – Halachic Analysis: When it Rains on the First and Second Night of Sukkos

October 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM
New York - Generally speaking, the Halacha states that one should leave the Sukkah and go back into the house when it rains. This may not be true, however, on the first night of Sukkos. Let’s understand why that is exactly. Pesach celebrates the exodus from Egypt and Sukkos celebrates the immediate aftermath. Yet they are connected even more deeply. The Gemorah tells us that many of the...

Washington – VP Biden Says He’s Staying On Democratic Ticket

October 12, 2011 at 10:03 AM
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden says there's no question that he'll be in the No. 2 slot on next year's Democratic presidential ticket. Asked on a nationally broadcast interview about speculation there might be a change, Biden said he's certain he'll be running with President Barack Obama again in 2012, saying, "Absolutely, positively yes. There's never been a question about...

Damascus – Tens of Thousands In Syria Stage Pro-Assad Rally

October 12, 2011 at 09:53 AM
Damascus - Tens of thousands of Syrians thronged a main square of the Syrian capital and nearby streets Wednesday in a huge show of support for embattled President Bashar Assad, as he struggles to quell a seven-month-old uprising. Opponents charge such rallies are staged by the regime. International pressure is building on Assad to step down over his regime's bloody crackdown on...

New York – Jews To Mark Sukkot

October 12, 2011 at 09:26 AM
New York - The week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's protection of the Jews during their 40-year sojourn prior to entering the Promised Land, begins Wednesday evening. On this holiday, Jews build, eat, relax and many even sleep in temporary booth-type structures, sukkot, reminding them of their desert dwellings and of the Clouds of Glory that protected them during that...

Hanover, NH – Forces Coalescing Around Romney

October 12, 2011 at 09:08 AM
Hanover, NH - A new reality is taking hold in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Mitt Romney has assumed a position of newfound strength atop the crowded field, armed with a powerful new ally and a bridge to the tea party activists who have dogged his latest presidential bid before it even began. The resounding endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, topped by another...

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