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New York – Trucker Used Flip-Up License Plate to Evade NJ-NY Bridge Toll

October 15, 2011 at 11:31 PM
New York - A Virginia truck driver used a device that could have come from a James Bond movie to try to get out of paying the $65 toll to cross the George Washington Bridge into New York City, police say. Nelson Vaquiz of Beaverdam, Va., was arrested on charges of using a cable in his truck cab to flip up his front license plate while going through a gateless toll lane on Interstate 95 without...

Washington – Obama Raises More Than $70 Million

October 15, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's campaign raised more than $70 million combined for his re-election and the Democratic Party during the summer, an amount that gives him a clear financial advantage over his Republican rivals even as faces economic and political headwinds. The fundraising total announced Thursday exceeds a goal set by the campaign of $55 million combined for the...

Jerusalem – Palestinians Condemn Israeli New Plan to Build 2,610 Housing Units

October 15, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Jerusalem - Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is condemning a plan to build more than 2,000 housing units in an east Jerusalem neighborhood. The plan allots 2,610 units for Givat Hamatos, a Jewish neighborhood between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, about two miles (five kilometers) apart. Erekat said Friday the plan “makes a mockery of ... efforts to bring about a just and lasting...

Jerusalem – Tens Of Thousands Attend Funeral Of Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky

October 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Jerusalem - Over 50,000 people, among them countless gedolim and rabbonim, accompanied Rebbetzin Batsheva Chaya Kanievsky, wife of Reb Chaim Kanievsky and daughter of Reb Yosef Shalom Elyashiv yblc’t, to her final resting place in the Zichron Hachayim Beis Olam in the Shomrei Shabbos section of Bnei Brak. Rebbetzin Kanievsky suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after returning from mincha...

Afghanistan – Son of NY Bomb Plotter “Blind Sheik” Killed by US Drone

October 15, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Afghanistan - A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan killed a son of an Egyptian-born militant cleric imprisoned in the United States for plots in the 1990s to blow up New York City landmarks, an Islamist group said Saturday. Egypt’s Gamaa Islamiya, or Islamic Group, posted on its website a notice mourning the death of Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, the son of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as the “Blind...

Washington – US Offered Cuba Swap for American Jew

October 15, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Washington - The United States offered to let a convicted Cuban spy return home in exchange for the release of an imprisoned American, but Cuba rebuffed the offer, U.S. officials said. The U.S. also indicated it would be willing to address other Cuban grievances after Havana had released imprisoned contractor Alan Gross, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because...

New York – Blackberry Disruptions Are Over, But Awful’ Timing as iPhone 4S Debuts

October 15, 2011 at 09:01 PM
New York - Research In Motion, struggling to recover from one of its worst BlackBerry service disruptions, may see more defections as the snag gives users another reason to turn to Apple's new iPhone, set to hit stores on Friday. The disruptions will trigger some BlackBerry customers to switch to Apple, particularly as the Cupertino, California-based company begins cutting the price of older...

Tehran, Iran – Iran: US Claim Of Plot Has ‘No Legal Logic’

October 15, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Tehran, Iran - Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed U.S. accusations that Tehran was involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, saying Saturday the claims had no "legal logic." The ministry said in a statement on the state news agency that the Iranian government has no connection to Manssor Arbabsiar, the man arrested in the alleged plot. It derided the claims, saying...

Israel – Rabbi Ariel: Shalit Worth 2,000 Terrorists

October 15, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Israel - Rabbi Ya'akov Ariel of Ramat Gan said Friday that he hoped the deal to release 1,027 security prisoners for abducted soldier Gilad Shalit was made purely on its practical merits. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, he said that while the Talmud warns against paying a certain price to ransom captive Jews as an incentive for more abductions, it also demands that committments to...

Tel Aviv – Man Opposed to Prisoner Swap Arrested after Defacing Rabin Memorial

October 15, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Tel Aviv - Israeli police say a man whose parents and siblings were killed in a terror attack has defaced a memorial to slain Israel leader Yitzhak Rabin to protest the proposed release of a Palestinian prisoner linked to the attack. Police said Friday that the man, identified as Shvuel Schijveschuurder, splattered paint on the former prime minister's memorial in Tel Aviv and scrawled the...

New York – Thousands Of Protesters Fill NYC’s Times Square

October 15, 2011 at 08:04 PM
New York - Thousands of demonstrators protesting corporate greed filled Times Square on Saturday night, mixing with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan. "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!" protesters chanted from within police barricades. Police, some in riot gear and mounted on horses, tried to push them out of the square...

Jerusalem – Family: Israeli Soldier Likely Released Tuesday

October 15, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier captured by Gaza militants will likely return home Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for his family on Friday, ending a five-year ordeal for his family and the country. Sgt. Gilad Schalit will be freed by the militant Islamic Hamas in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in a deal first announced last week by the two sides. The Tuesday date...

Jerusalem – Israeli President Begins Pardoning Palestinians

October 15, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's president on Saturday began the process of formally pardoning hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who are to be exchanged for an Israeli soldier held by Gaza militants for five years. A spokeswoman for President Shimon Peres said he received the files of hundreds of prisoners set for release in the first phase of the deal and has 48 hours to sign the pardons. The swap will...

Bnei Berak – Rebbetzin Kanievsky Passes Away

October 15, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Bnei Berak - Rebbetzin Bat-Sheva Kanievsky died in the early afternoon on Shabbat, in her home in Bnei Berak. She suffered a heart attack. Rebbetzin Bat-Sheva Kanievsky was the wife of Rav Haim Kanievsky and the daughter of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, known as "the greatest posek," or halakhic decisor. The rebbetzin's funeral was at the Lederman Synagogue in Bnei Berak Saturday night at...

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