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Denver, C0 – Schools Worry Jewish Holidays Will Hurt Funding

October 2, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Denver, C0 - Colorado school officials are worried that two Jewish holidays will hurt their funding this year. Education officials say there are exceptions, but student absences will make it more difficult to get official student counts. According to the Denver Post (http://bit.ly/mQ2J8Z), educators are worried some students may miss classes during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which occur...

New York – Wild Market Ride Is Driving People Out Of Stocks

October 2, 2011 at 10:22 PM
New York - Just how turbulent is the stock market? More than half a trillion dollars in paper gains were made and lost within just two weeks in September. The S&P 500 jumped 5 percent in the week ending Sep. 16, the second best week this year. The next week it plunged 6 percent, the second worst week this year. The wild swings have made many wary of putting money in the stock market. "It's...

Manchester, NH – Candidate Christie Could Upend GOP Race

October 2, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Manchester, NH - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's entry into the 2012 presidential race could dramatically reshape what has become a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. But Christie, who's under pressure from party elders to run, hasn't faced national scrutiny — and he could join other early favorites who burned out fast. The budget-cutting Christie is the latest heartthrob of...

Washington – Panetta Warns Israel Getting More Isolated

October 2, 2011 at 09:24 PM
ON BOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East, and said Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey. In a blunt assessment made as he was traveling to Israel, Panetta said the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East makes it critical...

New York – Cuomo Reinstates Eye Tests for Driver’s License Renewal

October 2, 2011 at 09:23 PM
New York - Two days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration allowed most drivers to renew their licenses without an eye exam, officials are taking another look. The move that took effect Wednesday had drawn immediate criticism from a New York City councilman who called it "foolish" and a Niagara County clerk who had called it "ludicrous." The Cuomo administration had announced the new...

New York – $2.8B Fund To Aid 9/11 Victims Taking Applications

October 2, 2011 at 09:01 PM
New York - The newly reopened September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of $2.8 billion will start taking applications Monday. The fund is intended to help people who became ill after working at ground zero and others whose sicknesses can be tied to the site. Residents, workers and others can apply, including those whose claims to the first fund were denied. "Everybody who is eligible should...

Jerusalem – In Uphill Effort, Muslims Seek Israeli Converts

October 2, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Jerusalem - In an unprecedented endeavor, a few Muslim believers are crossing the Holy Land's volatile boundaries of culture, faith and politics to bring Islam to Israel's Jews — hoping, improbably, that some will be willing to renounce their religion for a new one. The bearded men approach Jews in and around the Old City of Jerusalem and try, in polite and fluent Hebrew, to convert...

Concord, NH – Top Giuliani Adviser Meets With New Hampshire Republicans

October 2, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Concord, NH - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani dispatched a key emissary to New Hampshire on Wednesday to gauge their interest in his possible presidential bid. One of the mayor's closest political advisers, Jake Menges, hosted private meetings with a host of key Republicans in the state, including Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, likely gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith, Congressman Charlie...

New York, NY – Trading The Stock Market Based On Twitter Chatter

October 2, 2011 at 06:32 PM
New York, NY - When Virginia's magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit last August, the first Twitter reports sent from people at the epicenter began almost instantly at 1:51 p.m.—and reached New York about 40 seconds ahead of the quake's first shock waves, according to calculations by the social media company SocialFlow. The flood of messages peaked at 5,500 tweets a second. All of this data is also...

California – Governor Signs Bill Preventing Ban on Bris Milah

October 2, 2011 at 05:54 PM
California - Governor Jerry Brown announced on Sunday that he signed a bill preventing local authorities from banning the practice of male circumcision. The bill, which takes effect immediately, comes in the wake of an effort by a San Francisco group opposed to male circumcision to enforce a city-wide ban of the practice in a November ballot measure. That effort was struck down in late July...

London – Hands Free Traffic Lights to Help Shabbat Observant Jews

October 2, 2011 at 05:11 PM
London - Britain is to get its first ‘hands-free’ pedestrian crossing – so that devout Jews do not have to break a religious law that prohibits them from using electricity or operating machinery on the Sabbath. The crossing is near a busy synagogue, and pressing a button to operate it is considered a breach of the strict rules that apply to Orthodox Jews. Traffic will be held every 90...

Israel – Tzipi Livni to Travel to London

October 2, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Israel - Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni announced that she will travel to London next week, her first trip to the United Kingdom since it issued a warrant for her arrest in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead. British Foreign Secretary William Hague called Livni last week, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, and invited her to visit the UK. On Sunday, she said that she has accepted the...

New York – Cheney: Obama Owes Apology For Security Criticism Of Bush Administration

October 2, 2011 at 03:46 PM
New York - Former Vice President Dick Cheney praised the Obama administration Sunday for using a drone strike to kill American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, but said President Barack Obama should now apologize for criticizing former President George W. Bush's actions against suspected terrorists. Al-Awlaki -- an American whose fluency in English and technology made him one of the top...

Washington – Perry’s Use Of Name At Hunting Camp Becomes Campaign Issue

October 2, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Washington - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's family used to lease a hunting camp known by a racially offensive name, and a presidential rival calls that insensitive. At issue is a rock outside the Texas camp that once carried the word "Niggerhead." GOP candidate Herman Cain, who's black, says it shows "a lack of sensitivity" that the word was displayed for a long time and the camp wasn't...

Augusta, ME – New 75 Mph Limit Puts Maine In The Fast Lane

October 2, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Augusta, ME - If you drive along Interstate 95 in the nation's far northeastern corner, "it's trees, trees, trees" for mile after mile, says one motorist. So why not set the cruise control on 75 mph? That's what a lot of drivers have been doing for years, but now it's legal on one lonesome stretch, making Maine the only state east of the Mississippi River where drivers aren't breaking the law...

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