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New York – Chase Drops Debit Card Fee; while BofA Set to Adjust its Plan

October 30, 2011 at 11:47 PM
New York - Chase and Wells Fargo are joining the list of banks that won’t be charging customers to use their debit cards, as the backlash over Bank of America’s planned $5 monthly fee continues. The retail banking arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. will stop charging $3-per-month fees for using debit cards when its current pilot in Wisconsin and Georgia is completed in November, a source with...

Denmark – No Cellphone-Cancer Link in Large Study

October 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Denmark - Danish researchers can offer some reassurance if you're concerned about your cellphone: Don't worry. Your device is probably safe. The biggest study ever to examine the possible connection between cellphones and cancer found no evidence of any link, suggesting that billions of people who are rarely more than a few inches from their phones have no special health concerns. The Danish...

New York – US Relaxes Canadian Border Checks for Bus, Train and Planes

October 30, 2011 at 09:11 PM
New York - The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly stopped its controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs along the northern border and in the nation's interior, preventing agents from using what had long been an effective tool for tracking down people here illegally, it has been revealed. Current and former Border Patrol...

Israel – IDF: Technical Glitch is Behind Iron Dome Failure

October 30, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Israel - Error has reportedly been fixed after failing to intercept grads to Ashdod; "Hamas remained passive in face of violence" IDF spokesman says. IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai addressed the failure of one of the Iron Dome batteries to intercept rockets over Ashdod. The IDF spokesman described the failure as a "technical failure." The error has reportedly been repaired. The system...

New York – Occupy Wall Street Protesters Demand Return of Generators

October 30, 2011 at 07:53 PM
New York - Lawyers working on behalf of Occupy Wall Street protesters are demanding that New York City's fire department return generators taken from protesters. The lawyers say they're getting reports of hypothermia in Zuccotti Park, where protesters are camping out. A weekend snowstorm brought freezing temperatures - after the generators were confiscated, along with fuel. Officials said they...

New York – In CBS Interview: Madoff Wife, Son Say Knew Nothing Of Scheme

October 30, 2011 at 06:05 PM
New York - The wife and son of financial swindler Bernard Madoff said in their first interview to be broadcast on Sunday that they knew nothing of his estimated $65 billion Ponzi scheme, but feel shame for his "unforgiveable" crime. Madoff, 73, is serving a 150-year prison sentence after confessing to running a decades-long scheme that bilked investors out of billions, considered the biggest...

New York – National Grid, Others Expect Power Outages for Days to Come

October 30, 2011 at 05:53 PM
New York - An early taste of winter weather brought down tree limbs all over New York and turned off power for thousands, as wet snow from an unusual October snowstorm meant putting down the rakes and picking up the shovels. Around the state, more than 200,000 customers were without power, most in the hard-hit Hudson Valley region of the state. Consolidated Edison reported almost 69,000...

Jerusalem – Thousands Attend Grad Rocket Victim’s Funeral

October 30, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Jerusalem - Moshe Ami, 56, managed to answer his phone, speak with his wife before being evacuated to the hospital where he died of shrapnel wounds. Moshe Ami, the man killed in Ashkelon Saturday by a Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, was laid to rest in Ashkelon on Sunday. Hundreds of people, including Ashkelon Mayor Beni Vaknin, attended the funeral, Israel Radio reported. The...

Rochester, NY – Can Kodak Survive?

October 30, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Rochester, NY - Picture this: Kodak — the company that invented the first digital camera in 1975, and developed the photo technology inside most cellphones and digital devices — is in the midst of the worst crisis in its 131-year history. Now, caught between ruin and revival, Eastman Kodak Co. is reaching ever more deeply into its intellectual treasure chest, betting that a big cash...

United Nations – UN: World Population Set To Reach 7 BILLION On Monday

October 30, 2011 at 03:07 PM
United Nations - With the world’s population projected to top 7 billion on Oct. 31, the United Nations launched a global initiative – 7 Billion Actions – bringing together governments, businesses, the media and individuals to confront the challenges and seize the opportunities offered by the milestone. “We are not here simply to acknowledge that milestone. We are here to address all of...

Atlanta – Cain Says He Opposes Abortion Without Exceptions

October 30, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Atlanta - Republican Herman Cain says he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at stake. Cain's comments on CBS "Face the Nation" are at odds with previous statements in which he said he favored some exceptions to an abortion ban. Cain says he's "pro-life from conception, period." Asked whether that includes instances of rape, incest and life of...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinians Expect Unesco Vote To Boost U.N. Bid

October 30, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinians expect to win full membership of the U.N.'s cultural agency UNESCO on Monday in a vote that will boost their bid for recognition as a state at the United Nations, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said on Sunday. UNESCO is the first U.N. agency the Palestinians have sought to join as a full member since President Mahmoud Abbas applied for full membership of the...

New York – Reporters That Caused Media Frenzy over Seregated Williamsburg-BP Bus Line Talk With Zev Brenner

October 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM
New York - Last night on the popular Jewish radio talk-line communication with Zev Brenner, Sasha Chavkin reporter for NYWorld and Columbia Journalism School student Melissa Franchy who rode the B110 williamsburg-boro park bus & created the media frenzy about women having to be back of bus, appeared on the show, explaining their positions. Callers to the show defended the fact that no woman...

New York – Kidneys, Morality, and Illegal Trafficking of Human Organs

October 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM
New York - Recent headlines of Levy Izhak Rosenbaum admitting in the federal courthouse in Trenton, New jersey that he had brokered three illegal kidney transplants are certainly disconcerting. But there is another angle to this issue that must give us serious pause. The illegal trafficking of human kidneys should be an issue that causes us to reflect upon important moral and legal issues...

New York – Legendary Composer’s Torah Commentary Published Nearly Two Decades After His Death

October 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM
New York - Almost seventeen years to the day since Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach died of a heart attack at age 69 on a flight to Canada, his thoughts and commentaries on the first half of Sefer Bereishis century will be available for the first time to the public. Even Shlomo, published by Urim Publications and The Shlomo Carlebach Legacy Foundation, was released last week in Israel and is slated to...

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