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Jerusalem – Israeli Court To Rule On Legality of Ultra-Orthodox Cult ‘Lev Tahor’

October 4, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Jerusalem - In a precedent-setting move, an Israeli court is expected to decide next week whether it is legal to belong to the extreme ultra-Orthodox group Lev Tahor, known as "the Taliban sect." A decision reached this week by a family court in Rishon Letzion indicates that a ruling on Lev Tahor's legality is imminent. The decision follows what appears to be the conclusion of an international...

Warsaw – Stolen Paintings Seized in NY Return to Poland

October 4, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Warsaw - Two Polish paintings that were stolen during World War II and confiscated by U.S. authorities last year were returned to the National Museum in Warsaw on Tuesday. Polish Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski handed over the pictures to the museum in a ceremony at his ministry. "I am happy to say that today the paintings return to the place where they had been taken from more than 60...

Roosevelt, NJ – Yeshiva Gone, But Legal Issues with School Linger

October 4, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Roosevelt, NJ - The Supreme Court of New Jersey has denied a petition for certification filed by Yeshiva Me’on Hatorah and Congregation Anshei Roosevelt. The petition sought Supreme Court review of the appellate division’s final decision that the yeshiva had been operating an illegal dormitory in a Roosevelt residence. The yeshiva leased Congregation Anshei Roosevelt’s synagogue on...

Tehran – Iran Criticizes Turkey over Missile Defense Shield

October 4, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Tehran - Iran criticized Turkey on Tuesday for agreeing to allow NATO to station an early warning radar in the southeast of the country that will serve as part of the alliance's missile defense system. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed the defense system was meant to protect Israel against Iranian missile attacks in the event a war breaks out with the Jewish state. "The missile defense...

Washington – Herman Cain rises, Rick Perry slides in new CBS News poll

October 4, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Washington - Herman Cain has moved into a tie with Mitt Romney atop the field of Republican presidential candidates, according to a new CBS News poll, while Rick Perry has fallen 11 percentage points in just two weeks. The poll shows Cain, who stood at just five percent support two weeks ago, now holding 17 percent support among Republican primary voters. That puts the former Godfather's Pizza...

Washington – CDC Says 18 Deaths Tied To Listeria In Cantaloupe

October 4, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Washington - Federal health officials have raised the death toll to 18 in an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it has confirmed 100 illnesses in 20 states, including the 18 deaths. The agency said it has confirmed two additional deaths in Colorado and one in Kansas since last week. The CDC had previously reported five deaths in...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Orders Agencies to Trim Budgets by $2B, Hiring Freeze

October 4, 2011 at 07:44 PM
New York, NY - New York City budget officials are demanding that agencies prepare to slash their spending by 2 percent this year and 6 percent next year. In a memo Tuesday, the city budget director cites what he calls a "chaotic stock market" and uncertain economy. Mark Page asks agency heads to propose cuts within the next two weeks. He wants officials to cut $500 million in the fiscal...

New York – Herman Cain Memoir Hits Top 10 On Amazon.com

October 4, 2011 at 06:18 PM
New York - Herman Cain is surging in the polls and on the best-seller charts. "This is Herman Cain," a newly released memoir by the businessman and Republican presidential candidate, was in the top 10 on Amazon.com Inc.'s site as of Tuesday afternoon. Interest in the book has soared since Cain unexpectedly won the Florida straw poll on Sept. 24. The former head of Godfather's Pizza has...

Damascus – Assad Threatens To Ignite The Middle East and Destroy Israel If NATO Attacks Syria

October 4, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Damascus - Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday threatened to set fire to the Middle East, and especially to Israel, if NATO attacks Syria, the Iranian Fars news agency reported. In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Assad said: "If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the...

New York – Judge Won’t Stop NYPD From Busing Protesters

October 4, 2011 at 05:09 PM
New York - City bus drivers are told when they are hired that they someday may be called upon to assist the police department, a judge noted Tuesday as he rejected a request to ban police from using city buses to transport arrested protesters. U.S. District Judge Paul E. Engelmayer made the ruling from the bench after listening to arguments from a lawyer for The Transport Workers Union of...

Brooklyn, NY – Pre Yom Kippur Panel To Pasken Fasting Questions

October 4, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Just days before Yom Kippur, noted author and halachic expert Harav Gavriel Zinner has finally put into play a project he has wanted to do for several years: setting up a panel of chareidi doctors with whom he will offer medical and halachic guidance for those who may need to eat on Yom Kippur for medical reasons. According to Hamodia, Rav Zinner has arranged for three doctors...

Manhattan, NY – Helicopter Crash Into East River Kills 1

October 4, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Manhattan, NY - A helicopter with five people aboard crashed into the East River on Tuesday afternoon after taking off from a launch pad on the riverbank, killing one passenger and injuring three others. New York Police Department divers pulled the victim, a woman, from about 50 feet of water about an hour after the Bell 206 helicopter went down around 3 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinians Accost US Delegation in West Bank

October 4, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - A crowd of Palestinians has accosted an American diplomatic delegation visiting the West Bank. Associated Press reporters saw about 30 protesters blocking the convoy of vehicles, chanting "shame on you" and hurling shoes — a deeply insulting gesture in Arab culture. Tuesday's incident comes amid tensions in American-Palestinian ties. The U.S. has vowed to block the...

Cupertino, CA – Apple Unveils iPhone 4S at Company Headquarters

October 4, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Cupertino, CA - Apple is unveiling a new iPhone. The iPhone 4S will run faster and has new mobile software that can sync content wirelessly  without having to plug an iPhone to a Mac or Windows machine. Apple Inc. made the announcement at its first major product event in years without Steve Jobs presiding. New CEO Tim Cook is leading the show after Jobs, who has been battling health problems...

Los Angeles, CA – Museum to Display First Hitler’s ‘Jewish Threat’ Letter

October 4, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic 1919 Gemlich letter, described as the most significant document ever acquired by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is now on display at the Los Angeles center’s Museum of Tolerance. Hitler’s letter was typewritten decades before the Holocaust when he was a German soldier. It is believed to be Hitler’s first written comments calling for the...

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