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New York – More Than 100 Arrested In Massive NYC Theft Ring

October 7, 2011 at 03:10 PM
New York - Bank tellers, restaurant workers and other service employees in New York lifted credit card data from residents and foreign tourists as part of an identity theft ring that stretched to China, Europe and the Middle East and victimized thousands, authorities said Friday. In total, 111 people were arrested and more than 85 are in custody; the others are still being sought. Five...

Jerusalem – Israel On High Alert for Yom Kippur

October 7, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli police were on high alert in hopes of preventing clashes on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, officials said. Police have been in discussions with Israeli Arab representatives to try to prevent tensions after the burning of a mosque in Upper Galilee this week, Haaretz reported. The West Bank was sealed by security forces at midnight Thursday and it will...

Manhattan, NY – ‘Ground Zero Synagogue’ Honors FDNY “Engine Six” for Yom Kippur

October 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Manhattan, NY - A house of worship known as "the ground zero synagogue" will pay tribute to "the heroic firemen of Engine Six" at its Yom Kippur services. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sundown Friday. Engine Six is located next to the temple — whose formal name is The Wall Street Synagogue. Rabbi Meyer Hager says it's part of a community "deeply affected" by 9/11. The...

Garden City, NY – King: Feds Happened Upon American al-Qaida Member

October 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM
Garden City, NY - A New York congressman says federal authorities became aware of an al-Qaida propagandist killed last week in Yemen when he contacted other suspected terrorists on Long Island in recent years. Rep. Peter King tells The Associated Press that 25-year-old Samir Khan was not the original target of investigators. King says Khan "came on their radar" between 2007 and 2009 when he...

Washington – FDA Approves First Diabetes-Cholesterol Combo Pill

October 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Merck drug as the first combination pill for patients with diabetes who also have high cholesterol. Patients with both diabetes and high cholesterol are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other chronic conditions. The drug Juvisync combines Merck's diabetes pill Januvia with the popular cholesterol...

Seattle, WA – Hertz Suspends Muslim Shuttle Drivers In Seattle

October 7, 2011 at 10:14 AM
Seattle, WA - Hertz has suspended 34 Muslim shuttle drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for praying on company time. The company says the drivers are required to clock out, under terms of a settlement two years ago with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Drivers told The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/nJXLzAthey were sent home last week for praying. Teamsters Local 117...

Milwaukee, WI – Documentary Focus of Only American Woman Executed on Orders of Hitler

October 7, 2011 at 09:06 AM
Milwaukee, WI - Wisconsin Public Television has created a documentary about a Milwaukee native who was the only American woman to be executed on direct orders of Adolf Hitler. The film is called "Wisconsin's Nazi Resistance" and it's about Mildred Fish Harnack. There will be a free screening at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Joel...

Washington – Economy Adds 103K Jobs, Rate Stays 9.1 Percent

October 7, 2011 at 08:43 AM
Washington - Employers added 103,000 jobs in September, a modest burst of hiring after a sluggish summer. Still, job growth remains too weak to lower the unemployment rate, which stayed at 9.1 percent for the third straight month. The Labor Department also revised the previous two months to show that companies hired at a better pace than first estimated. Nearly half of the gains last...

New York – Jews To Mark ‘Yom Kippur’

October 7, 2011 at 08:13 AM
New York - The highest of the High Holidays – Yom Kippur – is to begin on Friday night, and Jews around the world are completing their last preparations for the solemn day that ends the Ten Days of Penitence. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a Divinely-designated day that the Torah explains “will atone for you [plural] to purify you from all your sins before G-d.” Such atonement...

California – Sukkot Near, Time to Track Down Perfect American Grown Lulavim

October 7, 2011 at 08:11 AM
California - From a certain vantage point on Arthur Futterman's date farm, Shulem Ekstein can see palm trees in every direction. Mr. Ekstein has been to many of these farms, waiting at the gate in his black three-piece suit, his prayer shawl poking out from underneath his vest. For each of the last seven years, Mr. Ekstein has traveled from Kiryas Joel, a tightly knit Orthodox enclave...

Albany, NY – Governor Orders Agencies to Provide Services in Six Languages

October 7, 2011 at 07:54 AM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state agencies Thursday to translate documents and provide interpreters in six languages for immigrants seeking public services. The $1.5 million effort covered by state and federal funds will also provide the translations to illegal immigrants, depending on what services they seek, Cuomo said. Immigrants won't be asked about their federal immigration...

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