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Oakland, CA – Thousands Of Occupy Protesters Disrupt Busy Port

November 2, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Oakland, CA - Several thousand Occupy Wall Street demonstrators gathering in Oakland forced a halt to operations at the nation's fifth busiest port Wednesday evening, escalating a movement whose tactics had largely been limited to marches, rallies and tent encampments since it began in September. Police estimated that a crowd of about 3,000 had gathered at the Port of Oakland by about 5 p.m...

New York, NY – Judge Tosses Madoff Trustee’s $19B Bank Claim

November 2, 2011 at 10:42 PM
New York, NY - A New York City judge has rejected a $19 billion claim a trustee recovering money for Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff's (MAY'-dawfz) investors demanded from JPMorgan Chase, a bank used by the disgraced financier. Federal Judge Colleen McMahon says trustee Irving Picard doesn't have standing to pursue that amount of damages from the bank. Picard claimed in court papers the...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Slifikin: A Community Growing With Dissatisfaction Due To Rabbi Bans, Charedi Zealots

November 2, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Jerusalem - Seven years ago, three of my books were banned by three dozen leading rabbis from the haredi rabbinic establishment in Israel and the US. This was due to my Maimonidean approach to resolving conflicts between Torah and science – that the account of creation is not to be interpreted literally, and that the sages of Talmud were mistaken in some of their statements regarding the...

Canada – Alleged Multi-Million Dollar Financial Fraud in Montreal

November 2, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Canada - There's another financial scandal in the news this morning, allegedly involving a Montreal lawyer. The lawyer, Dany Perras, is suspected of involvement in a fraudulent financial scheme worth a reported five to ten million dollars and believed to have made more than a dozen victims throughout the Montreal area. The money has reportedly disappeared from a trust account in the name...

Washington – Obama Tops Forbes Most Powerful List, Putin No. 2

November 2, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Washington - Barack Obama topped Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people in 2011, as the U.S. leader's clout rose after the deaths of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Obama bumped Chinese President Hu Jintao from the No. 1 spot on the magazine's annual rankings. German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained the most powerful woman at No. 4 on the...

New York, NY – Council Committee OK’s Residents Only Parking

November 2, 2011 at 07:22 PM
New York, NY - Every New York City resident has heard the story in one form or another: having to circle the neighborhood looking for a parking spot for far longer than should be necessary. A City Council committee Wednesday voted to help end this situation. The City Council Committee on State and Federal Legislation voted in support of a measure that would allow NYC residential neighborhoods...

Washington – Official: Obama Campaign Will Return Funds From MF Global If Corzine Is Charged

November 2, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign would return the donations made by embattled MF Global chief Jon Corzine if he were charged with any wrongdoing, a campaign official said on Wednesday. Corzine, who is at the center of a storm over the securities firm's bankruptcy this week, was a major fundraiser for Obama. The former Goldman Sachs chief has raised or "bundled"...

Jerusalem – AP Report: Israel Sending Signals Of Iranian Attack

November 2, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli official said Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to persuade his Cabinet to authorize a military strike against Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program — a discussion that comes as Israel successfully tests a missile believed capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to Iran. It remained unclear whether Israel was genuinely poised to strike or if...

New York, NY – City Removes Barricades That Blocked Struggling Wall Street Kosher Cafe

November 2, 2011 at 04:36 PM
New York, NY - Barricades that lined Wall Street since Occupy Wall Street protests started six weeks ago were taken down Wednesday — a day after a neighborhood restaurant owner told DNAinfo the barriers forced him to lay off 21 workers. Minutes after the police blockades came down, Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson was seen eating lunch in the struggling Milk Street Cafe, whose owner said business...

Washington – Regulator: MF Global Shifted Millions Last Week

November 2, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Washington - An industry regulator says MF Global, Jon Corzine's embattled securities firm, moved millions in missing client funds last week and tried to avoid detection. The regulator, CME Group Inc., says MF apparently made "substantial transfers" of customer money after an on-site audit last week. CME is a private company that oversees firms such as MF Global on behalf of federal...

Rockland County, NY – Outrage In Monsey: Angry Officials Blast O&R For Lack Of Communication, Preparedness and Action

November 2, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Rockland County, NY - While most news reports on the power outages following Saturday’s storm seem to be focused on the massive power outages in Connecticut and New Jersey, many areas in Rockland County, the smallest county in the state outside of New York City, are still without power and many residents are frustrated and angry with their local utility, Orange and Rockland, for both their...

Jerusalem – Israeli Official: Activist Ships Will Not Reach Gaza

November 2, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Jerusalem - Israel will not permit a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists who set sail from Turkey on Wednesday to reach their destination, the Gaza Strip, a government official told Reuters. "They will not be allowed to breach the blockade," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. He would not say what measures would be taken to stop the two ships, but confirmed Israel knew...

Jerusalem – R’ Yosef: Say ‘Shnayim Mikra’ Vigilantly or Face Divine Retribution

November 2, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Jerusalem - While it is brought down in the Gemara that anyone who reviews the weekly parsha, twice in Hebrew and once in Aramaic, will merit a long life, in a shiur given the day before Simchas Torah, HaRav Ovadia Yosef repeatedly warned his audience that anyone who is lax about the custom of Shnayim Mikra V’Echad Targum would be punished. “Every Jew is obligated to review the weekly...

London – Report: UK Military Steps Up Plans For Possible US Strike On Iran Nuclear Facilities

November 2, 2011 at 02:50 PM
London - Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned. The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses...

New York, NY – NYC Mayor: Residents Feel Occupied By Protest

November 2, 2011 at 02:09 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says business owners and residents in Lower Manhattan feel they're the ones being occupied by the Wall Street protest. Bloomberg said Wednesday that he believes the protest, now in its seventh week, is "really hurting small businesses and families." He says the city has worked hard to preserve the First Amendment rights of the Zuccotti Park protesters...

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