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Brooklyn, NY – Flatbush Resident Killed In Pennsylvania Car Accident

November 21, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A 61 year old Flatbush resident was killed on the southbound lanes of Interstate 380 outside Scranton, Pennsylvania this past Friday after his car was rear ended by a tractor trailer. Mordechai (Melvin) Kwassman was on his way back to Brooklyn after picking up his 20 year old son Ethan from college for a weekend at home. Kwassman had slowed his 1997 Geo Prizm after noticing...

Jerusalem – Court Denies Appeal by Charedi Extremist over Attack

November 21, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Jerusalem - Shmuel Veisfish, an activist in the extremist Sikrikim group, convicted for rioting, extortion, assault and grievous bodily harm. The Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Shmuel Veisfish, an activist in the extremist Sikrikim group, who was sentenced by the Jerusalem District Court in January this year to two years imprisonment for rioting, extortion, assault and grievous bodily...

New York, NY – Rich New Yorkers Buy Plain Black Vans with Plush Interiors

November 21, 2011 at 10:42 PM
New York, NY - Rich New Yorkers are buying cargo vans that look plain on the outside but are lavishly furnished pleasure palaces on the inside. Some cost $500,000. As the economy limps along and more attention is paid to the so-called 1 percent, some of the richest New Yorkers have taken to driving around in vehicles that ooze neither wealth nor privilege. But on the inside, the vans may be...

New York – Expedia President Tells Of What’s Next For Technology In Online Travel Booking

November 21, 2011 at 10:26 PM
New York - The president of Expedia Worldwide imagines a day when the online travel company will make getting stuck at the airport less of a hassle. Scott Durschlag, the former Skype CEO, is bringing an eye for new technology to his current company, which he hopes will one day become the "Netflix of travel" — streaming a person's travel preferences and friends' recommendations into a...

North Miami, FL – Community Agency Worker Is Accused Of Selling Holocaust Survivors’ ID Information

November 21, 2011 at 10:26 PM
North Miami, FL - Identity theft may have reached a new low over the weekend when an employee of a Jewish community organization was arrested on charges of selling Holocaust survivors' identity information for a sum of $1,000. Crystal Thorne, 23, who worked as a coordinator at the Jewish Community Services of South Florida office in North Miami, was arrested Saturday on identity theft charges...

New York, NY – 90 Precinct Officer Creates Overtime App

November 21, 2011 at 09:39 PM
New York, NY - A Williamsburg beat cop frustrated by complex overtime rules taught himself computer programming to develop a smartphone app that does the tricky math automatically. “It is just one of those things I saw a need for,” said Police Officer David Doxsee, who has been with the NYPD for four years and is assigned to the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg. “I can’t tell you how...

Washington – Religious Lobby Groups Thrive In Washington

November 21, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Washington - The number of religion-related lobbying groups in Washington has grown five-fold in the past 40 years, with their spending reaching almost $400 million annually, a study showed on Monday. The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life study identified 212 groups, up from 158 a decade ago and 40 in 1970. Their collective budgets for lobbing efforts in Washington were...

Israel – Kashrut Alert: New Rice Worm in Israeli Markets

November 21, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Israel - There is a new strain of rice worm some Kashrut authorities say necessitates rice be checked before cooking. Rabbi Yoel Schwatz told Arutz Sheva the new worms were not always discernable with the human eye. However, Rabbi Moshe Via said laboratory tests did not find any microscopic worms in the rice. Worms, if present, will therefore be detectable with normal examination...

Cairo, Egypt – In Photos: Tahrir Square Deadly Clashes

November 21, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Cairo, Egypt - Egypt's civilian Cabinet offered to resign Monday after three days of violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Tahrir Square, but the action failed to satisfy protesters deeply frustrated with the new military rulers. The Health Ministry and a doctor at an improvised field hospital on the square said at least 26 people have been killed and 1,750 wounded in...

Washington – S&P Says No Cut Planned In US Credit Rating

November 21, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Washington - Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's says it will not downgrade the U.S. government's credit rating because a Congressional committee failed to come up with a plan to trim deficits by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade. S&P in August cut its rating of long-term U.S. Treasury securities by one notch from AAA to AA+, the first such downgrade of U.S. government debt in...

Washington – Obama Issues 5 Pardons, 1 Prison Commutation

November 21, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned five people convicted of charges ranging from intent to distribute marijuana to running an illegal gambling business. And he issued his first commutation, ordering the release of a woman next month after serving 10 years on a 22-year sentence for cocaine distribution. The actions mark Obama's third set of pardons. He pardoned eight...

New York, NY – City Creates First of Many 20-mph Slow Zone

November 21, 2011 at 06:51 PM
New York, NY - The city unveiled its first 20-mph Slow Zone on Monday, and promised more down the road. The new super-slow speed limit applies to a few dozen residential blocks between Southern Blvd. and West Farms Road in the Claremont section of the Bronx. The Slow Zone in Claremont features nine speed bumps and 28 signs indicating that the speed limit has been reduced from the usual 30...

Jerusalem – Israel’s ‘Media Defamation Bill’ Passes 1st Reading

November 21, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's parliament has passed the first reading of a bill that critics say could muzzle the country's media if it becomes law. The "defamation bill" passed 42-31 late Monday after a heated debate in parliament. It would need to pass another two readings to become law. The bill would make it much easier for journalists to be sued. It significantly increases the amount that...

Washington – Super Failure: Deficit-cutting Panel Gives Up

November 21, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Washington - Congress' supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending. Stock prices plummeted at home and across debt-scarred Europe as the panel ended its brief, secretive existence. Republicans and Democrats alike pointed...

New York – ZOA Recognizes Distinguished Americans For Their Contributions To Israeli Security

November 21, 2011 at 04:30 PM
New York - “The Pentagon should prepare a war plan, as a last resort, should all else fail in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” stated U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to a packed audience at the Zionist Organization of America’s Louis Brandeis Dinner held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City Sunday night. Media superstar and best-selling author Glenn Beck was the...

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