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Scarsdale, NY – After 66 Years, Holocaust Survivor Reuniting With Family That Saved Her

November 23, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Scarsdale, NY - This Thanksgiving weekend, a Holocaust survivor can offer thanks to the family who helped her hide from the Nazis during World War II. Holocaust survivor Mary Katz Erlich, of Newton, Massachusetts owes her life to Egle Ruzgys and her brother Aurimas and their deceased mother who hid her during the Holocaust. On Friday, they were reunited at John F. Kennedy Airport. It’s...

New York – Who’s on the Line? Increasingly, Caller ID Is Duped

November 23, 2011 at 10:58 PM
New York - Plenty of people rely on a quick glance at their phone’s caller ID screen to decide whether a call is worth picking up. But as Matt Richtel reports in Wednesday’s Times, caller ID is not foolproof. Regulators in many states have been hearing increasing numbers of complaints about spoofing: the name on the screen looks innocuous or even alarming, like “F.B.I.,” but answering the...

Apache Junction, AZ – Small Aircraft Crashes Into Mountain East Of Phoenix

November 23, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Apache Junction, AZ - A small airplane with three men and three young children onboard crashed Wednesday evening into mile-high mountains east of Phoenix while going around 200 mph, the Pinal County sheriff said. The body of one child was recovered and "it is not hopeful" there are any survivors because of the nature of the crash and explosion, said Sheriff Paul Babeu. Ten deputies spent...

New York – Court Upholds GPS Tracker on Employee’s Car

November 23, 2011 at 09:23 PM
New York - A midlevel New York court has upheld the state's use of a tracking device on an employee's private car to investigate whether he was skipping work and falsifying time sheets. In a ruling Wednesday, the Appellate Division panel split over whether that tracking violated Michael Cunningham's constitutional privacy rights. The three-judge majority says the state Labor Department...

Jerusalem – Litzman Announces Plan to De-Privatize Health Service

November 23, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Jerusalem - Nurses union demands state take control nationwide, voices refusal to work with private contractors. The Union of Public Health Nurses expressed dissatisfaction on Tuesday with Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman’s plans to de-privatize school health services in the south. Instead, they demanded that vital service throughout the country be run by nurses who work for the...

New York, NY – Planners Suggest Extending Manhattan to Governor’s Island

November 23, 2011 at 07:43 PM
New York, NY - A group of researchers thinks Lower Manhattan could go even lower. The Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University says New York City could fill in part of its harbor and create a new peninsula extending to Governor's Island. Researchers say the idea isn't so farfetched. The government plans to dredge 180 million cubic yards of dirt from the harbor over the next...

New Jersey – Lakewood School Official Buys Pies For Bus Drivers Who Work Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Bus drivers who work Thanksgiving transporting Orthodox Jewish children to school were treated to a pumpkin pie Wednesday as a token of appreciation from the school board attorney. Michael Inzelbuch, attorney for the township Board of Education, purchased 325 pies and distributed them to the drivers and aids who will work on the holiday. The pies were delivered to the school...

New York – NYPD Orders Officers Not To Interfere With Press

November 23, 2011 at 06:01 PM
New York - New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly has issued an internal message ordering officers not to unreasonably interfere with media access during news coverage and warning those who do will be subject to disciplinary action. The message being read at police precincts citywide Wednesday came after journalists, including two from The Associated Press, were arrested...

Waco, GA – Company Stirs Up Controversy: ‘We Are Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone’

November 23, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Waco, GA - A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy with signs he posted on his company's trucks, for all to see as the trucks roll up and down roads, highways and interstates: "New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone." "Can't afford it," explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. "I've got people that I want to hire now, but I just can't afford...

Chicago – Thanksgiving Travel Rush Is Under Way Across US

November 23, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Chicago - Undeterred by costlier gas and airfare, millions of Americans set out Wednesday to see friends and family in what is expected to be the nation's busiest Thanksgiving weekend since the financial meltdown more than three years ago. Many people economized rather than stay home. "We wouldn't think of missing it," said Bill Curtis, a retiree from Los Angeles who was with his wife at...

New York – The Nuts And Bolts Of Black Friday

November 23, 2011 at 04:43 PM
New York - Ready. Set. Shop. The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, kicks off the holiday shopping season. Each year, retailers open their doors early and offer shoppers deals of up to 70 percent off on everything from electronics to clothes. And shoppers typically turn out in droves. Before you head out to the stores this year, there a few things you should know about Black...

Ramapo, NY – New Square Hatzolah Assist in Reviving Town Code Enforcement Officer

November 23, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Ramapo, NY - A Town of Ramapo code enforcement officer, Oscar Geiss, was involved in a car accident while driving on Route 45 when the vehicle ran off the road and struck a fire hydrant near Greenridge Way. An off-duty Rockland County corrections officer witnessed the crash and assisted at the scene performing CPR. New Square Hatzolah Emergency Services arrived and Geiss’ pulse was...

New York – Wall Street Drops For Sixth Day On Europe, China

November 23, 2011 at 04:13 PM
New York - Frustration over the euro-zone debt crisis and weak Chinese factory data sent U.S. stocks down for a sixth straight day on Wednesday. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average < .DJI> dropped 236.09 points, or 2.05 percent, to end unofficially at 11,257.63. The S&P 500 < .SPX> dropped 26.2r points, or 2.21 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,161.80. The...

Washington – Moody’s Warns U.S. On Credit Rating

November 23, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Washington - Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday warned that its top credit rating for the United States could be in jeopardy if lawmakers backtrack on $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts planned over 10 years. The ratings firm said the failure of a U.S. congressional committee to reach an agreement on deficit reduction did not affect the Aaa rating, but any pullback from agreed automatic cuts to...

Pittsburgh, PA – Sticky Goo On Pa. Turnpike Disables About 150 Cars (video)

November 23, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Pittsburgh, PA - A flood of gooey black muck dropped from a tanker truck disabled about 150 cars and damaged an unknown number of other vehicles along a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, officials said. A leaking valve on a tanker spread driveway sealant over the eastbound lanes of a long stretch of the Turnpike between New Castle and the Oakmont Service Plaza on Tuesday...

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