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Brooklyn, NY – Simcha Felder May Join Republicans for New “Jewish District” Seat

November 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A key member of beleaguered city Controller John Liu’s inner circle is looking to jump ship, the Daily News has learned. Deputy Controller Simcha Felder, his top Jewish aide, has met with Republican state Senate leaders to discuss running for a super “Jewish district” that is expected to be drawn up in Brooklyn, sources said. “This is a very serious option,” said a...

New York – NYPD Cop Intervenes In Scuffle On JetBlue Flight

November 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM
New York - An off-duty New York City police officer subdued and handcuffed an intoxicated passenger who attacked a flight attendant during a scuffle on board a JetBlue plane. The NYPD says Anibal Mercado intervened after 22-year-old Antonio Ynoa of Brooklyn punched a flight attendant in the face early Sunday on JetBlue Flight 832 from the Dominican Republic to John F. Kennedy International...

Cairo – Saboteurs Blow Up Egypt Gas Pipeline To Jordan, Israel

November 27, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Cairo - Saboteurs blew up Egypt's gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel on Monday, witnesses and security sources said, a few hours before the country holds its first free election since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February. The explosion struck the pipeline west of al-Arish in Sinai, witnesses said. There was a second consecutive blast, about 100 meters away, sources said. State...

West Bank – Hamas: Palestinians Quietly Decide to Keep Rival Governments Until Elections

November 27, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - The Palestinians’ rival leaders have quietly decided to keep their respective governments in the West Bank and Gaza in place until elections, a senior Hamas figure told The Associated Press. This proposal would remove a major obstacle to efforts to reconcile the factions: the need to form an interim unity government. A representative of Hamas’ rival, Palestinian...

New York – Brooklyn Dinner Celebrates L’asurim Volunteers

November 27, 2011 at 08:02 PM
New York - More than four hundred people turned out last Thursday night for a Volunteers Appreciation Banquet held by L’asurim, a not for profit organization founded approximately three years ago to advocate for the needs of incarcerated Jews in addition to providing prisoners and their families with moral support. L’asurim is staffed completely by volunteers and the dinner provided an...

New York – Traffic Pollution May Be Linked to Diabetes Risk

November 27, 2011 at 07:42 PM
New York - People who live in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution may face a slightly increased risk of developing diabetes, Danish researchers conclude in a new study. They found that people living in urban areas with high levels of nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant found in traffic exhaust, were four percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than people living in...

Lithuania – Former Anykščiai Synagogue Demolished

November 27, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Lithuania - One line and a few pictures in a Lithuanian online news service reported the demolition of the former community synagogue in the northern Lithuanian town of Anykščiai (Aniksht in Yiddish). The reason given for the demolition of the building on Saltupio Steet, which had been used as a bakery, was a "state of emergency." A new building to house a social services center is planned...

Crown Heights, NY – Live Kinus Hashluchim: Over 5,000 Lubavitch Emissaries Gather In NY

November 27, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Crown Heights, NY - More than 5,000 Lubavitch rabbis, scholars and other representatives of the Hasidic Jewish community are gathered tonight for the closing banquet of the 28th Annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emmissaries, which started Wednesday, November 23, in the Crown Heights section Brooklyn. “We like for this annual meeting to also serve as inspiration for the...

Moscow – Russia’s Putin Accepts Presidential Nomination

November 27, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Moscow, Russia - Vladimir Putin accepted his ruling party's nomination on Sunday to return to Russia's presidency, while accusing foreigners of funding his political opponents in a reminder of the anti-Western rhetoric that characterized his years in power. Putin, president from 2000-2008 and now prime minister, is expected to easily recapture the presidency in an election in March. But...

New York – Senator Warns Against Malls Tracking Consumers — Via Cellphones

November 27, 2011 at 03:32 PM
New York - New York - Technology that uses shoppers' personal cellphones to track their movements through a mall or store should not be used without their consent, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday. Schumer said the British company that developed the so-called footpath technology should use an opt-in mechanism to give shoppers the choice whether they want their movements tracked. "A...

Amman, Jordan – Middle East On The Brink: Jordan Says Syria Fires At Family Fleeing To Jordan

November 27, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Amman, Jordan - A government official says Syria has shot and wounded a Syrian woman as she and her family crossed a fence into neighboring Jordan. The official says Jordanian border patrols fired in the air to help the three-member family get away but did not exchange fire with the Syrian army. The woman, wounded in her leg, was taken to a nearby hospital. Her husband and child escaped...

New York – AP Report: NYC Jewish Women Want To Join All-male EMT Group

November 27, 2011 at 01:36 PM
New York - Most Orthodox Jewish women avoid touching men except direct relatives. They don't sit next to men on buses or even at weddings. They have separate swimming hours at indoor pools. But for an emergency birth, Orthodox Jewish women will usually turn to the all-male volunteer ambulance corps known as Hatzolah. Now a group of women in one of the country's largest Orthodox Jewish...

New York – Black Friday Online Sales Jump 26 Percent: Comscore

November 27, 2011 at 01:18 PM
New York - Online retail sales in the United States on the post-Thanksgiving shopping day known as "Black Friday" jumped 26 percent this year, led by Amazon.com Inc , ComScore said on Sunday. Black Friday online sales reached $816 million, making it the heaviest spending day on the Internet so far in 2011, according to ComScore, a closely watched tracker of Internet activity. Year-over-year...

New York – Ronald Lauder Uses An Aggressive Tax Strategy That Makes Him One Of The World’s Wealthiest Person

November 27, 2011 at 01:10 PM
New York - As he stood in the opulent marble foyer of a Fifth Avenue mansion late last month, greeting the coterie of prominent guests arriving at his private art gallery, Ronald S. Lauder was doing more than just being a gracious host. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Neue Galerie, Lauder’s museum of Austrian and German art, he exhibited many of the treasures of a personal...

New York – Fund Manager: US Treasurys Not Worth The Risk

November 27, 2011 at 12:42 PM
New York - The world's bond buyers have turned on Europe's deeply indebted governments and fled to another deeply indebted government across the Atlantic -- the U.S. As a result, U.S borrowing costs have plunged to historic lows while rising rates in Europe have many worried about a catastrophic financial crisis. The European debt crisis has made the U.S. Treasury market the world's most...

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