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New Jersey – Port Authority Changes Reason for Toll Increase

November 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM
New Jersey - Remember this summer's bridge and tunnel toll increases that were needed to help pay for redeveloping the World Trade Center? It looks like the extra money isn't going there after all. In legal filings in November, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said none of the money from the toll increases will be used for the World Trade Center but will instead be used for the...

Washington – FAA: Changes Coming To Prevent Tarmac Delays

November 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Washington - Obama administration officials promised Wednesday to make changes before the Holiday travel season aimed at preventing nightmare scenarios like the one in October when hundreds of passengers were trapped for hours on planes in Hartford, Conn., during a freak snowstorm. "We can act fast," Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt said as he and Transportation Secretary Ray...

Washington – FDA Examines Level Of Arsenic In Apple Juice

November 30, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration is considering lowering its standards for the levels of arsenic allowed in apple juice after consumer groups pushed the agency to crack down on the contaminant. Studies show that apple juice has generally low levels of arsenic, and the government says it is safe to drink. But consumer advocates say the FDA is allowing too much of the chemical —...

Israel – Former General: Explosions at Iranian Nuclear Sites Were Not Accidents

November 30, 2011 at 09:03 PM
Israel - Officials said in a report Wednesday that a mysterious explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility two days ago was no accident. The eyebrow-raising remarks surfaced in a Times of London story reporting that satellite images show smoke billowing from the uranium enrichment facility in the city of Isfahan. “There aren’t many coincidences,” retired Major-General Giora Eiland told...

Passaic, NJ – Bill Aims To Maintain Adopted Kids’ Religion

November 30, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Passaic, NJ - An Orthodox Jewish member of the New Jersey State Assembly introduced a bill Nov. 22 that would require adoptees to be placed in homes that would “maintain a child’s religious upbringing.” Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Dist. 36) of Passaic said he introduced the bill out of concern that an adoptee or foster child could be “put in a home where the parents practiced a religion...

New York – Obama: ‘No Ally More Important Than Israel’

November 30, 2011 at 07:46 PM
New York - President Barack Obama is reassuring Jewish supporters that his administration is committed to the security of Israel. He says: "We don't compromise when it comes to Israel's security." Obama was speaking to a group of campaign contributors at the Upper East Side home of Jack Rosen, a prominent businessman and chairman of the American Jewish Congress. Obama commented after Rosen...

Berlin – Germany OKs Subsidized Submarine Sale To Israel

November 30, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Berlin - A senior German official says the government has approved the subsidized sale of another Dolphin-type military submarine to Israel. The official says Germany has set aside euro135 million ($180 million) in next year's budget to pay for about a third of its cost. Dolphin-class submarines are capable of carrying nuclear-tipped missiles, but there is no evidence that Israel has armed...

New York – Move By Central Banks Exhilarates Wall Street

November 30, 2011 at 06:32 PM
New York - A move by the world's central banks to lower the cost of borrowing exhilarated investors Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average soaring 490 points and easing fears of a global credit crisis similar to the one that followed the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. It was the Dow's biggest gain since March 2009 and the seventh-largest of all time. Large U.S. banks were...

Highland Park, NJ – Update: Man Under Arrest For Vandalizing Jewish Stores

November 30, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Highland Park, NJ - A 52 year old New Brunswick man has been placed under arrest and charged with five counts of criminal mischief after smashing the windows of five Jewish owned businesses in Highland Park. Richard Green of Bayard Street was arrested this afternoon in New Brunswick. No determination has been made yet if the incident will be considered a bias crime and an ongoing...

Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo Won’t Rule Out Higher Taxes for Wealthy

November 30, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he's considering a wide variety of ways to close an unexpected budget gap, from his own ideas to create more private-sector jobs to a tax on millionaires pushed by the Assembly's Democratic majority. In a round of radio interviews Wednesday, Cuomo wouldn't rule out anything, including the millionaire tax he strongly opposed in the current...

Highland Park, NJ – Jewish Businesses Vandalized; Mayor Says Culprits Will Be Severely Punished

November 30, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Highland Park, NJ - Highland Park’s Jewish residents are both nervous and angry after waking up this morning to discover broken windows at five Jewish owned businesses in the area, including two eateries and two Judaica stores, which had been vandalized sometime last night. The five businesses, Park Place, Trio Gifts, Judaica Gallery, Jerusalem Pizza and Jack’s Hardware and Plumbing are...

Havana – Cleric: American Jew Jailed In Cuba In Good Spirits

November 30, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Havana - A prominent U.S. religious leader has visited an American man jailed in Havana for bringing restricted communications equipment to Cuba, and says he is in good spirits. The Rev. Michael Kinnamon gives few details of his interview with Alan Gross of Maryland, but says they had a "good conversation." Kinnamon says the New York-based National Council of Churches is concerned for...

Jeruslaem – Israeli Man Says He’ll Do It Again: Chanukka-Donut Binge For Charity

November 30, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Jerusalem - Elie Klein is putting his gluttony to good use by rasing Hanukka gelt for charity in 3rd annual sufganiya binge. It’s that time of year again and Elie Klein is putting his gluttony to good use by raising Hanukka gelt for charity. For the third year in a row the 31-year-old Beit Shemesh man is collecting donations for dozens of organizations by going on a donut...

San Diego, CA – Feds: Largest Pot Bust In U.S. History At Cross-Border Tunnel

November 30, 2011 at 03:13 PM
San Diego, CA - The discovery of a cross-border tunnel equipped with electric rail cars, a hydraulic lift and end-to-end wood floors has ended in seizures of more than 32 tons of marijuana, one of the largest pot busts in U.S. history, authorities said Wednesday. The 600-yard passage linking warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana included a wooden staircase, lighting and ventilation, said Derek...

Washington – New National Poll: Gingrich 45% Obama 43%

November 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Washington - The Newt Gingrich surge has moved him to the top of the polls in Iowa, big gains in New Hampshire and now a two-point edge over President Obama in a hypothetical general election match-up. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds Gingrich attracting 45% of the vote while President Obama earns support from 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other...

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