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Washington – Reminder: Time To Fall Back An Hour

November 5, 2011 at 11:56 PM
Washington - With leaves swirling and an autumn chill in the air, nature reminds us it's time for most Americans to set the clock back. Officially, the change to standard time occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday. Most folks will set their clocks Saturday night. Remember, it's fall back an hour. Otherwise, you'll be an hour early on Sunday for church, golf or whatever. Residents of Hawaii, most of...

Jerusalem – Outrage As Ex-Mossad Chief Says Charedim Pose Bigger Threat Than Ahmadinejad

November 5, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Jerusalem - Former Mossad Chief Ephraim Halevy warned against an Israeli strike on Iran, saying that the results of a confrontation could be devastating for the Mideast. "The State of Israel cannot be destroyed," he told Ynet on Friday. "An attack on Iran could affect not only Israel, but the entire region for 100 years." The former head of the Israeli secret service said Thursday during an...

Manhattan, NY – Billionaire Mayor Grapples With Wall Street Protest

November 5, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Manhattan, NY - It would seem that Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be a natural foe for protesters now in their seventh week on Wall Street's footstep. He is not only the 1%, he was named the 30th richest person on the planet, according to Forbes magazine. He is a man who has used his fortune to achieve vast political influence. A former trader and CEO who ardently defends the big banks against...

Williamsburg, NY – Hate Crimes Task Force Investigates Swastika Graffiti

November 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Investigators searching for whoever spray-painted swastikas in parts of Brooklyn. The Hate Crimes Task Force is looking into a swastika painted on a sidewalk near the corner of Berry and 10th Streets in Williamsburg. The area is home to many Hasidic Jews. Someone appears to have covered the swastika with white paint. Williamsburg Shomrim Patrol told VIN News that...

Washington – Abramoff Criticizes Reforms after Lobbying Scandal

November 5, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Washington - Jack Abramoff can't say he wasn't warned. When the now-notorious lobbyist was a rising star as Republicans expanded their power in Washington, a concerned senior partner in his firm warned against his win-at-all-costs approach to business. "At the rate you're going," the boss said, "you're either going to be dead, disgraced or in jail in five years." Abramoff writes in his...

Ramapo, NY – In Response to Critical Audit, St. Lawrence Claims Errors by State

November 5, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Ramapo, NY - The town responded to a critical draft audit from the state Comptroller's Office on Friday, meeting a deadline that was extended from Oct. 7. The preliminary report, released to the town in early September and obtained by The Journal News, comes down hard on the town's financial health and budgeting practices from 2009 to 2010. Among other citations, the comptroller reported...

Austin, TX – Lawmaker Uses Jewish Slur, Then Apologizes

November 5, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Austin, TX - A state lawmaker used a Jewish slur during a legislative committee hearing while telling officials not to delay or cheat people out of legitimate property insurance claims. Rep. Larry Taylor, of Friendswood, who leads the House Republican Caucus and is the chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Windstorm Insurance, told officials with the Texas Windstorm Insurance...

Gaza City – Abbas To Build Homes For Prisoners Released For Schalit

November 5, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Gaza City - PA President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to build houses for the Palestinian prisoners who were released in the Gilad Schalit exchange deal between Israel and Hamas. The new housing project will be funded by the Palestinian Investment Fund, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. The fund was established in 2003 as an independent investment company with the aim of strengthening...

Albany, NY – Honeymoon Over? Governor Cuomo Faces Critics

November 5, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still riding high in polls and may continue to be invincible, but he's no longer invulnerable. After more than a half-year's honeymoon, some critics who were too enamored — or too scared — of the Democrat are beginning to speak out. Cuomo spent his first six months masterfully managing politics in a string of policy wins from cutting the state budget to...

Fallsburg, NY – Orthodox Group Looking to Revive Old Raleigh Hotel

November 5, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Fallsburg, NY - The Orthodox group that owns the historic Raleigh and Heiden Hotel properties is looking to build 236 seasonal residences on 161 acres, a project that could add nearly 1,000 summer residents and bring about $2.1 million in new tax revenue, according to the proposed developer. RALHAL LLC and Concord Estates Condominiums LLC, both formed by Brooklyn-based Congregation Khal Bnei...

New York, NY – NYC Marathon Runners To See Cheers From Their Online Supporters

November 5, 2011 at 08:13 PM
New York, NY - Without any training or even standing up, anyone can get on the course and participate in this year's New York City marathon... in a way. Asics, one of the race's sponsors, is allowing people to send a message, video or text to specific runners that they will see as they pass giant screens along the route. Message submitted at SupportYourMarathoner.com will be seen by racers in...

New York, NY – City Runners Prepare For Iconic Marathon; Bloomberg Says It Should Be A Two Day Event

November 5, 2011 at 08:05 PM
New York, NY - As Nearly 50,000 people will lace up for the New York City Marathon this Sunday, Mayor Bloomberg says the New York City Marathon is so nice, they might just run it twice. Hizzoner said Friday the city would consider a proposal by event organizers to run the largest race in the world twice - once on a Saturday, once on a Sunday. "The answer is you shouldn't just say no," the...

New York – Former CBS News Commentator Andy Rooney Dies

November 5, 2011 at 07:57 PM
New York - Andy Rooney, the curmudgeonly commentator on CBS's "60 Minutes" news show for more than 30 years, died on Friday night at the age of 92, CBS said. Rooney, a four-time Emmy winner, died one month after he had signed off from "60 Minutes" in October, concluding a 33-year run. A statement on CBS News' website said he died in a New York hospital of complications following minor...

Gaza – Israeli Airstrike Kills Palestinian Militant

November 5, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Gaza - An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip has killed an Islamic Jihad militant and wounded three others as they were preparing to fire rockets into southern Israel. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmia says they were hit by shrapnel in Saturday night's attack. Islamic Jihad says the men were members of the group, which also fired rockets into Israel a week earlier, killing...

Jerusalem – Israel Begins Deporting Gaza Boat Activists

November 5, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli authorities on Saturday began deporting pro-Palestinian activists who tried to breach the Jewish state's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli navy on Friday intercepted a Canadian vessel and an Irish boat carrying 27 activists and medical supplies which had set sail from Turkey toward the Gaza Strip. An Israeli Immigration Authority spokeswoman said two Greek...

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