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Florida – Democrats Worried of Losing Jewish Voters in the Presidential Election

November 6, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Florida - The votes of Jewish retirees in the vast condominium communities in Broward and Palm Beach counties are hugely important — and could affect the outcome of next year's presidential election. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, held three South Florida town hall meetings aimed at countering the notion that President Barack Obama...

Tehran – Ahmadinejad: ‘U.S. Fears Iran’s Capability.’

November 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Tehran - The United States fears Iran's growing military power because it is now able to compete with Israel and the West, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in comments carried by an Egyptian newspaper on Monday. Responding to a toughening stance from the United States and Israel against Tehran, Ahmadinejad accused Washington of inventing conspiracies to discredit Iran and sowing...

Washington – Supreme Court to Decide Where Jewish Boy Was Born on Passport Hearing

November 6, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a Jerusalem-born boy's challenge to State Department policy that prevents him from having his passport show he was born in Israel. Middle Eastern politics and the battle between Congress and the president over foreign policy are at play in the case being argued at the high court Monday. The Obama administration, like its Republican and...

Manhattan, NY – 3rd Person Dies a Month after Helicopter Crash

November 6, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Manhattan, NY - The New York medical examiner's office says a third woman has died after last month's helicopter crash in the East River. Harriet Nicholson died early Sunday at Bellevue Hospital. Ellen Borakove, the medical examiner's spokeswoman, says the 60-year-old English tourist died of "respiratory complications of near-drowning" — meaning a shortage of oxygen to the brain. Her...

New York – A Little Pot Is Trouble In NYC: 50k Busts A Year

November 6, 2011 at 07:19 PM
New York - As the nation's biggest city deals with threats of terrorism and a variety of violent crimes, carrying a little bit of marijuana is still a big deal. There are more arrests for low-level pot possession in New York City — about 50,000 a year — than any other crime, accounting for about one of every seven cases that turn up in criminal courts. It's a phenomenon that has...

New York, NY – For This Instructor, Teaching About Genocide Is Personal

November 6, 2011 at 06:11 PM
New York, NY - Just days after liberation, surrounded by starvation and disease, a young woman looked into a soldier’s movie camera and described the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. Months later, the same woman, Hadassah Bimko, gave crucial, tearful testimony at the trial of the camp commander and guards. Allied prosecutors included her filmed interview in a shocking...

Washington – Thousands Protest At White House Over Pipeline

November 6, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Washington - Thousands of protesters are gathering in Lafayette Square across from the White House exactly one year out from the presidential election to oppose a plan for a transnational oil pipeline they fear could harm the environment. More than 8,000 people linked hands around the White House to oppose the Keystone XL project, a pipeline that would carry oil derived from tar sands in...

Brooklyn, NY – Muslim Cab Drivers Save Jewish Bagel Shop

November 6, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Two Pakistani Muslims in Brooklyn are now running the oldest bialy store in the city, and keeping it kosher. Zafaryab Ali and his business partner, Peerada Shah, were shocked on hearing through a friend that Coney Island Bialys and Bagels was closing. Ali had worked at the store for 10 years in the 1990s and remembers it always being crowded, with lines out the door and people...

Dubai, UAE – Israel’s Warnings On Iran Get Quiet Nods in Gulf

November 6, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Dubai, UAE - Among the many alliances of convenience in the Middle East, one is so unusual that the partners can barely hint about it publicly: Israel and the Gulf Arab states linked by shared fears over Iran's nuclear program. While their deeper disputes on the Palestinians effectively block any strategic breakthroughs, the recent warnings from Israel and the West about military options...

West Palm Beach, FL – So Many Days Of Hanukkah, So Few Stamps

November 6, 2011 at 03:05 PM
West Palm Beach, FL - Have you thought much about holiday stamp parity? You have if you’re Ronald Scheiman, 74, of Boynton Beach, Fla., who has been fighting the lonely fight for more Hanukkah stamps for nearly 20 years now. ''I think all the Christmas stamps are beautiful,'' Scheiman said. ''I don’t have an objection to them. I just think there should be equal respect and recognition...

Jerusalem – Israeli Websites Down In ‘Technical Malfunction’

November 6, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Jerusalem - Many of Israel's official websites have gone down in what the government says is a broad technical malfunction. The sites include that of the Mossad and Shin Bet intelligence services, the military spokesman, the Interior Ministry and others. In response to speculation that the shutdown was the result of a cyber attack by pro-Palestinian hackers, the Israeli government released...

New York, NY – Bill Requires Community Input for DOT to Construct Bike Lane

November 6, 2011 at 02:04 PM
New York, NY - New Yorkers will get to pave the way for future bicycle lanes. The City Council unanimously passed a bill requiring community-board input whenever the Department of Transportation constructs or removes a bike lane. The DOT would have to give a presentation for each proposed bike lane at the request of a community board and be required to provide 90 days’ notice before...

Inwood, NY – Fire Breaks Out Shabbas Morning at Vacant Synagogue

November 6, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Inwood, NY - The Inwood Fire Department responded to a fire at a three-story vacant synagogue Saturday morning, according to fire officials. Around 6:12 a.m., the department responded to the fire at 44 Bayswater Blvd. at Elm Road The Inwood Fire Department reported heavy fire thru the roof of the three-story 60x20 synagogue building. ...

Washington – Ron Paul: Friendship Best Way To Deal With Iran

November 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Washington - GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul says "offering friendship" to Iran, not sanctions, would be a more fruitful to achieving peace with the nuclear-armed nation. The Texas congressman said Sunday that Iran's nuclear weapons program has been "blown out of proportion." He said tough sanctions are a mistake, because in the case of Iraq, they only hurt the local population and still...

Vienna – IAEA Report On Iran Set To Raise Middle East Tension

November 6, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Vienna - The U.N. nuclear watchdog is expected this week to issue its most detailed report yet on research in Iran seen as geared to developing atomic bombs, heightening international suspicions of Tehran's agenda and stoking Middle East tensions. Western powers are likely to seize on the International Atomic Energy Agency document, which has been preceded by media speculation in Israel of...

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