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Paris, France – Obama, Sarkozy Caught On Open Mic Grumbling About Netanyahu

November 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Paris, France - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has labored to improve French relations with Israel, said he "can't stand" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called him a liar in a conversation with President Barack Obama. The conversation between Sarkozy and Obama was overheard by reporters last week at the Group of 20 summit in southern France, via headsets that were to be...

New York – NYC Protesters Erect Military Tents For Winter

November 7, 2011 at 11:00 PM
New York - The Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City are preparing for the possibility of a punishing winter by erecting tents designed to withstand frigid temperatures. Some of the military grade tents are as big as tiny cottages. They began popping up Monday, with the first planned for medics and another designated as a safe space for women. Protester Jeffrey Brewer says three...

New York – Deaths from Painkiller Overdose Triple over Decade

November 7, 2011 at 10:45 PM
New York - The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday - a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped. Prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone led to the deaths of almost 15,000 people in 2008, including actor Heath Ledger. That's more than three times...

Brooklyn, NY – More Than 2000 Attend Funerals For Yeshiva Students Killed In Tragic Connecticut Crash (video-photos)

November 7, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - More Than Two Thousand people thronged to Borough Park as friends, neighbors and total strangers came to pay their respects to two Flatbush teens whose lives were tragically cut short and their heartbroken families. Eli Schonbrun, 16, and Dani King, 15, lived just one block away from each other with the Schonbrun family living on East 31st Street in Flatbush between Avenues K...

Jerusalem – Reuters Report: Has Iran Ended Israel’s Begin Doctrine?

November 7, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Jerusalem - - Menachem Begin did not pull his punches. In 1981, as work neared completion on an Iraqi nuclear reactor that Israel believed would produce plutonium for warheads, the Israeli prime minister dispatched eight F-16 bombers to destroy the plant. Begin later said that the raid was proof his country would "under no circumstances allow the enemy to develop weapons of mass-destruction...

Cuba – Jailed American Wants to be Swapped for Cuban Spies

November 7, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Cuba - US contractor Alan Gross, jailed in Cuba for the past two years, wants to be exchanged for five Cuban spies being held in the United States, a rabbi who saw him in Havana wrote Monday. The "Cuban Five" espionage ring was broken up in 1998 in Florida, and the men were convicted of espionage and sent to prison three years later. The five are considered heroes in Cuba. Gross, who is Jewish...

New York, NY – Butcher Who Allegedly Killed Leiby Kletzky Will Face Trial in Brooklyn

November 7, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The man accused of killing a young Hasidic boy and carving up his corpse will have to face trial in Brooklyn after an appeals court skewered his bid for a change of venue. Levi Aron sought to move his murder and kidnapping trail to Suffolk County or, failing that, The Bronx, citing considerable media attention to the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, who had gotten lost in...

Washington – US Wealth Gap Between Young And Old Is Widest Ever

November 7, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Washington - The wealth gap between younger and older Americans has stretched to the widest on record, worsened by a prolonged economic downturn that has wiped out job opportunities for young adults and saddled them with housing and college debt. The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according...

Washington – Justices Wary Of Bid By American Born In Jerusalem

November 7, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court on Monday waded warily into Middle Eastern politics and a dispute between Congress and the president in the case of a 9-year-old Jerusalem-born American who wants his passport to say he was born in Israel. The justices appeared unlikely to rule for Menachem Zivotofsky, whose family sued the government after State Department officials refused to list Israel as his...

Lagos – Influential Nigerian Pastor Asks Obama To Free Pollard

November 7, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Lagos - The international effort to bring about the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from an American prison recently received an unexpected endorsement from one of the most respected voices in Africa. Nigerian pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, who was named one of the 50 most powerful people in the world by Newsweek, wrote US President Barack Obama asking him to commute Pollard's life...

Washington – Judge Blocks Graphic Images On Cigarette Packages

November 7, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Washington - A judge on Monday blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies next year to put graphic images including dead and diseased smokers on their cigarette packages. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that it's likely the cigarette makers will succeed in a lawsuit to block the requirement. He stopped the requirement until the lawsuit is resolved...

Rockland County, NY – Free Storm Debris Removal in Monsey

November 7, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Rockland County, NY - Following last week’s freak snowstorm that left much of the Monsey area without electricity for almost a week when falling tree limbs snapped countless power lines, the Town of Ramapo Highway Department will be offering free removal of downed tree limbs to all residents. Residents are instructed to pile their downed tree limbs at the curb for removal. The Highway...

Washington – GOP Lawmaker Ends Hold On Some Aid To Palestinians

November 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Washington - The Palestinians are slated to receive some $200 million in U.S. security assistance after a top House Republican ended her hold on the money. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, informed the Obama administration in recent weeks that she no longer would block $50 million in economic support funds for the Palestinian Security Forces and...

Tarrytown, NY – Man Dangles For Hours Off NY’s Tappan Zee Bridge

November 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Tarrytown, NY - A former government worker dangled for hours from New York's Tappan Zee Bridge with a protest sign on Monday, backing up traffic for miles before police lowered him safely to the water. Michael Davitt, 54, of Garnerville, N.Y., had been angry about losing his job with the Rockland County mental health department, Sheriff James Kralik said. On Monday morning, he climbed down...

Washington – Education Secretary: Abuse Allegation At Schools Makes Him Angry

November 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM
Washington - Education Secretary Arne Duncan said allegations of sexual abuse involving Penn State University are heartbreaking and make him "extraordinarily angry." If the allegations are proven true, it's "mind boggling" that it was allowed to go on for so long, Duncan told The Associated Press in an interview on Monday. He said educators have an "absolute moral, ethical and legal...

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