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New York – Rabbi Helps Lead Off Occupy Protesters March From NYC to DC

November 9, 2011 at 11:17 PM
New York - Flanked by police scooters, about two dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters started a two-week walk from New York to Washington on Wednesday. The activists left Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, marched past the World Trade Center site and boarded a ferry to New Jersey. The group planned to stay overnight at a private home in Elizabeth, N.J., and resume their walk on Thursday...

State Collage, PA – Trustees Fire Coach And University President For Failing To Report Child Abuse

November 9, 2011 at 10:57 PM
State Collage, PA - Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach. The massive shakeup Wednesday night came hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season. But the outcry following the arrest of former...

New York – Advocates Troubled by Border Patrol Tactics at Canadian Border

November 9, 2011 at 10:25 PM
New York - Immigrant rights advocates and the New York Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday accused the Border Patrol in upstate New York of abusing its authority by questioning the citizenship of train and bus passengers, as well as people going about their business in towns miles away from any international crossing. A report based on a Freedom of Information request suggests agents charged...

Montgomery, AL – Alabama County Files For Largest Municipal Bankruptcy in U.S. History

November 9, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Montgomery, AL - Alabama's most populous county filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history Wednesday, years after being plunged more than $4 billion into debt by a corruption-riddled sewer project. Just two months after it seemed Jefferson County could stave off embarrassment by striking a deal with creditors, talks broke down over about $140 million, said Commissioner Jimmie...

New York – NYC Museum Celebrates Brooklyn Navy Yard’s History

November 9, 2011 at 08:33 PM
New York - The story of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and its vital role in American history as a major military shipbuilding site spans more than 200 years. But it's also the story of the adaptive reuse of a historic site as a bustling industrial park that today employs thousands of people in such diverse fields as film production and green energy manufacturing. The two stories of the navy yard —...

Washington – U.S. Official: Arab Leaders Offer Haven For Syrian Assad

November 9, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Washington - Some Arab leaders have told the United States they are willing to provide safe haven to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to hasten his "inevitable" departure from power, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman did not identify the countries that had offered a place for Assad to go after seven months of protests against his rule in...

Southampton, NY – Court Denies Eruv Injunction

November 9, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Southampton, NY - A judge has ruled that the East End Eruv Association cannot string a temporary religious boundary, known as an eruv, along telephone poles in the Western part of Southampton and along the borders of Westhampton Beach and Quogue Villages. The long-awaited injuction decision, which is part of a civil suit filed by the association in January, was rendered by Judge Leonard D...

Jerusalem – Sarkozy: Israel Has No Better Security Partner Than France

November 9, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Jerusalem - French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised to stand with Israel against Iran during a 90-minute meeting he held with the World Jewish Congress at the Elysée Palace in Paris, according to sources from the gathering who spoke with The Jerusalem Post. “Israel has no better security partner than France when it comes to Iran,” Sarkozy assured the Jewish leaders, according to the...

Washington – White House Tries To Limit Netanyahu “Liar” Damage

November 9, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Washington - The White House sought on Wednesday to limit damage to U.S.-Israel relations following revelations that French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel "a liar" in a private conversation with President Barack Obama. "Our record speaks very clearly about the president's commitment to Israel and he has maintained a very close working relationship...

New York – Dow Sinks 3 Percent As Europe Uncertainty Deepens

November 9, 2011 at 04:21 PM
New York - The Dow Jones industrial average is closing with a loss of 389 points after Italy's borrowing costs soared and talks collapsed in Greece on forming a new government. Interest rates on Italian government debt spiked, evidence that investors are losing faith in the country's ability to repay its debt. In Greece, power-sharing talks fell apart between the country's two main...

Jerusalem – Charedi Rabbis Denounce Jew-on-Jew Internal Violence

November 9, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Jerusalem - The rabbis of the Haredi Badatz – the High Court of Justice of the Eida Haredit community – published an unusual and strongly worded denouncement of the internecine violence that has been plaguing the community in recent months. The violence has been ascribed to Gur (Gerrer) hassidim, some of whom said it was a response to severe provocations by members of a violent group...

Turkey – Earthquake Collapses Buildings in Turkey

November 9, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Ankara, Turkey - A Turkish news agency said an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude 5.7 has caused some buildings to collapse in the eastern part of the country...

New York – Lawyers: NYC Shul-Plot Case Should Be Tossed

November 9, 2011 at 02:31 PM
New York - Lawyers for a man accused of scheming to blow up New York City synagogues are asking a judge to throw out what they call an overblown case. Ahmed Ferhani's attorneys filed papers Wednesday. They say hate-crime charges and a rarely used state terrorism law have been misapplied. They allege police entrapment. Prosecutors have until January to respond. They've said Ferhani and...

Berlin – German Synagogue Opens on “Kristallnacht” Anniversary

November 9, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Berlin - Germany's president has inaugurated a new synagogue on the anniversary of the 1938 Nazi anti-Jewish pogrom that was known as "Kristallnacht," or the "Night of Broken Glass." President Christian Wulff said the new synagogue in Speyer carried the promise of a "new and permanent presence of Jewish life" in the southwestern city, whose old synagogue was burned down in the pogrom. At...

New York – NY’s Attorney General Launches New Initiative To Protect Religious Rights

November 9, 2011 at 01:23 PM
New York - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the launch of the Religious Rights Initiative, a project of the office’s Civil Rights Bureau that will address religious rights issues and enforce anti-discrimination laws. The Religious Rights Initiative will target faith-based discrimination and violations of religious rights through public education, outreach and law...

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