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Manhattan, NY – Mosquitoes Plague Upper West Side Neighborhood

December 5, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Manhattan, NY - Residents of a New York neighborhood said their homes are being swarmed by mosquitoes that have not been deterred by the December weather. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said residents of West 84th Street on the Upper West Side said the mosquito problem in the area is akin to "something from the Third World," but residents have received no help from the city, the New York Post...

Washington – Former Vice President Dan Quayle to Back Mitt Romney for President

December 5, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Washington - Former Vice President Dan Quayle is endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Republican officials on Monday told The Associated Press that Quayle plans to announce his support for the former Massachusetts governor Tuesday afternoon. Romney has an event scheduled Tuesday in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where Quayle has a home. Quayle served as vice president under President George...

Elad, Israel – Ashkenazi and Sephardi Rabbis Battle over Sabbath Hours

December 5, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Elad, Israel - The inauguration of the Sabbath in Elad has recently become the tensest hour of the week, following a disagreement between the city's Sephardic rabbi and its Ashkenazi rabbi. The two cannot agree on the exact time for inaugurating the Sabbath. Even the leaders of the Orthodox public, Gedolei Yisrael, were involved against their will, but a solution has not been found. The...

Washington – 2 Ex-MF Global Employees Sue Corzine, Other Execs

December 5, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Washington - Two former employees of failed brokerage MF Global have sued its top executives and directors, including ex-CEO Jon Corzine, the former governor and senator from New Jersey. The two employees say the executives lied about MF Global's finances and encouraged workers to put their savings into company stock that later plummeted. The two are Monica Rodriguez, who was MF Global's...

Newark, NJ – 5 Grenades Discovered In Passenger’s Bag At Newark Liberty Airport

December 5, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Newark, NJ - The Transportation Security Administration says that explosives experts at Newark Liberty Airport discovered five grenades in a passenger’s bag on Saturday. The TSA said the grenades were determined to be “inert” and that the Belgium-bound passenger surrendered her items to officials. There was no impact to airport operations, the agency said. Officials with the agency...

Israel – Judge: Police Cannot Ask for ID If No Crime Suspected

December 5, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Israel - Police cannot require an individual to produce an ID card if they are not suspected of committing a crime, according to a ruling handed down recently in the Krayot Magistrate's Court. Nahariya resident Yitzhak Nissim, 25, was acquitted of interfering with and assaulting a police officer after refusing to produce his ID card. Judge Tal Tadmore-Zamir ruled that because the police...

Miami Beach, FL – Navy Training Mine Washes Ashore On Miami Beach

December 5, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Miami Beach, FL - Authorities say they are working to remove a Navy training mine that washed ashore on Miami Beach near an area dotted by numerous condominiums. Police cordoned off the area around the beached mine with yellow tape Monday and kept bystanders away as Fire Rescue crews and a bomb squad arrived. Fire Rescue spokesman Jesus Sola says photos of the mine have been taken and sent to...

Washington – Obama Fights For Jewish Support Amid GOP Attacks

December 5, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents are clashing over U.S. policy toward Israel as each side jockeys for support from Jewish voters, who could be critical in the 2012 election. Aiming to cast Obama as unfairly harsh toward Israel and soft on the Palestinians, Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have called on the president to fire his...

Washington – US Backs Ambassador after Anti Semitism Comments

December 5, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Washington - The Obama administration says it has full confidence in the U.S. ambassador to Belgium, despite comments he made about anti-Semitism that prompted angry responses from Jewish groups and Republicans. Howard Gutman, who is Jewish and whose father survived the Holocaust, told a European Jewish gathering last week that some hatred of Jews reflected hostility toward Israel's treatment...

Washington – Pelosi Threat: I’ll Reveal Information On Gingrich ‘When The Time Is Right’

December 5, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Washington - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is holding back some information on Republican Newt Gingrich that could detract from his presidential campaign, according to a report published Monday. “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi told Talking Points Memo. “When the time is right. … I know a lot about him. I served on the...

Jerusalem – High Court Rejects Petition over Civil Marriage

December 5, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Jerusalem - The High Court of Justice made clear Monday it would not accede to the petition filed by numerous progressive and pluralist groups asking for an injunction against the government to institute a framework for civil marriage in Israel. The petition was submitted by the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the Masorti Movement, Hiddush and several other groups. In responding to...

Washington – FAA Chief On Leave After Drunken Driving Arrest

December 5, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Washington - The Transportation Department says Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt is on a leave of absence and his employment is being reviewed following his arrest over the weekend for drunken driving. According to Fairfax City police, Babbitt was charged with driving while intoxicated after a patrol officer spotted him driving on the wrong side of the street and pulled him...

London – Lawmaker Compares Tabloids’ Ethics To Auschwitz

December 5, 2011 at 01:43 PM
London - A British lawmaker has compared the business ethics of some of Britain's tabloids to a notorious Nazi concentration camp at a Parliamentary hearing on newspaper excesses. The shocking comparison was made Monday by Conservative Party lawmaker Zac Goldsmith, who testified along with "Four Weddings and a Funeral" star Hugh Grant, comedian Steve Coogan and ex-Formula One racing chief Max...

Israel – Global Index Ranks Israel More Corrupt Than Ever

December 5, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Israel - The Israeli public sector is perceived to be more corrupt now than it has been at any other time in the last 15 years, according to a global index released Thursday. Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index ranked 183 countries on perceptions of public sector corruption. New Zealand, with 9.5 out of a possible 10, was the least corrupt, while Somalia and North...

Tehran – Blow To CIA: Military Sources Say Iran Has Missing U.S. Drone

December 5, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Tehran - Iran is in possession of a RQ-170 Sentinel drone that went missing over the Islamic Republic, U.S. military sources told Fox News on Monday. The Sentinel is the same kind of stealth high tech drone that was used to monitor the compound during the raid that killed Usama bin Laden in Pakistan, the sources said. The sources confirmed the Iranians have the drone, however, they did not...

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