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New York, NY – Mayor and Congressman Clash on Police at Protests

December 8, 2011 at 11:22 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a New York congressman should spend his time getting the city more federal funds rather than calling for the government to investigate the police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street camp. Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler urged Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a probe into allegations of excessive force used by NYPD officers against...

San Francisco, CA – Twitter Simplifies In Bid To Engage More Users

December 8, 2011 at 10:32 PM
San Francisco, CA - Twitter has redesigned its short messaging service to make it simpler, faster and more personal. The changes were released Thursday in updates to Twitter's software for smartphones and tablet computers. Visitors to Twitter's website should start seeing the new look during the next few weeks. Twitter revamped the software to address one of its biggest challenges. Although...

Jerusalem – IAF Strikes Terror Targets In Gaza In Response To Rockets

December 8, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli aircraft fired missiles at militant facilities in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a Palestinian civilian and wounding 25 other people, Gaza officials said, as a new round of violence in the area threatened to escalate into a wider confrontation. The airstrikes, confirmed by the Israeli military, followed Israeli air attacks a day earlier that killed two Islamic...

Atlanta – Coke Secret Formula Gets 1st New Home Since 1925

December 8, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Atlanta - The Coca-Cola Co. has made its secret formula the centerpiece of a new exhibit at its corporate museum, ditching the confines of the bank vault where the list of ingredients had been stored since 1925. The world's largest beverage maker said Thursday a new vault containing the formula will be on display for visitors to its World of Coca-Cola museum in downtown Atlanta. However, the...

Hollywood, FL – Police Release Surveillance Video Of 2 Who Might Have Set Ablaze Seforim Store

December 8, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Hollywood, FL - Police on Thursday were searching for two people caught on surveillance video outside a Jewish bookstore in Hollywood when it was set ablaze. Holyland Judaica, located at 5650 Stirling Road, was set on fire on Dec. 1 at 1:57 a.m., according to police. Surveillance video released by police shows two unidentified people wearing hoodies at the time of the fire. One of the...

Washington – Obama Celebrates Hanukkah At White House (video)

December 8, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is marking Hanukkah as a story of "faith over doubt." Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden convened a Hanukkah celebration at the White House Thursday in an early celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Obama said the Hanukkah story was about "right over might, faith over doubt." In the Hanukkah story, a small band of Jews...

Washington – Newt Gingrich: Leaning Toward Freeing Pollard

December 8, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Washington - Leading Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich became the first candidate in the race to say he would free Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, telling CNN in an interview: "I am prepared to say my bias is towards clemency, and I would like to review it. He's been in a very long time. But we are pretty tough about people spying on the United States." Gingrich's point of view...

Washington – ABC News: American Stealth Drone Shown on Iran TV Might Be a Fake

December 8, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Washington - U.S. officials say they are still trying to determine whether the aircraft shown on Iranian television today was the American stealth drone that went down in Iran last week. Early Thursday, U.S. officials said, and ABC News reported, that the craft displayed did not appear to be the highly sensitive RQ-170 Sentinel and might be a model, in part because U.S. imagery indicated the...

Blacksburg, VA – Police Believe Virginia Tech Gunman Is Dead

December 8, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Blacksburg, VA -A gunman killed a police officer in a Virginia Tech parking lot Thursday and was found dead nearby in a baffling attack that sent shudders through the campus nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. The shooting took place on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in Washington, fighting a government fine over their...

Brooklyn, NY – Shuchat Extradition Delayed Until Summer

December 8, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Three weeks after an Israeli court approved a request by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to extradite a former Crown Heights resident to the United States in order to face bias charges in a 2008 attack, the Israeli supreme court has granted an appeal and will delay the extradition until July 2012, VIN News has learned.. Yitzchak Shuchat, now a resident of Tel Aviv, was...

Jerusalem – 400 Years In Iraq: ‘Ben Ish Chai’ Torah Coming to Israel

December 8, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Jerusalem - An ancient Sefer Torah once possessed by the Iraqi rabbinic luminary Ben Ish Hai (1832-1909) will soon leave Bagdad and come to Israel. The Torah Scroll, estimated to be 400 years old, is one of the oldest in the world. It was written in large, clear letters on thick parchment known as gawil – meaning it was not split while being processed. The ancient Torah narrowly escaped...

New York – Hanukkah Menorah Lightings Around The Globe

December 8, 2011 at 03:36 PM
New York - The Chabad-Lubavitch outreach organization is hosting a variety of public menorah lightings for Hanukkah with events and activities around the world, from cruises to skating. The eight-day holiday begins the evening of Dec. 20. In Birmingham, Ala., a menorah made from ice will be lit Dec. 22 at an event at the local Chabad house with crafts, treats and other children's...

Moscow – Israeli Official: Russian Elections Were Free, Democratic

December 8, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Moscow - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a Thursday meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow that Russia's elections were free and democratic, Israel Radio reported. He based his assessment on determinations by Israeli observers participating in the election monitoring, he said. Lieberman's position is opposed to the views of Secretary of State Hillary...

Jerusalem – 5 Rockets Explode In Israel After IDF Kills Terrorists

December 8, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Jerusalem - Palestinian terrorists responded to the IDF assassination of an Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade senior commander on Thursday, as a number of rockets exploded in the Negev desert and sirens sounded in southern communities. No casualties or damages were reported in any of the blasts, which occurred mostly in open fields and one in the city of Netivot. The first rocket exploded in the...

Syracuse – Advocate: NY Should Extend Child Abuse Statute

December 8, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Syracuse - New York state must lengthen the statute of limitations to bring charges of child sex abuse, a victims' advocate said in response to a prosecutor's statement that it's too late to investigate two men's claims that they were molested by former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. Victims of childhood sexual abuse are "denied basic legal rights," said the Rev...

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