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Tokyo – Japan Nuclear Plant Release Radiation

March 11, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Tokyo - Japan says radiation levels surged outside nuclear plant, expands area subject to evacuation. ...

Maryland – Gay Marriage Bill Dies With No Final Vote

March 11, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Maryland - The effort to legalize gay marriage in Maryland died for the year Friday after supporters said they could not find enough votes to pass the measure in the House. House leaders avoided a final vote on the bill and returned it to the House Judiciary Committee after it became apparent they did not have the 71 votes needed for approval. The bill to make Maryland the sixth state to allow...

Santa Ana, CA – Muslim Students Want DA Off Israeli Speech Disruption Case

March 11, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Santa Ana, CA - Eleven Muslim students charged with disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California, Irvine, are seeking to have the Orange County district attorney pulled off the case. Dan Mayfield, one of the students' attorneys, said prosecutors illegally obtained search warrants and focused on his clients' perceived religion by dubbing the case the...

Crescent City, CA – 1 Dead, 4 Rescued As Tsunami Hits West Coast

March 11, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Crescent City, CA - A tsunami swept at least five people watching the waves out to sea Friday and ripped docks out of harbors in California, spreading the destruction of a devastating Japanese earthquake to the shores of the United States. Four people were rescued from the water in Oregon, but one man who was taking photos in Northern California was still missing Friday afternoon. Coast Guard...

New York – Major Cruise Lines: No Impact From Tsunami

March 11, 2011 at 03:16 PM
New York - Major international cruise lines operating large passenger vessels reported little or no impact from the tsunami Friday other than a few port closings and reroutings. "Initial contacts with our members have indicated no damage to any cruise ships operating in the Pacific," said Lanie Fagan, a spokeswoman for the Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 25 cruise...

San Diego, CA – US Military Aircraft Carrier Headed To Help Japan

March 11, 2011 at 03:09 PM
San Diego, CA - The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is on its way to the northeast coast of earthquake-ravaged Japan to provide assistance. Cmdr. Greg Hicks said Friday the aircraft carrier was already in the western Pacific on a routine deployment and has been ordered to proceed to the Japanese coast. He says it is expected to arrive in a few days. The Pentagon has...

Riyadh – Saudia Arabia Quashes Protests, Neighbors Fail

March 11, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Riyadh - A massive show of force snuffed out a Facebook-based effort to stage unprecedented pro-democracy protests in the capital of Saudi Arabia on Friday but political unrest and sectarian tensions roiled neighboring Yemen and Bahrain. Yemen's largest demonstrations in a month were met by police gunfire that left at least six protesters injured and seemed certain to fuel more anger against...

Washington – US ‘Tightening Noose’ on Libyan Leader, Obama Says

March 11, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama declared Friday that a no-fly zone over Libya to keep Col. Moammar Gadhafi from attacking rebels in his country remains a possibility as "we are slowly tightening the noose" around the Libyan leader. But Obama stopped short of moving toward military action. "The bottom line is that I have not taken any options off the table at this point," Obama told a White...

Washington – US: Japan Earthquake Left Billions In Damage

March 11, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Washington - A massive earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan Friday was the strongest quake in the area in nearly 1,200 years. David Applegate, a senior science adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards for the U.S. Geological Survey, said the 8.9-magnitude quake ruptured a patch of the earth's crust 150 miles long and 50 miles across. He said the earthquake, which also spawned a...

New York – Wal-Mart Expands Online Order Pickup Program

March 11, 2011 at 01:55 PM
New York - As competition grows from Amazon.com, Wal-Mart is battling back by expanding a program offering the convenience of shopping online along with same-day gratification. The world's largest retailer said Thursday it is expanding its service that lets shoppers pick up online orders at stores to all of its 3,600-plus locations. It's partly a bid to win back consumers who've gone elsewhere...

Japan – ZAKA Team Set to Depart for to Help in Rescue Efforts

March 11, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Japan - Two delegations from ZAKA will depart from Israel and Hong Kong to assist in rescue efforts after the conclusion of Shabbat in each respective time zone. The delegation decided to depart after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and Chabad in Japan, according to a press release from the organization. The ZAKA team was expected to be met upon arrival by Israeli Ambassador to Japan...

New York – Dressed For Success on Purim

March 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM
New York - Purim will soon be here, and it’s about time you gave some serious thought to the subject of costumes. But not too serious a thought. I have a friend who takes pictures of his kids in costume sometime before Purim, develops the pictures, makes several copies, and attaches them to his mishloach manos, which is also themed to match the kids’ costumes. Whereas I’m not quite...

Pittsburgh, PA – Jewish Day Schools Unveil Free Yeshiva Tuition Program

March 11, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Pittsburgh, PA - Celebrating decades of tradition in the Pittsburgh community, Pittsburgh Jewish Day Schools have announced a new program to provide free tuition for students who are new to Jewish day school in Pittsburgh and are entering grades 3-11 for the 2011-2012 school year. Pittsburgh Jewish Day Schools include Community Day School, Hillel Academy and Yeshiva Schools, located in Squirrel...

Geneva – Officials: Quarter Million People Have fled Libya

March 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Geneva - A quarter million people have fled Libya since the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi's regime began last month, officials said Friday, as they warned they are having trouble getting foreign workers home. About 6,000 people a day are still crossing into Tunisia and Egypt, many of them Bangladeshi workers who need longer flights, said Mohammed Abdiker, the International Organization for...

Santa Cruz, CA – Southern California Surfers Await Tsunami Ride

March 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Santa Cruz, CA - Surfers in Southern California took advantage of decent waves ahead of the high water expected from a tsunami trekking across the Pacific Ocean. Off-duty California High Patrol trooper William Hill and two friends unloaded long boards and scrambled into their wet suits Friday on the cliffs above Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz, where a half dozen surfers were already in the...

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