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Tel Aviv – Being an Orthodox Religious Bar Owner in ‘Sin City’

March 15, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Tel Aviv - On the corner of Derech Yaffo and Simtat Hashuk streets, in a bar-café at the end of a dim passageway, five friends sit around a table filled with delicacies and talk business. This is not a unique site in the Tel Avivian landscape on a Saturday night, and yet something seems a bit odd. Three of the group members look like typical Tel Avivian party goers. The other two are the ones...

Washington – New Access Rules Take Effect for Recreation Sites

March 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Washington - Recreation facilities across the country must become more accessible to people with disabilities under changes in Justice Department rules that implement the Americans with Disabilities Act. The major rule changes are the first in two decades. It will add swimming pools, parks, golf courses, boating facilities, exercise clubs and other recreational facilities to the 7 million...

Tokyo – Japan Abandons Stricken Nuke Plant Over Radiation

March 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Tokyo - Japan suspended operations to prevent a stricken nuclear plant from melting down Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said work on dousing reactors with water was disrupted by the need to withdraw. Earlier officials said 70 percent of fuel rods at one of the six reactors at the plant...

New York – Judge Upholds NRC Waiver for Hudson Valley Nuclear Plant

March 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM
New York - A federal judge has upheld the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's exemption from its fire-protection rules for the Indian Point nuclear power plant in the lower Hudson Valley. The exemption lets Entergy keep using material that protects critical electronic cables found to withstand fire for only 27 to 48 minutes instead of the one hour normally required. That flaw in the material was...

Florida – Miami-Dade Voters Recall Mayor; Anger over Tax Hike

March 15, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Florida - Miami-Dade County residents have voted to remove Mayor Carlos Alvarez from office. Residents cast their ballots in favor of recalling Alvarez on Tuesday amid mounting frustration over a property tax rate increase and simultaneous salary raise for many county employees. With 75 percent of the precinct votes counted, 88 percent voted to oust the mayor. Just 12 percent were in favor...

New York – Kosher Baby Formula in Short Supply

March 15, 2011 at 08:35 PM
New York - Kosher grocery stores are facing depleted stocks of an imported Israeli baby formula popular among Hasidic Jewish families. Materna, the manufacturer, is no longer able to make shipments to the U.S., leading to shortages of one of the few dairy-based formulas that conforms to the religious laws followed by Hasidic Jews. "I'm getting at least ten calls a day asking if it's in,"...

New York, NY – Fast New NYPD Boat Can Carry 30 Armed Officers

March 15, 2011 at 08:04 PM
New York, NY - The NYPD says a fast 72-foot long boat will be added to its fleet that can carry heavily armed officers if a terrorist attack occurs in New York Harbor or other city waterways. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday the $5 million boat was federally-funded and will be delivered in about a year. The department has 28 boats already, but they're much smaller and not nearly...

Albany, NY – Legislators Say No Wine In Grocery Stores

March 15, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Albany, NY - Where you see beer, you usually see wine but you won't find wine on grocery store shelves in New York State any time soon. Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislators rejected the proposal to put wine into grocery stores. Although some grocery store owners have lobbied for this, others including storeowner Frank Budwey said it would hurt the economy, especially in Western New...

Tokyo – Fire Erupts Again At Japanese Nuclear Plant

March 15, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Tokyo - The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant says fire broke out again at its No. 4 reactor unit because the initial blaze was not completely extinguished. Tokyo Electric Power Co. says the new blaze flared early Wednesday in the outer housing of the reactor's containment vessel. Fire fighters are trying to put out the flames. On Tuesday, a fire broke out...

New York – Anti-Radiation Pills Flying Off U.S. Drug Store Shelves

March 15, 2011 at 05:48 PM
New York - Japan's nuclear crisis is spiking demand in the U.S. and a few other places for a cheap drug that can protect against one type of radiation damage — even though the risk is only in Japan. Health agencies in California and western Canada warned Tuesday that there's no reason for people an ocean away to suddenly stock up on potassium iodide. Some key suppliers say they're...

New York, NY – Ruth Madoff Has $14 Million From Fraud in Bank of NY

March 15, 2011 at 05:32 PM
New York, NY - Ruth Madoff’s account at Bank of New York Mellon Corp. received transfers of at least $14 million that the trustee liquidating her husband Bernard Madoff’s firm wants to “recapture,” according to court filings. Irving Picard, the trustee, said last week that he had asked the bank for the couple’s monthly bank statements, canceled checks and other records from January...

St. Paul, MN – Jewish State Senator Wants Jesus Out of Senate Prayers

March 15, 2011 at 04:55 PM
St. Paul, MN - A member of the Minnesota Senate says she wants to make sure that chaplains who pray in the Senate chamber avoid overt mentions of Jesus Christ and Christianity, or other faith-specific references. That's after a prayer on the Senate floor Monday by Pastor Dennis Campbell of Granite City Baptist Church in St. Cloud. Sen. Terri Bonoff, who is Jewish, says the numerous mentions...

Japan – Tokyo Governor Apologizes For Saying Quake Divine Retribution Over Japanese Egoism

March 15, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Japan - Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara apologized Tuesday for his remark that the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck eastern and northeastern Japan represented ''divine punishment'' of the Japanese people who have been tainted with egoism. ''I will take back (the remark) and offer a deep apology,'' Ishihara told a news conference, adding he should have thought about the...

Denver, CO – Napolitano: US Drills For Disasters Like Japan’s

March 15, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Denver, CO - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says U.S. emergency agencies constantly rehearse for a disaster like the one unfolding in Japan, and American first responders will learn from the experience of their Japanese counterparts. Napolitano says the United States was already planning a drill based on a hypothetical major earthquake along the New Madrid (MAD'-drid) fault in...

San Francisco, CA – Court: Jailers Erred In Removal of Muslim’s Scarf

March 15, 2011 at 03:32 PM
San Francisco, CA - A federal appeals court says Southern California jailers violated the religious freedom of a Muslim woman who was ordered to take off her headscarf in a courthouse holding cell. An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday filed by Souhair Khatib in 2007 against Orange County. Khatib was jailed for...

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