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New York – NY Gov. Orders Safety Review Of Indian Point

March 16, 2011 at 10:25 PM
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to review information from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about safety of a nuclear plant that lies near a seismic fault line 35 miles north of Manhattan. Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto says he doesn't consider that order, but an evaluation of federal data to be done within the Cuomo administration. Cuomo said Wednesday that the review will cover the...

New York, NY – 1 in 8 New Yorkers is on Oxy Pain Killers

March 16, 2011 at 10:20 PM
New York, NY - The prescription drug abuse epidemic in New York City is escalating, with the number of prescriptions for oxycodone doubling citywide during the past three years, the city's special narcotics prosecutor testified Tuesday. In 2010, more than 1 million prescriptions for oxycodone—the generic name for an opiate-based pain reliever commonly prescribed as OxyContin—were filled in...

Fukushima – Helicopters Dump Water to Cool Reactor in Japan

March 16, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Fukushima, Japan - Helicopters are dumping water on a stricken reactor in northeastern Japan to cool overheated fuel rods inside the core. The crisis at several reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant were set off when last week's earthquake and tsunami knocked out power needed for their cooling systems and ruined backup generators. Japanese officials struggling to avoid full meltdowns...

New York, NY – Obama to Hold $30,800-Per-Head Dinner in Harlem

March 16, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Harlem, NY - President Barack Obama is slated to roll through Harlem later this month to raise big bucks at a $30,800-a-head dinner. The president will hold a six-table dinner at Red Rooster — whose chef, Marcus Samuelsson, prepared Obama's first White House state gala — March 29 to raise money for the DNC, said Politic.com. "He's got to raise as much money as he can, because he's in...

San Francisco, CA – Feds Eye Anti-Semitism Claims At Calif University

March 16, 2011 at 08:50 PM
San Francisco, CA - The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a faculty member's complaint that a series of pro-Palestinian events at a California university crossed the line into anti-Semitism and created a hostile environment for Jewish students. The department's Office for Civil Rights notified the University of California, Santa Cruz last week that it planned to look into...

Israel – Chief Rabbi: Some Orthodox Rabbis Allow Conversions for Cash

March 16, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Israel - Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Wednesday accused some Orthodox rabbis outside of Israel of authorizing conversions to Judaism in exchange for bribery payments. "We have received reports of several rabbis who convert for money," Rabbi Amar said at a special meeting of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs at Amar's offices in Jerusalem. Amar claims...

Washington – U.S. Officials Alarmed By Japanese Handling of Nuclear Crisis

March 16, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Washington - U.S. officials are alarmed at how the Japanese are handling the escalating nuclear reactor crisis and fear that if they do not get control of the plants within the next 24 to 48 hours they could have a situation that will be "deadly for decades." "It would be hard to describe how alarming this is right now," one U.S. official told ABC News. President Obama has been briefed by...

Tokyo – CNN Interactive: Japan’s Nuclear Concerns Explained

March 16, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Tokyo - Workers in Japan are struggling to contain the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was badly damaged by a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Click through this CNN interactive to learn more about how the Fukushima Daiichi reactors work, what's causing the problems with these reactors and what's being done to get this nuclear incident under...

Los Angeles, CA – Concern Over US Nuclear Reactors Near Earthquake Fault Line

March 16, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Two years before an immense coastal earthquake plunged Japan into a nuclear crisis, a geologic fault was discovered about a half-mile from a California seaside reactor — alarming regulators who say not enough has been done to gauge the threat to the nation's most populous state. The situation of the Diablo Canyon plant is not unique. Across the country, a spider's web of...

New York, NY – NYPD Cell Phone Crackdown Yields 6,200 Tickets

March 16, 2011 at 06:32 PM
New York, NY - As a result of yesterday's cell phone crack down, the New York City Police Department handed out more than 6,200 tickets to drivers. Officers were on patrol in all five boroughs, looking for drivers who were texting or chatting on their phones. The tickets carry a $100 fine. Unlike last year, drivers are getting hit with a two-point penalty on their licenses, as a result...

New Yrk – Rare Baal Shem Tov Torah On Display

March 16, 2011 at 05:17 PM
New York - Housing over 500,000 books and 100 million documents, lower Manhattan’s Center for Jewish History, a partnership of five Jewish historic organizations and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to preserving and researching Jewish history, culture and art. In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Center for Jewish History is featuring a unique exhibit in...

New York – NYC Mayor’s Comments Anger Buffalo Leaders

March 16, 2011 at 04:33 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's negative comments about Buffalo aren't sitting well with his counterpart in the upstate city. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he's "pissed off." Business and other elected leaders also are taking issue with what Bloomberg said during an address at a housing conference Wednesday. The comments were first broadcast on NY1. Bloomberg was...

New York – Dow Plunges On Japan Crisis, Weak Economic Reports

March 16, 2011 at 04:12 PM
New York - Fears that a nuclear reactor in Japan may be in the midst of a partial meltdown is shaking financial markets. Stock indexes lost 2 percent and gave up nearly all of their gains for the year Wednesday. All 10 company groups that make up the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 242 points, or 2 percent, to 11,613. It was the biggest drop for the...

Washington – US Nuclear Agency Chief: No Water In Spent Fuel Pool of Japan Plant

March 16, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Washington - The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that all the water is gone from one of the spent fuel pools at Japan's most troubled nuclear plant, but Japanese officials denied it. If NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko is correct, this would mean there's nothing to stop the fuel rods from getting hotter and ultimately melting down. The outer shell of the rods could...

Washington – Clinton: No Interest In Job If Obama Wins in 2012

March 16, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she does not want to stay on as secretary of state if President Barack Obama wins re-election in 2012 Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that she is happy in her current role and does not want to become president, vice president or defense secretary. In an interview in Cairo, Clinton says she has no interest in running for president in 2016 and plans to...

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