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New York, NY – City Average Adult Consumes Too Much Salt

March 17, 2011 at 11:30 PM
New York, NY - A study shows the average adult New Yorker is consuming double the amount of salt they need per day. The city's Health Department says preliminary findings show the average adult in the city consumed 3,150 milligrams of sodium daily. The margin of error was plus or minus 116 milligrams. The national average is 3,400 milligrams daily. Health experts say most people should...

New York – $5 ATM Fees May Very Soon Be A Reality

March 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM
New York - Some of the nation's biggest banks are imposing a variety of new fees on people who withdraw money from automated-teller machines. The move is the latest example of the burgeoning new fees that banks are imposing on customers accustomed to years of free services. Banks are scrambling to replace billions of dollars in revenue expected to be lost from new federal regulations on...

New York, NY – 15,000 Families Shouldn’t Expect Rent Help Starting April 1

March 17, 2011 at 09:47 PM
New York, NY - New York City sent letters to more than 15,000 individuals and families on Thursday warning them they could no longer expect the government rent subsidy that helped them move out of homeless shelters. Officials said they believed the cuts would force 4,400 families back into the shelter system. The city blamed the move on proposed state budget cuts that are set to slice tens of...

Germany – Closing Arguments to Begin Next Week in Demjanjuk Trial

March 17, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Munich, Germany - A German court on Thursday closed the evidentiary phase in the trial of John Demjanjuk, who is accused of serving as a guard at the Nazi's Sobibor death camp, rejecting a raft of defence motions and setting the stage for closing arguments to begin next week. Demjanjuk, 90, is accused of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly having been a guard at the camp in...

New York, NY – Ice Cream Truck: Vanilla, Cherry or Oxy-Cones?

March 17, 2011 at 08:11 PM
New York, NY - Authorities say a New York City man sold highly addictive black-market prescription painkillers out of his ice cream truck. Louis Scala is accused of being one of the leaders of a Staten Island drug trafficking ring that illegally sold nearly 43,000 oxycodone pills — worth $1 million on the street — between 2009 and 2010. City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan...

Washington – Officials: U.S. Ready With Military Action Against Libya By Next Week

March 17, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Washington - The Obama administration was readying plans to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya with the help of Arab countries, officials said Thursday as the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize the move. These officials, who spoke after a closed-door briefing in Congress, said they expected the attempt to ground Moammar Gadhafi's air force could begin by Sunday or Monday. The...

New York – New York Times’ Website Moving From Free To Fees

March 17, 2011 at 07:25 PM
New York - The New York Times will start charging people for unlimited access to its website and mobile services this month, ending the free usage that online readers of the third-largest U.S. newspaper have enjoyed for most of the past 15 years. The Times will charge $15 every four weeks, or $195 annually, to read more than 20 articles per month on its website. That fee also covers a...

London – UK Urges Israel To Return To Peace Talks

March 17, 2011 at 07:10 PM
London - Britain's foreign secretary has urged Israel's defense minister to return to peace talks with Palestinians and voiced concern about settlement construction. William Hague says he told Defense Minister Ehud Barak — who is visiting London — that Britain is seriously concerned about Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. He said the settlements "run contrary to...

New York – U.N. Security Council Approves no-fly Zone Over Libya

March 17, 2011 at 06:37 PM
New York - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday approved a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from attacks by Moammar Gadhafi's forces. The action came as the Libyan leader was poised to make a final push against rebels holding out in Bengazhi, Libya's second largest city. The vote in the 15-member council was 10-0 with five abstentions...

New York – In Major Crack Down State PoliceTake 10 Bus Drivers Out of Service

March 17, 2011 at 06:25 PM
New York - New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico and New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced preliminary results of inspection and enforcement efforts conducted today as part of enhanced commercial vehicle inspection and enforcement efforts in New York State. Today, inspections were conducted at the Champlain Border Crossing, Monticello...

New York – NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg to Buffalo: I’m Sorry

March 17, 2011 at 05:44 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg allowed an apology to slip past his lips and into the ear of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown Wednesday evening. Hours after making a disparaging remark about Buffalo to a room filled with developers in the Big Apple, Bloomberg got on the phone and called Brown to say he was sorry. When asked if he was still "pissed off" at Bloomberg -- the...

Washington – Clinton: No-fly Zone Means Bombing Libyan Targets

March 17, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that a U.N. no-fly zone over Libya would require bombing targets inside the country, and a deputy acknowledged that Moammar Gadhafi's forces were making huge gains against the opposition. Clinton gave her assessment during a visit to Tunisia and ahead of a planned U.N. vote, making clear the risk of possible military...

Washington – Rep. Engel: It’s Outrageous Too Many Nations Silent On Fogel Family Massacre

March 17, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Washington - Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the murder of the Fogel family in Gaza by Palestinian terrorists. The family, both parents and three of their children (including a three- month-old baby) were stabbed to death in their home and discovered by their 12-year-old daughter and two other children. “The cold-blooded murder of this...

New York – In Time For Purim An iPhone Gragger App

March 17, 2011 at 03:59 PM
New York - Just in time for this year's megillah reading! Now, you can use your iPhone to participate in the customary Jewish megillah reading experience--using a noisemaker, or gragger, to drown out Haman's name. The latest app, Noisemaker Gragger by behrman house is pre-loaded with fun sounds and you can even record your own sounds to play when you hear Haman's name. It even works like a...

Birmingham, England – More Than 20k Women Sign Up To Light Shabbas Candles For The Fogels

March 17, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Birmingham, England - Esther Cohen, co-director of Chabad on Campus West Midlands in Birmingham, England, first heard about last Friday’s brutal terror attack against five family members in Itamar, Israel, by email. Sent by another Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to a list-serve used by other campus Chabad Houses, the message touched a nerve. The friend “was feeling very upset about what...

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