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Albany, NY – 11 More Bus Drivers Arrested in NY Crackdown

March 25, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Albany, NY - New York officials have arrested 11 more bus drivers in the greater New York City area for using aliases to get fraudulent licenses in an ongoing investigation following the March 12 tour bus crash that killed 15 people in the Bronx. Those arrested Friday include commercial operators and four Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees. A day earlier, two bus drivers and a cab...

Los Angeles, CA – Calif Judge Allows Paralyzed Jewish Mom To See Kids

March 25, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Los Angeles, CA A Los Angeles judge has granted temporary visitation rights to woman who became badly brain damaged after giving birth to her triplets the right to visit her children. An attorney for Abbie Dorn said that the judge issued a tentative written order Friday allowing her client to visit with her 4-year-old triplets until trial date is set in the case. Attorney Lisa Helfend Meyer...

(UPDATE) Baltimore – Direct Wine Shipping Bill Passes, Doesn’t Include Kosher Varieties

March 25, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Baltimore, MD - In the end, a proposal to allow Maryland’s Jews to get more of their favorite wines by mail just wasn’t kosher enough for state lawmakers. A Senate committee voted Friday to pass a bill that will allow wineries in and outside of Maryland to ship bottles of vino directly to customers. But an amendment to the legislation that would have permitted more kosher wines to be...

Amman, Jordan – Govt Backers, Police Attack Jordan Protest, 1 Dead

March 25, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Amman, Jordan - Protesters demanding reforms clashed with government supporters in the center of Jordan's capital on Friday, pelting each other stones until security forces charged in and beat protesters, killing one, as unrest intensified in this key U.S. ally. The clashes, in which more than 100 were injured, were the most violent in more than two months of protests inspired by the popular...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Booed at Fire Ceremonies [video]

March 25, 2011 at 03:01 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg was loudly booed Friday at a speech commemorating the deaths a century ago of 146 people in a factory fire that then led to major labor law reforms across the United States. Bloomberg was one of the principal speakers at the ceremonies in Manhattan at the site of the 1911 blaze at what was then the Triangle Waist Company. The mayor told the crowd that...

Washington – U.S. To Syria: Stop Attacks On Protesters

March 25, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Washington - The White House is urging Syria's government to cease attacks on protesters and pursue political dialogue as violence escalates in several Syrian cities. Obama spokesman Jay Carney said Friday the United States is deeply concerned by Syria's attempts to repress and intimidate its citizens. Carney says the United States is consulting its allies throughout the Middle East as the...

Jerusalem – Israel Deploys System As Shield From Gaza Rockets

March 25, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Jerusalem - Israel deployed its newly developed "Iron Dome" rocket defense system for the first time Friday to defend its southern communities from attacks by Gaza militants after a bloody week of Palestinian strikes and Israeli reprisals. There was no rocket fire on Friday when Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak visited soldiers at a military base near the Gaza border and announced the new...

London – Oxford English Dictionary Added New Words, Including ‘OMG’ & ‘LOL’

March 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM
London - OMG! The exclamatory online abbreviation has won the approval of the Oxford English Dictionary. The term — short for "Oh my God" or "Oh my gosh" — is one of dozens of new entries in the authoritative reference book's latest online update. Other Internet-inspired expressions given the stamp of approval include LOL, "laughing out loud"; IMHO, "in my humble opinion"; and BFF...

Daraa, Syria – Tens Of Thousands: Protests Erupt Across Syria In Defiance Of Regime [video]

March 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM
Daraa, Syria - Tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets across the country Friday in the most widespread civil unrest in years, defying crowds of government backers and baton-wielding security forces to shout their support of an uprising in the southern city of Daraa, according to witnesses, activists and footage posted online. From the Mediterranean coast to the capital, Damascus...

New York – Mega Millions Jackpot Swells On Heavy Sales

March 25, 2011 at 10:33 AM
New York - Heavy ticket sales in 42 states and the District of Columbia have pushed Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot even higher, as frenzied lottery players line up for a chance at a fortune. The kitty is now $312 million, up from the initial estimate of $304 million. The game has been without a top winner since the February 1st drawing...

Brooklyn, NY – Markowitz To Census: The Chasidim Alone Increased By 40,000

March 25, 2011 at 10:16 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Borough leaders were slamming the US Census Bureau on Thursday after the agency claimed that Brooklyn grew by only 40,000 people over the past decade. “It’s a mistake,” said Borough President Markowitz, pronouncing himself “flabbergasted” by the allegation that the borough grew by only 1.6 percent to 2,504,700. “It is inconceivable that Brooklyn — the hottest...

Tokyo – In Major Setback Japanese PM Says Nuke Plant Leak ‘Very Grave And Serious’

March 25, 2011 at 10:09 AM
Tokyo - A suspected breach in the core of a reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials revealed Friday, as the prime minister called the country's ongoing fight to stabilize the plant "very grave and serious." A somber Prime Minister Naoto Kan sounded a pessimistic note at a briefing hours after nuclear safety officials...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu To Gates: Israel To Respond With Great Force Just As The U.S. Would

March 25, 2011 at 09:40 AM
Jerusalem - Defense Secretary Robert Gates made the first trip by a U.S. defense chief to the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday, capping a day of back-to-back meetings to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders to push ahead with the peace process despite the recent exchange of attacks. And while Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad sounded willing to renew efforts toward peace and a...

Jerusalem – Despite Deadly Bomb Attack, 10,000 Run in City’s First Marathon

March 25, 2011 at 09:05 AM
Jerusalem - More than 10,000 runners dashed alongside ancient sites Friday in the first-ever Jerusalem marathon, just two days after a bombing in the city killed a British woman and wounded dozens of others. Police deployed helicopters, observation units and special patrols to protect the race, which participants and officials said symbolizes Israel's resolve not to succumb to...

Monsey, NY – Toddler Dies in Freak Closet Accident

March 25, 2011 at 08:33 AM
Monsey, NY - A toddler who would have turned 2 years old next week was killed Monday night in an accident at his home, Ramapo police said. The child, Mordechai Goldman, was found dead in a closet in the home on Route 306, police said. Investigators suspect the boy was playing with a sibling when a shelf in the closet fell on him. An adult was in the home at the time of the accident. Police do...

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