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Florida – Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against 2 Jewish Schools over Kohl’s $10M Giveaway

March 3, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Florida - A judge in Broward County has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a school that didn't make the winners list in Kohl's $10 million schools giveaway against two other Florida schools that won. The dispute was between a tiny school for disabled children, with an enrollment of 10, that claimed two of the winning schools should have given them more help. In dismissing the suit, the judge...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM Praises Pope For Exoneration

March 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister has thanked the pope for rejecting the long-held charge that the Jewish people were responsible for killing Jesus. In a forthcoming book, Pope Benedict XVI explains that there is no biblical and theological basis to the ancient claim, which helped fuel anti-Semitism. A previous pontiff made the same declaration in 1965. In a letter Thursday, Prime...

Houston, TX – Rabbi Gives Update on AZ Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

March 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Houston, TX - For Gabrielle Giffords, home is now in Houston, which is more than a thousand miles from Tucson, but faith is never far, it’s always in her heart, said a Houston rabbi. “Gabby is a spiritual person. She welcomes the opportunity to hear and to receive prayers and feel comforted by them,” said Rabbi David Lyon of Congregation Beth Israel in southwest Houston. Read more on...

Jerusalem – Israel: No Palestinian Peace Deal Possible Now

March 3, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Jerusalem - Israel has concluded that a final peace deal with the Palestinians cannot be reached at this time and is weighing alternatives to try to prove that it is interested in keeping peacemaking with the Palestinians alive, officials said Thursday. With popular protests shaking up the Mideast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under fierce international pressure to prove he is...

Washington – Spider Web Leads Mazda To Recall 50,000 Cars

March 3, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Washington - Mazda has fingered an unusual culprit in its new safety recall — a spider. The Japanese automaker is recalling more than 50,000 Mazda6 cars from the 2009-2010 model years. The company says a spider could weave a web in a vent connected to the fuel tank system and clog up the tank's ventilation. Pressure on the fuel tank could lead to a crack, causing fuel leakage and the risk of...

Manhattan, NY – Instant Soup Powder Scares TV Station

March 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM
Manhattan, NY - A suspicious pile of white powder discovered on a desk at an ABC office in New York City on Thursday turned out to be instant soup, the network said. ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said the all clear had been given at the building on Manhattan's Upper West Side and employees were back at their desks. ...

London – ‘Kedem Europe’ Staged Biggest UK Kosher Wine Festival

March 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM
London - There was plenty to drink a L'Chaim to when Kedem Europe staged its biggest UK kosher wine festival at the Park Lane Hotel in London's West End. Leading wine writers were among 600 people who enjoyed a taste of premium wines from Israel, Europe, America, South America, Australia and New Zealand. Those who like their spirits made a beeline for the Scotch whisky stall offering a...

Suffern, NY – Pair Charged In $10 Million Ponzi Scheme

March 3, 2011 at 09:47 AM
Suffern, NY - Prosecutors say an 80-year-old New York woman and her son are accused of a Ponzi scheme that scammed 75 people of $10 million. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says the pair of Monsey convinced their victims — mostly neighbors and relatives — to invest in their company, NHI Metals Ltd. They were charged with grand larceny on Tuesday. Their attorney did...

New York – Beitar Mayor: American Charedi Community Should Pressure Obama On “settlement” Freeze

March 3, 2011 at 09:33 AM
New York - In a visit to the national headquarters of Agudath Israel of America, Rabbi Meir Rubenstein, mayor of Beitar Illit, called on the American charedi community to help with the severe housing crisis in his city. “We have many communities in our city that desperately want to expand and build housing for young couples” said Rabbi Rubenstein. “Unfortunately due to the current freeze on...

Washington – Obama Tells US Jews He Will Support Aid to Israel

March 3, 2011 at 09:24 AM
Washington - US President Barack Obama told a group of American Jewish leaders that he will continue to support the annual US aid to Israel, one of the participants at the meeting told "Globes". It was one of the rare times that Obama has referred directly to the issue of military aid to Israel, which is currently around $3 billion per year. Sources said yesterday that even though the...

Washington – Unemployment Benefit Requests Drop To 3-Year Low

March 3, 2011 at 08:48 AM
Washington - The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering hopes that companies will hire more this year. The government says applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000. It was the third decline in the last four weeks. Applications are now at their lowest level since late May...

Germany – Demjanjuk Defense Asks for More Evidence in Raft of New Motions

March 3, 2011 at 08:32 AM
Munich, Germany - John Demjanjuk's defence team is asking for more evidence to be sought in his trial on charges he served as a guard in the Nazi's Sobibor death camp. Ukrainian-born retired Ohio autoworker Demjanjuk, 90, is accused of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder. He rejects the charges, saying he never served as a guard in any Nazi camp. Attorney Ulrich Busch filed 180 new motions...

Israel – IDF Nabbed Terrorist Planning Attack in Yitzhar

March 3, 2011 at 08:25 AM
Israel - IDF forces arrested Wednesday night a terrorist found to be in possession of a weapon and believed to be planning an attack in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. Soldiers awaited the man at the entrance to the settlement, but eventually arrested him at home. "This is the real calling of our soldiers, to fight the Arab enemy with determination – and not the settlers," said...

Manhattan, NY – Miracle on 34th St., Pedestrian Plaza Axed

March 3, 2011 at 08:02 AM
Manhattan, NY - New York City has abandoned a plan for a pedestrian plaza in the middle of 34th Street Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said Wednesday the department will explore other options, including expanding curb access for deliveries. She declined to be more specific. The plan would have banned vehicles from a heavily traveled street between Herald Square and the Empire...

Jerusalem – Israel to ‘Finally’ Impose Sanctions on Iran

March 3, 2011 at 07:46 AM
Jerusalem - After years of calling for tough action against arch-foe Iran, Israel is finally getting around to joining international sanctions against Tehran, officials said on Thursday. The foreign ministry is preparing legislation that would see Israel adopt laws targeting companies that violate international sanctions, ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP. "It turns out there is a...

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