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Washington – US Could Reassess Aid To Palestinians

April 28, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Washington - The Obama administration said Thursday it would reassess aid to the Palestinians if the militant group Hamas joins the U.S.-backed Palestinian government, with several lawmakers already clamoring for funding to be cut off. State Department spokeswoman Heide Bronke Fulton said the U.S. was continuing its assistance programs for now, while seeking more information on the emerging...

Long Island, NY – Village Approves Ban on Plastic Bags

April 28, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Long Island, NY - The village of Southampton has passed a measure prohibiting retailers from using non-biodegradable bags. The Southampton Village board voted 5-0 for the ban. Merchants have six months to start using paper or reusable bags. Violators face a $1,000 fine and up to 14 days in jail. The nonprofit Citizens Campaign for the Environment says Southampton is the first New York...

New York – AT&T Starts Selling ‘Cell Tower in a Suitcase’

April 28, 2011 at 09:28 PM
New York - For the first time, AT&T is selling small, portable cellular antennas that will allow corporate and government customers to provide their own wireless coverage in remote or disaster-struck areas. Usually, cellphone companies have to restore service after disasters like hurricanes by sending in their own trucks that act like mobile cell towers. But AT&T's new product would let first...

Marrakesh, Morocco – Jewish Couple Believed Killed in Morocco Terror Attack

April 28, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Marrakesh, Morocco - A massive terrorist bombing tore through a tourist cafe in the bustling heart of Marrakech's old quarter, killing at least 11 foreigners and three Moroccans in the country's deadliest attack in eight years. At least 23 people were wounded in the Thursday blast a few minutes before noon in Djemma el-Fna square, one of the top attractions in a country that depends heavily on...

Pleasant Grove, AL – Update: New Photos Of Tornadoes Devastation; Nearly 300 Dead

April 28, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Pleasant Grove, AL - The nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 280 people were killed across six states — more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind. See below new photos showing tornado...

New York, NY – Bloomberg’s Plan to Allow Hailing Livery Cabs in Outer Boroughs Is Dead

April 28, 2011 at 07:12 PM
New York, NY - An ambitious attempt by the Bloomberg administration to legalize hailing livery cabs on streets outside of Manhattan has been shelved after criticism from the taxi industry and lukewarm support from key lawmakers. Instead, the city is weighing a proposal to create a class of yellow cabs that would be prohibited from picking up passengers in most of Manhattan, the taxicabs'...

New York, NY – City Council Eases Alternate Side Parking Rules

April 28, 2011 at 06:33 PM
New York, NY - City Council passed a measure Thursday that could mean one less day a week of having to move your car to facilitate street cleaning. Alternate-side parking regulations are currently used in 54 of the city’s 59 community districts. Under the bill, if a community keeps its streets clean for two consecutive years and gets a 90 percent cleanliness grade, the local community board...

Queens, NY – Far Rockaway Hospital Opens Bikur Cholim Room

April 28, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Queens, NY - Family members of Orthodox patients at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway can now spend Shabbat in comfort with kosher meals, Jewish books, and plush furniture. On April 13, hospital officials and local rabbis dedicated the bikur cholim room at the century-old hospital, recognizing the growing Orthodox community in the surrounding neighborhood. “The suite will be...

Riverdale, NY – Academy To Ordain Female ‘Rabba’

April 28, 2011 at 04:09 PM
Riverdale, NY - The number of women in America with the title “rabba” (female for rabbi) is poised to double next week. The Academy of Jewish Religion in Riverdale, a 55-year-old pluralistic seminary, will bestow that title on Kaya Stern-Kaufman, 47, of Great Barrington, Mass., at a ceremony on May 12. Avi Weiss, an Orthodox rabbi in Riverdale, conferred the same title last year on Sara...

Tuscaloosa, AL – Stunning Aerial Images Of Alabama Tornado Catastrophe

April 28, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Tuscaloosa, AL -Massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the South, killing at least 250 people in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris. Two of Alabama's major cities were among the places devastated by the deadliest twister outbreak in nearly 40 years. See below Aerial Images Of Alabama Tornado...

Honolulu, HI – Widow Says Husband Is Doctor on Obama Certificate

April 28, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Honolulu, HI - Ivalee Sinclair learned about her husband's brush with history at the same time as the rest of the world. On Wednesday, the widow of Honolulu obstetrician David Sinclair printed a copy of President Barack Obama's full birth certificate from the Internet, and said she recognized the familiar left-handed cursive on the document. "It's my husband's signature," she said referring to...

New York, NY – City Scales Back Demotions in Sanitation

April 28, 2011 at 02:07 PM
New York, NY - The Bloomberg administration said that it would scale back a plan to demote 100 sanitation supervisors after an independent arbitrator ruled that the workers would lose their seniority standing. The demotions had been championed as a way of improving efficiency at the Sanitation Department by moving more workers to the front lines for trash and snow duty. The city had argued...

Kiamesha Lake, NY – Concord Hotel Owner Close to a Deal with Casino Giant

April 28, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Kiamesha Lake, NY - Concord owner Louis Cappelli has been negotiating with the casino company Mohegan Sun to revive his defunct luxury hotel and racino plan on the site of the one-time jewel of Catskill resorts. Cappelli, whose plans for a $1 billion resort blew apart three years ago, is close to a deal, according to sources. "I have a major partner, to be announced this week," Cappelli...

Passaic, Rockland, Orange, Essex and Bergen Counties under Tornado Warnings until 12:15 p.m.

April 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Passaic, Rockland, Orange, Essex and Bergen Counties under Tornado Warnings until 12:15 p.m...

Jerusalem – Israeli Rabbi Allows Music in Car and Shaving For Shabbos During Sefira

April 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Jerusalem - Despite the prohibition against listening to music during Sefira, noted author Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Rav of the Har Bracha settlement and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Bracha, has ruled that it is permissible to listen to recorded music during Sefira while driving in order to stay alert. Rabbi Melamed’s words appear in this week’s issue of “B’sheva” where he explains that...

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