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New York – Capital One To Buy ING Direct USA For $9 billion

June 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM
New York - Capital One Financial Corp., until now best known for its credit cards, is poised to become a major force in online banking. The McLean, Va.-based company said Thursday that it will buy ING's U.S. online banking unit for $9 billion in a cash and stock deal. Under the terms of the deal, Netherlands-based ING Groep will receive $6.2 billion in cash and $2.8 billion in the form of...

Washington – Bunk Beds Recalled After Child’s Death

June 16, 2011 at 11:09 PM
Washington - About 30,000 bunk beds have been recalled because of the threat of children becoming entrapped in the bed, a federal consumer agency said Thursday. A 3-year-old Iowa boy died after such a mishap in March 2010. Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio, issued the voluntary recall of the metal futon bunk beds, which can entrap a child when the futon and its metal frame are lowered to a flat...

New York, NY – City Paid About $521M in Settlements in ’10

June 16, 2011 at 10:44 PM
New York, NY - A new report shows New York City paid nearly $521 million to settle personal injury and property damage lawsuits in 2010, with three agencies accounting for 67 percent of all settlements. City Comptroller John C. Liu released the report Wednesday, showing that the amount paid has decreased by seven percent since 2009. But Liu said city agencies need to continue to work to...

Lakewood, NJ – Student Suffers Serious Injuries Jumping from Yeshiva

June 16, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Lakewood, NJ - A 24-year-old man suffered serious injuries when he apparently jumped off an overhang outside of a window at a Jewish school here today, police said. The man, who was a student from outside of the state, jumped more than 20 feet from an overhang at a Jewish school on Joe Parker Road at about 2:30 p.m., according to Detective Capt. Paul Daly, unit commander. Police said there was...

Pakistan – Al Qaeda Creates ‘Hit List’ of Prominent Americans

June 16, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Pakistan - Al Qaeda has created a "hit list" with the names and photos of some of the most prominent Americans in business and government, according to a report. The list, posted on a jihadist website, contains the names of 40 people who work in politics, media, finance, industry and military contracting, NBC New York reported. Twenty-six people are pictured. Their names were not...

Manhattan, NY – Taxi Service Refused to City Councilman

June 16, 2011 at 07:23 PM
New York, NY - In Manhattan, filled with taxis, you would figure that a city council member would have no problem hailing a cab. "I have always had trouble hailing cabs and it is widespread," City Councilman James Sanders said. Councilman James Sanders had it happen again: he and his daughter just had lunch and then tried to hail a cab in SoHo to take her to Yonkers. The Councilman and...

Netanya – Explosion Rocks Building; 4 Dead, Dozens Injured

June 16, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Netanya - An explosion rocked a four-story building in Netanya overnight Thursday, leaving four people dead, and dozens injured. The blast caused the partial collapse of the building. Police have sealed off Atzmaut Square. Drivers have been asked to keep away from the area. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the blast appeared to be a result of a gas cylinder exploding in a...

Jerusalem – Israeli Navy Release Video On Flotilla Drill

June 16, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Jerusalem - The Navy published Thursday footage from a drill (reported yesterday by VIN News) by commandoes in preparation for the "freedom flotilla" to Gaza, scheduled to depart in the coming days. Various units joined the naval commando unit Shayetet 13 in a drill designed to stop any ship that attempts to breach the naval blockade on the Strip. Watch below. ...

New York – NYC 9/11 Memorial Museum May Charge $20 Admission

June 16, 2011 at 05:30 PM
New York - Visitors to the museum at the national 9/11 memorial could be required to pay an entrance fee of about $20, though victims' relatives will always be able to enter for free, the president and CEO of the memorial foundation said Thursday. Joe Daniels, the president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, told City Council members at a hearing that once the museum opens...

Florida – Chabad Synagogue Offers $1,000 for Stolen Rebbe’s $1 Bill

June 16, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Florida - A Palm Beach Gardens synagogue is offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of a special $1 bill stolen during a burglary. Someone broke into the Chabad Palm Beach Synagogue and stole a special donation box that contained a $1 bill that was blessed by a rabbi who died a few years ago. "To the thief it's not worth anything -- no more than just $1," Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui said...

New York – Gay Marriage: An Open Letter To Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos

June 16, 2011 at 03:09 PM
New York - Dear Majority Leader Skelos, Despite the heated rhetoric from same-sex marriage activists who indiscriminately challenge anyone who opposes the radical redefinition of marriage,we all still have an obligation to respectfully stand up for timeless values- no matter the political cost. As identifiable Jews, members of my community are no stranger to discrimination in the workplace...

Brooklyn, NY – Weiner: I’m Out

June 16, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Seared by scandal, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, done in by lewd photos he took of himself, sent online and then adamantly lied about after being caught. "I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused," he said reading from a brief statement in Brooklyn. "I make...

Jerusalem – Palestinians Stick To Call For Settlement Freeze

June 16, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Jerusalem - The Palestinians are sticking to their demand for an Israeli settlement construction freeze in the West Bank, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Thursday, complicating President Barack Obama's latest peace drive. Obama recently outlined his vision of two states based on the pre-1967 war lines, with mutually agreed land swaps. The president's call for talks did not mention a...

Albany, NY – Skelos: NY Senate Vote On Gay Marriage Remains Unclear

June 16, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Albany, NY - Conflicting interests and political maneuvering threatened to stall a vote in New York on whether to legalize gay marriage, viewed by advocates and opponents alike as a pivotal moment in the years-long debate. The Republican leader of the state Senate, which controls the fate of the measure, emerged from yet another closed-door meeting Thursday morning with no plan to bring the...

Washington – Suspicious Package Found at Weiner’s Office

June 16, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Washington - The Capitol Police blocked off pedestrian traffic surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) congressional office Thursday as they investigated a suspicious package. “It’s still under investigation,” Makema Turner, spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, told The Hill Rep. Weiner is expected to resign from office Thursday afternoon amidst pressure from House Democratic...

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