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Albany, NY – New Law Will Require Insurance to Cover Autism Screening

June 17, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Albany, NY - State lawmakers have passed legislation that would require New York insurers to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorders. Sponsors say that would include routine toddler screenings, behavioral health treatments, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Advocates say Medicaid is the main reimbursement source and some services are...

Israel – Tragic Explosion in Netanya Devastates Jewish Community

June 17, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Israel - The gas explosion in Netanya last night across from the Chabad center claimed the lives of four, including three teenage girls who were distributing Shabbos candles in Independence Square. Stacy Brock, 17, Rebbeca Dorai, 18 and Rebbeca Amsid, all Netanya residents who had emigrated to Israel from France three years ago, attended classes at the Chabad house and volunteered weekly...

Switzerland – Loss To Klal Yisroel: HaGaon Rav Kopelman Zt’l Passes Away at 106

June 17, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Switzerland - Klal Yisroel just suffered a major loss, Maran HaGaon Rav Yitzchak Dov Koppelman, one of the most outstanding Rabbonim of our generation, and one of the oldest Roshei Yeshivah, the Rosh Yeshivah of Lucerne, Switzerland passed away at the age of 106, at the home of his daughter in Zurich, where he was surrounded by his family and his close talmid Rav Yisroel Duvid Shlesinger from...

New York – Lawmakers Back Ban on MTA Platform Smoking

June 17, 2011 at 02:15 PM
New York - Lawmakers have voted to ban smoking on the upstate and Long Island platforms of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's commuter trains to protect other passengers from secondhand smoke. Sen. Charles Fuschillo, a Long Island Republican, says thousands of nearby commuters are exposed by smokers who light up a cigarette while waiting for a train. The bill would ban smoking in...

Arlington, VA – Suspect ID’d in Pentagon-Suspicious Items Probe

June 17, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Arlington, VA - A law enforcement official is identifying the suspect with suspicious materials in a backpack near the Pentagon as a Virginia man who is originally from Ethiopia. A law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity identified the suspect as Yonathan Melaku. The official says Melaku is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ethiopia. Bomb-sniffing dogs have been sent to...

New Jersey – OU, ADL Denounces Use of “Nazi” Rhetoric in New Jersey Politics

June 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM
New Jersey - Today, the New Jersey Regional Office of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, representing more than 50 Orthodox Jewish congregations in the state, added its voice to those offended by the comments made by Mr. Craig Shelton of the CWA at a rally in Trenton on June 16th. OU Regional Director of Public Policy Josh Pruzansky issued the following statement: "While political...

Istanbul – Gaza Flotilla To Proceed Without Turkish Boat

June 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Istanbul - A Turkish boat that became an international symbol of anti-Israeli activism has dropped out of a Gaza-bound flotilla that plans to set sail for the Palestinian territory at the end of this month, organizers said Friday. The withdrawal of the Mavi Marmara ferry from the convoy that aims to break Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip removes a potential flashpoint for confrontation...

Rockland County, NY – Chasidim Deny Spring Valley Village Clerk Assulted

June 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Rockland County, NY - Spring Valley's village clerk says she and her family were attacked by a group of Hasidic Jews last night after her 11-year-old daughter accidentally tossed a water balloon into the street and hit a car. Sherry Scott says after the water balloon hit the car, a man jumped out and chased her daughter, and then others went after her son and grandson. She says at one point...

Thompson, NY – Tribe Exploring NY Casino Options

June 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Thompson, NY - The Stockbridge Munsee of Wisconsin say they're exploring their options on a potential New York casino now that the Obama administration has rescinded a rule that blocked Indian tribes from building casinos far from their reservations. The Wisconsin tribe has been working for more than a decade to build a casino in the Catskills, which is within day-tripping distance of the...

Albany, NY – Gov. Lobbying Senators In Gay Marriage Fight

June 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is lobbying individual senators in a quest to secure what appears to be one more vote needed to legalize gay marriage in New York and deliver a major win for the national effort. The Democrat met with three Republican senators in his Capitol office Thursday and plans to meet with more on Friday, the day Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos predicted his house...

Jerusalem – 71 Israeli Lawmakers Ask VP Biden To Allow Pollard To Visit Ill Father

June 17, 2011 at 10:04 AM
Jerusalem - A majority of Israeli lawmakers are asking the U.S. administration to allow the incarcerated Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard a humanitarian visit with his dying father. Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy. He pleaded guilty in 1986 of passing classified information to Israel and was given a life sentence. The letter is signed by 71 of Israel's 120 members of...

Berlin – German Prosecutors Shelve Nazi Investigation

June 17, 2011 at 09:30 AM
Berlin - Munich prosecutors have suspended their investigation of an admitted Nazi concentration camp guard after being unable to find evidence he participated in atrocities, a spokesman said Friday. Barbara Stockinger told The Associated Press that in a year-and-a-half, investigators could not find evidence that Alex Nagorny participated in any specific crimes. Nagorny testified at the...

Albany, NY – Gov. Signs Into Law Tax Breaks for Some First Time Home Buyers

June 17, 2011 at 09:23 AM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a property tax breaks for some first-time home buyers, recently approved by the Legislature. The law would continue a municipal option to provide tax incentives for purchases of new homes by first-time buyers. Sponsors call home ownership "the most potent form" of economic stimulus. Counties with programs include Albany, Alleghany...

Washington – Hotels Warned of ‘Mumbai-Style’ Terror Threat

June 17, 2011 at 08:36 AM
Washington - Federal authorities are warning hotels in major U.S. cities to be vigilant after intelligence recently obtained in Somalia shows Al Qaeda was planning to launch a “Mumbai-style” attack on an upscale hotel in London, England, Fox News has learned exclusively. The intelligence came from computer accessories and other materials gathered at the checkpoint in Mogadishu where Fazul...

Arlington, VA – 1 Person In Custody In Investigation At Pentagon

June 17, 2011 at 08:28 AM
Arlington, VA - One person was taken into custody early Friday in connection with an investigation into a suspicious vehicle near the Pentagon, authorities said. In addition, Pentagon police spokesman Chris Layman said one or two other people may have been involved. The car was in bushes near the Pentagon's north parking lot, Layman said. Police were investigating a suspicious package in...

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