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Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo the New Face of Gay Marriage Rights, Can It Hurt His Presidential Ambitions?

June 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has become a prominent champion of legalized gay marriage, pushing his state into the center of the national debate over an emotional and divisive issue. In the past week, the Democrat has personally lobbied wavering Republican lawmakers and has said the extension of marriage rights to gays and lesbians is "a matter of principle, not politics." "This state has...

Tel Aviv – 8 American Fighter Jet Engines Stolen from Israeli Base

June 18, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Tel Aviv - Israeli security officials are investigating the theft of eight military jet engines from an airbase near Tel Aviv. An IDF spokeswoman described the engines as old or retired and likely stolen for their scrap value, and one retired U.S. Air Force general said the episode is more of an embarrassment for Israel than harmful to the U.S. But U.S. security and aviation experts say the...

Washington – AP: Pakistanis Tip Off Militants Again

June 18, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Washington - U.S. officials say Pakistan has apparently tipped off militants at two more bomb-building factories in its tribal areas, giving the terror suspects time to flee, after U.S. intelligence shared the locations with the Pakistani government. Those officials believe Pakistan's insistence on seeking local tribal elders' permission before raiding the areas may have most directly...

San Diego, CA – Anti-Circumcision Comic Hero Called Anti-Semitic

June 18, 2011 at 11:01 PM
San Diego, CA - His fists clenched and muscles rippling beneath a tight blue suit, the yellow-caped character appears poised to take on evil-doers. But as his name suggests, "Foreskin Man" is not a typical comic-book superhero, and neither is his choice of adversaries: doctors who practice circumcision and Orthodox Jews who support the religious ritual. San Diego activist Matthew Hess says...

New York – John Walsh Tells ‘AMW’ Viewers Goodbye, For Now

June 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM
New York - John Walsh has said goodbye and thanked viewers of "America's Most Wanted" for helping bring almost 1,200 fugitives to justice over more than two decades. Walsh told his audience in brief farewell remarks: "You've saved lives and gotten people justice." The series aired its last weekly episode on Fox on Saturday. Fox has cited high production costs for pulling the plug on the...

Jerusalem – Compromise on Uniform to Allow Orthodox Jewish Woman to Play Basketball

June 18, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli national team has reached a compromise with basketball's governing body that will allow an Orthodox Jewish player to compete in the European women's championship on Saturday. FIBA Europe spokesman Sakis Kontos said point guard Naama Shafir was "given approval" to wear skin-toned elastic sleeves. She had asked to wear a T-shirt under her jersey because Jewish modesty...

Albany, NY – Marriage Bill Hits Snags on Religion Questions

June 18, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo held more one-on-one negotiations Friday with Senate Republicans who worry his bill to legalize gay marriage doesn’t do enough to protect religious groups and churches that refuse to preside over same-sex weddings and other services. A third lengthy, closed-door meeting by the GOP majority brought the bill, widely viewed as key to national momentum on the...

South Bend, IN – Father of Israeli Agent Jonathan Pollard Dies at 95

June 18, 2011 at 09:56 PM
South Bend, IN - Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard's bid to see his father before he died ended tragically on Saturday morning when Morris Pollard, 95, died at Memorial Hospital and Health System in South Bend, Indiana. Morris Pollard had been hospitalized for more than a week, suffering from the impact of a severe bladder infection. His rabbi at Temple Beth-El in South Bend, Eric Siroka, sent...

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