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Anchorage, Alaska – Strong Quake Strikes in Pacific Off Alaska

June 23, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Anchorage, Alaska - A magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook a large swath of Alaska's Aleutian Islands on Thursday evening, sending residents of small coastal towns to higher ground as officials issued a tsunami warning in the temblor's wake. The quake was centered about 122 miles east of Atka, about 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage. It was recorded at a depth of 26 miles, the Alaska Earthquake...

Ramallah, West Bank – AP Exclusive: Palestinians Ready To Ease Demands

June 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - The Palestinians are ready to ease their demand for a freeze on Israeli settlement construction to get peace talks back on track, a top official told The Associated Press on Thursday. The softened position reflects the Palestinians' growing realization that their alternative strategies to talks — reconciling with the Hamas militant group and seeking unilateral...

Pakistan – Seized Cellphone Suggests Bin Laden Link to Pakistani Intelligence

June 23, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Pakistan - The cellphone of Osama bin Laden’s trusted courier, which was recovered in the raid that killed both men in Pakistan last month, contained contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, senior American officials who have been briefed on the findings say. The discovery indicates that Bin Laden used the group, Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, as...

Poland – Glenn Beck To Visit Auschwitz, Broadcast From Outside Town

June 23, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Poland - Glenn Beck said Thursday that he will be visiting the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in a visit to Poland, and he'll broadcast a special from a town outside of the camp because this will help him "figure out," he says, "how did this happen?" "I'm going over to Poland in a couple of weeks on something that's a venture that I'm doing," he told Republican presidential candidate Rick...

Philadelphia, PA – Graphic Novel Outlines Raid To Capture Bin Laden

June 23, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Philadelphia, PA - The daring secret mission to get Osama bin Laden by elite U.S. forces will be told in the pages of a new graphic novel that aims to shed more light — with a bit of creative license — on the event. Written by retired U.S. Marine Capt. Dale Dye and Julia Dye, the 88-page hardcover "Code Word: Geronimo" takes a look at the mission that is free from politics, a move the...

New York – UPDATE: Airline Spokesman Says It’s Saudi Arabia, Delta Does Not Discriminate

June 23, 2011 at 08:11 PM
New York - Earlier today some Jewish and Christian readers in the blogosphere were fired up about stories that Delta Airlines, in its new alliance with Saudi Arabian Airlines, might wind up enforcing a Saudi policy of not admitting Iraelis and non-Islamic religious items like Bibles on their flights. Delta Air Lines spokesman Trebor Banstetter responded with its non-discrimination policy and...

Havana – Jailed Jewish American Awaits Cuba’s Supreme Court Decision

June 23, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Cuba - Jailed U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross is awaiting a decision on his case by Cuba's highest court and trying to stay strong while his family's situation worsens back home, wife Judy Gross said Thursday. Gross appealed the March conviction and, according to recent statements by the head of Cuba's Supreme Court, the case is being deliberated. It is not clear when a decision will be...

New York – Safety is Top Concern of Law Enforcement for Summer Visitors

June 23, 2011 at 06:10 PM
New York - In preparation for the influx of children and young adults onto the summer scene in the Hudson Valley and Catskills, representatives from police, fire, EMS, FBI, counter terrorism, and the Hasidic community convened Thursday afternoon at the Orange County Emergency Services Center to stress "connectivity" between groups. The pre-summer conference was the first meeting of its kind...

New York – Delta Airline Code-Sharing Agreement With Saudi Arabian Airlines Causes Jewish Confusion

June 23, 2011 at 06:06 PM
New York - UPDATE: USA TODAY has removed this story, and posted the following: An early version of this story contained incomplete information and has been removed. For more details on this story go to USA TODAY's Faith & Reason blog. Below was posted before it was removed: Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly Delta Air...

Albany, NY – NY Senator: Long Night Ahead In Gay Marriage Talks

June 23, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Albany, NY - A top Republican in the New York state Senate expects a long night ahead as lawmakers consider a vote over legalizing gay marriage. Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous (LIH'-bus) says it could be after midnight before the Senate wraps up its session. The Senate is considering dozens of bills, but none as closely watched as legislation to make New York the sixth state to...

Washington – Clinton: Gaza Flotilla A Bid To Provoke Israel

June 23, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is criticizing activists planning to challenge Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, saying their efforts are neither "necessary or useful" in helping the Palestinian people of Gaza. A day after the State Department warned Americans against participating in the planned flotilla, Clinton said Thursday that the effort, which Israel has...

Austin, TX – WSJ: Texas Gov. Rick Perry To Run For President

June 23, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Austin, TX - A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for President, though the official word from Team Perry is still a definite maybe. Our normally reliable Republican source reports that Mr. Perry has surveyed the field and decided to get in the race later this summer, perhaps around the time of the national prayer meeting that Mr. Perry is...

Washington – 2 House Members Want To End Federal Ban On Pot

June 23, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Washington - Two House members have introduced a bill that would remove marijuana from the list of federal controlled substances and cede to the states enforcement of laws governing pot. The legislation would eliminate marijuana-specific penalties under federal law, but would maintain a ban on transporting marijuana across state lines. It would allow individuals to grow and sell marijuana in...

Tehran – Ahmadinejad: Iran Does Not Fear Building Nuke

June 23, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Tehran - Iran's president says his country isn't afraid of making a nuclear weapon but doesn't intend to do so. Iranian state television on Thursday quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying: "If we do want to make a bomb, we are not afraid of anybody." Iran has long insisted that its nuclear programs are peaceful and meant only to generate power for a future nuclear reactor...

New City, NY – Rockland DA: Attempted Murder Indictment in Skver Arson Dispute

June 23, 2011 at 02:12 PM
New City, NY - An 18-year-old student from a Hasidic Jewish enclave has been indicted on an attempted murder charge in a fiery attack on a religious dissident. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Thursday that Shaul Spitzer of New Square was also charged with attempted arson and assault. The case has brought unusual attention to New Square, an insular village of 7,000...

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