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Forth Worth, Texas – Report: American Airlines To Replace Third Of Its Entire Fleet

June 29, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Forth Worth, TX - American Airlines is in talks with aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing Co. to purchase at least 250 aircraft in a deal valued at about $15 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The newspaper cited unnamed persons familiar with the matter who said American wants to replace more than a third of its entire fleet. Such a large order would represent a...

Rosh Ha’Ayin – Company Drilling for Oil On Shabbat Without Violating Judaic Laws

June 29, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Rosh Ha’Ayin - The heads of the Givot Olam company, whose Meged 5 well near Rosh Ha’Ayin has been said to contain an estimated 1.5 billion barrels of crude, held a news conference on Tuesday to mark the beginning of the drilling on the site. The company’s chief geologist is Tuvia Luskin, an observant Jew who belongs to Chabad. As such, the work on the site was done so as to never break...

New York – More Texting Leads to Mistakes Often with Dire Consequences

June 29, 2011 at 09:40 PM
New York - Blame big fingers, tired eyes or other distractions, but odds are you've sent a text or tweet to someone accidentally. It happens to all of us, from text-addicted teenagers to businessmen on BlackBerry Messenger. About 40 percent of texters admit they've accidentally sent a text to the wrong person, and 10 percent say they do it once a month, according to research by the makers...

Jerusalem – 2,000 Year Old Ossuary Authentic, Say Researchers

June 29, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli scholars have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box that appears to bear the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas. The 2,000-year-old ossuary, a stone chest used for secondary burial of bones, belonged to a daughter of the Caiaphas family of high priests. The ossuary — a stone chest used to store bones — is decorated with the stylized...

Baltimore, MD – Dwek Loses Allowance Plus Private Security

June 29, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Baltimore, MD - Having lost his freedom, federal informant Solomon Dwek is also about to lose his allowance. Abruptly sent to jail Tuesday for lying to the FBI, Dwek was receiving a $12,500 monthly stipend from the federal bankruptcy trustee trying to sort out the remains of his failed real estate empire later found to be built upon massive fraud. That allowance expires today, as does an...

London – UK: Iran Conducting Secret Ballistic Missile Tests

June 29, 2011 at 06:59 PM
London - Iran has conducted covert tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in addition to a 10-day program of public military maneuvers, Britain alleged on Wednesday. Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons that there had been secret experiments with nuclear-capable missiles, but did not specify precisely when the tests had taken place. Iran has...

Austin, TX – Texas Gov. Urges U.S. Attorney General To Action Against Israel Protesters

June 29, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Austin, TX - Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged the U.S. attorney general to take action Wednesday against Americans who plan to take part in a pro-Palestinian protest by sailing to the Gaza Strip to challenge an Israeli naval blockade. Perry wrote that he had information that American citizens were aboard two U.S.-flagged ships that plan to challenge the blockade on the Gaza Strip. He urged U.S...

Washington – US Senate: Cut Aid if PA Declares State;

June 29, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Washington - The US Senate approved a bill Wednesday that calls for suspension of American aid to the Palestinian Authority if it insists on carrying out a plan to gain UN recognition for its statehood declaration in September. The bill was approved by all 89 senators present. Its initiators are the Jewish and Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Senator Susan Collins of...

Albany, NY – Gay Marriage Foes Say Will Spend $2M To Oust Senators Who Flipped

June 29, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Albany, NY - A group that opposes gay marriage promised to spend at least $2 million to oust seven state senators who changed their positions to make New York the sixth state where same-sex unions are legal. The Washington-based National Organization for Marriage said in a fundraising email to supporters that it is committed to helping elect majorities in 2012 that support marriage as being...

Jerusalem – Boycott Spurs Tnuva To Drop Cottage Cheese Prices

June 29, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Jerusalem - Tnuva, Israel’s largest dairy products manufacturer, agreed to lower cottage cheese prices by about 20 percent following a nationwide boycott. The company announced Wednesday that it would lower the recommended price of a 9-ounce tub of cottage cheese by about from $2.17 to $1.70. More than 100,000 Facebook users indicated their support for the boycott by signing on to a page...

Cleveland, OH – Telz Rosh Hayeshiva Passes Away At Nearly 100

June 29, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Cleveland, OH - Rav Chaim Stein, the Rosh Yeshiva of Telze Cleveland, passed away at the age of 99 years after one year of illness. Rav Stein came to Telze in Europe from a small town in Russia originally. While in Yeshiva, he quickly became one of the most outstanding Talmidim of the Yeshiva. “He was a mushlim in every sense of the word,” remarked a menahel of a Bais Yaakov in Brooklyn...

Athens, Greece – In Photos: Violent Protest Intensifies

June 29, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Athens, Greece - Stun grenades echoed across the square today in Athens outside the Parliament building and acrid clouds of tear gas hung in the streets. The violence continued sporadically after Greece approved more austerity measures needed to avert default next month. Authorities and emergency services said 31 police and 15 protesters were injured and transferred to hospitals, while 30...

Gaza City – Hamas Rejects German Negotiating Efforts in Prisoner Swap

June 29, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Gaza City - Hamas confirmed Wednesday it will no longer work with a German negotiator trying to broker a prisoner swap agreement over the release of an Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip for the past five years. 'He is not a fair negotiator,' Hamas Gaza spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in an interview with the German Press Agency dpa. An official of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service...

New York, NY – NYC Council Approves Budget To Partially Restore Vocuhers

June 29, 2011 at 01:42 PM
New York, NY - The City of New York’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, which was approved this afternoon by the City Council, significantly restores needed childcare services throughout Brooklyn. The 2012 Budget, while it is far from perfect, has restored funding for thousands of vouchers. While the vouchers are being restored at a reduced rate, which is about 60% of the original value, it was...

Washington – America In Default: S&P Says To Deeply Cut U.S. Ratings If Debt Payment Missed

June 29, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Washington - The United States would immediately have its top-notch credit rating slashed to "selective default" if it misses a debt payment on August 4, Standard & Poor's managing director John Chambers told Reuters. Chambers, who is also the chairman of S&P's sovereign ratings committee, told Reuters on Tuesday that U.S. Treasury bills maturing on August 4 would be rated 'D' if the...

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