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New York, NY – Heat Wave to Boil City over Shavuot Holiday

June 6, 2011 at 10:53 PM
New York, NY - The second heat wave of 2011 will get cranking, with temperatures nearing 90 degrees and likely staying there for the rest of the week. It now looks like temperatures will be 90 degrees or better for the remaining four days this week, with heat index values over 100 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. I’d expect record highs to be broken across the tri-state on both days. As...

Santa Monica, CA – Backer of Circumcision Ban Pulling Out

June 6, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Santa Monica, CA - In response to the rising backlash against a proposed initiative that would have made circumcision for minors a criminal act, the main proponent of the measure announced her intention to withdraw the measure Monday. Jena Troutman said that it was never her intention to get into the "religious aspect" of the circumcision debate. Jewish groups feel the initiative is an attack...

Israel – Rabbis Immunity Bill for Incitement Shot Down

June 6, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Israel - The ministerial committee on legislation unanimously voted down a bill that would grant rabbis immunity to prosecution for incitement based on their published opinions on religious matters. The bill would have shielded rabbis from criminal responsibility for published works or for both written and oral opinions on their published works. Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira last year, after being...

New York – Remembering D-Day [video]

June 6, 2011 at 07:09 PM
New York - On June 6th, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops poured onto the heavily fortified beaches of Normandy, France, in one of the most decisive battles of World War II. The D-Day invasion marked a beginning of the end of the war and the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe. This particular operation was at a high cost to the Allied forces, with nearly 10,000 troops killed or wounded...

Washington – Democrats Call For Ethics Probe Of Weiner Scandal

June 6, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Washington - Top congressional Democrats are calling for an ethics investigation — and the truth — about whether scandalized New York Rep. Anthony Weiner broke any rules or used government resources to send lewd pictures over the Internet. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she's disappointed in Weiner's conduct, which he confessed Monday. He apologized, but refused to...

Spain – Sephardic Rabbi Praises Spain’s Progress in Jewish Relations

June 6, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Granada, Spain - To mark the first visit to Granada by a Jewish religious leader since Jews were expelled from Spain over five centuries ago, the city authorities had hoped to be host to a luncheon for Shlomo Moshe Amar, the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel. Nowadays, however, Granada, a city of about 250,000, does not have any strict kosher establishments. So the chief rabbi had to settle last...

Toronto – Canada Has First Case Of E. Coli Linked To Europe

June 6, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Toronto - An Ontario man has Canada's first suspected case of E. coli linked to the outbreak in Europe. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said Monday the man travelled to Germany this spring where he consumed local salad products. Ontario's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Arlene King, says initial testing has confirmed the presence of toxin compatible with the current...

Washington – Congressman Weiner At Press Confernce Tears Up; Admits Wrong Doing

June 6, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Washington - After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a lewd photo of himself on the internet. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign. A conservative website that last week started a furor over a lewd photo sent from Weiner's Twitter account posted new photos. In a strange turn before Weiner's planned news...

Jerusalem – Israel: Protests Show Fight Over State’s Existence

June 6, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Jerusalem - A second round of deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters trying to breach the border from Syria has made Israel's leadership even more skeptical about reaching peace with its Arab neighbors. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday angrily accused Syria's embattled president of orchestrating the protests to deflect attention from internal unrest. More broadly, Netanyahu said...

New York, NY – Bloomberg’s Taxi Plan for Outer Boroughs Hits Resistance

June 6, 2011 at 02:22 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to expand taxi service outside Manhattan has run into opposition in Albany, sending city officials scrambling to come up with a compromise before lawmakers leave town later this month. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan would create more than a thousand new yellow-taxi medallions—a significant expansion of the 13,000-vehicle fleet on the road now...

New York – Inside Donald Trump’s new $100M Private Jet [video]

June 6, 2011 at 01:08 PM
New York - Donald Trump's new $100 million private plane is a veritable luxury suite with wings -- featuring gold faucets and seat belts, suede-covered ceilings and enough legroom to accommodate the high-kicking Rockettes. The dapper Donald took the Boeing 757, which very comfortably seats 43, on its maiden voyage from New York to Washington, DC, Friday, but not before offering The Post a...

Washington – Illegal-Alien Tuition Breaks Allowed by U.S. High Court

June 6, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a California law that makes illegal immigrants eligible for the reduced tuition paid at public colleges and universities by legal state residents. The justices today turned away an appeal by a group of non- Californians who attend school in the state and pay as much as $20,000 per year more than residents. The students said 25,000 illegal aliens...

Paris – The Schalit’s Try New Approch: File Complaint In France Over Gilad’s Kidnapping

June 6, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Paris - An Israeli family frustrated by their government's failure to free their son from Hamas captors filed a legal complaint in France on Monday that they hope will lead to arrest warrants for members of the Palestinian militant group. Noam Schalit wants an investigation into who captured his son, Sgt. Gilad Schalit, in 2006 and who is holding him now. He filed a legal complaint in Paris...

Berlin – U-Turn: Germany Says No Proof Sprouts Caused E. Coli Outbreak

June 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Berlin - In a surprising U-turn, German officials said initial tests published Monday provided no evidence that sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany were the cause of the country's deadly E. coli outbreak. The Lower-Saxony state agriculture ministry said 23 of 40 samples from the sprout farm suspected of being behind the outbreak have tested negative for the highly aggressive...

Ottawa, Ontario – Judge: Canadian Man Linked To Paris Shul Paris Bombing Can Be Extradited To France

June 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Ottawa, Ontario - A judge ruled Monday that a Canadian man can be extradited to France in connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing that killed four people. The decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger means Hassan Diab is a step closer to being tried for murder in the 31-year-old terrorism case. Canadian police arrested Diab, a 57-year-old Canadian of Lebanese...

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