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Suffern, NY – Judge Ordered Village to Pay to Bikur Cholim for Discrimination

June 9, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Suffern, NY - A U.S. magistrate judge has recommended that the village pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to a nonprofit agency and several others who sued the village, claiming their religious rights had been violated. According to court documents filed Friday, Magistrate Judge George A. Yanthis recommended that Suffern pay $286,387.26 to Bikur Cholim Inc. and seven other...

Munich – German Court Denies Request to Extradite Demjanjuk

June 9, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Munich, Germany - A court has denied Spain's request to extradite John Demjanjuk to stand trial in Madrid on war crimes charges, questioning the evidence presented in the indictment against the former Ohio autoworker and Spain's jurisdiction, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Demjanjuk was convicted in Germany May 12 of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder after a Munich court found he served as a...

Bronx, NY – Feds Seek Life in Prison in Synagogue Bomb Plot

June 9, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Bronx, NY - Four men caught in an elaborate FBI sting plotting to blow up New York City synagogues and shoot down military planes were "ticking time bombs" who needed to be taken off the streets and put behind bars for life, federal prosecutors said Wednesday in court papers. James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were found guilty last year of conspiracy to use...

Israel – Modesty Spat Might Sideline Orthodox Jewish Female Athlete

June 9, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Israel - The Israeli women's national basketball team says one of its stars might be kept out of the European championship because of a disagreement over her religious observance and the team uniform. University of Toledo and Israeli national team point guard Naama Shafir is an Orthodox Jew who wears a T-shirt under her jersey because Jewish modesty rules require her to cover her...

New York – Half The Country Wilts Under Unrelenting Heat

June 9, 2011 at 10:47 PM
New York - A third day of unseasonable heat blistered the eastern half of the country Thursday. Relief was on the way in the Northeast, however, as an approaching cold front triggered evening thunderstorms. Tens of thousands lost power in parts of New England as the storms passed through. The persistent heat has been blamed for at least seven deaths from the Plains to the East Coast, where...

Washington – Voters Say Weiner Was Unethical But Want Him To Serve Out His Term

June 9, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Washington - The pressure is mounting on Congressman Anthony Weiner to step down. However, a new, exclusive NY1-Marist College poll finds a majority of those Anthony Weiner represents say their congressman should weather the scandal sparked by his online dalliances. Registered voters in New York's 9th Congressional District -- constituents of Weiner -- were polled on Wednesday. Of those...

Ramallah, West Bank – AP Exclusive: Hamas Considers Hands-Off Approach

June 9, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - After four years of turbulent rule in the Gaza Strip, the Islamic militant group Hamas is weighing a new strategy of not directly participating in future governments even if it wins elections — an approach aimed at avoiding isolation by the world community and allowing for continued economic aid. Hamas officials told The Associated Press the idea has gained favor in...

Havana – US Delegation Meets with American Jew Jailed in Cuba

June 9, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Havana, Cuba - Members of a visiting U.S. delegation met with a jailed U.S. contractor Thursday and reported that he has lost nearly 100 pounds in captivity but is otherwise doing well. Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, who was part of the delegation, said they talked for about two hours with Alan Gross in an air-conditioned room across from the cell he shares with two other...

Washington – Gingrich Campaign In Tatters As Top Aides Resign

June 9, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Washington - The entire top echelon of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign resigned on Thursday, a stunning mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters. But the former House speaker vowed defiantly to remain a candidate. "I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring," the Gingrich said in a posting to...

Washington – State Department: Report Clinton To Head World Bank Untrue

June 9, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Washington - The State Department shot down a report Thursday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been in discussions with the White House about heading the World Bank. "The story is completely untrue," Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said in the United Arab Emirates, where Clinton was involved in international talks on Libya. He said Clinton has not had any conversations...

Mea Shearim – Arson Suspected in Rash Of Fires At Orthodox Neighborhood

June 9, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Mea Shearim - Police and firefighters are investigating a rash of arson attacks in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim this week that appear to have been set by a local resident. In the past three days, seven small fires have broken out in the radius of a few blocks. Over Shavuot, five fires broke out between midnight and 4:00 a.m. in three different places on Rehov...

Teaneck, NJ – 13 Treated For Carbon Monoxide Exposure From Stove Left On Over Shavuot

June 9, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Teaneck, NJ - Thirteen people were taken to area hospitals Thursday morning with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning after a gas oven was left on for at least two days in a house on Brinkerhoff Avenue, authorities said. The injuries were not believed to be serious. The occupants of the house were observing the annual Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which may have been the reason why the oven had...

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