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Prague – Jewish Family Wants President Klaus Barred from Russian Embassy

September 14, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Prague - The lawyer for the Popper family, the original owner of the Russian embassy building in Prague, has asked Czech courts to ban President Vaclav Klaus and other senior state officials from entering the building it claims in court, the server iHned.cz writes. Lawyer Irena Benesova says Klaus and other politicians disdain the rights of the heir of the property when acknowledging that it...

Mea She’arim – Bookstore Selling Zionist Books Hit by Extremist

September 14, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Mea She’arim - A bookstore in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea She’arim, which has been struggling with violence from a mafia-style “Purity Committee” that objects to their English and Zionist books, was attacked once again early on Wednesday morning. Marlene Samuels, the manager of Or Hachaim/Manny’s Bookstore, found the outer windows of the shop smashed for the fifth time...

Worton, MD – Gasoline Tanker Stolen in Md. Found in Philly

September 14, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Worton, MD - Authorities in Maryland say a stolen tanker truck carrying more than 3,000 gallons of gasoline has been found in Pennsylvania. Kent County Sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Owens said Wednesday that the truck with the gasoline was found in Philadelphia, but no other details were immediately available. The FBI assisted with the search for the Alger Oil truck that was stolen from Maryland's...

New York – Airlines Collect $783 Million in Bag Fees in 1st Quarter

September 14, 2011 at 09:12 PM
New York - U.S. airlines collected slightly higher baggage fees in the in the first three months of the year as the number of travelers increased. The nation's largest airlines reported baggage fees of about $783.7 million in the first three months of the year. That's up nearly 2 percent from the $768.5 million they collected in the same period last year. The airlines carried about 2.4 percent...

Israel – Rediscovered Ancient Color of Techelet

September 14, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Israel - One of the biblical mysteries that has stumped commentators and scholars over the centuries is the shade of blue known as “Techelet” that is mentioned in the Torah. Up until recently, the only known information about Techelet was that it was derived from a sea snail secretion and that Jewish tradition believes it to be a pure blue roughly similar to that of the sky.  However, an...

Israel – Chabad Youth Check Mezuzah, Find Cross

September 14, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Israel - The Chabad Chassidic movement is helping Israelis prepare for the New Year by offering to check mezuzahs, the scrolls with select Torah passages that are traditionally attached to the doorposts of a Jewish home. Young Chabad men told Channel 2 that they found an extreme case of a mezuzah not suitable for use this year. The scroll was found to contain the usual verse – but with...

Washington – Future NASA Rocket To Be Most Powerful Ever Built

September 14, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Washington - To soar far away from Earth and even on to Mars, NASA has dreamed up the world's most powerful rocket, a behemoth that borrows from the workhorse liquid-fuel rockets that sent Apollo missions into space four decades ago. But with a price tag that some estimate at $35 billion, it may not fly with Congress. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and several members of Congress on...

Havana – Cuban Official: Richardson Used Blackmail Against Cuba To Force Meeting With Jewish American Prisoner

September 14, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Havana - Cuba accused former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson of "blackmail" and slander on Wednesday, categorically denying his claims that he was invited to the island to negotiate the release of a jailed American government subcontractor. In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, the Foreign Ministry's head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, said Cuba refused Richardson's...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM Orders Evacuation of Embassy in Jordan, Fearing Violent Protests

September 14, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the early evacuation of Israel's embassy in Jordan on Wednesday, over fears of violent anti-Israel protests similar to those which erupted in Cairo last week. Protocol stipulates that all employees return to Israel every weekend, with the exclusion of one diplomatic representative as well as a security...

Detroit, MI – More Fiasco: Airline Now Says Suspicions Reported Of 2 Men, Not Woman

September 14, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Detroit, MI - Frontier Airlines says crew on a Denver to Detroit flight followed security protocols after passengers reported suspicious activities by two men on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, but had no control over how a woman sitting near them was treated by authorities. Spokesman Peter Kowalchuk says in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press that the men and 35-year-old...

San Francisco, CA – After Outcry Apple Cuts ‘Jew Or Not Jew’ App

September 14, 2011 at 05:24 PM
San Francisco, CA - Apple Inc. has removed an app from its French App Store that let users consult a database of celebrities to determine if they are Jewish or not. The action followed complaints from a French anti-racism group, which threatened to sue the iPhone maker. SOS Racisme argued that the "Jew or Not a Jew" app violated France's laws banning the compilation of people's personal...

New York, NY – Cop Probed in Tix-Fix Scandal Tries to Commit Suicide

September 14, 2011 at 05:22 PM
New York, NY - Authorities say a New York Police Department officer caught up in a criminal investigation into ticket fixing climbed onto a subway track and tried to touch the third rail in an apparent suicide attempt. Other officers discovered him before dawn Wednesday at a subway station near his Bronx home. He's hospitalized with minor injuries. Two people familiar with the probe say the...

New York – Former Mossad Chief: Obama Showed ‘Leadership Of Historic Dimensions’ To Save Israelis In Cairo Embassy

September 14, 2011 at 04:15 PM
New York - Monday night at Israel Policy Forum's symposium in New York on "Security and the New Middle East," former Director of the Mossad Efraim Halevy spoke directly about President Obama's efforts to "extricate" the six Israelis trapped inside the Israeli embassy in Cairo last Friday night: “We’ve been talking these days about Turkey and about Egypt. And I would like to say something...

New York – UPS Unveils New Service To Avoid Missed Deliveries

September 14, 2011 at 03:50 PM
New York - Sorry we missed you? UPS is unveiling a delivery-notification service aimed at not missing you at all. Called My Choice, the basic free membership service allows package recipients to be notified of incoming shipments and provided an approximate arrival time the night before delivery. Delivery alerts will be offered through e-mail, text or phone calls. For packages that require...

Jerusalem – Israeli Lifeguard Rescues Sunken Treasure

September 14, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli lifeguards plunged into the Mediterranean sea this month on an unusual rescue mission: to pull out an ancient ship's anchor. Lifeguard Avi Afia first spotted the tip of the anchor on a daily swim five years ago. It was peeking out from the sandy ocean floor about 150 feet (60 meters) from the coast. It wasn't until this month that the sands shifted to reveal the treasure...

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