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Havana – Jewish American Jailed in Cuba: I Was ‘Trusting Fool’

September 2, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Havana, Cuba - An American government subcontractor convicted in Cuba of illegally bringing communications equipment onto the island told a Havana court he was a "trusting fool" and never meant any harm to the government, according to excerpts from his testimony released Friday by his lawyer. Alan Gross, a 62-year-old Maryland native who has been jailed here since December 2009, said he had no...

New York, NY – AP Interview: NYPD Boss Expands Counterterror Role

September 2, 2011 at 04:30 PM
New York, NY - Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sits at the head of a conference table in a top-floor office that looks like a cross between a Fortune 500 boardroom and a Best Buy sales floor. He's calling up security-camera feeds that appear on wall-to-wall flat screens. If he wants, he can produce a military-style aerial map of lower Manhattan, including Wall Street and ground zero. But on...

Washington – Judge Rules Hungary Can Be Sued for Return of Art Seized by Nazis

September 2, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Washington - A U.S. judge has ruled that the heirs of a Jewish art collector can proceed with a lawsuit against Hungary seeking the return of art seized during the Holocaust that is worth more than $100 million. But the judge did grant the Hungarian request to throw out an older lawsuit by other heirs. The collection of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog included paintings by El Greco and Francisco de...

Washington – Government Giving Tax Relief, Loans after Irene

September 2, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Washington - Hurricane Irene hit many small businesses as it moved up the East Coast last weekend. Owners typically look to the federal government for help after a disaster. Parts of North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Puerto Rico have already been declared federal disaster areas. Businesses in those areas are eligible for tax relief from the IRS and loans from the Small Business...

New York – Rep. Engel To Turkey: Hypocrisy At Its Highest

September 2, 2011 at 01:36 PM
New York - Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to Turkey’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador from Ankara, following the release of the U.N. report on the Israeli actions to enforce its blockade of Gaza. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Turkey should be ashamed of itself. In an almost unbelievable act of...

Portland, OR – Starbucks CEO Hosts Town Hall On Politics, Asks CEO’s To Halt Contributions

September 2, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Portland, OR - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz changed how America drinks coffee. Now, he wants to change the political system. The head of the coffee giant says the nation's leaders have failed to represent the needs of all its citizens and created a "crisis of confidence" that is wreaking havoc on the economy. Schultz says he wants to give a voice to all people by hosting a national telephone...

New York – Op-Ed: Don’t Call Me Orthodox When A Crime Is Committed

September 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM
New York - Years ago, when I served as a chaplain at a large Chicago hospital, I would often be asked by patients, “What kind of rabbi are you?” Knowing that this was a loaded question – the answer to which would almost certainly limit my ability to serve all those in need of pastoral care – I would simply reply, “I’m a Jewish rabbi!” It served me well, and considering what has been...

Washington – Quake Risk To Reactors Greater Than Thought

September 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM
Washington - The risk that an earthquake would cause a severe accident at a U.S. nuclear plant is greater than previously thought, 24 times as high in one case, according to an AP analysis of preliminary government data. The nation's nuclear regulator believes a quarter of America's reactors may need modifications to make them safer. The threat came into sharp focus last week, when shaking...

Washington – Obama Pulls Back Proposal to Tighten Clean Air Rules

September 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM
Washington - The Obama administration is abandoning its plan to immediately tighten air quality rules nationwide to cut reduce emissions of smog-causing chemicals after an intense lobbying campaign by industry, which said the new rule would cost billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs, officials said Friday. The Environmental Protection Agency, following the recommendation of its...

Vienna – Iran Says No To UN Agency Middle East Nuclear Meeting

September 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM
Vienna - The U.N. nuclear chief says talks meant to explore ways to create a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East will likely be held later this year. A statement by the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday that IAEA chief Yukiya Amano plans to convene a forum on the topic on Nov. 21-22. A related document made available to The Associated Press says Amano "wrote to all member...

New York, NY – Same-Sex Marriage a Tricky Issue for Weprin, Turner

September 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM
New York, NY - Same-sex marriage is the law in New York - and a political albatross for both David Weprin and Bob Turner, the candidates for Anthony Weiner's old seat in Congress. Jewish leaders are turning on Democrat Weprin, an Orthodox Jew, for voting in favor of gay nuptials as a state assemblyman. And GOP candidate Turner is taking former Mayor Ed Koch's advice to avoid the...

Washington – Employers Add No Net Jobs In Aug.; Rate Unchanged

September 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM
Washington - Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession. The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010. It was the first time since World War II that the economy had precisely net zero jobs created for a...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Cancels Radio Talk Amid Furor Over Aide’s Resignation

September 2, 2011 at 10:08 AM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg canceled his weekly radio appearance, scheduled for Friday morning, amid a growing outcry over his handling of a top aide’s arrest over a domestic violence complaint, said a person told of the mayor’s decision. The move appeared to be an attempt to avoid the public spotlight — and potential questions about why Mr. Bloomberg sought to conceal the...

Israel – New Hit on Charedi Wig Sales: Rentals on Monthly Payments

September 2, 2011 at 09:39 AM
Israel - An Israeli wig chain has realized that the war on haredi women's pockets passes through their head. That chain recently launched a new campaign for the sector's women: Wig leasing. Iris Elkayam, marketing manager at Galit Italia, explains: "From now on, just like with a car, a woman will be able to pick up a new through the leasing method and enjoy different designs and full service...

Tel Aviv – Despite Successes, Israelis Seek EU Passports amid Questionable Future

September 2, 2011 at 09:02 AM
Tel Aviv - Despite their country's turbulent history, Israelis enjoy a fairly secure existence: they have military might, a world-class high tech industry powering a strong economy, and America as a solid ally. Yet in recent years, tens of thousands have requested and received the citizenship of European countries like Poland and Germany, which were killing fields for Jews just decades...

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