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New York, NY – Kelly Frustrated He Wasn’t Briefed on Underwear Bomb Plot

May 11, 2012 at 07:17 PM
New York, NY - NYPD top cop Raymond Kelly declared Friday he's peeved the feds still haven't debriefed him on the latest Al Qaeda underwear bomb plot recently foiled in Yemen. Kelly revealed his frustration five days after a CIA drone strike killed a terror kingpin scheming to bring down a U.S.-bound jetliner with a sleek new undies explosive. "We're still trying to get some specificity as...

Jerusalem – 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Israel

May 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Jerusalem - A Richter scale 5.5 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Cyprus shook the eastern Mediterranean on Friday night, with locals in countries throughout the Levant reporting the quake. Residents in Israel reported feeling the tremors, with hundreds of citizens picking up the phone and calling police to announce the event. No damages or injuries were reported. The earthquake...

Beirut – Hezbollah Leader: Group Can Hit All Of Israel

May 11, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Beirut - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah says his militant group has weapons that can accurately hit targets throughout Israel. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah told supporters via video link Friday that if a new war breaks out, the group will destroy targets in Israel for every building destroyed in Beirut. He said that Hezbollah is "capable of striking very specific targets not only in Tel Aviv...

Washington – Post Office Says Will No Longer Ship Laptops, IPads Abroad

May 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Washington - The U.S. Postal Service is banning international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries such as smartphones, laptops and iPads, citing the risk of fire. Beginning Wednesday, consumers may no longer make the shipments, including to army and diplomatic post offices. That means friends and family will have to use more expensive private companies such as UPS and FedEx to ship...

New York – MTA Considering Cash Reward For Reporting Assaults

May 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM
New York - New York City's transportation officials are considering offering cash rewards to riders who report assaults on transit workers. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the plan would be similar to a police program that offers rewards for information leading to arrests. Attacks on MTA workers have increased 30 percent, from 72 in 2010 to 94 last year. The agency says 40...

Washington – Officials: Britain’s MI6 Key To Al-Qaida Agent

May 11, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Washington - The double agent in the foiled al-Qaida bomb plot had a British passport, making the U.K.'s intelligence agency key to the international sting operation. Two officials briefed on the investigation said the double agent had a British passport. The officials requested anonymity to discuss the operational details. One official said the British intelligence agency, MI6, gave the...

New York, NY – Bronx Teenager Knows Her Torah Trivia

May 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM
New York, NY - The Torah scholar wore bluejeans. That might seem a fairly trivial thing to say about Shalhevet Schwartz, the 14-year-old girl from the Bronx who, in between softball games and the demanding homework at her Jewish high school, studied hard enough to win her division of the National Bible Contest, held last Sunday at Yeshiva University in New York. But most of the 115 students...

Jerusalem – Israeli President Hospitalized For Hernia

May 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli President Shimon Peres' office says the 88-year-old is undergoing surgery for a hernia discovered during his state visit to Canada. Peres' spokesman Ayelet Frisch says that the hernia was discovered halfway through the president's week-long trip that started Sunday. She said Peres' personal doctor treated him there, and he continued with his work schedule as...

New York – Wall Street Journal: Stadium Seating For Internet Morals; Speakers Will Recommend Jews To Block Social-Media

May 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM
New York - A group of ultra-Orthodox Jews have rented out Citi Field for a meeting later this month intended to draw thousands of men to discuss the dangers of the Internet and formulate a communitywide response. The event, set for May 20, has been publicized internationally within the Orthodox Jewish press and tapped into a world-wide debate over how to reconcile modern life with the...

Andes, NY – Elderly NY Couple Dies; Car Stuck, No Cell Service; Wife Helped Jews Escape Nazis

May 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Andes, NY - An elderly Manhattan couple whose car became stuck near their wooded Catskills vacation home died after nine fruitless attempts to make a cellphone call for help and after the woman searched in vain for a neighbor. State police and family members say 88-year-old Arthur Morris slid their car down an embankment 60 feet from their vacation home on May 3 in Andes, 115 miles northwest...

New York, NY – School Children To Get ‘Snow Days’ This Month

May 11, 2012 at 09:33 AM
New York, NY - Some public-school students may get an unexpected two days off in late June, thanks to the city’s mild winter. The Post has learned that dozens of principals submitted requests to make June 25 and 26 extra teacher-training days for the new Common Core curriculum. The school calendar includes extra days in the event of snow, but there was little snow this year...

Brussels – Israel Not Invited To NATO’s Chicago Summit

May 11, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Brussels - Israel will not be invited to NATO's May 20-21 summit in Chicago, the alliance's top official said Friday. But he denied that alliance member Turkey had blocked Israel's participation. Instead, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the reason is because Israel does not participate in NATO's main military missions. News reports have claimed that Turkey blocked...

Montreal – US, Canada Move to End Screening Stop for NY-Bound Amtrak‎

May 11, 2012 at 08:49 AM
Montreal - An extra, lengthy stop to screen Amtrak trains running between Montreal and Manhattan could soon be eliminated. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canadian officials have tentatively agreed to end the two-hour inspection and screening delays at St. Lambert in Quebec. The deal still needs final U.S. and Canadian approval. But new screening...

Brooklyn, NY – NY Times: For Ultra-Orthodox In Abuse Cases, Prosecutor Has Different Rules

May 11, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Brooklyn, NY - An influential rabbi came last summer to the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, with a message: his ultra-Orthodox advocacy group was instructing adherent Jews that they could report allegations of child sexual abuse to district attorneys or the police only if a rabbi first determined that the suspicions were credible. The pronouncement was a blunt challenge to Mr...

Washington – Americans’ Pessimism On Economy Under Obama Growing

May 11, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Washington - Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and handling it remains President Barack Obama's weak spot and biggest challenge in his bid for a second term, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And the gloomier outlook extends across party lines, including a steep decline in the share of Democrats who call the economy "good," down from 48 percent in February to...

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