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New York – Airline Policies Break Up Family Seating Arrangements

May 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM
New York - If you're flying this summer, be prepared to kiss your family goodbye at the gate. Even if they're on the same plane. Airlines are reserving a growing number of window and aisle seats for passengers willing to pay extra. That's helping to boost revenue but also making it harder for friends and family members who don't pay this fee to sit next to each other. At the peak of the...

New York, NY – More Elderly NYC Residents Are Getting Food Stamps

May 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM
New York, NY - The number of New York City residents over the age of 65 receiving benefits through the food stamp program has increased about 30 percent in the weak economy. But advocates say there's still work to be done to make sure the elderly know how to get help. The president of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, Maria Cuadrado, tells the Daily News (http://nydn.us/LcWlaO ) that...

Monsey NY – Arrest Made In Brazen Diamond Theft

May 22, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Monsey NY - Police have arrested 28-year-old Natalia Kaledzi in connection to a brazen diamond theft in Monsey. Officials say she walked into a local jewelry store not once, but twice and left with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Laurie Weiss was in her jewelry store last week when the suspect came in saying she wanted to buy a diamond ring. Since it was near closing time, Weiss had...

Washington – White House Assures Jewish Leaders On Iran

May 22, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Washington - Officials from the administration of US President Barack Obama stressed their intention to maintain a tough stance during talks with Iran, according to Jewish leaders who met with top White House staff on Monday. Ahead of negotiations in Baghdad over the Iranian nuclear program, the officials said that the US has no plan to reduce sanctions during the talks, and that it was their...

Washington – Romney Nears Nomination With Two More Wins

May 22, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Washington - Mitt Romney swept the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican presidential primaries Tuesday, inching closer to the GOP nomination he is certain to win. With no serious opposition left, the former Massachusetts governor easily won both contests. He won all 42 delegates at stake in Kentucky and at least 21 of the 33 delegates at stake in Arkansas. Twelve delegates were still undecided...

Greenville, ME – Seat From 1963 B-52 Crash Believed Found In Maine

May 22, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Greenville, ME - A forest ranger has found what's believed to be an ejection seat from a B-52 bomber that crashed on a western Maine mountain nearly 50 years ago, killing seven airmen. The Maine Forest Service said Tuesday that ranger Bruce Reed found the seat on an overgrown logging road while hunting last fall on Elephant Mountain near Greenville. Reed returned to the site Saturday to take...

New York – Nasdaq Would Have Stopped Facebook IPO

May 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
New York - A senior Nasdaq official told customers after the bell Tuesday that the exchange would've pulled the plug on Facebook's IPO if it had known the extent of technical problems, the Wall Street Journal reported. The exchange "by no means would have gone forward" with the IPO if it had known the problems would disrupt a "normal trading day," Eric Noll, the head of transaction services at...

New York – Economic Report: US Must Compete For Immigrants

May 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
New York - A report released Tuesday from a group co-chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the United States needs to change its immigration system to attract the immigrants who can contribute the most to the nation's economy or else it risks losing ground to other countries. The report was issued by the Partnership for a New American Economy, the mayor's group, along with the Partnership...

Jerusalem – Thousands Attend Funeral For 8 Family Members Killed In Car Crash

May 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Jerusalem - Thousands of friends and family members took part in the funeral Tuesday for the eight members of the Atias family, killed in a car crash near Tiberias overnight Monday, they were brought to rest at the cemetery in Safed on Tuesday. The dead have been named as Rafi and Yehudit, the parents, aged 42, their daughter, Avia, 17, twin sons Shimon and Elyshav, 16, Shira, 11, Tair, 9, and...

Rutherford, NJ – Court: Bail Amount for Suspect in Synagogue Firebombings Too Excessive

May 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Rutherford, NJ - An appeals court has lowered bail for one of the defendants in a series of firebomb attacks on northern New Jersey synagogues. Aakash Dalal (ah-KAHSH' dah-LAHL') has been held on $2.5 million bail since his March arrest on charges of arson, bias intimidation and criminal mischief. He has pleaded not guilty. On Tuesday, the appeals panel ruled the bail amount was excessive...

Bangor, ME – Flight Diverted over Passenger’s Claim of Surgically Implanted Device

May 22, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Bangor, ME - An FBI spokesman says there's no indication that a US Airways jetliner or its passengers were in danger before the Paris-to-North Carolina flight diverted to Maine. Officials briefed on the incident say a French passenger passed a note to a flight attendant saying she had a surgically implanted device. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says two doctors examined the woman, who was born...

Washington – Senate Panel Approves Airline Security Fee Hike

May 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Washington - A Democratic-controlled Senate panel has approved a $2.50 increase in airline security fees that would double the per-passenger fee for those taking nonstop flights. The move by the Senate Appropriations Committee would increase the fee on a nonstop round-trip flight from $5 to $10. Fees on a one-way, nonstop ticket would increase from $2.50 to $5. Passengers who change planes to...

New York – Where Are Facebook’s Friends? Stock Slide Deepens

May 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
New York - Facebook's newly public stock is sliding further on its third trading day as investors reconsider how much the social network is worth. The company's long-anticipated initial public offering of stock raised $16 billion, valuing the company at $104 billion — more than Amazon.com Inc., at $98 billion. But Facebook's stock has plunged after the IPO. It fell $1.09, or 3.2 percent...

Niagara Falls, NY – Man In Stable Condition After Niagara Falls Plunge

May 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Niagara Falls, NY - A man who survived a plunge of at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls — only the third person known to have done so without a safety device — was in stable condition Tuesday, a day after his apparent suicide attempt that led to a dramatic and painstaking rescue. On a warm and sunny Victoria Day holiday morning in Canada, the man climbed over a railing 20 to 30 feet out...

Sanaa – Yemeni Jew Stabbed To Death By Muslim Man

May 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Sanaa, Yemen - A member of the Jewish community in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa was stabbed and critically injured by a Muslim man accusing him of witchcraft on Tuesday, AFP quoted the man's son as saying. Army Radio quoted a friend of the victim as saying Aharon Zindani had died as a result of the stab wounds. The 50-year-old Zindani “was stabbed at Saawan market near the US embassy in...

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