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Hungary – Member of Anti-Semitic Party Learns of His Jewish Roots

July 1, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Hungary - Csanad Szegedi, a leader of Hungary’s notoriously anti-Semitic party Jobbik, found out that he has Jewish roots, reports AFP. “I learnt not long ago that I had parents of Jewish origins, that’s the big news,” Szegedi told the extreme-right daily Barikad, adding “I’m not saying I wasn’t surprised by this news.” Since 2009, Szegedi has belonged to Jobbik-Movement for...

New York – Romney Ad Uses Hillary Clinton Criticism of Obama

July 1, 2012 at 09:21 PM
New York - Mitt Romney's campaign has launched a new attack ad against President Barack Obama that uses Hillary Rodham Clinton's words against the president. The Romney ad is running in Ohio and several other battleground states. It's a response to a commercial run by the Obama campaign suggesting that the Republican presidential hopeful's longtime private equity firm has sent jobs overseas The...

Nyack, NY – Cuomo: US Funding Bill Boosts $5B TZ Bridge Project

July 1, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Nyack, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the project to replace New York's Tappan (TAP'-uhn) Zee Bridge could get a "huge boost" from a $105 billion transportation bill just passed by Congress. The bill awaits President Barack Obama's signature. The state hopes to start construction by the end of the year on the $5 billion Hudson River crossing between Rockland and Westchester counties. On...

Jerusalem – Keshev Committee Making Progress Despite Charedi Representative Quitting

July 1, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Jerusalem - Efforts to reach an agreement on equalizing the burden of IDF service made progress on Sunday, even as the Keshev Committee that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed for that purpose continued to unravel. The haredi representative on the committee, attorney Yaakov Weinroth, quit on Sunday night, citing in a letter to Netanyahu that the issue of personal sanctions on...

Washington – GOP: Voters Will Have Final Say On Health Care Law

July 1, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Washington - Republican congressional leaders said Sunday that voters — not the Supreme Court — will have the final word on President Barack Obama's health care law come November. And they are betting that the law's unpopularity will be enough to drive Democrats from power. The White House's response? Bring it on. "We've got one last chance here to beat Obamacare, and we can do that...

Manchester, England – Update: Teenagers Arrested After Gun Attack Near Yeshiva

July 1, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Manchester, England - Two 17 year old boys from Broughton, Manchester, have been arrested on suspicion of possessing and discharging a firearm after an incident in the early hours of this morning when a gun was fired at the Yeshiva in Upper Park Road, Broughton. The incident is not being treated as a hate crime or anti-Semitic. No one was injured in the attack in the area of the Shaarei...

New York, NY – NY Politicians Join Hikind In Decrying Human Rights Violations Of Jacob Ostreicher (video)

July 1, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) led a gathering of elected officials this afternoon at the Bolivian Mission to the United Nations, in demanding justice for Jacob Ostreicher, a Brooklyn resident held for more than a year in a Bolivian prison. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, former NY Governor David Paterson and others joined the Assemblyman along with Ostreicher’s wife, children and...

New York – Some States Trim Use Of Planes In Speed Traps

July 1, 2012 at 03:29 PM
New York - Highway signs throughout New York warn that when it comes to catching speeders, the long arm of the law extends even into the sky. "State Police aircraft used in speed enforcement," they say. Actually, lead-footed drivers hitting the interstates for the Independence Day holiday can keep their eyes on the road. The New York State Police, who once routinely used planes to clock...

New York – Charlie Rangel’s Margin of Victory Down to Only 802 Votes

July 1, 2012 at 02:29 PM
New York - Rep. Charlie Rangel’s unofficial lead in the congressional primary over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat has dipped to a scant 802 votes — 18,075 to Espaillat’s 17,273 — the City Board of Elections said last night. On election night last Tuesday, Rangel was reportedly leading by 6 percentage points. Now, as the slow counting of the votes continues, the 21-term congressman is...

New York – Midweek July 4th Causes Muddle For Travelers

July 1, 2012 at 02:10 PM
New York - Who knew the calendar could cause so much vacation heartburn? For the first time in five years Independence Day falls on a Wednesday, leaving travelers unsure when to celebrate and worrying those who make a living off tourists. "The midweek holiday seems to have travelers confused," said Anthony Del Gaudio, vice president of hotel sales for Loews Hotels, which isn't seeing the...

Washington – Schumer: Bill Requires Public Bus-Safety Grades

July 1, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Washington - Sen. Charles Schumer's bill requiring new safety ratings for low-cost bus companies and public disclosure of bus company safety grades has passed Congress and is headed for the president's desk. Schumer wants bus company safety grades to be displayed as letter grades, similar to New York City restaurant safety ratings. Schumer's bill requiring the Department of Transportation...

Jerusalem – Official: Verdict July 10 For Ex-Israeli Premier

July 1, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli court official says a verdict in former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's corruption trial will be delivered July 10. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with court policy. Olmert is on trial for a series of offenses allegedly committed while he served as mayor of Jerusalem and later as a Cabinet minister. The charges were filed only after he was elected...

Tehran – Iran To Hold Missiles Maneuver

July 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Tehran - Iran's official news agency reports the powerful Revolutionary Guards are planning war games this week, including drills with surface-to-surface missiles. The IRNA agency said the maneuvers would begin Monday in Iran's central desert and last three days. The Sunday report quotes Gen. Ami Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the airspace unit of the Guards. He said missiles would target bases...

London – UK Missile Deployment Amidst Al-Qaida Threat During Olympics

July 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM
London - Britain is planning to deploy surface-to-air missiles on six sites in London, amidst reports that al-Qaida is plotting to blow up an American airliner and has trained a Norwegian Muslim convert in an attempt to evade airport security before the Olympics. Residents in London areas where the Rapier missiles are proposed to be deployed yesterday staged a protest and signed a petition...

Baltimore, MD – Sweltering Orthodox Baltimoreans Face Days Without Power

July 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Baltimore, MD - Baltimore residents are bracing for another grueling day in the aftermath of Friday night’s devastating storm, as over 300,000 homes remain without power and temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees this afternoon. While Baltimore Gas and Electric has restored power to over 270,000 customers, residents are warned that service may not be restored until the end of the week...

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