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Samaria – Court Convicts Abetter in Fogel Family Murder

December 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Samaria - The Military court of Samaria on Sunday sentenced a Palestinian man on charges of aiding and abetting two other Palestinians who murdered five members of the Fogel family last year in their home in Itamar. Yazis Hassan Muhammad Awad was convicted of sheltering the murderers, Amjad Awad and Hakem Awad; disrupting the course of an investigation by instructing the killers in how Israeli...

Washington – Census To Offer Internet Option in Gov’t Surveys

December 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Washington - For the first time, the Census Bureau is giving U.S. households a chance to respond to government surveys over the Internet, part of a bid to save costs and boost sagging response rates in a digital age. The new online option will supplement the traditional census mail-out operation. It is a major shift for the agency, which has relied almost exclusively on paper forms since 1970...

Washington – New Obama Offer Moves Toward Boehner

December 17, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a "fiscal cliff," people familiar with the talks said Monday. Speaking a few hours after Obama and Boehner met at the White House...

New York – Tropicana Uses The Carrot To Squeeze Juice Sales

December 17, 2012 at 09:12 PM
New York - Tropicana wants more people to its drink juice, so it's extending a carrot — and a bushel of other vegetables. As sugar-conscious Americans continue to shy away from fruit juices, Tropicana is using vegetables for the first time in recent history with a new drink called "Farmstand" set to hit shelves next month. By marketing the juice as a way for moms to sneak some veggies into...

Washington – Senate Debates $60.4 Billion Sandy Aid Package

December 17, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Washington - Democrats are trying to push a $60.4 billion emergency spending package for Superstorm Sandy victims through Congress by Christmas. Republicans are responding: Not so fast. The Senate opened debate on the aid measure Monday, seven weeks after the storm swept up the East Coast, causing extensive damage in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Several Republicans say they're...

Newtown, CT – Connecticut Governor Chokes Up Says He Told Parents Their Children Were Killed

December 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Newtown, CT - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy broke down into tears on Monday as he recalled how, hours after a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school, he took it upon himself to tell parents and other relatives that their children had been killed. Malloy said he met with a roomful of family members near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, following the massacre of 20...

New York – Thruway Relents, Drops Toll Hike for Truckers

December 17, 2012 at 06:16 PM
New York - The state Thruway Authority board has dropped plans for a 45-percent increase in truck tolls, saying it's taking a number of cost-cutting steps instead. The toll hike was proposed this summer by the board headed by appointees of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It was said to be essential to shore up the finances of the state authority and avoid an expensive hit to its credit rating. But...

Washington – Staunch Advocate For Jews Sen. Daniel Inouye Of Hawaii Dead At 88

December 17, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Washington - The office of Sen. Daniel Inouye (ih-NOH'-way) says the Medal of Honor recipient and 50-year veteran of the Senate has died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital. The 88-year-old Inouye was the longest serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line presidential succession. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Inouye's...

Washington – US State Dept. Calls Israeli Settlements ‘Unproductive’

December 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Washington - US State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that she was unaware of Israel's latest settlement plans, but stressed that, “Our policy on settlements remains unchanged and we make our views known to the Israelis at every opportunity.” The US has long opposed settlement construction and other moves it sees as unilateral and not helping in forming an...

Newtown, CT – Neighbor Took 6 Young Survivors Into His Home

December 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Newtown, CT - Gene Rosen had just finished feeding his cats and was heading from his home near Sandy Hook Elementary school to a diner Friday morning when he saw six small children sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway. A school bus driver was standing over them, telling them things would be all right. It was about 9:30 a.m., and the children, he discovered, had just run from...

London – Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis Picked as UK’s New Chief Rabbi

December 17, 2012 at 04:06 PM
London - Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has been named as the next Chief Rabbi of the UK succeeding Rabbi Jonathan Sacks who has held the post since 1991. The United Synagogue, an association of Orthodox synagogues in the UK, made the announcement on Monday. Rabbi Mirvis, 55, has served as the communal rabbi of Finchley Synagogue in London for the past sixteen years, and also held the position of...

New York – Victims Join NYC Mayor, Call For Tougher Gun Laws

December 17, 2012 at 03:00 PM
New York - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and dozens of shooting survivors and victims' relatives are calling on Congress and President Barack Obama to tighten gun laws and enforcement. The mayor was appearing at City Hall Monday with 34 people whose own lives or the lives of their relatives have been affected by gun violence around the country. They're sending videos to lawmakers telling...

Newtown, CT – Gov. Attends First Funerals For Jewish Victims; Mom Delivers Moving Remembrance (video)

December 17, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Newtown, CT - A grief-stricken Newtown began laying to rest the littlest victims of the school massacre, starting with two 6-year-old boys — one of them a big football fan, the other described as a whip-smart youngster whose twin sister survived the rampage. Family, friends and townspeople streamed to two funeral homes to say goodbye to Jack Pinto, who loved the New York Giants and idolized...

Washington – White House: Gun Control is Only Part of Answer to Address Violence

December 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Washington - The White House says curbing gun violence is a complex problem that will require a "comprehensive solution" including addressing gun control measures. Still, spokesman Jay Carney says gun control is not the only solution to stopping shootings like the horrific attack at a Connecticut elementary school Friday. He says no single piece of legislation or single action will fully...

Des Moines, IA – 115-year-old Woman Dies, Was World’s Oldest Person

December 17, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Des Moines, IA - A 115-year-old Iowa woman's granddaughter says the woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world's oldest person. Dina Manfredini's granddaughter Lori Logli says Manfredini died Monday morning. Logli wouldn't elaborate on her grandmother's cause of death. Manfredini lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. Guinness World Records...

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