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Washington – At Lunch, Bloomberg and Obama Discuss Future

March 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Washington - They traded thoughts about education, ruminated on the state of immigration and discussed the federal deficit. But most intriguingly, they talked about the future. Over a long private lunch at the White House, President Obama posed a question to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg: what are you interested in doing next? Mr. Bloomberg’s precise response is unknown. But their meeting a...

New York – Sen. Schumer: Commuters May Get $240 a Month Tax Break For Using Mass Transit

March 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
New York - After service cuts, fare hikes and increased diversions for repairs, some straphangers might finally catch a break. New Yorkers may soon be able to get a bigger tax deduction for mass transit expenses, Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday in a news conference. Commuters will be able to deduct up to $240 each month under a Senate version of the transportation bill, expected to pass...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Engineer Outsmarts Body Scanner At Airport Security

March 11, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - An American engineer and blogger is receiving a lot of attention after he claimed that he found an incredibly simplistic way to get anything pass the Transport Security Administration’s body scanners undetected — with the help of a needle and thread. Jonathan Corbett, who is attempting to sue the TSA for $1 billion for violating his Fourth Amendment rights, claims it...

Warsaw – Poland To Issue Coins Honoring Poles Who Saved Jews

March 11, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Warsaw - Poland is issuing commemorative coins to honor three Catholic-Polish families who were killed by the Nazis for having rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The two coins to be issued March 15 by the National Bank of Poland honor the Ulma, Kowalski and Baranek families. The coins come in denominations of two zlotys, worth about 65 cents, and 20 zlotys, worth about $6.50. On March 15...

Washington – Analysis: Obama’s Afghanistan Problem Gets Worse

March 11, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama has a PR problem when it comes to Afghanistan, to say the least. Once the must-fight war for America, the decade-long mission has spiraled into a series of U.S. missteps and violent outbreaks that have left few ardent political supporters. After NATO detained a U.S. soldier Sunday for allegedly killing sleeping Afghan villagers, Republicans and Democrats...

Chicago, IL – Doctor Bills Can Hurt Your Credit, Even After They’re Paid Off

March 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Chicago, IL - Mike and Laura Park thought their credit record was spotless. The Texas couple wanted to take advantage of low interest rates, so they put their house on the market and talked to a lender about a mortgage on a bigger home in the Dallas-Ft. Worth suburbs. Their credit report contained a shocker: A $200 medical bill had been sent to a collection agency. Although paid, it still...

Brussels – EU Urges Bosnia To Include Jews In Joint Presidency

March 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Brussels - The European Union urged Bosnia on Friday to swiftly implement reforms that would allow it to apply for membership in the 27-nation bloc. “With other countries in the Western Balkans taking resolute steps toward the union, there is no reason why (Bosnia) should slip behind,’’ the European Council President Herman van Rompuy said. The EU has been urging the authorities in...

New York, NY – State Senator Calls For Ban On Saggy Pants In Schools

March 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
New York, NY - State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Queens), a former NYPD cop who was raised in South Jamaica, Queens, thinks it’s high time for city students to lift their saggy pants. He is now lobbying Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to adopt a resolution banning sagging pants in classrooms. When I was overseas, I noticed people were sagging there. You know, as New York goes, so goes America, and...

Washington – Study Shows 25 Percent Of Jews Are Migrants

March 11, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Washington - Ever since their mad dash out of Egypt bound for the Promised Land, Jews have been on the move — and they continue to be, far more than any other religious group, according to a new study. One in four of the world’s Jews has migrated from one country to another, compared to 5 percent of Christians and 4 percent of Muslims who have left their native lands. The findings are...

Washington – Gingrich: Romney Is The Weakest GOP Front-runner Since 1920

March 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Washington - Newt Gingrich says Mitt Romney is the weakest GOP front-runner since 1920, but his sizeable campaign fund allows him to run well in races where his rivals don't have the resources to campaign. The former House speaker told "Fox News Sunday" that Romney's money allows him to buy plenty of advertising time that puts him ahead of the pack at first, but his rivals catch up "pretty...

New York – MTA Chairman on 7.5% Fare Hike: “It’s Going to Happen”

March 11, 2012 at 01:22 PM
New York - Attention, MetroCard swipers: the cost of a ride will definitely go up in 2013, MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota told NBC New York in an exclusive interview. "How sure is that? It's going to happen," said Lhota, a former deputy mayor to Rudy Giuliani who took the reins of the money-starved agency late last year. He confirmed that previously speculated fare hikes in 2015 and 2017 will also...

New York – Study: Why Ashkenazi Jews Susceptible To Crohn’s

March 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
New York - American and other researchers have discovered five new genetic mutations that make Ashkenazi Jews four times more likely than other populations to develop Crohn’s disease. The online journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) reported the discovery in its March 8th issue. The findings, from a multicenter study, are the first step in an attempt to explain why Ashkenazi Jews are...

Jerusalem – Rocket From Gaza Hits Beersheba School, Causing Damage

March 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Jerusalem - A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit a school in Beersheba on Sunday, exploding in its courtyard and damaging its outer walls. A second rocket slammed into the middle of a residential neighborhood in the city, damaging 15 homes and causing several residents to suffer shock. "This is the first strike inside a city since the beginning of the current escalation," police spokesman...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Dissidents Appeal November Ruling

March 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Kiryas Joel, NY - Residents who sued to dissolve the village last year, claiming widespread discrimination against dissident community members, filed an appeal last week challenging a court ruling in November that struck down all but one of their claims. A group of parties brought the case in federal court last year to argue that religious and public roles are so entangled in the Satmar...

Vienna – Iran’s UN Fact Sheet: Weapons Track Not Confirmed

March 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Vienna - Nine years ago, the United States invaded Iraq after telling the world that Saddam Hussein had covert weapons programs that could build nuclear arms. In the end, nothing was found. Today, acting on similar fears, Israel is threatening to attack Iran. While much is known about Iran's nuclear activities from U.N. inspection visits, significant questions remain uncertain, fueling fears...

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