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Toulouse, France – AP Interview: French Shooter Had Split With Wife

March 28, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Toulouse, France - The lawyer for the now-dead gunman who claimed responsibility for a killing spree in southern France says the man split up with his wife days before the attacks and was suffering "psychological difficulties." Lawyer Christian Etelin, speaking Wednesday to The Associated Press, said he believes Mohamed Merah acted as a "lone wolf," not part of a terrorist network. Police...

Washington – US: Debris From NKorea Rocket Risks Casualties

March 28, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Washington - A senior U.S. military official says debris from a planned North Korean rocket launch could cause casualties. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Lavoy told a congressional hearing Wednesday that North Korea has indicated the rocket will be launched southward, but the U.S. lacks confidence about the rocket's stability and where the impact will be. He said it is probably...

Washington – Lawmaker Chastised For Wearing Hoodie In House (video)

March 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Washington - Rep. Bobby Rush has donned a hoodie during a speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber. The Illinois Democrat spoke out against racial profiling and, as he removed his suit coat and pulled the hood on the sweatshirt he was wearing underneath over his head, said...

New York – Additional $7 Million For Yeshivas From Mandated Services

March 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM
New York - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) was delighted to unveil a $7 million budgetary distribution to yeshivas and other parochial schools in the 2012-13 NY State budget for mandated services. “Our community has been short-changed for too long in C.A.P. re-imbursements,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “This $7 million is a wonderful step in the right direction towards our yeshivas...

New York – Op Ed By Quinn And Greenfield: Why We’re Overriding The Mayor’s Veto Of Parking Stickers Ban

March 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
New York - New Yorkers are all too familiar with the impossible-to-remove parking stickers that the Department of Sanitation pastes on cars that are not moved properly on street cleaning days. Remnants of these neon stickers often persist on car windows for months, despite vigorous efforts to scrape them off. They add insult to the injury of a fine that can cost as much as $65. That’s why...

New York – Historic: Mega Millions Jackpot Now At $500 Mil.

March 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM
New York - The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in U.S. lottery history. Georgia Lottery officials say the jackpot reached $500 million on Wednesday. It has rolled 18 times since Marcia Adams of College Park won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing. A winner could get $19.2 million a year for 26 years or a single payment worth $359 million. The next drawing is Friday at 11...

Philadelphia, PA – Leading Charedi Posek Says ‘Metitza’ Should Not Be Done Orally

March 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Philadelphia, PA - With several recent cases of neonatal herpes putting the custom of metitza b’peh back in the proverbial spotlight as previously reported on VIN News, a prominent rabbi has spoken out strongly against the custom saying that if oral suction puts babies at risk then the practice should not be performed. In a phone interview with The Jewish Week, Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky, the...

London – Founder Of Stamford Hill Shomrim To Carry Olympic Torch

March 28, 2012 at 09:59 AM
London - Among the eight thousand people chosen to participate in the Olympics torch relay to take place later this spring is perhaps the first Shomer Shabbos torchbearer ever, London resident Efrayim Goldstein. The twenty two year old Stamford Hill native was nominated as an Olympic torch bearer in recognition of his many activities on behalf of London’s Jewish community. Goldstein is the...

Sanford, FL – Supporters Of Fla. Shooter Fearful Of Speaking Out

March 28, 2012 at 09:22 AM
Sanford, FL - Trayvon Martin's supporters pack churches, swarm rallies and wear hooded sweat shirts in solidarity while friends and family of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed teen to death, remain largely out of sight. The few who have defended Zimmerman have done so reluctantly, most fearing public backlash. Zimmerman, 28, has gone into hiding. His...

Jerusalem – Bank of Israel: More Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Arabs Must Work

March 28, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Jerusalem - Israel’s central bank chief wants more Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews in the work force to spur economic growth. Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer says the government must help to make that happen. In his annual report on Wednesday, Fischer called for better schooling to help these two fast-growing sectors enter the labor market. Discrimination and substandard education...

Las Vegas – JetBlue CEO: Captain A ‘Consummate Professional’

March 28, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Las Vegas - The CEO and president of JetBlue says the captain who ranted about a bomb on a flight to Las Vegas is a "consummate professional" whom he has "personally known" for years. In a Wednesday interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, who identified the captain as Clayton Osbon, JetBlue's Dave Barger said there is nothing in the captain's record to indicate he could be a risk. The captain's...

Jerusalem – US-Born Author To Pay Plagiarism Damages In Israel

March 28, 2012 at 08:50 AM
Jerusalem - A Jerusalem court has ordered one of Israel's best-selling novelists to pay $60,000 in damages and legal costs to a fellow author for plagiarizing her material. U.S-born Naomi Ragen denies lifting material from Sarah Shapiro's work. Ragen said on Wednesday that she would appeal the plagiarism conviction and the damages claim to Israel's Supreme Court. The Jerusalem district...

New York, NY – City Council to Pass Building Workers $20-an-Hour Wage Bill

March 28, 2012 at 08:34 AM
New York, NY - Some workers at buildings receiving city subsidies of more than $1 million would be guaranteed wages of more than $20 an hour under a bill the New York City Council is expected to approve on Wednesday. The measure would guarantee that cleaners, porters and other building workers at some developments that benefit from city funds would be paid the prevailing wage established for...

Las Vegas – Passengers Recount Scare After Pilot Outburst

March 28, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Las Vegas - Passengers aboard an early morning flight bound from New York to Las Vegas first noticed something wrong when the plane's top pilot came out of the cockpit, didn't close the door and tried to force his way into an occupied bathroom. The JetBlue captain's co-workers tried to calm him as he became more jittery, coaxing him to the back of the plane while making sure — above all —...

New York, NY – Watchdog Agency Will Prosecute NYPD Cases

March 28, 2012 at 07:34 AM
New York, NY - Attorneys for New York's police watchdog agency will now prosecute all misconduct cases that stem from complaints it receives and investigates, an unprecedented move that hands over some of the New York Police Department's control on how it handles allegations of bad behavior. The decision Tuesday follows a two-year pilot program where the Civilian Complaint Review Board's...

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