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Albany, NY – Cuomo Orders Statewide Insurance Exchange

April 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Thursday to establish a statewide health insurance exchange intended to reduce coverage costs for individuals, small businesses and local governments. The New York Health Benefit Exchange, a federally authorized and financed marketplace for buyers, is also aimed at including more than a million New Yorkers now without coverage. "The...

New York, NY – Armed Suspect Killed After NYC Pharmacy Holdup

April 12, 2012 at 04:47 PM
New York, NY - An armed bandit was shot and killed Thursday during a chaotic getaway following a robbery of prescription painkillers and cash at an East Harlem pharmacy, police said. Investigators were trying to determine whether the masked man was killed by a patrol officer or during a second confrontation with a retired officer who was filling his Mercedes SUV at a gas station across the...

New York – Toy Grenade Prompts NYC Office Building Evacuation

April 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
New York - A toy grenade was to blame for an evacuation Thursday at a building near ground zero, authorities said. The police bomb squad was called to 2 World Financial Center in lower Manhattan at midday when a security guard reported a package that seemed suspicious. Brookfield Properties, which runs the property, ordered an evacuation as a precaution. Employees in business suits filed...

Cairo – Egypt Ex-VP: I Joined Race to Stop Religious State

April 12, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Cairo - Hosni Mubarak's former spy chief said in comments published Thursday that he decided to run for president to prevent Islamists from turning Egypt into a "religious state," and warned that the country would be internationally isolated if one of them won the presidency. Omar Suleiman's comments in a newspaper interview came just hours before the Islamist-dominated parliament passed a...

Sanford, FL – Zimmerman Makes Court Appearance in Shooting of Trayvon Martin

April 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Sanford, FL - Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has made his first court appearance on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. During the brief appearance Thursday, Zimmerman stood up straight and wore a gray prison jumpsuit. He spoke only to answer "Yes, sir," after he was asked basic questions about the charge against him and his attorney. The...

Lubbock, TX – JetBlue Pilot Indicted for Flight Disruption

April 12, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Lubbock, TX - A JetBlue Airways pilot accused of disrupting a Las Vegas-bound flight when he left the cockpit screaming about religion and terrorists has been indicted. Court documents posted Thursday show Clayton F. Osbon has been indicted on one count of interference of a flight crew. It's the same charge he's been held on since short after the March 27 incident. A secretary for Osbon's...

New York – First On VIN: Without Fanfare, NYS Clarifies Child Abuse Reporting Regulations; Requires Yeshivas To Report

April 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM
New York - In order to clarify existing regulations requiring all staff members in New York state non-public schools to report suspected incidents of child abuse to the authorities, the New York State Education Department has updated its web page to eliminate any possible ambiguities. Section 413(1)(b) of the Social Services Law obligates all school officials in any non-public school in New...

New York – NY AG Investigating NYU Over Religious Rights For Jews

April 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM
New York - Celebrating Passover is becoming harder than pulling teeth, according to Jewish students at the NYU College of Dentistry. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating complaints that the school is violating Jewish students’ religious rights by scheduling exams and coursework during Passover week and having an inadequate plan to reschedule makeup tests, The Post has...

Jerusalem – Palestinians Spurn Netanyahu Call To Resume Talks

April 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Jerusalem - The Palestinians on Thursday spurned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's latest invitation to resume peace talks, insisting the Israelis freeze settlement construction first. Netanyahu on Wednesday proposed to start direct talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, without any preconditions. The call followed an appeal from international mediators. Negotiations...

Los Angeles, CA – Mel Gibson ‘Hates Jews’ Says Dumped US Screenwriter

April 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Los Angeles, CA - Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson was embroiled in a fresh anti-Semitism row Thursday after he was accused of shelving a movie about a famous Jewish revolt because he "hates Jews." The allegations from Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas came after studio Warner Bros announced it was putting on hold "The Maccabees," which Gibson had been penciled in to direct, because the...

Jerusalem – Nation Urged To Lower Passover Consumption And Waste

April 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Jerusalem - The Environmental Protection Ministry is urging Israelis to go green for Hol Hamoed, the intermediate days of Passover. Because households often generate up to 50 percent more waste than usual during Passover, the ministry called on the public to consume smarter and purchase only products they will use. During Passover, the amount of waste produced rises by anywhere from 15% to...

Israel – Female Volunteer Removed From Circus Stage After Haredi Woman Protests

April 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Israel - A female audience member who was invited to participate in a circus performance in Modi'in on Sunday was removed from the stage after a religiously observant viewer complained. Rafi Vitis, an acrobat and host of "The Shambuki Show," at the city's Anabe Park, consented to the request of an ultra-Orthodox woman who found the participation of women offensive. He invited a male volunteer...

Jerusalem – Godfather, The Chadrei Charedim Version

April 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Jerusalem - The Hadrei Haredim affair led to a sad conclusion: You can take the haredim out of the sector's press prison, but you can't free them of the defective norms that have become part of their journalistic DNA. In my line of work, I've learned that getting disappointed by people you trust is a matter of routine. And still, after the ugly explosion of the Hadrei Haredim extortion affair...

Germany – Jewish Art Dealer’s Heir Settles Nazi-Era Claim With Museum

April 12, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Germany - A Bonn museum settled a claim for a painting by Paul Adolf Seehaus with the heir of Alfred Flechtheim, one of Germany’s most prominent modern-art dealers until he fled Berlin and the Nazis in 1933. The Kunstmuseum in Bonn said in a statement today it will pay half the estimated market value to keep the painting, “Lighthouse With Rotating Beam,” which it described as “an...

New York, NY – Quinn: Proposed Bloomberg’s Budget Cuts “Unacceptable”

April 12, 2012 at 09:14 AM
New York, NY - New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget for the next fiscal year has some "unacceptable" cuts in it. She and Councilmember Domenic Recchia Jr. said Wednesday that the preliminary budget contains cuts to city-subsidized child care slots and after-school programs, and allows for further reductions in teachers through...

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