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Lorain, OH – Romney Blames President Obama for Plant That Closed Under Bush

April 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Lorain, OH - Mitt Romney on Thursday visited a factory shuttered when George W. Bush was in the White House, and said its lingering idleness marks a failure of President Barack Obama's economic policies. "Had the president's policies worked it, would be open again," the Republican presidential contender told a small audience seated in the cavernous space. Obama visited the factory - then open ...

New York, NY – Gingrich Tells NY GOP He Would Support Romney

April 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
New York, NY - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in New York says he would work for Mitt Romney's victory in the general election if Romney wins the Republican nomination. Gingrich was speaking in New York City Thursday night at the state Republican Party's annual dinner. The New York state Republican presidential primary is next week. Gingrich acknowledged he was the underdog in the...

Washington – U.S. Defense Secretary Honors Victims, Survivors In Holocaust Remembrance Event

April 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Washington - “Today we pause to remember and honor 6 million souls who were murdered not because of anything they had done, but because of who they were,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a Holocaust Remembrance Day program at the Pentagon today. Holocaust Remembrance Day, a U.S. observance that joins with other worldwide events, honors the 6 million Jewish people who died, in...

Charleston WV – Senate Candidate Raese’s Hitler Remark Condemned

April 19, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Charleston WV - An international Jewish human rights group is condemning remarks by West Virginia U.S. Senate candidate John Raese. The Simon Wiesenthal Center says it was inappropriate for Raese to equate anti-smoking laws with the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. A video of an April 12 appearance posted on Youtube shows the Morgantown Republican criticizing...

Wahington – Obama honors Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 19, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Wahington - A statement from President Obama: On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, I join people of all faiths across the United States, in Israel and around the world in paying tribute to all who suffered in the Shoah -- a horrific crime without parallel in human history. We honor the memory of six million innocent men, women and children who were sent to their deaths simply because of their...

New York, NY – Tickets Up for Smoking in NYC Parks

April 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
New York, NY - New York City has stepped up enforcement of its smoking ban in parks, beaches and other public spaces. According to the Department of Parks and Recreations, 108 tickets have been issued so far this year. That's more than in all of 2011. The Wall Street Journal says 84 summonses were issued between last May, when the ban went into effect, and the end of the year. The ban...

Brooklyn, NY – $40 Million Pledged for Brooklyn Bridge Park

April 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A little-known philanthropist who is passionate about competitive indoor cycling pledged on Thursday the largest single gift in the history of New York City's parks system: $40 million for a new field house in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The donation comes from Joshua P. Rechnitz, a resident of the Upper West Side who had tried unsuccessfully in the past to create indoor sites for...

Switzerland – Basel Gets First New Synagogue In 80 Years

April 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Switzerland - A packed house of rabbis, diplomats, government officials and Jewish community members presided over the historic dedication of the first synagogue to open in Basel, Switzerland, since 1929. But for all the pageantry surrounding the opening of the Feldinger Chabad Jewish Center, Monday’s ceremony struck a more personal chord for philanthropist and international businessman Sami...

Peoria, IL – ADL Wants Ill. Bishop’s Apology For Obama Comments

April 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Peoria, IL - The Anti-Defamation League wants an Illinois bishop to apologize for a homily that compared President Barack Obama's heath care policies to actions by Adolf Hitler, but a diocese spokeswoman says the comments were intended as historical context. Peoria Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky said Sunday that Obama is following previous governments that "tried to force Christians to...

Birkenau Poland – Israeli Charedi Rabbi Condemns Günter Grass

April 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Birkenau Poland - A senior Israeli rabbi attending a memorial march for Holocaust victims in Poland on Thursday renewed condemnation of German Noble-prize winner Günther Grass for a poem he wrote criticizing the Jewish state. Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, chairman of Israel's Yad Vashem institute that commemorates Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II, asked whether Mr...

Long Island, NY – Holocaust Photos Still Weigh Heavy For New Yorker

April 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Long Island, NY - When Bernard Gotfryd and others like him are gone, who will tell the stories? He still has the photos -- all but one: He pulled them out at the Plainview Jewish Center Wednesday, 70 years after they were taken: Grisly proof the Holocaust was real. When he was just a teen in 1940 German-occupied Poland, these pictures were more than mere history. They represented proof of...

Jerusalem – Breslov Chasid Stabbed, 2 Arabs Arrested

April 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Jerusalem - Police say an Israeli has been stabbed in an attack by an Arab in Jerusalem. The ultra-Orthodox Jewish man was seriously wounded and was taken to a hospital. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says two suspects were arrested following the incident Thursday. It took place near a Jewish prayer site in a predominantly Arab area. The attack is the latest in a series of...

New York – Starbucks To Stop Using ‘Crushed Bug’ Dye

April 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
New York - Starbucks Corp. says it will stop using a red dye in its drinks that is derived from crushed bugs. The Seattle-based coffee chain said in a blog post on its website Thursday that it made the decision to reformulate its drinks after feedback from consumers prompted a "thorough" evaluation. The company says it will swap out cochineal extract, which is made from the juice of a tiny...

Cleveland, OH – US Says Hate Crime Charges OK in Beard-Cutting Case

April 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Cleveland, OH - Sixteen Amish men and women face arraignment Thursday in federal court on charges involved in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in Ohio. An updated indictment filed last month added new allegations that the suspects tried to hide or destroy evidence, including a disposable camera, shears and a bag of hair from the victims. The four women recently added to...

Washington – Judge Nominee Involved in Agriprocessors Case Receives Majority Vote by Senate Judiciary Committee

April 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Washington - U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose received a majority vote on her nomination for federal judge Thursday by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the committee, said there was an issue raised since the last hearing about Rose but her nomination would go to the Senate floor pending review. He didn’t explain the issue but said Wednesday during...

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