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Washington – EPA Proposes Stricter Standards For Soot Pollution

June 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Washington - Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The move, to be announced Friday, is likely to win support from environmental groups and public health advocates but exposes the president to potential criticism from congressional Republicans and...

Washington – With Alzheimer’s, Hospital Stays Can Be Catastrophic

June 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Washington - For people with Alzheimer's disease, a hospital stay may prove hazardous. People with dementia are far more likely to be hospitalized than other older adults, often for preventable reasons like an infection that wasn't noticed early enough. Hospitals can be upsetting to anyone, but consider the added fear factor if you can't remember where you are or why strangers keep poking...

Hungary – Cult Springs Up Around Hungary’s WWII Leader

June 18, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Csokako, Hungary - They came in droves - war veterans and far-right politicians, Hussars on horseback and guardsmen in camouflage. About 1,000 people gathered in this village over the weekend to unveil a bronze bust of Admiral Miklos Horthy, Hungary's ruler between 1920 and 1944. Most Hungarians view Horthy as an authoritarian who dragged Hungary into a disastrous alliance with Adolf Hitler...

Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Unveils ‘Surface’ Tablet Computer

June 18, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft has unveiled Surface, a tablet computer to compete with Apple's iPad. CEO Steve Ballmer was on hand to announce the new tablet, calling it part of a "whole new family of devices" the company is developing. One version of the device, which won't go on sale until sometime in the fall, is 9.3 millimeter thick and works on the Windows RT operating system. It comes...

Jerusalem – Chief Rabbi Declares ‘War’ On Non-Orthodox Rabbis

June 18, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Jerusalem - Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar said Sunday night that he would be convening an emergency meeting of the Council of the Chief Rabbinate next week to discuss the state’s recent recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis and its decision to pay their wages. “With God’s help, a great voice [of protest] will come out against this shameful phenomenon in which they [non-Orthodox rabbis] insist on...

Israel – Kashrut and Strict Food Safety Add to High Food Prices Ministry Says

June 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Israel - Kashrut and strict food safety boost food prices in Israel, Ministry of Industry, Food and Labor director general Sharon Kedmi told the Knesset Finance Committee today. "Food prices in Israel are much higher compared with OECD countries." Kedmi added, "The Israeli market is very small and is highly concentrated, with a small number of players and oligopolistic conditions. The presence...

Jerusalem – Facebook Buys Israeli Start-Up For Estimated $100m.

June 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Jerusalem - Facebook Inc. announced Monday that it has acquired Tel-Aviv-based facial-recognition technology company Face.com. No financial details were disclosed but sources believe that the acquisition has been made for about $100 million. Face.com, founded in 2007, has developed technology used for facial recognition on photos loaded onto websites and through mobile applications. The...

Jerusalem – Committee: 80% Of Charedim To Join IDF, National Service

June 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Jerusalem - Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz said Monday that he would like to see 80 percent of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) youth enlist in the IDF or National Service. Speaking at a Kadima faction meeting, Mofaz's comments came as the Keshev Committee was working to replace the Tal Law, which has allowed the framework for haredi yeshiva students to indefinitely postpone IDF service. The Keshev...

Los Angeles – Size Of Sherman Oaks Synagogue Divides Community

June 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Los Angeles - Some residents and the Chabad of North Hollywood are fighting over a new synagogue. Many say the reason is size, some say it's anti-Semitism. The four-year battle is taking place in a Sherman Oaks neighborhood that includes million-dollar homes and the synagogue, which has been there since 1981. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/Mnm5Oi) says the half-built synagogue is nine...

Washington – Obama Taps Kerry As Romney Stand-in For Debates

June 18, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Washington - Starring in the role of Mitt Romney? John Kerry. President Barack Obama has tapped the Democratic presidential nominee from 2004 to stand-in for his Republican rival when he starts preparing for three televised debates this fall, a Democratic official said Monday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the choice had not been formally announced. Kerry, a...

Washington – Republicans Want Food Stamps Cut In Big Farm Bill

June 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Washington - The 1,000-page "farm bill" being debated in the Senate is somewhat of a misnomer. Four of every five dollars in it — roughly $80 billion a year — goes for grocery bills for one of every seven Americans through food stamps. Republicans say Congress could cut the cost $2 billion a year by just closing a pair of loopholes that some states use to award benefits to people who...

Brooklyn, NY – Koch Provides Jewish Backing For Nydia Velazquez

June 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Former Mayor Ed Koch provided assurances to Jewish residents of Nydia Velazquez’s district that the longtime congresswoman had their best interests at heart. “She has helped all communities. She has provided effective leadership in the Hispanic community which has suffered enormously as a result of the recent and still ongoing recession and loss of jobs,” he said in a...

Jerusalem – Police Hold Large Scale Drill Ahead Of Ulpana Evacuation

June 18, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Jerusalem - Police held a large-scale exercise at an IDF base in the Arava region of southern Israel on Monday to simulate the evacuation of five apartment buildings in the West Bank outpost of Uplana. The homes are slated for demolition by the end of the month in line with a High Court ruling, which said that the structures were built on private Palestinian land. Law enforcement sources...

New York – Guilty Plea In NY ‘mini-al Qaida’ Cell Case

June 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
New York - A New Yorker accused of trying to start what prosecutors called "a mini al-Qaida cell" pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of conspiracy and providing material support to a terrorist organization. An indictment had alleged that Wesam El-Hanafi pledged loyalty to al-Qaida and sought to teach the terror group how to evade detection on the Internet after he went to Yemen in...

New York – Bill To Amend Health Care Law To Protect Patients According To Halacha Pass Legislation

June 18, 2012 at 01:06 PM
New York - A bill drafted by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D- Far Rockaway) has passed the NYS State legislature. This vital amendment to the state’s Public Health Law, ensuring that patients in the end stages of life will be informed of all their options, including their right to ongoing medical treatments as well as palliative care. "I am thrilled that the first law I was able to draft and...

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