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Five Towns, NY – Maid Accused Of Stealing a Combined of $42,000 from 3 Houses

June 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Five Towns, NY - She cleaned their homes and then cleaned them out of their prized possessions. That’s what police in Nassau County are saying about a Queens woman who worked for several families in the Five Towns area. Osmina Guzman of Far Rockaway is accused of stealing cash and jewelry from three homes totaling $42,000. Guzman was employed for more than a year-and-a-half by working...

London – Chief Rabbi, Beth Din Opposes Gay Marriage

June 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM
London - The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has finally broken his silence on gay and lesbian marriages and opposed government plans to introduce it. In a submission to a Home Office consultation, the London Beth Din (the Chief Rabbi’s court), and the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue, stated that same-sex unions were “against Jewish law”. In contrast to the vocal support given by...

Israel – Ministry Bars McDonald’s from Employing Jewish Youths on Sabbath

June 19, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Israel - McDonalds in Israel will have to find replacements for 800 youths who have worked at the fast food chain on Shabbat in the past, beginning this Saturday, as Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor begins to enforce a law that ensures young people do not work on the Jewish sabbath. The fast food chain doesn’t see why it should be forced to find new workers, all of whom will...

New York, NY – Cameras to Catch Speeders May Arrive Soon

June 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
New York, NY - For many New York City drivers, the cadences of the common speeding ticket can be unfamiliar. Rare is the need to haggle with a police officer, pleading to be let off with a warning, or presenting the pregnant wife as Exhibit A in a bid for lenience. Rarer is the stretch of urban streetscape where an officer might safely approach an offending vehicle, as he would on a highway...

Netherlands – Dutch Senate Says No To Ban On Shechita

June 19, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Netherlands - A majority of senators in the upper house of parliament voted on Tuesday not to ban the ritual slaughter of animals. The draft legislation was introduced by the pro-animal PvdD in the lower house in June 2011 and passed by a large majority of MPs. It first went to the senate last December but was voted out. At the time, party leader Marianne Thieme blamed the failure to get it...

Washington – CIA Releases Declassified Documents From 9/11 File

June 19, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Washington - Budgetary woes in the CIA unit that tracked Osama bin Laden prior to the deadly 2001 strikes led analysts to believe that catching the al-Qaida leader was unlikely, according to government records published Tuesday. Many of the newly released documents are cited in the 9/11 Commission report, published in 2004. The documents, dated between 1992 and 2004 are heavily blacked out and...

Cairo – Report: Egypt’s Mubarak On Life Support After Heart Stops

June 19, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Cairo - A security official says Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has been put on life support after his heart stopped as he arrived at a military hospital. The state news agency MENA said the 84-year-old Mubarak was "clinically dead" when he arrived at the hospital from prison. It said doctors used a defibrillator on his several times. MENA initially said the efforts were not...

Brooklyn, NY – ‘Talis Ataras’ Being Targeted by Flatbush Thieves

June 19, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Flatbush Shomrim has issued a community wide alert following a recent rash of burglaries at a handful of local Shuls, with thieves making off with close to ten silver ataras. With the price of silver hovering above $28 per ounce, silver ataras have risen considerably in value. An atara is generally made up of four or more rows of silver, with each row valued at approximately...

Jerusalem – Israeli President Says He Met Palestinians Leader

June 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's president says he's been meeting with the Palestinian leader - a rarity with peace talks frozen - and believes he wants peace. Shimon Peres says he has met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials several times in recent months. "They like us, want peace," Peres said Tuesday. "I believe that it is possible to renew the negotiations with the current...

Quito – Ecuador says Wikileaks Founder Seeking Asylum at its Embassy in London

June 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Ecuador - Ecuador's foreign minister says Wilikeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge in the South American nation's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says Ecuador is weighing the request. The move comes less than a week after Britain's Supreme Court rejected Assange's bid to reopen his extradition case. His legal struggle to stay in...

Cambridge, MA – Inspired By NYC, Another Mayor Considers Large Soda Ban

June 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Cambridge, MA - The mayor of Cambridge has proposed limiting the size of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city restaurants, saying she was inspired by a similar measure in New York City. Mayor Henrietta Davis on Monday asked the city's health officials to research her proposal and make a recommendation on limiting beverage sizes. The city is adjacent to Boston and is home to Harvard...

Philadelphia – Record Heat May Burn Northeast’s 1st Day Of Summer

June 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Philadelphia - You won't need a calendar to mark the start of summer in the northeastern U.S. The National Weather Service forecast potentially record-breaking hot temperatures just as the season officially begins Wednesday, the summer solstice and longest day of the year. Readings are expected to approach or top 100 degrees Wednesday and Thursday in cities including Philadelphia, New York...

New York – Sanitation Bill Clears NY State Assembly‏

June 19, 2012 at 01:46 PM
New York - A Sanitation Bill introduced by Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) to help eliminate false sanitation tickets has just passed the NY State Assembly by 101 to 3 and now awaits approval of the NY State Senate. The proposed legislation will require DSNY agents to photograph and document the condition of a property at the time a sanitation ticket is issued. Calling the bill “the...

Atlanta – Officials: 3.1M Young Adults In US Gain Coverage

June 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Atlanta - U.S. health officials say the number of young adults with medical coverage grew by more than 3 million since the new health care overhaul took effect. The Affordable Care Act mandates that insurers allow young adults to remain on their parents' plans until they turn 26, even if they move away from home or graduate from school. About 64 percent of adults ages 19 to 25 had insurance...

Cairo – Campaign Claims Mubarak’s Ex-PM Won Egypt’s President Vote

June 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Cairo - A campaign spokesman for Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister said Tuesday that Ahmed Shafiq has won Egypt's presidential election, countering the Muslim Brotherhood's claims that its candidate was the winner and setting the stage for a divisive fight for the leadership. The rival claims carry the potential for a new chapter of unrest at a time when opposition already is growing against a...

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