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Jerusalem – Charedi Woman Gives Birth During Vow Of Silence, Hiding Newborn

June 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Jerusalem - A woman who gave birth alone in her Jerusalem home over the weekend hid the baby under her dress, umbilical cord intact and placenta hidden in a bag next to her bed, and refused to tell anyone about the birth or allow paramedics to examine the baby, because she had pledged not to speak until Shabbat ended Saturday night. Police and paramedics eventually wrested the infant away from...

New York, NY – Jewish Voters Could Decide House Battle Between Barron, Jeffries

June 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM
New York, NY - There will be a showdown Tuesday in Brooklyn and Queens. Jewish voters could end up deciding a hotly contested race for Congress. Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries wants to help close the deficit by taxing the rich. He wants immigration reform and affordable health care. Councilman Charles Barron says ditto to that. But in their heated contest to replace retiring Congressman Ed...

Washington – Know Your BMI: Docs Urged To Screen For Obesity

June 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Washington - Chances are you know your blood pressure. What about your BMI? Body mass index signals if you're overweight, obese or just right considering your height. Some doctors have begun calling it a vital sign, as crucial to monitor as blood pressure. But apparently not enough doctors check: A government panel renewed a call Monday for every adult to be screened for obesity during...

New York, NY – Bloomberg, City Council Announce $68.5 Billion Budget Agreement

June 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council reached an agreement Monday on a $68.5 billion budget that they said includes a combination of resources from previous years, one-shot infusions and revenues from an improving economy to avoid raising taxes and laying off essential workers and finds even more funding for child care programs that had been under threat of cuts. The...

New York, NY – On Anniversary of Capture, Gilad Shalit Visits Mayor Bloomberg

June 25, 2012 at 08:19 PM
New York, NY - When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg marched arm in arm with Gilad Shalit’s parents in the 2009 Salute to Israel parade in New York, he sported a button demanding freedom for Mr. Shalit, the young Israeli soldier who had been captured by Hamas in June 2006. When the mayor traveled to Israel in October, not long after Mr. Shalit was released in a prisoner exchange, he presented an...

Jerusalem – Under Pressure From Ultra-Orthodox, MDA Sets Up In-House Rabbinical Panel

June 25, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Magen David Adom has succumbed to pressure by ultra-Orthodox groups and decided to set up a rabbinical committee to dictate religious guidelines - including gender relations - for volunteers in the rescue service. The committee, which was established under pressure from the Haredi community, as well as growing criticism from the religious Zionist movement, will be headed...

Los Angeles – 340-Ton Granite Makes its Debut at County Museum

June 25, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Los Angeles - The rock was the star as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art pulled the covers off artist Michael Heizer's latest creation - a 340-ton boulder positioned to appear as though it's floating in midair. About a thousand people showed up under sunny skies in Los Angeles as the gigantic work titled "Levitated Mass" was unveiled on LACMA's backyard, where it is intended to remain...

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Missing Millionaire’s Wife Asked for Divorce Hours Before Disappearance

June 25, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Troubled missing millionaire Guma Aguiar's wife told him she wanted a divorce just hours before he vanished from his fishing boat, the lawyer for Aguiar's mother told ABCNews.com today. It was the latest twist in a mystery that has sparked a vicious tug-of-war between his wife and mother over control of Aguiar's $100 million estate. It was the third legal filing since...

Brooklyn, NY – Additional Swastikas Discoverd In Borough Park

June 25, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals painting swastikas in Boro Park. He made the announcement after learning that a car in front of the Hamodia office was the latest target in a series of attacks on Jewish homes, buildings and property in the community. The attack was discovered this afternoon. “We...

New York, NY – Bloomberg To Call All Parents To Disclose Teacher Evaluations

June 25, 2012 at 04:14 PM
New York, NY - Stung by Albany's decision to limit the disclosure of teacher evaluations, Mayor Bloomberg counterattacked today by announcing an extraordinary effort to call hundreds of thousands of parents to deliver the data directly. "Let me tell you what we're going to do," Bloomberg declared on his weekly WOR radio show. "We are going to have our schools call every single parent. We're...

New York – Sneaky Sneaker Thieves Nab Left Shoe In 1 Shop, Right From 2nd

June 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
New York - Thieves in New York City have started a new sneaker trend. The New York Post reports (http://nyp.st/PZu5d2 ) that crooks have figured out they can steal the left shoe from the display in one store and the matching right shoe from another store's display. The owner of one Bronx sneaker store says the thieves do their research. They know before they steal a left shoe which store...

Washington – Obama’s Response To Ruling On Immigration Law

June 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's statement reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Arizona immigration law: "I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's immigration law. What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken...

Paris – Israeli Man Jumps To His Death Off Eiffel Tower

June 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Paris - A 25-year-old man from Israel jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower after thwarting security measures and climbing the Paris monument at twilight, authorities said Monday. The man, who was not publicly identified, mounted the tower's western pillar after it was closed to the public Sunday night, a Paris police official said. The man was approaching the third-level observatory deck...

Ankara, Turkey – Turkey Says Syria Opened Fire On 2nd Plane

June 25, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Ankara, Turkey - Turkey's deputy prime minister says Syrian forces have opened fire on a second Turkish plane that was searching for the wreckage of a jet earlier shot down by Syria. Bulent Arinc told a televised news conference Monday that Syrian forces opened fire on a CASA search and rescue plane following the downing of a RF-4E reconnaissance jet in international airspace on Friday. Arinc...

Tampa, FL – Debby Soaks Fla.; Gov Declares Statewide Emergency

June 25, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Tampa, FL - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a statewide emergency because of Tropical Storm Debby. Debby has drenched the state and caused flooding in some neighborhoods. It has also spawned tornadoes. At least one person was killed in Florida in a tornado and officials are searching for a man who disappeared in the rough surf in Alabama. The statewide emergency in Florida means...

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