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Los Angeles – City Council Approves Controversial Expansion of Sherman Oaks Synagogue

June 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Los Angeles - The City Council approved a controversial Sherman Oaks synagogue expansion Wednesday, prompting opponents to accuse city officials of a backroom deal to sign off on the building. With little discussion, the City Council unanimously approved Chabad of North Hollywood's 12,000-square-foot synagogue and event space on Chandler Boulevard. The building, which is nearly completed, is...

Jerusalem – Court Remands 4th Yad Vashem Graffiti Suspect To Custody

June 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Jerusalem - The fourth suspect arrested in connection with graffiti and vandalism attacks at Yad Vashem and other memorials across the country was remanded in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Defense lawyer Yair Nehorai argued that the Bnei Barak resident suffers from schizophrenia and was in a special yeshiva framework for students with mental illnesses. Judge Shimon...

New Delhi – India: New Evidence Pakistan Aided Planner of Mumbai Attacks

June 27, 2012 at 09:32 PM
New Delhi - India's home minister on Wednesday said there was new evidence of Pakistani state support for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, citing information provided by Abu Jindal, an Indian man suspected of being one of the planners. The Indian authorities say that Abu Jindal, who was recently captured by the Indian police, and five others guided the Mumbai attacks from a "control room" in Karachi...

San Francisco, CA – Google Shows Off Futuristic Glass, New Tablet

June 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
San Francisco, CA - A new tablet, new glasses and a new version of Android - those were among the highlights at Google Inc.'s annual "I/O" conference in San Francisco for computer programmers. Here's a rundown of the announcements: - NEW TABLET: Google will start selling a small tablet computer next month in a direct challenge to Amazon's Kindle Fire. Both are $199, but Google's Nexus 7...

New York – 9/11 Families Accuse NY, NJ Govs of Betrayal

June 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
New York - A group of 9/11 family members on Wednesday accused the governors of New York and New Jersey of betraying the people killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks, urging them to resolve a financial disagreement that has hobbled construction of the ground zero museum meant to memorialize those lost. "The Port Authority's conduct is a betrayal of those who died on 9/11. It is a betrayal of...

Manhattan, NY – Court: Bernard Madoff’s Brother To Plead Guilty

June 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Manhattan, NY - The brother of Ponzi scheme king Bernard Madoff (MAY'-dawf) is scheduled to plead guilty in New York in the criminal case resulting from the multibillion-dollar fraud. Peter Madoff is the former chief compliance officer at the private investment arm of Bernard Madoff's business. Court papers signed by a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday show Peter Madoff will plead...

Colorado Springs, CO – Chabad Shaliach, Family Flee Massive Colorado Wild Fire

June 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Colorado Springs, CO - A Chabad shaliach and his family were among the 32,000 people who fled Colorado Springs in the face of the raging Waldo Canyon wildfire that began three days ago and continues to burn out of control. The fire breached the containment area yesterday, with conditions exacerbated by hot dry weather and high winds and the first houses fell to the fire yesterday. Colorado...

New York – Op-Ed: The Cost of Raising a Child with Special Needs

June 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
New York - “It’s a boy!” While these three words can be a source of one’s greatest happiness in life, it can also be bittersweet for those who give birth to children with special needs, when the parents think about the emotional challenges they and their children will face throughout their lives. The spectrum of special-needs children ranges from mental to physical to psychological...

Washington – Boehner: House Will Go Ahead With Contempt Vote

June 27, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Washington - Speaker John Boehner says the House will move forward with a contempt of Congress vote Thursday against Attorney General Eric Holder over the botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious. The White House said Republicans are seeking to score political points. The Ohio Republican told reporters Wednesday that last-minute talks with the White House about releasing...

Queens, NY – Grace Meng Thanks Voters in Forest Hills After Winning Primary Up

June 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Queens, NY - Assemblywoman Grace Meng hit the streets of Forest Hills Wednesday to thank voters the morning after winning the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District. "I wanted to come out to Forest Hills/Kew Gardens and say thank you and show my support to the community and let everyone know that there's still a lot of work to be done to win in November and after that a lot more...

Baltimore, MD – No Jail Time: Probation In Shomrim Beating Case

June 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Baltimore, MD - A former member of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group convicted in the beating of a black teenager has been sentenced to probation. The case has drawn comparisons to the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Twenty-four-year-old Eliyahu Werdesheim (eh-LEE'-ya-hoo wehr-dee-SHY'-ihm) was sentenced Wednesday on second-degree assault and false imprisonment...

Israel – Palestinian Suicide Bomber Mastermind Convicted

June 27, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Israel - An Israeli military court on Wednesday convicted a Hamas militant on charges of masterminding suicide bomb attacks that killed dozens of Israelis and injured hundreds during a Palestinian uprising in the past decade, the military said. Ibrahim Hamed was found guilty in the killing of 46 people and the wounding of more than 400 others. "He was responsible for some of the worst terror...

New York – Rangel’s Margin Of Victory Over Espaillat Narrows

June 27, 2012 at 02:26 PM
New York - New York Congressman Charles Rangel's margin of victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary has narrowed as election officials complete the count. Final but incomplete returns gave Rangel a 2.8 percentage point margin over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ay-dree-AH'-noh es-pil-AHT'), a native of the Dominican Republic. Rangel had led by double digits on election night. An unknown...

Washington – FDA Approves First New Weight Loss Pill In Decade

June 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade. The agency cleared the pill Wednesday for adults who are obese or are overweight with at least one medical complication, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. The FDA denied approval...

Ankara, Turkey – Report: Syria May Have Mistaken Turkish Jet For Israeli Military

June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Ankara, Turkey - A Syrian minister is quoted as saying his country's forces may have mistaken the Turkish plane they shot down for an Israeli one. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi was quoted as telling Turkish news channel A Haber in a telephone interview Wednesday that his country did "not want a crisis between Turkey and Syria." Al-Zoebi said Turkish and Israeli fighter jets...

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