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Palo Alto, CA – Facebook Explores Access for Younger Kids

June 4, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Palo Alto, CA - Though Facebook bans children under 13, millions of them have profiles on the site by lying about their age. Now, the company is testing out ways to allow younger kids on its site without needing to lie. It would be under parental supervision, such as by connecting children's accounts to their parents' accounts. That would allow Facebook to comply with federal regulations...

New York – Comic Rips Obama For Judaism Remark; Says, ‘I Might Know A Lot About Pastrami, Too’

June 4, 2012 at 09:05 AM
New York - Classic comedian Jackie Mason ripped President Obama’s reported remarks that he “probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it.” Obama reportedly made the statement in a meeting last week with about 20 conservative Jewish community leaders. Mason, who bills himself as the “Ultimate Jew,” sounded off about Obama’s Judaism claim in...

Manhattan, NY – NY’s Gillibrand Opposes Proposed Food Stamp Cuts

June 4, 2012 at 09:02 AM
Manhattan, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and anti-hunger advocates are fighting proposed cuts to the food stamps program. The Senate Agriculture Committee recently approved a farm and food plan with more than $4 billion in cuts to food stamps. Gillibrand was the lone Democrat on the committee to vote against the measure. Gillibrand will appear in Manhattan on Monday to argue...

Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo: Slash Marijuana Arrests to Fight Stop-and-Frisk

June 4, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Albany, NY - Wading into the debate over stop-and-frisk police tactics, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to ask legislators on Monday for a change in New York State law that would drastically reduce the number of people who could be arrested for marijuana possession as a result of police stops. The governor will call for the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana in public...

New Jersey – Bitter Primary Pits Arabs Against Jews

June 4, 2012 at 08:24 AM
New Jersey - A bitter campaign in a northern New Jersey Democratic primary race has bought out a growing Muslim community to vote for a “friend of the Arabs” instead of the Jewish candidate. A redrawing of the state’s district has left two incumbents, Jewish Rep. Steve Rothman, running against Bill Pascrell, grandson of an Italian immigrant and former mayor of the city of Paterson, which...

Jerusalem – Apartment Housing Foreign Workers Firebombed

June 4, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Jerusalem - The violent backlash against foreign workers struck Jerusalem early on Monday morning, after an arsonist attempted to burn down a building housing 50 foreign workers in the downtown area, according to Jerusalem police. Three people were injured in the blaze with minor burns on their arms and legs while attempting to escape the blaze. The arsonists also spray painted “Get out of the...

Denmark – 4 Guilty of Planning Terror Attack on Newspaper over Muhammad Cartoons

June 4, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Copenhagen, Denmark - Four men who planned a shooting spree at the office of a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the prophet Muhammed were found guilty of terrorism Monday. The men, Swedish residents of North African and Mideast origin, were arrested in late December 2010 just hours before authorities say they planned to carry out a violent attack on the Jyllands-Posten’s offices...

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