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Washington – Cliffhanger No More; Obama Returns To Hawaii

January 1, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama departed the White House on Tuesday to resume his Hawaii vacation shortly after Congress approved legislation that raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans and avoids the "fiscal cliff" of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts. Obama can sign the bill remotely using a machine called an "autopen," or the bill can be flown to Hawaii for his...

Washington – Obama Lauds House Vote On ‘Fiscal Cliff’

January 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says an effort to change the nation's tax code that is too skewed toward the wealthy has been achieved with the "fiscal cliff" deal approved in Congress. The president said in an appearance late Tuesday in the White House that the House vote to prevent a mix of tax increases and spending cuts avoids a problem that could have sent the economy back into...

Washington – Cliffhanger No More; House Approves ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill

January 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Washington - Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit. The bill's passage on a bipartisan 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hard-won political triumph for...

Israel – Charedi Leaders Issue Call To Enlist In The Electoral Campaign

January 1, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Israel - After months of infighting and internal bickering, the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) United Torah Judaism party kicked off its election campaign in earnest this week under the slogan “We are all haredim.” On Tuesday, the rabbinic leaders of two of the largest hassidic communities in the country called on the haredi community to enlist in the electoral campaign to increase the...

New York – B-r-r-r-utal Cold Coming: Single Digits For Some Areas

January 1, 2013 at 09:10 PM
New York - Get out your coat and hat if you’re planning on heading outside Tuesday night, because the temperature will be dropping to the single digits in some outlying areas. CBS 2 Meteorologist Elise Finch reported the temperature during the 6 p.m. hour was 35 degrees, but a northwesterly wind was producing wind chills to make it feel like 31 in New York City, 22 in White Plains, and 21 in...

Cairo – Party Condemns Brotherhood’s Call To Return Jews To Egypt

January 1, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Cairo, Egypt - The Al-Karama (Dignity) Party on Tuesday condemned the statements of high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood official Essam el-Erian after he called on Jews who immigrated to Israel from Egypt to return to their native country and leave the land to the Palestinians, Palestinian News Agency Ma'an reported. Ma'an quoted Khalid Arafat, Secretary-General of al-Karama in northern Sinai, as...

Israel – Olmert Warns Israelis Not To Vote For Tzipi Livni Party

January 1, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Israel - Former prime minister Ehud Olmert lashed out at his foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, Tuesday, warning Israelis not to vote for her Tzipi Livni Party. Speaking at an event for Kadima mayors in Ramat Gan, Olmert sung the praises of current Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz and mocked the Tzipi Livni Party's slogan. Former prime minister Ehud Olmert lashed out at his foreign minister, Tzipi...

Putnam County, NY – New York County Denies Request For Names Of Gun Permit Holders

January 1, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Putnam County, NY - Authorities in a suburban county north of New York City said on Tuesday they will refuse to release names of local gun permit holders to a newspaper that has been publishing the identities of thousands of license-holding residents. Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said he would defy a request for information about pistol permit holders from the White Plains, New York-based...

Washington – CBO Says Senate’s “Fiscal Cliff” Bill Adds $4 Trillion To Deficits

January 1, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Washington - The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday said Senate-passed legislation to avert the "fiscal cliff" would add nearly $4 trillion to federal deficits over a decade, largely because it would extend low tax rates for almost all Americans. The congressional scorekeeper's analysis was released as a number of Republicans in the House of Representatives voiced opposition to the bill...

New York – Plan For World’s Largest Ferris Wheel Rolls On, Despite Sandy

January 1, 2013 at 04:13 PM
New York - As the city grapples with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans for an ambitious addition to the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island: the world's largest Ferris wheel. Sandy's flooding spurred some changes to the nearly $500 million project, which includes an outlet mall and hotel. But developers haven't slowed it or scaled it back. Supporters...

Washington – Cantor Says He Doesn’t Back Senate-Passed “Fiscal Cliff” Bill

January 1, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Washington - Eric Cantor, the Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Tuesday he does not support the Senate-passed "fiscal cliff" bill, further raising questions about how Congress will address automatic spending cuts and tax increases that began to take effect just after midnight. Cantor expressed his unhappiness with the measure to reporters as he left a closed-door...

Washington – U.S. House Aims To Split Sandy Aid Bill Into Two Parts

January 1, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to split a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill into two parts, staging votes on $27 billion to fund immediate recovery needs and $33 billion for long-term and other projects, Republican lawmakers and aides said on Monday. The plan for votes on Tuesday or Wednesday would meet the demands of many Republican lawmakers to vote...

Jerusalem – Halachic Ruling: Orthodox Couples Can Now Engage In Gender Selection Of Their Fetus

January 1, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Jerusalem - A radical halachic ruling to be announced at a conference tomorrow at the Puah Institute – an organization which helps couples struggling with infertility in keeping with Jewish law – will allow parents to select the gender of their fetus under certain circumstances according to a report in Israel Hayom (http://bit.ly/VxFYrT). Rabbi Menachem Burstein, founder of the Institute...

New York, NY – Woman Stumbles, Falls On Subway Tracks, Dies

January 1, 2013 at 01:47 PM
New York, NY - New York City police say a young woman stumbling around on a Manhattan subway platform not far from Times Square fell onto the tracks and was killed by a train. The accident happened at around 5 a.m. on New Year's Day at the No. 2 line station on 34th Street and Seventh Avenue. That's one stop from where revelers gather in Times Square to see the ball drop. Police say the...

Jerusalem – Palestinians Will Outnumber Israeli Jews By 2020

January 1, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Jerusalem - The Palestinian statistics bureau estimates that Arabs will outnumber Jews in the Holy Land by the end of the decade, a scenario that could have grave implications for Israel. The bureau said Tuesday that 5.8 million Arabs live in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem. That compares to about 6 million Israeli Jews, according to Israeli data. It said that based on...

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