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Williamsburg, NY – Man Who Molested Boy In Mikva Gets Five Years

May 1, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A 29 year-old man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an ultra-Orthodox boy five years ago at the age of 12, was sentenced to five years in prison this afternoon, but not before hearing an "unforgiving" letter written by his victim, now 17. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/10t3dog) is reporting that Meir Dascalowitz received the sentence as part of a plea agreement...

Long Island, NY – Courageous Long Island Orthodox Jewish Mom Battles ALS In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

May 1, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Long Island, NY - Over the past six months, a 39 year-old Long Island mother of four has lost her home to Hurricane Sandy, cared for her 13 year-old daughter who underwent major spinal surgery, and is now dealing with the initial effects of an ALS diagnosis which she received in February. Devorah Schochet has told ABCNEWS (http://abcn.ws/11W0TtZ) that she is sharing her story on the...

ReyhanlI, Turkey – Turkey Investigates Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

May 1, 2013 at 02:49 PM
ReyhanlI, Turkey - Turkey is testing blood samples taken from Syrian casualties brought over the border from fighting in recent days to determine whether they were victims of a chemical weapons attack, local government and health officials said on Wednesday. The samples were sent to Turkey's forensic medicine institute after several Syrians with breathing difficulties were brought to a Turkish...

New York, NY – Greenfield & Quinn Introduce Legislation To Fix Muni-Meter Flaws

May 1, 2013 at 02:25 PM
New York, NY - Councilman David G. Greenfield joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Transportation Committee Chairman James Vacca at a press conference today in Manhattan to announce new legislation that will resolve several major issues with the city’s Muni-Meter system. Under the bill, which will be introduced at the May 8th Stated Council meeting, the meters will automatically...

San Jose, CA – eBay Monitoring Listings Of Boston Marathon Medals

May 1, 2013 at 02:23 PM
San Jose, CA - EBay says it is monitoring listings to ensure nobody uses the auction website to profit off the Boston Marathon bombings. Remaining up is a medal from this year's race whose proceeds will go directly to charity. Jonathan Resnick says when he read on a runners' discussion board about people selling their medals, he realized "it was the least I could do to make something good...

Washington – Upset About Marijuana Policy, Shooter Practiced for Months to Assassinate Obama

May 1, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Washington - An Idaho man charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama by shooting at the White House practiced with his weapon for six months and may have been upset about the country's marijuana policy, prosecutors said in a newly filed court document. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is currently awaiting trial for the 2011 shooting, which didn't injure anyone but left more...

Dallas, TX – George W. Bush Library Opens To Public

May 1, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Dallas, TX - The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public Wednesday, with the 43rd president greeting 43 area schoolchildren who were its first visitors. "It was amazing seeing one of our nation's leaders who left an eight year legacy behind him," said Eduardo Borrego, a 6th grader Mark Twain Elementary in Richardson. He added, "I was like, 'I can't believe he's...

New York – Senate Passes Bill To Protect Victims Of Severe Child Abuse

May 1, 2013 at 01:29 PM
New York - The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082), sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a...

New York – Rye Brook Hilton Hotel Combats Suspected Norovirus

May 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Rye Brook. NY - The Westchester County Health Department says a hotel is undergoing an industrial cleaning after hundreds of people got sick with suspected norovirus. About 100 people who attended an April 20 fundraiser at the Hilton in Rye Brook complained of stomach ailments. Another 200 people reported illness after attending a sorority brunch last weekend. The Health Department says...

New York – Berkshire Buys Rest Of Israel’s Iscar For $2.05 Billion

May 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM
New York - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Wednesday said it paid $2.05 billion cash to buy the 20 percent it did not already own of toolmaker Iscar from the Israeli company's founding Wertheimer family. Berkshire in 2006 bought an 80 percent stake in Iscar, a maker of metal cutting tools whose formal name is IMC International Metalworking Cos, for $4 billion. At the time, that...

Izmir, Turkey – Jewish Cemetery Unearthed During Works

May 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Izmir, Turkey - Gravestones and bones from an ancient Turkish Jewish cemetery were unearthed during construction work. The remains in the Turkish city of Izmir were found more than 20 feet below the ground, during construction work on an underground tunnel, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Wednesday. According to Hurriyet, the gravestones were left in the ground and the bones were...

St Petersburg, Russia – Vladimir Putin Restores Stalin-Era Labor Award

May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM
St Petersburg, Russia - President Vladimir Putin likes to deny that he is taking Russia back to the USSR, but on Wednesday he dusted off another communist relic by restoring a labor medal introduced under Josef Stalin. A week after telling the nation there was nothing in Russia that smacked of the late Soviet dictator, Putin pinned the Hero of Labour award on five recipients in St Petersburg...

Damascus – Syria’s Assad In Rare Visit As Rockets Hit Capital

May 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Damascus - Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance on Wednesday, visiting a Damascus power station, while two bombs exploded near the city center and wounded 15 people, Syria's state news agency reported. SANA said the blasts were caused by two improvised explosive devices which went off on Khalid Bin Walid street and the nearby Bab Mesalla Square. It said the bombs were...

Boston – Classmates Of Boston Bombing Suspect Detained

May 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Boston - Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev removed a backpack containing fireworks emptied of gunpowder from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth three days after the attack, according to charges filed Wednesday. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice. A third man, Robel Phillipos...

Manhattan, NY – No Remains Found Near Suspected 9/11 Airplane Part

May 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Manhattan, NY - Police used a pulley system on Wednesday to remove a suspected 9/11 plane part from between two buildings near the World Trade Center site, and the medical examiner said no potential human remains had been found there. About six officers raised the jagged, 255-pound metal piece, which contains cranks, levers and bolts. They took it over a three-story wall, lowered it into a...

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