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Bloomington, MN – Man Cited After Tossing 1,000 $1 Bills At Shoppers Inside Mall Of America

December 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Bloomington, MN - A 29-year-old man who says he was trying to spread holiday cheer by tossing 1,000 dollar bills over an upper floor railing at the Mall of America has been cited for disorderly conduct. Serge Vorobyov, of Apple Valley, admitted throwing his "last $1,000" from the fourth floor on Friday as a choir performed "Let it Snow." Vorobyov said he also kept tossing cash as he continued...

New York, NY – Bloomberg’s 311 Hotline Gets High Marks, de Blasio Plans To Maintain It

December 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is touting the glowing reviews for one of his signature creations: New York City's 311 hotline. The non-emergency hotline was founded in 2002. It allows New Yorkers to get their questions answered about city agencies and services. A customer satisfaction survey was released Thursday. It reveals that 83 percent of callers were satisfied with their...

Bronx, NY – NYC Deadly Train Crash Follows Months Of Tragedy, Breakdowns For Metro-North

December 1, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Bronx, NY - Sunday's crash in the Bronx is the second passenger train derailment in six months for the rail service and presents Metro-North with another problem, even though the railroad's train accident record had been improving. -- On Sept. 25, a feeder cable in suburban Mount Vernon, N.Y., failed, knocking out power for 12 days to Metro-North's New Haven line, which carries 132,000...

Washington – Obama To Look To Sasha To Choose Where They Live After White House

December 1, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will take a cue from daughter Sasha on where to live after his second term ends in 2017, and that means that they might end up staying in Washington, ABC News reported on Friday. The president's older daughter, Malia, now 15, will likely be in college but Sasha, now 12, will still be in high school when Obama leaves...

Poland – Israeli Intel Agent-Turned-Travel Guide Uncovers Jews Buried In Christian Graves

December 1, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Poland - A 2004 stop in a cemetery on the outskirts of the Polish village Kszonzenice has caused former Israeli secret service agent Yaki Gantz to make more than one hundred additional trips to Poland, uncovering, along the way, the anonymous graves of Holocaust survivors buried in Christian cemeteries. THE TIMES OF ISRAEL (http://bit.ly/IxkzPI) reports that, during his initial discovery...

Washington – Obama Administration Declares Victory On Fixing HealthCare.gov

December 1, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Washington - The Obama administration declared victory on Sunday in its effort to get HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the vast majority of users, saying the site had reached a goal of handling 50,000 simultaneous users after a five-week "tech surge." In a six-page progress and performance report, administration officials said the troubled website could now handle at least 800,000 visitors...

Switzerland – Israel Invited To Join UN’s Western Nations Group In Geneva

December 1, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Switzerland - The United Nations is expected to formally invite Israel to join its group of Western nations in Geneva on Monday, a move that is critical for Israel’s continued involvement in the United Nations Human Rights Council. Israel is part of the Western European and Others Group at the UN’s headquarters in New York. But until Friday, that group’s counterpart (also called WEOG) in...

Bronx, NY – New York City Commuters Warned Of Delays Following Derailment

December 1, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Bronx, NY - Commuters from New York City's northern suburbs braced for travel delays on Monday morning following a seven-car train derailment that killed four people and injured 11 critically. A portion of a Metro-North Railroad line between the Bronx and part of Westchester County could be closed for a week or more after the accident on Sunday, in which a Manhattan-bound commuter train ran...

New York, NY – Brawl Erupts At Rikers Island Jail; 4 Guards Hurt

December 1, 2013 at 06:22 PM
New York, NY - A late-night brawl that erupted at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City has left four guards and several inmates injured. A Correction Department spokesman says the fracas at the George Vierno Center started late Friday. It was not immediately clear how the fight began. Four correction officers were treated for exposure to an unknown chemical agent. Several inmates...

Bronx, NY – NTSB To Upright Train, Seek Other Possible Victims

December 1, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Bronx, NY - Federal investigators say the cars from a derailed New York City train will be turned upright to check for any other possible victims. The National Transportation Safety Board held a briefing Sunday afternoon to discuss the Metro-North derailment earlier in the day. The train was rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx when it derailed, killing four people and injuring more than...

Berlin – Nobel Prize Economist Warns Of U.S. Stock Market Bubble

December 1, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Berlin - An American who won this year's Nobel Prize for economics believes sharp rises in equity and property prices could lead to a dangerous financial bubble and may end badly, he told a German magazine. Robert Shiller, who won the esteemed award with two other Americans for research into market prices and asset bubbles, pinpointed the U.S. stock market and Brazilian property market as...

Rome – IN PHOTOS: Italy Premier Visits Synagogue With Israeli Leader

December 1, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Rome - Italian Premier Enrico Letta says the economic crisis is feeding "the forces of extremism, hatred and intolerance" in Italy. Letta made the comments during a visit to Rome's Synagogue on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Letta pledged that "we will resist always the forces of violence, first verbal then physical, intolerance, xenophobia and racism, and these...

Jerusalem – Amish Group Travels To Israel Meets With Chief Rabbi Lau To Apologize Personally To Jews

December 1, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Jerusalem - A contingency of 30 Amish from the U.S.---many of them excommunicated from their own churches for non-conformity---traveled to Israel over the past week in order to offer an "in-person" apology to the Jewish people over past transgressions, including a rejection of Israel and the Jews. THE TIMES OF ISRAEL (http://bit.ly/184tL9Z) reports that the contingency was led by Bishop Ben...

Manchester, England – UK Employment Minister Moves To End Discrimination Against Unemployed Observant Jews

December 1, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Manchester, England - The UK's Employment Minister is moving to end discriminatory practices that have been denying benefits to unemployed observant Jews due to their unavailability on Shabbat. The JC.com (http://bit.ly/1cfjsiC) reports that new regulations---specifically targeting the problem---have been enacted and that Unemployment Minister Esther McVey, along with the national director of...

Tel Aviv – Israel’s Former Leader Slams Netanyahu Over US

December 1, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Tel Aviv - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says his successor has severely damaged the country's relations with the United States. Speaking before a security conference, Olmert said Sunday that Benjamin Netanyahu's public criticism of the American-led nuclear deal with Iran was provocative and counterproductive. He said he too would differ with the American president, but always made...

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