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New York – Without Secrecy, Donations Stop For Cuomo Group

May 12, 2013 at 10:27 PM
New York - Donations for a lobbying group that promotes Gov. Andrew Cuomo's policies dropped from $17 million to zero after the state ethics board began requiring that donors be named, a 2012 federal tax filing provided Friday to The Associated Press shows. The business-based Committee to Save New York has funded statewide TV ad blitzes boosting Cuomo's popularity and has lobbied the...

New York – Fed Probe In Legislature Raises Race Question

May 12, 2013 at 09:52 PM
New York - It's a glaring aspect of the most talked about issue in Albany's burgeoning public corruption investigation that few are willing to raise publicly: Is the federal corruption sting rocking New York politics singling out black and Latino politicians? Experts and many lawmakers acknowledge it may appear that way but it's not the case. So far, in a Legislature where minorities have long...

New York – Rabbi Lipman: People Have A Skewed View Of Yesh Atid

May 12, 2013 at 08:44 PM
New York - In an interview that aired last night on Zev Brenner's Talkline program, Knesset member Rabbi Dov Lipman spoke about a number of topics including the recent controversy sparked by his words on introducing basic secular education in Chareidi schools, the Women of the Wall and his thoughts on drafting Chareidim into the Israeli army. Rabbi Lipman said that he does not view the debate...

Damascus – Observatory: Syrian War Death Toll Rises To 82,000

May 12, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Damascus - At least 82,000 people have been killed and 12,500 others are missing after two years of civil war in Syria, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. Most of the dead were killed by troops and militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and most of the missing are believed to have been detained by the government's secret police and other loyalists, the...

Mineola, NY – Drowsy Driving Remains An Elusive Highway Dilemma

May 12, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Mineola, NY - It probably happens to most drivers. Heading home after an overtime shift and the eyelids flutter. Up all night with a sick baby and you rest your eyes for just a moment on the way to dropping off the kids at school. Drowsy drivers often make it safely to their destination, but for some, the consequences are devastating. "To this day I still hear my boys crying out, yelling...

New York – Leaving Bangladesh? Not An Easy Choice For Brands

May 12, 2013 at 05:50 PM
New York - Bangladesh offers the global garment industry something unique: Millions of workers who quickly churn out huge amounts of well-made underwear, jeans and T-shirts for the lowest wages in the world. But since a building collapse April 24 killed at least 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh in one of the deadliest industrial tragedies in history, the country has gone from one of the...

Jerusalem – Eli Yishai Turns Down Shas Education Job

May 12, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Jerusalem - Former Shas chairman Eli Yishai informed the party's spiritual mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Sunday night that he would not accept his offer to head the Shas education system El Hamaayan. Yosef asked Yishai to head El Hamaayan as a consolation prize after he decided to reinstate MK Arye Deri as Shas' leader. But after Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein ruled Sunday that Yishai would...

Jerusalem – Rabbis Stav, Eliyahu Likely Chief Rabbi Candidates

May 12, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Jerusalem - The Bayit Yehudi party is preparing to run Rabbi David Stav and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu as candidates for the Ashkenazi and Sephardi Chief Rabbi positions in light of the failure of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef to publicly back a deal with the national religious party. Bayit Yehudi has been trying to arrange a political deal with Shas whereby Bayit Yehudi would support current Sephardi Chief...

Jerusalem – Holy Land Church Leaders Say Clergy Mistreated By Israeli Police

May 12, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Jerusalem - A dozen senior church leaders in the Holy Land say Israeli police "ill-treated" clergy, including a Coptic Egyptian cleric, during Orthodox Easter services. The leaders signed a letter on Sunday expressing concern and saying policemen allegedly used force and prevented clergymen and pilgrims from entering places of worship during Holy Saturday earlier this month. The event drew...

New York – Has The Gold Rush Come To An End?

May 12, 2013 at 01:50 PM
New York - When the price of gold plunged $200 last month, many people thought they caught the sound of the gold bubble popping. What Peter Schiff, the CEO of brokerage Euro Pacific Precious Metals believes he heard was a stampede of fair-weather speculators fleeing the precious metal. Schiff and other champions of gold weren't shaken by the plunge. To them it was just a short breather in...

Jerusalem – Ultra-Orthodox Soldier Says Serving IDF Service With Secular Soldiers Caused Mental Breakdown

May 12, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Jerusalem - A 22 year-old ultra-Orthodox man has filed a disability benefits claim with the Defense Ministry alleging that his "differences" with fellow IDF soldiers while serving led to a mental breakdown. ISRAEL HAYOM (http://bit.ly/10BNSTv) is reporting that the man's request is pending, but in the meantime he has been granted temporary approval for subsidized medical...

New York – Democratic Mayoral Candidate Thompson Running “Traditional” Campaign

May 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM
New York - Four years after losing the 2009 mayoral race to Michael Bloomberg, Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson is back, running another "traditional" campaign that many say is suited to his "even-keel" personality. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/10FFvLy) reports that Thompson is strategically avoiding the name-calling and finger pointing prevalent among other Democratic...

Brooklyn, NY – Ultra-Orthodox Woman Runs Ad Recommending Pigeon Blood As “Cure” For Warts

May 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Insisting that she was simply looking to "help" people, an ultra-Orthodox woman has run an ad in Brooklyn's Di Tzeitung newspaper championing the use of pigeon blood as a "cure" for warts. The NEW YORK POST (http://bit.ly/11vABSU) reports that the woman says she ran the ad after the treatment removed a wart on her daughter's hand. According to the woman, the treatment is as...

Lakeport, CA – One By One, Homes In Calif. Subdivision Sinking

May 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Lakeport, CA - Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March. The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property — manicured lawn and all — dropped 10 feet below the street. It wasn't long before the...

Cleveland, OH – Ohio Suspect’s Brothers Deny Knowing Of Captives

May 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Cleveland, OH - Two brothers of the Cleveland kidnapping suspect say they fear people still believe they had something to do with the three missing women found in his home. Onil and Pedro Castro tell CNN that they've been getting death threats even after police decided not to charge them. Pedro Castro says he would have turned in his brother Ariel if he had known he was involved in the...

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